Respiratory

Study: Conformational flexibility in neutralization of SARS-CoV-2 by naturally elicited anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. Image Credit: Lightspring / Shutterstock

Discovery of antibodies that may eliminate the need for COVID vaccines

In a recent study published in the journal Communication biologyresearchers evaluated the efficacy of monoclonal antibodies (mAb) from severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) convalescent donors infected with the Wuhan-1 strain against SARS-CoV-2 VOCs (variants of interest) such as Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and Omicron. Study: Conformational flexibility in neutralization of SARS-CoV-2 by naturally …

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Study: Promising natural products against SARS-CoV-2: Structure, function, and clinical trials. Image Credit: Olga Larionova/Shutterstock

A review of natural products with promising potential against SARS-CoV-2

In a recent review published in Phytotherapy researchresearchers reviewed the existing literature on naturally active products with therapeutic efficacy against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Study: Promising natural products against SARS-CoV-2: Structure, function and clinical studies. Image credit: Olga Larionova/Shutterstock Studies have reported breakthrough infections with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and multiple mutations …

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Study: Dynamics of Competing SARS-Cov-2 Variants During the Omicron Epidemic in England. Image Credit: Mayboon / Shutterstock.com

Additional SARS-CoV-2 variants and sporadic epidemics may become the ‘new normal’

The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) led to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, which has so far claimed more than 6.4 million deaths. Despite rigorous efforts to contain the transmission of the virus, SARS-CoV-2 spread rapidly and mutated several times. This led to the emergence of new variants of SARS-CoV-2 …

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Study: Sex-Differences in COVID-19 Diagnosis, Risk Factors and Disease Comorbidities. Image Credit: Kzenon/Shutterstock

Study reveals disparities in clinical outcomes of COVID-19 in the US based on gender

In a recent study published on Research Square* Preprint server, Researchers examined gender differences among patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States (US). Study: Gender differences in the diagnosis of COVID-19, risk factors and disease comorbidities. Image credit: Kzenon/Shutterstock Studies report greater severity and mortality related to COVID-19 in men compared to …

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The effect of corticosteroids on mortality in hospitalized patients with COVID-19

In a recent study published on medRxiv* prepress server, researchers evaluated the impact of modern causal inference methods in estimating the effect of corticosteroids on coronavirus disease-related mortality 2019 (COVID-19). Study: Corticosteroids in COVID-19: Optimization of observational research through target trial emulations. Image credit: luchschenF / Shutterstock Observational research has provided great opportunities to understand …

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Efficacy of nirmatrelvirus therapy in preventing COVID-19 mortality and hospitalizations in high-risk patients during Omicron growth

At the end of 2021, there was a worldwide recovery of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) due to the occurrence of highly transmissible acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variant Omicron. Omicron surpassed the Delta variant by the end of December 2021. At the beginning of January, Omicron spread considerably around the world, even in places …

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“We need people to take this seriously”: Queensland Children’s Hospital is under pressure with a sharp rise in flu and respiratory tract cases

The emergency department of Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) in Brisbane is experiencing unprecedented demand, with record numbers of patients last month. Key points: This year’s flu season started earlier than usual and seems to be peaking before the typical August peak. People are more susceptible to the flu than in previous years after being protected …

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