Arthritis Drug May Help to Treat COVID-19 in Senior Adults

In a new study, an international team of scientists finds that an arthritis drug may be helpful for treating COVID-19 in senior adults and improve their survival rate. The new research was published in the journal Science Advances.Arthritis Drug May Help to Treat COVID-19 in Senior Adults

For the study, researchers analyzed data of 83 patients from the University of Pisa, Italy, and the Albacete Hospital, Spain. They all had moderate to severe COVID-19 and received treatment with baricitinib. The average age of participants was 81 years. Patients from the control group didn't take the drug.

The analysis of the received results showed that the patients who received the drug were less likely to need medical mechanical and had a lower risk to die than patients from the control group.

Study’s co-lead author Prof. Volker Lauschke, associate professor in Personalized Medicine and Drug Development at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, comments the study results: "This study has also shone a light on exactly how this drug may protect us at the cellular level. This helps us understand why other types of drugs are proving beneficial, or not beneficial, as we help identify other treatments which may tackle COVID-19."

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