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Heart attack case rates, treatment approaches, outcomes during COVID-19 pandemic
The increases and decreases in patient volume and associated changes in treatment experienced by individuals presenting with acute heart attack (myocardial infarction) before and immediately after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic are examined in this observational study. (2020-08-07)
BCG vaccine is safe and does not lead to an increased risk of COVID-19 symptoms
The BCG vaccine, an vaccine originally made against tuberculosis, has a general stimulating effect on the immune system and is therefore effective against multiple infectious diseases - possibly also against COVID-19. (2020-08-06)
Perspectives on oncology-specific language during COVID-19 pandemic
A practical communication guide designed for oncologists to assuage the fear, anger and anxiety among patients with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic is proposed in this qualitative study. (2020-08-06)
Delay in breast cancer operations appears non-life-threatening for early-stage disease
A new breast cancer study brings reassuring findings for women with early-stage breast cancer who were forced to delay their cancer operations because of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. (2020-08-06)
What will our cities look like after COVID-19?
UBC planning experts Jordi Honey-Rosés and Erick Villagomez analyze the implications of COVID-19 measures on city planning and space design. (2020-08-06)
Surgical delays for very early stage breast cancer not tied to worse survival outcomes
Retrospective analysis of patients treated between 2010 and 2016 found that delays were associated with a small increase in pathological upstaging for 'stage zero' breast cancer but did not impact overall survival. (2020-08-06)
Study finds dedicated clinics can reduce impact of flu pandemic
A new study concludes that opening clinics dedicated specifically to treating influenza can limit the number of people infected and help to 'flatten the curve,' or reduce the peak prevalence rate. (2020-08-06)
Study shows variation in hospital visitor & ICU communication policies due to COVID-19
A new study documents how 49 hospitals in a state hit hard by COVID-19 changed their visitor policies and communications with families of intensive care unit patients in the first months of the pandemic -- and how those efforts varied. (2020-08-06)
Few changes seen in 'Big Five' personality traits during early days of COVID-19 pandemic
A new study suggests that adults experienced few changes in 'Big Five' personality traits as a result of the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. (2020-08-06)
Electric cooker an easy, efficient way to sanitize N95 masks, study finds
Owners of electric multicookers may be able to add another use to its list of functions, a new study suggests: sanitization of N95 respirator masks. (2020-08-06)
Large proportion of NHS workers may have already had COVID-19
New research finds a high prevalence of anosmia among NHS healthcare workers between February and April. (2020-08-06)
Many states lack election flexibility needed to address pandemic safety concerns
The coronavirus pandemic poses unprecedented safety challenges to the nation's elections and significantly disrupted elections held this spring. (2020-08-05)
Though concerned about COVID-19, cigar smokers are smoking more, survey finds
An online survey of cigar smokers found while the majority responded they intended to quit smoking due to concerns about elevated health risks if they contracted COVID-19, more than twice as many reported they increased rather than decreased their tobacco use since the pandemic's onset. (2020-08-05)
Lottery for ventilators
In times of acute shortages, the orthodoxy in healthcare is for scarce resources to be allocated based on who has the best chance of survival. (2020-08-05)
Practice patterns, responsiveness to common ocular complaints among ophthalmology centers during COVID-19
Practice patterns for common ocular complaints during the initial stage of the COVID-19 pandemic are reported in this observational study among comprehensive U.S. ophthalmology practices. (2020-08-05)
Save black lives
The Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern University and the Black Public Defender Association today released ''Save Black Lives: A Call for Racially-responsive Strategies and Resources for the Black Community during the COVID-19 Pandemic,'' a comprehensive report that details why public health responses and strategies to address COVID-19 must be centered around race and the criminal legal system. (2020-08-05)
Local food
The COVID-19 pandemic exposes weaknesses in the supply chain when countries go into lockdown. (2020-08-05)
COVID-19 a perfect storm for conspiracy theories
As COVID-19 spreads rapidly around the globe, the pandemic has given conspiracy groups a bigger platform than ever before. (2020-08-05)
Lockdown study reports surge in health anxieties
Coronavirus and the imposition of lockdown this year 'significantly raised' mental health challenges, particularly so for the most vulnerable groups, including those shielding, according to the first study to look at people's coping styles in face of the pandemic. (2020-08-04)
Droplet spread from humans doesn't always follow airflow
If aerosol transmission of COVID-19 is confirmed to be significant, we will need to reconsider guidelines on social distancing, ventilation systems and shared spaces. (2020-08-04)
Health care worker burnout during COVID-19 pandemic
