What We Do — and, Frustratingly, Don’t — Know About Long Covid

Dr. Lekshmi Santhosh parses what research has illuminated about long Covid, and what questions remain.

#audio-neutral-informative, #chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #long-covid, #university-of-california-san-francisco

The Doctor Prescribed an Obesity Drug. Her Insurer Called It ‘Vanity.’

Many insurance companies refuse to cover new weight loss drugs that their doctors deem medically necessary.

#chronic-condition-health, #diabetes, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #novo-nordisk-a-s, #obesity, #weight

The Sunday Read: ‘Can Virtual Reality Help Ease Chronic Pain?’

V.R. treatments may provide relief similar to intravenous opioids — a tantalizing prospect for the millions of Americans living with chronic pain.

#chronic-condition-health, #disability-insurance, #pain, #the-daily-radio-program, #united-states, #virtual-reality-computers

Long Covid Is Dangerous. The Fear of It Still Shouldn’t Rule Your Life.

Why a reasonable fear of chronic illness isn’t a case against normal living.

#chronic-condition-health, #connecticut, #long-covid, #lyme-disease

Long Covid Symptoms and Treatment: What We Know So Far

There is no universal definition of the complex condition, but clues about causes and potential treatments are beginning to emerge.

#chronic-condition-health, #clinical-trials, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immune-system, #long-covid, #molnupiravir-drug, #paxlovid-drug, #research, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization

C.D.C Says Adults 50 and Over Should Get Second Booster Shot

Previously, the agency said those 50 and older could opt for the additional shot, but only encouraged people over 65 or with underlying medical conditions to get it.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #united-states, #walensky-rochelle

A Better Understanding of Long Covid

Who does the condition affect, and how widespread is it?

#audio-neutral-informative, #chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #long-covid

Over 75 Percent of Long Covid Patients Were Not Hospitalized for Initial Illness, Study Finds

Researchers analyzed the largest database of private insurance claims in the United States in the first four months after a diagnostic code for long Covid was created.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #fair-health-inc, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #long-covid, #research, #united-states, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Common Medications Can Prolong Back Pain, Study Says

A clinical trial will be needed to verify the research, which offered a warning about taking steroids or nonprescription drugs to soothe aches that many experience.

#back-human-body-part, #chronic-condition-health, #dexamethasone-drug, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #ibuprofen-drug, #nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-nsaids, #pain, #research, #science-translational-medicine-journal, #steroids, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

On the Phone, Alone

We look at the mental health crisis facing adolescents — and the role of digital technology.

#children-and-childhood, #chronic-condition-health, #internal-storyline-no, #mental-health-and-disorders, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media, #teenagers-and-adolescence

In Grief Is How We Live Now

We are grieving the loss of the familiar.

#chronic-condition-health, #grief-emotion, #mental-health-and-disorders

Can Covid Lead to Impotence?

Some studies find higher rates of erectile dysfunction among men recovering from the illness. But other factors related to the pandemic, like heightened anxiety, may also be to blame.

#anxiety-and-stress, #chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #heart, #impotence, #long-covid, #penis, #sex, #your-feed-science

Do Vaccines Protect Against Long Covid?

Maybe, according to a growing number of studies, but there’s not yet a definitive answer.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #long-covid, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

A Rising Tally of Lonely Deaths on the Streets

More than ever it has become deadly to be homeless in America, especially for men in their 50s and 60s.

#california, #chronic-condition-health, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #homeless-persons, #los-angeles-county-calif, #men-and-boys

He Was Remarkably Healthy Until Chronic Diarrhea Nearly Killed Him

After weeks of having to rush to the bathroom day and night, the 77-year-old had lost 25 pounds. What was wrong?

#bowels, #chronic-condition-health, #diarrhea, #digestive-tract, #emergency-medical-treatment, #tests-medical

How to Improve Heart Health After Covid

Evidence suggests that Covid survivors have substantially higher chances of developing cardiovascular disease. But experts say there are effective ways to minimize the risk.

#chronic-condition-health, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #exercise, #heart, #physical-therapy, #telemedicine, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

Have You Suffered From Long Covid?

