Infections

Treating COVID-19 with Immune Modulator Drugs

Topline results of a recent clinical trial showed that infliximab or abatacept “substantially improve[ed] clinical status and reduc[ed] deaths” in adult patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19. These drugs are often used to treat certain autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and ankylosing spondylitis.

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Can Getting COVID Shrink Your Brain?

In an article, published this week in Nature, researchers studied changes in brain structure following a SARS-CoV-2 infection. What they found suggests that COVID-19 may have the ability to damage the brain, potentially causing long-term deleterious effects.

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