U.S. experts say Olympics unprepared for COVID-19, call for WHO help

Experts from the University of Minnesota, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the University of California, San Francisco say planners for the July Olympic Games in Tokyo and the subsequent Paralympic Games have not taken adequate steps to protect athletes, coaches, and support staff from COVID-19. They call for an urgent meeting of World Health Organization (WHO) […]

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COVID-19 booster shots may be needed within 12 months, US officials say

People vaccinated against COVID-19 may require booster shots within nine to 12 months of their initial vaccination, Reuters reported. Evidence suggests that the coronavirus vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna offer at least six months of robust protection from COVID-19 infection. But even if this protection lasts for longer, several highly-transmissible viral variants are now circulating; that means people may […]

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UCHealth nurses say hospital still short-staffed; hospital says union trying to “expand their business” – The Denver Post

Nurses at UCHealth rallied Friday over what they said is a continuing pattern of understaffing and intimidation of employees considering joining a union. A group of UCHealth nurses announced they were forming a union over staffing concerns in December. Denver Health employees had said they would unionize about seven months earlier. Staff at both Denver-area hospitals are considered quasi-public employees, […]

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Telemedicine needed to diagnose and treat dysphagia in COVID-19 patients, doctors say

COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind the disease, have caused health care providers to change how they treat patients. Clinicians are now frequently using telemedicine to see their patients for routine checkups, saving office visits for emergencies. The same goes for rehabilitation. For example, researchers are looking for ways to improve the screening, assessment and treatment of patients with COVID-19 […]

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Hong Kong scientists say anti-microbe drug successful against coronavirus

Credit: CC0 Public Domain An affordable anti-microbial drug used to treat stomach ulcers and bacterial infections has shown promise in combatting the coronavirus in animals, scientists in Hong Kong announced Monday. Researchers set out to explore whether metallodrugs—compounds containing metal that are more commonly used against bacteria—might also have anti-viral properties that could fight the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Using Syrian hamsters […]

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The Brain Disorder in the New Netflix Show 'Away' Really Can Cause Stroke-Like Symptoms—Here's What Doctors Say About It

The new TV series, Away, dropped on Netflix earlier this month, and at the heart of this space drama is a little-known brain condition called cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM). Hilary Swank stars as NASA astronaut Emma Green, and Josh Charles takes the role of her on-screen astronaut husband, Matt Logan. While Swank's character embarks on a mission to Mars, her […]

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Colorado squirrel tests positive for bubonic plague, health officials say

A squirrel in a Colorado has tested positive for bubonic plague, public health officials say. The rodent was found in Morrison, a town outside of Denver in Jefferson County. The county’s health officials said in a statement that the squirrel was the first case of plague in the county. Bubonic plague is one of three forms of the infectious disease […]

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