Nickbakhsh is more concerned about RSV, which her team found to have positive interactions with CoV-OC43, a coronavirus species of the same genus as SARS-CoV-2. It’s possible, she says, that having COVID-19 could increase a person’s susceptibility to RSV, or vice versa. Pinning down possible interactions between COVID-19 and other infections requires a large number of patient samples tested for SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory viruses. Rapid, dual diagnostic tests will be important for both research and treatment decisions, says Benjamin Singer, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Northwestern University. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued emergency use authorizations for flu–COVID-19 combination tests developed by Qiagen, BioFire Diagnostics, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). … [Read more...] about How will COVID-19 affect the coming flu season? Scientists struggle for clues
How can poor mental health affect your physical health
The toll was particularly striking among adults ages 18 to 24. In this group, about 63% reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, 25% reported starting or increasing use of substances, and 25% reported seriously considering suicide in the past 30 days. For comaprision, in a national survey conducted in 2018, about 14% of young adults reported an episode of major depression and 11% reported serious thoughts of suicide in the past year. … [Read more...] about Depression and anxiety are skyrocketing in young adults amid pandemic
The findings agree with previous research that has found a link between economic recessions and an increase in suicides. Evidence suggests that the 2007 to 2009 recession "disproportionately affected the middle-aged in terms of house values, household finances, and hits to retirement accounts," said the researchers, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research in New Jersey. … [Read more...] about Suicide Rise in Middle-Age Adults Linked to Recession
"Most people with the illness have a genetic vulnerability" for the disorder, Solomon said. Some people who are raised in stable and loving homes may never have that vulnerability exploited, and they may live their whole lives without expressing any signs of bipolar disorder . … [Read more...] about Catherine Zeta-Jones Case: Can Stress Trigger Bipolar Disorder?
Astrocytes belong to a group of brain cells known as glial cells. (Glia is Greek for "glue.") For most of the previous century, glial cells were thought to be minor players in brain activity, providing structural and nutritional support for neurons, which were thought to do the heavy lifting. … [Read more...] about Suicide Victims Found to Have Abnormal Brain Cells