COVID-19: An Opportunity to Assess Global Air Quality and Its Impact on Health

April 22nd 2021, 1:05pm


With unprecedented pauses in air pollution emissions in spring 2020 and ongoing virus mitigation behaviors around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity to better understand the impact of poor air quality on human health.

A Timeline of COVID-19 Vaccine Developments in 2021

April 19th 2021, 3:45pm


If 2020 was dominated by the news of how COVID-19 spread across the globe, then 2021 has so far been focused on ending the pandemic through vaccine distribution.

Using Telemedicine for Respiratory Infections May Lead to More Care Later

April 17th 2021, 12:30pm


The study, on the quality of on-demand video telemedicine services, found that patients using telemedicine for respiratory infections were more likely to receive follow-up care, causing higher health care spending.

What We’re Reading: Moderna Flu Vaccine; Black Maternal Health Week; EU Ending COVID-19 Vaccine Contracts

April 14th 2021, 1:35pm


Moderna announces upcoming trial of a vaccine candidate against flu; April 11-17 marks Black Maternal Health Week; the European Commission will not renew COVID-19 vaccine contracts with Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca when they expire next year.

COVID-19 Pandemic Provides Glimpse Into Potential Cause of Kawasaki Disease in Children

April 10th 2021, 12:30pm


Given the high prevalence of Kawasaki disease during the pandemic, Japanese investigators determined that droplet or contact transmission of pathogens is likely not a major route causing the development of the disease.

What We’re Reading: Oxford Trial Paused; Brain Disorders in COVID-19 Patients; Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

April 7th 2021, 2:30pm


University of Oxford pauses AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study in children; psychiatric, neurological illness rates high in patients who’ve had COVID-19; new CDC reports shows possible link between multisystem inflammatory syndrome and asymptomatic COVID-19.

Study Finds Depression May Be Linked to Chronic Cough in Women

April 3rd 2021, 12:45pm


Physicians should evaluate female patients complaining of chronic cough for psychological conditions when determining course of treatment as the two may be related, investigators concluded.

Study Finds That Physicians’ Financial Conflicts of Interest May Influence Black Lung Diagnosis

March 31st 2021, 5:45pm


Researchers found that physicians may have a financial conflict of interest when examining a chest x-ray for black lung disease, suggesting that sweeping changes are needed to avoid biases and improve transparency.

Short-term Exposure to Nitrogen Dioxide May Increase Risk of Death From Respiratory Disease

March 27th 2021, 3:15pm


Exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2), an air pollutant generated from automobiles, may increase risk of mortality, even if the exposure amount is well below regulatory limits, investigators concluded.

Many Commercially Insured Patients With Asthma Have Uncontrolled Disease

March 22nd 2021, 8:15pm


A recent study found that a sizable portion of the commercially insured asthma population lacks disease control, regardless of asthma severity, signaling a needed shift in treatment strategies.