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UNC-Chapel Hill receives $65M from NIH for antiviral drug development center
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/953478

May 20th, 2022 - The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health awarded the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health a $65 million grant establishing an Antiviral Drug Discovery Center to develop oral antivirals that can combat pandemic-level viruses like COVID-19. The center builds upon and is tightly affiliated with UNC’s Rapidly Emerging Antiviral Drug...

EU Health Regulator Backs Using AstraZeneca COVID Shot as Booster
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974272

May 20th, 2022 - LONDON (Reuters) - The European health regulator on Thursday endorsed the use of AstraZeneca's COVID vaccine, Vaxzevria, as a booster. The recommendation, made by a committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), encompasses adults who have either been previously vaccinated by Vaxzevria or an mRNA vaccine, such as the ones made by Pfizer and BioNTech or Moderna. The recommendation comes weeks...

US CDC Says COVID Vaccine-Related Myocarditis Much Lower for Children Than Teens
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974285

May 20th, 2022 - NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday said rates of reported heart inflammation linked to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been much lower in 5- to 11-year-old boys than in adolescents and young men, and were only slightly elevated above normal. The agency, in a presentation to an advisory committee discussing on the need for booste...

Famotidine Aids in COVID-19 by Helping Limit Inflammation
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974316

May 20th, 2022 - (Reuters) - Researchers have discovered just how the antacid famotidine, commonly sold as Pepcid by a Johnson & Johnson unit, was able to help alleviate COVID-19 symptoms in clinical trials. In studies in mice, they found that famotidine stimulates the vagus nerve, which controls the immune system and other involuntary body functions. When the vagus nerve is stimulated, it can send out signals ...

Desktop 'Air Curtains' May Deflect Virus Particles
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974315

May 20th, 2022 - (Reuters) - When people cannot maintain a safe distance to avoid the spread of COVID-19, a newly designed desktop "air curtain" can block aerosols in exhaled air, researchers found. Air-curtains - artificially created streams of moving air - are often used to protect patients in operating rooms. At Nagoya University in Japan, researchers tested their new desktop device by simulating a blood col...

Post-Infection Vaccination May Reduce Long COVID Symptoms on Population Level
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974317

May 20th, 2022 - (Reuters) - Vaccination after infection with SARS-CoV-2 may contribute to a reduction in the burden of long COVID symptoms in the population, a new study suggests. Researchers tracked 6,729 volunteers ages 18 to 69, who got two shots of either AstraZeneca's viral vector vaccine or an mRNA vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna after recovering from an infection with the coronavirus and who rep...

SARS-CoV-2 Could Be at Root of Mysterious Hepatitis in Kids
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974318

May 20th, 2022 - (Reuters) - A chain of events possibly triggered by unrecognized infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus could be causing the mysterious cases of severe hepatitis reported in hundreds of young children around the world, researchers suggest. Children with COVID-19 are at significantly increased risk for liver dysfunction afterward, according to a report posted on Saturday on medRxiv ahead of p...

Mental Health of Most Kids With Autism Declined in Pandemic
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974352

May 20th, 2022 - More than half of children and youth with autism experienced pandemic-related declines in mental health between May and December 2020, according to a large Canadian cohort study. The study, based on surveys with parents of 230 children and youth with autism, showed that 141 (61%) of these children had mental health deterioration, and 37 (14%) accessed acute mental health services. The researche...

CDC Says COVID Hospitalizations to Rise in Most States
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974366

May 20th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. As U.S. COVID-19 cases reach the highest levels since mid-February, hospital admissions and deaths are projected to increase during the next four weeks, according to a new update from the CDC. The forecast, which includes 32 different models across the country, predicts that nearly every U.S. st...

How to Manage Drug Interactions With Paxlovid for COVID
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974399

May 20th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Misinformation about nirmatrelvir/ritonavir (Paxlovid, Pfizer) for treating mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in patients at high risk for severe disease is feeding misunderstanding among prescribers and patients, two experts from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) said on Friday. They br...

