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Study: 33% of U.S. adults suffer from anxiety, depression related to COVID-19 pandemic

Study: 33% of U.S. adults suffer from anxiety, depression related to COVID-19 pandemic

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Feb. 19 (UPI) -- One-third of adults in the United States report experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open found. In addition, 30% said they suffered from stress related to the pandemic and the lockdown measures put in place to contain the spread of the virus, the data showed. Advertisement Just under 12% indicated that they have contemplated suicide since the start of the pandemic, the researchers said. Although most of those who reported mental health problems related to the global crisis had a history of "psychiatric" diagnoses, more than 15% of them did not, according to the researchers. "These findings underscore the broad impact that the pandemic ... has had on peoples' lives," study co-author ...
South Korea approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for all adults

South Korea approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for all adults

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SEOUL, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- South Korea granted its first approval of a COVID-19 vaccine to AstraZeneca, allowing the two-shot regimen to be administered to all adults, including the elderly, the country's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety announced Wednesday. The vaccine, developed by the British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant and Oxford University, is being manufactured in South Korea by contract with local firm SK Bioscience. Advertisement The approval came with a warning, however, that consideration is needed when administering the vaccine to individuals over 65 years of age due to limited data from that demographic in clinical trials. "Approval has been granted but we wanted to include language that physicians should carefully consider the benefits and risks when administering [the vaccine]...
CDC: LGBT adults may be at higher risk for severe COVID-19

CDC: LGBT adults may be at higher risk for severe COVID-19

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Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults are more likely to suffer from several chronic health conditions that place them at increased risk for severe COVID-19, according to data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among the conditions linked to risk for more severe illness more common among LGBT adults is asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Advertisement The agency recommends that more data on sexual orientation and gender identity be included with COVID-19 surveillance to improve treatment in LGBT patients. "The higher prevalence of conditions like heart disease, COPD and diabetes in those who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual compared to those who identify as heterosexua...
Drug offers hope for acute myeloid leukemia treatment in older adults

Drug offers hope for acute myeloid leukemia treatment in older adults

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Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A new drug for acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, improves overall survival in people with the deadly blood cancer by up to 10 months, according to the results of a Phase 3 clinical trial published Thursday by the New England Journal of Medicine. In a study conducted at 148 hospitals in 23 countries, the drug, called CC-486, improved survival in patients age 55 and older, the data showed. Advertisement Those given the medication, a tablet formulation of the drug azacitidine, had an average survival from remission of almost 25 months, compared to 15 months for patients who did not take the drug. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved CC-486 in September. "It is very exciting to think that, by taking a tablet that is relatively well-tolerated, we can help reduce relap...