Cynthia M. Allen: A post-coronavirus baby boom seems unlikely. Here's why that's a problem
When the coronavirus reached the U.S. and the cascade of lockdown and shelter-in-place orders began, the joke on social media was that America was going to have a COVID-19 baby boom around Christmas.The intimacy (and corresponding opportunity) afforded by a forced quarantine, combined with the existential fear caused by the virus, could result in only one thing.Others warned that deferring nonessential medical visits which has made certain kinds of contraception (including abortion procedures in states such as Texas) harder to come by, would almost certainly result in a glut of babies in the n...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Penn State coach James Franklin 'gutted' by recent tragedies involving African American victims
Saying “my heart is broken, my beliefs have been challenged and my emotions are raw,” Penn State head football coach James Franklin released a statement Saturday expressing anger over the deaths of 46-year-old George Floyd and two other African Americans, both of whom died of gunshot wounds, in recent months.“I am gutted by this nation’s most recent tragedies and frustrated by our country’s inaction,” Franklin wrote on Twitter, a statement that he said was in honor of Floyd, 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery and 26-year-old Breonna Taylor.“It’s not only the tragic deaths of these individuals the last ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Florida hospital starts ICU unit to treat MIS-C, the kids illness linked to COVID-19
MIAMI — Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has created a new unit in ICU to prepare for a likely increase of children ill with MIS-C, an inflammatory disorder that has affected at least seven children in Florida and is believed to be linked to COVID-19.The specialized four-room “MIS-C pod” is part of the hospital’s 40-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and will make it easier to treat patients diagnosed with the multi-system inflammatory syndrome, said Dr. Keith Meyer, medical director of extracorporeal services at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital near South Miami.“About a week ago we noticed that we had...
Florida's antibody tests suggest little disease spread, with 4.4% testing positive
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The first statewide results of COVID-19 antibody tests were released Friday and they appear to provide hope that the disease is not more widespread in Florida than previously known.The state Health Department report showed 123,552 people have had these blood draws — also known as a serology testing — and 5,474, or 4.4%, were positive.This antibody screening, which began more than a month ago, is supposed to tell whether a person has had COVID-19 or was exposed to the virus long enough to develop some measure of an immune response.These are not diagnostic tests, or the f...
Missouri loses bid to shut down last abortion clinic in state
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A state judge Friday ruled against an attempt by Gov. Mike Parson’s administration to shut down the lone abortion clinic in Missouri.In a 97-page decision, Administrative Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi said Planned Parenthood demonstrated that it meets the requirements for renewal of its abortion facility license in St. Louis.“Planned Parenthood has demonstrated that it provides safe and legal abortion care. In over 4,000 abortions provided since 2018, the department has only identified two causes to deny its license,” Dandamudi wrote.“Ultimately, we have n...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ICE is testing migrants before deportation, but how it's doing so is problematic
MIAMI — The Department of Homeland Security is only testing a sample of the detainees it is removing from the United States and using a 15-minute rapid test to determine if they have the coronavirus.The response by DHS to a Miami Herald inquiry comes as immigration advocates continue to call for an end to deportations amid surging COVID-19 infections in Latin America and the Caribbean and as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns about the accuracy of the test being used, called the Abbott ID NOW.Earlier this month, the FDA cautioned that early data “suggests potential inaccurate results ...
Commentary: Trump's dangerous drug of choice
President Donald Trump and I have something in common: we both take the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine.In my case, it’s to treat the immune system disorders lupus and arthritis. In his case, it’s to make some sort of point about how right he is to tout it as a miracle cure for COVID-19.On May 18, Trump proudly announced that he is taking the drug to stave off the coronavirus, suggesting that others do so as well, saying “All I can tell you is so far I seem to be OK.” The announcement drew shock and dismay from many in the medical community.There is absolutely no evidence that hydroxychl...
Tribune News Service
Study: Older adults underrepresented in cholesterol drug trials
A recent study shows that the people most likely to be affected by heart disease — older adults and women — are the least represented in randomized clinical trials for cholesterol-lowering medications.Older adults are more likely than young adults to have heart and vascular disease while the leading cause of death in women is heart disease, according to a press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine.But in an analysis of the trends in the types of 485,409 people enrolled in 60 studies from 1990 to 2018, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine found that despite some progress, older adults and women...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Study: Even with private insurance, black overdose patients are half as likely as whites to get addiction treatment
Opioid overdose patients with private insurance are rarely connected to addiction treatment after visiting the emergency department, a new national study from the University of Pennsylvania has found.And the problem is particularly severe among black and Hispanic patients, more evidence of deep racial disparities in health care generally and addiction treatment in particular.Private insurance — which most Americans get through employers — is a marker of relative affluence. So this study finds, as others have, that race and not poverty can spell the difference in getting needed care.The study, ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Once labeled irredeemable, long-imprisoned Chicago man relishes second chance, hopes his case paves way for others during pandemic
CHICAGO — Sherman Morisette served 35 years in prison for robbing a Chicago taxi driver at gunpoint on Christmas Eve in 1983.It was his third stickup in seven years, all committed after he came home from the Vietnam War.He never pulled the trigger, but prosecutors labeled the Chicago man, 34 at the time, a “habitual criminal” under a tough-on-crime sentencing law that mandates a natural life sentence after a third conviction.Morisette was supposed to die in prison. Instead, in one of his final acts in office, then-Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner commuted the sentence to life with the possibility of...