' Silent' COVID-19 Produces as Much Virus as in Patients With Symptoms: Study
FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2020 -- People who have COVID-19 but no symptoms have the same amount of virus in their nose and throat as those with symptoms and may play a major role in spreading the disease, a new study reveals. The researchers compared... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 25, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Can mouthwashes or nasal sprays protect healthcare workers and patients from COVID-19 infection?
Three new reviews have published on mouthwashes/nasal sprays to protect healthcare workers and patients from COVID-19 infection. Healthcare workers are at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis, with repeated exposure to individuals who are, or may be, infected, and are therefore at risk themselves.These workers may be especially at risk when undertaking'aerosol-generating procedures'(AGPs). This is any medical, dental or patient-care procedure that results in the production of airborne particles (aerosols) from the upper aerodigestive tract (mouth, nose, throat, oesophagus) and lower respiratory tract where the virus is she...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 17, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

British-made surgical PPE device rolls out free to NHS
(Aston University) An innovative device designed to stop patients accidentally spreading coronavirus to ear, nose and throat surgeons is rolling out free to NHS clinics across the UK. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How do you know if the wildfires are making you sick?
The wildfires raging throughout California and Oregon have caused great concern about air quality and the safety of being outdoors. And dealing with the public health implications of the fires is further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Reza Ronaghi, a pulmonologist at the  David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, explains how wildfires affect air quality and what precautions people can take during the pandemic to limit exposure to smoke and other fire-generated toxins in the air.How do you know if the wildfires are making you sick?If you are healthy, minimal exposure to wildfires – such as experi...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 17, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

A cold, flu or coronavirus - which one do I have?
A blocked or runny nose, a sore throat and a cough are common, especially in the winter. But how do you know if you have coronavirus? (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nasal swab followed by antibody test may catch incorrect Covid-19 diagnoses
Use of dual testing could help as swabs miss around 30%-50% of infections, say UK researchersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTesting people twice for the coronavirus, with a nasal swab followed by an antibody finger prick test, would catch most of those people who fail to get the right Covid-19 diagnosis, researchers believe.Nose and throat swabs miss around 30% to 50% of infections, say the University of Cambridge team, as the virus can disappear from the upper respiratory tract into the lungs. But they say adding an antibody test can plug that gap. Antibodies show up from about six days ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 2, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science UK news World news Source Type: news

Featured Review: Rapid, point-of-care antigen and molecular-based tests for diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection
How accurate are rapid tests, performed during a health-care visit (point-of-care), for diagnosing COVID-19?Why is this question important?People with suspected COVID-19 need to know quickly whether they are infected, so that they can self-isolate, receive treatment, and inform close contacts. Currently, COVID-19 infection is confirmed by sending away samples, taken from the nose and throat, for laboratory testing. The laboratory test, called RT-PCR, requires specialist equipment, may require repeat healthcare visits, and typically takes at least 24 hours to produce a result.Rapid point-of-care tests can provide a result &...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 25, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

What to Know About COVID-19 Tests, from PCR to Antigen to Antibody
People often talk about COVID-19 testing like it means only one thing. But in reality, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has so far granted emergency-use authorization to more than 200 different tests meant to detect a current or past infection from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Most recently, the agency made headlines for approving the first such test that uses saliva samples, the aptly named SalivaDirect test out of the Yale School of Public Health. These COVID-19 tests fall into three main categories: PCR, antigen and antibody. Dr. Aneesh Mehta, chief of infectious diseases services at Emory Univ...
Source: TIME: Health - August 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Doctor invents hybrid mask allowing ENT doctors to see more patients
(TechLink) An ear, nose, and throat doctor has invented a simple mask design that significantly improves safety during aerosol-generating procedures of the head and neck. The VA is seeking a company to commercialize it. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Toward a coronavirus breathalyzer test
(American Chemical Society) Few people who have undergone nasopharyngeal swabs for coronavirus testing would describe it as a pleasant experience. The procedure involves sticking a long swab up the nose to collect a sample from the back of the nose and throat, which is then analyzed for SARS-CoV-2 RNA by the reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Now, researchers reporting inACS Nano have developed a prototype device that non-invasively detected COVID-19 in the exhaled breath of infected patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 19, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Study of nose and throat reveals why people with COVID-19 may lose their sense of smell
(European Lung Foundation) Researchers studying tissue removed from patients noses during surgery believe they may have discovered the reason why so many people with COVID-19 lose their sense of smell, even when they have no other symptoms.In their experiments they found extremely high levels of angiotensin converting enzyme II (ACE-2) only in the area of the nose responsible for smelling. This Enzyme is thought to be the 'entry point' that allows coronavirus to get into the cells of the body and cause an infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 18, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

