TWiV 648: Life is for learning
Daniel Griffin provides a clinical report on COVID-19, followed by a review of the findings that children shed as much SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA from the respiratory tract as older patients, the lineage giving rise to SARS-CoV-2 has been circulating in bats in China for decades, and answers to listener questions. Click arrow to playDownload TWiV 648 […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - August 4, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: This Week in Virology bats coronavirus COVID-19 evolution face mask nasopharyngeal shedding pandemic SARS-CoV-2 vaccine viral viruses Wuhan Yunnan Source Type: blogs

Air Everywhere
​"Wow! That is massive," I said. "What happened?"The patient had a long-term trach. I had sent her to the ICU earlier after she arrested and ROSC was obtained. Her post-code radiograph revealed a right-sided pneumothorax. A chest tube was placed. A little while later, there was air everywhere. Could there have been a tracheal injury or lung injury during CPR or a problem with the chest tube placement? I didn't know, but I did know it was getting much harder to ventilate her and her skin soft tissues were becoming tense. Respiratory embarrassment and circulatory collapse were real possibilities. C...
Source: Lions and Tigers and Bears - August 3, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 3rd 2020
In this study, we examined the effects of oxytocin on the Aβ-induced impairment of synaptic plasticity in mice. To investigate the effect of oxytocin on synaptic plasticity, we prepared acute hippocampal slices for extracellular recording and assessed long-term potentiation (LTP) with perfusion of the Aβ active fragment (Aβ25-35) in the absence and presence of oxytocin. We found that oxytocin reversed the impairment of LTP induced by Aβ25-35 perfusion in the mouse hippocampus. These effects were blocked by pretreatment with the selective oxytocin receptor antagonist L-368,899. Furthermore, the tr...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 2, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Nihon Kohden Releases Video Laryngoscope in U.S. for Faster Intubation During COVID
Critical care facilities around the world are on the front lines of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Intubation is necessary to maintain many critical patients in the ICU, but too often obtaining an airway proves to be challenging. In some patients, intubation can take over a minute or more, potentially leading to serious consequences. Now, Nihon Kohden is launching its NK AWS-S200 video laryngoscope in the United States, marketed under the Pentax brand outside the U.S., that is designed to achieve intubation faster and on the first try. Moreover, the company claims that the device “can help protect clinicians while in...
Source: Medgadget - July 31, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Anesthesiology Critical Care Emergency Medicine ENT Public Health Surgery Source Type: blogs

A Laparoscopy Assistance Platform to Optimize Minimally Invasive Surgery: Interview with Anne Osdoit, CEO of MastOR
Minimally invasive surgery has played a huge role in improving patient outcomes, and reducing morbidity and recovery times compared with traditional surgical techniques. However, it can be a little tricky for surgeons to operate through tiny incisions and use complicated equipment, meaning that there is often a significant learning curve and training period involved. Robotics is well suited to aiding surgeons in minimally invasive surgery and surgical robots have made an impact on the field. However, they come with a variety of limitations including their expense, size, and need for additional training, specific consuma...
Source: Medgadget - July 30, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Exclusive GI Ob/Gyn Orthopedic Surgery Thoracic Surgery Urology Vascular Surgery Source Type: blogs

COVID herd immunity: At hand or forever elusive?
By MICHEL ACCAD, MD With cases of COVID-19 either disappeared or rapidly diminishing from places like Wuhan, Italy, New York, and Sweden, many voices are speculating that herd immunity may have been reached in those areas and that it may be at hand in the remaining parts of the world that are still struggling with the pandemic.  Lockdowns should end—or may not have been needed to begin with, they conclude. Adding plausibility to their speculation is the discovery of biological evidence suggesting that prior exposure to other coronaviruses may confer some degree of immunity against SARS-CoV...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy immunity MICHEL ACCAD Pandemic Source Type: blogs

Will There Be A Second Wave Of COVID-19?
In short? Yes, there most certainly will. Or, looking at it from another perspective, there might not be a second wave as the first one won’t end. In any case, which scenario is more probable depends on your country’s leadership and decisions and whether people will be compliant enough to go along with the restrictions. Because how governments are preparing for it over the next few weeks will be crucial in the fight against the pandemic. The search is still on for a vaccine and it certainly won’t be ready by the time experts say the second wave hits the stage. Technically, to talk about a second wave, ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 30, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Digital Health Research Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones vaccination coronavirus covid19 vaccine research leadership pandemic second wave flatten the curve researchers Anthony Fauci Mike Pence lockdown Source Type: blogs

