A survey by a Boston University researcher of nearly 33,000 college students across the country reveals the prevalence of depression and anxiety in young people continues to increase, now reaching its highest levels, a sign of the mounting stress factors due to the coronavirus pandemic, political unrest, and systemic racismContinue Reading

A new study led by Flinders University has found that treating obstructive sleep apnea with CPAP therapy increased self-reported physical activity in adults with a history of heart disease. During a mean follow-up period of 3.7 years, the group treated with CPAP therapy reported approximately 20% higher levels of moderate physical activityContinue Reading

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized marketing of a new prescription only device intended to reduce snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea. Unlike devices used while patients sleep, this is the first device used while awake that is intended to improve tongue muscle function, which in time can helpContinue Reading

In this Outbreak NewsBites podcast, I look briefly at new research from the University of South Florida (USF) on Zika virus vertical transmission. See the paper here: Zika Virus–Infected Decidual Cells Elicit a Gestational Age–Dependent Innate Immune Response and Exaggerate Trophoblast Zika Permissiveness: Implication for Vertical Transmission  Continue Reading

The wealthiest countries in Europe have higher death rates from atrial fibrillation than the least wealthy and these death rates are increasing more rapidly than incidence rates, according to the first analysis of its kind published in the European Heart Journal  Tuesday. The study also found that women who developed theContinue Reading

On Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that by February 1st, the COVID-19 vaccine will have been offered to every resident and staff member to Florida’s nearly 700 nursing homes and over 3,000 assisted living facilities. This encouraging announcement follows another the Governor made late last week concerning vaccines andContinue Reading

Rachel Levine, MD, the transgender doctor who totally flubbed the COVID-19 response as the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, has been nominated to be President Joe Biden’s Assistant Secretary for Health. While PA health secretary, Levine did a horrible job and was responsible for a large number of COVID-19 cases andContinue Reading

In a Twitter string Saturday, the Great Barrington Declaration expressed concerns over messaging about the COVID-19 variant strain in light of UK PM Boris Johnson’s recent press conference: Government messaging has become progressively hyperbolic and confusing. Balance and perspective is in short supply. As a result, the information we receiveContinue Reading

The Lakeland City Commission voted unanimously (7-0) this week on a resolution that adopted COVID-19 safety measures. Within the resolution language, the City Commission recommends and urges in the strongest possible terms that all citizens, businesses and organizations within the City of Lakeland observe the following safety measures to reduceContinue Reading

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said today “Florida remains steadfast in our commitment to putting Seniors First and the numbers speak for themselves.” Florida is first in the nation in the vaccination of seniors 65+ based on publicly available data from other states–the first state  in the nation to vaccinate more thanContinue Reading

A new Stanford University study of common COVID-19 responses in the United States and nine other nations concludes point to the failure of stay-at-home orders and business closures on the spread of the coronavirus. The study, titled ‘Assessing Mandatory Stay‐at‐Home and Business Closure Effects on the Spread of COVID‐19,’ wasContinue Reading

Germany expanding Covid quarantine rules, making global headlines, announcing detain people for breaching quarantine rules under the Disease Protection Act, which passed by the German Bundestag last March and renewed in November. To heighten the tension, a mutant strain of coronavirus. different to those originating in the UK, South Africa andContinue Reading

A new national survey by the Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute finds many Americans would delay doctor’s appointments and even emergency care when COVID-19 rates are high. The survey found 67 percent of Americans are more concerned about going to medical appointments when COVID-19 rates are high in their area andContinue Reading