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

“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 9, 2020

Are Mesenchymal Stem Cells a Promising Treatment for COVID-19?

(The Scientist) – A recent pilot study in China in which seven COVID-19 patients received intravenous infusions of donor mesenchymal stem cells—multipotent cells thought to have immunomodulatory capacities—indicates that the intervention was safe, and that the approach may improve patient … Read More

April 7, 2020

China’s Virus Pandemic Epicenter Wuhan Ends 76-Day Lockdown

(Medical Xpress) – As of just after midnight Wednesday, the city’s 11 million residents are now permitted to leave without special authorization as long as a mandatory smartphone application powered by a mix of data-tracking and government surveillance shows they … Read More