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    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Friday night. Here are a few of the highlights: Nirenberg reported 50,587 total COVID-19 cases and 1,025 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Friday, an increase of 162 new cases. One new death was reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 134. City officials also reported that 218 patients are hospitalized, 99 are in the intensive care unit and 43 are on ventilators. There are 13% of staffed beds available...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is charging forward with the state’s reopening process, announcing that businesses in 19 of 22 regions will be permitted to expand capacity next week. On Thursday, Abbott announced he is allowing businesses in most areas of the state, including restaurants, retail stores, and gyms, to increase their occupancy from 50 percent to 75 percent. The governor is using hospitalization metrics to make the determinations on which areas are permitted to increase capacity: This metric focuses on areas with high hospitalizations — referring to any Trauma Service Area (TSA) that has had seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of all hospitalized patients exceeds 15%, until such time as the TSA has seven...
    As researchers work to understand both the short and long-term effects of the novel coronavirus, more than half of participants in a recent study who have recovered from COVID-19 are still experiencing “persistent fatigue” related to the disease. The study, conducted by Dr. Liam Townsend, St. James's Hospital and Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and others, found that fatigue was present in more than half of the patients studied “regardless of the seriousness of their infection,” according to a news release on the findings. As researchers work to understand both the short and long-term effects of the novel coronavirus, more than half of participants in a recent study who have recovered from COVID-19 are still experiencing “persistent...
    Of over 2,000 new COVID-19 drive-thru test sites established by CVS, seven will be in Connecticut, and three will open in Fairfield County.  All seven test sites, along with 400 more in 32 other states and in Washington, D.C.,  will open on Friday, Sept. 18, and include locations at   35 Padanaram Road in Danbury 281 Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk 969 High Ridge Road in Stamford 106 Boston Post Road in  Waterford 675 Washington Street in Middletown  111 Albany Turnpike in Canton  110 Main Street in Hebron Tests are free for patients with health insurance, and also free for those who don't through a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services fund.  Patients will swab their own noses under...
    Colorado's medical marijuana system still has room to improve, according to a report from a national cannabis advocacy group. Americans for Safe Access annually grades every state's medical marijuaan program on an "A" to "F" scale. Although Colorado continues to score low on patient rights and protections, the state still earned a "B-" thanks to high marks for patient access and functionality. The ASA report cards, which began in 2015, assign scores to state policies on patient rights and civil protections, access to medicine, ease of navigation for application and renewal processes, medical marijuana functionality and consumer safety requirements, while a new section graded both medical marijuana accessibility and telemedicine options during the COVID-19 pandemic.Related Stories Marijuana To-Go Windows, Online Ordering...
    Loading the player... A drug company said Friday that a medicine it sells to tamp down inflammation has helped prevent the need for breathing machines in hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the first large study that primarily enrolled Hispanics and Blacks. Switzerland-based Roche reported the results for tocilizumab, sold now as Actemra and RoActemra for treating rheumatoid arthritis and some other diseases. The company said it would quickly publish the results, which have not yet been reviewed by independent scientists, and would speak with regulators about next steps. Read More: 60% of Black households report ‘serious financial problems’ due to virus: study The drug, given through an IV, tamps down a protein called interleukin-6 that’s often found in excess in...
    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer A drug company said Friday that a medicine it sells to tamp down inflammation has helped prevent the need for breathing machines in hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the first large study that primarily enrolled Hispanics and Blacks. Switzerland-based Roche reported the results for tocilizumab, sold now as Actemra and RoActemra for treating rheumatoid arthritis and some other diseases. The company said it would quickly publish the results, which have not yet been reviewed by independent scientists, and would speak with regulators about next steps. The drug, given through an IV, tamps down a protein called interleukin-6 that’s often found in excess in COVID-19 patients. It failed in a previous study that tested it...
    A drug company said Friday that a medicine it sells to tamp down inflammation has helped prevent the need for breathing machines in hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the first large study that primarily enrolled Hispanics and Blacks. Switzerland-based Roche reported the results for tocilizumab, sold now as Actemra and RoActemra for treating rheumatoid arthritis and some other diseases. The company said it would quickly publish the results, which have not yet been reviewed by independent scientists, and would speak with regulators about next steps. The drug, given through an IV, tamps down a protein called interleukin-6 that’s often found in excess in COVID-19 patients. It failed in a previous study that tested it in people more severely ill from...
    A WOMAN has died after a cyber attack prevented a hospital from accepting emergency patients. A hacker launched a ransomware attack on Dusseldorf University Clinic in Germany on September 10. 3Dusseldorf University Clinic (pictured) in Germany was the target of a cyber attackCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Hackers launched a ransomware attack on the hospital (stock image)Credit: AFP or licensors A woman in a life-threatening condition who needed urgent treatment died after she was unable to be treated at the hospital. She had to be taken to Wuppertal instead, around 32km away. Doctors were unable to treat her for an hour and she later died. The death is believed to be the first in the world directly caused by a...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 2,056 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, including 25 additional deaths. The new cases on Thursday came as IDPH reported 57,800 new tests, for a one-day positivity rate of 3.6%. The statewide average positivity rate for the past week also stands at 3.6% for the third time this week. Until Monday, that metric, which experts rely on most to determine the spread of the virus, hadn’t been that low since July 25, according to data from IDPH. The rate had been as high as 4.5% early this month. Since the start of the pandemic, Illinois has reported a total of 268,207 coronavirus cases, including 8,392 deaths. As of Wednesday...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Patients at Stroger Hospital can now get help registering to vote in the E.R. Posters have been set up around the hospital asking patients if they are ready to vote. Patients can register using a text or QR code and the whole process only takes two minutes. Two residents came up with the idea and made it all happen. Other hospitals around the country are encouraging patients to vote.
