Doctors to test estrogen for men in quest to fight COVID-19

Doctors to test estrogen for men in quest to fight COVID-19
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[Ed. – C’mon, man.  Pumping estrogen into men?  This certainly doesn’t sound any more sciency or intelligent than inserting a UV light into a tracheal tube, or supporting lung function with a malaria-treatment cocktail (which seems to actually work in many cases).  In fact, it sounds less targeted, and more random and desperate.  Why exactly would estrogen, per se, do the trick?  The scientists themselves seem to acknowledge they don’t know.  The point here: this proposal, unlike others, is being reported respectfully and credulously by the media.]

The sex hormones estrogen and progesterone, which women produce in larger quantities than men, help to regulate the female immune system and may grant women special resistance against infections and harmful immune system responses, the Times reported. With that in mind, scientists at Cedars-Sinai and the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University plan to treat small groups of COVID-19 patients with the hormones, to see if they make a difference.

“We may not understand exactly how estrogen works [to counteract COVID-19], but maybe we can see how the patient does,” Dr. Sharon Nachman, the principal investigator of the Stony Brook University trial, told the Times.

The Stony Brook trial will include 110 patients with confirmed or presumed cases of COVID-19 who develop at least one serious symptom, such as high fever, shortness of breath or pneumonia, but do not yet require mechanical breathing support through intubation, according to ClinicalTrials.gov.

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