Health Highlights: Jan. 6, 2022

By Robin Foster and Ernie Mondel, HealthDay Reporters>

Doubts are emerging about the accuracy of some COVID tests at home. Preliminary research suggests that two widely used nasal swab antigen tests, Abbott’s BinaxNOW and Quidel QuickVue, may not detect disease in the first few days after infection, even if people carry high levels of the coronavirus. Read more

Heart disease may affect the brains of women more than men. A study of more than 1,800 adults in their 50s and 60s found that people with heart disease generally showed greater declines in their memory and thinking skills over time — the effect was stronger in females. Read more

Global damage to dirty city air. A new study finds that urban air pollution led to 1.8 million excess deaths in 2019. In total, 86% of city dwellers worldwide – a total of 2.5 billion people – are exposed to particulate matter at levels beyond healthy levels. Read more

Britain eases travel rules due to the Corona virus. Officials There are expired requirements for pre-departure testing for people traveling to the UK. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said tests would not be required because the dominance of the Omicron variant made restrictions to stop its spread meaningless. Read more

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