Author: Frank Domino, MD in collaboration with Aylin Madore, MD

I stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 news and am regularly compiling a list of articles published that are relevant to your primary care practice. Read the insights below from recently published articles in less than two minutes.

Medicine Grand Rounds at Harvard Medical School

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Anthony Fauci, MD, NIAID Director, gave an outstanding talk on 9-10-20 covering all aspects of this virus and illness. Feel free to check it out.

Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Findings in Competitive Athletes Recovering from COVID-19 Infection

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A small study of 26 College Athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 (46% without symptoms), were screened for cardiac manifestations by Cardiac MRI after recovery. All had normal EKG’s, Echocardiograms and troponin levels. 15% (all male) had findings consistent with myocarditis with mild (slight shortness of breath) or no symptoms. Consider Cardiac Magnetic Imaging in college athletes before returning to play.

Association of Vitamin D Status and Other Clinical Characteristics with COVID-19 Test Results

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A retrospective cohort study of 489 patients with COVID-19 found after multivariate analysis that testing positive for COVID-19 was associated with age up to 50 years (RR=1.06; 95% CI 101-1.09); not being white (RR=2.54; 95% CI 1.26-5.12) and having Vitamin D deficiency (RR=1.77; 95% CI 1.12-2.81) compared to sufficient vitamin D levels.

Effect of Calcifediol Treatment and Best Available Therapy Versus Best Available Therapy on Intensive Care Unit Admission and Mortality Among Patients Hospitalized for COVID-19: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Study

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A pilot trial of early high dose 25-hydroxyvitamin D treatment in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 reduced ICU admissions (2% in the treatment group vs 50% in placebo group). No patients in the 25-hydroxyvitamin D group died and all were discharged to home, while morality was ~8% in the placebo group, with the rest discharged to home.

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