Rathke: The transplant system is needlessly allowing patients to die

New Orleans       There are no good ways to die, but emphysema is a tough way to go. I watched my grandfather die that way as a child.  He was weak and housebound in his last…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Medicine

Clots, strokes and rashes: is COVID a disease of the blood vessels?

by Will Stone Friday, November 13, 2020 Whether it’s strange rashes on the toes or blood clots in the brain, the widespread ravages of COVID-19 have increasingly led researchers to focus on how the novel coronavirus…

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An engineer holds an experimental vaccine for COVID-19 at Sinovac Biotech in Beijing. The Chinese company’s vaccine has advanced to human trials. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Medicine Pro Publica Science

How — and when — can the coronavirus vaccine become a reality?

It is likely we’ll eventually have a coronavirus vaccine — but perhaps not as quickly as some expect. From development, to clinical trials and distribution, ProPublica reporter Caroline Chen explains the tremendous challenges that lie ahead….

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An electron microscope photograph from Elizabeth Fischer shows viral particles being released from a dying cell infected with the coronavirus. The dozens of small, blue spheres emerging from the surface of a kidney cell are the virus particles themselves. The images produced by the electron microscopes are black-and-white; a visual artist colorizes them. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Fischer)
Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Science

Scientist has ‘Invisible Enemy’ in sights with microscopic portraits of coronavirus

by  Markian Hawryluk May 21, 2020 From her laboratory in the far western reaches of Montana, Elizabeth Fischer is trying to help people see what they’re up against in COVID-19. Over the past three decades, Fischer,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Interview Kaiser Health News

Vaping, opioid addiction accelerate Coronavirus risks, says NIDA Director

by Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News April 24, 2020   Dr. Nora Volkow, heads the National Institute on Drug Abuse, explains how emerging science points to added challenges for these patient populations and the public health…

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Posted in Coronavirus Medicine The Conversation

Blood sugar levels may influence vulnerability to coronavirus, and controlling them through conventional means might be protective

by Adam M. Brufsky, University of Pittsburgh April 22, 2020 Can watching your blood sugar help fight COVID-19? Sugar is not only something that sweetens our food. It is also something that is an essential part…

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