Well being Highlights: Jan. 6, 2022 – Client Well being Information

Doubts about the accuracy of some home COVID tests. Preliminary research suggests that two widely used nasal swab antigen tests, Abbott’s BinaxNOW and Quidel QuickVue, may not detect the disease in the early days of infection, even when people have high levels of coronavirus. Continue reading

Heart disease can put a greater strain on the brain of women than that of men. A study of more than 1,800 adults in their 50s and 60s found that people with heart disease in general showed greater decreases in their memory and thinking skills over time – and the effect was greatest in women. Continue reading

The global damage caused by dirty city air. In 2019, urban air pollution resulted in 1.8 million additional deaths, according to a key new study. A total of 86% of the people living in cities around the world – a total of 2.5 billion people – are exposed to particulate matter in excess of what is healthy. Continue reading

UK relaxes COVID travel rules. Officials there are ending requirements for pre-departure testing for people traveling to the UK. The tests will not be required because the dominance of the Omicron variant has rendered restrictions on containing its spread meaningless, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. Continue reading

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