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The next few weeks may see the worst phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccines, like the cavalry, are on the way, but will not prevent the crisis from reaching its inevitable apex. Fortunately, we have convalescent plasma available, which could take a bite out of COVID-19 by saving lives and protecting our health care system from collapse. The FDA approved convalescent plasma for hospital use ...

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MIAMI — In one of its grimmest reports since the pandemic began nearly a year ago, Florida's Department of Health on Friday confirmed 13,719 additional cases of COVID-19 to bring the state's known total to 1,627,603. Also, 272 resident deaths were announced, bringing the resident death toll to 25,011. The number of deaths is the most reported by Florida in a single day since Aug. 11 when the ...

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NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Jan. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), today announced that the European Commission (EC) has approved RINVOQTM (upadacitinib, 15 mg), an oral, once daily selective and reversible JAK inhibitor for the treatment of active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in adult patients who have responded inadequately to, or who are intolerant to one or more DMARDs. RINVOQ may be used as monotherapy or in combination with methotrexate. RINVOQ is also indicated for the treatment of active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in adult patients who have responded inadequately to conventional therapy.(1) The EC approval is supported by data from the three pivotal clinical trials SELECT-PsA 1, SELECT-PsA 2 and SELECT-AXIS 1, demonstrating RINVOQ's efficacy across multiple measures of disease activity.* (4-6)

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Back in December, the big worry about two newly approved treatments for early COVID-19 was that demand would far outstrip supply. After all, some famous men had taken monoclonal antibodies after they were infected in the fall — some of them before the drugs received emergency-use authorization — and became highly visible converts. Former President Donald Trump called a drug made by Regeneron a ...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. —A year ago, so many things were supposed to be different. A new virus in China was worrisome, but it appeared to pose so little threat to Bay Area residents that joyful Lunar New Year festivities and Super Bowl parties went on as planned. Masks were discouraged. Good viral tests were imminent. Toilet paper was plentiful. Ocean cruises were still a special travel pastime. ...

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Millions of Americans have received COVID-19 vaccines since the long-awaited inoculation campaign started Dec. 14 with the Pfizer-BioNTech version of the shots. Now, with a vaccine from Moderna also being distributed, here are some answers to lingering questions about the vaccines. —Is there anything people should not do in the hours or days before and after getting shots? There are several ...

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — For the fifth consecutive day, more than 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Sunday in South Carolina by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. Health officials confirmed 3,450 new positive tests and 60 more coronavirus-related deaths. That brings the death toll to 123 deaths reported over the weekend, according to DHEC. Since testing began in March, ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported 1,196 new COVID-19 cases, along with 32 additional deaths. On the vaccine front, an additional 18,252 state residents have received at least the first dose, bringing the total to 247,415. Vaccination sites are giving 13,000 to 14,000 shots during the weekdays, which includes second doses as well. But activity drops sharply over the ...