Medicine


Lack of vitamin D weakens coronavirus patients' immune system Lack of vitamin D weakens coronavirus patients' immune system
- May 16, 2020

But Bratzler said there are now no studies at this point that say if we give vitamin D, we can prevent severe COVID-19. Lack of vitamin D has become a problem facing coronavirus patients and doctors in quarantine hospitals, due to their lack of exposure to sunlight for long periods of time. (more...)
UK Railway Worker Dies From Covid-19 After Being Spat At UK Railway Worker Dies From Covid-19 After Being Spat At
- May 16, 2020

But she was deployed to Victoria's busy main hall. British Transport Police said an inquiry had been launched to find the man who ad spat on Mrs Mujinga and her colleague. 'She was coughing a lot and she was always cold and very weak. Mr Katalay recounted to reporters how he had regularly called his wife in hospital but at one point she did not pick up and he did not hear from her again. (more...)
COVID-19 Crisis Increasing Psychological Suffering: UN Chief COVID-19 Crisis Increasing Psychological Suffering: UN Chief
- May 16, 2020

The UN policy brief, COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health, can be viewed here. Guterres said those most at risk and in need of help are front-line health care workers, older people, adolescents, young people, those with preexisting mental health conditions, and those caught up in conflict and crisis. (more...)
New DHA clinics to collect plasma for Covid cure New DHA clinics to collect plasma for Covid cure
- May 16, 2020

This convalescent plasma will be used in phase 2 clinical trials to confirm whether this therapy will benefit patients admitted to hospitals with pneumonia caused by the virus. This type of therapy has proven effective in the treatment of other viral infections, and researchers are investigating its application to the treatment of COVID-19. (more...)
WHO Leader Warns Coronavirus WHO Leader Warns Coronavirus "May Never Go Away"
- May 16, 2020

Authors of the research, published Friday in the journal BMJ Global Health , predicted a lower infection rate than in other parts of the world like Europe and the U.S., with fewer severe cases and deaths. The possibility that infected people become immune could be the globe's weapon against this virus. As many as 5.5 million may require hospitalization, 140,000 would have severe disease, and about 89,000 cases would be critical. (more...)
Replace Trump And Bolster The CDC, A Leading Medical Journal Urges Replace Trump And Bolster The CDC, A Leading Medical Journal Urges
- May 15, 2020

Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), claimed the document, created by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologists, scientists, and other health experts, was merely a set of "bureaucratic hurdles" and "over prescriptive guidelines " "designed to "shutter the economy", CNN reports ". (more...)
Japan Lifts Coronavirus Emergency For Most Regions Japan Lifts Coronavirus Emergency For Most Regions
- May 15, 2020

Thirty-nine out of Japan's 47 prefectures will lift their state of emergency, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday while the other eight prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka, will remain under the state of emergency. The government had said it would reassess the situation in mid-May. Japan has reported 16,100 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, excluding those from a cruise ship previously quarantined in Yokohama, and 696 deaths to date from the disease it causes, ... (more...)
UK, US children affected by rare disease connected to coronavirus UK, US children affected by rare disease connected to coronavirus
- May 15, 2020

Cuomo said. Researchers led by Lorenzo D'Antiga, MD, of Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII in Bergamo, Italy, found these most recent 10 children were older (mean age around 8 vs around 4 years), with a higher rate of cardiac involvement, Kawasaki disease shock syndrome and macrophage activation syndrome and all of the most recent cases needed high-dose cortical steroids. (more...)
Coronavirus linked with inflammatory disease in children Coronavirus linked with inflammatory disease in children
- May 15, 2020

Researchers, keeping in view the difference in symptoms and severity of the cases, feel that the novel coronavirus related inflammation cases "should be classified as 'Kawasaki-like Disease". According to a report in The Guardian , doctors in Italy have found a clear connection between the coronavirus and a mysterious ailment that leaves children with symptoms similar to those of Kawasaki disease or toxic shock syndrome. (more...)
Oxford University’s Covid-19 vaccine shows promise Oxford University’s Covid-19 vaccine shows promise
- May 15, 2020

Researchers involved with the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 trials said the vaccine had shown signs of priming the rhesus macaque monkeys' immune systems to fend off the deadly virus and showed no indications of adverse effects. In the process of developing the vaccine, it is considered very important to succeed on the monkeys. Although success in monkeys is seen as a key step, many vaccines that protect monkeys in the lab ultimately fail to protect humans. (more...)
Moderna vaccine Fast Track’d for COVID-19 Moderna vaccine Fast Track’d for COVID-19
- May 15, 2020