DR MARTIN SCURR answers all your health questions 
DR MARTIN SCURR: Post-nasal drip (clinically, known as chronic rhinitis) is where mucus accumulates in the nose and drips down the throat, causing a sensation of excess fluid. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HEALTH NOTES: Covid-proof clip makes cancer check-ups safe 
Surgeons are using a specialised clip to trap coughs and sneezes - to make vital check-ups on patients with suspected cancer in the nose and throat 'Covid-proof'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why is the government buying Covid tests without evidence they work? Ravindra Gupta and Dami Collier
As clinical researchers, we searched for information about the UK ’s new 90-minute tests – but found no data about their effectivenessCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMany of us working in NHS hospitals welcomed the news earlier this week that the government had purchased90-minute Covid-19 tests. Rapid swab tests, called LamPORE, and 5,000 machines, supplied by DnaNudge, will soon be available in adult care settings and laboratories. If they ’re effective, they could allow for rapid, on-the-spot testing. But there’s no publicly available data about the accuracy of th...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 5, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Ravindra Gupta and Dami Collier Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Medical research NHS Infectious diseases Microbiology Health Science Society World news UK news Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey pilot: England, 31 July 2020, ONS
An estimated 35,700 people (95% credible interval: 23,700 to 53,200) within the community population in England had COVID-19 during the most recent week, from 20 to 26 July 2020, equating to around 1 in 1,500 individuals. There is now evidence to suggest a slight increase in the number of people in England testing positive on a nose and throat swab in recent weeks. There is not enough evidence to say with confidence whether COVID-19 infection rates differ by region in England, nor whether infection rates have increased in different regions over the past six weeks. During the most recent week (20 to 26 July 2020), we est...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

These Scientists Are Sewer-Diving in an Attempt to Detect Silent COVID-19 Outbreaks
Wearing face shields, masks, two layers of gloves and navy cotton overalls, two scientists carefully lift off a metal manhole cover to reveal the cumulative waste of some 400 migrant workers. As one of them lowers a yellow rubber tube into the fetid sewer outside a dormitory in central Singapore, a third explains how samples of the brownish liquid provide a crude snapshot of how the city-state is trying to keep a step ahead of the coronavirus. Wastewater surveillance — which Dutch scientists showed in March can identify evidence of the pathogen earlier than testing patients — is one of a handful of strategies a...
Source: TIME: Health - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 overnight wire Source Type: news

U.S. News names Philadelphia area's best hospitals, ranks one among nation's top 20
Nine Philadelphia hospitals and health systems received top-50 national rankings in this year's U.S. News& World Report ​Best Hospitals​ report released Tuesday. The Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian Medical Center was the only medical center in the region to make the "Honor Roll" as one of the top 20 in the country. HUP/PPMC ranked 15th overall with 12 top-50 national rankings in spe cialties, led by a ninth-place ranking in ear, nose and throat and 11th place in… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 28, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

UCLA Health hospitals retain No. 1 ranking in L.A. and California, rise to No. 4 in nation
UCLA Health hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica placed No. 1 in both Los Angeles and California and No. 4 nationally in annual rankings published today by U.S. News& World Report.For 31 consecutive years, UCLA has appeared on thenational honor roll, a distinction reserved for only 20 hospitals that provide the highest quality care across an array of specialties, procedures and conditions.“Every day, I am inspired by the teamwork of our physicians, nurses, health care professionals and support staff whose knowledge, skill, dedication and compassion make possible the excellence in health care,” said Johnes...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 28, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

