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Long Covid: New survey shows devastating toll of long Covid – from hair loss to low libido

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It is estimated that over one million people in the UK are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 for an extended period of time, otherwise known as Long Covid. Long Covid can vary from person to person. For some Long Covid symptoms can be mild and vary fractionally from day to day. For others the situation is much more serious with a few unfortunate individuals having to stop work entirely because of the condition.

As the number of cases grows and long Covid becomes a greater public health concern and public health pressure, scientists are trying to learn as much about it as possible.

In a new survey published by Healthily, participants found that nearly half of the female participants had had their libido wiped out.

Another way to describe libido is someone’s sexual desire.

How high someone’s libido is can indicate the state of overall health in some cases.

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Speaking of the results Professor Maureen Baker, Healthily’s Chief Medical Officer said: “The long COVID survey from Healthily shines a spotlight on the type of long COVID symptoms women are reporting.

“Women in the survey really struggled with their libido, nearly half, and this can then lead to problems in their relationships with 34 percent reported as well as many saying this had affected their fertility.”

Women in the survey said they also experienced hair loss in the aftermath of their Covid infection.

In the early days of the vaccination programme there were concerns by critics over whether the life-saving vaccine could affect fertility.

There is no evidence to back up this claim.

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Practising London-based GP Dr Ann Nainan, expanded on the results: “If your libido has been low lately, it may naturally return to whatever is normal for you in time. But, there are also some changes you can make to your lifestyle or relationship that may help increase your sex drive.

“Women are coming into surgery reporting fatigue, brain fog, and low mood – so it’s hardly surprising that our survey found that they have also lost their sex drive too.

“It can take several weeks or months to get over a COVID-19 infection and even longer in some cases, so it’s important to see your doctor for support.”

The loss of libido in some women is another insight into the impact long Covid is having on patients.

The full effect refers to the fact children have been subject to almost every single variant of Covid-19 without vaccination.

As a result, they have not been adequately protected.

Professor Gurdasani says: “It’s quite amazing to me how little attention policy has paid to children who are clearly developing chronic illnesses…I can’t think of any other disease in children that has this level of impact”.

Going forward, as greater effort is put to treating long Covid in adults, it is important children are not left behind.



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Ruud van Nistelrooy makes next job decision as Man Utd plan coaching appointment

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That decision failed to pay off, however, with the Red Devils sacking Moyes after just 10 months in charge.

After the current West Ham boss came Van Gaal, who arrived with big things expected due to his past success at the likes of Barcelona and Ajax.

Giggs was hoping to get the Red Devils job himself, which was why he stayed, but both ended up leaving nearly six years ago.

When Jose Mourinho took over, he opted to maintain his close relationship with Rui Faria – who had previously worked under him at clubs such as Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Fair departed in the summer of 2018, though, with Michael Carrick then given a place on Mourinho’s bench.

Carrick stayed to work under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Norwegian also regularly picking up the thoughts of Phelan and Kieran McKenna throughout his spell in the dugout.

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High cholesterol: Blood pressure drug linked to significant reduction in good cholesterol

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“Though they’re commonly used to treat different forms of heart disease, beta-blockers can significantly reduce HDL levels.”

Among the beta-blockers that cause this are Corgard (nadolol), Inderal (propranolol), Tenormin (atenolol), Zebeta (bisoprolol).

These drugs are widely used in the treatment of angina, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, heart attack and high blood pressure.

But despite concerns about their effect on cholesterol, scientists stress that the benefits of beta-blockers far outweigh the risks.

VeryWell Health adds: “If your beta-blocker affects your cholesterol significantly, your doctor may lower your dose or switch you to a different medication.”



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Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez not on same page over Saudi Arabia GP after missile attack

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However, after a four-hour meeting between race officials and the teams, it was confirmed the race would go ahead despite the attack. It had been reported that a number of the competing drivers were concerned for their safety following the nearby explosion.

Despite this, an agreement was finally reached to race at 2:30am local time, after team chiefs left the lengthy meeting to confirm: “We will be racing.” A statement from Formula 1 confirmed Sunday’s race would go ahead as planned. It read: “Formula 1 has been in close contact with the relevant authorities following the situation that took place today. The authorities have confirmed that the event can continue as planned and we will remain in close contact with them and all the teams and closely monitor the situation.”

Unsurprisingly, there were a number of mixed views on whether the race should go ahead, and this is clearly apparent in the Red Bull setup. This comes after advisor Helmut Marko revealed that drivers Verstappen and Perez are not on the same page when it comes to racing.

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On the issue, Marko told Sky Germany: “Max is a bit more relaxed about it. Perez is a little bit scared, but when you live in Mexico City there’s not much more security. We have the pandemic, we have the war in Europe and now we have a missile attack 20 kilometres away. This is no longer normal or pleasant.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s race though, the Austrian advisor is firmly on the side of Verstappen and the race officials, supporting the idea of the race taking place. He commented: “I really think it’s the right thing to do. As I said, these drone attacks are common, I think. They have a very good defence system. Why this one didn’t work remains to be seen. It’s not the first drone, after all. But it’s the first one to strike on such a scale.”

The attack took place during Friday’s first practice session, and it was Red Bull’s star man Verstappen who was one of the first to realise something was wrong after reporting on his team radio that he could ‘smell burning’. Initially, the Dutchman thought the smell was coming from either his or one of his rival’s cars, however it then became clear that an explosion had taken place just a few miles from the track.

Giving an insight into Verstappen’s initial worries, Marko said: “Max radioed us, he thought his car had caught fire because there was an intense burning smell. We were informed a drone had been sent from Yemen. The Saudis have a defence system and for some reason the drone was not intercepted.”



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