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Study raises hope that blood plasma can
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Posted By: ladydawgfan, 3/30/2020 2:11:26 PM

A preliminary study released Friday found that blood serum from people who recovered from coronavirus was effective at treating critically ill patients, raising hope that the technique will curtail a pandemic that has already killed more than 30,000 people around the globe. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at only five patients, and the authors of the report acknowledged the need for more extensive research. But it showed promising results, and health officials have already expressed optimism that blood transfers can be used to fight the new coronavirus strain. “That’s one of our top priorities,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top expert on infectious disease,

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Excellent work!! I would love to hear the thoughts of LDotters in the medical community.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: bamboozle 3/30/2020 2:22:25 PM (No. 363085)
But how about hydroxychloroquine and Z-pack? Crickets...
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Reply 2 - Posted by: LadyHen 3/30/2020 2:30:42 PM (No. 363091)
Convalescent serum therapy was mentioned in STAT News early this month. One of those old treatments from before the vaccine and antibiotic age. It was used for diphtheria and tetanus and more recently ebola. https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/05/how-blood-plasma-from-recovered-patients-could-help-treat-coronavirus/
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Reply 3 - Posted by: bad-hair 3/30/2020 3:01:37 PM (No. 363125)
Sure. Try it. It's worked in the 19th century. It might work again. Vaccines based on DNA research will kill this thing in a minute once all the bureaucrats get convinced they won't lose their cushy jobs over it. I need a dinner at the capital Grille in DC. Is it open?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: MattMusson 3/30/2020 3:48:43 PM (No. 363164)
If you ever donated plasma in college to make some spending and eating money - I can foresee the Plasma Centers offering $300 per donation for anyone who has had and recovered from COVID-19. A friend of mine was in the specialty Plasma business and they offered over $1000 per donation plus travel expenses for people who had an active Hepatitis C infection.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: IowaDad 3/30/2020 3:53:09 PM (No. 363168)
The outcome of COVID-19 for any individual is very uncertain. A few will die, most will improve. It is vitally important that any new therapy be tested in randomized placebo controlled trials in which neither the physician nor the patient know the randomization result. A small group of doctors could come up with a good randomized trial for (say) hydroxychloroquine in a video conference lasting a couple of hours. The trial could start enrolling about 500 patients to each arm over the next couple of days, and data (viral shedding, fever chart, other events) would start to flow immediately. About ten days later, we would have substantial results for publication. So why doesn't this happen? Because obstructive medical school and other bureaucrats delay the opening of trials for more than six months on average. Trump should have instructed all federally-funded institutions to open such trials in 24 hours, using a consent form of no more than 200 words.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Strike3 3/30/2020 4:08:45 PM (No. 363180)
It's logical but only 5 test patients? They could have recovered all on their own. I would like to see a few hundred more test results given that less than 2 percent die.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: OBX Pete 3/30/2020 7:51:56 PM (No. 363324)
Lets stop with the studies and start giving this to ALL the current and future people who are sick with coronavirus. We could probably stop any more deaths from this virus. If this type of treatment has been used for other types of diseases without killing people then it is safe to take. These CDC scientists want to test drugs for years (job security) before they will approve or disapprove of any of them'
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Reply 8 - Posted by: DVC 3/30/2020 8:57:24 PM (No. 363361)
Sounds goid.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: DVC 3/30/2020 10:02:38 PM (No. 363381)
#1, testing is under way in New York.
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