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Stay-at-Home Orders Could Mean More Obese Kids

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The model relied on body mass index and obesity data collected in a 2011 study that tracked weight patterns among more than 15,500 children, from kindergarten through 5th grade.

June 1st 2020, 4:39 pm

Antibody Tests May Answer Public Health Questions

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The accuracy of antibody tests has been mired in controversy.  The FDA allowed hundreds of tests onto the market resulting in a Congressional investigation last month.

June 1st 2020, 3:52 pm

Viral, Antibody Test Number Policy Sows Confusion

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This widespread practice has raised concerns about overstating testing numbers.

June 1st 2020, 3:52 pm

Metformin Recalled for Possible Cancerous Chemical

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The recall for all lots of metformin hydrochloride extended-release tablets 500 mg from Apotex comes after one lot tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had higher NDMA levels than allowed by the FDA.

June 1st 2020, 3:33 pm

What Will It Take to Reopen Offices Safely?

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Filtering the air, keeping surfaces clean and keeping people apart are some of the challenges managers face as they try to reopen offices.

June 1st 2020, 3:33 pm

COVID Rates Lower Than Thought for Pregnant Women

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The new study included 770 hospital patients who hadn't previously been diagnosed with coronavirus infection. Of those, 30 tested positive for COVID-19. Of those who tested positive, 22 had no symptoms -- meaning the rate of positive tests among asymptomatic women was 2.9%.

June 1st 2020, 1:16 pm

Postponed Surgeries Resume, Stretching Hospitals

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For months, the coronavirus pandemic forced hospitals to delay elective surgeries as doctors turned their attention to treating COVID-19 patients, but the spigots on non-urgent procedures are about to reopen.

June 1st 2020, 1:16 pm

Coronavirus Daily Digest: June 1, 2020

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A roundup of the latest news about COVID-19

June 1st 2020, 12:18 pm

DVT Clots Strike Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients

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The clots  can be life-threatening, and the frequency at which they are showing up in COVID-19 patients is cause for alarm, experts say.

May 29th 2020, 5:14 pm

Prostate Cancer Drug Could Be 'Game Changing'

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For men with advanced prostate cancer, a new hormone therapy pill works better than standard injections -- and carries a much lower risk of heart attack or stroke.

May 29th 2020, 5:14 pm

Facing COVID Without a Home, Without Health Care

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The coronavirus pandemic has been catastrophic for homeless people, ripping through overcrowded shelters where many of the residents test positive.

May 29th 2020, 2:59 pm

Coronavirus Daily Digest: May 29, 2020

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A roundup of the latest news about COVID-19

May 29th 2020, 12:59 pm

1 in 10 Hospitalized Diabetic COVID Patients Dies

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The study found that 1 in 5 patients had been placed on a ventilator in intensive care within seven days of entering the hospital; 1 in 10 had died; and 18% had been discharged.

May 29th 2020, 12:41 pm

Face Masks at Home Reduce COVID-19 Risk, Study Says

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Wearing face masks the same house was 79% effective at curbing transmission, but only before symptoms emerge.

May 28th 2020, 6:46 pm

Cancer and COVID-19: What’s the Outlook?

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Cancer patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are otherwise generally healthy can and do survive the coronavirus, but the news isn't as good for those who also had other medical issues.

May 28th 2020, 5:16 pm

More Turn to Medical Marijuana for Arthritis Pain

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Lots of people are using medical marijuana to treat their arthritis and other muscle aches and pains, often without consulting their doctor, a new study reports.

May 28th 2020, 4:46 pm

Many With Autism Missing Out on Key Gene Tests

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Very few people with autism receive two recommended genetic tests, a new study finds.

May 28th 2020, 3:42 pm

Coronavirus Daily Digest: May 28, 2020

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A roundup of the latest news about COVID-19

May 28th 2020, 12:57 pm

Pandemic Can Overwhelm Those With Autism

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The coronavirus pandemic can be especially difficult for children and adults with autism and their families, experts say.

May 28th 2020, 11:11 am

'Silent' COVID-19 More Widespread Than Thought

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A new cruise ship study suggests that the number of people who are infected with the new coronavirus but have no symptoms may be much higher than believed.

