• Q&A: Should COVID-19 vaccination be mandatory for children?

    7 days ago - By Healio

    Recently, the AAP announced that pediatric cases of COVID-19 surpassed 500,000 in the United States.
    Cases of the disease have steadily increased among children, and researchers have speculated that kids may be driving the SARS-CoV-2 infection rate.
    In a recent viewpoint in JAMA Pediatrics, Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH, a pediatrician and director of clinical ethics at Seattle Children's Hospital, and colleagues said children are “an obvious group to target for mandatory vaccination” once a COVID-19 vaccine is available.
    We spoke with Opel about the idea of making COVID-19
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  • Potential COVID-19 drug azithromycin may increase risk for cardiac events

    7 days ago - By ScienceDaily

    Azithromycin - a commonly-prescribed antibiotic - also is being investigated as a potential treatment for COVID-19. Researchers have found that azithromycin by itself is not associated with an increase in cardiac events; however, if the drug is taken with certain other drugs that affect the electrical functioning of the heart, then cardiac events increased.
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  • Factors inherent to obesity could increase vulnerability to COVID-19

    7 days ago - By ScienceDaily

    Conditions related to obesity, including inflammation and leaky gut, leave the lungs of obese patients more susceptible to COVID-19 and may explain why they are more likely to die from the disease, scientists say. They suggest that drugs used to lower inflammation in the lungs could prove beneficial to obese patients with the disease.
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