National Poetry Month: Coping With the Covid-19 Pandemic

“This crisis affects more or less everyone, and poetry can help us process difficult feelings like loss, sadness, anger, lack of hope.”

#bishop-elizabeth, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #gorman-amanda, #jamison-kay-redfield, #millay-edna-st-vincent, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

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My Family’s Global Vaccine Journey

We were spread across three continents, at the mercy of vaccine geopolitics. Which of us would be inoculated last?

#astrazeneca-plc, #biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #families-and-family-life, #hong-kong, #hospitals, #malawi, #pfizer-inc, #politics-and-government, #rumors-and-misinformation, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #shortages, #sinovac-biotech-ltd, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Nemam Ghafouri, Doctor Who Aided Yazidis in Iraq, Dies at 52

Dr. Ghafouri helped survivors of an ISIS genocide and reunited formerly enslaved women with children taken from them. She died of Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #ghafouri-nemam-1968-2021, #humanitarian-aid, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #women-and-girls, #yazidi-religious-sect

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Doctors Sue UnitedHealthcare

A multistate group of anesthesiologists filed cases in Texas and Colorado, accusing the insurance giant of squeezing them like a “boa constrictor.”

#anesthesia-and-anesthetics, #colorado, #doctors, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas, #unitedhealth-group-inc, #us-anesthesia-partners-inc, #your-feed-healthcare

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Doctors Accuse UnitedHealthcare of Stifling Competition

A multistate group of anesthesiologists filed cases in Texas and Colorado, accusing the insurance giant of squeezing them like a “boa constrictor.”

#anesthesia-and-anesthetics, #colorado, #doctors, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas, #unitedhealth-group-inc, #us-anesthesia-partners-inc, #your-feed-healthcare

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Italy Pushes Back as Health Care Workers Shun Covid Vaccines

Prime Minister Mario Draghi issued a decree requiring that workers in health care facilities be vaccinated, a move that will test the legal limits of his government’s efforts to stem coronavirus outbreaks.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #draghi-mario, #hospitals, #italy, #nursing-and-nurses, #privacy, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Michael Bennett, Small-Town Doctor Who Pushed for Masks, Dies at 52

His death leaves only one family physician in Greenfield, Mo. He died of complications of Covid-19.

#bennett-michael-1969-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #missouri

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How to Vaccinate Homebound Seniors? Take the Shots to Them.

Millions of older Americans, chronically ill and trapped at home, pose a big challenge to inoculation efforts. Doctors are on it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #elder-care, #long-island-ny, #northwell-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Doctors Are Investigated After Posting Organ Photos Online as ‘Price Is Right’ Game

The medical residents, who are employed by Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., asked people on Instagram to guess how much a surgically removed organ weighed.

#doctors, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #grand-rapids-mich, #michigan, #social-media

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Health Care Workers on the Frontline Face a Year of Risk, Fear and Loss

For many nurses and doctors, medicine was an inherited calling and one that bound couples. Then the virus threatened the ones they love.

#careers-and-professions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #doctors, #grief-emotion, #hospitals, #mental-health-and-disorders, #nursing-and-nurses, #your-feed-healthcare

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Ohio Medical Board Reopens 91 Sexual Assault Cases Involving Doctors

The review was prompted by an investigation into how Richard H. Strauss, a former team doctor at Ohio State who was implicated in at least 177 sex-abuse cases, had gone undetected for so long.

#colleges-and-universities, #dewine-mike, #doctors, #ohio, #ohio-state-university, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #strauss-richard-h-1938-2005, #tests-and-examinations

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Abortion Is Now Legal in Argentina, but Opponents Are Making It Hard to Get

Anti-abortion activists are suing to block a new law allowing the procedure, and many doctors in conservative areas have declared themselves conscientious objectors.

#abortion, #argentina, #conscientious-objectors, #doctors, #law-and-legislation, #rural-areas, #women-and-girls

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How to Get Really Rich!

Getting into the right job is the key.

#a-republic-of-equals-a-manifesto-for-a-just-society-book, #doctors, #income, #inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wages-and-salaries

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Learning to Listen to Patients’ Stories

Narrative medicine programs teach doctors and other caregivers “sensitive interviewing skills” and the art of “radical listening” to improve patient care.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #telemedicine

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‘All Creatures Great and Small’: Who Was the Real James Herriot?

