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Risk of stillbirth in Covid-positive mothers significantly higher, says study, Health News, ET HealthWorld



Risk of stillbirth in Covid-positive mothers significantly higher, says studyWASHINGTON: The risk of stillbirth is about twice as high for women with Covid compared to those without, and grew to about quadruple during the period when the Delta variant became dominant, a large US government study said Friday.

The analysis, carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was based on more than 1.2 million deliveries between March 2020 and September 2021 from a large US hospital database.

Overall, stillbirths were highly rare, accounting for 0.65 percent or 8,154 deliveries.

But, after using statistical methods to account for the effect of other variables that might bias the result, stillbirths were 1.47 times more common among Covid-positive mothers pre-Delta, 4.04 times higher after, and 1.90 times higher overall.

The authors wrote that previous research had suggested a potential biological cause for the increased risk could be the result of inflammation or decreased blood flow to the placenta.

Among deliveries with Covid-19, conditions like chronic high blood pressure, having more than one baby, heart injury, separation of the placenta from the uterus, sepsis, poor blood flow resulting in shock, life-threatening lung injury, and having to go on a ventilator or being admitted to ICU were linked to higher rates of stillbirth.

“Additional studies are warranted to investigate the role of maternal complications from Covid-19 on the risk for stillbirth,” they said.

The study is among the strongest to date linking Covid and stillbirth, the authors said.

Some previous research on the subject failed to adjust for “confounders” such as pre-existing conditions, and a previous analysis using the same dataset did not detect a significantly increased risk.

“The current analysis includes an additional year of data, adding to the growing evidence that Covid-19 is associated with an increased risk for stillbirth,” the authors wrote, explaining why the link was more clear now.


‘This is starting to get very old’: QAnon follower writes letter to Trump



A QAnon follower has written an open letter to former President Donald Trump complaining about predictions shared within the movement failing to come true.

Danny Warren posted the letter to a QAnon group with thousands of members on the social media platform Telegram on Sunday. He said he had become more deeply engaged in the conspiracy movement in January and anticipated an event called “Red October”, which failed to materialise.

“Red October” is the baseless claim that global, cannibalistic, pedophilic elites would be rounded up and arrested along with their enablers around the world.

Mr Warren wrote that he had grown disillusioned with the repeated predictions of arrests that never came true.

“At the beginning of October, we were told of a Red October, with rumours of mass arrests across the world,” Mr Warren wrote. “We were given hints by ‘Q’ experts that November was to be THE month.”

“We have seen nothing happen,” he added. “I told a few of my ‘awake’ friends that either this would be the best Thanksgiving ever or the worst. Guess which one it was?”

The existence of the letter was initially reported by Newsweek.

QAnon followers sometimes refer each other to as “awake” in reference to “The Great Awakening”, yet another event that never occurred, in which Mr Trump was supposed to institute martial and send his political adversaries to jail in January.

“For months I have anticipated each day with excitement knowing that I was watching my President and his crews of patriots take back our country and our freedom,” he added. “I am losing that excitement now. This is starting to get very old. I will not be checking Lin [Wood’s] page, or [General Michael] Flynn, or any others for a good while. I’m already tired of it.”

“On a personal level, my wife is struggling physically,” Mr Warren wrote. “She has an autoimmune disease that is greatly and increasingly causing her more pain and suffering as the weeks drag on.”

Like many other QAnon adherents, Mr Warren said his family thinks he’s “nuts” for believing the claims emanating from the movement.

He wrote that his wife “could use a med bed and so could two of our children who have taken the vaccine. They think I am nuts for believing in all this. And how many millions more across the country need a med bed? My family is struggling and so is our country”.

The letter was also addressed to China’s leader Xi Jinping, Russian leader Vladimir Putin, retired Gen Michael Flynn, and John F Kennedy Jr “if he is still alive” or “whoever is pulling the strings”.

JFK Jr died in 1999.

Mr Trump is a significant figure to QAnon followers, with some believing that he will be returned to the White House or that he’s still president and that Joe Biden’s presidency is a hoax. Some adherents of the conspiracy theory think that Mr Trump will expose some Hollywood actors, business owners, and top Democrats as being paedophiles and cannibals and that they will be forced to stand trial and suffer execution.

The claims have no basis in fact and have been repeatedly debunked. One of the predictions that never came true is that members of the global cabal of elites would be arrested as Mr Biden’s was inaugurated in January.

When Mr Biden ascended to the presidency earlier this year, some QAnon followers started supporting the fact-free idea that his electoral success was based on widespread voter fraud.

Mr Trump has endorsed Republicans who have supported his unfounded claims of fraud, including some individuals who attended a QAnon convention in Las Vegas.

Some members of the movement have also attached themselves to claims thought to be outside the box even by other QAnon followers.

Hundreds gathered in Dallas, Texas earlier this year expecting to see JFK Jr alive and well, and that he was going to state that Mr Trump was the real president.

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NBA to recommend boosters, further vaccinations based on COVID-19 study findings



The NBA has completed a study with infectious disease specialists and testing manufacturers on the preseason antibody test results of 2,300 players and staff, citing further evidence of a need for booster doses of Covid-19 vaccines for league personnel, according to a copy of the study’s findings obtained by ESPN.

The NBA’s study found Moderna and Pfizer vaccines created higher levels of antibodies compared to Johnson and Johnson and detailed the decline of antibodies over time. The NBA wanted to understand the effectiveness of different vaccines, and what different levels of antibodies might mean for risk of infection.

The NBA is aware of 34 cases of fully vaccinated players or team staff becoming infected with a breakthrough case of Covid-19 through November 19, including 31 that had detectable levels of antibodies significantly lower than those observed in the remaining testing population, according to the report. Three of the 34 infections happened with “not detected” antibody levels, the study said.

The NBA has a 97% vaccination rate among its players, the league says. The NBA is using the findings of the report to encourage eligible players to follow the previous NBA/NBPA recommendation of getting a booster shot, and team doctors are expected to use these results to educate players on the importance of the additional vaccination protection.

Within the 2,388 people tested in the preseason, 75 produced “not detected” results, including 11% who had received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. That percentage was considerable higher than those who received Pfizer (1%) and Moderna (0.2%).

Those results suggest that those received the J&J vaccine at least two months ago — or a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least six months ago — are at increased risk of breakthrough infections.

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The Wheel of Time: Cast, Trailer, Renewal, and More



If you’re looking for a new fantasy TV show to sink your teeth into, Amazon’s The Wheel of Time is absolutely worth considering. The show, based on the book series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, is a Game of Thrones-level fantasy set in a whole other world in a different time. The characters — some of which have magic — traverse their world searching for who might be a reincarnation of an entity from long ago fated to save the world. They also have to figure out who might be out to end them, and that is what takes this from a simply binge-able show to a fantastical show we can’t look away from.

The first season started airing in early November 2021 and is slated to run through the end of December, with another season already underway. For everything you need to know about this new show, keep reading.

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