Some Signs of Recovery From Severe Covid Lung Damage

In two early studies, researchers said some patients showed signs of healing just weeks after leaving the hospital.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #lungs, #oxygen, #research, #respiratory-distress-syndrome, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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How Ransomware Puts Your Hospital at Risk

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the potential consequences of cyberattacks are terrifying.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #hospitals, #medical-devices

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Central Europe Suffers as Coronavirus Surges

The Czech Republic, with the highest transmission rate in Europe, closed schools, bars and restaurants. In some countries in Central Europe, there is a critical shortage of doctors and nurses.

#bucharest-romania, #budapest-hungary, #bulgaria, #central-europe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #czech-republic, #disease-rates, #europe, #european-union, #gazeta-wyborcza, #gdansk-poland, #hospitals, #hungary, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #orban-viktor, #oxford-university, #pew-research-center, #politics-and-government, #prague-czech-republic, #romania, #shutdowns-institutional

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After a Hospital Stay for Covid, Patients May Face Months of Rehabilitation

Many patients who were critically ill with Covid-19 face arduous recoveries, often requiring extensive physical rehabilitation.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #lungs, #mental-health-and-disorders, #physical-therapy, #psychology-and-psychologists, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #ventilators-medical

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India’s Covid-19 Outbreak Spreads Through Rural Areas

The contagion is hitting towns and villages where resources are scant and people are skeptical of lockdown efforts. If unchecked, Indian infections could exceed those in the United States.

#agartala-india, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #india, #rural-areas, #tripura-india

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My Patients Can’t Take Trump’s Advice

He urged Americans to not let the virus “dominate” their lives, but the people who come to my hospital seeking care are genuinely afraid.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dexamethasone-drug, #hospitals, #michigan, #rural-areas, #trump-donald-j, #white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-2020

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The Virus Surges in North Dakota, Filling Hospitals and Testing Attitudes

As Covid-19 cases grow in the Great Plains, one official said residents need to know “how perilously close we are to the edge.”

#burgum-douglas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #north-dakota

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Kamala Harris and the Push to Cut Hosptal Bills in California

She took on the drug and hospital industry as California attorney general, seeking consumer relief from anti-competitive pricing.

#attorneys-general, #consumer-protection, #democratic-party, #harris-kamala-d, #health-affairs-journal, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sutter-health, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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Why a Hospital Might Shun a Black Patient

The way medical professionals are paid keeps structural racism alive. It’s unethical and it must change.

#black-people, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

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The Coronavirus May Be Adrift in Indoor Air, CDC Acknowledges

After removing guidance from its website acknowledging “airborne” transmission, the agency cited evidence that indoor air can carry virus-laden particles.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #masks, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

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Nearly 1/3 of Covid Patients in Study Had Altered Mental State

The hospitalized patients showed signs of deteriorating neurological function, ranging from confusion to coma-like unresponsiveness, new research indicates.

#brain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #nerves-and-nervous-system, #neurology-journal, #northwestern-memorial-healthcare, #research, #your-feed-healthcare

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Trump’s Treatment Suggests Severe Covid-19, Medical Experts Say

Many of the measures cited by his doctors are reserved for patients severely affected by the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dexamethasone-drug, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #hospitals, #oxygen, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regeneron-pharmaceuticals-inc, #remdesivir-drug, #tests-drug-use, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #your-feed-science

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Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm

No patients were affected, but the incident was another reminder of the risks in the increasingly common assaults on computer networks.

#clinical-trials, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #extortion-and-blackmail, #hospitals

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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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Hospital Employee Is Fired After Speaking to The New York Times

Kimberly Jackson, a discharge planner at NeuroBehavioral Hospital in Indiana, spoke publicly about nursing homes’ practice of dumping patients in hospitals.

#elder-care, #hospitals, #indiana, #jackson-kimberly-hospital-employee, #michigan, #neurobehavioral-hospital-llc, #new-york-times, #nursing-homes

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Coronavirus Brings a Medical Resident to the Bronx

She put her career on hold to raise a family, but the pandemic gave her a chance to become a doctor.

#grand-concourse-bronx-ny, #hospitals, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #volunteers-and-community-service

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‘I Had Heart Surgery in the Middle of a Coronavirus Hot Spot’

Anxiety and uncertainty about the pandemic are leading some patients to delay surgery. But how safe is that when you have an aneurysm in your heart?

