Exercise guards against a host of chronic diseases that can plague people as they age, but can it also protect against severe cases of COVID-19? New research suggests that’s so: Being physically active reduced COVID-19 patients’ risk of hospitalization, intensive care unit (ICU) admission and death, and even being just somewhat active provided some protection.…  read on >  read on >

There’s another epidemic sweeping the United States: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Statistics for 2019 — the latest data available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — show that STD rates in the United States hit a new high again for the sixth straight year. In 2019, nearly 2.5 million Americans had an…  read on >  read on >

In very rare cases, children infected with the new coronavirus can develop a severe illness known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C). Now, research finds that these young patients often develop neurologic symptoms along with the respiratory issues they might face. These neurologic symptoms were present in half of children who were hospitalized with MIS-C, U.K.…  read on >  read on >

Two new studies out of Britain find that although the now-dominant “U.K. variant” of the new coronavirus does spread more quickly, it does not appear to lead to more severe disease in those made ill. The findings should help allay fears that more patients will die after infection with the variant, officially labeled B.1.1.7. Scientists…  read on >  read on >