    Nearly 300 patients were possibly exposed to the novel coronavirus in Clark County, Wash., after visiting a chiropractic office last week. At least 14 employees were also potentially exposed, according to public health officials in Clark County. An employee at Chiro One Wellness Center in Salmon Creek tested positive for COVID-19 and was potentially contagious over a course of four days while working last week, according to the statement provided to Fox News from Clark County public health officials. “All patients who visited the office Sept. 8, Sept. 9, Sept.10, and Sept.11 are considered close contacts who are at risk of contracting COVID-19,” the statement said. Patients who attended the facility during that period were considered close contacts to the individual infected with COVID-19 and were...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — State health officials are reporting 931 additional COVID-19 cases and nine deaths Thursday. According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), nearly 20,000 tests were completed in the last 24 hours. Over 1.26 million Minnesotans have been tested since the pandemic began. MORE: MDH’s Situation Update For COVID-19 The additional cases bring the state’s tally of positive cases to 86,722, with 9,344 of those cases being health care workers. There are now 79,878 patients who no longer need to self-isolate. There have been 1,942 COVID-19 deaths since March, with 1,408 of the deaths occurring in long-term care settings, which have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. In hospitals, there are 242 patients needing...
    Crystal Cox/Business Insider Two civil lawsuits filed Wednesday allege that doctors used their own sperm in fertility treatments without their patients' knowledge.  The families involved say they found out their now-adult children weren't the products of healthy anonymous sperm, as they believed, after the children used home DNA testing kits.  The cases shed light on a largely unregulated fertility industry. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When Jimmy Mallas got a DNA testing kit for Christmas last year, he expected to learn something new and exciting about who he was. Instead, he said he learned his biological father was not a healthy and anonymous sperm donor, as his mother had been promised, but rather her fertility doctor,...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – CVS Health has plans to add more than 2,000 new COVID-19 drive-thru test sites at CVS Pharmacy locations in Texas and across the country. CVS currently manages the largest number of independently run COVID-19 test sites in the United States. With the addition of the new locations the company expects to have more than 4,000 operating by mid-October. The new locations will open in waves over the next several weeks, beginning with the opening of more than 400 sites this Friday. In all, 50 new sites will open across Texas on September 18 — bringing the total number of testing sites in the state to more than 315. “Since opening our first test site in March,...
    Telehealth has revolutionized health care access in the time of the COVID-19 quarantine. However, at the end of the legislative session, California’s leadership refused to take action and permanently adopt progressive telehealth provisions for all patients. When the pandemic hit, California health care providers worked rapidly, transforming service delivery to meet patients’ urgent needs. Many Medi-Cal providers shifted from in-person visits to video and telephone visits. This shift was only possible because state and federal governments expanded the types of services covered by Medi-Cal during the public health emergency period. As a result, providers have been able to continue caring for patients through telehealth for the last six months. Clinicians have been using telehealth for diagnosis, consultation, education and care...
    By: KDKA-TV’s Jennifer Borrasso PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — More women are coming forward and accusing a former West Penn Hospital employee of secretly recording them at the hospital. KDKA’s Jennifer Borrasso talked to attorney Katie Shipp, who said Guy Caley not only secretly recorded employees but also patients. The attorney said the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office has been sending letters in hopes of locating victims. (Photo Credit: KDKA) A spokesperson for the DA said there are several dozen victims. “We’ve been getting calls almost every day about this case from different survivors,” Shipp said. Earlier this year, a worker discovered a small video camera in an employee bathroom, and police charged Caley. Recently, he was slapped with 83 more charges....
    By AMY BETH HANSON, Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A split Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a former western Montana pain doctor’s convictions of negligent homicide in the overdose deaths of two of his patients. The justices, in a 4-3 ruling, said prosecutors did not present sufficient evidence to establish that Chris Christensen’s actions in prescribing narcotics were the direct cause of the deaths of Greg Griffin in 2012 and Kara Philbrick in 2013. Chris Christensen, whose practice in Florence was raided by federal agents in 2014, has now avoided legal consequences for the overdose deaths of seven patients, including five in Idaho in the 1990s. He surrendered his medical license for two years after the Idaho cases....
    EUROPEAN hospitals are on the verge of “breaking point” as deaths rise in coronavirus hotspots across the region. There are now fears of a second wave in Europe with the number of cases rising in many countries. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6Hospitals in France and Spain have a rising number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care unitsCredit: AFP or licensors 6Last week Spain saw a high number of coronavirus-related deaths, the largest rise since mid-MayCredit: Getty Images - Getty There are repeated scenes of chaos in Spanish hospitals with 156 new deaths recorded yesterday, the largest daily rise since mid-May. Of the 303 recorded deaths in the past week, 115 were from...
    GARDEN GROVE (CBSLA) — Orange County public health officials say an elderly man from Garden Grove has died from West Nile virus, the first such death in the county this year. The man, who was not identified, is the county’s first human death associated with West Nile virus. The county has had five symptomatic infections of West Nile virus this year – two of whom had West Nile neuroinvasive disease and three who had fever. Four of these patients were hospitalized, county officials said. However, the majority of cases of West Nile fever do not seek medical care and are not tested, so the reported case counts “greatly underestimate the number of infected people in Orange County,” according to OC...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A top health official on Wednesday defended Michigan’s handling of nursing home residents infected with the deadly coronavirus, contending its performance has been “strong” compared to other states and again dismissing Republicans’ call for facilities that house only COVID-19 patients. Robert Gordon, director of the state Department of Health and Human Services, said just two states — Florida and Massachusetts — tried the approach and have since abandoned it. Majority GOP lawmakers and some Democrats have criticized letting recovering patients stay in or return to homes as long as they are isolated from uninfected residents. “There are many complexities to standing up and creating entire facilities for only COVID-positive people,” he told a joint legislative oversight...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is reporting 512 additional cases and seven more deaths Wednesday. More than 1.25 million people have been tested in the state since March, with 85,813 positive cases confirmed. Of those cases, 79,783 patients no longer need to self-isolate. MORE: MDH Situation Update For COVID-19 Meanwhile, there have been 1,933 COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed so far — 1,402 of those deaths being in long-term care facilities, which have been impacted disproportionately by the pandemic. In hospitals, there are 244 patients needing treatment for COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 136 need intensive care units. RELATED: ‘COVID Long-Haulers’ Suffer Lingering Effects Of Virus Weeks To Months Later Approximately 9,910 tests were completed in the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is reporting 512 additional cases and seven more deaths Wednesday. More than 1.25 million people have been tested in the state since March, with 85,813 positive cases confirmed. Of those cases, 79,783 patients no longer need to self-isolate. MORE: MDH Situation Update For COVID-19 Meanwhile, there have been 1,933 COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed so far — 1,402 of those deaths being in long-term care facilities, which have been impacted disproportionately by the pandemic. In hospitals, there are 244 patients needing treatment for COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 136 need intensive care units. RELATED: ‘COVID Long-Haulers’ Suffer Lingering Effects Of Virus Weeks To Months Later Approximately 9,910 tests were completed in the...