#aneurysms, #aortic-aneurysm, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #covid-19-precautions, #florida, #heart, #hospitals, #miami-beach-fla, #mount-sinai-medical-center, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #surgery-and-surgeons, #valve-sparing-aortic-root-repair

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As Virus Cases Surge in Europe, Hospitalizations Lag. But for How Long?

For now, countries are betting they can suppress hospital admissions and deaths without imposing more lockdowns, even as case numbers approach peak levels from last spring.

#belgium, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #europe, #france, #germany, #great-britain, #hospitals, #italy, #quarantines, #spain

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Advice on Virus Transmission Vanishes From C.D.C. Website

The new guidance, published only on Friday, had acknowledged that fine particles floating in air may spread the virus.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #hospitals, #marr-linsey, #new-york-times, #united-states, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

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Cyber Attack Suspected in German Woman’s Death

Prosecutors believe the woman died from delayed treatment after hackers attacked a hospital’s computers. It could be the first fatality from a ransomware attack.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #germany, #hospitals

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Many Hospitals Charge More Than Twice What Medicare Pays for the Same Care

The gap between rates set for private insurers and employers vs. those by the federal government stirs the debate over a government-run health plan.

#finances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rand-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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I Am the Joan of Arc of Coronavirus Vaccine Trials

Side effects, you ask? So far, just a sense of having contributed to the salvation of humanity.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #vaccination-and-immunization

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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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‘Covid Will Not Win’: Meet the Force Powering Brooklyn Hospital

During the surge of Covid-19 cases this spring that filled Brooklyn Hospital with the critically ill and the dying, the staff went in day after day, trying to save as many lives as they could. Now they are bracing for a second wave.

#brooklyn-hospital-center, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hospitals, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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The Risks of the Prescribing Cascade

The problem occurs when drug-induced side effects are viewed as a new ailment and treated with yet another drug that can cause still other side effects.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elder-care, #elderly, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals

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Trump Program to Cover Uninsured Covid-19 Patients Falls Short of Promise

Some patients are still receiving staggering bills. Others don’t qualify because conditions other than Covid-19 were their primary diagnosis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicaid, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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Billions in Hospital Virus Aid Rested on Compliance With Private Vendor

The Department of Health and Human Services told hospitals in April that reporting to the vendor, TeleTracking Technologies, was a “prerequisite to payment.”

#azar-alex-m-ii, #birx-deborah-l, #budgets-and-budgeting, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #disease-rates, #electronic-health-records, #h-h-s-protect, #health-and-human-services-department, #hospitals, #teletracking-technologies-inc, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Russian Doctors Accused of Blocking Overseas Transfer of Aleksei Navalny

A plane from Germany was flown to Russia to pick up the prominent opposition leader for treatment after a suspected poisoning. But medical officials say his condition is too unstable.

#charite-universitatsmedizin-berlin-germany, #emergency-medical-treatment, #germany, #hospitals, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #siberia

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Is It OK to Ask Patients for Their Plasma?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on whether to use patient data to solicit antibody donation from members of a community disproportionately affected by Covid-19 — and more.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #minorities

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A Hospital Without Loved Ones Is the New Normal

Family members play an important role in the care we provide. I miss them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #quarantines

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We Didn’t See Our Kids for 109 Days

Two Manhattan doctors sent their girls to Singapore while they worked the front lines — and then the country closed its borders.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-presbyterian-hospital, #parenting, #quarantines, #singapore, #travel-warnings

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Clinical Trials of Coronavirus Drugs Are Taking Longer Than Expected

Antibody trials sponsored by Regeneron and Eli Lilly are off to a slow start because of a dearth of tests, overwhelmed hospitals and reluctant patients.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #eli-lilly-and-company, #emory-university, #hospitals, #national-institutes-of-health, #regeneron-pharmaceuticals-inc, #research, #your-feed-science

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A Large Coffee and a Marriage Proposal to Go

Drs. Ariel Schaap and Joshua Heisler, both internists who met as pre-med students 10 years ago, had a small outdoor wedding in Englewood, N.J. Then it was back to work.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #weddings-and-engagements

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Health Experts Warn About Perils of New Virus Data Collection System

An administration shift is putting a burden on hospitals and undercutting the integrity of data on the pandemic, current and former members of a federal advisory panel said.

