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COVID-19 May Cause Diabetes and Pfizer Begins Vaccine Mass Production

This week in Clipboard Health’s Nursing News round-up … 

COVID-19 May Trigger Diabetes, Researchers Investigate

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A growing number of cases indicate that COVID-19 may be triggering the development of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in patients who had few to no risk factors for diabetes previous to infection with the coronavirus. 

An international team of researchers is collecting and reviewing cases submitted by doctors who have diagnosed post-COVID-19 diabetes. This is the first stage in the process of studying how coronavirus affects diabetes development.

WHO Study Finds Remdesivir Has Little Effect on COVID-19 Survival

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A preliminary release of results shows that a study conducted by the World Health Organization found that remdesivir, an antiviral medication that’s been used to treat COVID-19 patients since the beginning of the pandemic, likely has little to no effect on affecting survival rates and recovery. 

The study and its results are awaiting peer review. Gilead Sciences Inc, the company that manufacturers remdisivir, dismissed the study’s findings and expressed concern about the study’s processes. 

COVID-19 has Major Impact on Dental Practices 

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As the pandemic continues, its impact on dental practices has become more apparent. The American Dental Association (ADA) estimated that overall dental care spending could decrease by 38% for 2020 and 20% for 2021 as patient volumes fall as low as 20% from normal for many dentists. 

The ADA estimates that this impact will mean many dentists may raise their fees or leave the dental profession altogether. 

Airlines Industry and Scientists Debate COVID-19 Risk on Flights

The airline industry gave a presentation about the risks of getting COVID-19 associated with flying, saying that it’s relatively safe to fly, as only 44 potential cases of COVID-19 being spread on flights have been recorded.

One of the scientists who co-authored one of the studies quoted in the presentation says the data presented by the airline industry presentation is based on flawed math and incomplete data regarding testing. 

Medical Studies Round-Up

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Here’s a brief round-up of recent medical studies and their findings for you to stay up-to-date with the ever-evolving field of medical research.

  • A recent study has found that antibody levels from COVID-19 drop rapidly in the blood after the body successfully fights off the infection. This data means convalescent plasma needs to be collected as soon as possible from recovered people in order to be the most effective for use in treating current COVID-19 patients.
  • A small-scale study in the UK of hospitalized COVID-19 patients found that more than half of those followed still had difficulties with symptoms two to three months after infection.
  • Researchers in the Netherlands find what might be previously unidentified organs — a fourth pair of large salivary glands. 
  • A recently published study in Nature Food has found that babies can consume millions of microplastic pieces when fed from formula prepared in polypropylene bottles. 
  • Regularly swimming in cold water could help delay the development of dementia. The cold triggers an increase in levels of a protein that’s been found to protect against dementia in mice. 
  • A study of over 2,000 dentists in the United States found that less than 1% of them tested positive for COVID-19. Almost all dentists report they have enchanted infection control procedures in their practices to prevent COVID-19. 

Race for the Vaccine: Coronavirus Vaccine Updates

Read more about the most recent updates from the past week on COVID-19 vaccine development. 

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Pfizer has begun manufacturing hundreds of thousands of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine as the company anticipates regulatory approval from the U.S. in November.