What are the Facts Surrounding the AstraZeneca Controversy?

Over a month ago, Iceland, Denmark, and Norway suspended use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, citing rare blood clotting adverse events. What’s the actual data surrounding these events? Unlike the first vaccines deployed against COVID-19, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson use a slightly different vaccine technology to deliver mRNA instructions to cells. Where Pfizer andContinue reading “What are the Facts Surrounding the AstraZeneca Controversy?”

Californian COVID-19 Strains Listed by the CDC as Variants of Concern

The CDC has updated their variants of concern (VOC) list to include two more strains of COVID-19. Please see my previous article, “What COVID-19 Variants are Out There?” for information on other VOC’s that were listed earlier in the year. The CDC has now acknowledged two new “home-grown” VOC’s, both first detected in California. TheseContinue reading “Californian COVID-19 Strains Listed by the CDC as Variants of Concern”

How Does COVID-19 Affect the Incarcerated?

In the United States, the rate of COVID-19 infections in prisoners is three times higher than that of the general population. The former Attorney General admits, “we weren’t prepared”. How do we begin to address the factors that lead to the disproportionate infection rate of American prisoners? Marion Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio, is aContinue reading “How Does COVID-19 Affect the Incarcerated?”

What COVID-19 Variants are Out There?

D614G, B.1.1.7, B.1.351, P.1. These codes represent drastic changes in the evolution of SARS-CoV-2, reflecting the adaptive nature and evolutionary brilliance of viruses. But what does their emergence mean for us as a global community? Before beginning, I’d like to note a few things regarding terms and concepts surrounding viruses and their mutations. First, inContinue reading “What COVID-19 Variants are Out There?”

Fatal Insomnia: The Cruelest Disease

The work of one dedicated physician can sometimes shed light on the most misunderstood or obscure disorders that afflict us. The elucidation of a rare condition, centuries-attributed to madness, really fell into the hands of one brilliant doctor in Northern Italy on a personal crusade for answers. Ignazio Roiter, an Italian physician, was the firstContinue reading “Fatal Insomnia: The Cruelest Disease”

What is Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)?

As of February 8th, 2021, a total of two thousand and sixty children have been reported as suffering from MIS-C. Thirty have died from it. When COVID-19 made its debut as an emerging pathogen, coming to the front doors of American homes–no longer the far-off threat that it appeared in December 2019–the first data seemedContinue reading “What is Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)?”

Pfizer BNT-162b2 Vaccine: Academic Summary

The following is a summary of the primary literature written by Fernando P. Polack, M.D., Stephen J. Thomas, M.D., Nicholas Kitchin, M.D., Judith Absalon, M.D., Alejandra Gurtman, M.D., Stephen Lockhart, D.M., John L. Perez, M.D., Gonzalo Pérez Marc, M.D., Edson D. Moreira, M.D., Cristiano Zerbini, M.D., Ruth Bailey, B.Sc., Kena A. Swanson, Ph.D., et al., for the C4591001 Clinical Trial Group. all figures represented here are directly fromContinue reading “Pfizer BNT-162b2 Vaccine: Academic Summary”