August 2020

Trial clarifies which patients with acute pulmonary embolism can be managed at home


Patients with acute pulmonary embolism can be selected for home management using the sPESI score or the Hestia criteria, according to results of the HOME-PE trial presented in a Hot Line session today at ESC Congress 2020.

Principal investigator Professor Pierre-Marie Roy of the University Hospital of Angers, France said: “The pragmatic Hestia method was at least as safe as the sPESI score for triaging haemodynamically stable pulmonary for .”

Acute pulmonary embolism is the most severe presentation of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Incidence is approximately 60 to 70 per 100,000 people, but increases with age,

Brazil surpasses 120,000 COVID deaths


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Just over six months after registering its first case of the new coronavirus, Brazil crossed the grim threshold of 120,000 people killed by COVID-19 Saturday, with no end in sight to the crisis.

The country of 212 million people has now registered 120,262 deaths from the virus and 3,846,153 infections, the said in its daily update.

Brazil is just the second country to surpass a of 120,000 in the pandemic, after the United States, where the number killed is now more than 182,000.

Unlike in Europe and Asia, where the virus

Canada extends ban on most foreign travelers


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Canada is extending a ban on most travellers entering the country until the end of September in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, the government announced Friday.

And Canadian citizens and permanent residents returning from abroad will still be subject to strict quarantine measures, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced on Twitter.

This restriction has been in force since mid-March.

An exception was made in June allowing spouses, children, parents or guardians of Canadian citizens or permanent residents to enter the country.

A deal between Canada and the United States also allows essential travellers

UK-wide study shows children with gastrointestinal symptoms should be included in COVID-19 testing strategies


‘COVID Warrior’ Rachel Murray aged seven from Belfast. Credit: Queen’s University, Belfast

Over 1,000 children from Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, known as “COVID Warriors” have had their antibodies measured in the UK-wide trial called “Seroprevalence of SARS-Cov-2 infection in healthy children.”

The findings have been published today (Friday 28 August) as a preprint on the server MedRxiv.

The study is led by Queen’s University Belfast, in partnership with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Northern Ireland and Public Health England.

The aim of the study, which began in May and is ongoing, is to assess the

Jillian Michaels says these 11 fat loss tips will help you lose weight and keep it off


Healthista has called upon the ultimate weight loss guru. Jillian Michaels shares 11 ways we can lose weight and keep it off for good

If there’s one woman who knows a thing of two about diet, fitness and weight loss, it’s Jillian Michaels.

The 46-year-old fitness guru is well known in the fitness world after her ten year gig as a trainer on NBC’s hit weight loss show The Biggest Loser – and for her abs of course.

Not only that, but Jillian has trained well known celebrities such as Pink, Julia Roberts, Amanda Peet and Sarah Paulson to

France, Germany join nations tightening controls to halt virus surge


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Germany and France drew up tougher rules on Thursday in line with a growing number of countries battling a resurgence in coronavirus infections with Paris making masks obligatory in all public places in a bid to curb a rise of new cases in the city.

European countries are seeing an increase in infections even as they struggle to balance new restrictions against the need for their economies to recover from the devastating impact of the first round of lockdowns.

Britain, South Korea and Rwanda are also tightening their restrictions as fears rise of a return