Global virus cases near million as US records youngest death

A six-week-old baby died of COVID-19 and global agencies warned of food shortages as coronavirus infections around the world neared one million Wednesday. Governments expanded lockdowns to affect about half of the planet, with funeral parties banned in the Democratic Republic of Congo, New York locking up its famed street basketball courts and hard-hit Italy extending its economically crippling lockdown […]

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Babies with brain tumors could benefit from targeted treatment

Brain cancer in infants is biologically distinct from other childhood brain tumours and could be successfully treated with targeted drugs, a new study has shown. An aggressive type of brain tumour, called high-grade glioma, is almost always fatal in older children—with only 20 per cent surviving for more than five years. Babies and very young children, diagnosed when they are […]

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What to Know About Diabetes, Blood Pressure Meds and COVID-19

The concern began after a study in The Lancet stated that ibuprofen boosts the angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), which may facilitate and worsen COVID-19. The World Health Organization warned most patients to stick with acetaminophen. Now they say they do not advise against using ibuprofen. Most cardiologists advise patients to stay on their medications. Could people on certain medications […]

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WHO troubled by ‘near-exponential’ growth of pandemic

The World Health Organization said Wednesday it was deeply concerned about the near-exponential escalation of the new coronavirus pandemic, with the number of deaths doubling in a week. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged citizens around the globe to stand together to fight COVID-19, as he braced for the millionth confirmed case. “As we enter the fourth month since the […]

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Italy extends lockdown as toll passes 13,000

Italy on Wednesday extended its economically-crippling lockdown until April 13 to help stem coronavirus infections that have claimed 13,115 lives. “If we start loosening our measures now, all our efforts will have been in vain,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told the nation in a national televised address. The extension had been expected. Italy’s health minister said on Monday that businesses […]

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Coronavirus in the US: How all 50 states are responding to this public health emergency

Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., on Monday joined the fast-growing list of jurisdictions mandating their residents to remain at home as much as possible to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Despite its large population of seniors, who are most susceptible to the harshest effects of COVID-19, Florida continues to resist calls to follow suit on a statewide basis, although […]

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Ocular abnormalities seen in one-third of COVID-19 patients

(HealthDay)—About one-third of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have ocular abnormalities, according to a brief report published online March 31 in JAMA Ophthalmology. Ping Wu, M.D., from the Yichang Central People’s Hospital in China, and colleagues examined ocular manifestations and viral prevalence in the conjunctiva in a case series of 38 patients with clinically confirmed COVID-19 treated from Feb. […]

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Virus deaths nearly doubling Milan’s normal mortality rate

The torrent of Italian death data reveals that the region around Milan with a population of 10 million reported almost as many coronavirus fatalities in March as it would normally have done from all other causes. The Mediterranean country of 60 million people is living through its worst disaster since World War II. It registered 12,399 COVID-19 related deaths last […]

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Coronavirus warning: Expert reveals COVID-19 could permanently damage the lungs

Coronavirus has been said to cause dire consequences to the respiratory system. Common symptoms of the virus include a high temperature and a new, continuous cough. But even after recovery from the virus, scientists now suspect that some patients could suffer long-term physical damage, particularly in the lungs. What are the lasting effects on the lungs after recovery from COVID-19? […]

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Nigeria’s reliance on drug imports in the time of COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 has been slow in Nigeria compared to other countries on the continent. Nevertheless, the federal government has taken steps in readiness for a more rapid outbreak. Schools have been closed, public gatherings banned by some state governments and most public workers are required to work from home. An international travel ban has also been imposed and […]

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