Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Pandemic may have increased older adults' fall risk

The COVID-19 pandemic may have increased older adults' risk of falling and injuring themselves, due to changes in physical activity, conditioning and mobility, a new national poll suggests.

Medical research

Study tracks global death toll of COVID-19 pandemic

Using the World Mortality Dataset, the largest existing collection of mortality data, researchers of the University of Tübingen and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have tracked the impact of COVID-19 across more than ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

COVID-19 not linked to increased preterm births or stillbirths

A new study may alleviate concerns about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on pregnancy, as researchers found no increases in preterm births or stillbirths during the first year of the pandemic. The large study of more ...

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A pandemic (from Greek πᾶν pan "all" + δῆμος demos "people") is an epidemic of infectious disease that is spreading through human populations across a large region; for instance a continent, or even worldwide. A widespread endemic disease that is stable in terms of how many people are getting sick from it is not a pandemic. Further, flu pandemics exclude seasonal flu. Throughout history there have been a number of pandemics, such as smallpox and tuberculosis. More recent pandemics include the HIV pandemic and the 2009 flu pandemic.

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