Medicine


Supreme Court ruling expands job protection for Wisconsin's LGBTQ+ community Supreme Court ruling expands job protection for Wisconsin's LGBTQ+ community
- June 17, 2020

Rights groups hailed a US Supreme Court decision on Monday, that barred workplace discrimination against gay and transgender employees, calling it a watershed victory for LGBT rights and a defeat for President Donald Trump's administration. (more...)
Nintendo Releases A Free Fitness Game For The Switch Nintendo Releases A Free Fitness Game For The Switch
- June 17, 2020

Nintendo Switch owners looking to break a sweat at home now have several fitness games at their disposal, including Fitness Boxing and the critically acclaimed Ring Fit Adventure . Within seconds of downloading the game, I was pretending to jump rope in my bedroom, working up a bit of a sweat because of just how wildly out of shape I am. (more...)
New research suggests flushing may release aerosol droplets containing coronavirus New research suggests flushing may release aerosol droplets containing coronavirus
- June 17, 2020

Although it's not a fact we often like to dwell on, many diseases are spread through fecal-oral transmission - in other words, when trace amounts of fecal matter enter your body through your mouth. Rossman said: "This route of transmission has not been proven [for COVID-19] and it is unlikely that this route is a major mechanism of virus spread throughout the community". (more...)
Mayo Clinic Expert Backs Revoking Hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 Treatment Mayo Clinic Expert Backs Revoking Hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 Treatment
- June 17, 2020

The FDA also revised the fact sheet for healthcare providers and the fact sheet for patients and caregivers for the EUA of remdesivir for the CCP (Chinese Community Party) virus, the novel coronavirus from China that causes the COVID-19 disease. (more...)
How to Make Masks and Face Coverings from Home
- June 17, 2020

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said despite there being no evidence for self-protection, covering the mouth and nose can trap infectious droplets that are expelled when the wearer is speaking, coughing or sneezing. On April 9, Cameroon imposed masks for people leaving their homes. This applies to green areas such as parks and beaches as well as public places such as roads, squares, religious facilities, commercial facilities, and marketplaces. (more...)
Dexamethasone trial result most important so far, says English health chief Dexamethasone trial result most important so far, says English health chief
- June 17, 2020

The drug was given either orally or through an IV for 10 days. For patients on oxygen, it cuts the chances of death from coronavirus by a fifth. Dexamethasone , which reached the market 59 years ago, seemed an unlikely candidate to help these patients. (more...)
Trump to sign executive order aimed at changing policing practices Trump to sign executive order aimed at changing policing practices
- June 16, 2020

In Rose Garden remarks , Trump stressed the need for higher standards and commiserated with mourning families, even as he hailed the vast majority of officers as selfless public servants and held his law-and-order line, while criticizing Democrats. (more...)
Early Results Show Benefit Of Steroid For Very Sick COVID-19 Patients Early Results Show Benefit Of Steroid For Very Sick COVID-19 Patients
- June 16, 2020

Dexamethasone tablets were added to the government's list of medicines that can not be exported from the United Kingdom or hoarded on 24 April 2020, and other forms of the drug , including all oral solutions and solutions for injection, were added on 16 June 2020. (more...)
Donald Trump signs order pushing to reduce U.S. police violence Donald Trump signs order pushing to reduce U.S. police violence
- June 16, 2020

Tuesday's order encourages police departments to employ the latest standards for use of force, improve information sharing so that officers with poor records are not hired without their backgrounds being known and add social workers to law enforcement responses to non-violent cases involving drug addiction and homelessness, officials said. (more...)
UK's Imperial College begins human trials for Covid-19 vaccine UK's Imperial College begins human trials for Covid-19 vaccine
- June 16, 2020

Four EU countries have signed a contract with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca Plc to produce enough vaccine to potentially get rid of the coronavirus , the Italian health minister said. After vaccination, the immune system is primed to attack COVID-19 if it later infects the body. The team expects to publish findings once the safety data are available and are hopeful that a vaccine could be available by spring 2021. (more...)
Imperial College set to launch human trials of potential Covid-19 vaccine Imperial College set to launch human trials of potential Covid-19 vaccine
- June 16, 2020

