Strep A in the UK: Diseases kill nine children

Nine children have died in the UK as a highly contagious disease spreads among children – and a lack of immunity due to Covid lockdowns has been blamed. Downing Street has urged parents to be alert to Strep A symptoms following an unusual spike in cases of bacterial infection. There have been more cases than … Read more

Trial shows that acoziborole drug clears the body of African sleeping sickness parasites

A multi-center, open-level, phase II/III clinical trial was recently conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the oral antimicrobial drug acoziborole in patients with human African trypanosomiasis (HAT). The trial findings are published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Study: Efficacy and safety of acoziborole in patients with human African trypanosomiasis caused by Trypanosoma brucei … Read more

This is your brain having a migraine

On the left, an arrow points to cerebral microbleeds recorded in the left temporal lobe in a case of migraine with aura. On the right, the arrow points to another possible abnormality on the same side of the microbleeds. Image: RSNA and Wilson Xu New research seems to offer the best look yet at how … Read more

Extensive European study finds very high rates of long-term COVID

In a recent study published by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Controll Researchers assessed the prevalence of symptoms of the 2019 post-coronavirus disease (COVID-19). To make it easier to document clinical side effects following infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the World Health Organization (WHO) developed the International Classification of … Read more

The Benefits of Interspecialty Interaction at IFN 2022: Jessica Ailani, MD

The MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Headache Center director shares her experience as a migraine cochair at the Fourth Annual International Congress on the Future of Neurology. [WATCH TIME: 5 minutes] WATCH TIME: 5 minutes “I came out of this meeting with a much better understanding of some of these newer treatment options, how they relate … Read more

COVID-19 headache positively associated with death, meta-analysis suggests

Findings from a large-scale, systematic search showed a significantly higher survival rate in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 who reported headache as a symptom than in patients without headache. Researchers concluded that these data point to the idea that headaches arising secondary to infection are not a “non-specific” symptom, but rather a marker of increased survival.1 … Read more

What you need to know about recurring headaches after COVID

Photo: red stock (Shutterstock) If you’ve been infected with COVID in the past few months, you may still be experiencing symptoms. In a certain proportion of people an infection can turn into: Ithe COVID, which can include a wide variety of respiratory, neurological, digestive, and musculoskeletal problems that can last for weeks, months, or years. … Read more

Remdesivir activates the urotensin II receptor and induces cardiomyocyte dysfunction

In a recent study posted to the bioRxiv* preprint server, researchers assessed the cardiac effects of remdesivir. Study: Activation of the urotensin II receptor by remdesivir against the COVID-19 drug induces dysfunction of cardiomyocytes. Image credit: felipe caparros/Shutterstock Background Nucleoside analogues have long been used to design antiviral drugs. Nucleoside analogs inhibit viral RNA-dependent RNA … Read more

The most common symptoms of the latest COVID variants

While BA.2.12.1 is currently the dominant COVID-19 subvariant in the US, cases of BA.4 and BA.5 are steadily increasing. Experts say the prevalence of new variants means many people will be re-infected with COVID-19. “It’s expected that there probably isn’t much cross-protection between them,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease expert. “That’s what you … Read more