The long term effects of COVID-19

A recent Monash University study has found six months after recovering from COVID-19 critical illness, one in five people had died, and almost 40 percent of survivors had a new disability. Led by Professor Carol Hodgson, the study looked at COVID-19 critical illness across Australia between March 6 and October…

Novel MRI contrast agent sidesteps toxic effects of current products

Adding a contrast-enhancing agent to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) significantly improves image quality and allows radiologists who interpret MRI scans to pick up subtle anatomic details and abnormalities that might otherwise be missed. But this important diagnostic tool is often denied to patients with chronic kidney disease because all commercially…

The effects of inflammatory bowel disease on pregnancy

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis—often affects women of childbearing age. A study published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics compared the health of pregnant and non-pregnant women with IBD. The study included 2,058 Korean women with IBD who became pregnant between 2007 and 2016 and 20,580 women…

Anticholinergic burden tied to adverse effects in middle age

Anticholinergic burden (ACB) is associated with adverse outcomes in a middle- to older-aged population, according to a study published in the March/April issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. Peter Hanlon, from University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom, and colleagues used data from the U.K. Biobank community cohort (502,538…