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A new study out of China may offer insight on the clinical characteristics of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to health care providers globally, according to Contagion Live. The study explored the relationship between patient chest computed tomography (CT) scan findings and the clinical conditions of COVID-19 pneumonia. The CT results revealed that patients with COVID-19 pneumonia had imagining features such as ground-glass opacities, mixed ground-glass opacities and consolidation, vascular enlargement in the lesion, and traction bronchiectasis.
Patients who experience a relapse from multiple sclerosis (MS) tend to have a decline in cognitive test scores, according to HCP Live. Researchers at the University of Buffalo conducted a case-control study that included 50 patients diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS. Quantifying mental status changes during relapse remains an important factor and the researchers believe the current data contribute to the mission of widening the scope of information about acute disease activity in patients with MS.
Cataract surgery was associated with an increase in melatonin secretion, which in low concentrations has been shown to contribute to depression, diabetes, cognitive impairment, and breast cancer, according to The American Journal of Managed Care. Until now, the researchers noted that randomized clinical trials have yet to examine the relationship between cataract surgery and melatonin secretion in patients. The findings of the study support the hypothesis that cataract surgery increases melatonin secretion at 3 months postoperatively, according to the authors.