Saliva-based COVID-19 tests as accurate as those using nose, throat samples
COVID-19 tests that use patients' saliva to screen for the virus are just as effective as those that use swabs collected from the nose and throat, an analysis published by JAMA Internal Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Past COVID-19 infection provides some immunity but people may still carry and transmit virus
People infected with COVID-19 in the past are likely to be protected against reinfection for at least 5 months, a Public Health England (PHE) study has found, although experts cautioned those with immunity may still be able carry the virus in their nose and throat and therefore have a risk of transmitting to others. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 15, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Past COVID-19 infection provides some immunity but people may still carry and transmit virus, PHE
People infected with COVID-19 in the past are likely to be protected against reinfection for several months, a Public Health England () study has found, although experts cautioned those with immunity may still be able carry the virus in their nose and throat and therefore have a risk of transmitting to others. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FAU develops simplified COVID-19 diagnostic method to ramp up widespread testing
(Florida Atlantic University) A simplified COVID-19 testing protocol can detect minimal quantities of the SARS-CoV-2 using samples from the nose and throat as well as saliva and may be useful in testing patients with low viral titers such as asymptomatic patients or testing individuals prior to quarantine release. The high sensitivity method can be used in laboratories with minimal molecular biology equipment and expertise, and enables several patient samples to be pooled, decreasing the number of tests required for larger populations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 12, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Disposable helmet retains cough droplets, minimizes transmission to dentists
(American Institute of Physics) Dentists and otolaryngologists are at particular risk of infection of COVID-19, since they need direct access to the mouth, nose, and throat of patients. The current solutions are expensive, not highly effective, and not very accessible. In Physics of Fluids, researchers discuss their design of an open-faced helmet that is connected to a medical-grade air filtration pump from the top that creates a reverse flow of air to prevent cough droplets from exiting the helmet. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 12, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Consumer Health: It's flu season -- have you been vaccinated?
Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system, including your nose, throat and lungs. Influenza is commonly called the flu, but it's not the same as stomach flu, which is an intestinal infection marked by watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting, and sometimes fever. For most people, the flu resolves on its own. But [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - December 15, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Here ’s Why Vaccinated People Still Need to Wear a Mask
The new vaccines will probably prevent you from getting sick with Covid. No one knows yet whether they will keep you from spreading the virus to others — but that information is coming. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Apoorva Mandavilli Tags: your-feed-science Clinical Trials Tests (Medical) Preventive Medicine Nose Antibodies Disease Rates Immune System Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Throat Influenza AstraZeneca PLC Johnson & Moderna Inc Pfizer Inc Source Type: news

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and Flu
Every winter is a bit of a roulette wheel when it comes to influenza. Flu vaccines work, but aren’t 100% effective in preventing disease, so it’s always a challenge convincing people to get their flu shots. And while the symptoms are generally bearable, infections can become more severe and even deadly among people who are older or who have underlying health conditions. Last flu season, even though experts considered it a relatively mild year, about 400,000 people in the U.S. were hospitalized and 22,000 people died from the flu. This winter, the influenza virus has a rival—the coronavirus fueling the COV...
Source: TIME: Health - December 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Do physical measures such as hand ‐washing or wearing masks stop or slow down the spread of respiratory viruses? What are respiratory viruses? Respiratory viruses are viruses that infect the cells in your airways: nose, throat, and lungs. These infections can cause serious problems and affect normal breathing. They can cause flu (influenza), severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and COVID‐19. How do respiratory viruses spread? People infected with a respiratory virus spread virus particles into the air when they cough or sneeze. Other people become infected if they come into contact with these virus particles in th...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Govt authorises post-grad Ayurveda practitioners to be trained to perform surgical procedures
The notification by the Central Council of Indian Medicine, a statutory body under the AYUSH Ministry to regulate the Indian systems of medicine, listed 39 general surgery procedures and around 19 procedures involving the eye, ear, nose and throat by amending the Indian Medicine Central Council (Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Regulations, 2016. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid or flu? Bothell firm makes test that can tell the difference
Elitech Group submitted a coronavirus test manufactured at its facility in Bothell to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization, the company announced this week. Elitech’s product is a four-in-one diagnostic test that detects and differentiates the coronavirus from other common flus, such as influenza A and B and respiratory syncytial virus. The test requires a sample from the nose or throat. It is designed for diagnostic laboratories that collect sampl es from health care… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 20, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Nat Rubio-Licht Source Type: news

