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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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AI predicts how patients with viral infections, including COVID-19, will fare

AI predicts how patients with viral infections, including COVID-19, will fare

Specialized lung cells (resembling a beaded necklace) that may mount a cytokine storm in response to some viral infections. Credit: UC San Diego Health Sciences Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine used an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to sift through terabytes of gene expression data—which genes are “on” or “off” during …

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Genetic testing could be appropriate for all motor neuron disease patients, regardless of family history

How does COVID-19 affect patients with cancer? Largest U.S. study shares first results

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers analyzing national data from more than 63,000 patients with cancer and a positive COVID-19 diagnosis report an increased risk of death among those who were older, male, had a higher number of comorbidities, and had hematologic cancers and recent chemotherapy treatments. …

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Monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19 safe, effective for transplant patients

Treating transplant patients with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies is safe and helps prevent serious illness, according to a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. These results are especially important because transplant patients who are infected with COVID-19 have a higher risk of severe illness and death. …

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New research a 'step change' for diabetes patients

New research a ‘step change’ for diabetes patients

Low-cost sensor-insoles can be used to assess the risk of foot ulcers. Credit: Staffordshire University Millions of people with diabetes are at risk of developing foot ulcers, which often lead to amputations and other health complications. Now, Scientists from the Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies (CRBT) have developed a new method to reliably detect …

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20% of patients with unexplained sudden cardiac death have rare genetic variants

20% of patients with unexplained sudden cardiac death have rare genetic variants

As many as 450,000 Americans die every year from a sudden, fatal heart condition, and in slightly more than one in ten cases the cause remains unexplained even after an autopsy. Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and their colleagues found that nearly 20 percent of patients with unexplained sudden cardiac …

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Immune responses after COVID-19 vaccination in kidney transplant and dialysis patients

Immune responses after COVID-19 vaccination in kidney transplant and dialysis patients

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new study reveals the extent to which kidney transplant recipients and individuals with kidney failure who are on dialysis mount immune responses—which include the production of antibodies and the activation of T cells—to COVID-19 vaccination. The findings are published in JASN. Data are scare on whether kidney transplant recipients and …

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Study examines COVID-19 among patients receiving home dialysis

Study examines COVID-19 among patients receiving home dialysis

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Individuals with kidney failure who receive dialysis treatments in clinics (called in-center dialysis) are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, with death rates reported at over 20% in recent studies; however, there has been a dearth of information specific to patients who undergo dialysis sessions at home. A new study appearing in an …

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'Breakthrough' COVID infections may be common in vaccinated transplant patients

‘Breakthrough’ COVID infections may be common in vaccinated transplant patients

New research suggests that many people who’ve undergone an organ transplant do not get an immune response from COVID-19 vaccines that’s strong enough to ward off a “breakthrough” infection. In a new review of 14 such cases, these breakthrough COVID-19 infections occurred in 10 recipients of new kidneys, two liver recipients, one lung recipient and …

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Sleep disorders are associated with increased dementia risk in patients with TBI

Sleep disorders are associated with increased dementia risk in patients with TBI

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Preliminary results from a study of more than 700,000 patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) show that those with a sleep disorder had an increased risk of developing dementia. Results show that over a median follow-up period of more than four years, TBI patients with a diagnosed sleep disorder were 25% …

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