Higher COVID-19 death rates in the southern U.S. due to behavior variations, study finds

Journal Reference: Michael A. Stoto, Samantha Schlageter, John D. Kraemer. COVID-19 mortality in the United States: It’s been two Americas from the start. PLOS ONE, 2022; 17 (4): e0265053 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0265053 The study, by Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies researchers, appeared April 28, 2022, in PLOS ONE. Excess mortality, which helps account … Read more

The impact of COVID-19 on drug use — and how it contributes to overdose risk

Journal Reference: Suzan M. Walters, Rebecca S. Bolinski, Ellen Almirol, Stacy Grundy, Scott Fletcher, John Schneider, Samuel R. Friedman, Lawrence J. Ouellet, Danielle C. Ompad, Wiley Jenkins, Mai T. Pho. Structural and community changes during COVID-19 and their effects on overdose precursors among rural people who use drugs: a mixed-methods analysis. Addiction Science & Clinical … Read more

COVID-19 pneumonia increases dementia risk

Journal Reference: Adnan I Qureshi, William I Baskett, Wei Huang, S Hasan Naqvi, Chi-Ren Shyu. New-Onset Dementia Among Survivors of Pneumonia Associated With Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Infection. Open Forum Infectious Diseases, 2022; 9 (4) DOI: 10.1093/ofid/ofac115 A team of MU researchers pulled Cerner Real World Data from 1.4 billion medical encounters prior … Read more

COVID-19 can directly infect and damage human kidney cells

Journal Reference: Titilola D. Kalejaiye, Rohan Bhattacharya, Morgan A. Burt, Tatianna Travieso, Arinze E. Okafor, Xingrui Mou, Maria Blasi, Samira Musah. SARS-CoV-2 Employ BSG/CD147 and ACE2 Receptors to Directly Infect Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Kidney Podocytes. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, 2022; 10 DOI: 10.3389/fcell.2022.855340 The research appeared online April 20 in the … Read more

Scientists develop COVID-19 antibody measurement technology to rapidly assess virus blocking efficacy

Journal Reference: Brian Hetrick, Linda D. Chilin, Sijia He, Deemah Dabbagh, Farhang Alem, Aarthi Narayanan, Alessandra Luchini, Tuanjie Li, Xuefeng Liu, Joshua Copeland, Angela Pak, Tshaka Cunningham, Lance Liotta, Emanuel F. Petricoin, Ali Andalibi, Yuntao Wu. Development of a hybrid alphavirus-SARS-CoV-2 pseudovirion for rapid quantification of neutralization antibodies and antiviral drugs. Cell Reports Methods, 2022; … Read more

Air pollution linked to higher risk of COVID-19 in young adults

Journal Reference: Zhebin Yu, Tom Bellander, Anna Bergström, Joakim Dillner, Kristina Eneroth, Magnuz Engardt, Antonios Georgelis, Inger Kull, Petter Ljungman, Göran Pershagen, Massimo Stafoggia, Erik Melén, Olena Gruzieva, Catarina Almqvist, Niklas Andersson, Natalia Ballardini, Anna Bergström, Sophia Björkander, Petter Brodin, Anna Castel, Sandra Ekström, Antonios Georgelis, Lennart Hammarström, Qiang Pan-Hammarström, Jenny Hallberg, Christer Jansson, Maura … Read more

Smartwatches and fitness bands reveal individual physiological responses to COVID-19 vaccine

Journal Reference: Giorgio Quer, Matteo Gadaleta, Jennifer M. Radin, Kristian G. Andersen, Katie Baca-Motes, Edward Ramos, Eric J. Topol, Steven R. Steinhubl. Inter-individual variation in objective measure of reactogenicity following COVID-19 vaccination via smartwatches and fitness bands. npj Digital Medicine, 2022; 5 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41746-022-00591-z The study, published in npj Digital Medicine, analyzed sensor data … Read more

Food insecurity doubled likelihood of foregoing or delaying medical care during first year of COVID-19 pandemic in U.S.

Food insecurity doubled likelihood of foregoing or delaying medical care during first year of COVID-19 pandemic in U.S. – NovLink Home Mash T Food insecurity doubled likelihood of foregoing or delaying medical care during first year of COVID-19 pandemic in U.S. We want to give thanks to the author of this short article for this … Read more

COVID-19: Vaccination greatly reduces infectious viral load, study finds

Journal Reference: Olha Puhach, Kenneth Adea, Nicolas Hulo, Pascale Sattonnet, Camille Genecand, Anne Iten, Frédérique Jacquérioz Bausch, Laurent Kaiser, Pauline Vetter, Isabella Eckerle, Benjamin Meyer. Infectious viral load in unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals infected with ancestral, Delta or Omicron SARS-CoV-2. Nature Medicine, 2022; DOI: 10.1038/s41591-022-01816-0 A research team from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and … Read more

Layered controls can significantly curb exposure to COVID-19

Journal Reference: Laura Fierce, Alison J. Robey, Cathrine Hamilton. High efficacy of layered controls for reducing exposure to airborne pathogens. Indoor Air, 2022; 32 (2) DOI: 10.1111/ina.12989 Using a new computational model that simulates the life cycle of pathogen-laden particles, the researchers found that a combination of distancing of six feet, universal mask-wearing, and increased … Read more

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