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Study: Benzophenones, bisphenols and other polychlorinated/phenolic substances in Danish infants and their parents - including longitudinal assessments before and after introduction to mixed diet. Image Credit: Prostock-studio / Shutterstock.com

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in the urine of Danish infants

Regarding concerns about the effects of exposure to potentially toxic substances on fetal and infant health, researchers report in a recent Environment International magazine studies. More specifically, this study found that breastfeeding is associated with higher concentrations of some of these chemicals or their metabolites in infants compared to formula-fed infants. Studies: Benzophenones, bisphenols and …

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Food and drinks are getting sweeter.  Although it is not all sugar, it is bad for our health

Food and drinks are getting sweeter. Although it is not all sugar, it is bad for our health

Humans have an evolutionary preference for sweets. Sweet foods like fruit and honey were an important source of energy for our ancestors. However, in the modern world, sugary foods are readily available, very cheap and widely advertised. We now consume too much sugar in food and drink – the kind that is added rather than …

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Study: Sex-Differences in COVID-19 Diagnosis, Risk Factors and Disease Comorbidities. Image Credit: Kzenon/Shutterstock

Study reveals disparities in clinical outcomes of COVID-19 in the US based on gender

In a recent study published on Research Square* Preprint server, Researchers examined gender differences among patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States (US). Study: Gender differences in the diagnosis of COVID-19, risk factors and disease comorbidities. Image credit: Kzenon/Shutterstock Studies report greater severity and mortality related to COVID-19 in men compared to …

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Efficacy of nirmatrelvirus therapy in preventing COVID-19 mortality and hospitalizations in high-risk patients during Omicron growth

At the end of 2021, there was a worldwide recovery of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) due to the occurrence of highly transmissible acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variant Omicron. Omicron surpassed the Delta variant by the end of December 2021. At the beginning of January, Omicron spread considerably around the world, even in places …

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Gene therapy for retinal degenerative diseases has no safety concerns, but cannot improve vision loss

A Phase 1 gene therapy clinical study in 28 patients with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) degenerative retinal disease did not identify any significant safety concerns; however, treatment failed to improve or slow vision loss, even at the highest dose. LHON affects the optic nerve, which transmits visual signals from the retina sensing light to …

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