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Almost 16,000 COVID-19 patients get hydroxychloroquine and here's what happened

In a new study from Brigham and Women’s hospital, nearly 16,000 patient outcomes were analyzed that were diagnosed with COVID-19 and received the drug hydroxychloroquine.
Instead of improving, patients were four times more likely to experience dangerous heart irregularity, compared to those not teated with the antimalarial drug.
Patients in the study that were given hydroxychloroquine were also more likely to die.
The study is recently published in the medical journal The Lancet  and is the most recent to address a hot topic about whether the medication, which is also prescribed to treat autoimmune disorders, should be  used to treat COVID-19.
Mandeep R. Mehra, a corresponding study author and executive director of the Brigham’s Center for Advanced Heart  Disease said the drug, or any regimen including a chloroquine,  did not help “no matter which way you examine the data.”
Patients from six continents included 
The researchers looked at data from 671 hospitals that included six continents …

Early surgical menopause tied to memory and thinking problems

Women who experience early surgical menopause are found in a new study to suffer memory loss and difficulty thinking. 

The findings, presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) raises questions about whether hormone therapy might help, according to Riley Bove, MD with Harvard Medical School in a press release.

For the study,  researchers looked at memory skill tests among 1, 837 women who were part of the Rush Memory and Aging Project at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Women were ages 53 to 100.

The results showed early surgical menopause was linked to memory decline. The earlier surgery was performed, the faster women lost their long-term memory and overall thinking abilities.

The findings were the same even after taking into account age, smoking history and education level. Natural menopause failed to show the same results. 

The study authors say more research is needed. Women who underwent surgery that leads to menopause at an early age were als…

Can food really kill cancer?

One MD suggests food can indeed kill cancer. According to author Dr. Raymond Francis, medicines in our kitchen cabinet can shrink cancer tumors, but food remedies are ignored by the medical community.

Dr. Francis doesn't say food should be a primary approach to killing cancer cells and tumors, but he does say chemotherapy isn't the “only effective way to treat cancer”.
Francis is the author of “Never Fear Cancer Again (Health Communications, Inc.).” In his book he covers natural alternatives to treat cancer that he claims can make us healthier and keep us away from bad choices.
“We can often help ourselves with substances we already have in our home,” says Francis in a press release. He adds, “Natural alternatives don’t get the attention they deserve because there is little profit in them for the major drug companies.”
Francis cites recent finding published in the journal “Nature” that showed chemotherapy destroys healthy cells and makes cancer grow because of a protein triggered…