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For Long COVID Sufferers, Good News and Bad News
For Long COVID Sufferers,
Good News and Bad News
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For Long COVID Sufferers, Good News and Bad News

Researchers say it's like having the brain age 10 years; but NIH is rolling out treatment studies

(Newser) - For those battling the vague but debilitating condition that has come to be known as long COVID , it's a mix of good and bad news.
  • The bad: British researchers measured the cognitive impairment of those with the diagnosis and found that it's the equivalent of their brains aging

Long COVID Patients May Fare Worse Than Some With Cancer

Fatigue is No. 1 symptom among this group, which sees 'shockingly' low quality-of-life scores

(Newser) - Medical experts and researchers are still wrangling with the intricacies of long COVID , the label given to health issues that persist or emerge after one's initial bout with the coronavirus is believed to have "ended." Now, a study out of the UK sheds more light on how...

Injection Restores COVID Patient's Loss of Smell
Coffee Aroma
Made Her Cry,
for Good

Coffee Aroma Made Her Cry, for Good Reason

Ohio woman who had COVID has sense of smell restored at Cleveland Clinic

(Newser) - Lots of people love the smell of coffee. Few have been as overjoyed with it as Ohio's Jennifer Henderson, and for good reason. A video released by the Cleveland Clinic shows the 54-year-old bursting into tears as she is handed a cup and is able to detect the aroma,...

Scientists May Have Solved a Big COVID Mystery
Scientists May Have
Solved a Big COVID Mystery
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Scientists May Have Solved a Big COVID Mystery

They say loss of smell might be from inflammation-driving T-cells helping to nix critical neurons in nose

(Newser) - Loss of taste and smell are among the symptoms of COVID that stick around after the infection itself has subsided, and now scientists think they may be on to why the latter happens. It may all come down to an unusual immune response in which T-cells that cause inflammation invade...

CDC Study Confirms You Can Die From Long COVID
CDC Study Confirms
Long COVID Can Kill You
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CDC Study Confirms Long COVID Can Kill You

0.3% of COVID deaths in first 30 months of pandemic involved long COVID

(Newser) - Long COVID can kill, or so found what's thought to be the first nationwide study on the subject. The CDC analyzed death certificates in the National Vital Statistics System from the period Jan. 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022, that had a diagnostic code for COVID-19; there were 1,...

One Theory on the Big Jump in Workers With Disabilities

Fed report suggests long COVID is the driver

(Newser) - Take a look at Axios' chart of how many disabled Americans are in the US workforce, and you'll see a decade where the number mostly fell between 4 million and 5 million. But since 2020 it's been a steady climb from just below 5 million to 5.73...

New Long COVID Study Brings Rigor to the Topic

It also sheds light on the scale of the problem

(Newser) - It may not contain any major surprises, but a recent large-scale Scottish study "provides powerful evidence" that long COVID is a major public health concern—and it does so in a more rigorous and expansive way than previous studies, per the Washington Post. In reporting the initial results from...

Health Experts, GOP Have Doubts About Biden's Pandemic Claim

It's not over, officials point out, when 400 people are dying of COVID each day

(Newser) - Update: Add Anthony Fauci to the list of people contradicting President Biden's assertion that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Fauci, Biden's top COVID adviser, said Monday that the US is "not where we need to be if we’re going to be able to, quote, ‘live...

For Long COVID Sufferers, Brain Fog Is Devastating
Brain Fog Isn't a Fog.
It's Something Far Worse

Brain Fog Isn't a Fog. It's Something Far Worse

Executive-function impairments make life exceedingly difficult for long COVID sufferers

(Newser) - You've heard about "brain fog" in relation to COVID, but likely not like this. Writing for the Atlantic , Ed Yong delves into the symptom that plagues some long COVID sufferers, and plagues might be too soft a word. As one primary-care specialist from the University of Oxford puts...

Millions Aren't Able to Work Because of Long COVID

The Brookings Institution is out with a new report

(Newser) - "Long COVID definitely affects the ability to remain employed," a doctor with Mount Sinai Health System tells the Wall Street Journal . It's an anecdotal statement that's backed up by new numbers. The paper cites a Brookings Institution report released Wednesday that refines its assessment of long...

