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  • ESOC 2021 Ticagrelor of Net Clinical Benefit aAfter Stroke, TIA: THALES A new analysis of data from the THALES trial separates out the reduction in ischemic events from the increase in bleeding events and shows the benefit outweighs the risk in a ratio of four-to-one.
  • Boost Vitamin D in Blacks Living at High Latitudes, Study Indicates Those of African-Caribbean descent who reside at higher latitude, lower UVB-exposure regions show vitamin D deficiencies. Supplementation can help.
  • Success of COVID-19 Vaccines in Nursing Homes: Will It Stick? Several studies support the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in reducing SARS-CoV-2 infection and its complications in nursing homes, but as this commentary underscores, we can't let down our guard.
  • Single-Dose Typhoid Vaccine 84% Effective in Africa Trial A single dose of the Vi-TCV typhoid fever vaccine was more than 80% effective in a test of 28,130 Malawian children aged nine months to 12 years, according to new research.
  • Most Muscle Pain on Statins Not a Drug Effect: SAMSON in Print An innovative trial concludes most statin-related muscle symptoms are a nocebo effect, likely 'driven by the act of taking tablets rather than whether the tablets contain a statin,' researchers say.
  • SYNTAX Score II 2020 Wobbles in Real-World Validation Although some observers say further research is needed to sharpen the score's predictive accuracy, others question the very data used for its creation.
  • UK Would Not Have Approved Valneva COVID Vaccine, Health Secretary Says Britain cancelled its contract for about 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by France's Valneva in part because it was clear it would not be approved for use in the country, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Tuesday.
  • COVID Vaccine Preprint Study Prompts Twitter Outrage The authors' conclusions about rates of myocarditis after COVID vaccine in boys 12 to 17 years of age are attacked for supposedly stoking anti-vaccine sentiment.
  • The Role of Probiotics in Mental Health Researchers are uncovering the intricate ways our gut bacteria contribute to several mental health conditions, in the hopes of someday treating the mind through the stomach.
  • Researchers Warn Young Adults Are at Highest Risk of Obesity Adults aged 18-24 gained the most weight over 10 years compared with older individuals and should be a key target for prevention programs, say researchers.
  • Lipid Levels Tied to ALS Risk Elevated levels of high-density lipoprotein are associated with reduced risk for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); higher total cholesterol to HDL ratio is linked to increased risk for ALS.
  • A Good Night's Sleep Linked to Lower Arrhythmia Risk In a study of more than 400,000 people, those who reported generally sleeping through the night had less atrial fibrillation and bradyarrhythmia than those who reported having difficulty sleeping.
  • Why At-Home Rapid COVID Tests Cost So Much Germans pay less than $1 per test. Brits get them free. Why do Americans pay so much more? Because companies can still demand it.
  • At 18 Months, Much Still Unknown About Diabetes and COVID-19 A comprehensive literature review identifies diabetes as a major risk factor for COVID-19 morbidity and mortality, but many mechanistic and epidemiologic knowledge gaps remain.
  • WCLC 2021 Air Pollution ― Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer Concerted action, including advocacy from oncologists, is needed to help reduce lung cancer deaths worldwide that are directly attributable to air pollution, say experts.
  • Hospital Policies During COVID-19 Pandemic Should Minimize Years of Life Lost Health systems have prioritized COVID-19 patients for life-saving care during the pandemic, but a recent study suggests a different way to optimize scheduling and allocate beds to minimize years of life lost for all hospitalized patients.
  • ERS 2021 Inspiratory Muscle Training Speeds Up COVID-19 Recovery Home-based delivery of inspiratory muscle training should be considered as part of COVID-19 recovery strategies, say UK researchers.
  • ESC 2021 New ESC/EACTS Valvular Heart Disease Guidelines New European guidelines for the management of valvular heart disease offer more than 45 revised or completely new recommendations relative to the previous version published in 2017.
  • ESC 2021 Shadow of LVEF-based HF Categories Looms Over New ESC Guideline It was hard not to think of the upcoming presentation on EMPEROR-Preserved, with its potentially profound impact on HF management, when new HF guidelines were summarized at the annual congress.
  • ERS 2021 Infants Breathe Better When Pregnant Moms Exercise Three-month-old infants born to mothers who were not physically active in pregnancy had lower lung function than children of more active mothers.