These Sisters With Sickle Cell Had Devastating — and Preventable — Strokes

Kyra and Kami never got a simple test that could have protected them. Their story exemplifies the failure to care for people with the disease, most of whom are Black.

#black-people, #children-and-childhood, #doctors, #genetics-and-heredity, #national-institutes-of-health, #preventive-medicine, #race-and-ethnicity, #sickle-cell-anemia, #stroke, #tests-medical, #transfusions, #ultrasonic-imaging-and-sonograms

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The Pandemic Was Bad for Our Teeth. Will It Change Oral Health Forever?

The rise of teledentistry and other alternatives have the potential to fix some of the disparities in care.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #preventive-medicine, #research, #teeth-and-dentistry

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Can the Covid Vaccine Protect Me Against Virus Variants?

Vaccines do a good job of protecting us from coronavirus, but fear and confusion about the rise of variants have muddled the message. Here are answers to common questions.

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Breast Cancer Centers Urge Annual Scans, Counter to U.S. Guidelines

A panel recommends biennial screenings, starting at 50, but a new study took issue with the way hundreds of centers are telling women 40 and up to come in yearly. Some experts contend that frequent mammograms can “do more harm than good.”

#breast-cancer, #cancer, #jama-internal-medicine-journal, #mammography, #preventive-medicine, #research, #tests-medical, #united-states-preventive-services-task-force, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-healthcare

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Lung Cancer Scans Are Recommended for People 50 and Older With Shorter Smoking Histories

New advice from an influential panel will make more women and African-Americans eligible for CT scans, but some who need them most may not be able to afford them.

#american-academy-of-family-physicians, #american-cancer-society, #computerized-axial-tomography-cat-scans, #lung-cancer, #preventive-medicine, #smoking-and-tobacco, #tests-medical, #united-states-preventive-services-task-force, #your-feed-healthcare

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Plan to Ditch the Mask After Vaccination? Not So Fast.

It’s not clear how easily vaccinated people may spread the virus, but the answer to that question is coming soon. Until then, scientists urge caution.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #israel, #johnsonjohnson, #masks, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #preventive-medicine, #research, #scotland, #your-feed-science

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How to Prevent the Medical Care Crisis After Covid-19

A year of missed preventive medical care is endangering minority communities.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #minorities, #preventive-medicine

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This Is the Health System That Biden Inherits From Trump

With medical spending down for the first time in decades, gains in care for the poor and vulnerable are under threat.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #finances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #income-inequality, #preventive-medicine, #trump-donald-j

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Fears of a ‘Twindemic’ Recede as Flu Lies Low

Despite early worries, flu patients are not competing with Covid-19 patients for ventilators, and the threat of dueling outbreaks may be waning.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #influenza, #kinsa-inc, #medicine-and-health, #preventive-medicine, #vaccination-and-immunization, #winter-season, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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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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Here’s Why Vaccinated People Still Need to Wear a Mask

The new vaccines will probably prevent you from getting sick with Covid. No one knows yet whether they will keep you from spreading the virus to others — but that information is coming.

#antibodies, #astrazeneca-plc, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #immune-system, #influenza, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #nose, #pfizer-inc, #preventive-medicine, #tests-medical, #throat, #your-feed-science

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After a Broken Bone, the Risk of a Second Fracture

Far too few patients are referred for treatment that could stave off another costly, debilitating and sometimes deadly fracture.

#bisphosphonates-drugs, #bone-fractures, #bones, #elderly, #falls, #hips, #preventive-medicine

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Health Officials Fear Postponing Preventive Care Has Long-Term Risks

Nonurgent medical procedures have seemed worth postponing in a pandemic. This could pose long-term risks, health officials fear.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #measles, #medicine-and-health, #preventive-medicine, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: What It Is, How to Manage It

Often misunderstood and misdiagnosed, PCOS can play havoc with your fertility. Here’s how to recognize the symptoms and take action to protect your reproductive health.

#diabetes, #estrogen, #hormones, #infertility, #insulin, #menstruation, #obesity, #polycystic-ovary-syndrome, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #preventive-medicine, #tests-medical, #women-and-girls

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Are We Looking for the Wrong Coronavirus Vaccines?