For Millions, COVID Has Caused Long-Term Smell, Taste Problems

Around 5% of patients didn't recover senses 6 months after infection, researchers say

(Newser) - Only around 5% of people infected with COVID-19 end up experiencing long-term problems with smell or taste, according to new research—but that still adds up to millions of people with a problem that can seriously affect their quality of life. In a study published in the British Medical Journal...

Her COVID Tests Were All Negative—Perplexingly

The timing and symptoms were right, but Emma Zimmerman lacks proof of COVID

(Newser) - "Currently, no days are good days" for Emma Zimmerman. As the 26-year-old writes for HuffPost , she wakes to a migraine frequently; half her body is numb; she trudges more than walks. "On these days, I cannot shake the thought that something alien lingers inside me." She's...

Long COVID Is Really Long—and Enigmatic

Health experts are flummoxed by diagnosing, treating this type of illness

(Newser) - In her two years of battling COVID-19, Lindsay Polega has been referred to, in order: an immunologist, cardiologist, nephrologist, endocrinologist, neurologist, then the immunologist again. Still, she's dealing with a list of symptoms including chest pain, hypertensive spikes, and hand numbness. Scrolling on her cellphone has caused vertigo, and...

Research Likens COVID's Effect on Brain to Aging From 50 to 70

Severity of the illness appears linked to degree of decline

(Newser) - Researchers have found that the effects of long COVID can include starting a cognitive decline comparable to the person aging mentally 20 years. The UK study 's senior author said the severity of the decline is tied to the seriousness of the person's illness, the Guardian reports. The...

Knowing What Long COVID Can Do, Kaine Backs Research

Senate bill would expand treatment options and understanding

(Newser) - Not much is understood about long COVID or its causes; it doesn't even have an official name yet. A new Senate bill is intended to increase research, treatment options, and understanding about the phenomenon, which one of the sponsors knows something about. Sen. Tim Kaine came down with COVID-19...

Risk of Heart Problems Spikes After COVID
Another Nasty Side Effect
of COVID Rears Its Head

Another Nasty Side Effect of COVID Rears Its Head

Millions potentially affected by heart problems as researchers warn of strained health systems

(Newser) - People who've been infected with COVID-19 are at a "substantial" risk for cardiovascular diseases up to a year after infection, according to a study of US veterans, 99.7% of whom were unvaccinated. The study analyzed health data for 153,000 veterans who were infected up to January...

New Research Points to Some Long COVID Clues
New Research Points to
Some Long COVID Clues
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New Research Points to Some Long COVID Clues

If the early findings are backed up, it could better inform treatment

(Newser) - Two new studies are offering clues on who might get long COVID. The first, published Tuesday in Cell , followed 209 COVID patients for up to three months after their initial diagnosis. Roughly a third of them reported having at least three long COVID symptoms (fatigue, brain fog, altered sense of...

It Was the 'Most Terrifying Deterioration of a Human'

Nick Güthe writes of wife Heidi Ferrer's suicide after suffering from long COVID

(Newser) - In May 2021, screenwriter Heidi Ferrer took her own life after a 13-month battle with long COVID. Her husband Nick Güthe says her symptoms were vicious, among them internal chest cavity vibrations so extreme she was unable to sleep. She finally came to her husband with a request: Were...

Queen Joins Those Finding ‘Christmas Can Be Hard’

Elizabeth says she'll still find joy in holiday after her husband's death

(Newser) - In her Christmas address to her subjects, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II had a message for those who, like her, suffered a loss in the past year. "Although it's a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, Christmas can be hard for those who have lost...

Her Death With Long COVID Illustrates a Medical Dilemma

Were Heidi Ferrer's organs safe to donate?

(Newser) - When 50-year-old Heidi Ferrer died after battling COVID for more than a year, husband Nick Guthe wanted to donate her body to science. However, the hospital overruled him because Ferrer had signed up to become an organ donor. That made little sense to him, Guthe tells the New York Times ...

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