Medicine


CDC Director Warns Second Wave of Coronavirus in Winter Could Be Worse
- April 22, 2020

Simultaneous respiratory outbreaks would heighten the demand for medical resources like ventilators and protective equipment , putting a tremendous strain on the health care system. Had they hit at the same time , he said, "it could have been really, really, really, really hard in terms of health capacity". White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. (more...)
Delhi coronavirus patient weaned off ventilator support after plasma therapy
- April 22, 2020

When the patient showed no improvement in his condition, his family requested the hospital for administration of plasma therapy on compassionate grounds, a first of its kind treatment modality that was used for this disease in India. The use of antibody-rich convalescent plasma dates back to the 1918 Spanish flu, and proved effective in the more recent SARS outbreak. As of April 15, five AdventHealth patients had received plasma therapy, he said. (more...)
More deaths, no benefit from malaria drug in VA virus study More deaths, no benefit from malaria drug in VA virus study
- April 22, 2020

The study was posted on an online site for researchers and has been submitted to the New England Journal of Medicine, but has not been reviewed by other scientists. Researchers did not track side effects, but noted that hydroxychloroquine might have damaged other organs. The U.S. Food and Drug regulator gave emergency use authorization for the unapproved use of hydroxychloroquine earlier this month. (more...)
FDA authorizes first at-home coronavirus diagnostic test
- April 21, 2020

Initially, the Food and Drug Administration required health care workers wearing masks, gloves and other protective gear to collect all samples from potential coronavirus patients, usually by sticking a long swab down the nose or throat. (more...)
Coronavirus has mutated into more than 30 strains, say scientists in China Coronavirus has mutated into more than 30 strains, say scientists in China
- April 21, 2020

The findings made by Li Lanjuan and the team have literally shocked medical experts, and they believe that the healthcare sector has underestimated the mutation capabilities of coronavirus. The researchers said the findings indicate "the true diversity of the viral strains is still largely underappreciated". However, some of the milder mutations were the varieties largely found in the USA, including Washington state, which could be the strain that shut down Wuhan, where the virus ... (more...)
Donald Trump plans to temporarily suspend immigration into U.S. amid coronavirus Donald Trump plans to temporarily suspend immigration into U.S. amid coronavirus
- April 21, 2020

On Monday, US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he will soon be signing an executive order suspending immigration to the United States temporarily. It is not immediately clear what immigration programs will be affected by Trump's eventual order. In a tweet , Castro accused Trump of "an authoritarian-like move to take advantage of a crisis and advance his anti-immigrant agenda". (more...)
B.C. to start issuing $2,000 tickets for price gouging, other offences B.C. to start issuing $2,000 tickets for price gouging, other offences
- April 21, 2020

The province has already received about 800 complaints about price gouging. Additionally, you can contact your local by-law enforcement officer, call 311, or contact your local police department's non-emergency line. The province has no plans to issue fines to people now starting to take advantage of warmer spring weather and are gathering together in public places. (more...)
Lifting of lockdowns must be gradual Lifting of lockdowns must be gradual
- April 21, 2020

Addressing the media here on Monday, the World Health Organization chief said: "Trust us". "All available evidence suggests the virus has an animal origin and is not manipulated or constructed virus in a lab or somewhere else", World Health Organization spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said in comments obtained by Fox News. (more...)
International Olympic Committee admits no idea who will pick up tab of postponing Olympics International Olympic Committee admits no idea who will pick up tab of postponing Olympics
- April 21, 2020

Nikkei, a Japanese financial newspaper, put the added cost at 2.7 billion US dollars, while Japan has already spent more than 12.6 billion USA dollars on preparations for staging the Summer Games. Section 68 of the contract reads: "Unless expressly stipulated otherwise in this contract, all obligations of the city, the NOC and/or the OCOG pursuant to this contract, shall be at their expense". (more...)
Ten California Nurses Suspended for Refusing to Work Without N95 Masks Ten California Nurses Suspended for Refusing to Work Without N95 Masks
- April 21, 2020

Nurses at a Santa Monica hospital held a rally Friday to protest management putting 10 of their colleagues on paid leave for refusing to treat coronavirus patients without N95 masks. "There remains a serious global shortage of these masks and conservation methods are critical", said St. John's spokesperson Patricia Aidem. They may require hospitalization. (more...)
Alberta surpasses 100000 COVID-19 tests Alberta surpasses 100000 COVID-19 tests
- April 21, 2020