May 28th 2020, 11:11 am

AIDS Activist, Playwright Larry Kramer Dies at 84

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Kramer struggled with illness for much of his adult life, including infection with the AIDS-causing HIV virus. He also had a liver disease and required a liver transplant.

May 28th 2020, 11:11 am

Injected Electrode May Control Pain Without Drugs

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An injectable electrode could prove a better way to ease chronic nerve pain than opioid painkillers or bulky and expensive implants.

May 28th 2020, 11:11 am

Aerosol Scientist: COVID-19 Is Likely Airborne

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A scientist who studies aerosols says everything she reads about COVID-19 points to a pathogen that travels through the air.

May 27th 2020, 6:49 pm

Uncles, Aunts May Increase Child's Odds for Autism

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A child with an uncle or aunt with autism appears to have a more than doubled risk of being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder themselves, a new U.S. government-funded study reports.

May 27th 2020, 4:47 pm

COVID-19 Virus Found in Stool May be Infectious

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A new study has shown that COVID-19 virus isolated from the stool of a sick patient can infect cells in a petri dish -- a step toward proving that this might be a new route of transmission for the infection with the coronavirus.

May 27th 2020, 2:03 pm

Medicare Recipients May Get Insulin at $35 Per Month

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Beginning next year, people on some Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage Plans who need insulin will be able to access the lifesaving medication for just $35 a month, according to a new plan announced by the White House.

May 27th 2020, 12:33 pm

Coronavirus Daily Digest: May 27, 2020

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A roundup of the latest news about COVID-19

May 27th 2020, 12:33 pm

Alzheimer's Gene Linked to Severe COVID-19 Risk

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Part of the increased risk among people with dementia may owe to high rates of new coronavirus infections in nursing homes. But this study suggests genetics may also be a factor.

May 27th 2020, 11:17 am

Clotting Tied to COVID-19 May Harm the Placenta

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Women who had COVID-19 while pregnant showed evidence of placental injury, suggesting a new complication of the illness, researchers say.

May 27th 2020, 11:17 am

Could a Hormone Help Spur High Blood Pressure?

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Many people with high blood pressure may have an unrecognized hormonal condition driving their numbers up, a new study suggests.

May 26th 2020, 3:14 pm

Can You Catch COVID-19 Through Your Eyes?

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You can catch COVID-19 if an infected person coughs or sneezes and contagious droplets enter your nose or mouth. But can you become ill if the virus lands in your eyes?

May 26th 2020, 1:56 pm

Outdoor Swimming Pools Not a COVID-19 Risk: Expert

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Taking a dip should pose little risk of coronavirus infection, but there could be risks at indoor pools from crowds, poor air circulation, and contaminated surfaces such as handrails.

May 26th 2020, 1:14 pm

Picky Eating Isn't Just a Phase, Study Finds

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For parents hoping their "picky" eater will grow out of it, a new study may be unwelcome news.

May 26th 2020, 11:56 am

Coronavirus Daily Digest: May 26, 2020

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A roundup of the latest news about COVID-19

May 26th 2020, 11:56 am

Nursing Homes Are Ground Zero for COVID-19

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No matter where you live, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are now lethal centers for COVID-19 in the United States.

May 26th 2020, 11:56 am

Coronavirus Can Infect, Inflame the Thyroid

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An Italian teenager may be the first known case of a painful thyroid infection caused by the new coronavirus, doctors report.

May 26th 2020, 11:56 am

Getting Back to Work Safely After Lockdown

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With businesses beginning to reopen, the National Safety Council (NSC) has tips for doing it right.

May 26th 2020, 11:10 am

Dirty City Air Might Raise MS Risk

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places with low levels of tiny particles of air pollution called Particulate matter, the risk for MS was lower than in areas where those levels were high. In urban areas, the risk was 29% higher than in rural areas.

May 26th 2020, 11:10 am

Strokes Are Deadlier When They Hit COVID Patients

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COVID-19 hasn't increased the risk for stroke, but when a stroke occurs it's more likely to be fatal, a new study finds.

May 22nd 2020, 2:57 pm

Blood Vessels in Lungs Split in Response to COVID-19

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A new autopsy study that investigated lung changes in response to COVID-19 down to the genetic and molecular levels has revealed startling new details about damage from the infection.

May 22nd 2020, 2:57 pm

Face Masks Can Help Prevent Viral Spread

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Face coverings may reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19, a new study suggests.

