• Diagnostic Yield of Cardiac Biomarker Testing in Predicting Cardiac Disease and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children in the Pandemic Era

    1 month ago - By Pediatric Emergency Care

    Objectives
    This study aimed to assess whether elevations in cardiac biomarkers are associated with pediatric cardiac diagnoses in the era of COVID-19 and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children .
    Study Design
    This single-center retrospective study analyzed children with a troponin drawn in the emergency department or inpatient unit between April 21 and December 31, 2020. The primary outcome was the presence of a cardiac diagnosis or MIS-C. Relationships among demographics, complaint, cardiac diagnostics, and cardiac biomarkers were analyzed.
    Results
    Four hundred eighty-six patients...
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  • Researchers Are Working on a New Rapid COVID-19 Immunity Test

    Researchers Are Working on a New Rapid COVID-19 Immunity Test

    1 month ago - By Time

    As SARS-CoV-2 continues to evolve, knowing your immunity status-both from vaccines and from infections-will become increasingly important.
    COVID-19 antibodies are the best proxy for disease immunity. But they currently require a health care provider to order the test, which has to be performed at a pharmacy or doctor's office. The sample is then sent to a lab to analyze-all of which takes time, making the process inconvenient and too burdensome for most people.
    Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found a way to potentially make antibody testing much more accessible. They developed a method...
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