London hospital starts virtual ward rounds for medical students
Imperial College doctors with AR glasses examine patients as trainees watch remotelyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA flock of students stumbling after a consultant on a ward round has long been a familiar sight in hospitals. Perhaps not for much longer though – a university has pioneered the use of augmented reality to allow students to take part from home.Imperial College has conducted what it said is the world ’s first virtual ward round for medical students, which means an entire class of 350 students can watch a consultant examining patients rather than the three or four who have been...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 4, 2020 Category: Science Authors: James Tapper Tags: NHS Augmented reality Hospitals Coronavirus outbreak UK news London Microsoft Health Science Technology Medicine Source Type: news

COVID-19 has Further Marginalised Persons with Disabilities
Containment measures, such as physical distancing and self-isolation, may be impossible for those who rely on the support of others to eat, dress, and bathe. Credit: Bigstock By Srilakshmi BellamkondaHYDERABAD, India, Jun 16 2020 (IPS) Since the beginning of the year, more than 200 nations across the globe have been affected by COVID-19. Many are still reeling under the devastating effects of the pandemic, with both public health and the global economy having taken a major blow. Emerging markets seem to be especially vulnerable, given that their healthcare facilities tend to be ill-equipped to tackle a pandemic of this nat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Srilakshmi Bellamkonda Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

China ’s “Two Sessions”, and the Hiccups in Hong Kong
By Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed ChowdhurySINGAPORE, Jun 12 2020 (IPS-Partners) The eyes of much of the world were focused on Beijing during the last week of May. That was because China had scheduled for that time-perod what is generally collectively termed “Two Sessions” or Lianghui in Mandarin. These are back-to-back annual parliamentary meetings of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC). The event usually take place in March, but this year had to be pushed back to May because of the COVID virus. Again, ordinarily, these last ten days, but this year, for the s...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury Tags: Economy & Trade Health Source Type: news

I Thought I Was Doing Pretty Well. Then Came the Pandemic
At the dawn of the pandemic, as businesses shuttered and frontline workers braved inadequate conditions and the death toll began to tick frighteningly upward, I was home alone, nursing one selfish obsession: that I would use this time to get in really good shape. I am not proud of this–I would much rather write that I was raising money for communities disproportionately affected by this crisis, or delivering meals to the immunocompromised–but it’s the truth. The more I thought about it, the more the idea sharpened in my mind’s eye: this persistent fantasy of how I would emerge anew once the lockdown...
Source: TIME: Health - June 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sam Lansky Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

Burnt-out health-care workers warn of mass exodus, with no end in sight to mandatory redeployment to CHSLDs
Documents obtained by CBC News show at least one of Montreal's regional health boards plans to keep physiotherapists and occupational therapists reassigned to long-term care homes until at least January. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

The Bible, Donald Trump and Plastic
Credit: u/USMCinUSABy Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Jun 5 2020 (IPS) Another episode of the spectacular show that could be called The Greatest Story Ever Told: The Saga of the Trump Presidency, scripted and acted by Trump himself, took place on 1st of June. As U.S. cities were scenes of demonstrations and looting, President Trump declared himself to be ”the president of law and order” and said he was going to dispatch ”thousands and thousands” of law enforcement personell to Washington, to stop the ”destruction of property”. Meanwhile, tear gas, rubber bullets, shields and horses were used to empty the Lafayett...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Crime & Justice Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights North America Religion TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Elimination of Leprosy
Traveling man: the Goodwill Ambassador shares a joke with two residents of a leprosarium in Krantau, Uzbekistan during a visit in 2013.By External SourceMay 29 2020 (IPS-Partners)   Warm greetings from Sasakawa Health Foundation in Tokyo. The 100th Issue of the WHO Goodwill Ambassador’s Newsletter has been published. Read special interviews with the Goodwill Ambassador and the UN Special Rapporteur on leprosy, and check out the Timeline of all that has happened since the first issue. My Journey Continues I started this newsletter in April 2003 to share information about the fight against leprosy. This marks the 10...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Health Source Type: news

