Why are the Kidneys an Attractive Target for Coronavirus?

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Although the lungs are a common target for COVID-19’s cytokine storm, so are the kidneys, making the 1-in-4 U.S. adults with diabetes resulting in diabetic kidney disease at increased risk for virus mortality. But why are the kidneys so attractive to the coronavirus? Recently published in Kidney International, a nationalRead …

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Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 Presenting as Acute Pancreatitis

Although most patients with COVID-19 present with respiratory symptoms, gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms have also been reported in up to 25% of patients with novel corona virus disease (COVID-19). Case reports show acute pancreatitis as an initial presentation in patients with COVID-19. Research shows that islet cells of the pancreas containRead …

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New Research Illuminates Polarizing Roles of IL-17 for Respiratory Distress and Mind-Body Connection

Commentary: COVID-19: a case for inhibiting IL-17? The cytokine, IL-17 has been in the news lately, but for very different reasons. We look at two areas of research: COVID-19 and the brain — one with a negative role the other positive. The cytokine’s predominant role is dependent on where itRead …

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It’s Not Kawasaki … It’s PIMS-TS in Children with COVID-19

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Researchers have uncovered how the immune system is altered in a rare coronavirus related illness in children with COVID-19 referred to as pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS-TS). PIMS-TS is a rare syndrome which has emerged in a small number of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The condition causes severe inflammationRead …

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The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19: Virus Specific Nutraceutical and Botanical Agents

ABSTRACT/ In this article, The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19: Virus Specific Nutraceutical and Botanical Agents, from our partners at Integrative Medicine, a Clinician’s Journal, leading experts in functional medicine evaluate twelve interventions. By Evans JM, Luby R, Lukaczer D, Rountree R, Stone PM, Guilliams TG, Yanuck S, Messier H,Read …

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Inflammatory Cytokine Markers Predict COVID Severity and Survival

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Mount Sinai scientists have identified primary markers of inflammation IL-6 and TNF-α reliably predict COVID severity and likelihood of survival. This is providing a foundation for a diagnostic platform and therapeutic targets, according to a study published in Nature Medicine. The researchers studied four proteins serum interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8, tumorRead …

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