Covid or flu? Bothell firm makes test that can tell the difference
Elitech Group submitted a coronavirus test manufactured at its facility in Bothell to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization, the company announced this week. Elitech’s product is a four-in-one diagnostic test that detects and differentiates the coronavirus from other common flus, such as influenza A and B and respiratory syncytial virus. The test requires a sample from the nose or throat. It is designed for diagnostic laboratories that collect sampl es from health care… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 20, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Nat Rubio-Licht Source Type: news

How accurate are routine laboratory tests for diagnosis of COVID-19?
What are routine laboratory tests?Routine laboratory tests are blood tests that assess the health status of a patient. Tests include counts of different types of white blood cells (these help the body fight infection), and detection of markers (proteins) that indicate organ damage, and general inflammation. These tests are widely available and in some places they may be the only tests available for diagnosis of COVID-19.What did the authors want to find out?People with suspected COVID-19 need to know quickly whether they are infected so that they can self-isolate, receive treatment, and inform close contacts.Currently, the...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 19, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Featured Review: Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses
An updated Cochrane review published today in the Cochrane Library summarizes randomized trial evidence about face masks, hand washing and physical distancing to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses. The review will inform revised guidance due to be released by the World Health Organisation.  Lisa Bero, Cochrane Public Health and Health Systems Senior Editor and an author on anEditorial published to accompany this review said, “The results of this review should be interpreted cautiously, and the uncertain findings should not be taken as evidence that these measures are not effective. Most of the...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 17, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Consumer Health: Feeling better when you have the flu
Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system -- your nose, throat and lungs. Influenza is commonly called the flu, but it's not the same as stomach flu, which is an intestinal infection marked by watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting, and sometimes fever. For most people, the flu resolves on its [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 5, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Is It a Cold, the Flu, Allergies, or COVID-19?
Respiratory illnesses can share  so many of the same symptoms -- a fever, chills, coughing, tiredness, a sore throat, body aches, a headache, and a stuffed nose -- so it's not easy to tell the difference. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctor Explains Why You Should Avoid Thanksgiving, Christmas Gatherings: ‘ Not Worth The Risk ’
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Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Travel & Outdoors Christmas Holiday Travel Holidays Katie Johnston Thanksgiving Source Type: news

Thanksgiving, Christmas Gatherings: ‘ Not Worth The Risk ’
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Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Travel & Outdoors Christmas Holiday Travel Holidays Katie Johnston Thanksgiving Source Type: news

The greatest tragedy of England's second wave is that it wasn't inevitable | Charlotte Summers
Over the summer, the government ignored advice about controlling Covid. A new study shows we ’re paying the priceThe number of Covid infections is doubling every nine days in England, and in some areas, such as the south-east, London and the south-west, the R number is now above two. These are the alarming findings from thereport of theReact-1 study by researchers at Imperial College London, released today.The study, which obtained nose and throat swabs from a random sample of the population in England that were analysed using a “gold standard” PCR test, shows the prevalence of coronavirus infection in En...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 29, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Charlotte Summers Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Politics NHS Health UK news Society Medical research Source Type: news

At-Home Saliva Tests for COVID-19 Could Be Coming Soon
There is a universe of ways to get tested for COVID-19, and each has its pros and cons. Most, however, require a medical professional to insert a long, flexible swab up your nose to sample the back of your throat in an invasive, painful and unpleasant procedure. It’s reliable, yes, but not the most encouraging way to convince people to get tested. Saliva-based tests are likely much more welcome. Most people can spit into a container at home and so don’t need to go to a health clinic or drive-through testing facility—a plus when an infectious disease is roaming the world—and it doesn’t involve ...
Source: TIME: Health - October 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Medico-legal aspects of otorhinolaryngeal, face and neck injuries in Upper Egypt: a prospective analysis and retrospective evaluation of claimed disabilities - Omran GA, Ragaey MA, El Shehaby DM.
BACKGROUND: Trauma to the ear, nose, throat and face regions is of medicolegal importance as these regions are vulnerable to injury and often associated with mortality and varying degrees of physical, functional and psychological damages. The long-run comp... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Featured Review: Thoracic imaging tests for the diagnosis of COVID-19
How accurate is chest imaging for diagnosing COVID-19?Why is this question important?People with suspected COVID-19 need to know quickly whether they are infected, so that they can self-isolate, receive treatment, and inform close contacts. Currently, formal diagnosis of COVID-19 infection requires laboratory analysis of blood or nose and throat samples. The laboratory test, called RT-PCR, requires specialist equipment and takes at least 24 hours to produce a result. Further, RT-PCR is not completely accurate and a second RT-PCR or a different test may be required to confirm the diagnosis.COVID-19 is a respiratory infectio...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 29, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Updated Review: Thoracic imaging tests for the diagnosis of COVID-19
How accurate is chest imaging for diagnosing COVID-19?Why is this question important?People with suspected COVID-19 need to know quickly whether they are infected, so they can receive appropriate treatment, self-isolate, and inform close contacts. Currently, formal diagnosis of COVID-19 requires a laboratory test (RT-PCR) of nose and throat samples. RT-PCR requires specialist equipment and takes at least 24 hours to produce a result. It is not completely accurate, and may require a second RT-PCR or a different test to confirm diagnosis. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease. Clinicians may use chest imaging to diagnose people ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 29, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Poll Finds 1 In 3 Parents Won ’ t Get Children Vaccinated For The Flu This Year
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Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Flu Vaccine Source Type: news

