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New BaleDoneen Publication Links Microvascular Disease to Higher COVID-19 Risk

Why do some patients become severely ill with COVID-19 while others have milder cases or no symptoms at all? A new peer-reviewed BaleDoneen publication proposes an intriguing theory. Published in Medical Hypotheses in June, the paper suggests that the people who are hardest hit by the new coronavirus may also have a very common — and often undiagnosed — underlying …

Is COVID-19 a Blood-Vessel Disease?

Originally thought to be a respiratory disease, COVID-19 is now known to attack the body from head to foot, causing everything from strokes and heart attacks to deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and even painfully red or purple “Covid toes.” All of these potential complications of the new coronavirus have something in common: They stem from vascular disorders, such as …

Should You Get A COVID-19 Antibody Test?

Wondering if that cold, cough or flu-like illness you had a few weeks or months ago was actually  COVID-19? Or is it possible that you’ve already recovered from the virus without any symptoms? More than 150 commercial antibody tests claim to offer answers, by checking for signs that your body has already fought off the infection. As policy makers, scientists …

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Are Malaria Drugs Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine an Answer to COVID-19?

On March 29, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted an emergency use authorization for experimental coronavirus treatment with two anti-malaria drugs, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, stating that the potential benefits of the unproven therapy outweigh the risks for seriously ill patients. In a news release, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stated that the drugs can “be distributed …

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COVID-19: “Every Storm Runs Out of Rain”

Paradoxically, as COVID-19 dominates the headlines The Guardian reports, “Never before have so many journalists cast around for silver linings. Never before has so much optimism been published — and read.” Reports of good news emerging from the pandemic (some accurate and some not) are circulating on social media, and people are finding inspiration in song and poetry, including Maya …

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Homemade saline solution that could help abate COVID-19

Many elders remember being told as youngsters to gargle with salt water to avoid getting a cold or sore throat. Well, guess what? Grandma may not have known why this was a good idea scientifically, but generations before her spoke of its effectiveness. Thanks to Dr. Sandeep Ramalingam and colleagues, we now understand the reason why saline sprayed in the nose and gargled in the …

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Important Update about Ibuprofen and the World Health Organization

March 19: Weekly COVID-19 Update, Volume 5 In our March 18 update, we reported that a spokesperson from the World Health Organization (WHO) had recommended in a Science Alert that people with COVID-19 symptoms avoid taking ibuprofen as a self-treatment for fever. Since the publication of that update, WHO has clarified its advice on its official Twitter account as follows, …

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Facts and Myths about Ibuprofen, Low-dose Aspirin and COVID-19

March 19: Weekly COVID-19 Update, Volume 4 Editorial note: After the publication of this article, the World Health Organization (WHO) has clarified its advice as follows, “Based on currently available information, WHO does not recommend against the use of ibuprofen.” In light of this, the article below has been updated to remove a Science Alert quoting a WHO spokesperson that …

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COVID-19: What Every Patient with Heart Disease Needs to Know

March 13: Weekly COVID-19 Update, Volume 2 The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared that the new coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached pandemic levels. Numerous news reports also state that COVID-19 poses the greatest threat to older adults and those with certain medical conditions, including heart disease (also known as cardiovascular disease), diabetes and high blood pressure. But what is …