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Meet the local startup that wants to be the Spotify for medical professionals

When I spoke to Mike Donoghue, CEO and co-founder of Convey Pro Inc., I noted that I had numerous friends in medical school and residency — which, as it happens, are also set to be the target audience for his company.

“It’s funny you say that, because that’s the sweet spot demographic,” he said. “That’s part of the thesis of our business model, that young professionals particularly would crave this kind of content, delivered this way.”

He refers to medical podcasts, a niche type of content that the company curates on its app, ConveyMD. The platform launched recently, and the goal, explained Donoghue, a former Smith & Nephew marketing exec, is to be “the Spotify for medical professionals.”

Currently, it has about 100 podcasts on the app, and much of the content is free, as many of the podcasts are available on major media platforms. Yet through partnerships with continuing medical education (CME) providers, like the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, ConveyMD will also provide exclusive, accredited content for purchase — and this, Donoghue believes, is what sets it apart.

More than 230 journals warn 1.5°C of global warming could be ‘catastrophic’ for health

(CNN)Human health is already being harmed by the climate crisis, and the impacts could become catastrophic and irreversible unless governments do much more to address global warming, the editors of more than 230 medical journals said in a joint editorial Monday.The editorial points to established links between the climate crisis and a slew of adverse health impacts over the past 20 years: Among them are an increase in heat deaths, dehydration and kidney function loss, skin cancer, tropical infections, mental health issues, pregnancy complications, allergies, and heart and lung disease, and deaths associated with them.

5 is your lucky number of fruits and veggies to live longer, but not all of them count

That’s how many servings of fruits and vegetables you need to eat each day to live the longest, according to a new study released by the American Heart Association that analyzed data representing nearly 2 million adults worldwide. Two of those five servings should be fruit — the other three should focus on veggies, the study found. “This amount likely offers the most benefit in terms of prevention of major chronic disease and is a relatively achievable intake for the general public,” said lead author Dr. Dong Wang, an epidemiologist and nutritionist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, in a statement.

Prediabetes may be linked to worse brain health

People with prediabetes, whose blood sugar levels are higher than normal, may have an increased risk of cognitive decline and vascular dementia, according to a new study led by UCL researchers. For the study, published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, researchers analysed data from the UK Biobank of 500,000 people aged 58 years on average, and found that people with higher than normal blood sugar levels were 42% more likely to experience cognitive decline over an average of four years, and were 54% more likely to develop vascular dementia over an average of eight years (although absolute rates of both cognitive decline and dementia were low).

COVID-19: 5 blood proteins predict critical illness and death

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 81% of people with COVID-19 develop only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and a cough. However, about 14% of all patients go on to develop breathing difficulties and low blood oxygen levels. Approximately 5% become critically ill and may need treatment in an intensive care unit for acute respiratory distress and multiple organ failure.

This Blood Type May Protect You Against COVID, Study Says

There is a definite link between blood type and COVID risk.

Over the last year, researchers have continued to study risk factors for COVID-19. One of them? Blood type. According to a number of studies there is one blood type in particular that seems to be more protective when it comes to the virus, and people with it, are less prone to severe infection and even death. Read on to learn about the latest major study linking blood type to COVID risk—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.

A study published in late 2020 in Annals of Internal Medicine, revealed that people with type O or Rh−negative blood may be at slightly lower risk from COVID-19. 225,000 people who were tested for the virus were involved in the study, with researchers finding that risk was 12% lower for those with O blood type compared to those with A, AB, or B. Additionally, their risk for severe COVID or death was 13% lower. Additionally, those with Rh-negative blood type—especially O-negative—also seemed to have some immunity against the virus. Keep reading to see which blood type may put you at risk.

Sesaminol: Parkinson’s disease’s surprise medicine

Osaka City University shows that sesaminol, purified from industrial sesame seed by-product, can help prevent Parkinson’s disease.

Sesame seed oil, used by many for its nutty aroma and high burn-point, is made by extracting the fatty oils from sesame seeds, with the empty shells thrown out as waste. In a literal instantiation of the age-old adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, researchers discovered that a chemical called sesaminol, abundant in this waste, has protective effects against Parkinson’s disease.

Scientists get serious about mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines

A lot of us have engaged in some bold mixing-and-matching during the pandemic — office attire on top, pajama pants on bottom, for instance — and been none the worse for it. Imagine doing the same with COVID-19 vaccines, perhaps pairing a first dose of the AstraZeneca product with a second dose supplied by Novavax. Will the consequences of such mixing be any graver? It’s hardly an idle question. Either by accident or design, some mismatched dosing is inevitable, experts say. Two vaccines are currently being rolled out across the United States, with a third expected to join them next week and two more likely to come over the next several months. All but one were designed to be delivered as two-dose regimens.

Researchers find worrying new coronavirus variant in New York City

(CNN)Two separate teams of researchers said this week they have found a worrying new coronavirus variant in New York City and elsewhere in the Northeast that carries mutations that help it evade the body’s natural immune response — as well as the effects of monoclonal antibody treatments. Genomics researchers have named the variant B.1.526. It appears in people affected in diverse neighborhoods of New York City, they said, and is “scattered in the Northeast.”

California doctors see uptick in rare, serious condition in children tied to COVID-19

DAVIS, Calif. —

After an increase in COVID-19 cases in early January, doctors are now seeing an increase in another condition in children. Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children, or MIS-C, causes different parts of the body to be inflamed. New data shows there are 302 reported cases of MIS-C statewide. That’s up from 176 cases in January and 157 in December.

Pregnant women have 70 percent higher chance of contracting COVID-19, study says

We now know pregnant women in Washington appear to be at a much higher risk for COVID-19. The virus can present like a common cold for one person and be deadly for another. But on this day, for now, the Clark family is relieved COVID-19 is behind them.

Israel’s Speedy Vaccination Campaign Now Faces Key Test in Returning to Normal

By Felicia Schwartz Feb. 21, 2021 12:48 pm ET

TEL AVIV—Israel lifted restrictions on most commerce and public activity, opening malls, markets and museums—and requiring the use of a pass to document vaccination status for some activities. Sunday’s moves illustrate how Israel, which rolled out the world’s fastest Covid-19 vaccination campaign, is combining incentives and threats to get the rest of its population vaccinated—and how it learned from missteps.

Pfizer-BioNTech Shot Stops Covid Spread, Israeli Study Shows

The Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE Covid-19 vaccine appeared to stop the vast majority of recipients in Israel becoming infected, providing the first real-world indication that the immunization will curb transmission of the coronavirus.

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