A COVID-19 vaccine under trial in the UK is safe, has few side effects, and induces a strong immune response in both parts of the immune system within 14 days of administration.
A new study highlights the most common neurological and psychological complications that arise as a result of coronavirus infection. The most common brain complication was stroke, reported in 77 of 125 patients studied. Of those, 57 patients had a stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain. Behavioral changes, confusion, and altered mental state were also reported in a significant number of patients. Depression and anxiety were also commonly reported. Ten patients developed psychosis as a result of COVID-19, and six developed a dementia-like syndrome.
Study describes an increase in cases of a rare Kawasaki-like disease in children infected by coronavirus. The condition causes blood vessels to become inflamed and swollen, leading to fever, rashes, red eyes, cracked lips, swollen glands, and redness on the extremities. The condition is believed to be an abnormal immune overreaction to COVID-19 infection.
Mathematical model uses real-time monitoring data of COVID-19 transmissibility and severity to fine-tune control strategies, offering a better chance of minimizing a second wave of infection in mainland China.
Singapore model indicates quarantining people infected with COVID-19 and their family members, closing schools, and distancing, in that order, are effective at reducing transmission of the virus.
A new Lancet study describes the first locally-transmitted case of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, in the USA from a woman who recently traveled to China and transmitted the infection to her husband.
People with a life-long history of antisocial behavior had decreased mean surface area of the brain and lower mean cortical thickness than those with no history of antisocial behavior. Much of the cortical thinning was in areas associated with emotional regulation, motivation, and goal-directed behavior.
A novel surgical technique that connects functioning nerves with injured nerves helps restore function to paralyzed muscles. Following surgery, 13 young adults with tetraplegia now have restored hand and elbow function, allowing them to feed themselves, hold a drink and write.
Contrary to popular belief, drinking 1 to 2 alcoholic drinks a day may not help protect against stroke. Researchers report blood pressure and stroke risk increase with alcohol consumption.
Researchers say limiting children's access to screen time to two hours a day, in addition to physical activity and quality sleep, helps to improve cognitive development.
A new study in The Lancet reports coupling cannabidiol with other anti-epilepsy treatments can help reduce the number of seizures in those with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a treatment resistant form of epilepsy.
A small study suggests deep brain stimulation may be beneficial for improving mood and reducing anxiety while helping to increase weight in those with anorexia.