Preventive Care Archive

Treatment Insights

Two groundbreaking drugs could combat COVID-19 and its deadliest symptoms

03/06/2020 06:00am | 51 views

By Maxine Nunes

Two existing drugs, created by a City of Hope scientist using advanced genomic technology, are being tested for their potential to fight the COVID-19 epidemic. One could be used to prevent the novel coronavirus infection, the other to stop the “cytokine storm,” an immune system overreaction that causes most COVID deaths. Both drugs were developed by John J. Rossi, Ph. D., Lidow Family Research Chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at City of Hope, and his longtime collaborator Nagy A. Habib, M.D., of Imperial College, London. These drugs are at the forefront of an exciting new class of medications called small activating RNAs, which transmit disease-fighting instructions to a part of the gene called a transcriptome, which then carries them out. “It’s a whole new concept of dealing with viruses,” said Rossi, “an RNA molecule that acts like an antibody.”

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Treatment Insights

City of Hope to begin CIRM-funded coronavirus study

22/05/2020 06:00am | 210 views

By Samantha Bonar

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) awarded $750,000 to City of Hope’s John Zaia, M.D., for a clinical study on the use of blood plasma as a potential treatment for COVID-19. CIRM had approved emergency funding for COVID-19 research last month.  Zaia, program director of the CIRM-funded City of Hope Alpha Stem Cell Clinic, will conduct the study to administer blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat those with the virus.

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Self Advocacy

COVID-19, a cold or the flu? How to tell the difference

17/05/2020 06:00am | 148 views

As California and many other states have taken extreme measures to halt the spread of COVID-19, many people are still finding themselves falling ill, with symptoms ranging from coughs and sore throats to stomach problems and fevers. As an illness comes on, the worry of having contracted COVID-19 looms large.

So how do you know if what you or a loved one has contracted is simply the common cold or flu, as opposed to the more dangerous COVID-19 virus? City of Hope's Jana Dickter, M.D., associate clinical professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, helps us understand how to tell the difference, when to stay home and when to seek medical help.
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Lifestyle

How Can You Safely Grocery Shop in the Time of Coronavirus? Here's What Experts Suggest

24/04/2020 06:00am | 483 views

BY MADELEINE CARLISLE 

As coronavirus spreads globally, grocery shopping has become one of the most anxiety-producing yet necessary activities for millions of people around the world.

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Lifestyle

How to Keep Your Pets Safe and Well During a COVID-19 Lockdown

13/04/2020 06:00am | 661 views

By Joanna Gale

Veterinary care during the COVID-19 pandemic

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