The blood holds clues to understanding long COVID

The search for biomarkers could eventually lead scientists to tests and treatments By Meghan Rosen, MARCH 4, 2024 Science News When I talk to immunologist Paul Morgan, he’s on the hunt for potentially life-altering drugs.  He’s got a call with a pharmaceutical company planned in the next half hour. His goal: persuade the company to supply his lab […]

Masks Found To Be Ineffective After First Omicron Wave: New Study

MAY 30, 2024 – Authored by Megan Redshaw, J.D. via The Epoch Times  At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, masks were a recommended public health measure to prevent transmission of the virus. Yet new research suggests masks were ineffective at reducing the risk of infection when Omicron became the dominant variant. In a study published in […]

Exploring the Clinical Features, Management of Hypertension, and Predictors of Severity in Hospitalized Hypertensive COVID-19 Patients

Abstract Background Hypertension significantly contributes to the severity, prolonged hospitalization, the need for intensive care, and mortality of COVID-19 patients. However, the data is still evolving. This study investigated the predictors of severity among hypertensive COVID-19 patients. Methodology This cohort study included 333 hospitalized hypertensive COVID-19 patients at the Indus Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan, from April […]

The Neurological Implications of COVID-19: A Comprehensive Narrative Review

Ithamar Cheyne • Venmanassery Sreejan Gopinath • Neeharika Muppa , et. al., May 15, 2024, DOI: 10.7759/ cureus.60376  Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 revealed a huge number of problems as well as discoveries in medicine, notably, regarding the effects of the virus on the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS). This paper is a narrative […]

Retrospective Evaluation of Hematological Parameters in COVID-19 Patients: Insights From the Emergency Department

Ahmed Jerah, May 28, 2024, DOI: 10.7759/cureus.61258 Cite this article as: Jerah A (May 28, 2024) Retrospective Evaluation of Hematological Parameters in COVID-19 Patients: Insights From the Emergency Department. Cureus 16(5): e61258. doi:10.7759/cureus.61258 Abstract Background: This retrospective study evaluated hematological parameters in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients to gain clinical insights. Methods: Data from the Emergency Department of Samtah […]

Persistent symptoms and clinical findings in adults with post-acute sequelae of COVID-19/post-COVID-19 syndrome in the second year after acute infection: population-based, nested case-control study

Raphael S. Peter, Alexandra Nieters, Siri Göpel, et. al.,doi: Abstract Objective To assess risk factors for persistence vs improvement and to describe clinical characteristics and diagnostic evaluation of subjects with post-acute sequelae of COVID-19/post-COVID-19 syndrome (PCS) persisting for more than one year. Design Nested population-based case-control study. Setting Comprehensive outpatient assessment, including neurocognitive, cardiopulmonary exercise, and laboratory testing in four university health centres in […]

The Concealing Effect of COVID-19: Unveiling the Surge in Community-Acquired Infections and Its Association With Diabetic Ketosis During the Pandemic

Abstract Background Some studies suggest that the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has contributed to diverting attention from other community-acquired infections (CAIs), leading to an increase in their incidence and severity. Our study aimed to describe and compare clinical features of CAI before and during the pandemic as a factor precipitating diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA). Methodology We included 250 […]

The Assessment of Functional Status Among COVID-19 Patients at Three Months Using Pulmonary Function Tests

Mohini Asija • Shaveta Dahiya • Rohit Parsad • Sanjay Fotedar • Rohit Sharma • Vikas Bhatthi  May 28, 2024, DOI: 10.7759/cureus.61221  Abstract Introduction The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted the lives of thousands of patients worldwide with many patients having residual symptoms months after the acute infection. The severity of lung involvement ranges from mild asymptomatic to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), […]

Natural course of post-COVID symptoms in adults and children

Aya Sugiyama, Toshiro Takafuta, Tomoki Sato, et. al. Scientific Reports volume 14, Article number: 3884 (2024)  Abstract More than 200 million COVID-19 survivors have lasting symptoms after recovering, but the duration and related risk factors remain uncertain. This study focused on all 6551 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 at a medical institution in Hiroshima from March 2020 to July 2022. In November 2022, a […]

Brain abnormalities in survivors of COVID-19 after 2-year recovery: a functional MRI study

Yimiao Zhao , Qiongdan Liang , Zhendong Jiang, et. al, May 09, 2024DOI: j.lanwpc.2024.101086 Summary Background A variety of symptoms, particularly cognitive, psychiatric and neurological symptoms, may persist for a long time among individuals recovering from COVID-19. However, the underlying mechanism of these brain abnormalities remains unclear. This study aimed to investigate the long-term neuroimaging effects […]