COVID-19

  • Does Healthcare Produce Health?
    on September 25, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    (MedPage Today) — Medical care can diagnose illness and injury, but a lack of medical care is not the cause of illness or injury. Medicine is more an art than a science. State-of-the-art care changes over time. When I was in medical school in…

  • Long-Term Neurologic Problems Rise by 7% After SARS-CoV-2 Infection
    on September 25, 2022 at 8:00 am

    (MedPage Today) — Risk of movement disorders, memory problems, strokes, and seizures rose 1 year after acute SARS-CoV-2 infection, an analysis of millions of U.S. veterans’ records showed. Former COVID patients had a 42% increased risk of neurologic…

  • Is T1D Risk in Kids Greater With COVID Than Other Respiratory Infections?
    on September 23, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    (MedPage Today) — Children with a prior COVID-19 infection appeared to be more likely to develop type 1 diabetes (T1D) compared with those who had other respiratory infections during the pandemic, a cohort study showed. In this propensity score…

  • Strike Looms at Johns Hopkins; New Variants Gain Ground; Candy-Like Fentanyl
    on September 22, 2022 at 9:30 am

    (MedPage Today) — Note that some links may require subscriptions. Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital is anticipating a strike by union workers ranging from essential support services to patient care services. (WBAL-TV) NIH advisers recommend…

  • Biden Clarifies COVID Comment; Men Push to Imprison Over Abortion; Booster Shortage
    on September 21, 2022 at 9:30 am

    (MedPage Today) — Note that some links may require subscriptions. President Biden on Tuesday sought to clarify his “pandemic is over” comment, saying “it basically is not where it was.” (Axios) All adults should be screened for anxiety, according…

  • Are the Right People Taking Paxlovid?
    on September 20, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    (MedPage Today) — In this video, Jeremy Faust, MD, editor-in-chief of MedPage Today, outlines several clinical trials on nirmatrelvir-ritonavir (Paxlovid) that tell us how effective the drug is and who it can help the most. The following is…

  • Fauci: COVID Lives On; Doc’s Burnout Broke Her Heart; Don’t Cook Chicken in NyQuil
    on September 20, 2022 at 9:30 am

    (MedPage Today) — Note that some links may require subscriptions. A day after President Biden said the “pandemic is over,” his chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci, MD, said: “we are not where we need to be if we are going to quote ‘live with…

  • Long COVID, ME/CFS Patients Protest in Front of White House
    on September 19, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    (MedPage Today) — WASHINGTON — “Many of us are going to be so sick tomorrow.” Those were the words of Terri Wilder, one of the patients with long COVID or myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) who protested in front of…

  • Closing Colorectal Cancer Screening Gaps With FIT Initiative
    on September 19, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    (MedPage Today) — SAN DIEGO — An emphasis on fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) as a screening strategy for colorectal cancer allowed a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital to return to pre-COVID-19 pandemic screening levels and enabled staff…

  • Radiation Oncology Residents Report Deficits in Training During the Pandemic
    on September 19, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    (MedPage Today) — SAN DIEGO — While most radiation oncology residents believe they were able to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic with the training necessary to independently practice in the field, the experience has left them with concerns…

  • UK care homes still stopping family reunions months after Covid rules eased
    by James Tapper on September 25, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Support groups say relatives are frightened to speak out about being denied access to elderly residentsTwo and a half years after Boris Johnson announced the first UK lockdown, and seven months after the last domestic measures ended, some care homes in Britain are still denying people access to their elderly relatives due to Covid restrictions.Grandchildren have been banned by some homes, which put age limits on visitors. Others exclude whole families except for one relative named as “essential caregiver”, something that was dropped from government guidance in April. Continue reading…

  • ‘They’ve been an afterthought’: millions of elderly Americans still vulnerable as pandemic…
    by Melody Schreiber on September 25, 2022 at 7:00 am

    For older people, loneliness and the stress of weighing risk of ordinary activities have taken an additional toll It was Mother’s Day in May 2020, and an elderly woman lay dying in a Rhode Island nursing home. Her children couldn’t visit because of Covid, and as much as Adelina Ramos, her certified nursing assistant, longed to provide comfort from her bedside, she had to leave, even though she could see the woman was slipping away.She had 25 other patients to care for that day. Continue reading…

  • Biden’s claim that Covid pandemic is over sparks debate over future
    by Eric Berger on September 24, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    With more than 400 people dying daily, many experts say his remarks were premature – but it is unclear what impact they may haveJoe Biden’s recent declaration that the Covid-19 pandemic was over was premature, according to several infectious disease experts, but there was not a consensus among them about whether the remarks will cause a significant change in Americans’ attitude towards the virus and lead to worse public health outcomes.That’s partly because Biden was simply catching up to most of the US population, who see how much lower the case and death counts are than earlier in the pandemic, and as such, have stopped wearing masks in public and now gather regularly indoors, the experts said. Continue reading…

  • New York nodded off during Covid, now it’s struggling to wake up again
    by Edward Helmore on September 24, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    The city’s bounce-back from the pandemic hasn’t been helped by a shortage of staff and fewer people looking to partyNew York is the city that never sleeps. Or is it? Post-pandemic, short-staffed restaurants are closing earlier and the city’s late-night bars, gyms and clubs are less plentiful than they once were.Amid the economic stress, back-to-work drive, crime and other quality of life issues facing the metropolis, mayor Eric Adams and the city’s Office of Nightlife are fighting to reclaim the small hours and get New Yorkers back to showing off their moves on the dancefloors. Continue reading…

  • Almost 90 more people died at home every day than expected in past year
    by Carmen Aguilar García on September 24, 2022 at 8:00 am

    Figures for Great Britain show almost 22,500 people more than usual died in private homes, prompting questions about end-of-life careAlmost 90 more people than expected died in private households every day in Great Britain in the past year as more end-of-life patients shunned hospitals in favour of a home death, Guardian analysis shows.This year so far, almost 22,500 people more than usual died in private homes from all causes in Great Britain, opening new questions about the resources and treatment available for end-of-life care. Continue reading…