FDA called to lift restrictions on gay and bisexual men donating blood during 'crisis'

A group of U.S. senators are calling on the FDA and HHS to drop restrictions on donating blood for gay men. It comes as the nation suffers a severe blood shortage caused by the pandemic.
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ConclusionA growing body of literature has shown an association between SARS ‐CoV‐2 infection and the development of different types of CNS demyelination. Although causality cannot readily be inferred, this review may suggest a probable causal relationship, through a para-infectious or post-infectious immune-mediated etiology in COVID-19 patients. This relationship needs to be clarified in future research.
Source: Journal of Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
ConclusionAn AMT assembled during the COVID-19 pandemic showed high competency and effectiveness, and had favourable impact on the main responsible physicians who activated the team.
Source: Canadian Journal of Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research
ConclusionsGiven the perceived benefits of regional over general anesthesia, approximately half of the members of three regional anesthesia societies seem to have expanded their use of regional anesthesia techniques during the initial surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Canadian Journal of Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research
This study is a retrospective database review of all telestroke requests at one academic vascular neurology center telestroke network with seven remote sites in the USA between March 15 and April 30, 2020. Data were compared with historical cohort spanning same time frame in 2019 using parametric or nonparametric methods as appropriate. Among telestroke requests, characteristics of age, gender, race/ethnicity, National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS), primary diagnosis of AIS or transient ischemic attack (TIA), and number of patients receiving intravenous alteplase (IV-rtPA) and endovascular therapy (ET) were rec...
Source: Neurological Sciences - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 -- There was increased use of telemedicine for surgical consults among some historically underrepresented patient groups during the second phase of the pandemic, according to a study published in the February issue of the...
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
The number of outpatient visits for mental health and substance use by physicians jumped 27% in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, astudy published today inJAMA Network Open has found.“We observed increases in mental health and substance use visits during the COVID-19 pandemic that, consistent with surveys finding high levels of self-reported anxiety, depression, and stress in physicians during the pandemic, may indicate worsening physician mental health,” wrote Daniel T. Myr an, M.D., M.P.H., of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Canada and colleagues.The researchers analyzed data from the records...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: COVID-19 in-person visits JAMA Network Open mental health pandemic physicians psychiatrists substance use virtual visits Source Type: research
Paramount Pictures and Skydance said the seventh and eighth installments in the Mission Impossible franchise would be delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. #paramountpictures #missionimpossible7 #tomcruise #installments
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As of January 2022, the WHO reports that 5.5 million people have lost their lives to the pandemic. However, many research groups suggests that this number is likely to be a significant underestimate, although it is hard to be certain as counting mortality across the world is an exceptionally difficult task. In this episode of Coronapod we ask why, and delve into the range of approaches scientists are taking to try to get to the bottom of the sticky problem - from excess death counts, to machine learning and even satellite imagery.News Feature: The pandemic’s true death toll: millions more than official...
Source: Nature Podcast - Category: Science Authors: Source Type: podcasts
This week, nearly two full years into the on-going pandemic, the Biden Administration told Americans that they would, at long last, be given access to free, rapid COVID-19 tests — a key tool in containing the spread of the virus. The government’s plan was two-fold. First, on Jan. 15, federal agencies implemented new rules requiring private health insurers to cover at-home tests. And second, on Jan. 18, the feds launched a new website to deliver free rapid antigen tests directly to Americans’ homes. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] The effort was a major step in the right direction, public heal...
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Canada may have passed the peak of the Omicron wave but the number of people hospitalized because of COVID-19 is now at its highest level since the pandemic began, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said today.
Source: CBC | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news
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