' Silent' COVID-19 Produces as Much Virus as in Patients With Symptoms: Study
FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2020 -- People who have COVID-19 but no symptoms have the same amount of virus in their nose and throat as those with symptoms and may play a major role in spreading the disease, a new study reveals. The researchers compared... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 25, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Can mouthwashes or nasal sprays protect healthcare workers and patients from COVID-19 infection?
Three new reviews have published on mouthwashes/nasal sprays to protect healthcare workers and patients from COVID-19 infection. Healthcare workers are at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis, with repeated exposure to individuals who are, or may be, infected, and are therefore at risk themselves.These workers may be especially at risk when undertaking'aerosol-generating procedures'(AGPs). This is any medical, dental or patient-care procedure that results in the production of airborne particles (aerosols) from the upper aerodigestive tract (mouth, nose, throat, oesophagus) and lower respiratory tract where the virus is she...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 17, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

British-made surgical PPE device rolls out free to NHS
(Aston University) An innovative device designed to stop patients accidentally spreading coronavirus to ear, nose and throat surgeons is rolling out free to NHS clinics across the UK. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How do you know if the wildfires are making you sick?
The wildfires raging throughout California and Oregon have caused great concern about air quality and the safety of being outdoors. And dealing with the public health implications of the fires is further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Reza Ronaghi, a pulmonologist at the  David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, explains how wildfires affect air quality and what precautions people can take during the pandemic to limit exposure to smoke and other fire-generated toxins in the air.How do you know if the wildfires are making you sick?If you are healthy, minimal exposure to wildfires – such as experi...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 16, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

A cold, flu or coronavirus - which one do I have?
A blocked or runny nose, a sore throat and a cough are common, especially in the winter. But how do you know if you have coronavirus? (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nasal swab followed by antibody test may catch incorrect Covid-19 diagnoses
Use of dual testing could help as swabs miss around 30%-50% of infections, say UK researchersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTesting people twice for the coronavirus, with a nasal swab followed by an antibody finger prick test, would catch most of those people who fail to get the right Covid-19 diagnosis, researchers believe.Nose and throat swabs miss around 30% to 50% of infections, say the University of Cambridge team, as the virus can disappear from the upper respiratory tract into the lungs. But they say adding an antibody test can plug that gap. Antibodies show up from about six days ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 2, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science UK news World news Source Type: news

Featured Review: Rapid, point-of-care antigen and molecular-based tests for diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection
How accurate are rapid tests, performed during a health-care visit (point-of-care), for diagnosing COVID-19?Why is this question important?People with suspected COVID-19 need to know quickly whether they are infected, so that they can self-isolate, receive treatment, and inform close contacts. Currently, COVID-19 infection is confirmed by sending away samples, taken from the nose and throat, for laboratory testing. The laboratory test, called RT-PCR, requires specialist equipment, may require repeat healthcare visits, and typically takes at least 24 hours to produce a result.Rapid point-of-care tests can provide a result &...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 25, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