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Beirut’s Youngest Cancer Patients Lose Care Options After Blast

Many children undergoing chemotherapy in Lebanon now have nowhere to turn for treatment after an explosion destroyed hospitals and wiped out medicine stockpiles.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #chemotherapy, #children-and-childhood, #hospitals, #lebanon, #parenting

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‘A Smoking Gun’: Infectious Coronavirus Retrieved From Hospital Air

Airborne virus plays a significant role in community transmission, many experts believe. A new study fills in the missing piece: Floating virus can infect cells.

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‘The Wounds Are Still Fresh’

These front-line medical workers are struggling with what comes next.

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For Doctors of Color, Microaggressions Are All Too Familiar

“They ask you if you’re coming in to take the trash out — stuff they wouldn’t ask a physician who was a white male.”

#black-people, #discrimination, #doctors, #hospitals, #microaggressions, #race-and-ethnicity, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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The Trauma of Caring for Coronavirus Patients

“How do we as doctors and nurses decide we did a good job?”

#bronx-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #hospitals, #montefiore-medical-center, #your-feed-opinionvideo

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‘I’d Rather Stay Home and Die’

A fear of hospitals is leading many Mexicans to delay treatment for coronavirus until it is too late for doctors to help them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ecatepec-mexico, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico

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When Covid-19 Hit, Many Elderly Were Left to Die

Warnings had piled up for years that nursing homes were vulnerable. The pandemic sent them to the back of the line for equipment and care.

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Could This Be the Last Time We See Our Dad?

Zoom has become a link between loved ones. But is what we see onscreen real life?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #manhattan-nyc, #mount-sinai-medical-center, #quarantines, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

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Hawa Abdi, Doctor Who Aided Thousands in Somalia, Dies at 73

Dr. Abdi turned her family’s land into a hospital and camp that treated and supported legions of people displaced during a civil war.

#abdi-hawa, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #hospitals, #humanitarian-aid, #somalia

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Black and Pregnant During Covid: ‘They Never Had Time to See Me’

Why being Black and giving birth in New York during the pandemic is so dangerous.

#babies-and-infants, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #income-inequality, #midwives-and-doulas, #new-york-city, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #race-and-ethnicity, #telemedicine

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Major U.S. Health Insurers Report Big Profits, Benefiting From the Pandemic

Consumers are probably entitled to millions of dollars in rebates under Obamacare rules that cap companies’ profits.

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With COVID-19 spreading, 49% of low-income communities have zero ICU beds

Health workers in protective gear move a masked patient into the back of an ambulance.

Enlarge / Medics transfer a patient on a stretcher from an ambulance outside of Emergency at Coral Gables Hospital where coronavirus patients are treated in Coral Gables near Miami, on July 30, 2020. (credit: Getty | CHANDAN KHANNA)

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads uncontrolled in much of the United States, a new study finds that almost half of low-income areas are gravely unprepared to treat severe cases of COVID-19, hinting at higher death rates to come.

Forty-nine percent of the country’s lowest-income communities—with median incomes of $35,000 or less—have zero intensive care unit beds in their area hospitals. Looking only at rural areas, the picture is even worse: 55 percent had no ICU beds. This is in stark contrast to the highest-income communities, defined by a median income of $90,000 and above. Of those, only 3 percent overall lack access to ICU beds. The study, published by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, appeared this week in the journal Health Affairs.

The findings further heighten concern over how the pandemic is exacerbating gaping socioeconomic disparities in the US. Low-income communities are already more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 due to unavoidable job-related exposure, reliance on mass transit, higher population densities, and less ability to quarantine upon potential exposure, the authors note.

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As Trump Praises Plasma, Researchers Struggle to Finish Critical Studies

Thousands of Covid-19 patients have been treated with blood plasma outside of rigorous clinical trials — hampering research that would have shown whether the therapy worked.

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Beirut Explosion: ‘I Was Bloodied and Dazed. Beirut Strangers Treated Me Like a Friend.’

In a land conditioned by calamity, people knew what to do, including helping wounded people they didn’t know.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #hospitals

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The Lebanon Explosions in Photos

Images from Beirut show the extent of the devastation from blasts that shook the Lebanese capital Tuesday evening.

#beirut-lebanon, #bombs-and-explosives, #hospitals, #lebanon

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Does Blood Plasma Work for Covid-19 Patients? No One Knows.

Thousands of Covid-19 patients have been treated with blood plasma outside of rigorous clinical trials — hampering research that would have showed whether the therapy worked.

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