Politico: FDA authorizes plasma treatment despite scientists’ objections

Politico: FDA authorizes plasma treatment despite scientists’ objections. “The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for blood plasma as a coronavirus treatment, the agency and President Donald Trump announced [August 23] — one day after Trump attacked the drug regulator for moving too slowly to back the treatment.”

Associated Press: Doctors try pressurized oxygen chambers in COVID fight

Associated Press: Doctors try pressurized oxygen chambers in COVID fight. “As a New York University medical researcher who works once a week in an emergency room, Dr. David Lee had the luxury of time to think like a scientist while also treating coronavirus patients whose lungs kept giving out. In every case, he saw the same thing: Their blood was starved of oxygen. One day an idea hit him: Could hyperbaric oxygen therapy, best known for treating divers with the bends, help stave off the need for ventilators and perhaps reduce deaths?”

Special Report: As world approaches 10 million coronavirus cases, doctors see hope in new treatments (Reuters)

Reuters: Special Report: As world approaches 10 million coronavirus cases, doctors see hope in new treatments. “Doctors say they’ve learned enough about the highly contagious virus to solve some key problems for many patients. The changes could be translating into more saved lives, although there is little conclusive data. Nearly 30 doctors around the world, from New Orleans to London to Dubai, told Reuters they feel more prepared should cases surge again in the fall.”

Phys .org: Benefits of convalescent plasma for COVID-19 are still unclear

Phys .org: Benefits of convalescent plasma for COVID-19 are still unclear. “With vaccines and therapeutic drugs for COVID-19 still under development, doctors are wondering whether antibody-rich plasma infusions from the blood of recovered patients could be a more immediate way to keep hospitalized patients alive and off ventilators. However, an article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, indicates that, despite some anecdotal evidence, scientists still don’t have high-quality data showing that the treatment actually works.”

Coronavirus could cause 28 million cancelled surgeries globally: Study (Hindustan Times)

Hindustan Times: Coronavirus could cause 28 million cancelled surgeries globally: Study. “Some 28.4 million planned surgeries could be cancelled or postponed globally due to the new coronavirus pandemic, according to new research warning that huge backlogs risk ‘potentially devastating’ consequences for patients and health systems. The study, published this week in the British Journal of Surgery, modelled the expected number of elective operations that would be put on hold in 190 countries during a 12-week peak of COVID-19 disruption.”

‘He never got a chance’: B.C. man dies after surgery cancelled due to COVID-19 (CTV News)

CTV News: ‘He never got a chance’: B.C. man dies after surgery cancelled due to COVID-19. “Hospital protocols surrounding the cancellation of surgeries are being called into question after a B.C. man died waiting for surgery that was cancelled due to COVID-19. Chris Walcroft, a 50-year-old father of two, died on April 15 after a scheduled surgery to prepare his kidney dialysis was cancelled. According to his wife, the surgery, which would have given him access to the life-saving treatment, was cancelled without explanation from the hospital.”

New York Times: Trump’s Disinfectant Talk Trips Up Sites’ Vows Against Misinformation

New York Times: Trump’s Disinfectant Talk Trips Up Sites’ Vows Against Misinformation. “At a White House briefing last week, Mr. Trump suggested that disinfectants and ultraviolet light were possible treatments for the virus. His remarks immediately found their way onto Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites, and people rushed to defend the president’s statements as well as mock them. But Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have declined to remove Mr. Trump’s statements posted online in video clips and transcriptions of the briefing, saying he did not specifically direct people to pursue the unproven treatments. That has led to a mushrooming of other posts, videos and comments about false virus cures with UV lights and disinfectants that the companies have largely left up.”

The most promising strategies for defeating coronavirus: A review study (EurekAlert)

EurekAlert: The most promising strategies for defeating coronavirus: A review study. “In a new study in Frontiers in Microbiology, aimed at the research community but also comprehensible for non-specialists, experts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill review possible strategies against dangerous coronaviruses – not only SARS-CoV-2 and its relatives such as SARS-Cov (causing Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, SARS) and MERS-Cov (causing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, MERS), but also as yet unknown strains which will inevitably emerge in the future. They propose that the most promising approaches for fast progress are selected antivirals such as remdesivir, and gene therapy.”

National Institutes of Health: Expert U.S. panel develops NIH treatment guidelines for COVID-19

National Institutes of Health: Expert U.S. panel develops NIH treatment guidelines for COVID-19. “A panel of U.S. physicians, statisticians, and other experts has developed treatment guidelines for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). These guidelines, intended for healthcare providers, are based on published and preliminary data and the clinical expertise of the panelists, many of whom are frontline clinicians caring for patients during the rapidly evolving pandemic.”

University of Liverpool: New traffic light system to help prescribers navigate coronavirus response

University of Liverpool: New traffic light system to help prescribers navigate coronavirus response. “The University of Liverpool launched a new website featuring a traffic light system to aid the safe prescribing of experimental drugs being trialled against coronavirus (COVID-19). The site, created by the University’s Liverpool Drug Interactions Group, provides vital information on whether or not combinations of an experimental drug and co-medications are safe to prescribe.”

Newswise: New website powered by St. Jude informs families facing childhood cancer no matter where the patient receives treatment

Newswise: New website powered by St. Jude informs families facing childhood cancer no matter where the patient receives treatment. “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a leader in the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer, has launched Together… an online resource for anyone affected by childhood cancer. Together offers information about diseases, diagnosis and treatment options, as well as supportive care resources and shared stories of hope, healing and experience.”

The Verge: Bioethics experts call on GoFundMe to ban unproven medical treatments

The Verge: Bioethics experts call on GoFundMe to ban unproven medical treatments. “In the new paper, published in the peer-reviewed bioethics journal The Hastings Center Report, the authors argue that GoFundMe enables misinformation that enriches bad actors and can harm patients sick with cancer or other serious conditions. Between November 2017 and November 2018, GoFundMe campaigns raised over $5 million for unregulated neurological stem cell procedures, according to a recent study. Those campaigns were shared over 200,000 times on social media.”

Neowin: Neural network system has achieved remarkable accuracy in detecting brain hemorrhages

Neowin: Neural network system has achieved remarkable accuracy in detecting brain hemorrhages. “Deep learning and its applications have grown in recent years. Recently, researchers from ETH Zurich used the technique to study dark matter in an industry first. Now, a team working with the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine have trained a convolutional neural network dubbed ‘PatchFCN’ that detects brain hemorrhages with remarkable accuracy.”

Kidney for sale: How organs can be bought via social media in the Philippines (Channel NewsAsia)

Channel NewsAsia: Kidney for sale: How organs can be bought via social media in the Philippines. “In the second of a two part series looking at the illegal trade in human organs in the Philippines, CNA’s Pichayada Promchertchoo investigated how social media is an essential tool for many of those involved in the lucrative business.”

Washington Post: New Google policy bars ads for unproven stem cell therapies

Washington Post: New Google policy bars ads for unproven stem cell therapies. “Responding to ubiquitous online marketing by stem cell clinics selling unapproved treatments for everything from achy joints to Alzheimer’s, Google announced Friday it will no longer accept ads for ‘unproven or experimental medical techniques,’ including most stem cell therapy, cellular therapy and gene therapy.”