Joshua Niforatos, MD, MTS
Joshua Niforatos, MD, MTS
Research Section Editor

Joshua is a Resident Physician in Emergency Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. His interests include health services research and meta-research, cultural anthropology, history of medicine, and theology. He received his medical degree from the five-year physician investigator training program at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Before medical school, he attended seminary at Boston University School of Theology where he earned his Master of Theological Studies with a focus in theology, philosophy, and ethics.


Ibuprofen and other "NSAIDs" appear safe in patients with covid-19
Neuropsychiatric symptoms prevalent among those with long covid-19
Emergency clinicians took an economic hit during the pandemic
Post-vaccination attitudes reveal that there is still room for education
Pediatric hospitalizations decreased during the spring and summer of 2020
Do two face masks filter better than one? Probably. Is it worth the effort? Less clear
Past covid-19 infection does not fully protect against future infection; vaccines required
Vaccine-related covid-19 antibodies pass to infants through breast milk
Inhaled steroids may prevent disease progression in mild covid-19
Moderna mRNA vaccine shows durable antibody response six months later
Excess deaths from covid-19 in the United States
Covid-19 pandemic effect on maternal and pregnancy outcomes
Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine shows protection against covid-19 in adolescents aged 12 to 15
AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine may, or may not, be associated with blood clot formation
New survey study highlights alarming rates of vaccine refusal among US parents
Non-fatal opioid overdoses on the rise during the pandemic
Covid-19 reinfection is rare, though older adults are more at risk
High dose blood thinners show no benefit for patients with severe covid-19
Coronavirus mRNA vaccines reduce the risk of asymptomatic infection
Covid-19 variant B.1.1.7 (UK) is associated with slight increased risk of death
Does wearing a clear face mask have an effect on the clinician-patient relationship?
Vaccine hesitancy and political affiliation
SIREN study includes data suggesting Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine prevents many infections
Johnson & Johnson Janssen covid-19 vaccine 85 percent effective by Day 28 and 100 percent effective by Day 49
Anaphylactic allergic reactions rare after the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine. And unlike severe covid-19, they are almost always treatable
Modeling the most effective vaccine rollout strategy. Should second doses be reserved? Or should more people get vaccinated now and play catch-up on the booster later?
Abortions plummeted during Texas' policy to postpone most surgeries and medical procedures during March and April, 2020
A surprising turn of events for blood thinners in covid-19
Tocilizumab not the blockbuster drug for patients with covid-19 pneumonia as hoped
Female physicians less likely to be interviewed by cable news for covid-19 related content
Unemployment insurance helps individuals throughout the covid-19 pandemic
Breaking News: Immune-suppressed patients may be contagious with covid-19 for weeks or longer. Guidelines may need changing
New trial of convalescent plasma for covid-19 falls flat, another setback for hyped treatment (breaking)
Trial of convalescent plasma for covid-19 falls flat, another setback for hyped treatment
Hydroxychloroquine still doesn't work for covid-19 prevention
Older adults with covid-19 may have delirium as the only presenting symptom
Baricitinib and tocilizumab results by press release and Twitter release?
Randomized clinical trial of mask use in Denmark yields equivocal results
Moderna announces interim covid-19 vaccine data – reports 94.5% effectiveness (breaking)
Moderna announces interim covid-19 vaccine data; reports 94.5% effectiveness
What happens to patients 60 days after they are hospitalized with covid-19?
Research ruminations: do we need a randomized clinical trial to prove masks are good?
Clinician perspectives early in the pandemic
Physicians are less likely to vote compared to the general population professions
Can aspirin improve inpatient mortality for patients with covid-19?
Monoclonal antibody does not reduce SARS-COV-2 viral load in humans
Hospitalizations for non-covid-19 conditions in New York confirmed lower this Spring
Who would and who would not get a covid-19 vaccine in the United States?
Repurposed antiviral drugs unable to lower covid-19 mortality, interim WHO study finds
Covid-19 in primary care practices
First proven covid-19 reinfection described in detail. Is this likely to be common?
Final remdesivir results published after 139 days of waiting (breaking)
Final remdesivir results published after 139 days of waiting
Disparities in COVID-19 Testing and Infection Across Language Groups
Outcomes in military veterans with covid-19
More evidence hydroxychloroquine is ineffective in covid-19
Tracking covid-19 infections through donated blood
Suicidal thoughts on the rise during the covid-19 pandemic
Poor outcomes associated with obesity and hypertension, even in young adults
Risk of contracting covid-19 in hospitals with dedicated covid-19 units appears low
Publication rate and journal review time of covid-19 research papers
Using saliva to detect covid-19. Results are mixed
Pre-existing conditions that contribute to mortality in covid-19. What we know
Remdesivir finds no benefit for patients with moderate covid-19 illness
How did primary care practices adapt to covid-19?
Staffing shortages seen in nursing homes with higher covid-19 rates
Emergency room visit trends during the pandemic. Fewer patients. Sicker patients
BREAKING: A new paper reports various cancers went undiagnosed during the first peak of the covid-19 pandemic. Why this may not be nearly as bad as it sounds
Do patients with covid-19 have increased risk for blood clots in the lung?
A major clinical trial finds no benefit of hydroxychloroquine in treating covid-19
Another study looks at covid-19 infection severity and its association with obesity
Has covid-19 affected the prison population?
Does Covid19 increase the risk for stroke compared to influenza?
Income Inequality and covid-19 in the USA
Did stay-at-home orders help prevent covid-19 hospitalizations?
SARS-CoV-2 Positivity Rate for Latinos in the Baltimore-Washington, DC Region
The prone position: does it work?
GI symptoms and fecal viral shedding in patients with Covid-19
C-section or vaginal delivery and the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2
Two high profile journals issue retractions
Another remdesivir trial reported by press release
An update on decreased heart attacks in the US during the pandemic:
Why do children account so few cases of SARS-CoV-2?
Do patients under 65 years of age have poor outcomes when infected with SARS-Cov-2?
What’s happening to strokes and heart attacks during the pandemic?
Does proning work?
More studies show hydroxychloroquine is not effective for treating covid-19
New triple therapy for covid-19 infection
Lancet Lifts Embargo to Sound Cautionary Note about Remdesivir (breaking)
The Lancet has unexpectedly lifted an embargo on a remdesivir trial (breaking)
The remdesivir saga continues
News leak from the CORIMUNO-TOCI clinical trial
Can alpha-1 adrenergic receptor antagonists prevent covid-19 cytokine storm?
Does confinement or shelter-in-place affect the mental health of children?
Do people lose their sense of smell or taste when they have SARS-CoV-2?
Will the coronavirus pandemic ever end?
How is the covid-19 pandemic affecting healthcare workers?
How will covid-19 school closures affect healthcare workers ability to work?
Why do more people die from SARS-nCov-2 infection in Italy compared to China?
Gilead Sciences' (GILD) Remdesivir Granted FDA Orphan Drug Status for Treatment of COVID-19
Latest research from Lombardy, Italy
The American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO)
Covid-19 infection without radiographic findings?
Why is obesity a risk factor for severe and fatal coronavirus infection?
Does using "high-flow" nasal oxygen coronavirus patients expose health care workers?