Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody tests: How do they work?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody tests: How do they work?

How do you tell if an antibody  test is effective? Shouldn’t this be a simple process? In medical testing, it’s not always black and white, positive or negative: a test’s ability to read specific pieces of information can vary. The latest place where this becomes important is in the antibody or blood (serology) testing for […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19): I tested positive. Here’s what happened.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19): I tested positive. Here’s what happened.

I tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). I was tested via the antibody (serological) test program run by New York State on Saturday, April 25, at the Co-op City pop-up site in The Bronx. These tests use a bit of blood to check for presence of antibodies to coronavirus, which demonstrate that you have been exposed. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) treatment: Could a common antacid help?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) treatment: Could a common antacid help?

By MOLLY TAFT and JEANNE PINDER News broke this week that researchers based at Northwell Health in New York have been treating coronavirus patients with famotidine, an antacid. Famotidine is the active ingredient in over-the-counter heartburn medication like Pepcid. Doctors at Northwell said Monday that they have recruited almost 200 Covid-19 patients for a clinical […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: How does it work? I did it, and I’ll tell you what it was like.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: How does it work? I did it, and I’ll tell you what it was like.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: What’s it like? I did it, and I’m here to tell you about it. I went to a Stop and Shop grocery store parking lot on a sunny Saturday afternoon, April 25, to get tested. The parking lot is in the Bay Plaza Shopping center at 2136 Bartow Ave., in The […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) tests and the F.D.A.: How does approval work?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) tests and the F.D.A.: How does approval work?

Coronavirus (Covid-19) testing accuracy is coming to the fore as a topic of discussion and the subject of public health policy around the world. With this conversation, we became really interested in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval process. If it’s FDA-approved, it must be good to go, right? Wait, not so fast. Our […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and cancer patients: How the sickest are affected

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and cancer patients: How the sickest are affected

“The COVID-19 pandemic and responses to help prevent its spread have had far-reaching impact on all Americans, and particularly on cancer patients and survivors. Risk of infection, overloaded health care systems, shortages of food and supplies, and economic challenges all create unique barriers to achieving and maintaining health while fighting cancer and after,” according to […]

Fear of coronavirus (COVID-19) keeping people with heart symptoms away from ERs: STAT

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Fear of coronavirus (COVID-19) keeping people with heart symptoms away from ERs: STAT

“Stayc Simpson’s blood pressure readings are all over the place. Her heart rate is fluctuating wildly,” Usha Lee McFarling writes at STAT. “After struggling with heart failure and coronary artery disease for 15 years, undergoing a double bypass, and living with an implanted pacemaker and defibrillator, she knows her numbers aren’t good. She’s really worried. […]