What to Know About COVID-19 Tests, from PCR to Antigen to Antibody
People often talk about COVID-19 testing like it means only one thing. But in reality, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has so far granted emergency-use authorization to more than 200 different tests meant to detect a current or past infection from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Most recently, the agency made headlines for approving the first such test that uses saliva samples, the aptly named SalivaDirect test out of the Yale School of Public Health. These COVID-19 tests fall into three main categories: PCR, antigen and antibody. Dr. Aneesh Mehta, chief of infectious diseases services at Emory Univ...
Source: TIME: Health - August 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Doctor invents hybrid mask allowing ENT doctors to see more patients
(TechLink) An ear, nose, and throat doctor has invented a simple mask design that significantly improves safety during aerosol-generating procedures of the head and neck. The VA is seeking a company to commercialize it. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Toward a coronavirus breathalyzer test
(American Chemical Society) Few people who have undergone nasopharyngeal swabs for coronavirus testing would describe it as a pleasant experience. The procedure involves sticking a long swab up the nose to collect a sample from the back of the nose and throat, which is then analyzed for SARS-CoV-2 RNA by the reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Now, researchers reporting inACS Nano have developed a prototype device that non-invasively detected COVID-19 in the exhaled breath of infected patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 19, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Study of nose and throat reveals why people with COVID-19 may lose their sense of smell
(European Lung Foundation) Researchers studying tissue removed from patients noses during surgery believe they may have discovered the reason why so many people with COVID-19 lose their sense of smell, even when they have no other symptoms.In their experiments they found extremely high levels of angiotensin converting enzyme II (ACE-2) only in the area of the nose responsible for smelling. This Enzyme is thought to be the 'entry point' that allows coronavirus to get into the cells of the body and cause an infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 18, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

DR MARTIN SCURR answers all your health questions 
DR MARTIN SCURR: Post-nasal drip (clinically, known as chronic rhinitis) is where mucus accumulates in the nose and drips down the throat, causing a sensation of excess fluid. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HEALTH NOTES: Covid-proof clip makes cancer check-ups safe 
Surgeons are using a specialised clip to trap coughs and sneezes - to make vital check-ups on patients with suspected cancer in the nose and throat 'Covid-proof'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why is the government buying Covid tests without evidence they work? Ravindra Gupta and Dami Collier
As clinical researchers, we searched for information about the UK ’s new 90-minute tests – but found no data about their effectivenessCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMany of us working in NHS hospitals welcomed the news earlier this week that the government had purchased90-minute Covid-19 tests. Rapid swab tests, called LamPORE, and 5,000 machines, supplied by DnaNudge, will soon be available in adult care settings and laboratories. If they ’re effective, they could allow for rapid, on-the-spot testing. But there’s no publicly available data about the accuracy of th...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 5, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Ravindra Gupta and Dami Collier Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Medical research NHS Infectious diseases Microbiology Health Science Society World news UK news Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey pilot: England, 31 July 2020, ONS
An estimated 35,700 people (95% credible interval: 23,700 to 53,200) within the community population in England had COVID-19 during the most recent week, from 20 to 26 July 2020, equating to around 1 in 1,500 individuals. There is now evidence to suggest a slight increase in the number of people in England testing positive on a nose and throat swab in recent weeks. There is not enough evidence to say with confidence whether COVID-19 infection rates differ by region in England, nor whether infection rates have increased in different regions over the past six weeks. During the most recent week (20 to 26 July 2020), we est...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

These Scientists Are Sewer-Diving in an Attempt to Detect Silent COVID-19 Outbreaks
Wearing face shields, masks, two layers of gloves and navy cotton overalls, two scientists carefully lift off a metal manhole cover to reveal the cumulative waste of some 400 migrant workers. As one of them lowers a yellow rubber tube into the fetid sewer outside a dormitory in central Singapore, a third explains how samples of the brownish liquid provide a crude snapshot of how the city-state is trying to keep a step ahead of the coronavirus. Wastewater surveillance — which Dutch scientists showed in March can identify evidence of the pathogen earlier than testing patients — is one of a handful of strategies a...
Source: TIME: Health - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 overnight wire Source Type: news

U.S. News names Philadelphia area's best hospitals, ranks one among nation's top 20
Nine Philadelphia hospitals and health systems received top-50 national rankings in this year's U.S. News& World Report ​Best Hospitals​ report released Tuesday. The Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian Medical Center was the only medical center in the region to make the "Honor Roll" as one of the top 20 in the country. HUP/PPMC ranked 15th overall with 12 top-50 national rankings in spe cialties, led by a ninth-place ranking in ear, nose and throat and 11th place in… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 28, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

