COVID-19 increases risks of neurological problems

Persons infected with the COVID-19 virus are at an increased risk of developing  neurological conditions in the first year after infection, researchers reported on Sept. 22 in Nature Medicine. “Our study provides a comprehensive assessment of the long-term neurologic consequences of COVID-19,” said senior author Ziyad Al-Aly, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Director of […]

IL-13 blocker dupilumab appears to improve survival in COVID-19

Treatment with dupilumab appears to improve survival rates for patients with moderate to severe COVID-19. Researchers reported these findings on August 16, 2022 in Open Forum of Infectious Diseases. “Our clinical trial suggests that treatment with the anti-allergy medicine dupilumab may decrease deaths due to COVID-19. UVA [University of Virginia] is the first to test this novel and promising approach […]

How did the early COVID-19 pandemic affect cancer survivors?

Recent research indicates that during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the proportion of working-aged U.S. adults without health insurance did not change despite increases in unemployment, and the prevalence of unhealthy behaviors decreased. The findings, which were published by Wiley online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, pertained to individuals with and without a history of cancer. […]

BCG vaccine appears to protect patients with type 1 diabetes from COVID-19 infection

Multiple does of the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine appears to offer patients with type 1 diabetes strong protection against COVID-19, researchers reported on August 15, 2022 in Cell Reports. “Multiple studies have shown that adults with type 1 diabetes who are diagnosed with COVID-19 are at increased risk of severe illness,” said lead Denise Faustman, MD, PhD, director of the […]

New COVID-19 rapid-test technology performs PCR faster than similar tests on the market

For more than 30 years, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has been the gold standard in molecular diagnostic testing, detecting genetic material, such as those from a virus or from human DNA. But PCR, including reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), is mostly done at large, centralized laboratories, not in point-of-care (POC) settings, because its instrumentation is bulky, expensive, takes a […]

Smokers and vapers suffer more severe outcomes from COVID-19

People who are smokers or vapers at the time of hospitalization for COVID-19 are more likely than non-smokers/non-vapers to suffer severe complications from their SARS-CoV-2 infection. The findings were published on July 26,2022 in PLOS ONE. “In general, people who smoke or vape tend to have a higher prevalence of other health conditions and risk factors that could play a role […]

Did Covid-19 increase childhood diabetes rates?

Scientists have worried since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic that the virus, and the societal response to the outbreak, could have knock-on effects on health. One of the areas receiving a great deal of attention in recent months has been the potential for the pandemic to impact diabetes rates among children. The number of children with diabetes has grown […]

COVID-19 vaccination does not appear to raise stroke or heart attack risk for patients with cardiovascular disease

Vaccination for COVID-19 does not appear to increase the risk of heart attack or stroke in patients with established cardiovascular disease, researchers reported on June 23, 2022 in Cardiovascular Research. “Our study showed that pre-existing cardiovascular disease should not prevent people from getting vaccinated against COVID-19,” said study author Dr. Esther W. Chan of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, […]

Long COVID has a significant impact on UK workforce, study finds

Researchers have warned the long-term effects of coronavirus will have a significant impact on the UK workforce for some time. Of those who have been infected with Covid-19, 5.5 per cent of people will develop life-changing chronic illness, in particular heart and lung conditions. Others have also experienced long lasting symptoms, including shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, headaches, brain fog […]

Simple skin biopsy can assess tissue damage related to COVID-19

Using skin biopsy samples, investigators found that patients with severe COVID-19 had clots in small venous and arterial blood vessels in skin that appears normal. This was not seen in the skin of patents with other types of severe infectious lung disease, or in individuals with only mild or moderate COVID-19. Their findings appear in The American Journal of Pathology, published […]