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The use of statins or an anti-hypertension medication was associated with a 32 percent lower risk of death among Covid-19 inpatients.

Patients taking statin medications -- commonly used to reduce blood cholesterol levels -- are at a 41 percent lower risk of in-hospital death from Covid-19, researchers have found.

Statins block liver enzymes responsible for making cholesterol. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 93 percent of patients who use a cholesterol-lowering drug use a statin.

The use of statins or an anti-hypertension medication was associated with a 32 percent lower risk of death among Covid-19 inpatients with a history of cardiovascular disease or hypertension.

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This is because statins and anti-hypertension medications stabilize the underlying diseases for which they are prescribed, making patients more likely to recover from Covid-19, according to researchers from the University of California San Diego.

In the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, the research team analyzed anonymized medical records of 10,541 patients admitted for Covid-19 over a nine-month period, January through September 2020, at 104 different hospitals in the US.

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Dental checkup in the pandemic. Pixabay

Want to go for a dental checkup but afraid due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic? Take heart, according to a small study SARS-CoV-2 infection risk at the dentist’s office is low. SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind Covid-19, spreads mainly through respiratory droplets, and dental procedures are known to produce an abundance of aerosols — leading to fears that flying saliva during a cleaning or a restorative procedure could make the dentist’s chair a high-transmission location.

Researchers from the Ohio State University in the US, set out to determine whether saliva is the main source of the spray, collecting samples from personnel, equipment, and other surfaces reached by aerosols during a range of dental checkup procedures.

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The health care services are under attack. Wikimedia Commons

Murder, rape, and physical abuse are among the attacks that healthcare workers, the wounded, and the sick have been subjected to in the five years since the United Nations Security Council adopted its first resolution on the protection of health care in conflict zones and demanded an end to impunity for such attacks.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement Monday that “healthcare providers and patients have suffered through thousands of attacks on health care systems” since the resolution was adopted.

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50 percent of patients expressed increased anxiety about cancer. Pixabay

Women who have gynecologic cancer and low income reported having more anxiety and financial distress during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study. For the study, Y. Stefanie Chen and her team from the Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City conducted telephonic interviews with 100 women with gynecologic cancer living in New York City who were covered by Medicaid health insurance.

They found that 50 percent of the patients reported feeling more financial stress since the start of the pandemic, while 54 percent said they worry about future financial problems due to the pandemic. Nearly 50 percent of patients expressed increased anxiety about cancer since the start of the pandemic, while 83 percent expressed feeling increased anxiety in general.

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