The North Zone has 143 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Sixty-five people are now hospitalized, 16 of whom have been admitted to intensive care units. The situation remains the same in Lloydminster and surrounding areas with one active case in the MD of Wainwright. (more...)
Antibody tests and treatments now available in IL Antibody tests and treatments now available in IL
- April 21, 2020

Antibody tests - also known as serological tests -can help identify who has been infected and developed antibodies that may protect from future infection as well as identify those still at risk. Laws. Scientists have yet to determine whether a person with covid-19 antibodies is protected from reinfection; if they are, it's unclear long that immunity lasts. (more...)
CDC says coronavirus prompts rise in calls to poison centers CDC says coronavirus prompts rise in calls to poison centers
- April 21, 2020

Such poisonings were up about 20 percent in the first three months of this year, compared with the same period in 2018 and 2019, according to a report Monday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The report was based on more than 45,000 recent calls to 55 poison control centers across the country involving exposures to cleaning chemicals or disinfectants. (more...)
World Health Organization warns worst of coronavirus yet to come
- April 21, 2020

There have been encouraging signs in places like NY state, where hospitalizations have leveled off. Monday's death toll, at 478, was the lowest in three weeks, down from a peak of almost 800. The cost to have a barrel of USA crude delivered in May plummeted to negative $37.63 as traders run out of places to store it. It was at roughly 60 dollars at the start of the year. (more...)
53 mediapersons test coronavirus positive in Mumbai 53 mediapersons test coronavirus positive in Mumbai
- April 21, 2020

Viral transport media (VTM) is the fluid that preserves a specimen during transport, such as one collected via nasal swab from a person being tested for COVID-19. However, state health officials said there was nearly assuredly no health risk to patients. When it became clear the USA didn't have enough test kits, UW Medicine spent $125,000 to purchase kits from Lingen Precision Medical Products in China. (more...)
Announces new health-care framework to better serve remote and Indigenous communities Announces new health-care framework to better serve remote and Indigenous communities
- April 21, 2020

Five more people have died of COVID-19 in British Columbia, bringing the province's death toll from the novel coronavirus to 86 people. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones. The divergence between falling new cases and hospitalizations, and continued deaths, is explained by the two or three weeks it takes from the time of infection to become critically ill from the disease. (more...)
7,500 feared to have died with coronavirus in care homes 7,500 feared to have died with coronavirus in care homes
- April 21, 2020

The association sued the NY state Department of Health, Montifiore Medical Center and Westchester Medical Center. If three or more residents or staff develop respiratory symptoms, nursing homes must report these incidents within 72 hours. A Government spokesman said "every death from this virus is a tragedy", and said people were "working around the clock to give the social care sector the equipment and support they need". (more...)
Facebook Launches County-by-County Coronavirus Symptom Reporting Tool Facebook Launches County-by-County Coronavirus Symptom Reporting Tool
- April 21, 2020

Each day, Facebook invites some of its U.S. users to voluntarily answer the CMU survey about any COVID-19 symptoms they might be experiencing. The map only shows estimated rates of symptoms within the population and the data has not been confirmed, Facebook said. (more...)
Plasma therapy shows positive result on Covid-19 patient, says Delhi hospital
- April 21, 2020

Speaking on the success of the first case administered under plasma therapy at the hospital, Sandeep Budhiraja, Group Medical Director, Max Healthcare, and Senior Director, Institute of Internal Medicine, said the case opened a new treatment opportunity during these challenging times. (more...)
New Jersey Resident Faces Criminal Charges for Organising Protest Against Stay-at-Home Order New Jersey Resident Faces Criminal Charges for Organising Protest Against Stay-at-Home Order
- April 21, 2020

Kim Pagan helped organize Friday's Trenton rally against Gov. Phil Murphy's stay-at-home order amid the coronavirus crisis, State Attorney General Gurbir S. New Jersey, the USA state hardest hit by coronavirus after its neighbor NY, on Friday announced it would begin issuing temporary emergency permits to foreign-licensed physicians. (more...)

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