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Commentary: What If There Is a Virtual ACC and Nobody Cares?

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 13:51

It seems tone-deaf to discuss science-that-can-wait while colleagues across the world fight this challenge, writes John Mandrola, MD, of the upcoming virtual American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions.

Guidance on Cardiac Implications of COVID-19 (ACC, 2020)

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 13:43

2020 guidance by the American College of Cardiology regarding the cardiac implications of COVID-19

Expert: Coronavirus Isn't 'Alive,' But Still Harms

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 13:28

"A virus usually enters the cell through a protein our cells have on their surface. COVID-19 -- and SARS [severe acute respiratory syndrome] before that -- use a protein called ACE2, which is on the surface of the cells in our lung, throat and intestinal tract,"  Mendenhall said.

Commentary: Pandemic Foreshadows Crisis in Mental Health Services

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 13:26

Grassroots initiatives are addressing shortcomings in psychiatry. But Dr Jeffrey Lieberman argues that we need top-down change.

Commentary: How to Start Doing Telemedicine Now (In the COVID-19 Crisis)

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 13:12

Many doctors now feel that televisits are the best way to conduct patient visits, for health safety issues. A physician tells how to get started.

Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 26, 2020

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 11:47

A roundup of the latest news about COVID-19

ICU Lessons on COVID-19 From Italian Front Line: Be Flexible

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 21:43

The rate of increase in patients needing ICU beds in areas badly affected by COVID-19 can double every 3 to 5 days for over a month, with patients staying an average of 15 days; flexibility is imperative.

Week-Old COVID-19 Urology Guidelines Already Outdated

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 21:34

The fast-pace of the pandemic means that physicians have to make decisions in the absence of any consensus guidance, and they are turning to social media for professional feedback.

Social Distancing May Need to Last Months: Study

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 19:22

As painful as the last 9 days of social distancing have been, disease modelers think Americans may need to be at home much longer to truly “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 infection and avoid overwhelming the critical care capacity of U.S. hospitals, a new study says.

COVID-19 May Delay Some Cancer Treatments

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 18:50

It's long been understood that cancer, as well as its therapies, have the unfortunate side effect of weakening a patient's immune system. That can leave a patient more vulnerable to infectious illness, including COVID-19.

Could Robots Be Deployed in Battle With COVID-19?

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 18:16

"Opportunities lie in intelligent navigation and detection of high-risk, high-touch areas, combined with other preventative measures," the authors said in a university news release. "New generations of large, small, micro- and swarm robots that are able to continuously work and clean [i.e., not only removing dust but also truly sanitizing/sterilizing all surfaces] could be developed."

Are Vital Home Health Workers Now A Safety Threat?

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 17:47

Hundreds of thousands of health care workers go into homes to provide important services for seniors and disabled people. But with the rising concerns about the danger of the coronavirus pandemic, especially for older people, these health workers could be endangering their patients and themselves.

Incomplete State COVID-19 Reports Blur The Picture

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 15:57

Maryland, Ohio and others are reporting only positive tests, which skews tracking and an understanding of how the virus spreads.

FDA Eases Blood Plasma Treatment Rule for COVID

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 15:00

The treatment is being tested in clinical trials by the state of New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:49

The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new (novel) strain of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. It causes mild flu-like symptoms, but severe cases can be fatal. Learn how to spot symptoms, prevent spreading of the disease, and find out what to do if you think you have it.

CDC to Screen for Novel Coronavirus at Three US Airports

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:48

Symptom-based health screening of passengers entering the US on direct or connecting flights from Wuhan, China, will be conducted in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles.

Coronavirus: Mass Quarantine May Spark Irrational Fear, Anxiety

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:43

Infectious disease outbreaks and the subsequent response by authorities have power to spark levels of fear and anxiety that are wildly out of proportion to actual risk, experts say.

Wuhan Coronavirus Cluster Suggests Human-to-Human Spread

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:38

A family cluster of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Vietnam is further evidence of human-to-human transmission.

What People With Parkinson's Need to Know About COVID-19

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:37

"People living with Parkinson's disease are at high risk if they contract COVID-19, whether they are above age 50 or if they have young-onset Parkinson's disease, which occurs in people younger than 50," said Dr. Frederick Southwick, an infectious disease expert at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Medical Glove Makers Working With Half Their Staff

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:29

Malaysia is the world's leading medical glove maker, but its glove factories are operating with half their normal workforce

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