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Epidemiology of Chilblains During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The incidence of chilblains increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, study data published in JAMA Dermatology demonstrates. This change may have been due to increased care-seeking by patients during the pandemic, changes in behavior under shelter-in-place orders, or a possible causal interaction with COVID-19. Prior studies have described chilblains as a possible cutaneous manifestation of COVID-19, […]

The Role of Statins in COVID-19, With a Focus on Patients With Cardiovascular Risk Factors

A recent study suggests that patients taking statin medications have a significantly lower risk for in-hospital death from COVID-19. The findings, published in PLOS ONE, demonstrated that the use of statins prior to admission was associated with a 41% reduction of in-hospital death and a greater than 25% reduction in risk of developing a severe […]

Diagnosis and Management of Coagulation Disorders Related to COVID-19

Although the clinical features of SARS-CoV-2 infection were first reported in 2019, it has also been established that hospitalized patients with COVID-19, especially those admitted to intensive care unit (ICU), have an increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE) despite prophylactic dose anticoagulation.1-4 As a result, some experts have suggested that higher anticoagulation targets may be […]

What Does the Future of the Mental Health Pandemic Hold?

Health experts across the country agree: we are in the midst of a mental health pandemic and have good reason to believe that this mental health crisis will lead to increased cases of depression1 throughout the year. This debilitating illness currently impacts more than 17.3 million American adults, with research2 showing rates have tripled as […]

Multispecialty Perspectives on Long COVID-19

In the year since the global COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March 2020 by the World Health Organization,1 short-term treatments such as prone positioning of patients2 or the use of neutralizing antibody cocktails3 have been optimized, and strategies for patients who remain symptomatic for months or experience long-term sequelae4,5 are being developed. Although several effective […]

Discrimination and Harassment in the Cardiology Workplace

Along with the myriad challenges affecting healthcare providers since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic began, some clinicians have the burden of dealing with various forms of discrimination and harassment that may contribute to a hostile work environment (HWE). Findings from 2 recent studies elucidated the extent of these issues within the field of cardiology. […]

Abdominal Pain, Diarrhea in COVID-19 Linked to H pylori Infection

Among patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) who experience abdominal pain and diarrhea, there is a significant likelihood of Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infection, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.1 It is currently understood that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), binds angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (ACE-2) […]

Review of Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening in Hard-to-Reach Populations

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the way Americans experience every facet of life. Most concerningly, access to preventive health care is more limited than ever before — at a time when it is of paramount importance. A pause in elective procedures, including cancer screening, is leading to sharp declines in important and […]

Plant-Based Vaccine Manufacturing for Influenza, Implications for Future Vaccines

Currently, the development of vaccines for influenza and other viruses typically relies on egg-based manufacturing. This approach, and the newer technique of vaccine production in cell cultures, carry the risk of mutations that may reduce the efficacy and immunogenicity of the vaccines. Additionally, there are ongoing needs for greater production speed and capacity to enable […]

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