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Central Nervous System Problems in Long Hauler COVID

Researchers were already asking questions about Long Hauler Covid back in December of 2020. They hypothesized that either ongoing viral infection after an inadequate immune response or a dysfunctional immune response were responsible for this chronic post viral malady affecting millions. Research continues into the …

Some Question if COVID 19 Cytokine Storm is Real

Researchers from Radboud University Medical Center intensive care (IC) department compared  the concentration of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukins 6 and 8 (IL-6, IL-8) between COVID 19 patients and those with ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) and septic shock.  COVID 19 patients did …

Tocilizumab and Anakinra for Cytokine Storm

Scientists consider whether anti-cytokine therapies tocilizumab and anakinra might alleviate disease severity in COVID 19.   Tocilizumab (an IL-6 blocker) has been tested with possible benefit.  These results have been mixed.   Anakinra (an anti-IL-1 medication) as also tested with mixed results.  These drugs have been used for …