    By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A top health official on Wednesday defended Michigan's handling of nursing home residents infected with the deadly coronavirus, contending its performance has been “strong” compared to other states and again dismissing Republicans' call for facilities that house only COVID-19 patients. Robert Gordon, director of the state Department of Health and Human Services, said just two states — Florida and Massachusetts — tried the approach and have since abandoned it. Majority GOP lawmakers and some Democrats have criticized letting recovering patients stay in or return to homes as long as they are isolated from uninfected residents. “There are many complexities to standing up and creating entire facilities for only COVID-positive people,” he...
    MUMBAI – India’s coronavirus infections surged past 5 million on Wednesday, piling pressure on hospitals grappling with unreliable supplies of oxygen that they need to treat tens of thousands of critical patients. In the big states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, that are also some of the worst-affected by the virus, demand for oxygen has more than tripled, doctors and government officials said, prompting urgent calls for help. “Desperate patients have been calling me through the night but I don’t know when I will get stock,” Rishikhesh Patil, an oxygen supplier in the western city of Nashik, told Reuters. The health ministry reported 90,123 new infections on Wednesday, taking the total caseload to 5.02 million. The death toll from...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There is a possible major breakthrough in the battle against COVID-19. Researchers in Pittsburgh have developed a drug that completely neutralizes the coronavirus. LINK: More Coverage From Our Colleagues At CBS Pittsburgh The potential drug is called AB-8, a small piece of the anti-COVID antibodies that have been used to treat COVID patients by blocking or neutralizing the coronavirus. But this very small molecule appears to have major advantages over other drugs, and perhaps even vaccines. The wide range of antibodies contained in convalescent plasma – plasma from recovered COVID patients – have variable effectiveness in COVID patients. Now researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have found the precise piece of the effective antibody that...
    Bordeaux, France (CNN)Dealing with the first wave was like a sprint, the second will be more like a marathon.That's how Dr. Olivier Joannes-Boyau, head of the intensive care unit at University Hospital in the southwestern city of Bordeaux, describes the resurgence of Covid-19 in France. After young French people took advantage of the lifting of lockdown and summer months to socialize freely, Covid-19 hospitalizations have risen in large cities like Paris, Bordeaux and Marseille on the Mediterranean coast. French hospitals are now preparing for the long slog.Dr. Olivier Joannes-Boyau says the priority now will be to contain a possible second wave.The last time University Hospital dealt with a rise in Covid-19 cases, it put aside all other emergency procedures to...
    By Adnan Abidi and Alasdair Pal NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A hospital in India has deployed a customer-service robot to patrol its wards, connecting coronavirus patients to friends and relatives. Mitra, meaning "friend" in Hindi, is best known for interacting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event in 2017. Its piercing eyes are equipped with facial recognition technology to help it recall people it has previously interacted with. A tablet attached to Mitra's chest allows patients to see loved ones, as well as medical staff unable to access the wards. "It takes a lot of time to recover, and during this time, when patients need their families the most, they are unable to visit," said Dr Arun Lakhanpal, a...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two more patients have died of COVID-19 at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital, bringing the total number of deaths to nine at the state psychiatric institution. The Richmond-Times Dispatch reports that two patients infected during an outbreak that began in mid-July died earlier this month. State behavioral health officials said Piedmont had no positive cases of COVID-19 among its employees or patients on Tuesday, but 13 employees and 21 patients have recovered from infection by the virus since the outbreak began. At Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents — the only state psychiatric facility for youth — 12 of the 18 patients receiving treatment at the center have tested positive for COVID-19, as have 25 employees. The shortage...
    (CNN) — Researchers believe they have found evidence that the novel coronavirus may have been circulating in the US as early as late December, about a month before the current timeline from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. This study, published last Thursday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, found a statistically significant uptick in clinic and hospital visits by patients who reported respiratory illnesses as early as the week of December 22. The researchers noticed this trend by looking through nearly 10 million medical records from the UCLA Health system, including three hospitals and 180 clinics. The first known case of Covid-19 in the US was thought to be a patient in Washington who had visited Wuhan,China, according to the...
    (CNN)Researchers believe they have found evidence that the novel coronavirus may have been circulating in the US as early as late December, about a month before the current timeline from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. What is an EUA, and what does it have to do with how quickly we get a coronavirus vaccine?This study, published last Thursday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, found a statistically significant uptick in clinic and hospital visits by patients who reported respiratory illnesses as early as the week of December 22. The researchers noticed this trend by looking through nearly 10 million medical records from the UCLA Health system, including three hospitals and 180 clinics. The first...
    HARTFORD, Connecticut (WABC) -- Connecticut health officials are warning of a rise in illnesses stemming from the exposure to bacteria in Long Island Sound.The Department of Public Health is reporting an unusual number of infections caused by Vibrio vulnificus since July, prompting the warning to residents in shoreline areas about the potential dangers of exposure to salt or brackish water.Those infections can lead to serious illness that could result in hospitalization or limb amputation, the department said."The identification of these five cases over two months is very concerning," said Dr. Matthew Cartter, the state epidemiologist for the Health Department. "This suggests the Vibrio bacteria may be present in salt or brackish water in or near Long Island Sound, and people...
