The Recovery Room: News beyond the pandemic — April 2

The Recovery Room: News beyond the pandemic — April 2

Written by Tim Snaith on April 1, 2021 — Fact checked by Jasmin Collier

The coronavirus pandemic has dominated the headlines and our daily lives for the past year. Medical News Today have covered this fast-moving, complex story with live updates on the latest news, interviews with experts, and an ongoing investigation into the deep racial disparities that COVID-19 has helped unmask.

However, this has not stopped us from publishing hundreds of fascinating stories on a myriad of other topics.


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We begin this week’s Recovery Room with a survey of the latest multiple sclerosis (MS) research. There is currently no cure for this condition, but developments in immunotherapy, new drugs, and gut microbiome research give us hope.

We also hear from three women with endometriosis about their experience of living with the condition, often for many years before receiving a diagnosis. It’s a revealing and sometimes frustrating read — why is research into and the understanding of endometriosis so lacking?

There are also articles on caffeine’s effects during exercise, the link between consuming processed meat and dementia, why experiencing some stress may be beneficial, and why positive thinking may not always be the best strategy.

We highlight this research below, along with several other recent stories that you may have missed amid all the COVID-19 fervor.

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