NIH Launches Trial of Rigel Drug for Severe COVID-19 NIH Launches Trial of Rigel Drug for Severe COVID-19
The NIH on Thursday launched a clinical trial of fostamatinib, currently used to treat a blood platelet-destroying autoimmune disorder, in patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 19, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

SARS-CoV-2 RNA in Plasma Linked to COVID-19 ICU Admission, Death SARS-CoV-2 RNA in Plasma Linked to COVID-19 ICU Admission, Death
SARS-CoV-2 RNA in plasma was associated with intensive care unit (ICU) admission and mortality in a single-center study of patients hospitalized with COVID-19.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 18, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Pneumothorax Possible With COVID-19 Infection Pneumothorax Possible With COVID-19 Infection
About one in 100 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 develops pneumothorax, according to what is believed to be the largest case series to date.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 18, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Vaccines Should Be Mandatory for All HCPs, Group Says Vaccines Should Be Mandatory for All HCPs, Group Says
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America says all ACIP-recommended vaccines should be required as a condition for employment for physicians and other healthcare workers.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 18, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

COVID-19 May Have Different Impact on Wellbeing for Older Adults COVID-19 May Have Different Impact on Wellbeing for Older Adults
COVID-19 disruptions to daily life and physical health may not impact wellbeing for older adults as much as it does for younger individuals, a small study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 17, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Convalescent Plasma May Be an Option for Life-Threatening Pediatric COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma May Be an Option for Life-Threatening Pediatric COVID-19
A small case series suggests convalescent plasma may be safe and'possibly'effective in children with life-threatening SARS-CoV-2- associated acute respiratory distress syndrome.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 17, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Screening in Public Venues Is Unreliable COVID-19 Screening in Public Venues Is Unreliable
COVID-19 screening tests used at airports, schools, and other public places are not particularly effective, a large analysis for The Cochrane Library shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 17, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

More Young Adults Survive Heart Attacks Than Severe COVID-19 More Young Adults Survive Heart Attacks Than Severe COVID-19
COVID-19 patients ages 18 to 34 treated at US hospitals had'substantial rates of adverse outcomes,'according to a report in JAMA Internal Medicine.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 17, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Lilly Says Antibody Drug Cuts COVID-19 Hospitalization, May Seek Emergency Use Nod Lilly Says Antibody Drug Cuts COVID-19 Hospitalization, May Seek Emergency Use Nod
Eli Lilly said on Wednesday interim trial data showed its experimental monoclonal antibody treatment reduced the need for hospitalization and ER visits for patients with moderate COVID-19.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 17, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Some Volunteers Quit J & J COVID-19 Trial in Spain After AstraZeneca Scare: Investigator Some Volunteers Quit J & J COVID-19 Trial in Spain After AstraZeneca Scare: Investigator
Some volunteers have quit Johnson& Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine trial in Spain after news of side effects in a participant in AstraZeneca's trial.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 16, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Germany Grants BioNTech, CureVac $745 Mln to Speed Up COVID-19 Vaccine Work Germany Grants BioNTech, CureVac $745 Mln to Speed Up COVID-19 Vaccine Work
Germany awarded $745 million in funding to biotech firms BioNTech and CureVac on Tuesday to speed up work on COVID-19 vaccines and expand German production capacity.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 16, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

The COVID Vaccine Derby: A Guide to the Top Contenders The COVID Vaccine Derby: A Guide to the Top Contenders
When can we expect a COVID vaccine to be ready, and which one will it be? Dr F. Perry Wilson gives a tour of the seven vaccines currently in phase 3 trials.Medscape (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 16, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

US COVID-19 Death Analysis Shows Greater Toll on Black, Hispanic Youth: CDC US COVID-19 Death Analysis Shows Greater Toll on Black, Hispanic Youth: CDC
A disproportionate percentage of US COVID-19 deaths among people younger than 21 have been recorded among Black and Hispanic youth, according to a US study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 16, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

US FDA's Hahn Plans'Significant' Work With AstraZeneca in COVID-19 Trial Inquiry US FDA's Hahn Plans'Significant' Work With AstraZeneca in COVID-19 Trial Inquiry
The top US Food and Drug Administration official on Tuesday confirmed AstraZeneca's US COVID-19 vaccine trial is on hold.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 16, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Pfizer Says Late-Stage Coronavirus Vaccine Study Shows Moderate Side Effects Pfizer Says Late-Stage Coronavirus Vaccine Study Shows Moderate Side Effects
Pfizer said on Tuesday participants were showing mild-to-moderate side effects when given either the company's experimental coronavirus vaccine or a placebo in an ongoing late-stage study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 16, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Brazil Authorizes Additional 5000 Volunteers for AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Brazil Authorizes Additional 5000 Volunteers for AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine
Brazil's health regulator Anvisa on Tuesday authorized AstraZeneca to test its COVID-19 vaccine on an additional 5000 volunteers in the country for clinical Phase 3 trials.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 16, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Roche Exec Says COVID-Hit Health Systems at'More or Less' Normal Capacity Roche Exec Says COVID-Hit Health Systems at'More or Less' Normal Capacity
Many patients have overcome initial fears of COVID-19 infections and resumed doctor visits, Roche's drug unit chief said, helping health systems even in hard-hit regions return to'more or less; normal capacity.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 16, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Has Set Global Health Progress Back Decades: Gates Foundation COVID-19 Has Set Global Health Progress Back Decades: Gates Foundation
The knock-on effects of the coronavirus pandemic have halted and reversed global health progress, a report by the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation warned on Tuesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 16, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

