COVID19

Study: Plasma zinc status and hyperinflammatory syndrome in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Image Credit: NIAID

Plasma zinc status not an effective prognostic factor for hospitalized COVID-19 patients

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) the causative agent of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, has been associated with mortality and morbidity within patients who develop cytokine releasing syndrome (CRS). Due to previous evidence suggesting that zinc deficiencies can lead to complications along with an impaired antiviral response, a group of international researchers …

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Study reveals COVID-19 risk factors for those with IDD

Study reveals COVID-19 risk factors for those with IDD

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A study of nearly 550 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving residential services in New York City found that age, larger residential settings, Down syndrome and chronic kidney disease were the most common risk factors for COVID-19 diagnosis, and heart disease was most associated with COVID-19 deaths. The study, “Risk …

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Study: The importance of time post-vaccination in determining the decrease in vaccine efficacy against SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern. Image Credit: Rido / Shutterstock

Researchers examine the importance of time after COVID-19 vaccination

The vaccination program has commenced in many countries worldwide, which is marked as a significant milestone in curbing the spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causal agent of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. These vaccines, which have received emergency authorization from different regulatory bodies around the world, such as the …

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Study links COVID-19 public health efforts to dramatic drop in COPD hospitalizations

Study links COVID-19 public health efforts to dramatic drop in COPD hospitalizations

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) analyzed data at the 13-hospital University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and found public health measures designed to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus may have fostered a substantial side benefit: Hospital admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were …

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Study: The potential of SARS-CoV-2 antigen-detection tests in the screening of asymptomatic persons. Image Credit: Daniel Beckemeier / Shutterstock

Can rapid antigen tests help screen for COVID-19?

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has been remarkable for its silent and relentless spread across continents, with a shocking toll on human health, social interactions and economic activity. This is driven by the high proportion of asymptomatic and very mild infections, allowing people to move around and engage in public activity normally. …

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COVID-19 PCR tests can be freeze dried

COVID-19 PCR tests can be freeze dried

Tubes hold freeze-dried reactions from Jewett’s laboratory. Credit: Northwestern University In fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s not just the vaccines that require complicated cold supply chains and refrigerated storage. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests—often considered the ‘gold standard’ of testing—also have enzymes and reagents that need to be frozen. Northwestern University researchers have discovered that …

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COVID-19 may never go away, but practical herd immunity is within reach

COVID-19 may never go away, but practical herd immunity is within reach

The level of immunity needed — either through vaccination or infection — for practical herd immunity is uncertain, but may be quite high. Credit: Shutterstock When people say that we won’t reach “herd immunity” to COVID-19, they are usually referring to an ideal of “full” population immunity: when so many people are immune that, most …

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Does a plant-based diet really help beat COVID-19?

Does a plant-based diet really help beat COVID-19?

Since the beginning of the pandemic, it’s been suggested that certain foods or diets may offer protection against COVID-19. But are these sorts of claims reliable? A recent study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health sought to test this hypothesis. It found that health professionals who reported following diets that are vegetarian, vegan or …

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New study finds community activists in Brazil's favelas play a critical role in combatting COVID-19

New study finds community activists in Brazil’s favelas play a critical role in combatting COVID-19

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A study co-led by Vanderbilt University’s Dominique Béhague found that Brazilian citizens without traditional public health expertise have stepped up and worked together in poor neighborhoods known as favelas to make significant strides in their community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Béhague, associate professor of medicine, health, and society, and Francisco …

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The Native Antigen Company wins ‘The Best COVID-19 Responder’ at OBN 2020 Awards

The Native Antigen Company wins ‘The Best COVID-19 Responder’ at OBN 2020 Awards

The Native Antigen Company, part of LGC Clinical Diagnostics and one of the world’s leading suppliers of reagents that enables research into diagnostics and vaccines for emerging and endemic infectious diseases, won ‘The Best COVID-19 Responder’ at OBN 2020 Awards. The award recognizes the Company’s outstanding contribution to the fight against COVID-19. The Native Antigen …

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