The British author and veterinarian didn’t always let the facts get in the way of a good story. It caused some occasional friction.

#all-creatures-great-and-small-tv-program, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #doctors, #great-britain, #herriot-james, #james-herriot-the-life-of-a-country-vet-book, #ralph-nicholas-1990, #television, #the-real-james-herriot-a-memoir-of-my-father-book, #veterinary-medicine

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‘I Am Worth It’: Why Thousands of Doctors in America Can’t Get a Job

Medical schools are producing more graduates, but residency programs haven’t kept up, leaving thousands of young doctors “chronically unmatched” and deep in debt.

#alabama, #assn-of-american-medical-colleges, #barbados, #doctors, #education, #foreign-students-in-us, #hospitals, #medical-schools, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Bernard Lown, Inventive Heart Doctor and Antiwar Activist, Dies at 99

He created the first effective heart defibrillator and co-founded a physicians group that campaigned against nuclear war, earning a Nobel Peace Prize.

#deaths-obituaries, #defibrillators, #doctors, #harvard-university, #heart, #implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-icd, #international-physicians-for-the-prevention-of-nuclear-war, #lown-bernard, #nobel-prizes, #nuclear-weapons

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How a Neurosurgeon (and Netflix Star) Spends His Sundays

“I exhaust myself mentally during the week,” said Dr. David Langer, whose down time includes reading and walks in Central Park.

#content-type-personal-profile, #doctors, #documentary-films-and-programs, #langer-david-1963, #lenox-hill-tv-program, #lenox-hill-hospital, #netflix-inc, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny

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Primary Care Doctors Feel Left Out of Vaccine Rollout

In the rush to immunize people against Covid, federal and state health officials have overlooked the role of doctors, physicians say.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #shortages, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Health Care Workers Hit Hard by the Coronavirus Pandemic

Vaccines may be on the way, but many on the front-lines are burned out. Has the government done enough to help alleviate their stress?

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #doctors, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #shortages, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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A Parallel Pandemic Hits Health Care Workers: Trauma and Exhaustion

Vaccines may be on the way, but many on the front-lines are burned out. Has the government done enough to help alleviate their stress?

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #doctors, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #shortages, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Bot MD, an AI-based chatbot for doctors, raises $5 million for expansion into more Asian markets

Time is critical for healthcare providers, especially in the middle of the pandemic. Singapore-based Bot MD helps save time with an AI-based chatbot that lets doctors look up important information from their smartphones, instead of needing to call a hospital operator or access its intranet. The startup announced today it has raised a $5 million Series A led by Monk’s Hill Venture.

Other backers include SeaX, XA Network and SG Innovate, and angel investors Yoh-Chie Lu, Jean-Luc Butel and Steve Blank. Bot MD was also part of Y Combinator’s summer 2018 batch.

The funding will be used to expand in the Asia-Pacific region, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, and to add new features in response to demand from hospitals and healthcare organizations during COVID-19. Bot MD’s AI assistant currently supports English, with plans to release Bahasa Indonesian and Spanish later this year. It is currently used by about 13,000 doctors at organizations including Changi General Hospital,  National University Health System, National University Cancer Institute of Singapore, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, Parkway Radiology and the National Kidney Transplant Institute.

Co-founder and chief executive officer Dorothea Koh told TechCrunch that Bot MD integrates hospital information usually stored in multiple systems and makes it easier to access.

A smartphone with Bot MDs medical AI assistant for doctors displayed on it

Image Credits: Bot MD

Without Bot MD, doctors may need to dial a hospital operator to find which staffers are on call and get their contact information. If they want drug information, that means another call to the pharmacy. If they need to see updated guidelines and clinical protocols, that often entails finding a computer that is connected to the hospital’s intranet.

“A lot of what Bot MD does is to integrate the content that they need into a single interface that is searchable 24/7,” said Koh.

For example, during COVID-19, Bot MD introduced a new feature that takes healthcare providers to a form pre-filled with their information when they type “record temperature” into the chatbot. Many were accessing their organization’s intranet twice a day to log their temperature and Koh said being able to use the form through Bot MD has significantly improved compliance.

