While ivermectin was originally used to treat river blindness, it has also been repurposed to treat other human parasitic infections.
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Ivermectin has been a lifesaving drug for people with parasitic infections like river blindness and strongyloidiasis. But taking it for COVID-19 may result in the opposite effect.
Even though people are ready to venture out and socialize, many are fearful. And some also remember those who lost their lives and want to be careful in their memory.
As more people become vaccinated, many of them are eager to resume their social lives. And yet, many are fearful, and some may not want to return to life as they previously experienced it.
Black markets thrive online and flourish during pandemics and other crises.
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The global pandemic has fueled illicit online sales of COVID-19 commodities, some of which are dangerous or illegal. Researchers are assessing the size and reach of this underground market.
Incubus, a male demon, was said to prey on sleeping women in mythological tales.
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Stella Immanuel, who made headlines recently regarding a false coronavirus cure claim, has many beliefs related to how demons are a threat to humans. An expert explains their long religious history.
Chloroquine is an antimalarial drug originally developed in 1934; it doesn’t block coronavirus infection in humans.
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A new study not only shows that the malarial drug chloroquine doesn’t block SARS-CoV-2 from infecting lung cells, but also explains why.
As public figures and some in the media touted hydroxychloroquine, prescriptions skyrocketed.
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When news reports tout a drug, people get interested, even if the benefits are unproven. Patient hopes, requests and demands can easily turn into real prescriptions in their doctor’s office.
A portrait of Albert Einstein on a transformer station in St.Petersburg, Russia.
The h-index has become an indicator of quality for many researchers and may influence the allocation of research funds. But some question its value.
A high-profile paper
on the risks of hyrdoxychloroquine was recently and rightfully retracted.
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Severe scrutiny of two major papers, including one about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, is part of science’s normal process of self-correction.
We are slowly figuring out which drugs and therapies are effective against the new coronavirus.
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During the last six months, news reports have mentioned dozens of drugs that may be effective against the new coronavirus. Here we lay out the evidence and reveal which ones are proven to work. Or not.
Scientists have discovered that a widely used, cheap steroid can fight off COVID-19 in the most severe cases. Here’s how it works.
In this week’s round-up of coronavirus articles by scholars around the globe, we explore the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 and the latest on drug trials.
Laboratories around the world are working round the clock to find treatments or a vaccine for COVID-19.
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The FDA has sped up its approval process for coronavirus treatments, creating a new division to expedite the regulatory process. But is safety being sidelined for speed?
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Our experts look at why people of colour are being hit harder by COVID-19, New Zealand’s success in eliminating the virus, and the latest on drug trials.
The World Health Organisation has suspended the use of hydroxychloroquine in a global drug trial.
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In the hope of finding a cure for COVID-19, it is easy to get lost in the hype. But chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine should for now be set aside.
People taking hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus may be more likely to die, according to new research. But that doesn’t mean the drug is killing them.
President Trump says he has been taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive for the coronavirus.
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Our expert assessed all the controlled studies so far on hydroxychloroquine. His findings may surprise you.
Health care workers testing people in Nairobi, Kenya during a mass testing exercise for COVID-19.
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Africa needs to be better prepared to deal with future pandemics. That should start with a re-assessment of how countries invest in – and support – local research.
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The US president has reignited controversy over the use of malaria drugs to guard against COVID-19. But there is little reliable evidence so far that this tactic is safe or effective.
A bottle of Covid Organics, a herbal tea that authorities in Madagascar gave to students.
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Authorities around the world can do more to ensure that correct information and messages on the pandemic reach everybody.
A lab technician prepares a prescription at a pharmacy in Quebec City on March 8, 2020.
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This is a pivotal time for policymakers to be vigilant about drug shortages and to ensure that Canadians have reliable access to safe drugs.