Plasma Therapy Aids Recovery in Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2020 -- The blood plasma of people who have recovered from the new coronavirus infection may help critically ill COVID-19 patients recover, a new study finds. Of 25 sick patients given plasma transfusions, 19 improved and 11 left...
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A recent pandemic caused by a single-stranded RNA virus, COVID-19, initially discovered in China, is now spreading globally. This poses a serious threat that needs to be addressed immediately. Genome analysis of SARS-CoV-2 has revealed its close relation to SARS-coronavirus along with few changes in its spike protein. The spike protein aids in receptor binding and viral entry within the host and therefore represents a potential target for vaccine and therapeutic development. In the current study, the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 was explored for potential immunogenic epitopes to design multi-epitope vaccine constructs. The ...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Best practices of Data Monitoring Committees (DMCs) in randomized clinical trials are well established. Independent oversight provided by DMCs is particularly important in trials conducted in public health emergencies, such as in HIV/AIDS or coronavirus epidemics. Special considerations are needed to enable DMCs to effectively address novel circumstances they face in such settings. In the COVID-19 pandemic, these include the remarkable speed in which data regarding benefits and risks of interventions are accumulated.
Source: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology - Category: Epidemiology Authors: Tags: Commentary Source Type: research
Years ago, when I was teaching a course on nonverbal communication, I read a research report on a topic relevant to that class. It had just been published. So that day, instead of starting with the lecture I had planned, I told the students all about the new study.  It is a small thing, I know, but I was proud of myself. I thought the students would appreciate having access to the most up-to-date findings in the field.  Maybe some of them did. But one of the students was indignant, and she let me know it. The new findings contradicted what she had just read in the textbook I assigned for the course. She thought s...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Ethics & Morality Memory and Perception Minding the Media Policy and Advocacy anti-intellectualism coronavirus COVID-19 Fox News Masks Misinformation pandemic Source Type: blogs
A Brazilian man infected with the AIDS virus has shown no sign of it for more than a year since he stopped HIV medicines after an intense experimental drug therapy aimed at purging hidden, dormant virus from his body, doctors reported Tuesday. The case needs independent verification and it’s way too soon to speculate about a possible cure, scientists cautioned. “These are exciting findings but they’re very preliminary,” said Dr. Monica Gandhi, an AIDS specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. “This has happened to one person, and one person only,” and it didn’t suc...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized HIV/AIDS News Desk wire Source Type: news
[VOA] The United Nations says global HIV/AIDS targets for 2020 will not be met, and that some progress could be lost, in part because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has seriously impacted the HIV/AIDS response.
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The global fight against AIDS was faltering even before the new coronavirus pandemic, and it now threatens to put progress against HIV back by 10 years or more, the United Nations AIDS agency said Monday.
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The International AIDS Conference was slated to highlight uneven progress. Then, covid-19 intervened.
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The case of the Covid-19 drug shows how national interests will continue to define the allocation of research productsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDonald Trump has calledCovid-19 a hoax, encouraged his followers to takehydroxychloroquine and threatened to cut all ties between the US and theWorld Health Organization. He has predicted that coronavirus will disappear one day, likea miracle, organised indoor rallies with no masks during the height of the pandemic and encouraged public health officials toslow down testing, because carrying out tests results in a larger number of confirmed ca...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases World news Medical research US politics Donald Trump Microbiology Science Source Type: news
Cheung Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has caused thousands of deaths in China. Prior research suggests that individuals’ perceived severity of COVID-19 is related to a range of negative emotional and behavioral reactions among the Chinese public. However, scant research has examined the underlying mechanisms. Drawing upon the risk-resilience model, this study proposes that self-control, as a resilient factor, would potentially moderate the association between perceived severity of COVID-19 and mental health problems. Data from a national survey was used to examine this idea. Participants were 4607 citi...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
(CNN) — A global study has found strong evidence that a new form of the coronavirus has spread from Europe to the US. The new mutation makes the virus more likely to infect people but does not seem to make them any sicker than earlier variations of the virus, an international team of researchers reported Thursday. “It is now the dominant form infecting people,” Erica Ollmann Saphire of the La Jolla Institute for Immunology and the Coronavirus Immunotherapy Consortium, who worked on the study, told CNN. “This is now the virus.” The study, published in the journal Cell, builds on some earlier wo...
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