NIH Press Release Written by Idiots

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This is quite incredible.  The National Institute of Health (NIH) issued a press release written by idiots.  Thanks to @KelleyKga for spotting this.

The NIH study was “Myocardial Injury in Severe COVID-19 Compared With Non-COVID-19 Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.”  The key word in the title is “severe.”  Here’s what the research says:

We included intubated patients with COVID-19 from 5 hospitals between March 15 and June 11, 2020, …

Results: Of 243 intubated patients with COVID-19, 51% had troponin levels above the upper limit of normal. Chronic kidney disease, lactate, ferritin, and fibrinogen were associated with myocardial injury

And here’s how the NIH interpreted this finding:

The cytokine release by activated immune cells may contribute to myocardial injury, which is observed in up to 50% of patients.

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Unfortunately, that 50% figure only applies to ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) patients, a small percentage of all COVID patients.  NIH completely misinterpreted the results and did so in a way that should have been obvious to anyone with a three-digit IQ. Truly a NIH press release written by idiots.

Here’s Kelley’s takedown followed by the full paper and the NIH press release.

KelleyKga on NIH

 

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NIH press release Severe lung infection during COVID-19 can cause damage to the heart | National Institutes of Health
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About Tony Lima

Retired after teaching economics at California State Univ., East Bay (Hayward, CA). Ph.D., economics, Stanford. Also taught MBA finance at the California University of Management and Technology. Occasionally take on a consulting project if it's interesting. Other interests include wine and technology.

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