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COVID-19 and Diabetes: A not so sweet ever after

The connection between diabetes and SARS-CoV-2 is not unidirectional. While diabetes mellitus aggravates the body’s response to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), it appears the virus may also induce the development of diabetes. Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, is strongly associated with diabetes and has been observed in COVID-19 patients. Unexpectedly, this condition has arisen in patients who…

Resurrection of Tuberculosis and other Dangerous Infectious Diseases: How COVID-19 has Led to the Re-emergence of Previously Suppressed Infectious Diseases 

Coughs ring out in the air as overrun hospitals desperately seek to revive their patients. Nurses and doctors in personal protective equipment (PPE) scramble around, tired and overworked. Eventually COVID-19 cases start falling at steady rates, and the world breathes a sigh of relief as health care workers push back another wave of infections propelled…

COVID-19’s Shadow on Cancer Screening

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the priority of medical care around the globe. In April 2020, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommended postponing medical services such as routine care and preventive screening in order to triage resources and reduce risk of transmission [6]. The enforcement of public health guidelines, compounded with the fear of…

Long Road to Recovery

After the rapid rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, life has returned to a semblance of normalcy. For COVID long-haulers, however, their lives have veered away from their original tracks. While some people have recovered from the illness within weeks, long-haulers are still grappling with the harsh reality of “chronic COVID-19,” even months after the symptom onset….

COVID-19 in 2021: Hope is Rising

More than 3,000. More than 12,000. More than 700,000. More than 4.55 million. These numbers have been growing like an eternally ticking clock except instead of marking the passage of time, they mark each life that was lost to COVID-19 in St. Louis, in Missouri, in the United States and worldwide. The virus does not discriminate,…

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