No, deodorant does not cause breast cancer! Myths a radiologist must keep debunking
Let’s talk breasts. It’s a topic Dr. Amy Patel spends a lot of time discussing in a never-ending quest to dispel the myths women believe about breast cancer.Patel, a breast radiologist and medical director of Women’s Imaging at Liberty Hospital, in Liberty, Mo., swats down misinformation like Wonder Woman deflecting incoming fire with her magic bracelets.She recently championed new Missouri legislation that requires insurance companies to pay for more aggressive screening of younger women at high risk of the disease.“Unfortunately there’s so much inaccurate information out there in social medi...
The Kansas City Star
Study helps predict which COVID-19 patients develop dangerous 'cytokine storm'
Some of those who get really sick with COVID-19 develop dangerous, systemic inflammation, triggered by an overactive immune response called a cytokine storm. But predicting who will go down that path, and how to prevent it, remains a challenge.A new Temple University study has identified a handful of chemical markers, easily measured with standard hospital blood tests, that may help.The authors started by measuring the levels of 62 such markers in hundreds of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, including proteins and other substances related to metabolism, the immune system, and other bodily funct...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: Joe Biden and the kinder, gentler war on drugs
How can Joe Biden, who championed the foundational federal laws of the war on drugs over the last 40 years, be so compassionate toward his son’s struggle with addiction?When President Donald Trump tried to hit Biden during their first debate by mocking his son Hunter for drug use, the former vice president had a clear answer: “My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem. He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it. He’s worked on it. And I’m proud of him.”Based on content hacked by an unknown entity and provided by Rudy Giuliani to the New York Post — which cho...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
COVID-19 patients swamp rural hospitals
The nation’s pandemic hot spots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients.And in much of the Midwest and Great Plains, hospital workers are catching the virus at home and in their communities, seriously reducing already slim benches of doctors, nurses and other professionals needed to keep rural hospitals running.Nationwide, positive coronavirus cases started rising in mid-September as children and college students returned to school, more businesses reopened and ...
Baby to stay on life support after Texas Supreme Court denies Fort Worth hospital's petition
FORT WORTH, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court has denied the petition of a Fort Worth hospital on baby Tinslee Lewis, meaning she will be allowed to stay on life support, according to the state ruling.The case is scheduled to go to trial, according to WFAA-TV, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s media partner.Cook Children’s Medical Center had urged the Texas Supreme Court to make a swift decision in the life of Tinslee, a Fort Worth baby who has been on life support at the hospital.Tinslee’s medical treatment has been a subject of multiple trials. The 1-year-old was born in February 2019 with a rare...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
National Guard called in to help contain COVID-19 outbreak at Minn. nursing home
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota National Guard has been called in to provide emergency staffing support at a southern Minnesota nursing home that is struggling to contain a large and deadly outbreak of the novel coronavirus.Sacred Heart Care Center, a 59-bed nursing home in downtown Austin, Minn., requested help from the National Guard late last week to help contain a COVID-19 outbreak that has sickened nearly a third of its staff and about 60% of its residents. The nursing home late last month reported two dozen positive cases of the respiratory virus among its residents and staff as well as two ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Florida reports 1,533 new COVID-19 cases, after weekend of cleaning data
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida’s Department of Health on Monday reported 1,533 new cases of COVID-19 and 48 additional deaths after a weekend of cleaning the data.Monday’s number represents a drop-off in deaths and new cases. Florida had been averaging about 2,400 cases and 90 deaths per day on the state reports.The newly reported data comes after Florida health officials announced Saturday they were delaying the release of the coronavirus report because a laboratory on Friday night dumped about 400,000 test results that had previously been submitted. The data dump damaged the ability to accu...
1,450 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS — Ten more people have died of COVID-19 in Minnesota, health officials reported Sunday.The Minnesota Department of Health reported a net increase of 1,450 new confirmed coronavirus infections, according to a data release on Sunday morning. This follows a record high number of newly confirmed cases on Saturday of more than 1,500 cases and brings the total number of cases confirmed in Minnesota to 112,268. Statewide, the pandemic’s toll reached 2,141 deaths.Residents of long-term care and assisted-living facilities accounted for three of the newly announced deaths, which came on a vo...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Chris Christie released from hospital a week after COVID-19 diagnosis
Chris Christie was released from a New Jersey hospital Saturday morning, a week after testing positive for COVID-19, he announced on Twitter.“I am happy to let you know that this morning I was released from Morristown Medical Center. I want to thank the extraordinary doctors & nurses who cared for me for the last week. Thanks to my family & friends for their prayers. I will have more to say about all of this next week,” the former New Jersey governor wrote.He announced last Saturday he had checked himself into the Garden State hospital after coming down with a fever and experiencing flu-like a...
New York Daily News
Survivors of COVID-19 wrestle with questions about God and purpose; one man shares his story.
CHICAGO — On the dresser in Emanuele Morso’s hospital room stand two religious artifacts.One he brought from home — a statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel holding baby Jesus. The other is a crucifix given to Morso by Susan Doubet, a chaplain at the Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, where he is recovering after contracting COVID-19 in June.Doubet works in spiritual care and helps patients sort through complex questions, such as why they are alive when others are not, and what to do about the way life looks now.“They’d be having these really mixed experiences or emotions — a lot of gra...