Ethical Dilemmas in Covid-19 Medical Care: Is a Problematic Triage Protocol Better or Worse than No Protocol at All?
This post appears as an editorial in the July 2020 special COVID-19 issue of The American Journal of Bioethics by Sheri Fink, M.D., Ph.D. The anthrax mailings following the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States led to fears that victims of bioterrorism could overwhelm hospitals. The federal government convened experts to define how medical treatments should best be allocated across a population affected by a mass casualty disaster, a concept at first referred to as “altered standards of care,” later changed to the more palatable “crisis standards of care.” This work informed triage plans d...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - July 29, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Keisha Ray Tags: Uncategorized #covid19 #diaryofaplagueyear Editorial-AJOB pandemic Pandemic Ethics Source Type: blogs

Avoiding COVID-19 when following the guidelines seems impossible
By now, we all know the drill: Maintain physical distance. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Avoid people who are sick and stay away from others if you are sick. While these measures may seem simple enough, they are not easy to keep up month after month. Yet they are likely to be with us for a while. But what about those who cannot comply? Certain conditions can make the standard measures to stay safe during the pandemic seem impossible. At the same time, some of those likely to have the most trouble following the guidelines — such as older people with dementia — are at higher risk for illness and death if they do ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Alzheimer's Disease Anxiety and Depression Asthma Caregiving Coronavirus and COVID-19 Source Type: blogs

Glucosamine Supplementation Correlates with Lower All Cause Mortality
An analysis of a large study population here shows that glucosamine supplementation results in about a 15% reduction in mortality, a sizable effect size in the context of what is known of the effects of lifestyle choices and supplementation on aging. Glucosamine is used as an anti-inflammatory intervention, but there is at best only mixed evidence for it to actually do much good as a treatment for specific inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. It is nonetheless widely used, hence the ability to see outcomes in sizable group of people. The effect on mortality is certainly an interesting outcome, given the lack of robus...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 28, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Vagus Nerve Stimulator Gets FDA Emergency OK for Asthmatics with COVID
People stricken with COVID-19 exhibit a wide range of symptoms. Some are barely affected while others suffer dire consequences. People with asthma are in particular danger, as SARS-CoV-2 is a respiratory virus that can make breathing even more difficult. Now, the FDA has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the gammaCore Sapphire CV non-invasive vagus nerve stimulator (nVNS) to help adult asthmatics with COVID-19 (or those suspected of being infected) overcome difficulties breathing when drugs are not appropriate or are insufficient. The gammaCore stimulator has been approved as a treatment option for migraines...
Source: Medgadget - July 27, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Cardiology Critical Care Emergency Medicine Neurology Pain Management Public Health Source Type: blogs

Vets Show “Weight Bias” Against Obese Dogs And Their Owners
By guest blogger Ananya Ak The concept of weight bias or “fatphobia”, the social stigma around obesity, has been around for quite a while. Studies have shown that such stigma is present even among medical professionals, which negatively impacts quality of care for patients with obesity. Over the years, there have been several instances of doctors attributing medical symptoms to obesity when the symptoms were actually caused by something more serious, like a tumour. But what about social stigma towards obese pets? Over 50% of cats and dogs in the USA are obese and, like humans, pets with obesity have a higher ri...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - July 27, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Comparative guest blogger Health Source Type: blogs

Vitamin D: Get the timing right
Restoring vitamin D to a healthy level yields huge advantages in health. But there are some issues regarding timing that can make or break your success. This is especially crucial during this viral pandemic, as vitamin D plays an important role in determining your immunity to respiratory viral infections. The post Vitamin D: Get the timing right appeared first on Dr. William Davis. (Source: Wheat Belly Blog)
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 26, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Open immunity improve immunity Inflammation protection from viruses undoctored viral vitamin D wheat belly Source Type: blogs

Coronavirus and insulin resistance
The post Coronavirus and insulin resistance appeared first on Dr. William Davis. (Source: Wheat Belly Blog)
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 24, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle coronavirus covid covid-19 Inflammation insulin respiratory undoctored viral Source Type: blogs

