Steroid should be kept for serious coronavirus cases, WHO says

(Kate Kelland and Emma Farge/ Reuters) — A cheap steroid that can help save the lives of patients with severe COVID-19 should be reserved for serious cases in which it has been shown to provide benefits, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said research was at last providing “green […]

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Steroid reduces death risk for COVID-19 patients on ventilators, study finds

(Brian P. Dunleavy/ UPI) — Treatment with low-dose dexamethasone, a steroid, reduced the risk for death among COVID-19 patients on ventilator support by more than 30 percent, according to preliminary findings of the “Recovery” trial released Tuesday by researchers at the University of Oxford in England. Had the treatment been used in patients with severe […]

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Researcher: asymptomatic coronavirus patients can still face organ damage

(Shalina Chatlani/ KPBS) — New analysis from Scripps Research has found that anywhere from 30 to 40% of people with coronavirus are asymptomatic, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t impacted by the disease. Scripps Research cardiologist Eric Topol and his colleagues looked at research on over a dozen cohorts of coronavirus patients around the world. […]

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Face masks could help prevent coronavirus second wave, study says

(Jan Cortes/ Medical Daily) — A new study shows that wearing face masks can contribute a lot to help prevent the potential second wave of COVID-19. However, it comes with a catch. For more than a couple months now, Americans have been advised to wear face masks whenever they go out in public or interact […]

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Blood cancer drug helped severely ill COVID-19 patients

(Mary Kekatos/ Daily Mail) — A blood cancer drug may help improve the conditions of severely ill coronavirus patients, a new small study suggests. Acalabrutinib, sold under the brandname Calquence by AstraZeneca, is a medication with anti-inflammatory properties that scientists believe can control the immune system’s overreaction to the virus. The majority of patients given […]

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Lockdowns could have saved three million lives across Europe, study suggests

(Zoe Tidman/ The Independent) — Europe’s lockdowns over coronavirus may have saved around three million lives, according to a new study. Imperial College London scientists found restrictions had a “substantial effect” in reducing transmission levels of the virus in a modelling study involving data from 11 countries from the continent up to early May. European […]

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Plasma therapy helps critically ill COVID patients

(Alan Mozes/ HealthDay) — The blood plasma of people who have recovered from the new coronavirus infection may help critically ill COVID-19 patients recover, a new study finds. Of 25 sick patients given plasma transfusions, 19 improved and 11 left the hospital, the researchers reported. None of the patients had side effects from the transfusion. […]

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COVID-19 cases drop in warm weather, but not much

(Steven Reinberg/ HealthDay News) — So many questions remain unanswered about COVID-19, including whether the pandemic coronavirus will wane with warmer weather, like some other respiratory viruses. In search of an answer, researchers at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., studied the effects of temperature, precipitation and sunlight (UV index) on the number of COVID-19 […]

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Social distancing and masks reduce risk of getting Covid-19, review finds

(Katie Hunt/ CNN) — Stay 6 feet apart and, while you’re at it, wear a face covering. The “most comprehensive study to date” found that physical distance and perhaps the use of a mask were the two best ways to prevent transmission of the new coronavirus. The new study, published in the Lancet medical journal […]

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COVID and sleep: sweet dreams aren’t made of this

(Kelli Miller/ WebMD) — Dreaming of better days? Beach vacations? How about … bugs? Shutdowns and sheltering in place are giving us lots of extra time to nap and sleep. In fact, since the coronavirus pandemic pressed pause on our lives, America’s time asleep has jumped nearly 20%. But instead of waking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, […]

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