The time it takes to onboard Bot MD varies depending on the information systems and amount of content it needs to integrate, but Koh said its proprietary natural language processing chat engine makes training its AI relatively quick. For example, Changi General Hospital, a recent client, was onboarded in less than ten days.

Bot MD plans to add new clinical apps to its platform, including ones for electronic medical records (EMR), billing and scheduling integrations, clinical alerts and chronic disease monitoring.

#bot-md, #chatbot, #doctors, #health, #healthcare, #hospitals, #monks-hill-venture, #recent-funding, #singapore, #southeast-asia, #startups, #tc

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What It’s Like to Give the Covid Vaccine

A doctor couple is working to get disadvantaged communities “their fair shot at getting the shot.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #felix-peralta-ingrid, #jackson-heights-queens-ny, #new-york-city, #peralta-victor-1957, #somos-healthcare-providers-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Doctors, Facing Burnout, Turn to Self-Care

A growing number of programs aim to help doctors, nurses and medical students who are struggling with mental health issues during the pandemic.

#alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #anxiety-and-stress, #doctors, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

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Biden Names His Personal Doctor, Kevin O’Connor, to Be White House Physician

Dr. O’Connor succeeds Dr. Sean P. Conley, who drew criticism for misleading the public after President Donald J. Trump contracted the coronavirus last year.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #conley-sean-patrick, #doctors, #jackson-ronny-l, #oconnor-kevin-1968, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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Harold N. Bornstein, Trump’s Former Personal Physician, Dies at 73

He attested that President Trump would be the “healthiest president ever,” but he was later expelled from his orbit.

#bornstein-harold-n, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #trump-donald-j

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The Covid Balancing Act for Doctors

At the start of the pandemic, I was “Dr. No” to my in-laws and cancer patients, but my conversations have become more nuanced.

#age-chronological, #cancer, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #immune-system, #leukemia, #protective-clothing-and-gear

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A Night in the Hospital, From Both Ends of the Stethoscope

As a doctor writing about medical errors, I saw potential risks lurking everywhere when my daughter was hospitalized with appendicitis.

#accidents-and-safety, #appendicitis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #surgery-and-surgeons

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I Saw a Doctor Who Voices Conspiracy Theories. What Should I Do?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on what to do when a doctor shares falsehoods about the origins of coronavirus and the safety of the vaccine — and more.

#conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #vaccination-and-immunization

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In Minority Communities, Doctors Are Changing Minds About Vaccination

Many Black and Hispanic Americans mistrust government officials, and instead have turned to physicians they have long known.

#alabama, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #emory-university, #hispanic-americans, #social-media, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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H. Jack Geiger, Doctor Who Fought Social Ills, Dies at 95

He used medicine to take on poverty, racism and the threat of nuclear destruction. Two groups he helped start won Nobel Peace Prizes.

#black-people, #boston-mass, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #geiger-h-jack, #medicine-and-health, #mississippi, #nobel-prizes, #poverty

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Don’t Postpone Children’s Health Care in the Pandemic

As we celebrate the rollout of the new Covid-19 vaccines, don’t forget the standard immunizations and other steps to keep children safe.

#american-academy-of-pediatrics, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #families-and-family-life, #klass-perri, #parenting, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Some Health Care Workers Are Getting the Vaccine. Others Aren’t. Who Decides?

Many primary care doctors, firefighters and others at risk of exposure are waiting to learn when they will get vaccinated.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #fires-and-firefighters, #hospitals, #nursing-and-nurses, #vaccination-and-immunization

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‘A Shot of Hope’: What the Vaccine Is Like for Frontline Doctors and Nurses

Even as medical workers lined up for America’s first shots, many of them recalled nightmarish moments from the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #nursing-and-nurses, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Amid Pandemic, Scientists Reassess Routine Medical Care

All this year, patients stayed away from doctors’ offices in droves, postponing tests and treatments. Maybe there’s a silver lining.

#breast-cancer, #colonoscopy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #health-affairs-journal, #iqvia-inc, #mammography, #preventive-medicine, #telemedicine, #tests-medical, #united-states, #welch-h-gilbert

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What to Do About Doctors Who Push Misinformation?

