U.S. Southeast and Rural Areas Have More Severe COVID-19 Tied to Chronic Illness

U.S. Southeast and Rural Areas Have More Severe COVID-19 Tied to Chronic Illness

Story Highlights Certain co-existing health problems like obesity and diabetes and lung, heart and kidney disease have been associated with increased risk for severe symptoms and death from COVID-19. A recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reported that underlying conditions contributing to greater risk for severe COVID-19 disease are more prevalent in the southeast […]

Vitamin D Deficiency Studies and COVID-19

Vitamin D Deficiency Studies and COVID-19

Story Highlights During the COVID-19 pandemic, medical scientists have been closely examining the effects of vitamin D deficiency. Meta-analyses of data from 45 studies have shown a significant correlation between vitamin D deficiency and more severe symptoms, complications and death from COVID-19. Although laboratory studies on the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19 are […]

The Debate Over ADHD and Doctor Prescribed Video Games

The Debate Over ADHD and Doctor Prescribed Video Games

Story Highlights There is a long-standing debate over the value versus dangers of electronic stimulation of the brain in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first prescription-based video game, or “game based digital therapeutic device” for use in children with primary attention or combination […]

Blood Type May Affect Vulnerability to COVID-19

Blood Type May Affect Vulnerability to COVID-19

Story Highlights An international group of geneticists has compared DNA of patients hospitalized for severe COVID-19 infection with that of healthy volunteers and found six gene clusters that may provide insight into the wide range of responses to the virus. Results showed that patients with Type A blood appeared to have a greater susceptibility for […]

Study: Melatonin May Help Moderate COVID-19 Cytokine Storm

Study: Melatonin May Help Moderate  COVID-19 Cytokine Storm

Story Highlights Many of the serious side effects of COVID-19, including high fever, cough, shortness of breath, lung injuries and long-term lung fibrosis are symptoms of a cytokine storm, which is a hyper-inflammatory response to infection. Melatonin, a hormone produced in the mitochondria and existing in almost all cells in all organisms, has been investigated […]

Sweden’s Different Response to COVID-19 Based on Mutual Respect and Trust

Sweden’s Different Response to COVID-19 Based on Mutual Respect and Trust

Story Highlights Unlike most other countries, Sweden has not enforced nationwide lockdowns and home quarantines to combat the spread of COVID-19, instead relying on individual citizens to voluntarily follow the government’s suggested guidelines for social distancing to protect the vulnerable. So far, both the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths are higher in Sweden than […]

Will Coronavirus Mutations Delay COVID-19 Vaccines?

Will Coronavirus Mutations Delay COVID-19 Vaccines?

Story Highlights Seven different coronaviruses have been shown to cause disease in human beings, including common ones that tend to cause transient respiratory infections often referred to as the “common cold,” and others that cause more serious illnesses such as SERS, MERS and the current COVID-19. The virus that causes COVID-19 has been believed to […]

Inovio COVID-19 Vaccine Uses Electricity to Drive DNA Into Body Cells

Inovio COVID-19 Vaccine Uses Electricity to Drive DNA Into Body Cells

Story Highlights Inovio Pharmaceuticals has started Phase 1 testing of its experimental COVID-19 DNA vaccine in healthy volunteers. The U.S. biotech firm has already produced enough of the vaccine to support Phase 1 (immune system reactivity and safety) and Phase 2 (efficacy) testing and plans to have one million doses ready for distribution by the […]

Autism Prevalence is Declining in California Counties With Higher Incomes

Autism Prevalence is Declining in California Counties With Higher Incomes

Story Highlights Researchers have documented that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is declining in financially secure, predominantly Caucasian communities in California, in contrast to steeply rising rates seen in counties where many families of every race are living in poverty. Researchers did not determine whether the observed declines are related to accessibility of […]

Gallup Poll Shows Fewer Americans Trust Vaccines

Gallup Poll Shows Fewer Americans Trust Vaccines

Story Highlights A Gallup poll in December of 2019 revealed that fewer people in the U.S. feel that vaccines are very important compared to a 2001 Gallup poll, a trend that was first noted in 2015. The poll also found there is an increased perception of both advantages and disadvantages of vaccines compared to 2001, […]

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