Shortness of breath is a common symptom during pregnancy due to hormonal changes, increased demand on the heart and lungs, and the growing size of the uterus. Shortness of breath usually affects about 60% to 70% of pregnant women. It is usually caused by the growing uterus pressing on the diaphragm, which makes it harder [...]
Living with allergies and pets can be challenging, but it is possible. Here are a few strategies that may help: Keep pets out of certain rooms in your home, such as your bedroom, to reduce your exposure to pet dander. Regularly groom your pet and vacuum or dust your home to remove pet dander. Use [...]
The destruction of Southwest Florida’s communities in the aftermath of hurricanes is tragic, and the cleanup efforts create a serious impact on people with asthma, COPD and sleep disorder including sleep apnea.
Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, affects approximately 20 percent of people of all ages. The most common symptoms include nasal itching, watery nasal discharge, sneezing, itchy red eyes, sore throat, or hoarse voice. Allergic rhinitis is caused by a nasal reaction to small airborne particles called allergens (substances that cause an allergic reaction). [...]
There is a lot of interest in the news media recently whether covid-19 pneumonia patients’ lungs are worse than a smoker's lung. Answer to this question depends on the status of the patient. If a patient is admitted to hospital due to COVID-19 pneumonia, their lung is likely worse than any patient with smoker’s [...]
Frontline Health Care Workers in Scotland and Their Families Are at Increased Risk of Hospitalization from COVID
These researchers identified 158,445 Scottish health care workers between 18 and 65 years of age who were employed by the National Health Service. They used Scottish employment databases to create linkages to other health-related databases and to identify members of their households (n = 229,905). Additionally, the researchers used these same databases to identify people [...]
Convalescent Plasma Does Not Reduce Worsening nor All-Cause Mortality in Patients Hospitalized with Moderate COVID in India (PLACID Trial)
n this open-label phase II trial from 39 hospitals in India, the researchers randomized patients to standard care (n = 229) or standard care plus convalescent plasma (n = 235). The patients had all been hospitalized with moderate illness (PaO2/FiO2 ratio between 200 mm Hg and 300 mm Hg or a respiratory rate of more [...]
HIVES OVERVIEW "Urticaria" or hives are raised areas of the skin that itch intensely and are red with a pale center. Hives develop when there is a reaction that activates immune cells in the skin called mast cells and release natural chemicals mainly histamine, which causes hive. In most cases, hives appear suddenly and disappear [...]
Antibodies Persist for Four Months after Infection; Infection Fatality Ratio 0.3%, Much Higher in Older Patients.
This Icelandic study measured a variety of IgG and IgM antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in six groups of Icelanders who had either never been tested or had tested negative and in two groups of Icelanders who had tested positive and had recovered. They weighted the sample by age and sex to estimate the number of Icelanders [...]
The World Health Organization has created a Rapid Evidence Appraisal for COVID-19 Therapies (REACT) working group to perform an ongoing series of meta-analyses. This meta-analysis did a careful search of clinical trial registries to identify all ongoing or completed studies comparing a systemic corticosteroid with placebo or usual care in patients who were critically ill [...]