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COVID-19 Ills No Greater for Those With Lupus, RA

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 15:04

People with lupus or rheumatoid arthritis aren't at increased risk of hospitalization from COVID-19.

Asthma May Not Boost Odds of Severe COVID-19

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 14:55

New research may have people with asthma breathing a little easier: Doctors found the airway disease doesn't raise the risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19.

Study Backs Use of Saliva COVID-19 Test

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 13:17

A COVID-19 saliva test developed by researchers at Yale University appeared to perform at least as well as nasal swabs in a study of hospital patients, a finding that may help encourage more frequent use of self-collected samples.

Early in Pandemic, Were Antibiotics Prescribed Too Often?

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 09:45

When the coronavirus pandemic first spread across the United States this spring, most COVID-19 patients in Michigan were prescribed unneeded antibiotics, a new study indicates.

Why A Vaccine Won’t Be a Quick Fix for COVID-19

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 19:03

As important as a vaccine will be, some experts are already trying to temper expectations for how much it will be able to do.

COVID Survivors May Need Test a Month Later

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 16:00

To be safe, COVID-19 patients should be retested after four weeks or more to be certain the virus isn't still active, Italian researchers say.

Can COVID-19 Cause Diabetes?

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 15:48

A new report details the case of a 19-year-old German with asymptomatic COVID-19 infection who ended up hospitalized with a new case of insulin-dependent diabetes.

Coronavirus on Surfaces: What's the Real Risk?

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 13:39

Now that we know more about how coronavirus is transmitted, can you really catch COVID-19 from touching a cereal box you bought at the supermarket, or a package delivered to your door?

Hospitals Set to Defy FDA’s COVID Plasma Directive

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 11:10

The FDA, under pressure from the Trump administration, has authorized broader use of convalescent plasma for emergency treatment in COVID patients. But several major hospitals are resisting, saying they’ll opt instead to use the scarce resource to complete a clinical trial.

No Proof Convalescent Plasma Works Against COVID

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 16:35

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for the use of convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19.

Rate of Depression Are Triple of Pre-COVID Levels

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 15:27

Since the pandemic began, the prevalence of depression symptoms has roughly tripled, with the poor who lost jobs and savings most affected, researchers report.

Parents Can Stop Pandemic Cyberbullying

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 15:23

Those who said their parents were "almost never" loving were at least six times more likely to engage in high levels of cyberbullying than those who said their parents were "almost always" loving.

Multiple Studies Find Steroids Fight Severe COVID

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 15:20

The data showed that the use of corticosteroids in the care of these patients cut the death rate (after one month of treatment) by about one-third.

WebMD Poll: More Acceptance of COVID Vaccine

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 08:34

A new poll from WebMD finds that acceptance of a COVID-19 vaccine is gradually growing, with 54.6% of readers saying they would get one in the first year. That number increased slightly from a WebMD poll released in July,

How Effective is the Flu Vaccine?

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 08:34

Since health officials started tracking it in 2003, effectiveness of the flu shot has varied from year to year, averaging at 40%.

Many COVID-Infected Hospital Workers Asymptomatic

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 17:27

Infection rates among staff also varied widely between hospitals, ranging from just 0.8% at one center to more than 31% at another. According to the study author, that likely reflects the level of coronavirus circulating in the city each hospital served.

Cellphone Data Can Help Track Pandemic Spread

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 16:42

Researchers analyzed cellphone use in more than 2,700 U.S. counties between early January and early May to identify where the phones were used, including workplaces, homes, retail and grocery stores, parks and transit stations.

What Changing Death Rates Tell Us About COVID-19

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 16:37

The truth is that the bouncing ball of mortality projections has more to do with the inconsistent quality of the data from medical surveillance around the world.

What Changing Death Rates Tell Us About COVID-19

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 16:37

The truth is that the bouncing ball of mortality projections has more to do with the inconsistent quality of the data from medical surveillance around the world.

Study: Face Shields Not a Good Mask Substitute

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 15:14

The shields, which sit away from the face and have gaps at the bottom and sides, would allow many more droplets to escape if the wearer coughed or sneezed.