Common Medications Can Prolong Back Pain, Study Says

A clinical trial will be needed to verify the research, which offered a warning about taking steroids or nonprescription drugs to soothe aches that many experience.

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Show Me the Data!

A lack of systematic evidence has kept scientists one step behind in the pandemic.

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Trump Was Sicker Than Acknowledged With Covid-19

When hospitalized with the coronavirus in October, his blood oxygen levels had plunged and officials feared he was on the verge of being placed on a ventilator.

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Covid Deaths Lowered in Trial of Tocilizumab and Sarilumab

The big dip in mortality shown in the trial of about 800 patients has caught some experts by surprise because previous studies of the drugs showed little benefit.

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Covid Guide: How to Get Through the Pandemic

Times are tough now, but the end is in sight. If we hunker down, keep our families safe during the holidays and monitor our health at home, life will get better in the spring. Here’s how to get through it.

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Covid Patient Study Shows Some Benefit From an Arthritis Drug

Baricitinib had previously attracted some scrutiny from experts, who were unsure when it would most help their patients.

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Baricitinib: Doctors Are Skeptical of This Covid-19 Drug From Eli Lilly

Baricitinib, an arthritis drug made by Eli Lilly, may reduce recovery time by a day, but costs about $1,500 and comes with side effects.

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Could Trump Still Spread the Coronavirus? Probably Not, Experts Say

While questions have surrounded the timing and severity of the president’s illness, health experts said he was unlikely to infect people at Thursday’s town hall event on NBC.

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Trump May Be Immune to the Coronavirus. But for How Long?

A unique treatment course may have blunted his body’s production of antibodies, scientists warn.

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For How Long Will President Trump Be Immune to the Coronavirus?

A unique treatment course may have blunted his body’s production of antibodies, scientists warn.

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A Dose of Optimism, as the Pandemic Rages On

The months ahead will be difficult. But the medical cavalry is coming, and the rest of us know what we need to do.

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Trump’s Virus Treatment Revives Questions About Unchecked Nuclear Authority

Even before the president was given mood-altering drugs, there was a movement to end the commander in chief’s sole authority to launch nuclear weapons.

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Trump Claims in Interview That He Is ‘Medication Free’

The president said on Fox that he went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last Friday because he “didn’t feel strong,” but he denied that he had experienced any trouble breathing.

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Concerns About Trump’s Erratic Behavior

Readers worry that steroids may be affecting the president’s mental state and call for the 25th Amendment to be invoked.

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Trump Could Be Back in Public by Saturday. Experts Worry It’s Too Soon.

The White House physician, Dr. Sean P. Conley, predicted that the president could safely return to “public engagements.” Experts questioned the doctor’s rationale.

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Trump Lashes Out at His Aides With Calls to Indict Political Rivals

The pressure on his top administration officials to take action came as President Trump bristled at the restraints of his illness.

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With ‘Cure’ Comment, Trump Exaggerates Known Benefits of Another Covid-19 Therapy

An experimental antibody cocktail taken by the president has not yet been proven effective against the illness caused by the coronavirus.

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My Patients Can’t Take Trump’s Advice

He urged Americans to not let the virus “dominate” their lives, but the people who come to my hospital seeking care are genuinely afraid.

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Trump Says He’s Beaten Covid-19. Doctors Aren’t So Sure.

Mr. Trump’s physician has given an incomplete, upbeat picture of his health. Medical experts warn that the president is entering a pivotal, unpredictable phase.

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As Trump Seeks to Project Strength, Doctors Disclose Alarming Episodes

The president made a surprise outing from his hospital bed in an effort to show his improvement, but the murky and shifting narrative of his illness was rewritten again with grim new details.

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Trump’s Treatment Suggests Severe Covid-19, Medical Experts Say

Many of the measures cited by his doctors are reserved for patients severely affected by the coronavirus.

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A Timeline of Trump’s Symptoms and Treatments

What is known so far about what happened in the days leading up to the president’s hospitalization.

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Against the Coronavirus, Imperfect Measures Do the Most Good

Speed and scale may matter more than absolute effectiveness when it comes to tests, masks, treatments and vaccines.

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Trump Has the Coronavirus. What Risks Does He Face?

Older men have a greater chance of becoming severely ill from Covid-19, though many recover quickly. Experts say the next week will be crucial.

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How the Aging Immune System Makes Older People Vulnerable to Covid-19

As we age, the immune system begins to shift into a heightened state of alert, dialing up inflammation and running out of certain immune cells.

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Scientists Report Steroids Can Be Lifesaving for Covid-19 Patients

New data in hand, the W.H.O. recommended that doctors give the drugs to critically ill patients worldwide.

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Remdesivir Tests for Covid Treatments Enter New Phase

A clinical trial showed that remdesivir helped hospitalized patients. Now researchers are asking whether when the drug is paired with another antiviral drug, patients will recover faster.

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The Covid Drug Wars That Pitted Doctor vs. Doctor

How much freedom should front-line clinicians have in treating Covid-19 patients with unproven drugs? The question opened up a civil war in some hospitals.

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Scientists Uncover Biological Signatures of the Worst Covid-19 Cases

Studies of patients with severe cases of Covid-19 show the immune system lacks its usual coordinated response.

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As Coronavirus Slams Houston Hospitals, It’s Like New York ‘All Over Again’

The death toll is lower, but there are echoes of March as cases spike, doctors fall ill and supplies run short. Now, Texas is trying to adapt hard-won lessons while addressing a new set of challenges.

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What Coronavirus Researchers Can Learn From Economists

Randomized controlled trials remain the gold standard, but natural experiments can help doctors who need answers now.

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Breakthrough Drug for Covid-19 May Be Risky for Mild Cases

That study about dexamethasone has arrived with a big asterisk: While it appears to help severely ill patients, it harms others.

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Coronavirus Attacks the Lungs. A Federal Agency Just Halted Funding for New Lung Treatments.

The shift, quietly disclosed on a government website, highlights how the Trump administration is favoring development of vaccines over treatments for the sickest patients.

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Dexamethasone Reduces Coronavirus Deaths, Scientists Say

A steroid, dexamethasone, is the first drug shown to help save severely ill coronavirus patients, according to scientists in Britain.

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