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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 …

Three reasons not to mix booze with energy drinks highlighted by researchers

Researchers warn about risks of energy drinks combined with alcohol Researchers warn that mixing alcohol with energy drinks can have negative health and personal consequences.
In a small study that included 75 people researchers found booze plus energy drinks can lead to the following:
Increased desire for alcohol
Hayley Hamilton, a scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and co-investigator of the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey aid people mix energy drinks with booze because they think they can drink more.
But the combination can drive desire for more alcohol from the stimulating effect of caffeine.
“We normally think of alcohol as a depressant, but it also has a stimulant effect, and it is this stimulant effect that is most strongly related to how much we like alcohol, and whether we want to keep drinking,"  says lead author Rebecca McKetin, a fellow with the Center for Research on Aging, Health and Well-being at the Australian National University…