Jonel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News

Jonel Aleccia

Kaiser Health News

Portland, OR, United States

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Recent articles by JoNel:

Organ Centers to Transplant Patients: Get a Covid Shot or Move Down on Waitlist

At issue is whether transplant patients who refuse the shots are not only putting themselves at greater risk for serious illness and death from covid-19, but also squandering scarce organs that cou… → Read More

A daily pill to treat COVID-19 could be just months away, scientists say

At least three promising antivirals for COVID-19 are in clinical trials. Antivirals already treat other infections, including hepatitis C and HIV. → Read More

A Daily Pill to Treat Covid Could Be Just Months Away, Scientists Say

At least three promising antiviral treatments for covid-19 are being tested in clinical trials, with results expected as soon as late fall or winter. → Read More

A Daily Pill to Treat Covid Could Be Just Months Away, Scientists Say

At least three promising antiviral treatments for covid-19 are being tested in clinical trials, with results expected as soon as late fall or winter. → Read More

Congress Cites KHN Investigation in Probe of National Academies

The House oversight committee is requesting conflict-of-interest disclosure forms from a National Academies committee studying organ transplants. KHN previously reported on apparent conflicts among… → Read More

‘My Time to Live’: Through Novel Program, Kidney Patients Get Palliative Care, Dialysis ’Til the End

Seattle’s Northwest Kidney Centers, which pioneered kidney failure treatment 50 years ago, now pairs dying patients with hospice services, without forcing them to forgo the comfort dialysis can pro… → Read More

Hot Spots Where Covid Vaccination Lags Push Experimental Antibody Treatment

Governors in Southern states, amid a surge of delta-variant infections, are rushing to provide an experimental antibody cocktail therapy, even as they oppose measures like mask mandates and vaccine… → Read More

‘Tainted’ Blood: Covid Skeptics Request Blood Transfusions From Unvaccinated Donors

In another twist on covid vaccine hesitancy, blood centers say they are starting to hear from transfusion patients demanding blood from unvaccinated donors. Experts say the option is neither practi… → Read More

A Chilling Cure: Facing Killer Heat, ERs Use Body Bags to Save Lives

Doctors in Washington state used human body bags filled with ice and water to rapidly cool the sickest patients affected by record heat last month. → Read More

Thousands of Young Children Lost Parents to Covid. Where’s Help for Them?

More than 46,000 children in the U.S. have lost a parent to covid-19. Families say finding even basic grief counseling has been difficult and there’s been no coordinated effort to help these childr… → Read More

Thousands of young children lost parents to Covid. Where's help for them?

More than 46,000 children in the U.S. have lost a parent to Covid-19. Families say finding even basic grief counseling has been difficult. → Read More

Detecting Rare Blood Clots Was a Win, But US Vaccine Safety System Still Has Gaps

With some 100 million Americans fully vaccinated, the U.S. is relying on a patchwork network of vaccine monitoring systems that lack the breadth and depth of large, population-based programs, exper… → Read More

Covid vaccine safety system has gaps that may miss unexpected side effects, experts say

Covid vaccine safety is a priority for many after blood clot worries with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Is the Covid vaccine safety system cause for concern? → Read More

Covid Spawns ‘Completely New Category’ of Organ Transplants

Nearly 60 organ transplants have been performed after the coronavirus “basically destroyed” patients’ hearts and lungs. → Read More

The Hype Has Faded, but Don’t Count Out Convalescent Plasma in Covid Battle

The once-promising therapy that infuses blood plasma from recovered covid-19 patients into newly infected people, theoretically to boost immunity, has suffered setbacks. But some proponents say it’… → Read More

Convalescent plasma hype has faded but some say the Covid therapy still holds promise

Covid treatment: Convalescent plasma still holds promise as a treatment for coronavirus infection. → Read More

Have a Case of a Covid Variant? No One Is Going to Tell You

As experts race to get an approved test for covid variants, officials are severely restricted from sharing information about the cases. That makes it harder to protect others. → Read More

Organ Transplant Patient Dies After Receiving Covid-Infected Lungs

The first confirmed U.S. case of SARS-CoV-2 being transmitted through an organ transplant has prompted calls for updated transplant protocols and additional testing of samples from deep within dono… → Read More

Why the U.S. is underestimating COVID reinfection

Kaitlyn Romoser first caught covid-19 in March, likely on a trip to Denmark and Sweden, just as the scope of the pandemic was becoming clear. Romoser, who is 23 and a laboratory researcher in Colle… → Read More

Why the U.S. Is Underestimating Covid Reinfection

Hundreds of Americans suspect they contracted covid early in the pandemic and recovered, only to get infected again months later. But because the U.S. does so little genetic sequencing of covid sam… → Read More