Daily Archives: October 1, 2020

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Impacted Palliative, Hospice Care

Share on PinterestExperts say a lack of personal connections is having an effect on people in long-term care facilities. Ocskaymark/Getty Images Researchers say long-term care facilities need to find better ways to provide hospice and palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic. They say people in these institutions are declining more rapidly due to a lack of personal connection and simple …

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Real-World Safety, Efficacy Found for Fecal Transplants

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) appears safe and effective as a treatment for most Clostridioides difficile infections as it is currently being administered, researchers say. “We actually didn’t see any infections that were definitely transmissible via fecal transplant,” Colleen Kelly, MD, an associate professor of medicine at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, told Medscape Medical News. The finding, published online …

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Coronavirus: Loss of smell may be clearer sign than cough

Image copyright Getty Images Loss of a sense of smell may be a more reliable indicator of Covid-19 than cough or fever, research suggests. A study by University College London (UCL) of 590 people who lost their sense of smell or taste earlier in the year found 80% had coronavirus antibodies. Of those people with antibodies, 40% had no other …

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Children’s Share of New COVID-19 Cases Is on the Rise

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The cumulative percentage of COVID-19 cases reported in children continues to climb, but “the history behind that cumulative number shows substantial change,” according to a new analysis of state health department data. As of September 10, the 549,432 cases in children represented 10.0% of all reported …

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Children’s gender identity clinic concerns go back 15 years

Image caption The Gender Identity Service is based at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust Doctors at a child gender clinic raised concerns about the use of puberty blockers 15 years ago – an issue that was also discussed by staff last year. An internal review conducted in 2005, obtained by BBC Newsnight, says some clinicians felt pressured to refer …

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Can vitamin D supplements help protect against covid-19?

By Clare Wilson Vitamin D capsules can be taken as supplementsGetty Images/Science Photo Library If newspaper headlines are to be believed, there’s a simple way to protect ourselves from the coronavirus: take a daily vitamin D tablet. Some say the benefits are so great that people should take mega-doses. But the scientific evidence doesn’t back up the claims. What should …

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‘Celebration’ Will Be ‘Short-Lived’ if Vaccine Rushed: Experts

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. US regulators eventually could safely approve vaccines for COVID-19 if the process is kept free of political pressure regarding time lines, study protocols, and safety standards, expert witnesses told a House panel investigating the process on Wednesday. The career staff of the US Food and Drug …

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Serum NfL May Flag Subclinical Disease in Pregnant MS Patients

Among women with multiple sclerosis (MS), levels of serum neurofilament light (sNfL) are higher during pregnancy and the postpartum period. The increase in sNfL is independent of relapses, which suggests that patients have increased subclinical disease activity during this period, according to the researchers. When the investigators controlled their data for exposure to disease-modifying therapy (DMT), the effect of pregnancy …

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Time-Restricted Eating Shows No Weight Loss Benefit in RCT

The popular new weight-loss approach of eating within a restricted window of time during the day, allowing for an extended period of fasting — also known as intermittent fasting — does not result in greater weight loss compared with nonrestricted meal timing, results from a randomized clinical trial show. “I was very surprised by all of [the results],” senior author …

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CDC Extends No-Sail Order for Cruise Ships

Cruise ships that can carry more than 250 passengers are required to continue to suspend their operations through the end of October, the CDC announced on Wednesday. The CDC extended its no-sail order — which started on March 14 and was reissued on July 16 — to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, particularly as cases increase again in various …

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Covid-19 news: Rise in infections in England may be slowing

By Michael Le Page , Clare Wilson , Jessica Hamzelou , Adam Vaughan , Conrad Quilty-Harper and Layal Liverpool A man disinfects a statue of the Beatles in Liverpool, UKREUTERS/Carl Recine Latest coronavirus news as of 5 pm on 1 October Coronavirus cases are still on the rise in England but this trend may be slowing Infections in England continue …

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Coronavirus: Restrictions for England to be standardised into three tiers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption There are currently different rules across local areas of England The government is to push ahead with a new “three-tier” approach to coronavirus restrictions in local areas of England, the BBC understands. The Department of Health confirmed last month the system was being considered – but it has now been signed off by government officials …

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Electronic blood vessels could replace damaged arteries

By Donna Lu Electronic blood vessels could replace the real thingXingyu Jiang et al Electronic blood vessels made from a combination of metal and plastic could be used to replace arteries damaged by cardiovascular disease. Xingyu Jiang at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China, and his colleagues created their artificial vessel by printing a layer of …

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How to Sleep More Peacefully

Share on PinterestExperts say a consistent routine before bedtime, as well as thinking about positive endings to potential bad dreams, can help you sleep better during stressful times. TAKE A PIX MEDIA/Stocksy Researchers report that more than half of all bad dreams recorded during a recent study involved the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts recommend ways to reduce nightmares including not dwelling …

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Covid: Vaccine will ‘not return life to normal in spring’

Image copyright Reuters Even an effective coronavirus vaccine will not return life to normal in spring, a group of leading scientists has warned. A vaccine is often seen as the holy grail that will end the pandemic. But a report, from researchers brought together by the Royal Society, said we needed to be “realistic” about what a vaccine could achieve …

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Intensive Blood Pressure Lowering Potentially Harmful in ICH

Intensive lowering of systolic blood pressure (SBP) for patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) whose initial SBP is excessively high does not improve outcomes and is linked to safety concerns, new research shows. Investigators found that ICH patients whose initial SBP was 220 mmHg and who underwent intensive BP lowering had twice the relative risk for neurologic deterioration at 24 hours …

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Covid-19: Growth in cases may be slowing in England

Image copyright Reuters The growth in cases of coronavirus may be slowing down, the largest study of the infection in England suggests. A team at Imperial College London analysed samples from 84,000 people chosen at random from across the country. They said the R number, the virus’s reproduction number, appears to have fallen since measures including the “rule of six” …

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Air Pollutants, Metals Are Reaching The Placenta, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) Metals and other air pollutants have been found in the placentas of new mothers, which means such pollutants may be able to reach the fetus, researchers report. “Our study for the first time shows that inhaled carbon particulate matter in air pollution travels in the blood stream, and is taken up by important cells …

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After Working Late, Teacher Woke Up in ICU Four Days Later

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2020 (American Heart Association News) Teacher Zach Nelson spent most of his Sunday preparing for the week ahead, working deep into the evening. He put his 5-year-old son to bed, then returned to his laptop to continue with his lesson plans. Zach felt tired, even dozing off a few times. But it was late, so each time …

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