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Covid: Half with cancer signs didn’t contact GP in first wave

Covid: Half with cancer signs didn’t contact GP in first wave

Health
Getty ImagesAlmost half of people with potential cancer symptoms did not contact their GP during the first wave of the pandemic, a survey suggests.Symptoms left unchecked included coughing up blood, lumps and changes to the appearance of moles.NHS figures showed a fall in referrals to cancer services last spring.But this study, of almost 8,000 people, captures the fall in people contacting their GP in the first place.The team that carried out the study, from Cardiff University and Cancer Research UK, said this raised concerns that people could be diagnosed later - and so be less likely to be treated successfully and recover.Cancer scan backlog raises late detection fearsCancer therapy with no visitors is 'hardest thing' They surveyed a representative sample of people across the UK recruite...
CDC: U.S. life expectancy fell by a year during first half of 2020 due to COVID-19

CDC: U.S. life expectancy fell by a year during first half of 2020 due to COVID-19

Health
Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Life expectancy in the United States declined by a year during the first half of 2020, due in large part to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From January through June of last year, life expectancy at birth for the total population of the United States was 77.8 years, down from 78.8 years in 2019. Advertisement For Black Americans, life expectancy fell by nearly three years over the same period, to 72 years from 74.7 years. Among Hispanic Americans, it dropped by roughly two years to 79.9 years from 81.8 years from 2019 through June 2020. In men, life expectancy declined to 75.1 years from 76.3 years over the same period, while it fell to 80.5 years from 81.4 years for women, th...
Half of college football concussions sustained in preseason

Half of college football concussions sustained in preseason

Health
Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Nearly half of all concussions sustained by college football players occur during preseason practice, according to a study published Monday by JAMA Neurology. Players also experienced twice as many head impacts during the preseason as they did in practices and games in the regular season, the data showed. Advertisement The findings suggest that changes to policies and procedures regarding physical contact in general, and head-to-head contact specifically, during preseason practices could help reduce players' risk for concussions without "major modification to game play," the researchers said. "The higher incidence of concussion in the preseason is likely due to several factors, including the total hours and intensity of training, heavy emphasis on full contact drills -- [s...
Survey: Half of U.S. adults think worst of pandemic is yet to come

Survey: Half of U.S. adults think worst of pandemic is yet to come

Health
Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Roughly half of adults in the United States believe the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is yet to come, according to the findings of a survey released Friday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Nearly 70% of the respondents indicated that they are worried that they or someone in their family will get sick from the disease, the data showed. Advertisement This is the highest percentage since the Kaiser Family Foundation began tracking the statistic in February, the organization said. The findings are from the Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll, a survey of 1,676 adults aged 18 years or older from across the country. The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the role of the United States in global health ...
COVID impact: Nearly half of Indian millennials report increased borrowing in Aug-Sep

COVID impact: Nearly half of Indian millennials report increased borrowing in Aug-Sep

Finance
Mumbai: Nearly half of Indian millennials surveyed by a foreign bank have reported an increase in borrowing in August-September amid COVID-19 pandemic. The survey by British lender Standard Chartered also said that the millennials – defined as those born after 1981 – are finding it "highly challenging" to manage their day-to-day expenses such as household bills as compared to other segments. It can be noted that the pandemic has resulted in heavy job losses across the country, especially in the organised segment as economic activity came to a halt. However, activity has improved lately with the unlock measures and the GDP is now expected to contract by a lesser degree than originally feared. The bank surveyed 12,000 adults across 12 countries, including India, between September 25 to Octob...