May 22nd 2020, 2:57 pm

Pandemic Has Overburdened Parents Stressed Out

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If there's such a thing as a "new normal" during the coronavirus pandemic, it's a constant state of stress.

May 22nd 2020, 2:57 pm

How To Do Memorial Day Safely During Pandemic

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Public health experts say plans should depend on a variety of factors — regional risk, personal risk and common sense.

May 22nd 2020, 2:43 pm

Consumer Reports Ranks Top Sunscreens for 2020

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Chemical sunscreens offer the best protection and beat out those with mineral or natural ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, a new review from Consumer Reports finds.

May 22nd 2020, 1:26 pm

Coronavirus Daily Digest: May 22, 2020

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A roundup of the latest news about COVID-19

May 22nd 2020, 10:40 am

Warehouse Employees Sue over Ethylene Oxide Exposure

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A lawsuit filed in Cobb County on Wednesday on behalf of 53 ConMed employees says that they were exposed to known carcinogen ethylene oxide from medical products that were not properly aired out.

May 21st 2020, 5:57 pm

Blood Test Might Predict Worsening MS

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A new blood test might help doctors predict whether someone's multiple sclerosis may soon get worse.

May 21st 2020, 5:57 pm

Quarantine Weight Gain Not A Joking Matter

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While some people joke about gaining the "quarantine 15" while sheltering in place during the COVID-19 lock downs, experts say putting on too many pounds can harm your health.

May 21st 2020, 4:14 pm

Lockdown Got You Feeling Low? Yoga May Help

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New research says people under stay-at-home orders turning to online yoga as a way to manage the stress may be onto something.

May 21st 2020, 2:43 pm

COVID Can Complicate Pregnancy If Mom Is Obese

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Some pregnant women with COVID-19 do become severely ill, and the risk may be elevated for those who were obese or had conditions like asthma before pregnancy, a new study suggests.

May 21st 2020, 2:43 pm

Coronavirus Daily Digest: May 21, 2020

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A roundup of the latest news about COVID-19

May 21st 2020, 12:39 pm

Lockdown 1 Week Earlier Would Have Saved 36k Lives

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Nearly 36,000 American lives would have been spared if strict social distancing measures had been enacted across the country just one week earlier than they were, new estimates suggest.

May 21st 2020, 11:37 am

Combination Drug Therapy For COVID Treatment

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A U.S. federally funded clinical trial is testing whether the experimental antiviral drug remdesivir works better against COVID-19 if given with a powerful anti-inflammatory drug called baricitinib.

May 21st 2020, 11:06 am

WHO Predicts COVID Will Take Heavy Toll in Africa

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Without quick action, the new coronavirus could sicken up to a quarter-billion people in Africa during the pandemic's first year and claim 190,000 lives, a new modeling forecast suggests.

May 21st 2020, 10:54 am

Keto Might Change Your Gut in More Ways Than One

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The now-trendy keto diet is said to turn fat into fuel. But a new, small study says it may also change the vast array of microbes residing in your gut (the microbiome).

May 21st 2020, 9:54 am

Heart Attack Cases at ERs Fall by Half

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U.S. emergency rooms are seeing about half as many heart attack patients as usual -- and researchers suspect the new coronavirus is the reason why.

May 20th 2020, 4:42 pm

Coronavirus Daily Digest: May 20, 2020

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A roundup of the latest news about COVID-19

May 20th 2020, 3:58 pm

Johnson & Johnson Halts Talc Baby Powder Sales

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The company said the talc-based powder is safe and will still be sold in other countries, but not in Canada or the United States.

May 20th 2020, 3:27 pm

As PSA Tests Drop, Adv. Prostate Cancer Cases Rise

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New research suggests that recommendations against routine prostate cancer testing may have come at a steep price -- more men getting diagnosed with advanced prostate cancers.

May 20th 2020, 3:27 pm

Annie Glenn, Widow of Astronaut John Glenn, Dies

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John and Annie Glenn were married for 73 years. John Glenn died in 2016.

May 20th 2020, 3:27 pm

Obesity Ups Odds for Lung Clots in COVID Patients

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Researchers said that obese patients with COVID-19 may have nearly three times the risk of developing what is known as a pulmonary embolism.