How common burnout was among frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan was evaluated in this observational study, which also examined the factors associated with it. (2020-08-04)
Number of US patients with newly identified cancers before, during COVID-19 pandemic
Changes in the number of patients with newly identified cancer before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States are examined in this observational study. (2020-08-04)
Home health care worker experiences in New York during COVID-19 pandemic
Experiences of home health care workers caring for older adults and for patients with chronic illnesses in New York during the COVID-19 pandemic are described in this analysis. (2020-08-04)
Consequences of COVID-19 pandemic on manuscript submissions by women
JAMA Surgery Editor Melina Kibbe, M.D., writes in this editorial: ''The implications of these data demonstrating that fewer women are submitting manuscripts to JAMA Surgery during the pandemic are potentially far reaching. (2020-08-04)
Experts issue back-to-school guidelines for pediatric solid organ transplant recipients
As school districts look ahead to a very different school year, pediatric infectious disease experts from across the United States convened to outline back-to-school safety guidelines for solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients. (2020-08-04)
Evaluating the effectiveness of travel bans
With the reopening of flights during the summer holiday season in Europe, many countries have started to see an increase in COVID-19 infections. (2020-08-03)
ED visits, hospital admissions in health care systems in early months of COVID-19 pandemic
Changes in emergency department visits and hospitalizations as the COVID-19 pandemic intensified in the U.S. are examined in this observational study that included 24 emergency departments in five health care systems in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina. (2020-08-03)
Pandemic drives telehealth boom, but older adults can't connect
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in video visits between patients and their doctors, but for many older adults, the shift has cut them off from care, rather than connecting them. (2020-08-03)
Emergency Department visits plunged as COVID-19 cases climbed, Yale study finds
A new study from researchers at Yale and the Mayo Clinic found that emergency department (ED) visits dropped significantly in March as the public responded to messages about staying home as a result of the pandemic. (2020-08-03)
The effects of COVID-19 on emergency visits, hospitalizations
As COVID-19 swept into the U.S., hospitals across the country have reported that their emergency departments are emptying out. (2020-08-03)
'Worst-case' CO2 emissions scenario is best for assessing climate risk and impacts to 2050
The RCP 8.5 carbon emissions pathway is the most appropriate for conducting assessments of climate change impacts by 2050, according to a new article published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2020-08-03)
An averted glance gives a glimpse of the mind behind the eyes
Shakespeare once wrote that the ''eyes are the window to your soul.'' But scientists have found it challenging to peer into the brain to see how it derives meaning from a look into another's eyes. (2020-08-03)
How COVID-19 changed the way patients responded to a heart attack
Early death rate for a common form of heart attack jumped after lockdown. (2020-08-03)
Tackling the bioethics challenges raised by COVID-19
The diverse situations experienced by health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic often present serious ethical challenges. (2020-08-03)
Greater financial integration generally not associated with better healthcare quality
New findings from a Dartmouth-led study, published in the August issue of Health Affairs, show that larger, more integrated healthcare systems do not generally deliver better quality care, and that there is significant variation in quality scores across hospitals and physician practices, regardless of whether they are independent or owned by larger systems. (2020-08-03)
Half of low-income communities have no ICU beds
A new Penn Medicine study sheds light on yet another reason why the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately killing the poor: Residents in low-income neighborhoods lack access to intensive care unit (ICU) beds. (2020-08-03)
Disposed PPE could be turned into biofuel, shows new COVID-19 study
Plastic from used personal protective equipment (PPE) can, and should, be transformed into renewable liquid fuels - according to a new study, published in the peer-reviewed Taylor & Francis journal Biofuels. (2020-08-03)
Food menu fit for pandemic times
In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, eating well in a sustainable way is more important now than ever, Flinders University experts say. (2020-08-03)
Are we "Waiting for Godot"-- A metaphor for Covid-19
Since the discovery of COVID-19, a warlike analogy is frequently used to define our interaction with the virus, but in many ways we may be at war with ourselves. (2020-08-03)
ESMO experts: Do not discontinue or delay cancer treatment impacting on overall survival
An ESMO interdisciplinary expert consensus paper on how to manage cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic has been published today in Annals of Oncology, encouraging medical oncologists worldwide not to discontinue or delay any type of anti-cancer treatment that may potentially impact on overall survival. (2020-07-31)
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