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COVID-19: UBC researchers discover ‘weak spot’ in all major variants

Breadcrumb Trail Links News Local News Local Health Health Medical breakthrough likened to finding a ‘master key’ that could lead to effective treatments Publishing date: Aug 18, 2022  •  12 hours ago  •  3 minute read  •  10 Comments A transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, also known as novel coronavirus, the virus that causes …

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US Health Agency Undermines Equity in Covid-19 Policy

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has rolled out new Covid-19 guidelines that undermine the right to health in the United States and send a worrying signal that a leading health authority will no longer consider protecting marginalized groups from illness and death. The new CDC policy removes its “test to stay” …

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WHO recommends second COVID-19 booster for highest-risk groups 

The World Health Organization’s immunization advisory group Thursday recommended a second COVID-19 vaccine booster for older people, health care workers, and people at high risk of developing severe disease.  The advice mirrors that given by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which have called for second …

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U of M study: Ivermectin not an effective treatment for COVID-19

A long-awaited study at the University of Minnesota has found that the controversial drug ivermectin is not effective at treating COVID-19. The findings, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, add to a growing body of scientific evidence pushing back against the use of the antiparasitic drug that has been promoted by some …

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Ivermectin among generic drugs that failed to help COVID-19 patients avoid hospitalization, large study shows

A new study found three generic drugs — fluvoxamine, which is often prescribed to treat depression, the controversial antimalarial ivermectin, and the diabetes pill metformin — failed to prevent the kind of severe COVID-19 that leads to an emergency-room visit or hospitalization.  The research, published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, examined whether …

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Time to Stop Using Ineffective Covid-19 Drugs | NEJM

In practicing evidence-based medicine, physicians use the best evidence currently available on safety and efficacy in making decisions on treatment choices for their patients. During the Covid-19 pandemic, some of the early treatment trials were rushed, leading to studies that were badly conducted1 or had too few patients.2 As a result, initial evidence of the …

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Randomized Trial of Metformin, Ivermectin, and Fluvoxamine for Covid-19 | NEJM

1. Keehner J, Horton LE, Binkin NJ, et al. Resurgence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in a highly vaccinated health system workforce. N Engl J Med 2021;385:1330–1332. 2. Ferdinands JM, Rao S, Dixon BE, et al. Waning 2-dose and 3-dose effectiveness of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19-associated emergency department and urgent care encounters and hospitalizations among adults during …

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Healthcare utilization goes up after a patient has COVID-19, research shows

COVID-19 Diagnosis Leads to More Healthcare Utilization Later

By Jacqueline LaPointe August 17, 2022 – Healthcare utilization goes up for patients who receive positive COVID-19 results because of post-COVID-19 conditions, according to a recent study. The study published in JAMA Network Open earlier this month analyzed data from eight integrated healthcare organizations from across the country to evaluate post-COVID-19 conditions (PCCs) in a diverse …

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