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Widely-used and cheap steroid hydrocortisone can cut coronavirus deaths by a THIRD

The cheap steroid hydrocortisone can cut Covid-19 deaths by almost a third in the sickest patients, research has found. 

An analysis co-ordinated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of seven different studies found three steroids – hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone and dexamethasone – reduce the risk of death in critically ill coronavirus patients by 20 per cent.

It bumped up to 31 per cent for hydrocortisone, a drug widely used to treat allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, or lung problems.

The study, from the University of Bristol, is one of three published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), that suggests steroids improve survival of the most seriously ill Covid-19 patients. 

Another found hydrocortisone can improve outcomes by up to 93 per cent in critically ill patients – measured by either a greater chance or survival or a reduced need for organ support in

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Quell: 2 students win Y Combinator place 3 weeks after launching game startup

  • After just three weeks of work on their startup, two students on the innovation design engineering course at London’s Royal College of Art won a place on Y Combinator’s prestigious accelerator program.
  • Their fitness gaming startup, Quell, is built around a low-cost wearable made of smart resistance bands that tracks users’ combat-style workouts as they fight through a fantasy game on their phone or laptop.
  • Quell has raised $150,000 in investment from Y Combinator, as well as funding from a series of angel investors, including Twitch’s Kevin Lin and AngelList cofounder Naval Ravikant. In August, it launched a Kickstarter campaign, which netted $250,000 in the first week.
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It’s a tough environment to launch new businesses, but two British students won a spot on Y Combinator’s prestigious accelerator programme for a startup they had only launched three weeks ago.

Quell is an immersive fitness

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Terry White Chemists Tramadol (tramadol hydrochloride) Drug / Medicine Information

Contains the active ingredient tramadol hydrochloride

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

Read this leaflet carefully before taking your medicine.

This leaflet answers some common questions about tramadol. It does not contain all
the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or
pharmacist.

The information in this leaflet was last updated on the date listed on the last page.
More recent information on this medicine may be available.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist:

if there is anything you do not understand in this leaflet,

if you are worried about taking your medicine, or

to obtain the most up-to-date information.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you using
this medicine against the benefits they expect it will have for you.

Pharmaceutical companies cannot give you medical advice or an individual diagnosis.

Keep this leaflet with your

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Terry White Chemists Metformin (metformin hydrochloride) Drug / Medicine Information

Contains the active ingredient metformin (met-FOR-min) hydrochloride

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

Read this leaflet carefully before taking your medicine.

This leaflet answers some common questions about metformin It does not contain all the available information. It does not
take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist or diabetes educator.

The information in this leaflet was last updated on the date listed on the last page. More recent information on this medicine
may be available.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist:

if there is anything you do not understand in this leaflet,

if you are worried about taking your medicine, or

to obtain the most up-to-date information.

You can also download the most up to date leaflet from www.apotex.com.au.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you using this medicine against the benefits they
expect it will have for you.

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I Wrote a Novel About an Epidemic. Here’s What Living Through One Taught Me.

The question arrives via email, DM, Facebook message. The wording varies, but boils down to this: Do you feel like you’re living in your own novel?



a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images, Christopher Gower/Unsplash, chokja/iStock/Getty Images Plus, and Anshu A/Unsplash.


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Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images, Christopher Gower/Unsplash, chokja/iStock/Getty Images Plus, and Anshu A/Unsplash.

The Weight of Ink—the book these messages refer to—is partially set during London’s devastating 1665–66 plague outbreak. And yes, there’s an abundance of similarities between that 17th century catastrophe and ours—so much so that in my replies to these readers, I make sure to also underscore what I find reassuring. Unlike our 17th century counterparts, we live in a world of genome sequencing and double-blind studies. However devastating the mortality rate in this epidemic, it won’t match the 60–90 percent mortality rate of pre-antibiotics plague.

