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  1. Data Show More Women Are Freezing Their Eggs During the Pandemic, Defying Doctors‘ Expectations. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, fertility clinics braced themselves for a downturn. Time Healthland, 01/13/2021. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  2. Covid: 10 new mass vaccination centres to open in England. NHS England said the new centres would offer "thousands" of jabs a week. BBC Health News, 01/17/2021. (Also see Vaccinations) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  3. Rise in youngsters with eating disorders is yet another distressing cost of the Covid lockdown. Experts have seen a rise in eating disorder patients, sparked by Covid pandemic. Mail Online, 01/17/2021. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  4. 5 steps you can take now to boost your fitness and avoid severe illness from COVID-19. Researchers are now finding that better cardiovascular fitness might save you from a trip to the hospital if you are diagnosed with COVID-19. GMA Health, 01/18/2021. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  5. WHO calls meeting on new virus variant, European head says. The World Health Organization (WHO) will convene a meeting of members to discuss strategies to counter a new, more infectious coronavirus strain that emerged in Britain, its European chief said. Reuters Health, 12/22/2020. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  6. Oxygen level while walking identifies at-risk patients; cancer patients should get vaccine priority. It can be helpful to assess blood oxygen levels in patients when they are walking if that level is normal when they are sitting, a new study suggests. Reuters Health, 12/21/2020. (Also see Cancer) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  7. Factors associated with fears due to COVID-19: A scleroderma patient-centered intervention network (SPIN) COVID-19 cohort study. Fears due to COVID-19 were associated with clinical and functional vulnerabilities in this chronically ill population. PubMed, J Psychosom Res, 2020 Nov 25;140:110314. (Also see Anxiety and Attitude) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  8. UK coronavirus variant may be more able to infect children: scientists. A new variant of the coronavirus spreading rapidly in Britain carries mutations that could mean children are as susceptible to becoming infected with it as adults, scientists said. Reuters Health, 12/21/2020. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  9. Risk of death among people with rare autoimmune rheumatic diseases (RAIRD) compared to the general population in England during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. The risk of all-cause death is more prominently raised during COVID-19 among people with RAIRD than among the general population. PubMed, Rheumatology (Oxford), 2020 Dec 4;keaa855. (Also see Prognosis and Mortality) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  10. Here’s What People With Allergies Should Know About Covid Vaccines. Experts say that allergic reactions shouldn’t deter most people from getting a jab. New York Times, 12/18/2020. (Also see Vaccinations) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  11. Infection or autoimmunity? The clinical challenge of interstitial lung disease in systemic sclerosis during COVID 19 pandemic. The striking CT similarities between the 2 diseases make difficult to distinguish a worsening of SSc-ILD from COVID-19 superinfection. PubMed, J Rheumatol, 2020 Dec 1;jrheum.200832. (Also see Correlation between Pulmonary Fibrosis and other Diseases or Complications) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  12. Should I Have Elective Surgery in the Pandemic? Patients must balance the chance of a life-threatening Covid-19 exposure against the opportunity for relief from a condition that may be painful but is not considered urgent. New York Times, 12/21/2020. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  13. The Risk of COVID-19 Pandemic in Patients with Moderate to Severe Plaque Psoriasis Receiving Systemic Treatments. Several case reports described full recovery from COVID-19 with favorable outcomes in psoriasis patients who were being treated with synthetics or biologicals. PubMed, Vaccines (Basel), 2020 Dec 2;8(4):E728. (Also see Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  14. What Makes COVID-19 Different From the Flu? Compared to our typical seasonal flus, what makes SARS-CoV-2 dangerous is that it's a brand new virus. Time Healthland, 12/17/2020. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  15. New coronavirus variant: What do we know? Viruses mutate all the time and it's vital to keep a laser focus on whether the virus' behaviour is changing. BBC Health News, 12/21/2020. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  16. What 300 years of smallpox epidemics in London can teach us about Covid-19. Infection with a small amount of virus –such as may be a side effect of wearing face masks – may improve epidemic survival rates, a historical study found. Mail Online, 12/21/2020. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  17. Analysis: Can first COVID-19 vaccines bring herd immunity? Experts have doubts. Governments and officials are voicing hopes that COVID-19 vaccines could bring “herd immunity”, with some calculating that immunising just two-thirds of a population could halt the pandemic disease and help protect whole communities or nations. Reuters Health, 11/18/2020. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  18. No firm evidence of food trade spreading coronavirus: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). There is no significant evidence of coronavirus being spread through food trade and such reports “need to be minimised”. Reuters Health, 11/18/2020. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  19. Does an Autoimmune Disorder Affect My Covid-19 Risks? Patients with conditions like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, who may take immune suppressing drugs, do not appear to be at greatly increased risk from coronavirus. New York Times, 11/18/2020. (Also see Immunosuppressants) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  20. The Greatest Gift to Loved Ones This Covid Winter? Don't Infect Others. People are losing respect for the virus and letting their guard down, which is a bad idea. New York Times, 11/16/2020. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  21. Immunity to the Coronavirus May Last Years, New Data Hint. Blood samples from recovered patients suggest a powerful, long-lasting immune response, researchers reported. New York Times, 11/17/2020. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  22. How the pandemic is impacting kids’ mental health. Many kids are feeling isolated, afraid and overwhelmed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and parents are struggling with how to help. NBC Health News, 11/16/2020. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  23. Lockdown loneliness reaches record levels. The week after the clocks went back saw Britain's highest levels of acute loneliness in the pandemic, Office for National Statistics figures suggest. BBC Health News, 11/18/2020. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  24. Have coronavirus lockdowns made us more forgetful? California scientists launch study to test whether isolation and anxiety while staying home have impaired our memories. Mail Online, 11/17/2020. (Also see Anxiety and Attitude) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  25. Row breaks out over a World Health Organization (WHO) trial casting doubt on remdesivir as COVID-19 drug. A row broke out on Friday over a WHO clinical trial which concluded that the anti-viral drug remdesivir has little or no impact on a patient’s chances of surviving COVID-19. Reuters Health, 10/16/2020. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
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