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Unfiltered coffee increases mortality, but drip coffee may be good for you

The first study to examine links between coffee brewing methods and risks of heart attacks and death has concluded that filtered brew is safest. The research is published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Our study provides strong and convincing evidence of a link between […]

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Post lockdown restaurant rules released; Quaratines to be required for int’l travelers; Cuenca taxis install dividers; Oil revenue tumbles

The Ministries of Health and Tourism and the Agency for Sanitary Control have released a 21-page document specifying the regulations that restaurants, bars and cafes must follow when they reopen. Most of Ecuador’s eating and drinking establishments are closed to sit-down business as a result of the Covid-19 health emergency but are expected to reopen […]

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Indigenous communities in Latin America make efforts to protect their elderly members

By Cassandra Garrison, Marina Lammertyn, Anthony Boadle Indigenous peoples across Latin America are cutting off their communities from the outside world, worried that the coronavirus could pose a grave threat to their culture by putting at risk tribal elders, the keepers of their heritage. From the rocky Patagonian regions of Argentina to the lush Brazilian […]

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Churches to reopen but those over 60 won’t be welcome; Purchasing scams investigated at 14 hospitals; Music festival cancelled

Lunes, 11/5/2020 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – There was no pagina cultural today. <Another victim of Covid?> Del cuerpo del periodico – La Fiesta de la Música cancelled – This annual festival which is organized by the Alianza Francesa has been cancelled this year. But there will be a virtual […]

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In the Galapagos Islands, the Covid-19 pandemic has turned an idyllic lifestyle upside down

By Christine Armario and Adrian Vazquez Before the coronavirus, sudden life-threatening ailments among tourists, fishermen and others on the Galapagos Islands were considered so rare that hospitals didn’t have a single intensive care unit bed. Now, officials are racing to equip medical teams on the remote islands with breathing machines while also trying to staunch […]

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Can ‘female hormone’ therapy help males (and possibly females) with Covid-19?

By Regina Schaffer As researchers continue to assess complications of COVID-19, one striking difference has become clear — men who contract the novel coronavirus are more likely to be intubated or die compared with women. Animal model studies of the SARS virus suggest that the age and sex differences in COVID-19 symptom severity may be […]

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Moreno is disappointed that most cities remain locked down; Maintenance resumes for Cuenca’s parks; Avianca files for bankruptcy

President Lenín Moreno says he is frustrated that only three of the country’s 221 cantons have opted to relax Covid-19 restrictions beginning today. Last week, all cantons continued the health emergency lockdown. “I am frustrated that more municipalities [cantons] have not voted to move from red light to yellow light conditions,” Moreno said Friday. “We […]

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Can the economic and mental health costs of the Covid-19 shutdown be justified?

By Conor Friedersdorf Should states ease pandemic restrictions or extend lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders into the summer? That question confronts leaders across the United States. President Trump says that “we have to get our country open.” And many governors are moving quickly in that direction. Critics are dismayed. Citing forecasts that Covid-19 deaths could rise […]

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Johns Hopkins begins trials of blood plasma for Covid-19 treatment and prophylaxis

By Eamon Dreisbach Two randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials at Johns Hopkins Medicine aim to determine whether blood plasma will be effective as prophylaxis against COVID-19, a strategy that would be “enormously valuable” and has been efficacious against other viral diseases. The first trial, which is looking at prophylaxis, is enrolling health care workers and individuals […]

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Covid-19 dermatologic manifestations: More than just a footprint

By Graeme M. Lipper, MD The skin manifestations of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 were not recognized at the early stages of the pandemic but have received much recent attention in scientific journals and global media outlets. Reported manifestations range from pseudo-chilblains to a morbilliform (measles-like) exanthem, urticaria, vesicular eruptions, a dengue-like petechial rash, and ovate scaling macules, and plaques mimicking […]

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Fauci says leak concerns fueled his White House revelation of Gilead drug results

By Julie Steenhuysen Concerns over leaks compelled the top U.S. infectious disease official to reveal data on Gilead Sciences Inc’s experimental drug remdesivir, the first in a scientifically rigorous clinical trial to show benefit in treating COVID-19. The dramatic announcement by Dr. Anthony Fauci in the Oval Office on Wednesday prompted concerns among scientists that […]

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Cuenca will remain in Covid-19 lockdown for another week, emergency committee decides

Cuenca will continue in lockdown mode until at least May 17, the cantonal Emergency Operations Committee (COE) decided Friday night. Committee members said they are concerned about overloading local hospitals with coronavirus patients and say that several other recommendations by the World Health Organization remain unmet. In a statement, the COE said it understands the […]

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