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Nafamostat mesylate initially reduces SARS-CoV-2 viral loads in hamsters, study finds

Researchers have found that nafamostat mesylate, when injected in the nasal cavity of Syrian hamsters, can decrease initial SARS-CoV-2 viral loads in their nose. However, this effect was temporary and further testing is required to determine clinically significant effects. The research group’s findings are available on the preprint server bioRxiv*.

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Robotic-assisted kidney transplant and weight loss surgery can be performed safely for obese patients

A kidney transplant is often denied to patients who are obese due to an increased risk of surgical complications, particularly infections. Surgeons at UI Heath — the clinical and academic health enterprise of the University of Illinois Chicago — have pioneered the use of robotic-assisted surgery for kidney transplants in obese patients to successfully reduce surgical complications.

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Study: Hydroxychloroquine has no effect on abnormal heart rhythm in lupus patients with CKD

New research shows that adults with lupus who take the antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine, do not have any differences in their corrected QT (QTc) intervals, an electrocardiogram (EKG) measurement of the heart’s electrical signals, even if they have chronic kidney disease (CKD), a complication of lupus that can be associated with increased levels of the medication.

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