It’s not just long Covid: Symptoms can linger after other illnesses, leading to ‘long colds’

The coronavirus isn’t the only pathogen that can cause symptoms that last months, or even years, after an initial infection is overcome, a new study published Friday in The Lancet’s eClinicalMedicine suggests. 

In an analysis of data from 10,171 U.K. adults, the researchers found evidence of a “long cold” syndrome that can follow infection with a variety of common respiratory viruses, including common cold viruses and influenza.

While some of the symptoms of long Covid and long colds overlapped, the study noted that people with long Covid were more likely to continue to experience lightheadedness, dizziness and problems with taste and smell; lingering long cold symptoms were more likely to include coughing, stomach pain and diarrhea. 

By Linda Carroll 

413 Palestinians dead, including children, ministry says

At least 413 people have been killed in Gaza, including 78 children, the Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement on their official Facebook page.

Another 2,300 people have been injured, including 213 children. Medicine shortages and the cutoff of fuel has created difficulties in treating patients, the ministry also said.

“The continuation of the electricity crisis poses a challenge to the health system and endangers the lives of hundreds of injured and sick people in the sensitive sections,” the Palestinian Health Ministry said, according a translation of the Facebook post.

By Doha Madani

Powerball jackpot increases to $1.55 billion after no one wins

Powerball lottery tickets are displayed at a New Hampshire store on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, in Hooksett, N.H.C Charles Krupa / AP

Powerball’s massive jackpot will rollover and increase after Saturday’s drawing produced no winning tickets, according to the game’s website.

The $1.4-billion jackpot now grows to $1.55 billion but remains the third-largest in Powerball’s history (the second largest was $1.586 billion in 2016).

The last time someone won the Powerball jackpot after the July 19 drawing for the $1.08 billion pot. The winning ticket then was sold in California.

By Dennis Romero

‘Tube Girl’ inspires unapologetic self-expression among women on TikTok

People across TikTok are copying Sabrina Bahsoon’s videos and exuding “tube girl energy.” Leila Register/NBC News

What started as one woman filming herself dancing on trains has turned into a global movement, with thousands on TikTok attempting to emulate the confidence of the so-called Tube Girl.

Sabrina Bahsoon, 22, has become known for filming herself dancing and lip-syncing to catchy songs on the London Tube using an ultra-wide 0.5 camera lens.

Since achieving viral fame last month, she’s walked the runway for MAC Cosmetics during fashion week and been the face of several ad campaigns. But her commercial success is just one ripple effect of her videos, according to many of her 680,000 followers on TikTok.

By Angela Yang

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