A COVID 'silver lining': You can start drug treatment over the phone — and more people are starting to
SEATTLE — Denny Bos’s ministry is the foothills of Mt. Baker, in east Whatcom County, Wash., a vast forest home to hundreds of people without addresses. Some live in ramshackle RVs, some in tents, some under tarps.People go there when they lose their jobs or homes, when their addictions get too serious, or to get away from society, Bos said.“They just disappear into the woods,” said Bos, who’s had to build trust to be accepted into the camps.When Bos, a former pastor who runs Seeds of Hope Ministries, finds someone who’s ready for drug treatment, it used to be hard to get them to go see a doct...
The Seattle Times
For some COVID-19 survivors, serious problems continue long after the infection is gone
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Josh Wiese, 45, of St. Louis, was training for ultramarathons before what was likely COVID-19 forced him to quarantine at home in March. Now, he must use an inhaler twice a day and can barely jog two miles. He struggles with his memory and finding the right words.Stacy Case, 51, of Rochester, Illinois, tested positive for COVID-19 on May 20 and has tested positive nearly every week since then. She needs two negative tests in a row to return to work. Except for fever, Case said her symptoms have never gone away. Normally healthy and active, she continues to suffer with fatigue,...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A drug that may lessen COVID-related lung damage. Miami will be first in US to test it
MIAMI — A Miami hospital will be the first in the country to test a possible COVID-19 treatment on humans this August.The research center at Westchester General Hospital in Coral Terrace is on its way to enroll patients to test Ifenprodil, a pill developed in the 1970s to treat blood circulation disorders that may alleviate some COVID-19 side-effects in the lungs.The drug, which was tested on a coronavirus patient overseas for the first time Wednesday, may reduce the severity and duration of COVID-19 infections, according to Algernon Pharmaceuticals, a Canadian drug repurposing company that in...
Americans are more likely to report mental health concerns related to the pandemic than other developed countries, survey finds
As the United States works to stop rising coronavirus case numbers, behavioral health professionals warn that mental health will continue to deteriorate as a result of the pandemic.Between March and May, one-third of Americans reported experiencing stress, anxiety and sadness that was difficult to cope with by themselves, according to a survey published this week by the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation focused on promoting a high performing health care system, and Social Science Research Solutions, a market and survey research firm. The survey, which interviewed 8,259 adults in the U.S. and abr...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Another COVID-19 inequity: Low-income and rural communities lack access to ICU beds, study finds
PHILADELPHIA — A new study provides another reason why the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately killing people from low-income communities: Residents in these areas often lack access to intensive care unit beds, showing how patients’ ZIP codes can affect whether they get lifesaving care.Intensive care units, or critical care units, are essential to providing life support for coronavirus patients who are so sick, they must be put on ventilators so they can breathe.Since the pandemic started, there have been shortages of ICU beds in parts of the United States, including some urban areas. B...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Study: Antiviral drug remdesivir helps white, Black and Latino patients equally
CHICAGO — Remdesivir, the only drug given emergency approval for treatment of COVID-19, appears to provide equal benefits to white, Asian, Black and Latino patients, according to an analysis led by researchers at University of Chicago Medicine.It’s encouraging news, infectious disease experts say, because of the disparate effects of the disease on different groups. Black people are dying at higher rates than people of other races, and Latinos are contracting the disease at higher rates than others.Dr. Kathleen Mullane, a UChicago Medicine infectious disease expert, said the results — which wer...
Study finds 6 COVID-19 'symptom clusters' that may inform clinicians about the severity of cases
The specific set of symptoms COVID-19 patients experience at the onset of the disease may predict how severe their case will become, according to a study by researchers at King’s College London that analyzed self-reported symptoms.The study identifies six “symptom clusters,” or subtypes, of COVID-19:Subtype 1, “flu-like with no fever”: headache, loss of smell, muscle pain, cough, sore throat and chest pain.Subtype 2, “flu-like with fever”: fever and loss of appetite in addition to headache, loss of smell, cough, sore throat and hoarseness.Subtype 3, “gastrointestinal”: diarrhea and loss of app...
Study finds relatively low levels of stroke in coronavirus patients
PHILADELPHIA — Previous studies have raised concerns that the coronavirus can lead to big strokes in young patients, but a new analysis from Penn Medicine finds that most strokes in patients at Penn’s three Philadelphia hospitals were in older people with known stroke risk factors like high blood pressure and diabetes.Only one stroke patient was under age 50.Doctors had worried that stroke might be a “huge risk” for coronavirus patients, said Brett L. Cucchiara, a stroke neurologist who is senior author of the paper, published this month in the journal Stroke. The risk is “real, but it’s not r...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Epileptic patients listening to Mozart composition suffered fewer seizures: study
Listening to Mozart isn’t just an enjoyable diversion, it might also improve health.In a remarkable study, researchers claim that epileptic patients listening to the Austrian composer are prone to fewer seizures than those who don’t.Epilepsy, the most common neurological disorder, affects approximately 50 million people on Earth, according to the World Health Organization.The findings, published in the journal Epilepsia Open, could be key to unlocking the potential medical benefits of music. Researchers used “Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K 448,” and a scrambled version of the composition ...
New York Daily News
Diets high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains linked to decreased risk of diabetes, study says
The findings of two new studies link a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes to a high consumption of fruit, vegetables and hearty whole grains.The studies, recently published in The BMJ according to Science Daily, suggest that even a modest increase in consumption of these foods as part of a healthy diet could help prevent type 2 diabetes.For the first study, researchers looked at the association between blood levels of vitamin C and carotenoids, pigments found in colourful fruits and vegetables, with risk of developing type 2 diabetes. After studying 9,754 adults who developed new-onset t...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution