Alabama Symphony Orchestra musicians perform virtual concerts for sickest COVID-19 patients at UAB Hospital

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the sickest patients at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital have had their troubles eased, however briefly, thanks to an innovative musical project. Helping those patients recover — and keeping their spirits up amid the isolation the virus requires — is the motivation for the project, an effort between UAB health care staff and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

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Ultrasound Technique Offers More Precise, Quantified Assessments of Lung Health

Researchers have developed a technique that uses ultrasound to provide non-invasive assessments of pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary edema. The technique has been shown to both quantify lung scarring and detect lung fluid in rats. A study on pulmonary edema in humans is under way.

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Dilated Blood Vessels in the Lung May Explain Low Oxygen Levels in Severe Cases of COVID-19

A new pilot study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai suggests that COVID-19 is causing significant dilation of the blood vessels of the lung, specifically the capillaries.

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Analysis Does Not Find Two Distinct Subphenotypes of COVID-19 Related ARDS

In a new paper published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, researchers have been unable to produce two theorized subphenotypes of COVID-19 related acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Scientists previously proposed that two phenotypes exist that differentiate patients with more severe COVID-19 and indicate that they should be treated differently. A phenotype is a set of characteristics used to classify a patient, which may influence disease management.

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Mount Sinai Study Finds COVID-19 May Be Driven by Pulmonary Thrombi and Pulmonary Endothelial Dysfunction

A new study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai suggests that blood clots, especially in the lungs, may play a role in severe cases of COVID-19.

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ATS Scholar: A New Journal from the American Thoracic Society

The American Thoracic Society is pleased to announce the launch of the open access journal, ATS Scholar. ATS Scholar is an exciting online, peer-reviewed journal focusing on content related to education and training of health professionals relevant to adult and pediatric pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine.

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