US Plans to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine Immediately After Regulators Authorize It US Plans to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine Immediately After Regulators Authorize It
The US government on Wednesday said it will start distributing a COVID-19 vaccine within 1 day of regulatory authorization.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 16, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Azithromycin Fails to Help Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients Azithromycin Fails to Help Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients
The antibiotic azithromycin did not appear to provide any benefit to hospitalized COVID-19 patients who were having trouble breathing, according to a study in Brazil.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 14, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients With Asthma May Not Have Worse Outcomes Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients With Asthma May Not Have Worse Outcomes
Hospitalized COVID-19 patients aged 65 and under who have asthma don't appear to have worse outcomes than their counterparts without asthma, a recent study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 10, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Frequency of Suctioning Better Gauge for Decannulation Than Capping Frequency of Suctioning Better Gauge for Decannulation Than Capping
Using the frequency of tracheostomy suctioning -- less than twice every 8 hours -- combined with continuous high-flow oxygen therapy can get patients breathing without the tube 7 days faster than conventional decannulation, a new study has concluded.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 10, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Doctors Urge Prompt Recognition of COVID-19-Linked MIS-C Doctors Urge Prompt Recognition of COVID-19-Linked MIS-C
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19 is characterized by'extreme'inflammation, fever, abdominal symptoms, conjunctivitis and rash, according to a systematic review.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 10, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

US   Set to End Enhanced Screening of Some International Travelers for COVID-19: Sources US   Set to End Enhanced Screening of Some International Travelers for COVID-19: Sources
The US government is set to end enhanced screening of some international passengers for COVID-19 and drop requirements that travelers coming from the targeted countries arrive at 15 designated US airports.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 10, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Regeneron Expects to Report Biomarker Data for COVID-19 Therapy by September End Regeneron Expects to Report Biomarker Data for COVID-19 Therapy by September End
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals said on Wednesday it expects to report biomarker data for its COVID-19 antibody cocktail by the end of this month.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 10, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Venezuelan Nurses Trapped Between COVID-19 and Economic Crisis Venezuelan Nurses Trapped Between COVID-19 and Economic Crisis
Venezuelan nurse Flor Perez works a grueling night shift at a public children's hospital in Caracas, where the coronavirus is a constant risk.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 10, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

How Drugmakers Can Keep Their Pledge and Still Deliver an October Vaccine Surprise How Drugmakers Can Keep Their Pledge and Still Deliver an October Vaccine Surprise
As questions mount over whether the US will authorize a coronavirus vaccine ahead of November elections, experts say there is a slim chance that enough evidence will be available to prove one is safe and effective in that time frame.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 10, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

EU Enters Final Talks for BioNTech-Pfizer Vaccine EU Enters Final Talks for BioNTech-Pfizer Vaccine
The European Commission said on Wednesday it had entered final stage talks with BioNTech-Pfizer to purchase up to 300 million doses of a potential vaccine against COVID-19.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 10, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Russia's RDIF to Sell 32 Mln COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to Mexican Firm Russia's RDIF to Sell 32 Mln COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to Mexican Firm
Russia's sovereign wealth fund said on Wednesday it had signed a deal to supply Mexican pharmaceutical firm Landsteiner Scientific with 32 million doses of the Russian-produced COVID-19 vaccine'Sputnik-V', the fund said in a statement.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 10, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

China's CanSino Defends Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate After Experts Cast Doubt China's CanSino Defends Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate After Experts Cast Doubt
China's CanSino Biologics Inc said on Wednesday that expert opinion on its high-profile coronavirus vaccine candidate should not be followed'blindly'without sufficient clinical trial data.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 10, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Batten Down the Hatches for Thyroid Storm Batten Down the Hatches for Thyroid Storm
"What's tricky is there really are no specific biochemical level cutoffs for thyroid storm, and also no unique laboratory abnormalities. In the end, it's a clinical diagnosis and a clinical judgment."The Hospitalist (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 10, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Hospital Medicine News Source Type: news

Aortic Dissection: Still the Great Masquerader Aortic Dissection: Still the Great Masquerader
Dr Amal Mattu takes a look at acute aortic dissection and explains why William Osler cautioned humility when it comes to this tricky disorder.Medscape Emergency Medicine (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 9, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Emergency Medicine Viewpoint Source Type: news

Why Has COVID-19 Hit Minorities Harder? Why Has COVID-19 Hit Minorities Harder?
WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte talks with Dr Valerie Montgomery Rice about why COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on Black and Hispanic Americans.WebMD (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Public Health & Prevention Expert Interview Source Type: news

