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COVID & Social Distancing: Is 6 Feet Enough?

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 15:36

In a new study, researchers found that the virus can travel on respiratory droplets up 26 feet in just a few seconds after someone cough, sneezes, or sings.

Texas Mother Transmitted COVID-19 to Unborn Baby

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 13:55

Though the patient didn't have the typical respiratory symptoms associated with COVID-19, she did have a fever and diarrhea, suggesting possible viral infection. Before going to the hospital, she didn't know she had the coronavirus.

Polio Eradicated in Africa: WHO

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 13:50

The campaign by governments and nonprofits delivered nearly 9 billion polio vaccines.

Hospitals Must Report COVID Data or Be Penalized

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 13:44

Hospitals that fail to follow the new regulations could be ousted from Medicare and Medicaid programs. CMS estimates that 6,200 hospitals participate in those two federal health programs.

The Forgotten Science Behind Face Masks

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 19:07

A century before COVID, a doctor came up with the idea of using face masks to stop a deadly plague in China.

Survivors' Plasma Still OK for Treating COVID-19

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 16:15

Some scientists have questioned both the timing of the approval and the veracity of a key survival statistic cited by FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn. And the clinical trials needed to make sure that convalescent plasma really works are not yet complete.

CDC's New COVID Testing Guidelines Trigger Concern

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 16:11

Experts warned that the revised CDC guidelines could delay treatment and lead to wider spread of the coronavirus.

FDA Chief Apologizes for COVID Treatment Claim

Tue, 08/25/2020 - 16:32

But many scientists, including a researcher on the Mayo Clinic study from which the statistic was supposedly gleaned, said Monday they could not ascertain where the number came from and that Hahn had appeared to overstate the treatment's benefits

Distributing COVID Vaccine Will Be Major Challenge

Tue, 08/25/2020 - 16:21

Supplies are already being marshaled to help quickly manufacture and store millions of doses of any successful vaccine, and distribution plans are being crafted to get the vaccine to the people who need it.

Blood Pressure Meds Don't Raise Risk of Depression

Tue, 08/25/2020 - 16:14

Although previous research hinted there might be a connection between high blood pressure medications and depression, a new study of dozens of commonly used drugs found no such link.

What If Many Americans Say No to a COVID Vaccine?

Tue, 08/25/2020 - 13:49

Less than half of all American adults say they plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, but halting the pandemic requires herd immunity -- achieved when an estimated 60% to 70% of the population is immune to the virus.

Study Confirms It’s Possible to Catch COVID Twice

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 17:50

The special thing about this case is that each time the patient was hospitalized, doctors sequenced the genome of the virus that infected him. It was slightly different from one infection to the next, suggesting that the virus had mutated – or changed -- in the 4 months between his infections.

Pandemic Drove Spike in Panic Attacks

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 16:45

New research found that between mid-March and early May of this year, there were 375,000 more Google searches for anxiety or panic attacks than would normally be expected.

For Black Kids, Autism Caught Late in the Game

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 16:38

That delay means that young Black Americans miss out on early intensive treatment that is essential to help children with autism be better able to deal with school and social life, the researchers said.

What to Know About COVID Contact Tracing and Scams

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 16:37

The concept of contact tracing isn't new with COVID-19. It's been used successfully for sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, and smallpox, among other conditions.

Flushing a Public Toilet? Be Sure to Wear a Mask

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 16:22

Flushing public toilets or urinals can spew clouds of particles filled with germs into the air, including the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, Chinese researchers warn.

BP Meds Could Improve Survival in COVID Patients

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 15:57

The U.K. findings should allay any worry that the two types of mediations -- angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) -- might actually harm COVID-19 patients.

Flu Shots for Kids Protect Everybody, Study Shows

Fri, 08/21/2020 - 15:46

An increased vaccination rate among grade schoolers in California was associated with a decrease in flu hospitalizations for folks in every other age bracket, researchers report.

Stress, Anger May Worsen Heart Failure

Fri, 08/21/2020 - 15:40

Patients who reported experiencing anger in the week before the mental stress test had worse resting diastolic pressure, the researchers found.

Eating Disorders Cost Billions in the U.S.

Fri, 08/21/2020 - 15:37

The research team found that there were nearly 54,000 emergency department visits due to eating disorders in fiscal year 2018 to 2019, costing $29 million, and over 23,500 in-patient hospitalizations due to eating disorders, costing $209 million.