How airway cells work together in regeneration and aging
Researchers at theEli and Edythe Broad Center of  Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have identified the process by which stem cells in the airways of the lungs switch between two distinct phases — creating more of themselves and producing mature airway cells — to regenerate lung tissue after an injury.The study, published in Cell Stem Cell, also sheds light on how aging can cause lung regeneration to go awry, which can lead to lung cancer and other diseases.  “There currently are few therapies that target the biology of lung diseases,” said Dr. Brigitte Gomperts,a profes...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 27, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Do I Need To Get Another COVID-19 Test? Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers Your Coronavirus Questions
BOSTON (CBS) — Dr. Mallika Marshall is answering your coronavirus-related medical questions. If you have a question for Dr. Mallika, email her or message her on Facebook or Twitter. Dr. Mallika is offering her best advice, but as always consult your personal doctor before making any decisions about your personal health. Alice says that her son is moving from a city in Massachusetts to live with her while he attends graduate school. He will get a COVID test before he arrives. She wonders if he tests negative, does he still need to quarantine? If you’re in Massachusetts, then no, he ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Covid-19 Boston, MA Health Healthcare Status Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Coronavirus Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey pilot: England, 9 July 2020
We estimate that an average of 1 in 3,900 individuals within the community population in England had COVID-19 at any given time between 22 June and 5 July 2020. That equates to an estimated average of 14,000 people (95% confidence interval: 5,000 to 31,000) within the community in England having COVID-19 between 22 June and 5 July 2020. Modelling of the trend over time suggests that the decline in the number of people in England testing positive on a nose and throat swab has levelled off in recent weeks. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Featured Review: Can symptoms and medical examination accurately diagnose COVID-19 disease?
ConclusionsAll studies were conducted in hospital outpatient settings, so the results are not representative of primary care settings. The results do not apply to children or older adults specifically, and do not clearly differentiate between milder COVID-19 disease and COVID-19 pneumonia.The results suggest that a single symptom or sign included in this review cannot accurately diagnose COVID-19. Doctors base diagnosis on multiple symptoms and signs, but the studies did not reflect this aspect of clinical practice.Further research is needed to investigate combinations of symptoms and signs; symptoms that are likely to be ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 6, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Study: New Form Of Coronavirus Spreads Faster, But Doesn ’ t Make People Sicker
(CNN) — A global study has found strong evidence that a new form of the coronavirus has spread from Europe to the US. The new mutation makes the virus more likely to infect people but does not seem to make them any sicker than earlier variations of the virus, an international team of researchers reported Thursday. “It is now the dominant form infecting people,” Erica Ollmann Saphire of the La Jolla Institute for Immunology and the Coronavirus Immunotherapy Consortium, who worked on the study, told CNN. “This is now the virus.” The study, published in the journal Cell, builds on some earlier wo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN Coronavirus Source Type: news

How California Went From Coronavirus Success to Hotspot in Just 5 Weeks
(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Heading into Memorial Day weekend, California’s mood was celebratory. The state had avoided dire predictions of a coronavirus surge, hospitalizations were starting to decline and restaurants and most other businesses had reopened. As July 4th approaches, the mood has soured. Infection rates and hospitalizations are rising fast. Most bars have been ordered closed along with inside dining at restaurants. Many beaches are off-limits or have restrictions to limit crowds. Fireworks shows are canceled and Gov. Gavin Newsom is imploring residents to avoid the holiday tradition of backyard barbec...
Source: TIME: Health - July 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kathleen Ronayne / AP Tags: Uncategorized California COVID-19 overnight wire Source Type: news

New red flags: Backache, nausea, rashes may also be Covid warning signs
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had a fortnight ago added loss of smell (anosmia) or loss of taste (ageusia) as probable symptoms. It also added that while fever, tiredness and dry cough are the most common symptoms, "some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea". (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Janssen Announces Discontinuation of Phase 3 LOTUS Study Evaluating Ustekinumab in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
SPRING HOUSE, PENNSYLVANIA, June 26, 2020 – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today its decision to discontinue the Phase 3 LOTUS study of STELARA® (ustekinumab) in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) due to lack of efficacy in SLE.The decision is based on data from a pre-planned interim efficacy analysis. Interim safety findings were consistent with the known safety profile of STELARA, and no new safety signals were identified. Investigators, study participants and health authorities have been informed of the decision. The company intends to thoroughly analyze the totality of...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - June 26, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Characteristics of paediatric patients hospitalised for eye trauma in 2007-2015 and factors related to their visual outcomes - Guo Y, Liu Y, Xu H, Zhao Z, Gan D.
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the epidemiological characteristics and clinical features of children under the age of 16 years with ocular trauma at the Eye and Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital of Fudan University (Shanghai, China) and to investigate the preventive me... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Tear gas used by riot police may trigger the spread of coronavirus among protesters
Tear gas is designed to irritate the eyes, nose and throat, and that irritation leads  to coughing and other behaviors that spread the virus, and may leave the respiratory tract more vulnerable. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

