Myocardial injury appears to frequently occur among hospitalized patients with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), whereas troponin concentrations remain at low levels, according to a US study. Patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) have a higher likelihood of myocardial injury than those without CVD.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) that occur in childhood do not contribute to an increased risk of pregnancy-related complications in women, according to a study, suggesting that such infections seem to cause no significant latent renal damage.
Interleukin-6 blockade with sarilumab shows potential in the treatment of severe COVID-19 pneumonia with systemic hyperinflammation, with patients showing overall clinical improvement and survival within roughly a month, according to the results of an open-label study.
Urgent and emergency surgery should not be discontinued even amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, while elective surgery may carefully resume once a decrease in COVID-19 caseload is established, suggests a recent study.
Among COVID-19 patients without severe chronic liver disease, liver abnormalities seen during infection are usually mild and tend to resolve over time, as reported in a study. These alterations are tied to increased risk of ICU admission but not death.
Use of intravenous antibiotics is sufficient to treat children with ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt infections, particularly those infected by Gram-negative organisms and with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) glucose level of >40 mg/dl, suggests an Iran study.
Human coronavirus (HCoV) infections in children represent only a small proportion of respiratory infections requiring hospitalization, according to a study, adding that HCoV infections do not differ significantly from other respiratory viral infections.
The Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*Star) in Singapore and diagnostic corporation MP Biomedicals Asia Pacific have recently developed a rapid antibody test kit that can identify individuals who have been exposed to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within 15 minutes.