Remaining Competitive in the Medtech Industry
Within the healthcare industry there is an understanding among medical device companies that the drive for improvements in both manufacturing and packaging is a constant. In this time of increased flux, companies must strive to retain their competitive edge by establishing a foundation of trust and experience combined with a spirit of flexibility. For contract manufacturers servicing customers ranging from Fortune 100 powerhouses to the newest startups, it’s paramount to have a sound leadership team focused on a few key operating principles. In this way, medical device contract manufacturing and packaging...
Source: MDDI - May 22, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Aaron Swanson Tags: Contract Manufacturing Source Type: news

Humpback Whales Have Made a Remarkable Recovery, Giving Us Hope for the Planet
In the depths of the ocean, and out of sight for most of us, there’s a quiet miracle happening. Many humpback whale populations, previously devastated by commercial whaling, are making a comeback. And no, before you ask, this has nothing to do with the coronavirus. A recent study on humpbacks that breed off the coast of Brazil and call Antarctic waters home during the summer has shown that these whales can now be found in the sort of numbers seen before the days of whaling. Records suggest that in the 1830s there were around 27,000 whales but, after heavy hunting, by the mid-1950s only 450 remained. It is reassuring...
Source: TIME: Science - May 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Dr. Kirsten Thompson Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

How Russia ’s Coronavirus Outbreak Became One of the World’s Worst
Russian President Vladimir Putin eased the nationwide lockdown imposed on March 30 to stem the spread of the coronavirus, even as Russia becomes Europe’s new hotspot for the infection. With more than 250,000 cases as of May 15, Russia now has the second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world. In a televised address to the nation on May 11, Putin said that some sectors would return to work from the following day, though restrictions on large public events across the country would stay in place. Everyone is required to wear face masks and gloves in shops and on public transport. Still closed in Moscow ...
Source: TIME: Health - May 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Madeline Roache Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Explainer feature Londontime Source Type: news

High Demand Caused by COVID-19 Helps Baxter Beat 1Q20 Expectations
Baxter International is experiencing significant revenue growth because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Because of the virus’s impact, the Deerfield, IL-based company beat Wall Street expectations for its 1Q20 earnings. Baxter reported results of $2.8 billion, a 6% increase from the $2.6 billion reported in 1Q19. The results beat out consensus, which came in at about $2.7 billion. Higher demand for Baxter’s continuous renal placement therapy line, generic injectables and parenteral nutrition therapies, and intravenous solutions contributed to sales growth. Executives estimated that ...
Source: MDDI - May 4, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: COVID-19 Business Source Type: news

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Reinvention of the Spirit of Solidarity and Cooperation
Primary School in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Credit: Shafiqul Alam Kiron/IPS.By Manssour Bin MussallamGENEVA, Apr 30 2020 (IPS) An invisible adversary has thrown the world – Global South and Global North alike – into disarray. The psychosocial and economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis will remain with us long after it has been overcome. There will be no anti-viral return to the pre-coronavirus status quo, nor can we afford to idly wait for a viral transformation of our world. The future is not inevitable, abstract promise – it will depend on our collective readiness to forge it, or to be forged by it. Manssour Bin Mu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Manssour Bin Mussallam Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Can Intuitive Surgical Continue to Rise Above COVID-19 Disruptions?
Intuitive Surgical beat analysts’ estimates and revenue rose about 13% for 1Q20, however, the company said the rest of 2020 is in question because of COVID-19. The Sunnyvale, CA-based company said procedures with its da Vinci robot were trending at the higher end of expectations during the first two and half months of 1Q20. But the surgical robotics pioneer’s story changed sharply in the latter half of March. The company said it experienced a decline in procedure volume as healthcare systems in the U.S. and Western Europe diverted resources to meet the increasing demands of managing COVI...
Source: MDDI - April 17, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business COVID-19 Source Type: news

The Science Behind Your Weird Coronavirus Dreams (And Nightmares)
Earlier this month, my friend Claire Arkin, 30, a non-profit worker in Berkeley, Cali., told me she’d been having oddly vivid and specific dreams. In one, she was getting dressed to attend a fancy gala, but instead of donning an evening gown and diamonds, she wrapped herself in toilet paper, “like some kind of f–ked up status symbol,” she said. A few nights later, she dreamt about men she’d met on a fictional dating app making her anxious by not staying the social distance-required six feet away from her. Many people have been paying attention to their dreams more during the global coronavirus...
Source: TIME: Science - April 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sophie Weiner Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news