Post #50 School Reopening during the COVID-19 Pandemic
There is probably a no more emotionally charged topic of discussion currently than that of school reopening this fall. And for good reason - nearly everyone has a stake in it.Society is concerned because of the real risk of increased community spread.Teachers are concerned because of the COVID-19 risk to themselves and how the logistics of school will directly affect their livelihood and stress level as they have to constantly adjust to the barrage of changes and duties. Families are concerned because of the COVID-19 risk to their children and to those living at home. Not to mention, many depend on school to allow for...
Source: A Pediatrician's Blog - July 23, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

The Trump COVID Legacy: Bad Timing. Lots of Questions. Few Answers.
By MIKE MAGEE, MD What a strange irony. Trump decides, full-bravado, to challenge China to a trade war just months before China unwittingly hatches a virulent pandemic that collapses our deeply segmented health care system and our economy simultaneously. And rather than cry “Uncle”, our President then fires the WHO just as their experts are heading to China to attempt to unravel the mystery of COVID-19. With the ongoing, cascading catastrophe of Trump’s mishandling of COVID-19, it is easy to lose sight that the next pandemic (fueled by global warming, global trade, and human and animal migration) is...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Politics Mike Magee Trump Source Type: blogs

Cool Images: Animal Development in Progress
Wildlife photos can be truly stunning, and cute cat pictures are a cornerstone of the internet. But zooming in on the early lives of fish, insects, and worms can have equally wonderful results. Using powerful microscopes, researchers are revealing the complexity and beauty of animal development. Credit: James E. Hayden, The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA. This image captures the spiral-shaped ovary of an anglerfish in cross section. Once matured, these eggs will be released in a gelatinous, floating mass. For some species of anglerfish, this egg mass can be up to 3 feet long and include nearly 200,000 e...
Source: Biomedical Beat Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - July 15, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Cells Cool Creatures Cool Images Source Type: blogs

Chest Pain and Ischemic ST Depression — but there is no Cath Lab available. Thrombolytics?
===================================MY Comment by KEN GRAUER, MD (7/14/2020):===================================This middle-aged man with hypertension and hyperlipidemia presented to the ED with 2 hours of new-onset chest pain — and the ECG shown in Figure-1. The patient was hemodynamically stable. No prior tracing was available for comparison.HOW would you interpret the ECG shown in Figure-1?Immediate cath lab activation was not an option in this hospital. Should acute thrombolysis be used?Figure-1: The initial ECG in the ED (See text).My THOUGHTS on EC...
Source: Dr. Smith's ECG Blog - July 15, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: ECG Interpretation Source Type: blogs

Patients to Draw Their Own Biomedical Sensors Using Pencil and Paper
Wearable bioelectronic devices that stick to the skin and measure things such as temperature, heart rhythms, and other vitals are typically complex devices that use modern materials to do their job. They tend to be difficult to manufacture, expensive, and fragile, and so are still not widely available. Incredibly, researchers at the University of Missouri have now come up with a way of using nothing but graphite pencils and office paper to create highly functional bioelectronic devices. They report their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. To show the vast swath of what is possible, the team...
Source: Medgadget - July 14, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Cardiology Diagnostics Informatics Materials Medicine Pediatrics Public Health Sports Medicine Telemedicine Source Type: blogs

TWiV 636: Georgia State viral
From Georgia State University, Vincent speaks with Chris, Andrew, Priya, and Richard about their careers and their work on Ebolaviruses, rotavirus, and antiviral drug development. Click arrow to playDownload TWiV 636 (68 MB .mp3, 113 min)Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Show notes at microbe.tv/twiv (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - July 9, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: This Week in Virology antiviral drug ebolavirus IFN immune modulation influenza virus innate immunity measles virus respiratory syncytial virus rotavirus viruses Source Type: blogs

I'll say it again: it isn't just about dying
So we're still hearing all this yadda yadda about how yeah, newly diagnosed cases of Covid-19 are soaring in many states but the death toll is not. First of all, that isn't actually true. In the states with the most dramatic increases in cases, the daily death toll is indeed now rising. Deaths are a lagging indicator. It is certainly possible that with more young people in the case mix and improved treatment the case fatality rate will be less than it was in New York, but that's still nothing to be sanguine about. (Actually there were almost 1,000 officially reported deaths yesterday nationwide, so that whole narrative is ...
Source: Stayin' Alive - July 8, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