    By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay) TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Punctured lungs occur in as many as 1 in 100 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, a new study finds. Before the pandemic, this problem was typically seen in very tall young men or older patients with severe lung disease. But some British researchers noticed that several patients with COVID-19 developed the condition and decided to investigate. "We started to see patients affected by a punctured lung, even among those who were not put on a ventilator," said Stefan Marciniak, a professor at the University of Cambridge Institute of Medical Research. "To see if this was a real association, I put a call out to respiratory colleagues across the U.K....
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Public health officials have announced 1,373 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, and five additional deaths. The Illinois Department of Public Health said the latest confirmed cases brings the state to 262,744 total cases since the start of the pandemic, including 8,314 deaths. The new cases reported Monday came as the state reported 35,930 new tests, for a one-day positive test rate of 3.8%. The statewide average positivity rate for the past week is 3.6%, compared to 4.1% a month a go, and 3.0% two months ago. As of Sunday night, Illinois hospitals were treating 1,431 coronavirus patients, including 335 in intensive care, and 131 on ventilators. So far, the vast majority of COVID-19 patients have...
    A lot has changed since the last time California had this few COVID-19 patients in its hospitals. There were 2,869 patients hospitalized with the virus around the state Saturday, according to the latest update from the California Department of Public Health, hitting its lowest level since April 10; the number of patients in intensive care units also fell to 932, the lowest it has been since April 2. At the time, the state was mere weeks into the nation’s first shelter-in-place order, while President Donald Trump and governors, like Gavin Newsom, were volleying responsibility for reopening from the initial shutdowns. There was hope the virus would peak by the end of spring. Six months later, most of California remains closed...
    MICHIGAN (CBS DETROIT) – Henry Ford Health System provides an advisory chronicling the latest developments in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The advisory is now issued once a week on Mondays. Henry Ford says because they value the privacy of their patients, they are not disclosing specific details about individual patients. Here’s the list below of positive coronavirus cases as of 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14:  Total number Henry Ford Health System patients who tested negative in last 30 days: 29,438. Total number Henry Ford Health System patients who tested positive in last 30 days: 924. Total number Henry Ford Health System patients currently admitted: 54. Total number Henry Ford Health System patients discharged home in last 60...
    Reviewed Emily Henderson, B.Sc.September 14 2020 Systematic study and meta-analysis by USC Geck Medicine show that patients who have been treated for cancer of the bladder through surgery called acute cystectomy may have worse outcomes if they are smokers. The study appeared Kidney Magazine. This study is important because although it is known that tobacco smoking is the leading cause of bladder cancer, this is the first study to suggest that smoking puts bladder cancer patients at risk after diagnosis. Giovanni Kasiyamani, MD, Lead Professor of Research and Assistant Professor of Research Kidney, USC Cake School of Medicine Worldwide, more than 500,000 cases of bladder cancer are diagnosed each year. When the cancer is large or has spread beyond the...
    Share Tweet Share Share E-mail The patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a decreased ability to do physical exercise that influences their ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL) simple, such as eating, drinking, or washing, or complex. Furthermore, this ability to do decreased exercise can be increased and, with this, the ability to carry out activities of daily living, according to a study by the Department of Physiotherapy of the Hacettepe University, Ankara (Turkey), published in Archives of Bronconeumology, the scientific journal of the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR). “Studies linking activities of daily living with maximum exercise capacity in COPD patients have been limited so far. We knew...
    Pasadena police have launched an investigation after police and fire officials received calls of six people exhibiting signs of drug overdose over a roughly six-hour window, authorities said Saturday, Sept. 12. Two of those patients died, while three have recovered, authorities said. One remained in the hospital receiving treatment. But authorities couldn’t say definitively if the two men had died from drug overdoses, pending a coroner’s autopsy findings. However, police say they believe the cases may involve fentanyl. Of the six patients, Pasadena police responded to three between 8:50 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday night, Sept. 11, Lt. Anthony Russo said. Police found out about three additional patients from a Pasadena Fire Department battalion chief after the patients were taken...
    HOSPITAL admissions for seven of the most serious non-coronavirus illnesses fall by 173,000 during the lockdown, new NHS data reveals. There were nearly 6,000 fewer admissions for heart attacks in March and April compared with last year — and almost 137,000 fewer cancer admissions from March to June. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Hospitals across the country experienced a surge in demand for critical care during the lockdown but new data shows a drop in admissions for non-coronavirus illnessesCredit: Getty Images - Getty The Daily Mail found the trends laid bare by NHS Digital data for England shows similar falls in other admission. This includes those suffering strokes, diabetes, dementia, mental health conditions...
    A day after the deadliest day since the start of the pandemic, health officials across the Bay Area are reporting ten new COVID-19 deaths as well as 707 positive cases as the state continues to beat back the coronavirus. According to data compiled by this news organization, new deaths bring the total of fatalities from the deadly virus to 1,295 in the nine-county Bay Area plus Santa Cruz County. Just a day ago public health officials reported 34 new deaths, the most fatalities ever in the Bay Area since the pandemic began led by Alameda County with 16 fatalities and Santa Clara County with 13. On Sunday Alameda counted no new deaths while Santa Clara County reported four new deaths....
    More than 800 nurses at the University of Illinois hospital (UIH) in Chicago went on strike starting Saturday morning after contract negotiations broke down over nurse-to-patient ratios. About 1,400 nurses were originally set to walk off the job, but a judge granted a temporary restraining order Friday preventing select critical care nurses from striking. The hospital announced “staffing interruptions” Saturday as it informed patients how the seven-day strike could affect their appointments.  The Illinois Nurses Association (INA), which represents the hundreds of UIH nurses working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, is asking the hospital to limit how many patients a single nurse is treating at any one time. The hospital, however, has argued that a set...
    More than six months into the coronavirus pandemic in the US, a cure is still elusive but radical changes in screening and treatment have saved thousands of lives. At the height of the pandemic in April, the mortality rate in the US was just under 24 percent, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control. As of last week, the CDC reported the mortality rate — the percentage of those infected who die — was hovering at just above 6 percent. Worldwide, 911,000 people have succumbed to the dreaded bug, including 193,000 in the US. In New York state, the virus has killed 33,000 people, and sickened 446,000 more. At the height of the pandemic, the Empire State...