They have crossed the line from free speech to medical practice — or in this case, something akin to malpractice.

#atlas-scott-w, #doctors, #federation-of-state-medical-boards, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #johnson-ron-1955, #malpractice, #medicine-and-health, #orient-jane-m, #oskoui-ramin, #polls-and-public-opinion, #rumors-and-misinformation

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Dr. Mary Fowkes, 66, Dies; Helped Science Understand the Pandemic

She performed autopsies in New York that found blood clots in vital organs, suggesting how much the virus spreads through the body.

#autopsies, #brain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #fowkes-mary-1954-2020, #hospitals, #mount-sinai-medical-center

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Covid Combat Fatigue: Doctors and Nurses Are Running on Empty

Doctors and nurses on the front lines are running on empty, under increasing duress as the pandemic surges and hospitals are overrun with patients.

#anxiety-and-stress, #careers-and-professions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #doctors, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #nursing-and-nurses, #your-feed-healthcare

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Improve Emergency Care? Pandemic Helps Point the Way

Momentum is gathering for telemedicine, which could alleviate a longstanding problem: wait times.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #telemedicine

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Why Covid Caused Such Suffering in Italy’s Wealthiest Region

Lombardy has been overwhelmed by the pandemic, in part because of a poorly executed medical privatization program.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #lombardy-italy, #medicine-and-health

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Albert R. Jonsen, 89, Dies; Brought Medical Ethics to the Bedside

A former Jesuit priest and leader in bioethics, he believed that an ethicist should be part of a patient’s medical team when hard decisions have to be made.

#bioethics, #california, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #jonsen-albert-r-1931-2020, #medical-ethics, #society-of-jesus, #university-of-san-francisco, #university-of-washington

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Doctors Are Calling It Quits

Thousands of medical practices are closing, as doctors and nurses decide to retire early or shift to less intense jobs.

#american-medical-assn, #anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #doctors, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shutdowns-institutional, #telemedicine, #your-feed-healthcare

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Protecting Your Birth: A Guide For Black Mothers

How racism can impact your pre- and postnatal care — and advice for speaking to your Ob-Gyn about it.

#black-people, #caesarean-section, #content-type-service, #discrimination, #doctors, #maternal-mortality, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #race-and-ethnicity, #women-and-girls

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Trump Says He’s Beaten Covid-19. Doctors Aren’t So Sure.

Mr. Trump’s physician has given an incomplete, upbeat picture of his health. Medical experts warn that the president is entering a pivotal, unpredictable phase.

#conley-sean-patrick, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dexamethasone-drug, #doctors, #lungs, #oxygen, #respiratory-diseases, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-2020, #your-feed-healthcare

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When the Patient Is Your Commander in Chief, the Answer Is Usually ‘Yes, Sir’

The system of military doctors has so hampered the public’s right to know that a commission should be established to re-evaluate the practice, critics say.

#conley-sean-patrick, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reed-walter-national-military-medical-center, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Instead of Reassurance, Trump’s Doctor Delivers Confusion, Experts Say

Dr. Sean P. Conley, who admitted that he had misled the public about the president’s treatment, has lost credibility with some colleagues.

#conley-sean-patrick, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #medicine-and-health, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How to Identify the Different Symptoms of the Flu and Covid-19

With fears of a “twindemic” in the United States this fall, here’s a guide to understanding what’s making you feel terrible.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #colds, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #doctors, #fever, #influenza, #masks, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Laughter May Be Effective Medicine for These Trying Times

Doctors, nurses and therapists have a prescription for helping all of us to get through these difficult times: Try a little laughter.

#anxiety-and-stress, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #heart, #hospitals, #laughter, #pain

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The New Apple Watch Measures Your Blood Oxygen. Now What?

Blood oxygen readings can be a useful indicator of wellness, but context is important — and so is medical advice from a doctor.

#apple-inc, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #sleep, #watches-and-clocks, #wearable-computing

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In an Unlikely Covid Survivor’s Case, More Questions Than Answers

Six months in, it is clear that mortality is not the only outcome that matters.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #hospitals, #lungs, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

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