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Children Less Likely to Get COVID-19 and FDA Advises on Mercury Dental Fillings

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

Nasal Spray Shows Promise in Reducing Levels of Coronavirus

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A new nasal spray to help the immune system fight off COVID-19 showed promise in its testing in animals. Ena Respiratory, an Australian company, reported that the spray reduced coronavirus levels by up to 96%. If the nasal spray works in humans and successfully completes human trials, it could be used as a complementary treatment alongside vaccines. 

Fauci Says U.S. Still in First Wave of Coronavirus Pandemic

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In preparation for the coming fall and winter flu season and the continuing rise in coronavirus cases in many states, Anthony Fauci, MD, said that referring to the upcoming season as a second wave was premature, as the U.S. was still dealing with the first wave. He encouraged following public health guidelines and getting a flu shot to lessen the impact of the flu season on the pandemic. 

New FDA Recommendations Advise High-Risk Groups Avoid Mercury Dental Fillings

Dental amalgam is a type of dental filling that releases small amounts of mercury vapor over time. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently advised that dentists avoid using dental amalgam in high-risk groups, such as pregnant women, nursing women, children younger than 6 years old, those with neurological diseases or impaired kidney function, or anyone with a sensitivity to mercury. 

Study Claims Children 44% Less Likely to get COVID-19 Versus Adults

A systematic review and analysis done by Britain’s Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health found that, based on 32 studies, children were 44% less likely to get the COVID-19 disease compared to adults.

U.S. Midwest Sees Up to 25% Positive COVID-19 Tests

Several U.S. Midwest states are seeing COVID-19 tests come back with positive results at a rate of 25% of tests. In particular, North Dakota is averaging a 30% positive test results rate while South Dakota is sitting at 26%.

Coronavirus Pandemic Highlights Issues with How the World Records Death

Inconsistencies and under reporting have been major issues with recording death around the world, which affects health initiatives and public health planning. The current coronavirus pandemic has only highlighted these issues and is forcing many public health experts to reconsider how the world can track death. 

Medical Studies Roundup

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

  • CDC reports coronavirus in pregnant women may raise chances of premature birth.
  • New research indicates that severe COVID-19 might happen due to one of the following two reasons in patients: autoantibodies or a genetic mutation. 
  • A compound found in blueberries shows promise in being used to treat inflammation in the gut from inflammatory bowel disease. 
  • A new study indicates that air pollution may travel from the mother’s lungs and reach and affect the placenta and fetus.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy shows positive effects on patients with insomnia and can be used to help affect depression, anxiety, and stress.

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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Covid-19 vaccine tracker - regulatory review

Final trials for the Inovio vaccine in the U.S. were put on hold by the U.S. Federal Drug and Food Administration pending the agency receiving more information about the vaccine.

Covid-19 vaccine tracker - phase 3

Novavax begins Phase 3 trials in the United Kingdom and plans to begin Phase 3 trials in the U.S. sometime in October.

Covid-19 vaccine tracker - regulatory review

Johnson & Johnson’s Phase 1 and 2 trials show immune response promise in preliminary reports.