UCLA Health hospitals retain No. 1 ranking in L.A. and California, rise to No. 4 in nation
UCLA Health hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica placed No. 1 in both Los Angeles and California and No. 4 nationally in annual rankings published today by U.S. News& World Report.For 31 consecutive years, UCLA has appeared on thenational honor roll, a distinction reserved for only 20 hospitals that provide the highest quality care across an array of specialties, procedures and conditions.“Every day, I am inspired by the teamwork of our physicians, nurses, health care professionals and support staff whose knowledge, skill, dedication and compassion make possible the excellence in health care,” said Johnes...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 28, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

How airway cells work together in regeneration and aging
Researchers at theEli and Edythe Broad Center of  Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have identified the process by which stem cells in the airways of the lungs switch between two distinct phases — creating more of themselves and producing mature airway cells — to regenerate lung tissue after an injury.The study, published in Cell Stem Cell, also sheds light on how aging can cause lung regeneration to go awry, which can lead to lung cancer and other diseases.  “There currently are few therapies that target the biology of lung diseases,” said Dr. Brigitte Gomperts,a profes...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 27, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Do I Need To Get Another COVID-19 Test? Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers Your Coronavirus Questions
BOSTON (CBS) — Dr. Mallika Marshall is answering your coronavirus-related medical questions. If you have a question for Dr. Mallika, email her or message her on Facebook or Twitter. Dr. Mallika is offering her best advice, but as always consult your personal doctor before making any decisions about your personal health. Alice says that her son is moving from a city in Massachusetts to live with her while he attends graduate school. He will get a COVID test before he arrives. She wonders if he tests negative, does he still need to quarantine? If you’re in Massachusetts, then no, he ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Covid-19 Boston, MA Health Healthcare Status Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Coronavirus Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey pilot: England, 9 July 2020
We estimate that an average of 1 in 3,900 individuals within the community population in England had COVID-19 at any given time between 22 June and 5 July 2020. That equates to an estimated average of 14,000 people (95% confidence interval: 5,000 to 31,000) within the community in England having COVID-19 between 22 June and 5 July 2020. Modelling of the trend over time suggests that the decline in the number of people in England testing positive on a nose and throat swab has levelled off in recent weeks. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Featured Review: Can symptoms and medical examination accurately diagnose COVID-19 disease?
ConclusionsAll studies were conducted in hospital outpatient settings, so the results are not representative of primary care settings. The results do not apply to children or older adults specifically, and do not clearly differentiate between milder COVID-19 disease and COVID-19 pneumonia.The results suggest that a single symptom or sign included in this review cannot accurately diagnose COVID-19. Doctors base diagnosis on multiple symptoms and signs, but the studies did not reflect this aspect of clinical practice.Further research is needed to investigate combinations of symptoms and signs; symptoms that are likely to be ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 6, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Study: New Form Of Coronavirus Spreads Faster, But Doesn ’ t Make People Sicker
(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...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN Coronavirus Source Type: news

How California Went From Coronavirus Success to Hotspot in Just 5 Weeks
(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Heading into Memorial Day weekend, California’s mood was celebratory. The state had avoided dire predictions of a coronavirus surge, hospitalizations were starting to decline and restaurants and most other businesses had reopened. As July 4th approaches, the mood has soured. Infection rates and hospitalizations are rising fast. Most bars have been ordered closed along with inside dining at restaurants. Many beaches are off-limits or have restrictions to limit crowds. Fireworks shows are canceled and Gov. Gavin Newsom is imploring residents to avoid the holiday tradition of backyard barbec...
Source: TIME: Health - July 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kathleen Ronayne / AP Tags: Uncategorized California COVID-19 overnight wire Source Type: news

New red flags: Backache, nausea, rashes may also be Covid warning signs
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had a fortnight ago added loss of smell (anosmia) or loss of taste (ageusia) as probable symptoms. It also added that while fever, tiredness and dry cough are the most common symptoms, "some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea". (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Janssen Announces Discontinuation of Phase 3 LOTUS Study Evaluating Ustekinumab in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
SPRING HOUSE, PENNSYLVANIA, June 26, 2020 – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today its decision to discontinue the Phase 3 LOTUS study of STELARA® (ustekinumab) in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) due to lack of efficacy in SLE.The decision is based on data from a pre-planned interim efficacy analysis. Interim safety findings were consistent with the known safety profile of STELARA, and no new safety signals were identified. Investigators, study participants and health authorities have been informed of the decision. The company intends to thoroughly analyze the totality of...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - June 26, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news