Month: September 2020

Appalachian State University Source: Google Earth A student attending Appalachian State University died after developing complications from the coronavirus, university officials announced on Tuesday.  Chad Dorrill was attending classes online and living off-campus in Boone, North Carolina, according to a statement from Appalachian State University Chancellor Sheri Everts. The 19-year-old was diagnosed with the coronavirus earlier
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 29 2020 Using a technology called VirScan to study coronavirus antibody responses in a large cohort of SARS-CoV-2-infected and control individuals, researchers identified epitopes recognized by a large fraction of COVID-19 patients, epitopes cross-reactive with antibodies developed in response to other human coronaviruses, and 10 epitopes likely recognized by neutralizing
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 29 2020 A study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Cedars-Sinai addresses a mystery first raised in March: Why do some people with COVID-19 develop severe inflammation? The research shows how the molecular structure and sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein–part of the virus that causes COVID-19–could
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DivvyDose Source: DivvyDose UnitedHealth Group, the United States’ largest health insurer, has acquired DivvyDose, a start-up that helps patients with chronic illness get their medicines delivered in pre-sorted packages, according to a person familiar with the deal. The deal price was just over $300 million, the person said. They asked not to be named discussing
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The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) emerged to become a worldwide pandemic, infecting over 33 million globally, and now claiming more than 1 million lives. It has also caused crippling socio-economic repercussions across the globe. The symptoms of COVID-19 and their severity vary widely based on several factors.
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Courtesy UCSF For seven years, Dr. Ethan Weiss, a cardiologist at The University of California, San Francisco, has experimented with intermittent fasting. The health fad, which restricts eating to specific periods of time, hit the mainstream after a series of promising studies in mice suggested that it might be an effective weight loss strategy in humans. 
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill on Sept. 10, 2020. Ting Shen/Xinhua via Getty Images House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said another coronavirus stimulus plan is possible as House Democrats try to forge ahead on a smaller aid package costing about $2.4 trillion, roughly $1 trillion less than their initial
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 26 2020 A novel mobile health program created in early 2018 by the Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has proven to be an effective model for bringing opioid addiction treatment services directly to marginalized individuals, particularly the homeless, a population that faces the highest risk
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 25 2020 A new drug offers hope for young boys with the progressive neuromuscular disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) by potentially offering an alternative to high-dose glucocorticoids that have significant side effects. Interim results from a 24-month clinical trial at Duke Health and other institutions suggest that the drug, vamorolone,
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Jacqueline Dunlap places whole blood samples into a centrifuge to separate plasma for antibody testing at the Bloodworks Northwest Laboratory during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Renton, Washington, September 9, 2020. Lindsey Wasson | Reuters Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans showed signs of a prior coronavirus infection as of late July, suggesting that
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Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergencies program Mike Ryan speaks at a news conference on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland. Denis Balibouse | Reuters As the global death toll from the coronavirus approaches 1 million people, it’s “not impossible” to consider that number doubling if countries don’t uniformly work to
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earn free cme credit Earn CME credit by reading this article and completing the posttest. Sign Up Study Authors: Cornelia A. Verberkt, Marieke H.J. van den Beuken-van Everdingen, et al.; Eric W. Widera Target Audience and Goal Statement: Pulmonologists, pain management specialists, primary care physicians, public health and policy experts The goal of this study
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 24 2020 Researchers have identified two antibodies that protect mice against lethal infections of influenza B virus, report scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Together with an antibody that targets the other major kind of influenza viruses that
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while hosting an event commemorating the repatriation of Native American remains and artifacts from Finland in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, September 17, 2020. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters President Donald Trump will sign a series of executive orders aimed at protecting people with preexisting conditions and
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 23 2020 For Laura Stoutingburg and her family, Halloween has always been a monthlong celebration of corn mazes, pumpkin patches and, of course, trick-or-treating in their suburban Denver neighborhood. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the mother of two to change their plans. “Traditional trick-or-treating house to house does not
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Moncef Slaoui, the former head of GlaxoSmithKlines vaccines division, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks about coronavirus vaccine development in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. Dubbed “Operation Warp Speed,” the Trump administration is announcing plans for an all-out effort to produce and distribute a
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