An Very Elderly Male with Epigastric pain, " ischemic ECG " and Interesting Imaging.
CONCLUSION: Prior to reviewing the literature for discussing this case — I had not fully appreciated the impact of the mechanism of cardiac compression as a causative factor in: i) altering QRS morphology; ii) precipitating supraventricular and/or ventricular arrhythmias (including VT, which can be sustained) — and, iii) producing ST-T wave changes (ST elevation and/or depression) that may mimic old or new infarction.CT imaging (as shown by Dr. Smith) clearly suggests there was compression of cardiac structures in thi...
Source: Dr. Smith's ECG Blog - July 7, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: Steve Smith Source Type: blogs

Robotic Transcranial Doppler for Stroke Detection and Risk Assessment in COVID: Interview with Diane Bryant, Neural Analytics
Emerging evidence suggests that COVID-19 patients are at a higher risk of stroke and promptly diagnosing and treating such patients is a priority in hospitals across the world. Moreover, identifying which COVID-19 patients are at increased risk of developing a stroke is also important, and may help with preemptive treatment and monitoring. The Lucid Robotic System, developed by LA-based Neural Analytics, is a transcranial doppler system that allows clinicians to identify clots and changes in blood flow in the brain in real time, without needing a specialized technician. The device is robotically assisted and automat...
Source: Medgadget - July 6, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Critical Care Emergency Medicine Exclusive Neurology Neurosurgery Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, July 6th 2020
Fight Aging! publishes news and commentary relevant to the goal of ending all age-related disease, to be achieved by bringing the mechanisms of aging under the control of modern medicine. This weekly newsletter is sent to thousands of interested subscribers. To subscribe or unsubscribe from the newsletter, please visit: https://www.fightaging.org/newsletter/ Longevity Industry Consulting Services Reason, the founder of Fight Aging! and Repair Biotechnologies, offers strategic consulting services to investors, entrepreneurs, and others interested in the longevity industry and its complexities. To find out m...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 5, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

A Virtual Care Platform for Respiratory Illness: Interview with Stacie Ruth, CEO of AireHealth
AireHealth, a medtech company based in Orlando, Florida, currently offers a portable nebulizer and companion app for respiratory patients aged two and over. The small nebulizer can be charged using a micro USB charger and then placed in a bag or pocket for easy transport and use on the move. The companion app is geared toward increasing patient engagement and medication adherence, which is important in maximizing therapeutic outcomes among chronic respiratory patients. Recently, AireHealth announced a merger with BreathResearch, a respiratory healthcare company based in Silicon Valley that specializes in detection and m...
Source: Medgadget - July 2, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Exclusive Informatics Medicine Telemedicine AireHealth Source Type: blogs

The Universal Impact of Racial Disparities and Systemic Racism: It's Everyone's Responsibility
(Author's note: this article was originallypublished on LinkedIn on June 30, 2020)In these days of the globally devastating COVID-19 pandemic and the powerfully burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement, two crucial moments in human history are coalescing on the world stage in a striking overlapping pattern that seems unprecedented in scope.Racial disparities and the pandemic are hardly mutually exclusive, and the coexisting pandemic of police brutality against communities of color is not at all separate from the socioeconomic inequalities that are, to a large extent, exacerbated and informed by the egregious systemic targeti...
Source: Digital Doorway - July 2, 2020 Category: Nursing Tags: racism Source Type: blogs

More on the Anti-Inflammatory Activities of BPIFB4 in Long Lived Individuals
A research team has recently investigated a role for BPIFB4 in human longevity. They have identified a variant of this gene that appears more often in a population of long-lived individuals than in other people. They have also investigated how this gene might influence aging; the present view is that it acts to make a larger fraction of monocytes and macrophages adopt the M2 anti-inflammatory phenotype than would otherwise be the case. Chronic inflammation is highly influential in the progression of aging and age-related disease, and thus we should probably expect long-lived individuals to exhibit better control of inflamm...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 30, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Why Deep Breathing Helps Calm Anxiety
As someone whose friends and family know I’ve endured a number of heartbreaking challenges and physical and emotional difficulties, I’m often asked how I cope with anxiety. They see my eternal optimism as at odds with the turmoil I’ve gone through in life and wonder what my secret is for dealing with a magnitude of life’s ups and downs. I tell them, quite simply, that it isn’t a secret, yet the most effective technique I’ve discovered to calm anxiety is deep breathing. How and why does deep breathing work in calming anxiety? The Anxiety and Depression Association of America states that a...
Source: World of Psychology - June 29, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Anxiety and Panic Mindfulness Self-Help Breathing Exercise Calm stress reduction Source Type: blogs

