Israelis aged 40+ start receiving vaccines in race to halt record infections

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All Israelis aged 40 and up can now get a coronavirus vaccine, the Health Ministry announced Tuesday, with the rapid inoculation campaign gaining more steam in the hopes of overcoming record-high infections.

After reports said the Clalit and Maccabi health maintenance organizations were expanding vaccinations to include those aged 40+, the ministry said it had given approval to all four Israeli health providers to do so.

More than 80 percent of Israelis over the age of 70 have received at least one vaccine shot, along with 68% of those aged 60-69, 50% of those aged 50-59 and 28% of those

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Smart watches can detect symptoms of COVID-19 before wearer knows they are infected

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A team of researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has found evidence that suggests smart watches can detect COVID-19 symptoms before a person has become aware that they are infected. On their website, the team at Mount Sinai describes testing 297 healthcare workers by looking at data from their Apple Watches.

One of the early signs of a COVID-19 infection is inflammation in infected areas of the body. And when inflammation begins, the body responds by slightly altering blood flow. That change in blood flow can be seen in slight changes to

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When urinary tract infections turn deadly

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – The death of Tanya Roberts may have taken some by surprise. At 65 she was known as a Bond Girl and Charlie’s Angel.

What may have been more startling she died of sepsis, brought on by a urinary tract infection. “Most urinary tract infections are symptomatic,” says Dr. Catherine McCarthy a professor with the UNRMED Family Medicine Program. “Meaning women have pain or burning when they urinate. They have may urgency or frequency. Or they may notice blood in the urine,” she says.

Women have an increased risk at developing UTIs. That’s because their urethra– the

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Treating post-infectious smell loss in COVID-19 patients

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News-Medical catches up with Professor Carl Philpott about the latest findings regarding COVID-19 and smell loss (anosmia), and how sufferers of smell loss post-infection can be treated.

We last interviewed you back in the early stages of the COVID pandemic about smell loss and COVID-19, when it was becoming increasingly recognized as an official symptom. How has your research and knowledge developed since then?

Firstly, after official recognition by the WHO and subsequently, the UK government, it was about showing just how common smell dysfunction was. Pooled evidence showed an incidence of about 60% of those being infected with COVID-19.

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Hospitals full. Thousands infected with coronavirus each week. San Antonio pays the price for failing to flatten the curve.

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These days, Amanda Salinas scarcely has time to catch her breath.

Six days a week, when she goes to Northeast Baptist Hospital for her nursing shift in the emergency department, she is met with the grim reality of San Antonio’s COVID-19 surge.

People on stretchers crowding the hallways. Waiting room lines longer than she ever has seen. Patients languishing in the emergency room for days, sometimes for so long that they are discharged before a bed becomes available for them upstairs. Hospital staff weary from working under arduous conditions, with little respite, for the better part of a

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