    More than six months into the coronavirus pandemic in the US, a cure is still elusive but radical changes in screening and treatment have saved thousands of lives. At the height of the pandemic in April, the mortality rate in the US was just under 24 percent, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control. As of last week, the CDC reported the mortality rate — the percentage of those infected who die — was hovering at just above 6 percent. Worldwide, 911,000 people have succumbed to the dreaded bug, including 193,000 in the US. In New York state, the virus has killed 33,000 people, and sickened 446,000 more. At the height of the pandemic, the Empire State...
    A leukemia patient who was flying from Dubai to Washington, DC, for treatment claims her two French bulldogs died in the jet’s cargo hold after Emirates airline refused to let them fly in the cabin. The woman, identified only as Hannah by TMZ, said one dog, Panda, was her emotional support animal. The other, Beluga, was Panda’s companion. Both died on the Aug. 21 flight to Dulles International Airport after the airline forced her to pay $2,600 to ship the pooches. Hannah was told the dogs couldn’t fly in the cabin because they weighed more than 8 pounds, even though she had a doctor’s letter classifying Panda as an emotional support animal. Airlines are supposed to transport live animals...
    A leukemia patient who was flying from Dubai to Washington, DC, for treatment claims her two French bulldogs died in the jet’s cargo hold after Emirates airline refused to let them fly in the cabin. The woman, identified only as Hannah by TMZ, said one dog, Panda, was her emotional support animal. The other, Beluga, was Panda’s companion. Both died on the Aug. 21 flight to Dulles International Airport after the airline forced her to pay $2,600 to ship the pooches. Hannah was told the dogs couldn’t fly in the cabin because they weighed more than 8 pounds, even though she had a doctor’s letter classifying Panda as an emotional support animal. Airlines are supposed to transport live animals in...
    The City of Statesboro and Bulloch County have partnered with East Georgia Healthcare Center (EGHC) to provide free COVID-19 testing. The partnership is part of an ongoing effort to increase testing capacity in Bulloch County. Testing will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on Tuesday, September 15 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Luetta Moore Park located at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Statesboro, GA 30458. Currently, the Bulloch County Health Department does not offer testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays. However, through this strategic partnership, Bulloch County residents and residents from surrounding counties will now have access to COVID-19 testing 6 days a week. The COVID-19 tests...
    Here’s a shorthand way to think of my research: Using bugs as drugs may one day bring hope to soaps. Patients with atopic dermatitis, more commonly known as eczema, suffer from dry, itchy skin and rashes, and have a higher risk of developing hay fever, asthma and food allergies. The cause of eczema is still unknown, but studies completed by my team and others continue to suggest that manipulating the skin microbiome – the community of all the bacteria and other microorganisms living on the surface of the skin – may offer therapeutic benefits to patients. We hypothesized that if we directly sprayed live bacteria named Roseomonas mucosa – a naturally occurring skin microbe – on the skin...
    NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WLS) -- There's been an uptick in COVID-related deaths in DuPage County, as well as an increase in the rate of new cases in the last week, according to health officials.Those two critical metrics have put the county at "warning level" for potential action. And since the start of summer, the rate of infections has quadrupled.RELATED: 30 Illinois counties at warning level for COVID-19, IDPH saysEMBED More News Videos Governor JB Pritzker announces financial help for those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. At Edward Hospital in Naperville, there's been a 20 to 30% rise in cases in just the past week."Don't let your guard down. It's not over," urged Dr. Jonathan Pinsky, director of infection...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday reported 2,145 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 32 confirmed fatalities. The new cases came as 30 of Illinois’ 102 counties reached two or more benchmarks that indicate COVID-19 is spreading there. The total number of known infections in Illinois is 257,788, and the statewide death toll is 8,273 since the start of the pandemic. Friday’s cases were the result of 56,661 tests, resulting in a seven-day statewide positivity rate for COVID-19 of 3.9 percent. There have been 4,632,382 tests conducted in Illinois. As of late Thursday, 1,619 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 359 patients were in intensive care units...
    Rapid cycling can take an immense toll on someone's quality of life and may cause loss of employment and relationships. Thanakorn Suppamethasawat/Getty Images Rapid cycling is a symptom of some bipolar patients that causes them to cycle through four or more episodes a year.  Rapid cycling may be caused by substance abuse, severe life stressors, or trauma. Stopping medication, using antidepressants, and sleep disturbances can trigger rapid cycling.  This article was medically reviewed by David A. Merrill, MD, PhD, psychiatrist, and director of the Pacific Brain Health Center at Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John's Health Center. Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Rapid cycling is a symptom associated with bipolar disorder where patients quickly cycle...
    A spike of patients with coughs and acute respiratory failure in December 2019 in Los Angeles suggests COVID-19 may have been circulating months before the first definitive U.S. cases were identified, a new study showed. The surge in patients with those symptoms at UCLA Health hospitals and clinics continued through February — and had an unexpected 50% increase compared with the same time period in each of the previous five years, UCLA researchers reported. The study was posted Wednesday in the peer-reviewed Journal of Medical Internet Research. “For many diseases, data from the outpatient setting can provide an early warning to emergency departments and hospital intensive care units of what is to come,” Dr. Joann Elmore, the study’s lead author and a...