But my replies have felt hollow. I’ve avoided admitting the

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The Mental Health Trauma of the Black Maternal Mortality Crisis

Inequality is rampant throughout the health care system: Women of color are more likely to die of breast cancer, heart disease, and COVID-19, and more likely to report chronic, severe anxiety. There are many reasons—gaps in biomedical research, deliberate discrimination and racism, lack of resources, lack of empathy—all of which come to a head when a Black woman gets pregnant. Black women in the United States are three to five times more likely to die from pregnancy or postpartum issues than white women, a maternal mortality crisis that cannot be ignored. In Glamour’s Black Maternal Health series, we’re sharing these stories—and solutions.

Freedom Smith was scared to scream during childbirth. She was a 21-year-old single mother-to-be with no insurance, no family support, and no stable prenatal care, and the words of the staff in the maternity ward had weighed heavily on her mind. “I had a

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A Complete Transformation: St. Luke’s Fitness Center Opens

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

St. Luke's School has opened a new Wellness & Fitness Center
St. Luke’s School has opened a new Wellness & Fitness Center

The reimagined space includes a new weight training zone, a cardio-specific training area, a two-story rock climbing wall, a new viewing area for squash, a running ramp, and a turf training area.

The Class of 2020 Cardio and Training Mezzanine is home to six Peloton Bikes generously donated by the Barkley family. The cardio zone has two treadmills, two ellipticals, two rowing machines, and two additional exercise bikes for the St. Luke’s students and faculty to enjoy.

The weight room has

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Mimi’s Rock: Health and Wellness Products Enabling People to Be Their Best

Mimi’s Rock Corp. (TSXV:MIMI; OTCQB:MIMNF) has launched its campaign on the Investing News Network’s life science channel. 

Mimi’s Rock Corp. (TSXV:MIMI; OTCQB:MIMNF) has launched its campaign on the Investing News Network’s life science channel.

Mimi’s Rock is a dietary supplement and wellness company offering a number of life science brands including Dr. Tobias, All Natural Advice and Maritime Naturals. The company’s leading Dr. Tobias brand features over 30 products, including the top-selling Colon 14-Day Cleanse and the #1 selling Omega 3 Fish Oil on Amazon.com.

Mimi’s Rock’s All Natural Advice and Maritime Naturals brands are focused on skin and beauty care. Both brands are produced in Canada and registered with Health Canada and under the EU Cosmetics Act. As the focus of its distribution strategy, Mimi’s Rock is working to develop its online sales platforms including its own ecommerce website as well as major marketplaces such as Amazon, the company’s

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Bee-keeping initiative at SBH Health and Wellness looks to bring

Over 150 pounds of Bronx-made honey was collected by beekeepers at the SBH Health and Wellness Center in Tremont, as part of a new program with St. Barnabas Hospital.

Bee-haven is creating locally sourced honey from the Bronx on the rooftop of SBH Health and Wellness Center.

“We’ve already gotten about 150 pounds of honey off of these four beehives,” says Eric Hanan, a beekeeper at Bee-Haven.

The bee-keeping initiative is all a part of the larger program to bring healthier lifestyle and options to the Bronx.

“It’s an innovative project that’s mission is to transform the health of the Bronx. The Bronx usually finishes in 62nd, in last place, when it comes to health outcomes. So, this is really a project where we’re trying to keep people healthy as opposed to just helping them when they get sick,” says Steven Clark, director of marketing/communications at SBH Health System.

The

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WHO-trained young epidemiologists help fight COVID-19 in the Republic of Moldova

Ten young epidemiologists from different departments at the National Public Health Agency (NPHA) in the Republic of Moldova have joined forces to review and analyse data that will allow their country to respond more effectively to COVID-19.

Over the years, WHO has helped the Republic of Moldova to detect and respond to disease outbreaks by supporting an existing network of field epidemiology training programmes. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO and its partners have conducted 132 training sessions in infection prevention and control and public health emergency management for health professionals from the Republic of Moldova.

Nicolae Furtuna, Director of the NPHA, says, “In our effort to respond to COVID-19, we fully rely on the valuable expertise of our staff, built with WHO support.” He also applauds their commitment, saying, “I am very proud of my young colleagues, who have demonstrated maturity and critical thinking and respected clear

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