Rapid Review Quiz: Alcohol Use and Abuse
https://reference.medscape.com/viewarticle/973580

May 20th, 2022 - Alcohol use and abuse is on the rise and is related to a host of acute and chronic health issues. Research indicates that alcohol use disorder is both widespread and undertreated, despite the availability of effective options. Recent research has explored connections between alcohol and dementia, atrial fibrillation (AF), and mortality. Do you know the latest key findings? Test yourself with th...

Studies reveal key clues about COVID-19 immunity, immune recall
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/953360

May 19th, 2022 - How does the immune system remember and recognize viral invaders it has encountered in the past? A trio of newly published studies of people infected with SARS-CoV-2, vaccinated against the virus or both, are providing tantalizing new clues about the factors that influence the speed and magnitude of the immune system’s response to subsequent infection with variants of SARS-CoV-2. These insights...

Possible discovery of mechanism behind mysterious COVID-19 symptoms
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/953286

May 19th, 2022 - In patients with serious and long-term COVID-19, disturbed blood coagulation has often been observed. Now, researchers at Linköping University (LiU), Sweden, have discovered that the body’s immune system can affect the spike protein on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, leading to the production of a misfolded spike protein called amyloid. The discovery of a possible connection between harmfu...

Should Doctors Keep a Foot in the Exam Room When They Enter the Boardroom?
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974021

May 19th, 2022 - John Whyte, MD, MPH No one has a better view of the pandemic's effects on the American public, from the puzzling to the tragic, than physicians. Some patients, stuffed on a diet of disinformation, have targeted us as agents of fantastical conspiracies. Other patients, who haven't visited a doctor in years, become bewildered when asked to do something as simple as disrobing for an exam. And we'v...

When Africans Asked for COVID Shots, They Didn't Get Them. Now They Don't Want Them
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974184

May 19th, 2022 - DAKAR/ACCRA (Reuters) - It's noisy inside the Mamprobi clinic in Accra as kids clamber over their mothers while they wait to get their measles vaccines. Outside, an area reserved for COVID-19 shots is empty. A health worker leans back in his chair and scrolls on a tablet. One woman, waiting to get her daughter inoculated, is fully aware of the dangers of measles: the high fever, the rash, the r...

'Huge' Pressure for Shanghai to Stay COVID-Free as Lockdown End Nears
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974179

May 19th, 2022 - SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Health authorities in Shanghai faced "huge" pressure to keep China's most populous city free of COVID-19 as residents were counting down the days until June 1 when their lockdown is set to end after almost two months of isolation. The commercial hub of 25 million achieved a fourth consecutive day without any new infections in the community, holding on to its prized ...

COVID Is Rising in the Americas, Virus 'Not Going Away Anytime Soon': PAHO
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974204

May 19th, 2022 - SAO PAULO (Reuters) - COVID-19 is on the rise again in the Americas as many countries have abandoned measures like masking and social distancing and many lag in vaccination rates, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday. Cases in the Americas surged 27.2% last week from the prior one, driven primarily by a spike in infections in the United States, according to PAHO. More t...

As COVID Cases Rise, US Health Officials Mull Widening Additional Booster Eligibility
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974206

May 19th, 2022 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health officials are considering extending the eligibility for a second COVID-19 vaccine booster dose to people under 50 amid a steady rise in cases, with the United States seeing a threefold increase over the past month. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had in late March authorized a second booster dose of the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech SE vaccines for people aged ...

Estrogen Treatment Linked to Reduced COVID Mortality
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974267

May 19th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Women who went on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with estrogen within six months of catching COVID-19 had a reduced risk of dying, a new study says. The study, coupled with data showing men have higher hospitalization and mortality rates from COVID than women, provides more evidence that estr...

Japanese Man Gambles Away Town's COVID Relief Funds
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974281

May 19th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. A Japanese man went on a gambling spree after COVID-19 relief funds worth 46.3 million yen — about $358,000 in U.S. dollars — accidentally ended up in his bank account. The 24-year-old man was supposed to receive only 100,000 yen (about $774 in U.S. money), his fair share of money intended for 4...