May 20th 2020, 11:58 am

COVID: Asthma Ups Ventilator Needs of Young Adults

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Young to middle-aged asthmatics who are hospitalized for COVID-19 are likely to be on a ventilator longer than patients without asthma, new research reports.

May 20th 2020, 11:58 am

1 in 5 Hospitalized NYC COVID Patients Needed ICU

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More than one-fifth of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in New York City have critical illness, and nearly 80% of critically ill patients need ventilators to help them breathe, according to a new study.

May 20th 2020, 10:39 am

COMMENTARY: A Quick Summary of the COVID-19 Literature So Far

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Who can keep up with the explosion of papers on SARS-CoV-2? Two Boston-based HIV Fellows have done four biweekly deep dives into the COVID-19 literature. Read their highlights to date.

May 19th 2020, 5:43 pm

Telephone vs Telemedicine: Code and Bill Correctly During COVID-19

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CMS says it will reimburse for telephone-based consults the same as for office visits during COVID-19. Expert Betsy Nicoletti explains how to code and bill these services properly during the pandemic.

May 19th 2020, 5:28 pm

Coronavirus Puts UV in the Disinfectant Spotlight

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The coronavirus pandemic has breathed new life into a decades-old technique that can zap viruses and bacteria: ultraviolet light.

May 19th 2020, 3:29 pm

Pandemic Has Cut Global Carbon Emissions

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It's not just your imagination -- with everyone avoiding travel, the air is cleaner these days. Daily global carbon emissions fell by about one-sixth during the coronavirus pandemic.

May 19th 2020, 2:59 pm

Antibodies May Tame Inflammatory Condition in Kids

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The inflammatory condition mimics some of the symptoms seen in toxic shock syndrome and a serious heart condition called Kawasaki disease.

May 19th 2020, 2:59 pm

The Fellows Behind the COVID-19 Literature Updates

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Two HIV research fellows are about to do their fifth biweekly deep-dive presentation on the COVID-19 literature. We asked them how they choose what to include and what they find most intriguing about SARS-CoV2.

May 19th 2020, 1:41 pm

COVID-19 Severity in Pregnancy Appears Lower Than H1N1

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Single case reports describe harrowing births and outcomes for women with COVID-19, but preliminary data suggest that overall, pregnant women do as well as the general public when it comes to COVID-19.

May 19th 2020, 1:41 pm

COVID-19 Daily: First Vaccine Data, Antibody Test Issues

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These are the coronavirus stories you need to know about today.

May 19th 2020, 1:41 pm

COMMENTARY: Are COVID-19 Antibody Results Overly Optimistic?

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Can we trust the results from currently available antibody tests? Dr William Hanage is skeptical.

May 19th 2020, 12:40 pm

Coronavirus Daily Digest: May 19, 2020

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A roundup of the latest news about COVID-19

May 19th 2020, 11:56 am

Childhood Vaccination Rates Drop During Pandemic

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Children are missing regular vaccinations as their parents worry more about exposing them to the coronavirus at doctors' offices.

May 19th 2020, 11:56 am

How Will COVID Change the Workplace?

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White-collar employees heading back to the office after months of sheltering at home are likely to find a drastically changed workplace in the wake of COVID-19, experts say.

May 19th 2020, 10:36 am

COMMENTARY: COVID-19 Diary Week 4: The 'New Normal' Is Not Temporary

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Don Dizon borrows a metaphor from cancer care to better understand how COVID-19 will continue affecting both his personal and professional life.

May 19th 2020, 10:05 am

More Vitamin D, Lower Risk of Severe COVID-19?

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Countries with higher death rates had larger numbers of people with vitamin D deficiency than countries with lower death rates.

May 18th 2020, 7:31 pm

WebMD Poll: Many Report Weight Gain During Shutdown

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A majority of readers say they have gained weight during shelter-in-place orders due to COVID-19, a new WebMD poll finds.

May 18th 2020, 6:45 pm

People Mount Strong Immune Responses to COVID-19

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As the drive towards a vaccine against the new coronavirus accelerates, there's some good news: People with COVID-19 have robust immune responses against the virus, scientists say.

May 18th 2020, 3:11 pm

COVID-19 Daily: Debate Over Vitamin D, Dogs Sniff Out COVID

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These are the coronavirus stories you need to know about today.

