27 articles from SATURDAY 29.8.2020

The Climate Legacy of Racist Housing Policies

RICHMOND, Va. -- On a hot summer's day, the neighborhood of Gilpin quickly becomes one of the most sweltering parts of Richmond.There are few trees along the sidewalks to shield people from the sun's relentless glare. More than 2,000 residents, mostly Black, live in low-income public housing that lacks central air conditioning. Many front yards are paved with concrete, which absorbs and...

What happens when babies with heart defects become adults?

More than 90% of babies born with heart defects survive into adulthood. As a result, there are now more adults living with congenital heart disease than children. These adults have a chronic, lifelong condition and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has produced advice to give the best chance of a normal life.

The experience of Covid-19 shows how easily catastrophe can befall our species | Raghu Karnad

A previous generation understood the destructive power of humanity. We would do well to heed their insightsMonths after the end of the second world war, Albert Einstein gave an interview to urge Americans to imagine the third one. It was vital, he said, “to recognise that unless another war is prevented it is likely to bring destruction on a scale … even now hardly conceived, and that little...

Victoria's new coronavirus cases fall to lowest rate in two months as 18 more die from Covid-19

Premier Daniel Andrews says it is ‘too early’ to allow people who live alone to visit other householdsNSW reveals 14 new cases and sacking of quarantine guards as Queensland infections climbFollow today’s coronavirus blogAustralia’s state by state lockdown rules and restrictionsMelbourne and Victoria trend mapMelbourne stage 4 restrictionsThe number of new Covid-19 cases in Victoria has...

Queensland minister says NSW woman whose unborn twin baby died was not denied healthcare

Steven Miles says border closures do not apply to those seeking emergency healthcare after Scott Morrison calls for explanationNSW reveals 14 new cases and sacking of quarantine guards as Queensland infections climbFollow today’s coronavirus blogAustralia’s state by state lockdown rules and restrictionsMelbourne and Victoria trend mapMelbourne stage 4 restrictionsThe Queensland health...

Can people with heart disease exercise safely?

The first recommendations on sports and physical activity in all types of heart disease are launched today by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The document is published online in European Heart Journal, and on the ESC website. "With rising levels of obesity and sedentary lifestyles, promoting physical activity is more crucial now than ever before," said Professor Antonio Pelliccia,...

Heart rhythm disorders are best managed when patients are listened to

Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder and increases the risk of stroke by fivefold. Patients with irregular heartbeats should choose the treatment plan with their health professionals, according to European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines published online today in European Heart Journal, and on the ESC website. The document was developed in collaboration with the...

How to treat the most common heart attacks

One in five patients die within a year after the most common type of heart attack. European Society of Cardiology (ESC) treatment guidelines for non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome are published online today in European Heart Journal, and on the ESC website.

Risk of heart attacks halves in patients with diabetes in 15 years

Dramatic reductions in the risk of heart attacks in patients with diabetes coincides with major increases in the use of preventive medications. That's the finding of late breaking research presented today at ESC Congress 2020. 'Our results suggest that when patients are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, starting medications to prevent cardiovascular disease has a substantial impact on the risk of...

What happens when babies with heart defects become adults?

More than 90% of babies born with heart defects survive into adulthood. As a result, there are now more adults living with congenital heart disease than children. These adults have a chronic, lifelong condition and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has produced advice to give the best chance of a normal life. The guidelines are published online today in European Heart Journal, and on the...

With Elon Musk’s help, ‘three little pigs’ demonstrate Neuralink’s brain implant

With grudging assistance from a trio of pigs, Neuralink co-founder Elon Musk showed off the startup's state-of-the-art neuron-reading brain implant and announced that the system has received the Food and Drug Administration's preliminary blessing as an experimental medical device. During today's demonstration at Neuralink's headquarters in Fremont, Calif., it took a few minutes for...

Look beyond opioids to solve national substance use epidemic

A new study published reveals that three-quarters of participants in an inpatient addiction intervention program came into the hospital using more than one substance. The findings suggests that a singular focus on opioids may do more harm than good if doctors overlook the complexity of each individual's actual substance use.

Natural disasters must be unusual or deadly to prompt local climate policy change

Natural disasters alone are not enough to motivate local communities to engage in climate change mitigation or adaptation, a new study has found. Rather, policy change in response to extreme weather events appears to depend on a combination of factors, including fatalities, sustained media coverage, the unusualness of the event and the political makeup of the community.

Coronavirus live news: Europe cases continue to rise as Victoria sees fewest in two months

France racks up post-lockdown high in new infections; Australian state sees 18 deaths and 94 cases; India sets new daily record with more than 77,000 cases. Follow all the updates liveGlobal report: India sets new daily case recordRepatriating 100,000 stranded Australians could take six months Locals rediscover streets and beaches absent of foreign touristsUK businesses offer incentives to lure...