Answer to Case 596
Answer toParasite Case of the Week 596: Plant material; likely plant epidermis from leafy material. There appears to be a cuticle present, and part of an epidemal cell layer attached.There are several nice images of dichotomous leaf epidemal structureHERE. Mary Parker, a botanist, noted that " in aqueous conditions, I  would expect an epidermal layer to curl with the cuticle inwards (which is the case in the images) as the cuticle is waterproof and doesn't swell, whereas the epidermal cells would be hydrated and expand forcing the layer into a spiral. " Thank you Mary for your valuable input! Mary has also p...
Source: Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites - June 21, 2020 Category: Parasitology Source Type: blogs

Allergies, Colds and COVID: How to Tell the Difference
What follows is a breakdown of the symptoms of allergies, cold and flu, along with what we know so far about COVID. My hope is that this will provide parents with a quick checklist that can help assess what their child may be experiencing so they can then pursue the appropriate treatment. Allergies Allergies occur when the body perceives certain particles, like dust or pollen, as foreign invaders. Allergies often arise if a child did not experience much exposure (say, to pets or pollen) growing up, or the predisposition can be passed down genetically. While these tiny particles are not necessarily a threat to health, the b...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - June 17, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Allergies Colds Colds & Flu COVID-19 Source Type: blogs

Your Smartphone As The Swiss Knife Of Digital Health
7:39 a.m. That’s the time that your smartphone’s sonar deems as optimal for you to wake up today. With its gentle vibration from your bedside table, you pick it up to turn off the smart alarm. As you do so, your phone asks for your permission to use the built-in sensors and camera to run your routine morning scan. It analyzes your voice; evaluates your stress level based on a facial scan; checks your vital signs; and notifies you to take a picture of that mole on your forearm in order to detect any anomalies.  Thereafter, it outputs a comprehensible report with recommendations which you can send over to...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 16, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence E-Patients Health Sensors & Trackers Telemedicine & Smartphones stress health trackers Huntington's Alzheimer's disease covid19 camera apple health google fit WHO hemoglobin SpO2 Samsung oximetry F Source Type: blogs

The Impact of COVID-19 on The Medical Device Industry
As of early May 2020, over 4.7 million people have been confirmed to be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus[1], and governments are scrambling to contain its spread. The high R0 value (a measure of contagiousness- estimated to be between 2.0 and 3.02) of SARS-CoV-2 means that those infected copiously spread the virus and develop complications suddenly. As a result, health care systems are overwhelmed, and the effective delivery of medical care to all patients has become a challenge worldwide. Insufficient attention to early warning signs, inadequate stockpiling, lack of access to testing kits and personal protective e...
Source: Medgadget - June 15, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Kolabtree Tags: Public Health Society Sponsored Content Source Type: blogs

Treating mild sleep apnea: Should you consider a CPAP device?
This study supports a comprehensive approach to evaluation and treatment of mild OSA. While all people with mild OSA may not need to be treated with CPAP, there are patients who can greatly benefit from it. Treatments may be trial and error until you and your doctor get it right When sleep apnea is mild, treatment recommendations are less clear-cut, and should be determined based on the severity of your symptoms, your preferences, and other co-occurring health problems. Working in conjunction with your doctor, you can try a stepwise approach — if one treatment doesn’t work, you can stop that and try an alternat...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - June 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melanie Pogach, MD Tags: Ear, nose, and throat Sleep Tests and procedures Source Type: blogs

THCB Spotlights: Stacie Ruth, CEO and Nirinjan Yee, Head of Innovation at AireHealth
The AireHealth Nebulizer Stacie Ruth left mega conglomerate Philips when she ran into the chance to revolutionize drug delivery via nebulizers, and co-founded AireHealth. Along the way she realized that changing care for patients with respiratory conditions was actually a bigger problem and opportunity. In April she met Nirinjan Yee from Breath Research who had built an AI system that took lung sounds to predict exacerbations. Last week they merged their companies, and I spoke to them about what the new AireHealth will be doing. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Matthew Holt THCB Spotlights AireHealth Stacie Ruth Source Type: blogs

