Warriors' Klay Thompson undergoes surgery to repair Achilles
Warriors guard Klay Thompson underwent surgery in Los Angeles Wednesday to repair his torn right Achilles tendon, according to a team release. The five-time All-Star is expected to make a full recovery.As first reported by ESPN, the surgery was performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel in Los Angeles. Ferkel has worked with other NBA players, including Ricky Rubio, DeMarcus Cousins, Joel Embiid, Wesley Matthews and Steph Curry.Thompson was on pace to return for the start of the 2020-21 season next month after he missed all of last season with a torn left ACL he suffered in the 2019 NBA Finals. Instead, ...
The Mercury News
To detect pneumonia in COVID-19 patients, these doctors use ultrasound
PHILADELPHIA — Like any physician, Ryan Gibbons learned in medical school how to listen to a patient’s lungs with a stethoscope.But in the emergency department at Temple University Hospital, he never carries one — despite having evaluated the lungs of hundreds of COVID-19 patients since April.Instead, he opts for ultrasound: the same technology used to look inside the womb of a pregnant woman.In a new study, he and colleagues at Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine found that a portable ultrasound device was highly effective in identifying which patients suffered from pneumonia, a common com...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mental health issues more likely to affect communities of color during the holidays: 'This is the time where people can bottom out'
CHICAGO — For Listiner Martinez, the holiday season never brought feelings of merriment. Coming from an abusive home, she said, she never really celebrated the holidays. Martinez said she tried to move past that feeling when she had children, but sadness around the holidays still lingers.“I typically look forward to when the holidays are over with,” said the West Ridge mom of three who has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety and seasonal affective disorder — a mood disorder that occurs at the same time each year. Diet and exercise are tools Martinez uses in her mental health journey, but s...
Study confirms COVID-19 is rare in kids, but more severe among children of color
A huge study of pediatric patients across the country found only 4% were infected with the new coronavirus, and the vast majority of those cases were mild or asymptomatic.The study, led by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, quantifies and confirms — but doesn’t attempt to explain — one of the biggest mysteries of the pandemic: Why an infection that has so far killed more than 1.3 million people worldwide is uncommon and mostly harmless in children.For the analysis, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers at CHOP and six other U.S. children’s hospitals reviewed electronic health ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pennsylvania nursing homes in line to be shielded from COVID-19 lawsuits
Pennsylvania lawmakers on Friday passed a coronavirus liability shield for nursing homes, hospitals, and a collection of other businesses, providing protection from lawsuits long sought by the chronically underfunded long-term care industry as it struggles to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.The legislation, decried by advocates for the elderly, would eliminate liability for damages or personal injury related to COVID-19 unless gross negligence, recklessness, willful misconduct, or intentional harm can be shown “by clear and convincing evidence.”Rep. John Hershey, a Republican from central...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Lost in translation: How language barriers can add anguish and complicate care for COVID-19 patients who don't speak English
CHICAGO — Even though Rodolfo Reyes’ partner died of COVID-19 complications more than six months ago, he still buys her flowers almost every day.Her remains are in a small off-white urn on the kitchen counter he turned into an altar. It is surrounded by some of her favorite red and white roses, and votive candles.“I think about her every single day, and I still can’t believe she is gone forever,” said Reyes in Spanish as he stared into the distance while sitting on a chair in the small dining room of the Little Village basement apartment he once shared with his life partner.Reyes promised her ...
'No beds anywhere': Hospitals strained to limit by COVID-19
MINNEAPOLIS — One walk through Regions Hospital’s COVID-19 intensive care unit reveals the scope of the medical crisis emerging from a fast-spreading pandemic.Sixteen sliding glass doors are all closed, and behind each lies a patient struggling to breathe. Almost all are on ventilators because their lungs are too weak to work on their own. Clear tubes carry oxygen into their throats and chests, which mechanically rise and fall as their bodies lie still.On this Thursday morning, 28 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care, with 12 spilling beyond the designated unit to areas designed for heart p...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey's shoulder injury is to AC joint. Here's what that means.
Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is expected to miss his second consecutive game Sunday with an AC joint separation, a set back for the All-Pro who coach Matt Rhule initially thought would be ready to play against the Lions.Rhule said team doctors told him Monday night that they didn’t feel McCaffrey would be ready to go this week.“I don’t know if it will be this week, I don’t know if it will be next week,” Rhule said Wednesday. “I think it’s just one of those things where nobody knows their body better than Christian, and whenever he feels like he can go, and the doctors feel he can ...
The Charlotte Observer
Living with Children: Avoid this trap
Nearly every time I talk to an adoptive parent, I become saddened, disgusted, angry or each in turn. It recently happened again.The parent in question is the mother of a pre-teen boy who was adopted in early toddlerhood – at least a year before the ability to remember past events develops. Research has established that no matter the intensity of an event occurring before 36 months on average and very rarely before 24 months, a child will not have recall of it. When “memories” of infancy and early toddlerhood are subjected to verification, they seldom pass the test.The parents of this young fel...
Tribune News Service
Seattle nurse gave flu shot instead of birth control; now judge has awarded $10 million for severely disabled child's care
SEATTLE — A federal judge has awarded just over $10 million toward the future care of a severely disabled child born because a nurse at a Seattle community clinic negligently gave the mother a flu shot instead of her quarterly birth control injection.U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik awarded the child, identified in court documents by the initials “SLP,” a total of $7.5 million for the girl’s “extraordinary medical, educational and similar expenses” that will accrue throughout her life.The judge last week awarded $1.5 million to the child’s mother, Yesenia Pacheco, and $1 million to the father...
The Seattle Times