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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 …

Teen moms more prone to obesity later in life

Rising rates of obesity has drawn researchers to understand what factors contribute to growing waistlines. A study published two days ago shows teen pregnancy is a risk factor for obesity later in life, though the reasons are unclear.

The finding that comes from University of Michigan researchers and published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology is the first to identify the long-term health effects of teen pregnancy that the authors say has not been a focus.

Other immediate concerns, including child care, finances and school and social support, said lead study author Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS in a press release.

The finding is based on data from the National Health and Examination Survey (NHANES).

Women who were pregnant between the ages of 13 and 19 were found to be at significantly higher risk of obesity compared to those who waited until age 20 or beyond to give birth. The chances of obesity were 3 percent higher after taking into account a variety of factors inclu…