Cedars-Sinai Pulmonary and Critical Care Experts Present Latest Research at International Conference

Cedars-Sinai experts in pulmonology, critical care medicine and lung transplant attending the May 17-22 American Thoracic Society’s (ATS) 2024 International Conference in San Diego are available to comment on scientific advances being presented throughout the conference.

COVID-19 associated with increased risk for autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases up to a year after infection

A large, binational study found that SARS-CoV-2 infection was associated with an increased risk for autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases (AIRDs) that extends up to 12 months after infection. The risk was found to be higher with greater severity of acute COVID-19, even among those who were vaccinated. These findings suggest that care strategies for patients who survive COVID-19 should pay close attention to manifestations of AIRD, particularly after severe illness. The study is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

BIPOC individuals bear greater post-COVID health burdens, new research suggests

Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) who were infected with COVID-19 experienced greater negative aftereffects in health and work loss than did similarly infected white participants, new research finds.

New Insights on Long COVID

David Winter, MD, at Baylor Scott & White Health, answers the most common patient questions and reacts to the latest medical research. What is long COVID, and how common is it? (SOT@ :14, TRT :32) Why do some people get…

Researchers Show SARS-Cov-2 Infection Affects Energy Stores in the Body, Causing Organ Failure

An international research team, including Jonathan C. Schisler, PhD, in the UNC School of Medicine, has found how SARS-CoV-2 causes widespread “energy outages” throughout major organs, and how these effects contribute to debilitating long COVID symptoms.

Long COVID patients show distinct immune, hormone responses to virus

People suffering from long COVID symptoms show different immune and hormonal responses to the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a new study led by researchers at Yale School of Medicine. An estimated 7.5% of people infected with the SARS-CoV-2…

People with Long COVID Have Distinct Hormonal and Immune Differences From Those Without This Condition

Research conducted at Mount Sinai and Yale confirms long COVID is a biological disease by showing blood biomarkers that can predict who has it

COVID-19 Vaccines: What Parents Need to Know Now

The coronavirus pandemic is no longer a national emergency, but the virus that causes COVID-19 isn’t gone—and neither is the risk of getting the disease. For parents, navigating when to get their child vaccinated and knowing how to best protect their child from COVID-19 can be complicated. We spoke to Michael Smit, MD, MSPH, Hospital Epidemiologist and Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, to get an update on the latest COVID-19 vaccine information and precautions.

Long COVID is not a single condition, study finds

This study is clinically significant because it shows how the long-term symptoms from the virus changes its presentation over time, noted Kari Stephens, senior author and the Helen D. Cohen Endowed Professor and research section head in the Department of Family Medicine and an adjunct professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Women with Long COVID May Develop High Blood Pressure

New research identifies parts of the cardiovascular system that are disrupted by long COVID. The study is published in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology and was chosen as an APSselect article for June.

New analysis shows COVID variant and severity of illness influence cardiac dysfunction, a key indicator of long COVID

Patients infected with beta and delta COVID-19 variants, and those who required hospital stays for COVID-19 infection, were more likely to experience heart issues associated with long COVID, according to a recent study published in the European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging. Patients recovering from the omicron variant were least likely to have microvascular involvement. The study also found that microvascular dysfunction started to be seen less often after nine months to one year following infection suggesting that this type of abnormality may be reversible.

Research Unveils Paths to Stopping Cytokine Storms in COVID-19

New research from RUSH University reveals pathways to reducing organ injury caused by severe COVID-19 infection. What began as a study of how the common cold affected patients with certain types of kidney disease evolved to mitigating myocarditis, liver injury and severe kidney injury from COVID-19.

Cleveland Clinic Researchers Find Sleep Disturbances Prevalent in Long COVID

Cleveland Clinic researchers found 41% of patients with long COVID, had moderate to severe sleep disturbances. The retrospective analysis also identified risk factors for moderate to severe sleep disturbances, including race, hospitalization for COVID-19, greater anxiety severity and fatigue. After adjusting for demographics, Black patients were three times more likely to develop these sleep disturbances. The findings were published in Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Personalized Exercise Program Improves Long COVID Symptoms

A supervised, eight-week exercise program improved symptoms of patients with long COVID better than the current standard self-managed rehabilitation recommendations. The study is published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology and was chosen as an APSselect article for February.

Can the Lingering Effects of a Mild Case of COVID-19 Change Your Brain?

People with long COVID who experience anxiety and depression months after a mild case of COVID-19 may have brain changes that affect the function and structure of the brain, according to a preliminary study released today, February 20, 2023, that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 75th Annual Meeting being held in person in Boston and live online from April 22-27, 2023.

Substantial proportion of ethnically diverse children from low-resource backgrounds report long-term COVID-19 complications

A substantial proportion of ethnically diverse children from low-resource backgrounds with severe COVID-19 illness are reporting long-term complications from the virus, according to research from UTHealth Houston.

Miller School of Medicine Researchers Find Clues for Potential ‘Long COVID’ Therapies

A team of researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have uncovered a potential approach for treating patients with serious long-term COVID conditions. In two recent studies using experimental models, they found that placing a peptide “net” around the spike protein on the virus reduced deaths from organ failure and improved overall outcomes.

Study: Long COVID continues to take a toll on state economy

Like a case of long COVID-19 itself, the effects of the coronavirus continue to linger in pockets of the state and its economy. They affect Oregonians to a wide range of degrees, ranging from the toll of missed work and lost wages due to long COVID to disruptions with child care and an uneven recovery in the workforce, among others. Those are among the findings in the latest report by University of Oregon researchers.

International Study Identifies Risks for Long COVID in Children

Nearly 6 percent of children who presented to the Emergency Department (ED) with COVID-19 reported symptoms of long COVID 90 days later, according to a study conducted in eight countries and published in JAMA Network Open. Initial hospitalization of 48 or more hours, four or more symptoms at the initial ED visit, and age 14 years or older were associated with long COVID.