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Long COVID: major findings, mechanisms and recommendations

Sobering recent article - Long COVID: major findings, mechanisms and recommendations.  Its abstract reads: "Long COVID is an often debilitating illness that occurs in at least 10% of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections. More than 200 symptoms have been identified with impacts on multiple organ systems. At least 65 million individuals worldwide are estimated to have long COVID, with cases increasing daily. Biomedical research has made substantial progress in identifying various pathophysiological changes and risk factors and in characterizing the illness; further, similarities with other viral-onset illnesses such as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome have laid the groundwork for research in the field.

Best diets in 2023: Mediterranean diet wins again

Medscape has just commented: "It's officially 2023, and if history repeats, millions of Americans are likely vowing that this year will be one when they drop those unwanted pounds for good.  After all, weight loss usually lands one of the top spots on New Year's resolution surveys.  And just in time, there's guidance to pick the best plan. Released today are U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the best diet plans.  Once again, the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, olive oil, and fish, got the top spot, as best diet overall. It's the sixth consecutive year for that win. But many other diets got top marks as well."

Adiposity, body fat distribution, and risk of major stroke types among adults in the United Kingdom

This recent article from JAMA - Adiposity, body fat distribution, and risk of major stroke types among adults in the United Kingdom - comments: "In 2019, stroke was the second leading cause of death globally, estimated to be responsible for approximately 10% of all deaths.  Of the 12.2 million incident strokes worldwide in 2019, approximately two-thirds were ischemic strokes, one-quarter were intracerebral hemorrhages (ICHs), and one-tenth were subarachnoid hemorrhages (SAHs).  In the United Kingdom (UK), stroke incidence is increasing after a longstanding decline, possibly due to an increasing prevalence of major modifiable cardiovascular risk factors, including adiposity, blood pressure, dyslipidemia, and diabetes. However, the evidence regarding the associations of body mass index (BMI; calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height i