Moreover, the vaccine protects the lungs from the Covid-19 infection without signs of the toxic effects and causes powerful immune response necessary for blocking of the infection. There are no guarantees any will work but there's increasing hope that at least some could be ready by the end of the year. Scientists have never created vaccines from scratch this fast and it's far from clear that any will ultimately prove safe and effective. (more...)
COVID-19 treatment a 'major breakthrough' COVID-19 treatment a 'major breakthrough'
- June 16, 2020

Around 2,100 hospitalized patients received 6mg of dexamethasone once a day for 10 days, while about 4,300 patients receive the usual care. The study enrolled more than 11,000 patients in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who were given either standard of care or that plus one of several treatments: dexamethasone; hydroxychloroquine; the HIV combo drug lopinavir-ritonavir; the antibiotic azithromycin; the anti-inflammatory drug tocilizumab; or plasma from people who have ... (more...)
Common steroid reduces Covid-19 fatalities by one-third, United Kingdom researchers say Common steroid reduces Covid-19 fatalities by one-third, United Kingdom researchers say
- June 16, 2020

Dexamethasone can be administered orally or intravenously and works by reducing inflammation in the body and suppressing the immune system , according to Drugs.com . "This is an extremely welcome result", one study leader, Peter Horby of the University of Oxford, said in a statement . He added that the drug should now become the standard treatment for patients with Covid-19 who need oxygen. (more...)
FDA Revokes Authorization For Trump-Touted Meds To Treat Coronavirus FDA Revokes Authorization For Trump-Touted Meds To Treat Coronavirus
- June 16, 2020

With CLEWICU healthcare providers use predictive screening information to help identify patients with an increased likelihood of being diagnosed with respiratory failure or hemodynamic instability which are common complications associated with COVID-19. (more...)
Is life-saving drug for coronavirus found? Is life-saving drug for coronavirus found?
- June 16, 2020

Developing a treatment or vaccine for severe COVID-19 is now the world's top public health priority. The RECOVERY trial was launched in April as a randomized clinical trial to test a range of potential treatments for COVID-19, including low-dose dexamethasone and the malaria drug hydoxycholoroquine. (more...)
North Korea blows up inter-Korean liaison office near border with South North Korea blows up inter-Korean liaison office near border with South
- June 16, 2020

The South Korean government's unease was palpable in its decision to diminish the size of the official ceremony, which was due to be held Monday evening under the slogan "Peace.Come" at the Odusan Unification Observatory in Paju, Gyeonggi, overlooking the Imjin River separating the South from the North. (more...)
Under 20s around half as susceptible to Covid-19, study finds Under 20s around half as susceptible to Covid-19, study finds
- June 16, 2020

The study is a large, strict test that randomly assigned 2,104 patients to get the drug and compared them with 4,321 patients getting only usual care. Remdesivir shortens the course of infection, but has not been shown to save lives. The researchers are also of the view that the drug could be of substantial benefit in poorer countries struggling with high numbers of coronavirus patients due to its low cost. (more...)
Face coverings: What does the law say? Face coverings: What does the law say?
- June 16, 2020

Avanti West Coast is applying "face mask" designs on some of its Pendolinos at Longsight depot in Manchester, and Great Western Railway is unveiling a "masked" Intercity Express at Bristol Temple Meads today. The RMT union, which had previously expressed concern that transport staff would be required to enforce the new rules, said it had received assurances that police, and not transport staff, will be responsible for enforcing the legislation and "has advised its members to avoid conflict ... (more...)
Tysons' 24 Hour Fitness Closes for Good Tysons' 24 Hour Fitness Closes for Good
- June 16, 2020

In San Diego County, over 20 of the gym's locations are set to reopen June 22. The gym filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which allows the company to keep operating while it works out a plan to pay its creditors and ease its debt load of $1.4 billion. (more...)
State sets a record, again, with 184 new cases State sets a record, again, with 184 new cases
- June 16, 2020

All of the previously-released guidance around hygiene precautions is important, but today we would like to highlight the importance of wearing face coverings (masks) when in public areas where it is hard to maintain social distancing. "The results from the TRACE team's community sampling will give the community current prevalence data and inform a better picture of how COVID-19 moves through rural communities", said Bob Cowen, director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. (more...)

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