There Were Limited COVID-19 Cases in the U.S. During Most of January, Says New CDC Report
In its latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) say that there were limited instances of COVID-19 in the U.S. during most of January, and that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease, didn’t start to spread widely until the end of the month and into February. These findings suggest that an aggressive testing and detection program might have mitigated some of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 and allowed public health officials to contain the infection more reliably. In a telebriefing with reporters, however, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield said that th...
Source: TIME: Health - June 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Comparative pathogenesis of COVID-19, MERS, and SARS in a nonhuman primate model
The current pandemic coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome–coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was recently identified in patients with an acute respiratory syndrome, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). To compare its pathogenesis with that of previously emerging coronaviruses, we inoculated cynomolgus macaques with SARS-CoV-2 or Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)–CoV and compared the pathology and virology with historical reports of SARS-CoV infections. In SARS-CoV-2–infected macaques, virus was excreted from nose and throat in the absence of clinical signs and detected in type I and II pneumocyte...
Source: ScienceNOW - May 28, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Rockx, B., Kuiken, T., Herfst, S., Bestebroer, T., Lamers, M. M., Oude Munnink, B. B., de Meulder, D., van Amerongen, G., van den Brand, J., Okba, N. M. A., Schipper, D., van Run, P., Leijten, L., Sikkema, R., Verschoor, E., Verstrepen, B., Bogers, W., La Tags: Medicine, Diseases, Microbiology reports Source Type: news

The Hunt to Understand COVID-19 ’s Connection to Kawasaki Disease
Dr. Jane C. Burns has studied Kawasaki disease for four decades. It took only four months for COVID-19 to turn her life’s work upside down. Unusual numbers of children and teenagers living in COVID-19 hotspots like Lombardy, Italy and New York City have developed an inflammatory condition (officially called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C) that looks a lot like Kawasaki disease. In many cases, the children have also tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, suggesting the syndrome followed a viral infection. In New York State, 170 inflammatory-disease cases and three related deaths are under in...
Source: TIME: Health - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

UK Covid-19 saliva test to be trialled on 5,000 key workers
Alternative to nasal swab to be tested on police and army staff in next two weeksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA potentially “game-changing” spit test for coronavirus is set to be trialled by the government on 5,000 police and army staff amid growing concern about the accuracy of invasive nasal swabs.The two-minute test requires someone to spit in a tube, and is thought to be as accurate, if not more so, than the throat and nose swab that detects if someone has Covid-19.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 22, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Josh Halliday Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases UK news Science Vaccines and immunisation Health Society Source Type: news

How Remdesivir Moved From Back Shelf to Best Hope for Treating COVID-19
This study showed that a five-day regimen is as effective as 10 days–that’s important, doctors say, since it could mean shorter stays in the hospital, which could alleviate some of the burden on the health care system. “Of course we will have to wait for the final review of all the data, but it would be very nice to have an anti-viral that’s efficacious in this terrible illness,” says Dr. Aruna Subramanian, a clinical professor of medicine at Stanford and an investigator on the study. “At least we know that we can help patients with this, and that’s really the bottom line.” T...
Source: TIME: Health - May 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

Unusual Symptoms of Coronavirus: What We Know So Far
While most people are familiar with the hallmark symptoms of COVID-19 by now—cough, fever, muscle aches, headaches and difficulty breathing—a new crop of medical conditions are emerging from the more than 4 million confirmed cases of the disease around the world. These include skin rashes, diarrhea, kidney abnormalities and potentially life-threatening blood clots. It’s not unusual for viruses to directly infect and affect different tissues and organs in the body, but it is a bit unusual for a primarily respiratory virus like SARS-CoV-2, which is responsible for COVID-19, to have such a wide-ranging reach...
Source: TIME: Health - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Inherent Flaws in COVID-19 Testing Mean Some of Those Infected Don ’t Get the Treatment They Need
In late February, several weeks before the coronavirus outbreak shut down American cities and rose to the level of a national crisis, Kerri Rawson began to feel sick. “I was hit out of nowhere with what feels like the flu at first,” says Rawson, who also has asthma and takes cardiac medication for high-blood pressure. “You’re fine, and then all of a sudden you have a fever below 100°F and chest congestion.” Rawson is a 41-year-old writer and mother of two in Florida. (You may recognize her name from her 2019 memoir, about growing up as the daughter of a serial killer.) Her fever lasted for...
Source: TIME: Health - May 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zach Schonfeld Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Source Type: news