It's up against competitors like Johnson & Johnson and Novavax, which yesterday received more funding than any other vaccine maker from the epidemic preparedness group CEPI. Using Novavax's Matrix-M technology, the vaccine is able to enhance immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies. Public health experts believe that multiple vaccines may be needed in order to meet global demand to immunize and protect as many people as possible from COVID-19 in coming years. (more...)
Virus 'eminently capable' of spreading through speech Virus 'eminently capable' of spreading through speech
- May 15, 2020

Philip Anfinrud, Adriaan Bax, and colleagues used laser light scattering to examine the small-sized droplets that can linger in the air for minutes after exiting the mouth and that have been implicated in airborne disease transmission. Speaking generated about 2,600 such droplets per second, corresponding to an estimated 2.4-12 nL of airborne oral fluid. Lawrence Young, professor of molecular oncology at the University of Warwick , said: "This study measured the size and spread of oral ... (more...)
COVID-19 killed more people than cancer and dementia COMBINED in April COVID-19 killed more people than cancer and dementia COMBINED in April
- May 15, 2020

An average of 148,000 people in England had coronavirus at any given time between April 27 and May 10, according to new estimates by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The figures are based on 10,705 swab tests collected from people participating in the recently launched Coronavirus (Covid-19) infection survey, which is being produced by the ONS in partnership with the University of Oxford, the University of Manchester, Public Health England and the Wellcome Trust. (more...)
Peter Navarro: Coronavirus whistleblower is 'deserter in the war' against pandemic Peter Navarro: Coronavirus whistleblower is 'deserter in the war' against pandemic
- May 15, 2020

Dr. Rick Bright , who became a whistleblower after being demoted from his job directing a crucial government research office, was clear during his testimony before a House subcomittee on Thursday: The Trump administration's lacking response to the COVID-19 pandemic isn't a past-tense story. (more...)
Coronavirus may never go away, World Health Organisation warns Coronavirus may never go away, World Health Organisation warns
- May 15, 2020

After a fresh cluster appeared in the coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan, China had announced plans to conduct COVID-19 tests on the city's entire population . "It is very hard to predict when we will prevail over it". "Undernourished people have weaker immune systems and may be at greater risk of severe illness if infected". (more...)
UN Warns of Global Mental Health Crisis due to Covid-19 Pandemic UN Warns of Global Mental Health Crisis due to Covid-19 Pandemic
- May 15, 2020

A new funding package will include the collection of real-time data on the impacts on mental health and what support works best so health professionals are best placed to reach out to the most vulnerable people. The UN policy brief pointed to a range of national studies indicating that mental distress is mounting rapidly. One study conducted in the Amhara region of Ethiopia showed that 33 percent of the population were suffering from depression-linked symptoms - "a three-fold increase" from ... (more...)
Ontario expands COVID-19 testing as new cases drop Ontario expands COVID-19 testing as new cases drop
- May 15, 2020

Among the total cases, 75 (13%) have been residents or patients associated with a confirmed institutional outbreak, and among the total deaths, 11 (44%) have been residents or patients associated with a confirmed institutional outbreak. Public Health is slower on reporting the numbers, so the Ministry's statistics are considered more up-to-date. The province says 1,798 people have died of the disease, while another 16,204 cases have resolved. (more...)
New coronavirus case confirmed in Jackson County, Ohio New coronavirus case confirmed in Jackson County, Ohio
- May 15, 2020

On Wednesday, the county reported only one new case. In surrounding counties confirmed cases are considerably higher than they are locally - but that goes hand-in-hand with a larger number of tests being conducted - however, Cherokee County still has a considerably lower percentage rate than those areas. (more...)
Cats can contract coronavirus, risk of transmission to humans unknown Cats can contract coronavirus, risk of transmission to humans unknown
- May 15, 2020

The answer: Yes, and quite easily, according to the new trial involving six felines. The other three were then exposed to the inoculated cats; each healthy cat was housed in a cage with one of the infected felines to "assess whether transmission of the virus by direct contact would occur between the cats in each of the three pairs", the researchers wrote. (more...)
PM announces £600m for infection control in England's care homes PM announces £600m for infection control in England's care homes
- May 15, 2020

During Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Starmer questioned Boris Johnson on official advice regarding the care sector, which until today had stated that "it remains very unlikely that people receiving care in a care home will become infected". (more...)

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