Medical Notes this week…

Doctors are continuing to find new ways among old drugs to cut the damage done by COVID-19. For example, a study in the journal Science Advances, shows that a three-year old arthritis drug called Olumiant, can cut death rates in seriously ill Covid patients by about 70 percent. It could help fill the gap caused by new recommendations not to use the drug redesivir to prevent Covid deaths. Meanwhile, an antidepressant called Fluvoxamine is showing success at keeping moderately ill Covid patients from getting sicker. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that among 80 patients treated with the drug…none got worse, while nearly 10 percent of similar patients receiving placebo became seriously ill.  

If you live out in the quiet countryside, you may be at lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. A study in the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia finds that living for 10 years in a neighborhood with 10 decibels more daytime noise increases the odds of Alzheimer’s by 30 percent. Scientists admit they’re in the early stages of research.

And finally… playing video games is usually seen as a bad thing, causing aggression or addiction. But a study from Oxford University finds that especially during the pandemic, video games can be good for your mental health and well being. Everybody needs an escape about now… and video game sales are booming with people stuck at home. 

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