SARS-CoV-2 infection of farmed mink
SARS-CoV-2 not only infects humans but can also spread occasionally from humans to cats, dogs, and tigers. A recent addition to this menagerie is the farmed mink. In mid-April 2020 mink on two farms in the Netherlands developed signs of respiratory disease which included nasal discharge and respiratory distress. Examination of the lungs revealed interstitial […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - June 12, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology COVID-19 mink SARS-CoV-2 viral virus viruses zoonosis Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 127 | AireHealth, Sharecare, PlushCare, & PatientPing
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks Matthew about AireHealth merging with BreathResearch, adding machine learning-based diagnostics to their respiratory health remote monitoring devices, Sharecare acquiring behavioral health platform MindSciences, the “digital One Medical” telemedicine company PlushCare raising $23 million in a Series B, and PatientPing raising $60 million to expand their e-notifications network to achieve greater interoperability and coordinated care. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt AireHealth BreathResearch MindSciences PatientPing Plushcare ShareCare Source Type: blogs

Blood Volume Analysis Using The BVA-100: Interview with Michael Feldschuh, Daxor CEO
This study highlights the value of our technology and its potential to improve heart failure outcomes. There have been dozens of peer-reviewed studies that have established the value of the BVA-100 test for clinical use, confirming that accurate blood volume measurement leads to better informed physicians, better treatment strategies, and improves patient outcomes and resource utilization. Medgadget: What are the problems with surrogate measures of blood volume that clinicians sometimes use in the absence of a device such as the BVA-100? Michael Feldschuh: Physicians predominantly rely on clinical assessment...
Source: Medgadget - June 8, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Anesthesiology Cardiac Surgery Cardiology Critical Care Emergency Medicine Exclusive Source Type: blogs

Dr. Berger On Face Shields: Are They Functional or Just Fashionable?
Plastic face shields, or now “COVID visors,” are one piece of PPE still questionable as to how effective and necessary they are at protecting against the virus.  Unlike fabric face masks which are recommended by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in many situations and settings, there are no official guidelines or suggestions for wearing face shields.  This begs the question: are face shields merely just in fashion at the moment – with many style influencers on social media sporting them — or are they actually functional?  GIDEON Founder, Dr. Stephen B...
Source: GIDEON blog - June 8, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: News Press Source Type: blogs

Nurses, George Floyd, Racial Disparities, and the World We'd Like to See
At this unsettling time in the United States and around the world, racism is being confronted head-on by citizens who've simply had enough of the status quo. The knowledge of deep racial disparities in healthcare are nothing new, and the understanding that people of color are treated more poorly within the American healthcare system is also an old story that never seems to change.But now, amidst the  COVID-19 pandemic and rampant global fear, economic insecurity, and a population tired of lip service to diversity and inclusion, millions are saying, " No more! "We nurses are part of the conversation because w...
Source: Digital Doorway - June 8, 2020 Category: Nursing Tags: nurses Source Type: blogs

Escaping COVID-19
By RAGHAV GUPTA, MD “In seeking absolute truth, we aim at the unattainable and must be content with broken portions.” William Osler A colleague shared an experience with me about testing one of his patients for the novel coronavirus and it left me a bit puzzled.  An elderly gentleman with past medical history of severe COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and heart failure came to the ER with shortness of breath, edema and fatigue.  Chest x-day suggested pulmonary edema.  He wanted to test him for SARS-CoV2 but hesitated.  Eventually he was able to order it ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 3rd June 2020
Some things you may need to know.  Nothing last week as I was " on holiday " , so two weeks'worth this time.COVID-19A systematic scoping review of COVID-19 during pregnancy and childbirth (International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology)ResearchProgression to type 2 diabetes in women with a known history of gestational diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis (BMJ)**Leicester authors**Comparative impact of pharmacological treatments for gestational diabetes on neonatal anthropometry independent of maternal glycaemic control: A systematic review and meta-analysis (PLoS Medicine)Maternal cardiovas...
Source: Browsing - June 3, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Do gloves protect you from COVID-19?
There have been many recommendations set forth over the past few months by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) on wearing face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Gloves have also been suggested as a way of preventing the spread, there are no official recommendations on wearing them. Because the virus is transmitted via respiratory droplets and not through the skin, the jury is still out on whether or not gloves are beneficial at all.  Our co-founder and infectious disease expert, Dr. Stephen Berger, recently commented on the efficacy of gloves for an article in InStyle m...
Source: GIDEON blog - June 1, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: News Press Source Type: blogs