Tell us about the things that helped.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-open-access

Covid and the ‘Very Liberal’

There’s a schism among Democrats. And the latest on Ukraine.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-storyline-no, #politics-and-government, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Long Covid Holds a Mirror Up to Medicine

Contested illnesses reveal the limits of conventional medicine.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov

Antibody Drug to Protect the Vulnerable From Covid Goes Unused

The treatment could be lifesaving for many who cannot get protection from the vaccine, but confusion about the drug has made some doctors slow to prescribe it.

#antibodies, #astrazeneca-plc, #chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #immune-system, #shortages, #transplants, #united-states-politics-and-government

How the Coronavirus Steals the Sense of Smell

The virus does not infect nerve cells that detect odors, researchers have found. Instead, it attacks nearby supporting cells.

#cell-journal, #chronic-condition-health, #columbia-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immune-system, #new-york-university-langone-health, #proteins, #smell-olfaction, #smells-and-odors, #university-of-california-davis, #your-feed-science

How a Mystery Illness Cost One Writer a Decade of Health

In “The Invisible Kingdom,” Meghan O’Rourke exposes the ways our afflictions can undermine our very sense of self.

#autoimmune-diseases, #books-and-literature, #chronic-condition-health, #content-type-personal-profile, #lyme-disease, #orourke-meghan, #the-invisible-kingdom-reimagining-chronic-illness-book, #writing-and-writers

A Broadway Conductor’s Difficult Journey Back from Long Covid

A celebrated Broadway conductor caught Covid in the first wave. Two despairing years later, he is finally reclaiming his old life, breath by breath.

#anxiety-and-stress, #broadway, #chronic-condition-health, #company-play, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fram-joel-1967, #music, #sondheim-stephen, #theater, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

What We Know About Long Covid and Exercise

And experts have some theories as to why.

#chronic-condition-health, #chronic-fatigue-syndrome, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #exercise, #fatigue, #nerves-and-nervous-system, #research

New Research Hints at 4 Factors That May Increase Chances of Long Covid

If further study confirms the findings, they could lead to ways to prevent and treat the complex condition.

#cell-journal, #chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #long-covid, #research

Can Omicron Cause Long Covid?

It is too soon to know, scientists say, but mild initial illness may not signal reduced risk.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

Why Are Men More Likely to Die of Covid? It’s Complicated.

Sex differences in Covid death rates vary widely from state to state, suggesting they are rooted in behavior as well as biology.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #medicine-and-health, #men-and-boys, #research, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Financial Planning for People With Chronic Diseases

Financial planning for people with chronic diseases is complicated and multifaceted. Start by building a team of people to help.

#chronic-condition-health, #content-type-service, #disabilities, #disability-insurance, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #medicaid, #medicare, #national-multiple-sclerosis-society, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #personal-finances, #retirement

Doctors Often Prescribe Placebos. But How Well Do They Work?

An Australian researcher argues that the medical community has enshrined placebos as “mysterious and highly effective” in clinical care on the basis of flawed research.

#australia, #chronic-condition-health, #harvard-university, #kaptchuk-ted-j, #placebos, #research, #university-of-sydney

The Health Toll of Poor Sleep

Finding that slumber sweet spot can be helpful for fending off a range of mental and bodily ills.

#anxiety-and-stress, #chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #driver-distraction-and-fatigue, #heart, #parkinsons-disease, #sleep, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Are My Stomach Problems Really All in My Head?

Scientists often debate whether irritable bowel syndrome is a mental or physical issue. That’s not much help for those who suffer from it.

#anxiety-and-stress, #bowels, #chronic-condition-health, #diet-and-nutrition, #digestive-tract, #meditation, #migraine-headaches, #stomach

Cognitive Rehab: One Patient’s Painstaking Path Through Long Covid Therapy

Samantha Lewis is relearning some basic aspects of her daily life after struggling with brain fog and other lingering symptoms for more than a year since being infected by the virus.

#brain, #chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #northwestern-memorial-hospital-chicago-ill, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #your-feed-science

Burning, Crushing, Stabbing: How Words Affect Pain

The language you use could make a difference on the pain you feel.

#chronic-condition-health, #content-type-service, #endometriosis, #language-and-languages, #pain, #research

I Have to Believe John Sarno’s Book Cured My Chronic Pain

A science writer investigates the 30-year-old claims of an iconoclastic doctor who said chronic pain was mostly mental.

#anxiety-and-stress, #brain, #chronic-condition-health, #emotions, #pain, #physical-therapy, #psychology-and-psychologists, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

How to Exercise With Chronic Pain

Working out may seem like the last thing someone in pain wants to do. But it can bring relief.

#chronic-condition-health, #content-type-service, #exercise, #joints-body-part, #muscles, #pain, #physical-therapy, #tai-chi

How Glial Cells Are Quietly Revolutionizing Chronic Pain Study and Care

New science is rewriting the book on chronic pain — and may make treatment more accessible

#chronic-condition-health, #content-type-service, #nerves-and-nervous-system, #pain, #research, #sports-injuries

Treating Chronic Pain Takes a Team. I Had to Build My Own.

The U.S. health care system can be difficult for anyone to navigate — even more so if you’re a Black woman. So one writer spent a decade building her own care.

#chronic-condition-health, #discrimination, #doctors, #medicine-and-health, #pain, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

How Psychologists Can Help Treat Chronic Pain

As doctors and patients worry about the effects of painkillers, therapists are finding they can be a powerful salve for suffering.

#chronic-condition-health, #content-type-service, #migraine-headaches, #pain, #pain-relieving-drugs, #psychology-and-psychologists, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

How I Became Extremely Open-Minded

Fighting for my health, I went to the fringe without rejecting the center.

#alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #antibiotics, #chronic-condition-health, #lyme-disease, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Ross Douthat on His Chronic Lyme Experience

The challenge of treating an illness when there’s no medical authority to trust.

#antibiotics, #chronic-condition-health, #connecticut, #douthat-ross-g, #lyme-disease, #tests-medical, #ticks-insects

Another Struggle for Long Covid Patients: Disability Benefits

President Biden has said the government should help people who continue to experience symptoms long after a coronavirus infection. But qualifying remains a major hurdle.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disabilities, #disability-insurance, #social-security-administration

Long Covid and the Blind Spots of American Medicine

The journalist Meghan O’Rourke discusses America’s chronic illness epidemic and what it reveals about our health care, culture and society.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #orourke-meghan

How I Became a Sick Person

A sudden descent into a chronic illness.

#anxiety-and-stress, #chronic-condition-health, #connecticut, #doctors, #douthat-ross-g, #lyme-disease, #tests-medical

An Acclaimed Playwright on Masks and the Return to the Stage

Sarah Ruhl, after a long struggle living with Bell’s palsy, knows the feeling of being masked among the unmasked.

#bells-palsy, #chronic-condition-health, #content-type-personal-profile, #face, #smile-the-story-of-a-face-book, #theater, #writing-and-writers

How Depression and Anxiety Affect Your Physical Health

Mind and body form a two-way street.

#anxiety-and-stress, #chronic-condition-health, #depression-mental, #diabetes, #emotions, #heart, #medicine-and-health, #mental-health-and-disorders, #smoking-and-tobacco, #telemedicine, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

Covid Survivors More Likely to Have Kidney Problems, Study Finds

In a study of veterans, Covid survivors were 35 percent more likely than other patients to have long-term kidney damage or declines in kidney function.

#chronic-condition-health, #clinical-journal-of-the-american-society-of-nephrology, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kidneys, #transplants, #united-states, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #your-feed-science

For Some College Students, Remote Learning Is a Game Changer

Last year, online classes helped many students with disabilities pursue their education. They want the option to continue.

#arizona-state-university, #chronic-condition-health, #college-of-william-and-mary, #colleges-and-universities, #cornell-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disabilities, #e-learning, #university-of-missouri

Can the Vaccinated Develop Long Covid After a Breakthrough Infection?

While the vaccines are effective at preventing serious illness and death, the risk of developing post-Covid health problems after a breakthrough infection isn’t known.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #vaccination-and-immunization

‘This Is Really Scary’: Kids Struggle With Long Covid

Lingering physical, mental and neurological symptoms are affecting children as well as adults, including many who had mild reactions to the initial coronavirus infection.

#brain, #children-and-childhood, #chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #mental-health-and-disorders, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Is the Future Just a Spike Protein Stamping on a Human Face, Forever?

The Covid endgame continues to elude us.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #influenza, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization