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COVID-19: What You Need to Know About Antibody Testing

As the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. surpasses 800,000, many Americans want to know if recovered patients have immunity to the novel coronavirus.

The answer could come from an antibody test.

Antibody tests measure the number of antibodies – proteins made by plasma cells – in the blood. The body's immune system uses antibodies to neutralize pathogens such as viruses and bacteria.

While these tests are commonly used to tell if someone is immune to diseases such as measles or chickenpox, they're not yet widely available for COVID-19. But it's not clear what the results would mean, said infectious disease specialist Rekha Murthy, MD, vice president of Medical Affairs and associate chief medical officer at Cedars-Sinai.

"We have the expectation that a positive antibody test can be associated with protection against future infections. But since this pandemic has evolved so quickly,

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Ohio State Tests Inhaled Nitric Oxide Treatment For Covid-19 Patients

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the first health system in Ohio to launch a new clinical trial that uses inhaled nitric oxide to improve coronavirus outcomes and keep COVID-19 patients out of intensive care.

Researchers are administering continuously pulsed inhaled nitric oxide via the Bellerophon INOpulse® delivery system to prevent the progression of respiratory disease in patients with mild to moderate COVID-19-related pneumonia. The targeted treatment is given to patients who require oxygen but before a ventilator is needed to support breathing.

“There’s a greater likelihood of death among COVID-19 patients with pneumonia who are placed on a ventilator,” said Dr. Sitaramesh Emani, principal investigator, cardiologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and associate professor of cardiology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. “If we ca

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Ohio State’s Mehta Leads AHA Statement On Cardiovascular Disease In Pregnancy

A new statement issued by the American Heart Association emphasizes the importance of taking a multidisciplinary approach to the management of cardiovascular disease during pregnancy and outlines heart care before, during and after pregnancy.

Dr. Laxmi Mehta, a cardiologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, chaired the statement, which described how cardio-obstetrics has become an important team in managing heart-related problems during pregnancy. The number of pregnancy-related deaths in the United States has more than doubled over the last two decades and the main cause is cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association. Pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure have contributed to the increased rate of death as well as advanced maternal age, which is associated with pre-term birth, preeclampsia and chronic hypertension.

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A record-setting flu season's end doesn't ease COVID-19 worries

A record-setting flu season's end doesn't ease COVID-19 worries

The official end to the 2019-20 flu season doesn’t bring relief – or even a sense of finality – thanks to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The flu season’s end actually brings some concern from infectious disease experts who worry about a rise in COVID-19 cases as parts of the United States ease isolation measures.

As for the flu, visits to healthcare providers for flu-like illnesses fell to 2.2 percent, which is below the national baseline of 2.4 percent for the first time since Nov. 16, 2019, when it was 2.5 percent. At 22 weeks, it was the longest above-baseline flu season in at least 20 years of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) records. Last year was the previous longest at 20 weeks.

A total of 19,932 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations were reported between Oct. 1, 2019, and A

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