Infectious Diseases

Famotidine Aids in COVID-19 by Helping Limit Inflammation

(Reuters) – Researchers have discovered just how the antacid famotidine, commonly sold as Pepcid by a Johnson & Johnson unit, was able to help alleviate COVID-19 symptoms in clinical trials. In studies in mice, they found that famotidine stimulates the vagus nerve, which controls the immune system and other involuntary body functions. When the vagus …

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CDC Says COVID Hospitalizations to Rise in Most States

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. As U.S. COVID-19 cases reach the highest levels since mid-February, hospital admissions and deaths are projected to increase during the next four weeks, according to a new update from the CDC. The forecast, which includes 32 different models across the country, …

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Fever After a Tropical Trip: A Guide to Differential Diagnosis

After 2 years of a pandemic in which traveling was barely possible, tropical diseases are becoming important once more. At this year’s conference for internal medicine specialists, tropical medicine specialist Fritz Holst, MD, of the Center for Tropical and Travel Medicine in Marburg, Germany, explained what questions you should be asking travelers with a fever …

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