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Protecting lungs from ventilator-induced injury

An unfortunate truth about the use of mechanical ventilation to save the lives of patients in respiratory distress is that the pressure used to inflate the lungs is likely to cause further lung damage.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Hand-held device measures aerosols for coronavirus risk assessment

Because of the role they play in coronavirus transmission, understanding aerosol concentrations and persistence in public spaces can help determine infection risks. However, measuring these concentrations is difficult, requiring ...

Medical research

Men more susceptible to COVID-19 than women

Males are more likely to test positive for COVID-19, more likely to have complications and more likely to die from the virus than females, independent of age, according to a new study published this week in the open-access ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Early tracheostomy may be considered in severe COVID-19

(HealthDay)—Early tracheostomy in hospitalized COVID-19 patients who require mechanical ventilation is noninferior to late tracheostomy and may be associated with improvement in some outcomes, according to a study published ...


Tocilizumab cuts progression to ventilation or death in COVID-19

(HealthDay)—Tocilizumab reduces the risk for progression to ventilation or death among hospitalized patients with COVID-19 pneumonia, according to a study published online Dec. 18 in the New England Journal of Medicine.