    New data from medical records in Los Angeles indicate COVID-19 may have been circulating in the United States prior to even China informing the World Health Organization of an outbreak of the then-unidentified virus, according to researchers at UCLA and the University of Washington. In a study published Thursday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, they compared electronic medical records from this winter to the past five years and found an excess number of outpatient and emergency room visits with complaints of a “cough,” as well as hospitalizations for acute respiratory failure, beginning the week of Dec. 22, 2019. From then through the end of February — a 10-week span — they estimated there were 1,047 more outpatient visits,...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio hospital system has reached more settlements related to an intensive care doctor who is charged with murder and accused of ordering excessive painkillers for dozens of patients who then died. The settlements involving the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System now total more than $16.7 million for the families and estates of at least 17 of those patients. That includes three settlements of $750,000 each that were filed in Franklin County in the past two weeks, tied to lawsuits involving the deaths of 69-year-old Joanne Bellisari in May 2015, a 67-year-old Sanders Young Jr. in July 2016 and 57-year-old Michael Walters in October 2017. If the court signs off in each case, $450,000 would be...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — UCLA researchers have found evidence that COVID-19 may have been spreading in Southern California since late last year. A significant increase in patients with coughs and acute respiratory failure at UCLA Health hospitals and clinics in late December suggests COVID-19 may have been circulating in the area months before the first definitive cases in the U.S. were identified, UCLA researchers said this week. The study appeared in the peer-reviewed Journal of Medical Internet Research. Researchers found there was a 50% jump in such cases, when compared to the same period in each of the last five years. The sudden spike in patients with these symptoms continued through February 2020, according to the report. “For many diseases,...
    By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio hospital system has reached more settlements related to an intensive care doctor who is charged with murder and accused of ordering excessive painkillers for dozens of patients who then died. The settlements involving the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System now total more than $16.7 million for the families and estates of at least 17 of those patients. That includes three settlements of $750,000 each that were filed in Franklin County in the past two weeks, tied to lawsuits involving the deaths of 69-year-old Joanne Bellisari in May 2015, a 67-year-old Sanders Young Jr. in July 2016 and 57-year-old Michael Walters in October 2017. If the court signs off in...
    The number of daily U.S. deaths from the coronavirus is declining again after peaking in early August, but scientists warn that a new bout with the disease this fall could claim more lives. The arrival of cooler weather and the likelihood of more indoor gatherings will add to the importance of everyday safety precautions, experts say. “We have to change the way we live until we have a vaccine,” said Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. In other words: Wear a mask. Stay home. Wash your hands. The U.S. has seen two distinct peaks in daily deaths. The nation’s summertime surge crested at about half the size of the first deadly wave...
    A significant number of young adults hospitalized with COVID-19 may be at risk of serious and lasting damage to their health. According to a new research letter from Harvard University, of the 3,222 people who were 18 to 34 years old and who needed hospitalization, around 1 in 5 required intensive care. SOUTH CAROLINA TEACHER, 28, DIES FROM CORONAVIRUS: 'GOD HAS GAINED ANOTHER ANGEL' Furthermore, 10% needed a ventilator, 2.7% died, and another 3% required ongoing care in a post-acute treatment facility after the virus cleared from their bodies. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that the infection rate in kids 17 and under is markedly and "steadily" increasing, too. In this June 2020 photo made available by Michelle Zymet, her husband...
    By DANIEL COLE, Associated Press MARSEILLE, France (AP) — All five intensive care beds dedicated to COVID patients are in use at the Laveran Military Training Hospital in Marseille, and its doctors are bracing for more. It’s a small ward in a mid-sized hospital, but what’s happening here reflects growing pressure on medical facilities across France as infections resurge. The hospital’s medical staff suit up to enter the COVID zone, hook patients up to monitors and tubes for hydration, nourishment and medicine, and meet frequently to discuss their prognosis. While France’s daily case count climbed back up as summer vacations brought relaxed virus vigilance, the number of infected patients in hospitals and intensive care units stayed low and stable for...
    MARSEILLE, France (AP) — All five intensive care beds dedicated to COVID patients are in use at the Laveran Military Training Hospital in Marseille, and its doctors are bracing for more. It’s a small ward in a mid-sized hospital, but what’s happening here reflects growing pressure on medical facilities across France as infections resurge. The hospital’s medical staff suit up to enter the COVID zone, hook patients up to monitors and tubes for hydration, nourishment and medicine, and meet frequently to discuss their prognosis. While France’s daily case count climbed back up as summer vacations brought relaxed virus vigilance, the number of infected patients in hospitals and intensive care units stayed low and stable for several weeks. Until now. Doctors...
    France recorded almost 10,000 new COVID-19 infections today, its highest ever single-day total, as hospitalisations also begin to rise.  Health authorities reported 9,843 new confirmed coronavirus cases, beating by almost 900 the previous record of 8,975, set six days earlier. Since the beginning of the month, new cases have gone up by 7,292 each day on average, a figure that blows away the previous record daily average of 3,003 seen in August. After reaching a low of 4,530 on 28 August, the number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 is again trending upward, with an increase of 93 over the last 24 hours to 5,096, the highest total in more than a month. The rise in infections has mainly affected young people...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The University of Pittsburgh is taking part in a clinical trial that is examining adult COVID-19 patients at risk for developing blood clots, which can be life threatening. Pitt was selected to be part of the trio of Phase 3 clinical trials by the National Institutes of Health, of NIH. The trials are focusing on something called ACTIV-4 Antithrombotics, which are better known as blood thinners or anticoagulants. They keep “blood protein and platelets from turning into clumps or sticking to each other.” According to Pitt, the reason for the study is that researchers have found that “many patients who have died from COVID-19 formed blood clots,” including in their smallest blood vessels....
    The coronavirus may have been in Los Angeles around Christmas, before the novel coronavirus was officially identified in the United States, according to researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Washington. The team of researchers discovered a spike in patients with acute respiratory failure and coughs at UCLA Health hospitals and clinics around late December 2019, when they analyzed health records, according to a press release from the university. The findings published in a report in the Journal of Medical Internet Research suggest that novel coronavirus may have been surfacing in the area months before the first case was officially identified. Researchers said an increased number of patients with respiratory complaints starting in late December 2019...
    SWEDEN now has just 13 coronavirus patients in intensive care and an average of one death per day. The news comes despite the country's controversial decision not to introduce a lockdown at the start of the pandemic. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Sweden now had just 13 coronavirus patients in intensive careCredit: AFP - Getty 3State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell has argued the country's strategy will be easier to maintain in the long-termCredit: EPA Sweden opted to stick with the "herd immunity" strategy first pursued by Downing Street and allow the virus to partially spread through its population. The approach initially saw its infection rate rise far above that in countries where lockdowns...
