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COVID-19 News
Find the most recent news about COVID-19 research conducted by our clinician scientists, researchers, innovators and faculty.
May 18, 2021 – While young children are generally more prone to infections than older people, COVID-19 seems to be an exception. In this review study, Malgorzata Kloc investigates why children demonstrate this robust immunity specifically towards COVID-19.
April 30, 2021 – A new systematic review and meta-analysis shows that 80% of people with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis continue to have at least one medical complication that lingers beyond at least two weeks after the acute infection resolves. Villapol believes that gut microbes may have a key role to play in these lingering effects.
March 24, 2021 - A recently published Houston Methodist study revealed a rapid, widespread and preferential increase of the SARS-CoV-2 UK B.1.1.7 variant throughout the Houston region. The estimated case doubling time is 6.9 days.
Gov. Abbott Visits Houston Methodist
January 19, 2021 - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott acknowledged Houston Methodist's efforts throughout the pandemic, including our role as one of 28 state hubs to help vaccinate the public. We also were the first hospital in the country to use convalescent plasma and have conducted numerous clinical trials for newly developed treatments. We have administered such a high volume of monoclonal antibody treatments that we now order directly from the distributor.
Study Indicates Men More Susceptible to COVID-19
January 13, 2021 - PLoS One published a study led by Farhaan Vahidy, PhD, of Houston Methodist's Center for Outcomes Research, showing that males are more likely to test positive for COVID-19, have complications and die from the virus than females, independent of age.
COVID-19 REGN-CoV2 Clinical Trial
October 2, 2020 - Medical director of critical care Faisal Masud, MD, and Houston Methodist Research Institute president and CEO Ed Jones are quoted in a Houston Chronicle front page story about recent COVID-19 treatments, including the use of an antibody cocktail, REGN-CoV2, currently in a clinical trial at Houston Methodist.
September 14, 2020 - The CURATOR digital repository brought rapid access to data comparing differences between Houston’s first and second surges, allowing Houston Methodist to quickly adapt treatment plans.
August 14, 2020 - The first to receive FDA approval to offer convalescent plasma therapy—and the first to publish study results—Houston Methodist is leading medical research on treatments for COVID-19. For this Houston patient, the decision to participate in the research trial made all the difference.
Learning Health Care System Takes on COVID-19
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September 14, 2020 - The CURATOR digital repository brought rapid access to data comparing differences between Houston’s first and second surges, allowing Houston Methodist to quickly adapt treatment plans.
August 4, 2020 - The pandemic is bringing a new awareness of the social determinants of health—and possibly a new population health data set that reveals more about health inequities. Director of the Center for Outcomes Research Bita Kash, PhD, discusses the effects on hospital-community partnerships.
July 27, 2020 - An antiviral drug, favipiravir, previously approved in Japan to treat influenza, is now under clinical investigation at Houston Methodist to treat the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The Phase 2, multicenter, randomized trial is sponsored by Fujifilm Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
July 20, 2020 - During the initial peak of COVID-19, Houston Methodist researchers shared their expertise on ICU staff burnout in a study on "Provider Burnout and Fatigue during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned from a High-Volume Intensive Care Unit." Published in April, it remains among Altmetric's most popular publications.
Wong Participates in COVID-19 Consortium
July 10, 2020 - Stephen T. Wong, PhD, John S. Dunn, Sr. Presidential Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Engineering, participated in an international COVID-19 consortium established to mine shared, secured information from COVID-19 patients across multiple institutions in the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Africa. Oxford University Press published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
FDA Fast-Tracks RLF-100 Trial for Treating ARDS
June 24, 2020 - Jihad Georges Youssef, MD, professor of clinical medicine, Department of Medicine, and transplant pulmonologist, J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center, is leading a multi-center clinical trial fast-tracked by the FDA to test a treatment for acute lung injury and, specifically, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) associated with COVID-19.
Trials Aim to Calm Cytokine Storms
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May 6, 2020 - Patients with severe cases of COVID-19 often have a heightened immune response called a “cytokine storm.” To slow this process, Deepa Gotur, MD, studied medications used to treat autoimmune diseases in hopes of decreasing cytokine storms caused by the virus. Now she is enrolling patients in clinical trials.
Autoclave Protocol for Safe Reuse of N95s
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April 22, 2020 - Houston Methodist’s System Quality & Patient Safety team focused on using an autoclave—a device for immediate-use steam sterilization—to enable reuse of N95 respirator masks. Their new protocol was published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.
Remdesivir Proves Promising
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April 16, 2020 - Early results encourage the clinical research team conducting clinical trials of Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug Remdesivir. Methodist Hospital was the first clinical trial site in Houston to test the antiviral drug.
Protoyping Protection: HMAC Aerosol Box
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March 30, 2020 - Two Houston Methodist doctors develop an aerosol container to help minimize risk from expelled air during intubation.
First Plasma Therapy Fast-Tracked by FDA
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March 28, 2020 - Houston Methodist received FDA approval Saturday to become the first academic medical center in the nation to transfuse donated plasma from a recovered COVID-19 patient into a critically ill patient.
Creating Protocols for COVID-19
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March 25, 2020 - In response to the urgent need for effective, evidence-based approaches to treating coronavirus disease 2019, two Houston Methodist physicians developed management strategies and measuring outcomes.
GeneOne Life Science and Houston Methodist to Develop a COVID-19 Vaccine
March 17, 2020 - Houston Methodist researchers are partnering with GeneOne Life Science Inc. to develop an RNA vaccine against COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has caused a global pandemic.
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