Developing a vaccine against COVID-19 won’t be an easy task due to the limited knowledge we have about SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Let me tell you about 2 critical things that are necessary for ensuring we develop an effective vaccine.

Before proceeding to these key factors, let’s quickly…


While gluten-free products have transformed the lives of people affected by coeliac disease, these foods are still nutritionally inferior to their gluten-containing counterparts. The good news is that we may be able to give them a nutritional boost with cricket flour!

Figure 1. Gluten-free bread may not be as great as you thought.

The gluten-free diet has been glorified by celebrities for…


The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 causes a disease known as COVID-19. While approximately 30% of patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 display no symptoms (asymptomatic cases), most people will experience mild symptoms and approximately 20% will have severe symptoms.

Studies have consistently shown that the most commonly observed symptom in COVID-19 patients is…


Don’t miss the key findings of the first study which assessed the relationship between patient blood group and COVID-19.

Figure 1. ABO Blood group could influence susceptibility to COVID-19. From Medical Xpress.

With the rapid growth in the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections and COVID-19 fatalities, there is an urgent need to develop biomarkers that may help us to identify the most vulnerable patients.


The media commonly misuses the term ‘COVID-19’ when talking about the new coronavirus, but you don’t have to be like them. Get the terminology right now!

If you check the news you are probably more accustomed to hearing COVID-19 as opposed to SARS-CoV-2. …


A very promising study shows that we may be able to lure SARS-CoV-2 away from our cells and inactivate it. Let me explain you all about this innovative approach!

The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is causing worldwide chaos and infecting people as if there was no tomorrow, leading to a huge…


When you hear about COVID-19, you probably think about the classical respiratory symptoms it causes, such as cough, shortness of breath, fever or pneumonia. Unfortunately, the lungs are not the only organs that suffer…

The new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is the causative agent of COVID-19, which may lead to fatal pneumonia…


Studies are showing that the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) seems to be particularly deadly in people with hypertension and diabetes. Find out why this is…

We now have various studies consistently showing that patients with hypertension, diabetes and heart disease are at increased risk of dying from COVID-19.

A study…


Chloroquine phosphate is a key treatment against malaria, but recent findings have shown that it also provides substantial efficacy at treating the current deadly coronavirus.

With the rapid spread of the current coronavirus (COVID-19), the medical community is striving to discover an effective treatment against this deadly infection.

Although the…


Faecal ‘poop’ transplantation may seem a bit gross, but the use of this peculiar method in the treatment of deadly recurrent Clostridium difficile infection has shed miraculous results compared to standard antibiotic therapy. Let’s find out why poop is so much better than antibiotics at treating this bacterial infection!

Clostridium…

Juan Girones Fraile

Senior medical writer working for big pharma. In this blog I share my medical knowledge to help people distinguish what is fact from fiction

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