What if I Need to Go on a Ventilator Due to Coronavirus?

Late one recent night, I found myself on the phone with my patient’s brother, trying to explain respiratory failure and Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. He had been unable to sleep, he told me, after hours spent online in a futile attempt to understand what might be happening in his sister’s room…

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Some COVID-19 patients still have coronavirus after symptoms disappear

March 27, 2020— In a new study, researchers found that half of the patients they treated for mild COVID-19 infection still had coronavirus for up to eight days after symptoms disappeared. The research letter was published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. In «Time Kinetics of Viral…

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CRG standardizes COVID-19 data analysis to aid international research efforts

Researchers from the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) have launched a new database to advance the international research efforts studying COVID-19. The publicly-available, free-to-use resource (https://covid.crg.eu) can be used by researchers from around the world to study how different variations of the virus grow, mutate and make proteins. «Scientists are working round the clock to…

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Medical University of South Carolina team releases plans for 3D-printed masks

With the threat of a shortage of protective masks looming as the novel coronavirus pandemic grows, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) biomedical engineers and tinkerers had an inspired idea: unleash an army of makers from across the U.S. who could make such masks from 3D printers — a technology that, in recent years, has…

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Researchers studying gene coexpression & brain connectivity in autism in girls

Researchers Studying Gene Coexpression & Brain Connectivity In Female Autism Spectrum Disorder Allison Jack, Assistant Professor, Psychology, is examining gene coexpression and brain connectivity in females with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To do this, Jack is conducting a secondary analysis of de-identified data from a National Database for Autism Research collection called «Multimodal Developmental Neurogenetics…

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Lessons from the Spanish flu: Early restrictions lowered disease, mortality rates

MAYWOOD, IL—Large events are cancelled, restaurants and non-essential businesses are closed, and in many states, residents have been asked to shelter in place, all to limit the spread and impact of the COVID-19 virus. But are strict and early isolation and other preventative mandates really effective in minimizing the spread and impact of a disease…

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Copper boosts pig growth, and now we know why

URBANA, Ill. — Pigs have better feed conversion rates with copper in their diets, but until now, scientists didn’t fully understand why. Existing research from the University of Illinois shows copper doesn’t change fat and energy absorption from the diet. Instead, according to new research, the element seems to enhance pigs’ ability to utilize fat…

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COVID-19 alert: Heart and kidney patients should keep taking their medicines

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, inaccurate medical information has flooded social media and other channels. One potentially lethal example is that patients who take renin-angiotensin system (RAS) blockers, particularly angiotensin II type 1 receptor blockers (ARBs), may be more susceptible to the virus. However, in an article published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension,…

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