    Coronavirus likely arrived in Los Angeles before Christmas of last year - and may have been circulating in the area months before the first case was officially diagnosed, new research suggests.  Doctors at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Health found a spike patients with cough and lung failure beginning in December, which continued through February.  During those months, there were 50 percent more of these cases than the hospital system had seend during that period for the previous five years.  The study suggests that between December and February, there may have been as many as 1,000 coronavirus patients in Los Angeles.  Los Angeles hospitals saw 50% more coughing patients in December 2019 through February 2020 than in years...
    MORE than 83,000 sick Brits have been left languishing for over a year for an NHS op due to the Covid crisis. The number of long waiters is 81 times higher than in July 2019, when 1,032 were stuck on the list for 12 months or more. 1NHS patients are waiting more than four months for elective operations Credit: Getty - Contributor Less than half of patients needing non-urgent procedures are being seen within 18 weeks for the first time in NHS history, against a 92 per cent target. Experts blamed the pandemic for fuelling long treatment delays, leaving millions to suffer. It is the worst performance since records began in 2007, with a record 2.2 million people now waiting...
    This is the horrifying moment a ventilator catches fire inside a Covid-19 ward and sent the patients running for their lives.   The footage shows four medics, who are dressed in hazmats, surrounding a patient on a hospital bed in Vadodara, India.   A man, who is lying on one of the beds, is helped up by staff and carried away as smoke starts pouring from the machine.     A ventilator caught fire inside a Covid-19 ward in SSG Hospital’s ICU unit in Vadodara, India as four medics dressed in hazmats surround  a patient on a hospital bed A man, who is lying on one of the beds, is helped up by staff and carried away as smoke starts pouring from the machine They...
    Sweden has just 13 patients in intensive care and has suffered an average of a single death per day for the last 10 despite avoiding lockdown. Stockholm's strategy of 'herd immunity' - once backed by Downing Street - to allow the disease to spread through the population, was criticised as reckless but the data increasingly vindicates the decision. Sweden (population 10 million) has 13 patients in intensive care, by comparison the United Kingdom (population 66 million) has 843 patients in hospital, 80 of them on ventilators. Furthermore, Sweden has had an average of just one death per day for the last 10, compared to 9.3 fatalities each day in the UK over the same period.  ...
    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — From his pharmacy outside Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Bikram Bhadel saw what happened when coronavirus lockdowns closed the facility’s cafeteria and nearby cafes. “Every day I watched the patients, their families, doctors and other health workers struggling to get a good meal,” Bhadel said. “They were already having a tough time and the food situation was making it worse. This is where I decided that I need to step in and help out.” He took 1 million rupees ($8,333) out of his family’s savings. And with the help of his friend Indra Kumar Newar — a taxi driver who had no work in recent months due to the lockdowns — he rented a vacant restaurant across...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The number of children sick with a rare condition linked to COVID-19 continues to rise. The Centers for Disease Control reports 792 confirmed cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome and 16 deaths in 42 states, New York City and Washington, D.C. New York state and New Jersey have reported more than 30 cases each. Connecticut has reported 11-20 cases. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months Of Isolation Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York gynecologist accused of sexually abusing dozens of patients, including the wife of former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, was charged Wednesday with attacking women for nearly two decades using the cover of medical examinations. Prosecutors described the doctor, Robert A. Hadden, 62, as a “predator in a white coat,” accusing him of singling out young and unsuspecting victims, including a young girl he’d delivered at birth. The federal charges will be the second time Hadden is prosecuted over alleged abuse of patients. He surrendered his medical license in a 2016 plea deal with the Manhattan District Attorney that didn’t require him to serve any jail time. Outrage over that light...
    By LARRY NEUMEISTER and JIM MUSTIAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York gynecologist accused of sexually abusing more than two dozen patients, including the wife of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, now faces federal charges. The doctor, Robert A. Hadden, who had avoided prison time but surrendered his medical license in an earlier plea deal with state prosecutors, now faces six counts of inducing others to travel to engage in illegal sex acts in a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday. A message seeking comment was left Wednesday with an attorney who has represented Hadden in the past. Hadden has faced a growing chorus of accusers in recent years, including some like Evelyn Yang, the wife of former...
    (CNN)During the coronavirus surge in Texas this summer, Dr. Thomas Patterson said he only had enough of the anti-viral drug remdesivir for about a third of his patients, and was forced to pick and choose who would get the only drug authorized in the United States to treat Covid-19.Meanwhile, Dr. Ahmedul Kabir in Bangladesh has plenty."We have no shortage of remdesivir in our hospitals," said Kabir, a professor of medicine at Dhaka Medical College. "Bangladesh is a third world country, and we have sufficient amounts. It's really surprising that the US doesn't. There should be plenty of remdesivir there."A CNN investigation into remdesivir finds that doctors in several developing countries report ample supplies of the drug, while US patients have...
    Lungs ravaged by COVID-19 can repair themselves in three months, a new study says. Nearly half of patients who had been hospitalized for the virus showed no evidence of lung damage at 12 weeks, according to preliminary findings presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. The study, which has not been published yet, looked at 86 patients hospitalized in the Tyrolean region of Austria between April 29 and June 9. Researchers from the University Clinic in Innsbruck then followed up at six and 12 weeks after discharge for evaluation. Following their first visit, 88% of patients showed evidence of lung damage, but this number dropped to 56% by their next check-up, the study said. Researchers said the findings indicate...
    UP TO 60,000 Brits struck by “long-Covid” have been ill for three months with some left in wheelchairs. People who were previously fit and healthy who have recovered from the virus have in some cases been left bed ridden and unable to climb the stairs. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Some Brits suffering with long-Covid had been left wheelchair boundCredit: Getty - Contributor A report compiled by the team behind the Covid Symptom Study app has now revealed that many are suffering with on-going issues. Professor Tim Spector, who is leading the Covid Symptom Study app, said that 60,000 people have been ill for more than three months. Breathlessness and fatigue have been...
