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Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, May 29, 2020

Success More Than 50 Percent for Second Child With Fertility Treatment
Chances range from 51 to 88 percent depending on use of frozen versus fresh embryos
Friday, May 29, 2020

CDC: Coronavirus Antibody Tests Still Not Accurate Enough
Too little is known about what the presence of antibodies means in terms of future immunity
Thursday, May 28, 2020

9.5 Percent Uninsured in U.S. From January Through June 2019
Overall, 13.7 percent of adults aged 18 to 64, 4.4 percent of children aged 0 to 17 were uninsured
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Placental Injury Seen in Pregnant Women With SARS-CoV-2
Higher rates of decidual arteriopathy, other maternal vascular malperfusion features observed
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Adenovirus Type-5 Vectored COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Promise
ELISA antibodies and neutralizing antibodies increased at day 14, peaked at day 28
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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Friday, May 22, 2020

U.S. Offers $1.2 Billion to Drug Company for COVID-19 Vaccine Research
Deal will fund phase 3 clinical trial in the United States this summer with about 30,000 volunteers
Friday, May 22, 2020

CDC: COVID-19 Not Spread Easily From Contaminated Surfaces
Updated information from the agency also outlines what is not considered to pose a high risk for infection
Friday, May 22, 2020

CDC Says Test All Newborns of Mothers With Confirmed, Suspected COVID-19
Newborns should be tested 24 hours after birth and, if the test is negative, be retested the next day
Thursday, May 21, 2020

Sales of Johnson's Baby Powder Halted in U.S., Canada
Johnson & Johnson says talc-based powder is safe and will still be sold in other countries
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Some Children With COVID-19 Require Admission, PICU Care
Elevated CRP, procalcitonin, pro-BNP, platelet count -- but not obesity, asthma -- linked to PICU admission
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Multiple Genes Predispose Black Women to Breast Cancer
High risks for breast cancer associated with mutations in BRCA1, BRCA2, PALB2
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Spending on Primary Care Continues to Lag in the U.S.
Authors say increasing investment in primary care could slow future health care spending growth
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Social Distancing Policies Reduced COVID-19 Growth Rate
Policies reduced daily COVID-19 growth rate by 5.4 and 6.8 percent after one to five, six to 10 days
Monday, May 18, 2020

Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine Appears Safe, Triggers Immune Response
Findings from early-stage trial that started in March and included eight healthy people receiving two doses
Monday, May 18, 2020

Cough May Not Appear in Young Children With COVID-19
Digestive tract infection appears common in children hospitalized with COVID-19 in China
Monday, May 18, 2020

Convalescent Plasma Appears Promising for Severe COVID-19
In series of 25 patients, 19 experienced improvement in clinical status by day 14; 11 were discharged
Monday, May 18, 2020

Most Physicians Have Seen False-Negative COVID-19 Test Results
One in 10 physicians worldwide report seeing at least one case of COVID-19 reinfection
Monday, May 18, 2020

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Friday, May 15, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Increased More Rapidly With No Stay-at-Home Order in Iowa
Counties bordering Iowa in Illinois had slower increase in COVID-19 cases following stay-at-home order
Friday, May 15, 2020

FDA: Abbott Rapid COVID-19 Test Could Miss Infections
Research has suggested that the Abbott ID NOW point-of-care test may return false-negative results
Friday, May 15, 2020

NIH: Large-Scale Testing of Some COVID-19 Vaccines Could Start in July
About a dozen potential vaccines worldwide are in the initial stages of, or set to begin, testing in people
Friday, May 15, 2020

Interferon-α2b May Shorten Viral Shedding Duration in COVID-19
Duration of elevated blood levels for inflammatory markers IL-6, C-reactive protein also reduced
Friday, May 15, 2020

Kawasaki-Like Disease Incidence Up After Start of SARS-CoV-2
Children diagnosed after start of SARS-CoV-2 were older, had higher rate of cardiac involvement
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Bowel Abnormalities Described in Inpatients With COVID-19
Bowel wall abnormalities identified on 31 percent of 42 CT scans, associated with ICU admission
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Doctors Should Watch for Pediatric Inflammatory Syndrome With COVID-19
Epidemiologists are developing a definition of the syndrome that could be released this week
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Plan in Place to Up Production of Prefilled Syringes for Future COVID-19 Vaccine
Project Jumpstart aims to produce 100 million prefilled syringes by the end of 2020 and more than 500 million in 2021
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Crude Link ID'd for Vitamin D Levels, COVID-19 Cases, Death
Vitamin D levels severely low in aging population, the most vulnerable population to COVID-19
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

SARS-CoV-2 Spreads Rapidly Through Skilled Nursing Facilities
More than half of residents who tested positive were asymptomatic at time of testing
Monday, May 11, 2020

Anakinra May Reduce Systemic Inflammation in COVID-19
At 21 days, survival was 90 percent in anakinra group versus 56 percent in standard treatment group
Monday, May 11, 2020

Epidemic Growth of COVID-19 Not Linked to Latitude, Temperature
Slower epidemic growth strongly tied to restrictions of mass gatherings, school closure, social distancing
Monday, May 11, 2020

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Symptomatic COVID-19 Infection Fatality Rate 1.3 Percent in U.S.
County-specific infection fatality rates for symptomatic cases varied from 0.5 to 3.6 percent
Friday, May 8, 2020

FDA Slashes Number of Approved Chinese Makers of N95 Masks
Cut comes after officials found that many imported N95 masks did not meet U.S. standards
Friday, May 8, 2020

Doubt Cast on Notion That New Strain of COVID-19 Is More Infectious
Former FDA head says research 'doesn't prove that this new strain is in fact more infectious'
Thursday, May 7, 2020

GI Symptoms Seen in Less Than 10 Percent of COVID-19 Patients
Outpatients with new-onset GI symptoms should be monitored for COVID-19 symptoms
Thursday, May 7, 2020

Human Trials of Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine Begin in U.S.
If effective, vaccine could be available for emergency use in the United States as early as September
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

New Coronavirus Strain More Contagious, Scientists Say
New strain spreads faster and may make people susceptible to a second COVID-19 infection
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Guideline Issued for Nonsevere, Severe COVID-19 Therapy
Corticosteroids recommended for severe COVID-19 with ARDS but not severe COVID-19 without ARDS
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Well-Controlled Blood Glucose May Improve COVID-19 Outcomes
Mortality lower in hospitalized COVID-19 patients with T2DM who had well-controlled blood glucose
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

USPSTF Recommends Hep B Screening for Those at Increased Risk
Screening for HBV has moderate net benefit in adolescents, adults at increased risk for infection
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Variation Seen in COVID-19 Tests, Hospitalization, Deaths Across NYC
Highest number of patients with COVID-19 who were hospitalized and number of deaths was in the Bronx
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Race and Income Influence Risk for Severe COVID-19
Higher risk seen for black and American Indian versus white adults, for those living in low-income households
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

FDA Goes After Unproven COVID-19 Antibody Tests
Companies selling tests will be required to submit data proving accuracy within next 10 days
Monday, May 4, 2020

With Many States Reopening, COVID-19 Testing Levels Still Too Low
Analysis shows that right now just 40 percent of states can meet the lower 2 percent threshold for testing
Monday, May 4, 2020

Patients With Cancer Seem More Vulnerable to COVID-19
Frequency of severe events highest for patients with hematologic cancer, lung cancer, and metastatic cancer
Monday, May 4, 2020


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