May 18th 2020, 2:23 pm

More USS Roosevelt Sailors Test Positive Again

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More sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time.

May 18th 2020, 2:23 pm

COVID-19 Daily: Negative Diagnostic Tests, Whistleblower Complaint

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These are the coronavirus stories you need to know about today.

May 18th 2020, 1:41 pm

Vitamin D: A Low-Hanging Fruit in COVID-19?

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Vitamin D in patients with COVID-19 has been the topic of a glut of recent research papers, but data are observational and RCTs are lacking. Still, supplementation is not a bad idea, say experts.

May 18th 2020, 1:41 pm

COVID-19 Test Results: Don't Discount Clinical Intuition

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Accurate diagnosis of COVID-19 may require clinical intuition as COVID-19 tests prove less reliable than desired and SARS-CoV-2 turns out to be more wily than initially suspected.

May 18th 2020, 12:52 pm

Coronavirus Social: Residents Help Out Graduating Med Students on Twitter

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Here are some of the top trending COVID-19 topics dominating the social media conversation among clinicians.

May 18th 2020, 12:20 pm

COMMENTARY: COVID-19 Ruins Korean Med Graduate's US Plans

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Problems associated with the COVID-19 pandemic may prevent international medical graduates from attending US residency programs, which puts their key role in supplementing the workforce in doubt.

May 18th 2020, 12:20 pm

COVID-19 Daily: FDA Test Warning, 'Warp Speed' Vaccine Project

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These are the coronavirus stories you need to know about today.

May 18th 2020, 12:20 pm

Stay-at-Home Orders Correlated With Slower COVID-19 Spread

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One study showed less increase in the number of cases where a stay-at-home order was enacted; another found such that orders made a significant impact nationally.

May 18th 2020, 12:20 pm

Coronavirus Daily Digest: May 18, 2020

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A roundup of the latest news about COVID-19

May 18th 2020, 11:36 am

COMMENTARY: Making the Case for PPE

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Dr William Hanage describes a transmission model that examines the effect of PPE on infection, in both the general public and healthcare workers.

May 18th 2020, 11:36 am

America's Prisons Are Breeding Grounds for COVID

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Jails and prisons are hotbeds for the spread of COVID-19, endangering both the inmates held within as well as the wider community, public health experts warn.

May 18th 2020, 11:36 am

Pulmonary Rehab Can Help People With COPD, So Why Do So Few Get It?

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Roughly 16 million Americans have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but only a fraction have access to a lifesaving treatment called pulmonary rehabilitation.

May 18th 2020, 11:36 am

FDA Issues Alert on Accuracy of Abbott ID NOW Rapid Test

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Early data suggest that Abbott's rapid test for COVID-19, currently being used to screen White House staff, may give false negative results.

May 18th 2020, 11:36 am

Quarantine Having Lasting Impacts on Kids’ Health

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The coronavirus quarantine is having a positive effect on some kids' well-being, yet many others are struggling and risk lasting damage.

May 15th 2020, 5:30 pm

Ill. Issued Stay-at-Home Order, Nearby Iowa Didn't

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Statewide stay-at-home orders appear to help slow the spread of COVID-19 above and beyond other steps.

May 15th 2020, 4:43 pm

Could Interferon Drugs Help Fight COVID-19?

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A small study found that a three-drug regimen, containing an interferon, helped hospitalized COVID-19 patients go home a few days sooner.

May 15th 2020, 2:56 pm

Studies: Hydroxychloroquine Useless Against COVID

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Mounting evidence from clinical and observational studies suggest that the malaria drug doesn't provide any meaningful benefits for COVID-19 patients.

May 15th 2020, 2:45 pm

Newborn May Have Contracted Coronavirus in Womb

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A Canadian newborn is a "probable" case of infection with the new coronavirus while still in the womb, doctors report.

May 15th 2020, 2:45 pm

Trending Clinical Topic: Kawasaki Disease and COVID-19

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News that COVID-19 may be associated with an inflammatory syndrome in children resulted in this week's top trending clinical topic.

May 15th 2020, 12:58 pm

Coronavirus Daily Digest: May 15, 2020

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A roundup of the latest news about COVID-19

May 15th 2020, 12:58 pm
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