The best vaccines don’t just prevent a disease; they also prevent the pathogen causing the disease from being transmitted. So why aren’t we focusing more on those?

#australia, #bacteria, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #children-and-childhood, #clinical-trials, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #food-and-drug-administration, #germany, #human-papillomavirus-hpv, #measles, #meningitis, #meningococcal-meningitis, #mumps, #pneumonia, #poliomyelitis, #preventive-medicine, #quarantines, #whooping-cough, #world-health-organization

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Using Telemedicine to Treat Opioid Addiction

Getting medication long meant seeing a licensed provider. Now a strategy for evading Covid-19 makes treatment available via the web.

#appalachian-region, #buprenorphine-drug, #columbia-university, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #manhattan-nyc, #medicaid, #mental-health-and-disorders, #naloxone-drug, #new-york-state, #obama-barack, #pennsylvania, #philadelphia-pa, #preventive-medicine, #quarantines, #scranton-pa, #telemedicine, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #williams-zachary-1983

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Scared That Covid-19 Immunity Won’t Last? Don’t Be

Dropping antibody counts aren’t a sign that our immune system is failing against the coronavirus, nor an omen that we can’t develop a viable vaccine.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #human-papillomavirus-hpv, #immune-system, #measles, #preventive-medicine, #sexually-transmitted-diseases, #vaccination-and-immunization, #viruses

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Attention All Women: Trump Is Coming for Your Health Care

Even with a pandemic raging, the president wants the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act.

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #preventive-medicine, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #women-and-girls

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The Race to Develop a Covid Vaccine

Doctors warn that releasing a vaccine prematurely can do more harm than good.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #preventive-medicine, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Polio and Measles Could Surge After Disruption of Vaccine Programs

A new study of 129 countries found that the interruption of inoculation efforts could put 80 million babies at risk of getting deadly, preventable diseases.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gavi-the-vaccine-alliance, #measles, #medicine-and-health, #poliomyelitis, #preventive-medicine, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-childrens-fund, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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Treating Mild Coronavirus Cases Could Help Save Everyone

Acting before or very soon after an infection is the best way to handle most acute viral diseases. Why aren’t we focusing on that with Covid-19?

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Trump’s Inaccurate Claims on Hydroxychloroquine

The president falsely described scientific research around the malaria drug, falsely denied the existence of a federal warning against it and argued, with no evidence, that large numbers of health care workers were taking it.

#chloroquine-drug, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #preventive-medicine, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What to Know About Hydroxychloroquine

Here are the facts on hydroxychloroquine, which the president has promoted to fight Covid-19 despite warnings from the F.D.A. that it can cause heart problems.

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Vaccinations Fall to Alarming Rates, C.D.C. Study Shows

In Michigan, fewer than half of infants 5 months or younger are up to date on their vaccinations, which may allow for outbreaks in diseases like measles.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #influenza, #measles, #michigan, #preventive-medicine, #vaccination-and-immunization

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California’s Plan to Trace Travelers for Virus Faltered When Overwhelmed, Study Finds

Identifying and tracing air passengers from high-risks countries is useful when begun early, a C.D.C. study found, but California’s effort came too late.

#airports, #california, #california-department-of-public-health, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #preventive-medicine, #quarantines, #your-feed-science

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How Health Insurers Can Be Heroes. Really.

The industry is profiting from the pandemic. It needs to pay back by cutting premiums and co-payments, help private practices and finance more protection and care.

#bankruptcies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #epidemics, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #preventive-medicine, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #telemedicine

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Vaccine Rates Drop Dangerously as Parents Avoid Doctor’s Visits

Afraid of Covid-19, parents are postponing well-child checkups, including shots, putting millions of children at risk of exposure to preventable deadly diseases.

#babies-and-infants, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diphtheria, #epidemics, #measles, #meningitis, #mumps, #preventive-medicine, #vaccination-and-immunization, #whooping-cough, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Millions of Children Are at Risk for Measles as Coronavirus Fears Halt Vaccines

U.N. and global health experts warned that poor countries around the world were having to stop mass immunization programs to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #measles, #medicine-and-health, #preventive-medicine, #vaccination-and-immunization

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