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  • How HBO—the treatment, not the TV network—could help doctors fight COVID-19

    Fortune August 11, 2020

    By Carolyn Barber

    In a world full of acronyms—NASA, scuba, and, yes, COVID, among others—it may seem imponderable that one of the most well-known has gone largely unmentioned during discussions of the novel coronavirus. I mean, how could HBO get left behind? The answer is both complicated and promising. But at its heart is this: As it pertains […]

  • Eyeballs, asthmatics, and 3D-printed organs: New discoveries about COVID-19 abound

    Fortune August 7, 2020

    By Carolyn Barber

    In general, the public’s interest in research related to COVID-19 is focused on a single issue: Is there a vaccine, and when is it going to be ready? It’s a massive question, of course. But it is not the only one that scientists and medical experts are asking. Every day, researchers around the world are […]

  • Is a new steroid treatment a miracle solution for COVID-19—or is it snake oil?

    Fortune July 24, 2020

    By Carolyn Barber

    Everything’s bigger in Texas, as those of us who grew up there like to say, and we’ve been known to enjoy telling the occasional tall tale. Is a recently discussed potential treatment for COVID-19 one of those, or is the fast-talking Texan behind the claim really onto something? Richard Bartlett made waves in a July 2 […]

  • Using plasma to fight COVID-19

    KevinMD July 22, 2020

    By Carolyn Barber

    We’ve gotten used to a life of restricted menu options during this pandemic, an analogy that extends all the way to our treatment if we contract COVID-19. But there’s an item still on the list at most medical institutions, and if it strikes you as familiar, it should: It’s been around – and working – […]

  • What do “COVID Toes”, Strokes, and Sudden Death Have in Common?

    Medium July 12, 2020

    By Carolyn Barber

    If I told you that someone had “COVID toes”, you might think I was making a joke at their expense. You wouldn’t be alone: It took the medical community a while itself to begin understanding how such an odd little finding could contribute toour knowledge of what this novel coronavirus is doing to us. In […]

  • What we know and don’t know about masks

    New York Daily News June 26, 2020

    By Carolyn Barber

    Admit it: Some facets of our newly-masked world are crazy-making. Where we once embraced, “Hi. How are you?” in our everyday lexicon, we’re now stuck with its tedious cousin, “What did you say?” Steve Jobs, in all his brilliance, couldn’t have predicted this state of affairs when Apple was developing its facial recognition software; my […]

  • Commentary: Should you be worried about your kids getting COVID-19? Let a San Diego doctor explain

    The San Diego Union-Tribune May 28, 2020

    By Carolyn Barber

    One problem with being bombarded by numbers, as we have been during this pandemic, is trying to make sense of — well, of any of them, to be frank. That goes double for the grim notion of fatality rates, a problem wildly compounded in the U.S., where we have tested only about 5% of the […]