COVID-19 Pandemic Stress Affected Ovulation, Not Menstruation

Disturbances in ovulation that didn’t produce any actual changes in the menstrual cycle of women were extremely common during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic and were linked to emotional stress, according to the findings of an “experiment of nature” that allowed for comparison with women a decade earlier. Findings from two studies of … Read more

COVID-Induced Anxiety in Physicians: How Did I Cope?

When the pandemic hit the world, I was working as a psychiatry consultant at a hospital. With the lockdown, much of the hospital seemed deserted. In the doctor’s parking lot, where it was normally hard to find a spot, only a few cars were parked. Once busy corridors were nearly empty. So was the doctors’ … Read more

In Utero COVID Exposure Tied to Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Infants exposed to SARS-CoV-2 in utero are at increased risk for neurodevelopmental disorders in the first year of life, new research suggests. But whether it is exposure to the pandemic or maternal exposure to the virus itself that may harm early … Read more

Profound Neuroinflammation Tied to Long COVID Pathophysiology

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The covered study in this summary was published on medRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaway In-vivo of evidence of widespread neuroinflammation using a quantitative assessment, [18F]DPA-714 PET, implicates profound neuroinflammation in the pathophysiology of … Read more

In Utero COVID Exposure Tied to Developmental Differences

COVID-19 in during pregnancy has been linked to a small but significant effect on infant neurodevelopment, suggests a small-scale analysis that points to the need for further study and monitoring during pregnancy. The study included 24 pregnant women, half of whom had COVID-19 during pregnancy, and their offspring. It showed impairments at 6 weeks of … Read more

High Rates of Med Student Burnout During COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the academic and psychological stability of medical students, leading to high rates of burnout. Researchers surveyed 613 medical students representing all years of a medical program during the last week of the Spring semester of 2021. Based on the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Student Survey (MBI- SS), more than half (54%) of … Read more

CDC Says About 20% Get Long COVID. New Models Try Define It

As the number of people persistent, and sometimes debilitating, symptoms from COVID-19 increases, researchers have struggled to pinpoint exactly how common so-called “long COVID” is, as well as how to clearly define exactly who has it or who is likely to get it. Now, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers have concluded that … Read more

Simple Screening Tool Assesses Cognitive Impairment Post-COVID

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The covered study in this summary was published on medRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaway Patients with post-COVID syndrome have a long-term cognitive impairment that can last for more than 3 months and can … Read more

Long COVID Neuropsychiatric Deficits Greater Than Expected

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. NEW ORLEANS – Patients experiencing brain fog and other persistent symptoms of long COVID show significant deficits on neuropsychiatric testing that correspond to infection with prior acute COVID-19, adding to mounting evidence of the significant toll the chronic condition can have … Read more

Most COVID Long-Haulers Suffer Fallout for More Than a Year

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Most COVID-19 long-haulers continue to have brain fog, fatigue and compromised quality of life more than a year after the initial infection, results from the most extensive follow up to date of a group of long COVID patients show. Most patients … Read more