The Toll of Reaching Herd Immunity Without a COVID-19 Vaccine

Share on PinterestExperts say it would take a long time to reach herd immunity against COVID-19 without a vaccine. AJ Watt/Getty Images Experts say it is unlikely the United States can achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 without a vaccine. They note that viruses such as smallpox and measles weren’t contained until vaccines were developed. They say that even with a …

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‘Benadryl Challenge’ on TikTok Is Dangerous, Experts Say

Share on PinterestExperts say excessive doses of Benadryl can cause serious health issues, including death in some instances. Getty Images A challenge posted on TikTok known as the “Benadryl challenge” encourages viewers to take large doses of the antihistamine to induce hallucinations. Experts say excessive doses of Benadryl can cause serious health issues, even causing death in some situations. Johnson …

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Which Healthcare Workers Most Likely to Get COVID?

The 24-hour news cycle is just as important to medicine as it is to politics, finance, or sports. At MedPage Today, new information is posted daily, but keeping up can be a challenge. As an aid for our readers and for a little amusement, here is a 10-question quiz based on the news of the week. Topics include COVID among …

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Coronavirus: UK pledges support to global vaccine-sharing scheme

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the UK will give £500m to a new global vaccine-sharing scheme. The Covax vaccines procurement pool, aims to help poorer countries access a coronavirus jab when one is developed. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly via a pre-recorded video, the prime minister said ‘the health of every country depends on the whole world having …

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We need sports ‘to give these children something to do’

Shaquille O’Neal is on a mission to help student-athletes across the country return to the competitive sports they love as soon as possible amid the coronavirus pandemic. The NBA Hall of Famer says it’s important for young people to stay active instead of sitting around indoors playing video games — with safety as the utmost priority. “The pandemic has disrupted …

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Is Shock Therapy Making a Comeback Against Bipolar Disorder?

Latest Mental Health News By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) Over the years electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) — commonly known as “shock therapy” — has gotten a bad rap. But new research out of Italy suggests that reputation may be unwarranted. Investigators found that among bipolar patients who fail to respond to standard treatments, ECT can be …

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Conspiracy Theories Are Helping Fuel Rejection of Masks, Vaccines

Latest Prevention & Wellness News By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) People who buy into conspiracy theories about COVID-19 may be especially likely to refuse a vaccine when one becomes available, a new study suggests. Researchers said the results are not surprising. But they highlight how mistrust in authorities could already be undermining efforts to get …

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Immune System Clues to Why COVID Is Easier on Kids

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) Kids and adults have different immune system responses to infection with the new coronavirus, which may help explain why severe COVID-19 is more common in adults, researchers report. For their new study, they examined blood and cell samples from patients admitted with COVID-19 symptoms to the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. The …

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Healthcare Coalition Objects to Proposed ACO Regulations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which recently trumpeted the success of accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), is endangering the ability of ACOs to succeed next year by proposing new regulations on how quality is assessed and how quality data is reported, say the National Association of ACOs and leading medical and …

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Covid-19: What do scientists think of the PM’s plan?

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Boris Johnson revealed his plan earlier this week After dangling the possibility of a mini-lockdown to break coronavirus’s chain of transmission, Boris Johnson has opted for a much softer strategy. The new Covid restrictions for England – which allow pubs and restaurants to remain open and households to continue mixing – have been met …

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Questions Persist About Trump Plan for Drug Discount Cards

The Trump administration on Friday declined to provide details about the timing or legal basis for the $200 drug discount cards that the president has said will be sent within a few weeks to about 33 million people enrolled in Medicare. Trump on Thursday announced what appears to be an unexpected new federal expense of roughly $6.6 billion to help …

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Coronavirus: UK pledges £500m to global vaccine-sharing scheme

Image copyright Reuters The UK is to give £500m to a new global vaccine-sharing scheme designed to ensure treatments for Covid-19 are distributed fairly. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make the announcement in a speech to the United Nations general assembly. He will call on world leaders to overcome their differences as he sets out plans to prevent future global …

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iMedicalApps: Couples Coach | MedPage Today

Couples Coach joins the Department of Veterans Affairs’ ever-growing stable of fantastic point-of-care and prescribable apps including CPT Coach, CBTi Coach, and PTSD Coach. Although the app contains expert opinion and evidence for couples with a PTSD member, the app is really designed to be used for any relationship with or without a mental health component. The app uses a …

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Trump Approves Final Plan to Import Drugs From Canada

President Donald Trump, outlining his “America First Health Plan” on Thursday, announced that his administration will allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada. The final plan clears the way for Florida and other states to implement a program bringing medications across the border, despite the strong objections of drugmakers and the Canadian government. But it does not allow states …

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How to feel confident that a COVID-19 vaccine is safe

With global cases of COVID-19 topping 32 million this week and the disease having so far claimed more than 984,000 lives, the urgency of producing a vaccine has never been clearer. Yet in the United States, where vaccine skepticism has long been brewing, the Trump administration’s rush to secure an effective vaccine, dubbed Operation Warp Speed, has added to doubts …

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Covid-19 news: Infection rate in England rises to one in 500 people

By Michael Le Page , Clare Wilson , Jessica Hamzelou , Adam Vaughan , Conrad Quilty-Harper and Layal Liverpool Public information messages in central Manchester, EnglandJon Super/AP/Shutterstock Latest coronavirus news as of 5 pm on 25 September Infection rate within communities in England and Wales continues to rise  One in 500 people in England had the coronavirus in the week …

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First RCT in COVID Anticoagulation Says Go Full Dose

Therapeutic-level dosing of enoxaparin (Lovenox) improved respiratory outcomes in severe COVID-19, a pilot randomized trial showed. Gas exchange measured by the PaO2/FiO2 ratio improved significantly over time in the 10-patient therapeutic group (from 163 at baseline to 209 at 7 days and 261 at 14 days, P=0.0004) but not in the 10-patient control group receiving lower prophylactic-level doses in the …

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Your Employer May Not Have to Tell You If a Co-Worker Has COVID-19

Share on PinterestCurrent laws don’t require a company to inform its workforce if an employee has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Getty Images Experts say current laws don’t necessarily require companies to inform their employees if a co-worker has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. They say employers are required to inform an employee if they were within 6 …

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Authors Retract Paper on HPV Vaccine and Preterm Birth

The authors of a 2018 paper purporting to find that the HPV vaccine guards against preterm birth have retracted the article after discovering they made a statistical error which could have masked the opposite effect. The researchers, from New Zealand, also failed to appropriately disclose their financial ties to a company, CSL Limited, which owns the rights to the HPV …

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Why Patients Need a Medical Home

Despite the fact that many people have difficulty finding a family physician, there remain many options for medical care. From emergency departments to urgent care clinics to clinics based in retail stores and pharmacies, there are several different ways to see a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner. This can be useful when one has no family physician, or can’t …

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