Research Studies

Vaccine Efficacy in SLE Patients Across Multiple Variants

A new study investigated vaccine efficacy of a primary series and booster dose across multiple variants, including the BA.1 omicron variant, in SLE patients. This is one of the first studies on vaccine efficacy of a primary series and booster dose across multiple variants, including the BA.1 omicron variant, especially in an autoimmune disease patient cohort.

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Mechanisms Behind COVID ‘Brain Fog’ Beginning to Come to Light

New research published in Cell analyzed the brains of mice previously infected with mild respiratory COVID-19 and found residual signs of inflammation in several brain cell populations. These damages are thought to potentially explain the mechanisms behind the cognitive disruptions seen in some post-COVID-19 infections. The cognitive disruptions have become known as “COVID fog” or “brain fog” and is characterized by “impaired attention, concentration, speed of information processing, memory, and executive function.”

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Autoantibodies linked to ADs associated with COVID-19

Several studies have reported autoantibody production being induced by COVID-19 infection though we still do not understand their full spectrum. This work reinforces the idea that a COVID-19 infection may trigger serious autoimmune disease, “suggesting that this occurs against multiple molecules with key functions in immune and vascular homeostasis such as GPCRs and RAS-related molecules.”

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