MedDay – April 10, 2020

Health and Medical

NEW YORK (CBS News)– A new study helps explain why smokers and people with lung disease may be most at risk for developing severe COVID-19 infections. Researchers in Canada found those groups have higher levels of a specific molecule in their lungs, which creates an entry point for the coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control is now recommending that all adults be screened for hepatitis C at least once in their lifetime – and that women be screened during every pregnancy. The CDC updated its guidelines after finding the number of reported cases of hepatitis C tripled between 2009 and 2018.

And playing video games may cause long term changes in the brain. A study in China tracked expert players of the real-time strategy game League of Legends. The players showed improved visual attention.. making them better at focusing brain power on more important information.

Those are some of the day’s top health stories.

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