A drug that may lessen COVID-related lung damage. Miami will be first in US to test it
MIAMI — A Miami hospital will be the first in the country to test a possible COVID-19 treatment on humans this August.The research center at Westchester General Hospital in Coral Terrace is on its way to enroll patients to test Ifenprodil, a pill developed in the 1970s to treat blood circulation disorders that may alleviate some COVID-19 side-effects in the lungs.The drug, which was tested on a coronavirus patient overseas for the first time Wednesday, may reduce the severity and duration of COVID-19 infections, according to Algernon Pharmaceuticals, a Canadian drug repurposing company that in...
Americans are more likely to report mental health concerns related to the pandemic than other developed countries, survey finds
As the United States works to stop rising coronavirus case numbers, behavioral health professionals warn that mental health will continue to deteriorate as a result of the pandemic.Between March and May, one-third of Americans reported experiencing stress, anxiety and sadness that was difficult to cope with by themselves, according to a survey published this week by the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation focused on promoting a high performing health care system, and Social Science Research Solutions, a market and survey research firm. The survey, which interviewed 8,259 adults in the U.S. and abr...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Another COVID-19 inequity: Low-income and rural communities lack access to ICU beds, study finds
PHILADELPHIA — A new study provides another reason why the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately killing people from low-income communities: Residents in these areas often lack access to intensive care unit beds, showing how patients’ ZIP codes can affect whether they get lifesaving care.Intensive care units, or critical care units, are essential to providing life support for coronavirus patients who are so sick, they must be put on ventilators so they can breathe.Since the pandemic started, there have been shortages of ICU beds in parts of the United States, including some urban areas. B...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Study: Antiviral drug remdesivir helps white, Black and Latino patients equally
CHICAGO — Remdesivir, the only drug given emergency approval for treatment of COVID-19, appears to provide equal benefits to white, Asian, Black and Latino patients, according to an analysis led by researchers at University of Chicago Medicine.It’s encouraging news, infectious disease experts say, because of the disparate effects of the disease on different groups. Black people are dying at higher rates than people of other races, and Latinos are contracting the disease at higher rates than others.Dr. Kathleen Mullane, a UChicago Medicine infectious disease expert, said the results — which wer...
Study finds 6 COVID-19 'symptom clusters' that may inform clinicians about the severity of cases
The specific set of symptoms COVID-19 patients experience at the onset of the disease may predict how severe their case will become, according to a study by researchers at King’s College London that analyzed self-reported symptoms.The study identifies six “symptom clusters,” or subtypes, of COVID-19:Subtype 1, “flu-like with no fever”: headache, loss of smell, muscle pain, cough, sore throat and chest pain.Subtype 2, “flu-like with fever”: fever and loss of appetite in addition to headache, loss of smell, cough, sore throat and hoarseness.Subtype 3, “gastrointestinal”: diarrhea and loss of app...
Study finds relatively low levels of stroke in coronavirus patients
PHILADELPHIA — Previous studies have raised concerns that the coronavirus can lead to big strokes in young patients, but a new analysis from Penn Medicine finds that most strokes in patients at Penn’s three Philadelphia hospitals were in older people with known stroke risk factors like high blood pressure and diabetes.Only one stroke patient was under age 50.Doctors had worried that stroke might be a “huge risk” for coronavirus patients, said Brett L. Cucchiara, a stroke neurologist who is senior author of the paper, published this month in the journal Stroke. The risk is “real, but it’s not r...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Epileptic patients listening to Mozart composition suffered fewer seizures: study
Listening to Mozart isn’t just an enjoyable diversion, it might also improve health.In a remarkable study, researchers claim that epileptic patients listening to the Austrian composer are prone to fewer seizures than those who don’t.Epilepsy, the most common neurological disorder, affects approximately 50 million people on Earth, according to the World Health Organization.The findings, published in the journal Epilepsia Open, could be key to unlocking the potential medical benefits of music. Researchers used “Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K 448,” and a scrambled version of the composition ...
New York Daily News
Diets high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains linked to decreased risk of diabetes, study says
The findings of two new studies link a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes to a high consumption of fruit, vegetables and hearty whole grains.The studies, recently published in The BMJ according to Science Daily, suggest that even a modest increase in consumption of these foods as part of a healthy diet could help prevent type 2 diabetes.For the first study, researchers looked at the association between blood levels of vitamin C and carotenoids, pigments found in colourful fruits and vegetables, with risk of developing type 2 diabetes. After studying 9,754 adults who developed new-onset t...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
'Return to work' COVID antibody testing comes with warning
Doctors say employers should not use COVID-19 antibody tests to decide whether employees are safe to return to work, yet such testing is being promoted by lab companies and hospitals to businesses through “back to work” programs.The idea is tantalizing: If scientists knew a COVID-19 infection caused the body to produce antibodies that reliably protect against re-infection, determining who’s safe to return to work could be as simple as a well-designed blood test.Yet the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health each say t...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Commentary: Nuclear threat still looms
On July 16, 1945, at around 5:30 a.m., 11-year-old Henry Herrera was outside his home in Tularosa, New Mexico, helping his father work on the radiator of their truck, when he saw a blinding flash of light. He thought he was witnessing the end of the world. In fact, he was witnessing the first ever use of a nuclear weapon — the Trinity nuclear test.A few weeks later, on Aug. 6 and 9, the newly tested weapons were used on Japan, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing 150,000 to 246,000 innocent people. In 1946, nuclear testing began in the Marshall Islands; it would continue there until 1958, and in...
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