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The Risk of Stroke with Coronavirus

COVID-19-Related Stroke in Young Individuals Evidence is mounting on the diverse neurological presentations associated with COVID-19.  This is highlighted in a comment by Dr Johanna Fifi from Mount Sinai in The Lancet.  It is known that SARS-CoV-2 causes...

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Diabetes and Coronavirus

Diabetes, Metformin and COVID-19 Dr Andrew Crouse and others conducted a retrospective electronic health record analysis of 25,326 patients who were tested positive for COVID-19 between 25 February and 22 June 2020 in the Birmingham Hospital at the University of...

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Air Travel and COVID-19

Air Travel in the Time of COVID-19 An interesting editorial in The Lancet Infectious Diseases discusses the implications of this. The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way we think about travelling. Most countries in the world have adopted some measures of lockdown or...

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Breast Cancer Screening

Breast Cancer Screening It is important to understand that most breast lumps are benign and are not cancer.  Breast cancer cells usually form a tumour that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump.  Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women but...

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Reinfection Rates with COVID-19

COVID and Reinfection The question is, can a patient who has had COVID be re-infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus? The press recently have documented that there appears to have been a case of reinfection in Hong Kong during August.  Is this the case?  What are...

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Screening for Cancer of the Ovary

Ovarian cancers were previously thought to begin only in the ovaries, but recent evidence suggests that many ovarian cancers can actually start in the cells at the far end of the uterine (fallopian) tubes. The ovaries are mainly made up of three kinds of cells. Each...

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Skin Cancer Screening

Skin Cancer Screening Currently no screening programme exists for skin cancer.  There are various different types of skin cancer including: Melanoma Melanoma is a cancer that begins in the melanocytes. Other names for this cancer include malignant melanoma and...

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Pancreatic Screening

Pancreatic Cancer Pancreatic cancer is more common in men than women.  The average lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer is about 1:64, but each person's chance of getting this cancer can be affected by risk factors: 1.    Tobacco Use Smoking is one...

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Stomach Cancer Screening

Stomach Cancer This mostly affects older people.  The average age of people when they are diagnosed is 68.  About six out of every ten persons diagnosed with stomach cancer each year are 65 or older.  The risk that a man will develop stomach cancer in...

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Upper GI Tract Health Screening

Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Screening At present, screening for these cancers only exists for those with symptoms.  Oesophageal Cancer Oesophageal cancer is more common among men than among women. The lifetime risk of oesophageal cancer in the United States is...

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