Small Convalescent Plasma Study for COVID-19

April 8, 2020 Clancy

On April 6, 2020, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (US) reported a 10-person study using convalescent plasma (CP) to treat severe COVID-19 patients. Larger randomized trials are needed, but the results appear MORE


SARS antibody shows vulnerability in novel coronavirus

April 4, 2020 Clancy

Scripps Research reported yesterday on their site about a new in-house study showing a human SARS antibody’s interaction with the new coronavirus at near-atomic-scale resolution. The study reveals a possible weakness in the coronavirus which MORE


Covid-19 Self-Evaluation Tool

March 23, 2020 Clancy

“Numerous calls from patients prompted [our team] to develop a simple self-triage tool to help individuals decide when to treat their symptoms safely at home and when to seek medical help. One of the most important things each of us can do during the ongoing pandemic is to free up medical providers to concentrate on the seriously ill.” MORE


COVID-19: Ways To Help

March 19, 2020 Clancy

As we stay home and roam the virtual world during the coronavirus pandemic it’s easy to find worrying and scary information, and right now it looks like it could be a while until things start MORE


Valentine’s Day: Music Thread

February 10, 2020 Clancy

“Give me some music; music, moody foodOf us that trade in love.”(William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra) One of my favorite music sites is NPR, so I’m borrowing a music theme they posted last year for MORE


FDA approves drug to mitigate peanut allergy

February 3, 2020 Clancy

On Friday the US FDA approved Palforzia to mitigate allergic reactions, including severe reactions such as anaphylaxis, from accidental exposure to peanuts. The drug is approved for use only in patients with a diagnosed peanut MORE


Doomsday clock moved: 100 seconds to midnight

January 23, 2020 Clancy

Since 1947 The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has been keeping a “Doomsday Clock” and adjusting it yearly to reflect the risk from major dangers humankind is facing (nuclear threat, climate change, and other international MORE