COVID-19 Antibody Tests; Apgar Scores in Preterm Infants: It’s TT HealthWatch!

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TTHealthWatch is a weekly podcast from Texas Tech. In it, Elizabeth Tracey, director of electronic media for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Rick Lange, MD, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, look at the top medical stories of the week.

This week’s topics include antibody testing for COVID-19, Apgar score utility in preterm infants, triple inhaled therapy in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) following COVID-19 infection in kids.

Program notes:

0:42 Looking at antibody tests for COVID-19

1:45 How sensitive are they?

2:45 Point of care most unreliable

3:43 Haven’t been adequately validated

4:20 Apgar scores in preterm infants

5:20 1.8% mortality

6:20 Score of 10 is perfect

7:15 MIS-C

8:15 Average 8 years of age

9:15 Fever in 2 to 4 weeks

10:22 Triple inhaled therapy in COPD

11:23 Two combinations worked best

12:25 Some increase in pneumonia

13:24 End

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