Covid infection linked with increased complications in pregnancy, birth
London: Pregnant women with COVID-19 are more likely to have complications with pregnancy and birth compared to those without the ínfection, according to a study.
The research, publishing on Tuesday in the journal PLOS Medicine, looked at hospitalisation for births in France during the first six months of the pandemic.
The study suggests that vaccination may be useful to protect women and their babies, particularly for those at a higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 infections.
The researchers from the Universite de Paris in France analysed data for hospitalisations for birth after 22 weeks gestation in France between January and June 2020.
Until March 15, all confirmed cases of COVID were hospitalised but after this hospital admission was based on the medical condition of the patient, they said.
The researchers noted that of 244,465 births in hospital, 874 or 0.36 per cent of mothers had been diagnosed with COVID-19.
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Women in the COVID-19 group were more likely to be older, have obesity, be carrying more than one baby, or have a history of high blood pressure compared to those without, they said.
The study found that women with COVID-19 had a higher frequency of admission to ICU, death, preeclampsia and eclampsia.
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system while eclampsia is the new onset of seizures or coma in a pregnant woman with preeclampsia.
The infected women also had a higher frequency of gestational hypertension, haemorrhage either before or after birth, very premature spontaneous or induced birth, and cesarean section, the researchers said.
Rates of pregnancy terminations, stillbirths, gestational diabetes, placenta previa, placental abruption, and blood clots were not increased, they said.
Being aware of these complications is important for health care providers to support pregnant women and provide the best care.
The authors believe that although causality cannot be established in the study, vaccination to protect pregnant women from COVID-19 may be useful, particularly for those in higher risk groups.
Who plays Hawkeye’s wife & daughter in new MCU series?
Jeremy Renner starrer Hawkeye is currently streaming n Disney+ Hotstar. The show became one of the most popular mini-series on the OTT giant Disney+ Hotstar ever since it was released on November 24. While fans are enjoying the first two episodes and waiting for more to arrive every Wednesday, they are also wondering about the show’s cast playing Hawkeye’s wife and daughter.
Hawkeye marked the fifth TV series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The show saw Jeremy Renner reprise his role as Clint Barton or Hawkeye while Hailee Steinfeld portrayed Kate Bishop. The show’s plot revolves around the alliance of Hawkeye and Kate Bishop to prevent themselves from becoming the target of some enemies. The show also cast Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne, Fra Fee as Kazimierz, Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop and more. Here are more details about the Hawkeye mini-series cast.
Who is the girl in Hawkeye?
The new series, which also marked MCU’s Christmas special show, saw Hawkeye trying to return home to celebrate the festival with his family. Talking about Hawkeye’s family, fans are wondering about the girl playing Barton’s daughter Lila in the new show. Ava Russo is playing the role of Lila Barton in Hawkeye. Ava earlier appeared in Avenger’s Endgame in the scene where Clint was teaching her archery.
Ava Russo is filmmaker Joe Russo’s 20-year old daughter. She lives in the US and is of Italian descent. Ava is a successful model and had her first acting stint in Avengers Endgame. Ava has often walked the red carpet for MCU film’s premieres with her filmmaker father and uncle. Joe Russo has directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.
Who plays Hawkeye’s wife?
Linda Cardellini reprised her role as Laura Branton, Hawkeye’s wife, for the new TV series Hawkeye. Linda first appeared in Avengers: Age Of Ultron when Clint took the Avengers to his safe house. Linda then reprised her role as Laura in Avengers Endgame.
Hawkeye was one of the most awaited shows of the MCU. The show arrived on Disney+ Hotstar on November 24. The makers released its two episodes on the first day. The six-episode series will come to an end on December 22, 2021.
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Specs, price, release date and more
There’s no way around it; graphics cards are in (absurdly) hot demand nowadays. Many hopeful consumers struggle to get their hands on Nvidia’s current generation graphics cards, the RTX 30-Series. Despite this, preparations for Nvidia’s next-generation 4000-series GPUs are reportedly well underway.
Despite the combination of heightened GPU demand, the global pandemic, and worldwide chip shortages, it’s still full steam ahead for the GPU giant and their next series of cards.
Nvidia’s next generation of cards, codenamed Lovelace () are rumored to be released in the fall of 2022. As with the RTX 20 and 30 series, it’s expected that the flagship gaming GPUs — the 4090, 4080 and 4070 — will launch first.
Nvidia’s RTX 4000 series GPUs: Specifications, release date
The Ada Lovelace lineup is expected to be twice as fast as the current RTX 30 series cards, courtesy of TSMC’s more efficient 5-nanometer node process, according to leaker Kopite7kimi.
The two-fold increase in performance will come at a cost, though. The newer GPUs could potentially demand twice as much power as existing GPUs. Reports also suggest that the flagship of the 40-Series, the RTX 4090, will be based on the AD102 GPU.
The AD102 GPU could have as many as 18432 CUDA cores, a huge jump from the RTX’s 3090’s 10496, according to preliminary specs provided by leaker Kopite7kimi. So, an upgraded power supply might be in order.
The RTX 4000 series GPUs are rumored to hit mass production in mid-2022. Assuming there’s enough time to build up enough inventory, a retail launch around October or November 2022 is likely. However, most recent rumors pit the big release day as early as Q3 2022, which would fall in line with the launch timing for the RTX 30 series cards that launched in September 2020.
Nvidia’s RTX 4000 series: Expected price
Given the current demand for graphics cards, it’s a safe bet that obtaining a 4000-series GPU will require deep pockets. On the flip side, Intel’s entry into discrete GPUs could make overall prices more competitive for consumers.
As things stand, all we have are predictions on what the prices might be until Nvidia makes an official announcement on the series. Leaker Graphically Challenged paints a bleak picture for consumers, predicting MSRP prices at the high-end of the series’ lineup peaking at almost USD 3,000.
Unfortunately, for most consumers out there, obtaining a 40-Series card in 2022 might seem more like a pipe dream at this point, given the overall craze in GPU demand that’s having a negative effect on pricing and shortages. Luckily, Nvidia’s hoping to give customers some good news to close out 2021 with the release of a refreshed RTX 2060 GPU.
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