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Grief and COVID-19

Grief and COVID-19

Posted by on Dec 1, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

As of November 29, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused almost 1.5 million deaths worldwide just from the disease itself. That number doesn’t take into account the deaths that have occurred because people have delayed care or avoided hospitals and physicians due to the pandemic. Because of social distancing, normal interactions – like being with...

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COVID-19 and Endothelial Inflammation

COVID-19 and Endothelial Inflammation

Posted by on Nov 26, 2020 in Blog, Coronary artery disease, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

In May, the Journal of Clinical Medicine published an article titled “Hypertension, Thrombosis, Kidney Failure, and Diabetes: Is COVID-19 an Endothelial Disease? A Comprehensive Evaluation of Clinical and Basic Evidence.” The authors put forward a hypothesis that SARS-CoV-2 infects the lining of the body’s blood vessels. The lining...

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COVID-19 Gets Personal

COVID-19 Gets Personal

Posted by on Oct 29, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

Last month, I mentioned in the Medivizor newsletter that I had lost a family member. This loved one feared seeking medical attention for a serious condition because of the risk of catching COVID-19 at a hospital or doctor’s office. Now, a dear friend’s parents received notification that they were exposed to the SARS-2 coronavirus by a...

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The Unappreciated Sense of Smell

The Unappreciated Sense of Smell

Posted by on Oct 19, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

The homey aroma of fresh baked bread, the mouth-watering fragrance of chocolate chip cookies just out of the oven, the loamy scent of autumnal leaves raked into high piles: cells in our noses snatch chemicals in the air which fire neurons in a part of the brain called the olfactory bulb. From the bulb information zips to other areas of the brain. The...

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Avoiding Healthcare Due to COVID-19

Avoiding Healthcare Due to COVID-19

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 1 comment

In June the CDC asked almost 10,000 respondents in the US the question, “Have you delayed or avoided medical care due to concerns related to COVID-19?” The survey question found that 41 percent answered yes to this statement. Twelve percent avoided urgent or emergency care and another 32 percent stated they had avoided routine care. Some of...

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Masks Work in Mysterious Ways

Masks Work in Mysterious Ways

Posted by on Aug 14, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

Theories abound as we learn more about COVID-19 but one that makes a lot of sense has to do with viral dosage. There is a term “LD50” which is the virus dose at which fifty percent of those who are exposed, die. Research determining this dosage is done in experiments on animals, varying the dose of virus to calculate a dose-mortality curve. ...

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COVID-19 with Cancer

COVID-19 with Cancer

Posted by on Jul 31, 2020 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Coronavirus / COVID-19, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 3 comments

Recent research presented at a virtual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research 1 indicates the need for greater care and continued social distancing for those who are in treatment for cancer and – in one study that was presented – those who have a recent history of cancer (the research looked at people from 2015 to the...

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Mask Wearing as a Political Issue

Mask Wearing as a Political Issue

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

The Pew Research Center released findings of a survey on mask wearing in the United States. Who could have guessed that wearing a mask to prevent illness would be made into a political issue? In answer to the question, “In the past month, how often, if ever, have you worn a mask or face covering when in stores or other businesses?” where...

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Clinical trial for Treatment of COVID-19 Cytokine Storm

Clinical trial for Treatment of COVID-19 Cytokine Storm

Posted by on Jun 27, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

One of the causes of death for those infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) is an immunological phenomenon. As you can see from the image below, this occurs in phase 3. See Reference 1 Image simplified from reference. A phase 3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multi-center clinical trial to assess the efficacy and safety of Ruxolitinib...

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