ECG Findings Can Help Manage Adults With Congenital Heart Disease ECG Findings Can Help Manage Adults With Congenital Heart Disease
Electrocardiogram (ECG) findings and other markers can be useful for managing adult patients with a history of congenital heart disease, according to a new review.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Counterfeit COVID-19 Products Promotions Rampant on Social Media Counterfeit COVID-19 Products Promotions Rampant on Social Media
During the early stages of the global COVID-19 pandemic, a surge of social media posts started promoting counterfeit products like fake immunity-boosting treatments and suspicious testing kids, a new study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Unexpected Results in New COVID-19'Cytokine Storm' Data Unexpected Results in New COVID-19'Cytokine Storm' Data
Contrary to most evidence implicating a'cytokine storm'in more severe COVID-19, new data showed that not to be the case.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Russia's COVID-19 Vaccine Produced Antibody Response Russia's COVID-19 Vaccine Produced Antibody Response
Russia's'Sputnik-V'COVID-19 vaccine produced an antibody response in all participants in early stage trials, according to results published on Friday in The Lancet that were hailed by Moscow as an answer to its critics.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Distinguishing COVID-19 From Flu in Kids Remains Challenging Distinguishing COVID-19 From Flu in Kids Remains Challenging
Children with COVID-19 had similar rates of hospitalization, ICU admission, and ventilator use as children with influenza but were older and more likely to have underlying conditions, new data showed.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

China's Sinovac Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate Appears Safe, Slightly Weaker in Elderly China's Sinovac Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate Appears Safe, Slightly Weaker in Elderly
Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech said on Monday its coronavirus vaccine candidate appeared to be safe for older people, according to preliminary results from an early to mid-stage trial.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

BioNTech, Pfizer Begin German Part of COVID-19 Vaccine Study BioNTech, Pfizer Begin German Part of COVID-19 Vaccine Study
Biotech firm BioNTech said on Monday it widened an ongoing pivotal global study of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate to include testing in its home country of Germany.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

WHO's Tedros Says'Vaccine Nationalism' Would Prolong Pandemic WHO's Tedros Says'Vaccine Nationalism' Would Prolong Pandemic
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that'vaccine nationalism'would only slow the effort to quash the pandemic and called for vaccines to be used fairly and effectively.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Vaccine Developer Moderna Could Slow COVID-19 Trials to Add At-Risk Minorities Vaccine Developer Moderna Could Slow COVID-19 Trials to Add At-Risk Minorities
Moderna has been asking sites that are conducting clinical trials of its experimental coronavirus vaccine to focus on enrolling at-risk minorities, even if that slows down the trial speed, the company said on Friday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

US CDC Reports 186,173 Deaths From Coronavirus US CDC Reports 186,173 Deaths From Coronavirus
On Friday the CDC said the number of deaths due to the new coronavirus had risen by 1,081 to 186,173 and reported 6,132,074 cases, an increase of 44,671 cases from its previous count.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

J & J Seeking One Third of COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Volunteers in Hard-Hit Latin America J & J Seeking One Third of COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Volunteers in Hard-Hit Latin America
Johnson& Johnson will seek 20,000 volunteers for late-stage human trials of its experimental coronavirus vaccine in hard-hit Latin America.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Hospitalizations Rise as France's Daily COVID-19 Cases Hit Record Hospitalizations Rise as France's Daily COVID-19 Cases Hit Record
France recorded almost 9000 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, setting a record since the beginning of the pandemic, while more people were also hospitalized as a result of the disease.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Japan Says It Will Bear Cost of Coronavirus Vaccines for Populace Japan Says It Will Bear Cost of Coronavirus Vaccines for Populace
Japan's government said on Friday it would bear the cost of providing coronavirus vaccines to the populace, as it aims for a comprehensive inoculation against the pandemic.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Curevac Gets 252 Mln Euro German Grant for COVID-19 Vaccine Curevac Gets 252 Mln Euro German Grant for COVID-19 Vaccine
Biotechnology startup up Curevac said on Friday it had received a 252 million euro ($298 million) research grant from the German government to support the development of the COVID-19 vaccine it is working on.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

DAPA-CKD: SGLT2 Inhibitors'The Beta-Blockers for the Kidneys'DAPA-CKD: SGLT2 Inhibitors'The Beta-Blockers for the Kidneys '
Nephrologists Jennie Lin and Leslie Gewin discuss the effects of dapagliflozin in patients with CKD. How do the DAPA-CKD findings fit with the CREDENCE data on SGLT2 inhibitors?Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 4, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

COVID-19 Often Undiagnosed in Frontline Hospital Workers COVID-19 Often Undiagnosed in Frontline Hospital Workers
A high proportion of COVID-19 infections among US healthcare personnel appear to go undetected, according to a report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the CDC.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 1, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

ESC Guideline on Non ST-Elevation ACS ESC Guideline on Non ST-Elevation ACS
The European Society of Cardiology has revised its guidelines for diagnosing and managing non ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 1, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news