Rashes, headaches, tingling: the less common coronavirus symptoms that patients have
Studies have examined some of the more unusual signs of Covid-19Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe World Health Organization lists the most common symptoms of Covid-19 as fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Others include a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion, pain, diarrhoea and the loss of sense of taste and/or smell. But there are also other more unusual symptoms that patients have presented.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 6, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Haroon Siddique Tags: Coronavirus outbreak World Health Organization Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Life, the universe and medicine – part 2
So, I have the two appointments I’ve been waiting for, and I’m still waiting to hear about the blood results – on that score, no news should be good news – in my head at least. I have a bronchoscopy on 4th July at 8.15am to take a look down my nose, throat and trachea into the larger brachia of the lungs. I fully expect to be told that I was wasting their time and to go away – nicely of course. The breast surgery team – which seems like quite an assumption to me – will see me on the 19th July; so much for the two weeks ‘urgent’ appointment. I found it fascinating though...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - May 5, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness Thought for the day my story Source Type: news

What Are the Complications of Inhalant Abuse?
Discussion Hydrocarbons (HC) are organic compounds that are abused because they produce a euphoric effect, usually quickly, are low cost and easily obtained. They are commonly abused by adolescents and use in the US is either stable or increasing. Volatile HC rapidly distribute throughout the body which produces euphoria in seconds to minutes. There are 3 ways that HC are inhaled: Sniffing – directly inhaling the HC from the container. This has the lowest HC concentration. Huffing – a cloth is saturated with the HC and then the cloth is held to the nose and mouth and inhaled. This has a higher concentration ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 4, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Here ’s How Scientists and Public-Health Experts Recommend the U.S. Gets Back to ‘Normal’
There is both promise and peril in being a pioneer, and the people of Hokkaido have learned both lessons well over the past few months. After infections of COVID-19 on the Japanese island exploded following its annual winter festival this year, officials in February declared a state of emergency to control the disease. Soon after, new daily cases plummeted, and Hokkaido’s quick action was heralded as a beacon for the rest of Japan to follow. But it wasn’t just infections that dropped; over the next month, agriculture and tourism business also dried up, and Hokkaido’s governor decided to ease social restri...
Source: TIME: Health - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Magazine Source Type: news

Trump Says U.S. Will Run 5 Million Daily Virus Tests ‘Very Soon.’ His Testing Chief Says That’s Impossible
President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that the U.S. will be able to carry out five million coronavirus tests per day, but the top official overseeing testing strategy told TIME earlier in the day that goal wasn’t feasible given current technology. Admiral Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary of health who is in charge of the government’s testing response, said during an interview on Tuesday morning that “there is absolutely no way on Earth, on this planet or any other planet, that we can do 20 million tests a day, or even five million tests a day.” Since the beginning of the year, the Administrat...
Source: TIME: Health - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: W.J. Hennigan Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Life, the universe and medicine – part 1
Like everyone, I assume I’ll live forever. Although I often wonder whether anyone would come to my funeral and who would wear black, it never actually occurrs to me that there is an endpoint. It’s almost as if I would come along too to watch proceedings running smoothly and along the lines I wanted. Death was something I thought about, but in a rather abstract, offhand sort of way. It happened, of course I knew I would die at some point, but that point was somewhere out there … way off from here, where I am now. And then I hit a brick wall. The wall consisted of a tiny little bit of blood coughed up in s...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 28, 2020 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Emotional Health Happiness Thought for the day Women's Health my story Source Type: news

FDA Authorizes First At-Home Coronavirus Self-Swab Test —But It Won’t Be Available to Everyone
(WASHINGTON) — U.S. health regulators on Tuesday OK’d the first coronavirus test that allows people to collect their own sample at home, a new approach that could help expand testing options in most states. The test from LabCorp will initially only be available to health care workers and first responders under a doctor’s orders. The sample will still have to be shipped for processing back to LabCorp, which operates diagnostic labs throughout the U.S. Allowing people to self-swab at home would help reduce infection risks for front-line health care workers and help conserve protective gear. For the home tes...
Source: TIME: Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Perrone / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk wire Source Type: news

