A 'key clinical role' for community pharmacies in COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

Community pharmacies represent credible and trustworthy services across the UK, which could be key to COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, especially when addressing vaccine hesitancy. Pharmacy. Image Credit: Aleksandar Malivuk/Shutterstock.com One of the four pillars of the UK primary care system New research led by Aston University in Birmingham, UK, in collaboration with UK and international researchers, shows how community pharmacies play […]

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Structural analogs of triterpenoids show strong inhibitory activity against coronaviruses

Over a year on since the pandemic first emerged, the race to discover efficient antiviral drugs against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – the novel pathogen that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) –  continues. Scientists have tried to repurpose and use existing antiviral drugs in treating SARS-CoV-2 infection, and many drugs approved by the FDA have been tested […]

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Researchers review the therapeutic potential of resveratrol nasal formulations in COVID-19

In a recently published article in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, scientists have reviewed the existing literature on antiviral and anti-inflammatory efficacy of resveratrol-based inhaled formulations in preventing severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection and reducing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) severity. Study: Can Resveratrol-Inhaled Formulations Be Considered Potential Adjunct Treatments for COVID-19? Image Credit: Anna Tryhub / Shutterstock […]

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Negative peripartum experiences with the onset of COVID-19: Belgian midwifery case study

It is well known that the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic disrupted most non-essential healthcare services, including antenatal care. A new study from Belgium presents a snapshot of the experiences of midwives in that country during the months of May and June 2020. A preprint version of the study is available on the medRxiv* server, while the […]

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ErbB inhibitor lapatinib exhibits potent anti-SARS-CoV-2 activity

A team of scientists from the USA and Belgium has recently revealed that the ErbB family of receptor tyrosine kinases play a vital role in regulating severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) lifecycle in host cells and that inhibition of these receptors can protect against SARS-CoV-2-induced acute and chronic lung injuries and inflammation. The study is currently available on […]

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No placental damage observed in case study of pregnant women with mRNA COVID-19 vaccinations

Vaccinations have been rolling out in many parts of the world since December 2020 in an attempt to turn the tide of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. But are COVID-19 vaccines safe for pregnant women? New research by a team at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, USA, suggests that the COVID-19 vaccine does not damage the placenta and may […]

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Aberrant immune features in healthy elderly and male subjects with severe COVID-19 may predate infection

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has shown a disproportionate tendency to cause severe or critical disease and death in men, and in older adults, in the first wave at least. But why does its causative virus – the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – show this predisposition? A new study, released as a preprint on the bioRxiv* […]

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Could stem cells improve the outcome of ARDS in severe COVID-19?

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been associated with hundreds of millions of hospitalizations and over 3.2 million deaths since it first emerged in late-2019. While the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) results mostly in asymptomatic or mild disease, in about 15% of cases, patients become moderately or severely sick. A recent study, published in Stem Cells […]

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Vaccine hesitancy is not a barrier to vaccination efforts, says study

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to wreak havoc across many parts of the world. Mass vaccination against its causative virus – the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – remains our best hope at arresting the pandemic’s spread through the promotion of herd immunity. Vaccine rollouts have started across the globe, with many countries ramping up efforts […]

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House flies can carry SARS-CoV-2 up to 24 hours after exposure, study finds

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), primarily spreads through respiratory droplets expelled when an infected person sneezes coughs or speaks. In some instances, the droplets turn to aerosols and travel long distances or land on surfaces, leading to contact transmission. A team of researchers in the USA – at Kansas […]

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