Diane Bell: A nurse compiles a COVID-19 playlist
Joe Bautista has spent the past six months nursing coronavirus patients he can’t touch or see in person.All of them are in isolation, some for 10 or more days. It’s a bit like serving a solitary confinement sentence in their own homes.These are patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. They aren’t sick enough to be hospitalized but, because the virus is contagious, they can’t mingle with family members or friends.It’s lonely and, for many, the solitude is compounded by additional fears and anxieties — perhaps the inability to provide for other family members, underlying health conditions...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Nursing homes in Washington state struggled with adequate staffing for years. Then coronavirus struck
SEATTLE — In early March, state inspectors entered a sprawling nursing home in the rural southeast corner of King County where concerns over thin staffing were mounting just as COVID-19 began to spread across the state.One resident inside the Enumclaw Health and Rehabilitation Center said she hadn’t been bathed for nearly three weeks after she first arrived, according to inspection records. Another described waiting roughly 15 minutes for help after her roommate fell on the floor, while others told of even longer waits for help, lasting 45 minutes or more.“Sometimes there are so few people in ...
The Seattle Times
Medtronic product removed from market in Australia, which is now investigating its use
Medtronic has pulled one of its most controversial products, Infuse Bone Graft, off the market in Australia as regulators there investigate why the company was widely selling it without a required safety component.The market withdrawal happened after a former Medtronic employee told regulators that the Minnesota-run medical device company sold Infuse’s bone graft component without the titanium LT-Cage cage designed to hold it in check.Medtronic spokesman Ben Petok said the company’s withdrawal of Infuse from Australia in March had nothing to do with safety issues. The company hopes to return w...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Balancing Act: 5-year-old Alabama girl is in Chicago for life-saving surgery. COVID-19 has complicated every step of the way
CHICAGO — Anne Marie Calligas was born fighting.She arrived two months early, after a complicated pregnancy, and spent her first months of life battling congenital heart defects, hypertension, problems with her kidneys and bleeding in her young brain.Her parents, Catherine and Louis Calligas, and her older sister, Isabel, grew quickly accustomed to the noises and smells and routines of hospitals. Even as Anne Marie aged past infancy and toddlerhood, a common cold could land her in the hospital with breathing problems.In June, a gastrointestinal specialist diagnosed Anne Marie, now 5 years old,...
Are Hispanic and Black children more at risk of COVID? 'It's a trickle down' effect
MIAMI — Children and teens don’t usually get the worst COVID-19 symptoms. They might cough a lot, have a runny nose, maybe get a fever. Most recover.But some wind up in the hospital. Some die.And many of those who have died from COVID-19 related complications are Hispanic or Black, according to a new report published this month by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The report looked at 121 COVID-19 associated deaths under 21 that were reported to the CDC from Feb. 12 to July 31. Of those deaths, 45% were Hispanic, 29% Black, 14% white non-Hispanic and 4% American Indi...
How Manuel Ellis slipped through the cracks of the mental health system
TACOMA, Wash. — On the night Manuel Ellis died, he and Tacoma police were left alone on the pavement without the calming presence of mental health professionals, even though Pierce County and Tacoma tout their crisis intervention resources.It was a situation officers had seen before — with Ellis, who struggled with addiction and mental illness, and with many others. And as they often do with people in crisis, officers responded with force.Tacoma, adjacent to Western State Hospital and military bases, has a higher prevalence of mental illness than the state and national averages.But Pierce Coun...
The Seattle Times
Using weed while pregnant linked to psychotic-like behaviors in children: study
Is reefer madness hereditary?A new study found that using marijuana while pregnant may increase psychotic-like behavior in children.The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, followed 11,489 children over a series of years and evaluated their cognitive and behavior patterns around their ninth birthdays.Only 655 of those children were exposed to weed in utero, but the study found that those children were overwhelmingly more likely to have psychotic-like behaviors as well as more attention, social and sleep issues, as well as lesser cognitive abilities.The problems were even more pronounced if the...
New York Daily News
Rare conjoined twins, born locked in embrace, successfully separated in Michigan
DETROIT — Sarabeth and Amelia Irwin were locked in an embrace when they were born at 11:06 a.m. June 11, 2019.Coinjoined from their chests to their bellies, the identical twins’ arms wrapped around one another as they were carefully lifted from their mother’s womb at Michigan Medicine’s Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, said Dr. Marcie Treadwell, director of Michigan Medicine’s Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center.About 14 months later, the twins returned to Ann Arbor, where they underwent an 11-hour surgery Aug. 5 at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, becoming the first known set of ...
Detroit Free Press
Congressmen ask for investigation of gynecologist linked to Georgia immigration detention center
ATLANTA — Georgia’s four Democratic congressmen have asked state law enforcement authorities to investigate a gynecologist who is accused of performing unauthorized surgeries on detainees at a South Georgia immigration detention center.Dr. Mahendra Amin is at the center of a controversy that began last week when a nurse who worked at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla filed a whistleblower complaint. Dawn Wooten alleged the facility was not protecting employees and detainees from the spread of COVID-19 and that several women had reported Amin had performed surgeries that left them ste...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
COVID then and now: 6 reasons why death rates are improving
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The sickest coronavirus patients can live for weeks with a gripping headache, profound nausea, burning lungs, malaise, cough and waves of pain in their bones. They may be tethered to a breathing machine.But eight months into the pandemic, fewer are dying.New data reveals that while patients are still being rushed to intensive care units, a greater proportion are coming out alive. Since the pandemic began, the cumulative death rate for Californians with COVID-19 has fallen by more than half in the past three months. In early June, it was 5.87%; by Sept. 13, it was down to 2.1...
The Mercury News