COVID-19 Patients May Require ENT Consults for Varied Reasons
MONDAY, April 20, 2020 -- Patients with COVID-19 may require ear, nose, and throat (ENT) consultations for many reasons, including tracheotomy, and protective strategies can prevent infection of otolaryngologists, according to a case series study... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 20, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA Grants EUA to First Saliva-Based Coronavirus Test
FDA has granted out a ton of emergency use authorizations for tests to detect the novel coronavirus. However, the federal agency’s latest EUA designation could be a first. On Tuesday, Rutger’s RUCDR Infinite Biologics along with Spectrum Solutions and Accurate Diagnostics Labs (ADL) have developed an application that uses saliva as the primary test biomaterial for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The feeling is that the test will allow for broader population screening than the current method of nose and throat swabs. In release, Andrew Brooks, COO and director of technology development at RUC...
Source: MDDI - April 15, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: COVID-19 IVD Source Type: news

All Your Coronavirus Questions, Answered
One of the worst symptoms of any plague is uncertainty—who it will strike, when it will end, why it began. Merely understanding a pandemic does not stop it, but an informed public can help curb its impact and slow its spread. It can also provide a certain ease of mind in a decidedly uneasy time. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 pandemic from TIME’s readers, along with the best and most current answers science can provide. A note about our sourcing: While there are many, many studies underway investigating COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-19, the novel coronavirus that causes the illn...
Source: TIME: Health - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: TIME Staff Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Explainer Source Type: news

Your nose may know more when it comes to COVID-19
A University of Cincinnati ear, nose and throat specialist says your nose may hold a clue in identifying COVID-19. The loss of smell may be a key indicator. Physicians are increasingly recognizing the importance of the nasal cavity in determining the physiology of COVID-19, explains Ahmad Sedaghat, an associate professor in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine's Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and an UC Health physician specializing in diseases of the nose and sinuses. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - April 14, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

New Rutgers saliva test for coronavirus gets FDA approval
Emergency use authorization granted for new biomaterial collection approachRutgers UniversityIMAGE: Rutgers Professor Andrew Brooks, chief operating officer and director of technology development at RUCDR Infinite Biologics.viewmore Credit: Rutgers University The FDA has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) to Rutgers 'RUCDR Infinite Biologics and its collaborators for a new collection approach that utilizes saliva as the primary test biomaterial for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the first such approval granted by the federal agency. The new saliva collection method, which RUCDR developed in partnership with S...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - April 13, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Why Some Doctors Are Now Moving Away From Ventilator Treatments for Coronavirus Patients
(NEW YORK) — As health officials around the world push to get more ventilators to treat coronavirus patients, some doctors are moving away from using the breathing machines when they can. The reason: Some hospitals have reported unusually high death rates for coronavirus patients on ventilators, and some doctors worry that the machines could be harming certain patients. Read more: Front Line Workers Tell Their Own Stories in the New Issue of TIME The evolving treatments highlight the fact that doctors are still learning the best way to manage a virus that emerged only months ago. They are relying on anecdotal, real-t...
Source: TIME: Health - April 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Stobbe / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk wire Source Type: news

New Coronavirus Test Provides Results in as Few as Five Minutes, According to Manufacturer
On March 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use to Abbott Laboratories for its rapid COVID-19 test designed for doctor’s offices, urgent care centers and smaller hospitals without complex testing labs. According to the Illinois-based company, the test can give positive results in as little as five minutes, and negative results in about 13 minutes. The test runs on Abbott’s ID NOW device, which is about the size of the toaster, and is currently used by many sites to quickly test for flu, strep and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) while patients wait. For COVID-19, health providers would...
Source: TIME: Health - March 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 UnitedWeRise20Disaster Source Type: news

Hay Fever or Coronavirus? For Allergy Sufferers, a Pollen Season of Extra Worries Is Starting Up
(HAMBURG, Pa.) — The spring breezes of 2020 are carrying more than just tree pollen. There’s a whiff of paranoia in the air. For millions of seasonal allergy sufferers, the annual onset of watery eyes and scratchy throats is bumping up against the global spread of a new virus that produces its own constellation of respiratory symptoms. Forecasters are predicting a brutal spring allergy season for swaths of the U.S. at the same time that COVID-19 cases are rising dramatically. That’s causing angst for people who never have had to particularly worry about their hay fever, other than to stock up on antihista...
Source: TIME: Health - March 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk wire Source Type: news