Can celiac disease affect life expectancy?
Celiac disease (CD), triggered by the ingestion of gluten, occurs in people genetically predisposed to develop the chronic autoimmune condition. During the past few decades, doctors have learned much about how the disease develops, including genetic and other risk factors. However, results from studies on whether people with CD have an increased risk of premature death linked to the condition have been mixed. A recent study shows a small but statistically significant increased mortality rate. Celiac disease can affect the entire body Until recently, CD was considered a mainly pediatric gastrointestinal disorder, associated...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maureen Leonard, MD, MMSc Tags: Allergies Autoimmune diseases Source Type: blogs

What exactly is the relationship between Hypertension and Corona ?
The mainstream (& the sidestream) medical media have already named one culprit ie hypertension (HT) as a significant comorbid entity in the current Corona pandemic. But, If we ask one direct question, how Corona and HT are linked ? , the answer is not forthcoming fluently. . Some of the thought process about the Issue. 1. Does Coronavirus relish high blood pressure on its journey to attack lungs ? Funny question you may think. The virus primarily lives and tracts through the respiratory tract to reach lungs. Viral load in bloodstream is nil or  miniscule till late stages. BP is nothing to do with what is...
Source: Dr.S.Venkatesan MD - May 28, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: dr s venkatesan Tags: Uncategorized what is the link between hypertension and corona outcome Source Type: blogs

STEM CELL THERAPY: Update on Patients Treated with PLX cells for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) associated with COVID-19
On May 14, 2020, Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. published follow-up data on patients treated under their compassionate use program. These patients were all being treated for with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) associated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and in intensive care units requiring mechanical ventilation. As of the publication date, 18 patients have been treated with PLX cells, allogeneic mesenchymal-like cells derived from human placentas after the delivery of full-term healthy babies. The patients treated include one patient in the United States. This patient received the treatment as part of the FDA Single P...
Source: Cord Blood News - May 28, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: maze_cordadmin Tags: stem cells Source Type: blogs

Stopping COVID19 in Nursing Homes is No Easy Task
My city, Louisville KY, recently had a spike in COVID19 infections. It came from a handful of nursing homes. That nursing home and long-term care facilities account for large percentages of COVID19 cases has been well documented. In some cities, the majority of cases come from these facilities. These facts have sprouted platitudes about “protecting our elderly.” What makes this a platitude is that it belies the challenges faced by nursing facilities. Two recent papers shed light on these challenges. First is an article by Chris Pope in the City Journal. Second is an academic-like defense of Stoc...
Source: Dr John M - May 27, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr John Source Type: blogs

How to Practice High-Quality Telemedicine in the Era of COVID-19
By ANISH MEHTA, MD My practice received its first question about coronavirus from a patient on January 28, 2020. Though there were over 200 deaths reported in China by that time, no one could have imagined how drastically this would come to disrupt our lives at home. Thankfully, I had a head start. As a doctor at an integrated telemedicine and primary care practice in New York City, nearly two out of every three of my medical encounters that month was already virtual. I spent much of January caring for patients who had contracted seasonal viruses, like influenza or norovirus (i.e. the stomach flu). My patients ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Dr. Li Wenliang is my hero
On December 30, 2019, Li Wenliang sent a message to a group of fellow doctors warning them about a possible outbreak of an illness that resembled severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, where he worked. Meant to be a preemptive confidential message, he encouraged his colleagues to protect themselves against possible […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - May 26, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/lou-rotkowitz" rel="tag" > Lou Rotkowitz, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician COVID-19 coronavirus Emergency Medicine Infectious Disease Source Type: blogs

It took a pandemic to reveal the secret health care workers
It took a pandemic to reveal the “secret.” It took a pandemic to realize the importance of health care workers. Ironic, isn’t it? It took a pandemic to know what doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, laboratory technicians, and environmental services personnel go through every day. Yes, this is what they do every day. Surp rise, surprise! Every […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - May 26, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/sarah-araji" rel="tag" > Sarah Araji, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician COVID-19 coronavirus Infectious Disease Source Type: blogs

New 2020 Publications from Professor Thaddeus Pope
I am delighted to have recently delivered complete manuscripts for a number of invited and planned publications. In addition, I list my articles and books that have already been published in 2020. My key objective for June is completing "From Informed Consent to Shared Decision Making: Improving Patient Safety and Reducing Medical Liability Risk with Patient Decision Aids." FORTHCOMING IN 2020 Is There a Right to Delay Determination of Death by Neurologic Criteria? JAMA NEUROLOGY (forthcoming 2020) (with Ariane Lewis, and Richard J. Bonnie). Brain Death: Status Shift and Implications, AMA JOURNAL OF ETHICS (forth...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - May 26, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs