Category: Health & Fitness

US Lifts Visa Halt to Boost COVID-19 Physician Workforce

What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: MARCH 31, 2020 — New information from the US State Department indicates that it is lifting the suspension on visas for foreign-trained medical professionals, a move that has promise for boosting the US physician workforce battling COVID-19. The move may also help physicians extend their visas. The communication late last […]

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How COVID Silent Spreaders May Be Infecting Others

CDC: “How Coronavirus Spreads.” March 4, 2020. National Academy of Sciences: Letter to the White House. April 1, 2020. Chad Petit, PhD, assistant professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular genetics, Univerity of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Caroline Colijn, PhD, professor of mathematics, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Timothy Schacker, […]

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WalMart Will Check All Workers’ Temperatures

April 2, 2020 — The temperatures of all workers at Walmart stores, clubs and facilities will be taken when they show up for work, according to updated coronavirus health and safety guidelines announced Tuesday by the company. Employees with a temperature of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit will be sent home for at least three days […]

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Why Germany Has Fewer COVID Deaths Than Neighbors

April 2, 2020 — Early, widespread testing could be the reason why Germany has much lower rates of coronavirus deaths than neighboring countries, experts say. As of Wednesday, Germany had more than 71,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, and 775 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data, the Associated Press reported. In contrast, Italy has reported almost […]

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Dr. Anthony Fauci Threatened, Gets Security Boost

April 2, 2020 — Threats made again U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci have led federal officials to boost his level of protection. The increase in security for Fauci was made at the request of the Health and Human Services Inspector General (HHS IG), Department of Justice officials told […]

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COVID-19: AHA Guidance on Hypertension, Latest on Angiotensin Link

What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: APRIL 01, 2020 — The American Heart Association (AHA) has issued new guidance for patients with hypertension during the COVID-19 outbreak. At the same time, several new review articles have been published further exploring the possible relationship between the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) and the virus. The AHA guidance, titled “What […]

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COVID-19 in France: ‘We Are Close to Catastrophe’

What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: APRIL 01, 2020 — They were prepared, having reorganized the departments, studied the curves, and taken containment measures, but 15 days later, Benjamin Davido, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Raymond-Poincaré Hospital in Garches, Paris, and his team find themselves facing a catastrophe. More than the lack of […]

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COMMENTARY: COVID-19 Is Making Moral Injury to Physicians Much Worse

What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: APRIL 01, 2020 — Physicians and other healthcare professionals experienced significant moral injury before the COVID-19 pandemic. Physicians routinely encountered barriers to providing the kind of care they knew their patients needed. Moral injury is defined as “…perpetrating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning about acts that […]

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After Steady Decline, Influenza Activity Rising Again in US

What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: APRIL 01, 2020 — Influenza cases confirmed in clinical laboratories fell from 14.9% to 6.9%, but visits to healthcare providers for influenza-like illness (ILI) have risen from 5.6% to 6.4%, according to a March 27 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Healthcare visits for ILI fell steadily from 6.8% […]

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Another COVID-19 Vaccine Being Tested in Mice

By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Yet another potential vaccine against the new coronavirus is in early development — one that researchers say could be rapidly made and distributed if it proves effective. The vaccine has only been tested in lab mice, but it’s able to spur the animals’ […]

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In Some Cases, COVID-19 May Harm the Brain

By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The woman worked in the airlines industry and was in her late 50s. She arrived at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit with a cough, fever and mental confusion that had arisen over the prior three days. A nasal swab test showed she […]

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Heart Patients Need to Be Wary of Coronavirus

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) — People with high blood pressure and heart disease may be vulnerable to complications from COVID-19, heart experts say. Nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Based on current knowledge, seniors “with coronary heart disease or […]

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Coronavirus Daily Digest: April 2, 2020

Worldwide cases approach one million; the federal stockpile has thousands of broken ventilators; and New Orleans’ death rate is seven times New York’s. Here’s the latest news on COVID-19 at home and around the world: The total number of cases worldwide approaches one million, with 942,000 confirmed as of this morning. Of those, 47,500 have […]

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Top 10 Must-Dos in ICU in COVID-19 Include Prone Ventilation

What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: MARCH 31, 2020 — As the first international guidelines on the management of critically ill patients with COVID-19 are understandably comprehensive, one expert involved in their development highlights the essential recommendations and explains the rationale behind prone ventilation. A panel of 39 experts from 12 countries from across […]

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FDA Requests Zantac Be Pulled From the Market

April 1, 2020 — Six months after independent testing first raised the possibility that popular heartburn drug ranitidine (Zantac) might break down into the powerful carcinogen n-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), the FDA has asked for the removal of all ranitidine products from the market. If you’re taking it now, stop. “The agency has determined that the impurity […]

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‘Pink Eye’ Often a Symptom of COVID-19

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Besides causing COVID-19, the new coronavirus can also lead to “pink eye,” and Chinese researchers say the virus may be spread by tears. Of 38 patients with COVID-19, a dozen also had pink eye (conjunctivitis), a new study found. In two patients, the […]

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