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Covid-19, Malaria, Diabetes, Obesity and Eosinophils

February 8, 2021 - 15:44 -- Pierre Lutgen

An increased number of scientific papers confirm that diabetes causes an increased risk in the mortality and severity of COVID-19. However, the mechanism is not entirely clear. Understanding the relationship between COVID-19 and diabetes could advance therapeutic measures, but there is a scarcity of data on the matter.

Gina Dube, an advanced practice clinical pharmacist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts suggests that impaired immune systems make individuals with diabetes more susceptible to severe infections.

Association between maternal exposure to the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and risk of obesity in middle age

August 3, 2020 - 16:17 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
La Merrill MA, Krigbaum NY, Cirillo PM, Cohn BA
Reference: 
Int J Obes (Lond). 2020 Aug; 44(8):1723-1732

Obesity is a malnourishment epidemic worldwide. A meta-analysis of prospective human studies across the world demonstrated a consistent positive association between maternal exposure to the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and its metabolite dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) and children with obesity. The present study evaluates the association of maternal exposure to DDT and DDE with the risk of obesity in daughters during their mid-life in a prospective birth cohort with up to 53 years of follow-up.

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