    JACKSON, Miss. — Dr. Janice Bacon was exactly the person Kay McField hoped to talk to when she found herself spending most of her days in bed, feeling too depressed to get up as the coronavirus pandemic threatened those around her. As she watched those closest to her test positive for the virus — a goddaughter and her uncle, whom she cares for, among them — McField said she was terrified that she or her daughter, who both suffer from autoimmune diseases, would fall ill. When she wasn’t in bed, the 51-year-old single mother was cleaning her house compulsively. “It was just this constant panic,” she said, her arms pressed to her chest. “I wanted to talk to someone I...
    Throat cancer could be predicted up to eight years before it appears thanks to a genetic test developed by scientists. When abnormal cells emerge where the oesophagus meets the stomach - in a condition called Barrett's oesophagus - and turn cancerous, it can be monumentally difficult to diagnose and treat. A small tube with a camera on the end, called an endoscope, must be inserted via the mouth or nose to identify the illness. If considered at risk patients may then receive extensive treatment they 'do not need', as only one in 300 people with the condition will develop cancer.  But a statistical model built by scientists at the University of Cambridge and European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) promises to change...
    Beginning the month, the Arlington County Fire Department will carry whole blood as part of a regional EMS initiative to bring lifesaving treatment for patients with major bleeding prior to arriving at the hospital. The Arlington department joins Loudoun County Fire and Rescue as the first two agencies in the region to participate in the effort, although it is expected to expand across the area. Major life-threatening bleeding, from trauma or other medical ailments, is traditionally treated by rushing patients to the hospital to receive a blood transfusion; this transport of patients to the hospital in some instances can delay specific treatment for the blood loss for upwards of 30-45 minutes, with the potential of significant worsening or even death....
    LUNGS damaged by the coronavirus can repair themselves in just three months even if the patient has spent time on a ventilator, experts have revealed. Doctors have now claimed that while patients who have just been discharged from hospital may suffer with ongoing symptoms, these are likely to fade away after 12 weeks. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4The image above shows a CT scan taken from a Covid patient, the lung damage is in redCredit: Gerlig Widmann and team, Department of Radiology, Medical University of Innsbruck. Researchers in the Tyrolean region of Austria, which had been dubbed as a coronavirus “hotspot” studied over 150 patients with the virus, who had been hospitalised...
    The number of people with pre-diabetes who go on to develop the full disease has halved over the past two decades, a major study has found. The dramatic decline comes after a drive to encourage patients to eat a healthier diet and take more exercise. It also occurred despite increasing numbers having pre-diabetes – raised blood sugars which have not reached diabetic levels. The number of people with pre-diabetes who go on to develop the full disease has halved over the past two decades, a major study has found [File photo] Researchers found the percentage who went on to suffer type 2 diabetes dropped from 8 per cent to 4 per cent between 2000 and 2014. It is estimated...
    BARCELONA – After almost two months sedated and hooked up to IV lines in the hospital’s intensive care unit, Francisco España took a moment to fill his battered lungs with the fresh air from Barcelona’s beach. Lying on a stretcher on the promenade and escorted by a doctor and three nurses who were monitoring his vital signs at all times, Spain briefly closed his eyes and absorbed as much sunlight as he could. “It has been one of the best days I can remember,” he said. A medical team from Hospital del Mar is studying whether short trips to the beach, just across the street, can help COVID-19 patients after long and sometimes traumatic stays...
    BARCELONA – After almost two months sedated and hooked up to IV lines in the hospital’s intensive care unit, Francisco España took a moment to fill his battered lungs with the fresh air from Barcelona’s beach. Lying on a stretcher on the promenade and escorted by a doctor and three nurses who were monitoring his vital signs at all times, Spain briefly closed his eyes and absorbed as much sunlight as he could. “It has been one of the best days I can remember,” he said. A medical team from Hospital del Mar is studying whether short trips to the beach, just across the street, can help COVID-19 patients after long and sometimes traumatic stays...
    (CNN)Dr. Dorian Alexander had just walked into the emergency room and he could immediately sense what to expect the rest of his shift. "I smell blood," Alexander told fellow staff members on a recent Sunday at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center in New York City. The scent hung in the air, something that he had always noticed at the Brooklyn hospital. Lately the smell of blood has been more prevalent, a sign that the gun violence that has gripped the city perhaps has its tightest hold on the communities surrounding his hospital. Many New Yorkers may be leaving. But reports of the citys demise are greatly exaggerated"It has a little bit of a metallic smell. And it kind of...
    Testosterone injections can trigger drastic long-term weight loss in obese men, a German study has found.  Men with an average weight of 18 stone (114kg) saw their weight drop by 4st and 3lbs (27kg) over a decade while having the jabs every three months as part of a study. Their body mass index (BMI) went from the 'severely obese' category, of 36.8, to 'overweight', at 28.8, just four points off the healthy weight range. In comparison, men who were not given the testerone therapy saw their weight increase by almost a stone each (6kg). They were also more than four times more likely to die during the follow-up period, particularly of heart attacks and strokes, and almost all had type 2 diabetes....
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – How has COVID-19 changed over the past few months? Doctors at UPMC note some interesting figures — like testing. “We are, in fact, testing 2.5 COVID patients per day in the last two months compared to the prior period. And the test positivity rate is only slightly higher at 5.28%, compared to the spring, which was 4.94%,” says Dr. Oscar Marroquin, UPMC chief healthcare data and analytics officer. While more people are being hospitalized, the net number of patients is decreasing. “The average daily number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 since July is approximately 2.8 times higher than in the spring, but daily discharges are three times higher,” says Dr. Marroquin. And the recovery pattern is going...
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    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Jackson Health System unveiled a mobile triage unit that is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation on Thursday. The unit will help doctors and nurses at JMH isolate and treat patients with infectious diseases, like COVID-19. Download The New CBS4 News App Here “We wanted to build something that would be robust and hold up through time, with the hope that it is never used,” send Cliff Hokanson, whose company HHI Corporation invented and donated the unit. The unit is a set of seven shipping containers which include a nursing unit and 11 patient beds. The triage unit also has specialized airflow to help prevent the spread of disease....