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  1. The Flu Vaccine, Inflammatory Arthritis, and COVID-19: What You Need to Know This year, the flu vaccine is more important than ever. Here’s what you need to know about getting vaccinated safely when you have inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or axial spondyloarthritis. Learn more about our FREE COVID-19 Patient Support Program for chronic illness patients and their loved ones. Getting
  2. CBD may improve steroid therapy in autoimmune, Covid-19 patients Israeli startup Stero Therapeutics says cannabis component could enhance steroid treatment or enable reduced steroid dosage to avoid negative effects. By Brian Blum JUNE 18, 2020, 8:30 AM Cannabis component CBD may enhance effects of steroids. Image by HQuality via Shutterstock.com Can cannabis help treat Covid-19? Israeli canna-tech startup Stero Therapeutics wanted to find out. But unexpectedly good news threw a hitch in those plans. At the height of the corona crisis, the B
  3. Some autoimmune diseases are work of overzealous T cells, researchers say Scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute find that these protective cells combat excess hormones in certain organs; when they misread the situation, illness results By SHOSHANNA SOLOMON 26 May 2020, T cells attacking a cancer cell (frentusha; iStock by Getty Images) Israeli researchers say they have found that autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes or thyroid dysfunctions, are generated by immune cells that become overzealous in their prot
  4. Benlysta Treatment Lowers Disease Activity for SLE Patients, Real-world Data Shows MAY 29, 2020 BY INES MARTINS, PHD Treatment with Benlysta (belimumab) induces meaningful and long-lasting reductions in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) disease activity, helping a significant proportion of patients achieve durable remission or a status of low disease activity, a study in a real-world Italian population shows. Patients diagnosed in the prior two years, with low da
  5. Israeli invention turns tap water into antiviral solution It sounds like magic, but Bar-Ilan University researchers say the environmentally friendly disinfectant may be used daily to kill bacteria and viruses on all kinds of surfaces. By Abigail Klein Leichman APRIL 26, 2020, 8:42 AM Illustrative photo via Shutterstock.com Bacteria and viruses can be killed effectively through a new method that instantly turns ordinary tap water into a powerful, environmentally friendly disinfectant on demand. The technology was developed by chemists at Bar
  6. Everything you need to know about coronavirus at a glance: From how to avoid the virus to survival while self-isolating and knowing the difference between the flu and Covid-19 The death toll from the coronavirus reached almost 6,000 worldwide last night Across Europe, countries have become crippled and placed in lockdown In Britain, the number of dead doubled, to 21, with new measures coming soon Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor? By DAILY MAIL REPORTER PUBLISHED: 00:32 GMT, 15 March 2020 | UPDATED: 01:01 GMT, 15 March 2020
  7. Stopping Immunosuppressant Medication During an Infection? Sick-Day Planning for the Coronavirus Outbreak Now is the time to talk to your doctor about what you might do if you were to develop infection symptoms. DO NOT STOP TAKING YOUR MEDICATION WITHOUT YOUR DOCTOR'S KNOWLEDGE! As the coronavirus becomes more widespread across the U.S. and the world, it will be important (not to mention reassuring during these high-anxiety times) to have a sick-day plan in place for people who are im
  8. Coronavirus Facts: What You Need to Know If You Have Chronic Illness or Are Immune-Compromised People with chronic illness that affects the immune system, such as many forms of inflammatory arthritis, are understandably worried — if not downright freaking out — about the spread of this new virus. Here’s what infectious disease experts and rheumatologists want you to know. This article has been updated to reflect new information as of March 8, 2020. Bein
  9. LIVING WITH ARTHRITIS ‘Stay Home as Much as Possible’: The New CDC Advice for Those at High Risk of Coronavirus Complications Here’s more on what these recommendations mean for people with chronic illness and weakened immune systems. The CDC is finally issuing some specific recommendations for coronavirus prevention for those at high risk for complications: Stay at home as much as possible. Make sure yo
  10. So you think you’re about to be in a pandemic? Posted on February 25, 2020 by Ian M Mackay, PhD and Katherine E Arden PhD The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2 [1]) has spread to over 30 countries and regions outside mainland China. Currently, disease spread in Singapore is being slowed by their expertise but new case numbers in South Korea, Italy and Iran, and the wide national distribution of cases in Japan are all signs that the virus is ahead of our efforts to contain it. Let’s go shopping. But bit by bit – not in a rush.
  11. Saving the lives of stroke victims by streamlining workflow After a stroke, every minute of delay can be fatal. Viz.ai monitors CT images for signs of large vessel occlusion in under 30 minutes, and alerts the medical team immediately. By Brian Blum MARCH 3, 2020 CT scans of the human brain. Photo by Shutterstock The biggest cause of death or debilitation from stroke is time to treatment. It’s not a matter of training but of workflow automation. CT scans need to be analyzed immediately, then sent to the right expert. If a particular facilit
  12. Israeli company develops rapid diagnostic kit for COVID-19 ‘This kit has undergone testing by several central laboratories and hospitals that have now verified its ability to diagnose COVID-19.’ By Abigail Klein Leichman MARCH 1, 2020, 3:33 PM BATM’s rapid diagnostic array. Photo: courtesy Israeli company BATM of Hod Hasharon announced that its biomedical division has developed a diagnostics kit to detect coronavirus from saliva samples in less than half an hour. CEO Dr. Zvi Marom tells ISRAEL21c that the test is compatible with the current hospital-based
  13. Israeli MDs give free counseling to coronavirus patients Physicians from some of Israel’s largest hospitals have volunteered for the Innonation social project geared to helping isolated patients all over the world. By Abigail Klein Leichman MARCH 1, 2020 Illustrative photo by Mongkolchon Akesin via Shutterstock.com Thanks to a new social-action project, Chinese coronavirus patients were able to ask Israeli primary care physician Dr. Rachel Libenson Vansh how to maintain proper health and hygiene while confined at home. Using a Zoom video link ove
  14. What is the Coronavirus? The coronavirus belongs to a large family of viruses identified as the cause of certain animal diseases and can cause disease in humans, too. The name 'coronavirus' refers to their resemblance to a crown (corona in Latin) when viewed in an electron microscope. The severity of human illness depends on the particular virus strand of this family and ranges between mild ailment, such as a cold, up to a serious disease that can negatively affect the lungs and lead to multiple organ failure, such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respirator
  15. Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms. Published 24 January 2020 Last updated 3 March 2020 — see all updates From: Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England Contents Number of cases Risk level
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