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(Medical Xpress)   Hallmark of severe covid patients identified. Some are saying this is a very special Christmas in July   (medicalxpress.com) divider line
    More: Spiffy, Immune system, large team of researchers, characteristic of such infections, combination of an interferon response deficiency, work builds, hallmark of severe COVID-19 patients, Infection, Inflammation  
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2020-07-15 8:19:19 AM  
In this new effort, the researchers studied 50 patients


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2020-07-15 8:27:02 AM  
Cue the home remedy interferon supplements... and here's why it's a bad idea.

https://source.wustl.edu/2015/10/stud​y​-reveals-new-potent-way-to-boost-immun​ity-and-fight-viruses/

TLDR version:  There is none, read it start to finish, learn something, and don't cherry pick.
 
2020-07-15 8:52:22 AM  
So, it's not a respiratory disease, it's an immunological disease. We have drugs for those.
 
2020-07-15 9:19:25 AM  
Biological evolution to social evolution: 'Get off my lawn!'
 
2020-07-15 9:51:43 AM  
Big city Covid19 returns to her small hometown out in the countryside to visit her elderly immunocompromised father, and bumps into her High School sweetheart?
 
2020-07-15 10:32:24 AM  
Predictive?
 
2020-07-15 11:05:08 AM  

SoundOfOneHandWanking: In this new effort, the researchers studied 50 patients


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This is based on your extensive experience in clinical research, review of their power calculations and state limitations on the resulting analyses, and knowledge of internal medicine and epidemiology?  Or are you some flavor of engineer who thinks that makes you sound clever?
 
2020-07-15 12:23:16 PM  
I'm tired of reading published "studies" with far too few farking participants to mean anything.

I don't know how many years of epidemeology I need to study to realize that this is just farking noise.
 
2020-07-15 12:45:39 PM  

SoundOfOneHandWanking: I'm tired of reading published "studies" with far too few farking participants to mean anything.

I don't know how many years of epidemeology I need to study to realize that this is just farking noise.


Just say, "I don't know anything about power calculations, or preliminary studies and exploratory science, or internal medicine, but I've learned to be dismissive because it makes me feel smart and is generally protective when it comes to jumping to conclusions."  That's ok.  Well, ok-ish.

This is a prelim press release representation of a study's early release, as far as my quick glance shows.  So the media is already applying one layer of science-to-consumer translation, which is something that is certainly deserving of a critical eye.  As are any preliminary studies and rapid-pubs... that doesn't mean they're worthless or dismissable.

It could also be pointing a general direction to an interesting area to dive into further, or be a first stepping stone to some better patient treatment.  Science always starts somewhere.  Just because sometimes it's wrong, or leads down a blind alley, that's no reason to dismiss it out of hand without any actual, you know, thought, based on one characteristic that, in this case, could well be entirely irrelevant to the conclusion or its future value.  Or not be a negative at all.
 
2020-07-15 7:17:54 PM  

SFSailor: This is a prelim press release representation of a study's early release, as far as my quick glance shows.


Yeah, noise.
 
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