Clinical Trials & Research

Study examines how COVID-19 lockdown affected New Zealanders. The COVID-19 pandemic has markedly changed the way people are living their everyday life. Grocery pick-up, remote work, mask-wearing, virtual school, and social distances are some of the new norms of this post-pandemic lifestyle. While the measures have been put in place for the protection of citizens’
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Researchers investigated the influence of daily solar irradiation on the seasonal patterns of respiratory viral epidemics in temperate regions. It is well known that many respiratory viral epidemics, such as influenza, develop during autumn and winter in northern and southern hemisphere temperate regions. On the other hand, in equatorial regions respiratory viral epidemics are present
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Researchers studied whether eating oatmeal helps improve gut bacteria and lower cholesterol. In 2008 up to 39% of adults over 25 had high cholesterol levels, which increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. Diet and exercise have long been known to improve heart health, but much attention has lately been focused on gut bacteria
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A new study published in Communications Biology identifies how maternal consumption of a high omega-6/low omega-3diet during pregnancy increases compulsive eating behaviors in the offspring. Over the past century an increase in high-fat diet trends has served as a precursor to the development of obesity-provoking disorders such as diabetes. Omega-6 (n-6) and omega-3 (n-3) polyunsaturated
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Researchers investigated whether an EEG sleep test for dementia can help to identify individuals with or at risk of developing the condition. Dementia, a brain disease that causes a progressive decline in memory, thought processing, behaviour and everyday functioning, is an increasing problem worldwide. Usually affecting older adults, the condition not only leads to disability
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A recent study investigates the relationship between nutrition, diet, and rheumatoid arthritis, finding healthy food associated with lower risk. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systematic autoimmune disease that causes joint inflammation that can lead to joint damage, muscle loss, pain, and an overall loss of physical function. While many factors combined contribute to the development
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Researchers compared sodium glucose transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors to DPP-4 inhibitors. According to the American Heart Association, people that suffer from diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease as those without it. Diabetics are more likely to have high blood pressure, cholesterol, body weight, and blood sugar, all of
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Researchers measured physiological and psychological changes in the body to investigate whether short simple massage techniques boost relaxation. The body’s mental and physical responses to stressful situations (such as increased heart rate, blood pressure, and brain alertness) are important for preparing the body for action. However, if these stress responses become chronic this can have
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Psychologists reviewed anxiety in young children caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is normal for children to feel anxious when experiencing change. Studies have shown that during non-pandemic times up to 15.7% of adolescents and 2.7% of young children have symptoms of health-related anxiety. But in the middle of a global pandemic, how can parents
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Results of an ongoing study investigate the effectiveness of treatments for COVID-19, including remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, and glucocorticoids. COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe; so far, more than 15.6 million people have been infected, with more than 636,000 deaths. Faced with the immediate pressure of the global pandemic, healthcare workers around the world are prescribing
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Researchers studied the relationship between concussion and sleep quality, finding an increase in sleep disturbances in these patients. In 2018, it was estimated that 69 million people suffered from traumatic brain injuries, especially in lower and middle-income countries. Mild traumatic brain injuries typically present as concussions and frequently occur because of falls, traffic collisions, and
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Research study investigates whether SARS-CoV-2 antibodies provide equal protection against infection. As the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to impact the world, healthcare officials implement policies they hope will flatten the curve. This strategy aims to slow the spread of the virus, so hospitals are not overwhelmed. Ultimately the result is a population that has been exposed
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