April 9, 2020

How Does COVID-19 Kill? Uncertainty Is Hampering Doctor’s Ability to Choose Treatments

(Nature) – How does COVID-19 kill? Uncertainty over whether it is the virus itself — or the response by a person’s immune system — that ultimately overwhelms a patient’s organs, is making it difficult for doctors to determine the best … Read More

April 9, 2020

In Uganda, Mothers in Labor Die Amidst Coronavirus Lockdown

(Reuters) – Fearful that the viral pandemic could overwhelm already overburdened hospitals, authorities have banned private transport without special authorisation. But in a poor country with few ambulances, the travel ban can be deadly for some. A human rights group … Read More

April 9, 2020

International Trial Uses AI to Rapidly Identify Optimal Covid-19 Treatments

(STAT News) – A randomized controlled trial ramping up in dozens of hospitals around the world proposes a third way — fusing those two approaches together by using artificial intelligence to home in on the most effective treatments on the … Read More

April 9, 2020

“Human Challenge Trials,” Where Healthy Volunteers Would Be Exposed to Covid-19, Explained

(Vox) – Now, a bioethicist and two epidemiologists are proposing a bolder option: You can volunteer to get infected yourself. In a recent article published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, bioethicist Nir Eyal and epidemiologists Marc Lipsitch and Peter … Read More

April 8, 2020

Data for Gilead’s Potential Coronavirus Therapy Are Coming Soon. Here’s What You Need to Know.

(STAT News) – This month, the world should get the first results from a clinical trial testing the drug remdesivir against Covid-19. They will get a lot of attention. Remdesivir, made by the California biotech Gilead Sciences, is one of … Read More