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Report: Trump Downplayed COVID Threat

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 18:34

President Trump said in early February that the new coronavirus was deadlier than the flu and that it could travel through the air, according to a new book from journalist Bob Woodard. In recorded interviews, he said in March that he wanted to downplay the threat so it wouldn't cause a panic.

Over Half a Million U.S. Kids Infected With COVID

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 17:53

More than 500,000 U.S. children had been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of early September, with a sizable uptick seen in recent weeks, a new report reveals.

Are Masks a Kind of Vaccine Against COVID-19?

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 17:48

New research suggests face masks may act as a crude vaccine of sorts. The theory -- and it remains largely a theory -- is that by filtering out airborne coronavirus droplets and thereby lowering the dose of SARS-CoV-2 a person inhales, infections have much less chance of producing symptoms.

Drinking Raises Blood Pressure Risk With Diabetes

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 17:42

It's probably a good idea to skip that second glass of wine if you have diabetes, because new research suggests that having more than one drink daily raises your risk of high blood pressure.

Sturgis Bike Rally: Superspreading Event or Not?

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 12:23

A new study says that the recent bike rally in Sturgis is linked to 260,000 cases of COVID, but South Dakota officials don't agree.

Surgery May Help Treat Sleep Apnea

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 20:38

For people with sleep apnea who cannot tolerate continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, new research finds that a combination of surgical techniques may bring relief.

Why Do Black Men Fare Worse With Prostate Cancer?

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 15:19

Education, income and insurance may be fueling racial disparities in U.S. prostate cancer deaths -- disparities that have black patients dying at higher rates than whites.

Can Plexiglass Stop COVID?

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 15:07

Despite the recommendations for plexiglass barriers and their widespread use, research on how well they work to slow the spread of COVID-19 is lacking, experts say.

Kids Can Have COVID And Antibodies at Same Time

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 12:06

The new coronavirus and antibodies that fight it can be in children's bodies at the same time, surprised researchers have found.

Permanent Nerve Damage for Some COVID-19 Survivors

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 10:57

Placing a hospitalized COVID-19 patient in a face down position to ease breathing -- or "proning" -- has steadily gained traction as a pandemic lifesaver. But a small new study warns that it may lead to permanent nerve damage.

Trial Tests MMR Vaccine to Help Prevent COVID-19

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 09:50

A new clinical trial will try to determine whether the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine can protect health care workers from being infected with COVID-19.

Low Vitamin D Might Raise Odds of COVID Infection

Mon, 09/07/2020 - 23:28

There's evidence that low blood levels of the "sunshine vitamin" -- vitamin D -- may increase a person's risk of infection with the new coronavirus, researchers say.

Campus Life in the COVID Era: 'We're Missing Out'

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 15:54

Many universities are putting the onus on students to prevent the spread of coronavirus – an approach both students and experts say creates mixed messages after inviting students back on campus in the first place.

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.