Long Covid (persistent symptoms after Covid infection) sufferers endure a wider set of symptoms than previously thought and these have a significant effect on their daily activities, quality of life, and capacity to work, according to a new study.

The symptoms most associated with Covid infection included anosmia, shortness of breath, chest pain and fever, but also included a range of other symptoms that have previously not been widely reported such as hair loss and sexual dysfunction, as per a study published in Nature Medicine.

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Those with systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, who received a "booster" dose of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine after receiving the full dosage are about half as likely to experience a subsequent "breakthrough" COVID-19 infection, according to a recent study.

This study was published in The Lancet Rheumatology journal on July 12.

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Nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from some form of mental disorder, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

The latest report is the largest review of world mental health since the turn of the century.

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According to a new study, Nordic walking was found to boost functional capacity, or the ability to do everyday tasks, in individuals with coronary heart disease more than normal high-intensity interval training and moderate-to-vigorous intensity continuous training.

The findings of the research were published in the journal 'Canadian Journal of Cardiology'.

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The findings of a recent study coordinated by the University of Bath (UK) neuroscientists with international partners, has revealed key differences in brain structure between people with and without anorexia nervosa.

Anorexia - which is a severe eating disorder and mental health condition - affects over a quarter of a million people aged 16 and over in the UK. Symptoms are characterised by people trying to keep their weight as low as possible by not eating enough.

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In Drosophila, researchers from the Buck Institute have discovered a link between nutrition, circadian rhythms, eye health, and lifespan for the first time. They also discovered that activities in the fly eye are actually driving the ageing process.

The research has been published in the journal, "Nature Communications"

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Eating problems are common among older home care clients, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. Nearly 30% of the 250 older care clients studied reported poor appetite, 20% had problems with chewing, 14% had problems with swallowing, and nearly 20% reported eating problems related to teeth or dentures.

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By pooling studies from eight cohorts across the United States, a group of researchers accelerated the collection of essential data to answer questions about the immune response needed for long-term protection against SARSCoV2. A description of the cohort, assays used, and event definitions were recently published in the American Society for Microbiology's open-access journal, mSphere.

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When you're not lifting heavy weights or doing painful stretches, dancing is one of the best and most enjoyable fitness exercises. Not only is dancing physically helpful, but it also has some benefits for mental health as it has been shown to be a great activity to instantly lift and relax.

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Medical staff members tend to a Covid-19 patient at the Seinäjoki Central Hospital in Seinäjoki, Finland, on December 2, 2021.

Researchers have found that subjects infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus displayed signs of severe brain inflammation and injury consistent with a reduction in blood or oxygen flow into the brain, neuron damage and small areas of bleeding.

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