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Long-term exposure to air pollution is associated with a higher risk for dementia

CVD May Play Role in Link Between Air Pollution, Dementia

Heart failure, ischemic heart disease, stroke may contribute to link between air pollution and dementia
In a technical guidance document issued by the World Health Organization

WHO Issues Guidance on Prevention of COVID-19 at LTCFs

Long-term care facilities should ensure there is an infection prevention and control focal point
Synthetic levothyroxine is associated with an increased risk for death among older adults

ENDO: Thyroid Hormone Use May Up Mortality Risk in Older Adults

Increased risk for death seen for visits on LT4 versus those with isolated elevated TSH who were untreated
Variability in bedtimes may be detrimental to cardiovascular health

Inconsistent Bedtime May Affect Cardiovascular Health

Going to bed even 30 minutes later than normal can lead to higher resting heart rates through most of the next day
Methylation analysis of circulating cell-free DNA sequencing can detect malignancy across stages with high specificity

Methylation Analysis of cfDNA IDs >50 Cancer Types

Sensitivity increased with increasing stage from 39 percent in stage I to 92 percent in stage IV
Thirty-six months of treatment with immediate-release isradipine does not slow clinical progression of early-stage Parkinson disease

Isradipine Does Not Slow Early Parkinson Disease Progression

Change in total Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale score similar for isradipine versus placebo
Exclusive breastfeeding for the first three months of life may cut the risk for allergy and asthma later in childhood

Exclusive Breastfeeding for First Three Months May Cut Allergy Risk

Findings show lower risk for respiratory allergies and asthma at age 6 years
Over the weekend

FDA Grants First Approval of Convalescent Plasma Therapy in COVID-19 Patient

Houston Methodist first to receive eIND approval for convalescent plasma in individual patient
Although U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved labeling does not provide for use of anesthesia ventilators for long-term ventilator support

Statement Issued on Use of Anesthesia Machines as Ventilators

FDA issues Emergency Use Authorization allowing for emergency use of certain anesthesia ventilators
In a joint statement released by the American Medical Association

Doctors, Hospitals, Pharmacies Warned Not to Stockpile Meds

Professional societies issue stern warning not to inappropriately prescribe meds for COVID-19