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Why some COVID-19 patients lose sense of smell, taste and some don’t: Researchers are narrowing in on cause

Why some COVID-19 patients lose sense of smell, taste and some don’t: Researchers are narrowing in on cause

Researchers may have narrowed down the reason some people who contract COVID-19 lose their sense of smell and taste. A new study published in the journal Nature Genetics points to damaged cells in the olfactory epithelium, a part of the nose that traps odor molecules and submits a response to the brain, as the likely … Continued

Why some COVID-19 patients lose sense of smell, taste and some don’t: Researchers are narrowing in on cause

Researchers may have narrowed down the reason some people who contract COVID-19 lose their sense of smell and taste. A new study published in the journal Nature Genetics points to damaged cells in the olfactory epithelium, a part of the nose that traps odor molecules and submits a response to the brain, as the likely … Continued

Research Snapshot: COVID-19 virus test sensitivity varies with body’s circadian rhythm

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, health care practitioners have relied on COVID-19 testing to tell them what safety precautions to follow with each patient. Carl Johnson, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences, wondered how the virus might act differently depending on the time of day and the body’s circadian rhythms.  

“Ultra-potent” antibody against COVID-19 variants isolated at VUMC

A technology developed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has led to the discovery of an “ultra-potent” monoclonal antibody against multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, including the delta variant. The antibody has rare characteristics that make it a valuable addition to the limited set of broadly reactive antibody therapeutic candidates, researchers reported … Continued

“Vanderbilt Health DNA: Discoveries in Action” Podcast

The first episode of the second season of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s original podcast series, Vanderbilt Health DNA: Discoveries in Action, tackles bold questions and issues pushed to the surface by COVID-19. This season, the award-winning 10-episode series delves into a host of topics, including the role of clinical trials in advancing medicine, equity and representation, … Continued

Rheumatoid arthritis drug combined with standard of care may help reduce mortality for hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 who received the rheumatoid arthritis drug baricitinib, in combination with the standard of care including corticosteroids, died less often than those receiving only the standard of care, according to a study released this week in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. The study, led by principal investigators E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, Grant … Continued

Memphis teens lead surge in Tennessee COVID vaccinations

Memphis teens have been leading Tennessee’s surge of recent COVID-19 vaccinations, The Commercial Appeal reported. The 15-19 age group in the Memphis region showed the greatest growth of any age group across the state’s eight regions from late July through last week, according to a new study by researchers at the Department of Health Policy at … Continued

Breakthrough science behind COVID vaccine not a ‘surprise’ for Vanderbilt researcher

Even though mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine created to protect against infectious diseases like COVID, those involved in the science says the development did not come as a surprise. It’s not new science for those, like Robert Carnahan, who are familiar with mRNA’s history. “For 20 years, people have been looking at this. … Continued

Ask an Expert: Do I need to get vaccinated even if I had COVID-19?

Thomas Talbot, professor of medicine and chief hospital epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, shares why it’s important for people to get vaccinated, even if they’ve already had COVID-19.

“Public Health on Call” Podcast: The consequences of COVID

Three researchers break down three papers looking at what happens to patients with COVID over the longer term. Dr. Lauren Peetluck, an epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University, talks about the risks of long-term complications of COVID. Dr. Heather McKay, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins, talks about the risks of negative neurological and psychiatric outcomes of patients … Continued