Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy reduces activation in brain regions related to self-blame in patients in remission from depression
New research suggests mindfulness-based cognitive therapy protects remitted depressed patients from relapse by reducing tendencies toward self-blame. The findings were published in Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.Major depressive disorder is a common mental health issue with a relatively high relapse rate. In an effort to reduce the likelihood of relapse, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) trains depressed individuals to respond to negative self-thoughts with acceptance and compassion, and studies suggest that the approach is effective.Researcher Kate Williams and her colleagues want...
1m patients under Nigeria’s national HIV treatment plan get support from US president’s emergency plan
More than one million patients in the Nigeria national HIV treatment programme have been supported by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in bid to bridge the gap in HIV epidemic control in the country.Through innovations, PEPFAR helped to diagnose and place close to 6,000 HIV-infected Nigerians a week on treatment, said a statement from the US Embassy in Abuja commemorating 2020 World AIDS Day.With an effort considered the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease, the U.S. government, through PEPFAR, has invested more than $85 billion in the global HI...
Pakistan helps Afghanistan in fight against COVID-19
Islamabad: Pakistan has donated an oxygen generating plant to facilitate the treatment of critically-ill patients in Afghanistan and assist the neighbouring country in its fight against the coronavirus.The oxygen production plant at the Pakistan-funded Muhammad Ali Jinnah Hospital in Kabul is a “gift by the government of Pakistan to cater to the needs of the Afghan patients”, according to the official statement. Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mansoor Ahmad Khan, and Afghan Minister for Public Health, Ahmad Jawad Usmani, jointly inaugurated the plant at a ceremony attended by health prof...
Dual cluster exceeds 20,000 cases with 503 more COVID-19 patients | Daily FT
Over 23,000 COVID-19 cases identified to date, 6,309 active casesGradual decrease in patients identified through rapid antigen tests: Chief EpidemiologistOver 1,100 cases identified from prisonsAwareness campaign on COVID-19 safety measures kicks off today: Health Min.By ShailendreeWickrama AdittiyaThe Divulapitiya and Peliyagoda dual COVID-19 cluster yesterday exceeded 20,000 cases with the detection of 503 COVID-19 positive persons.According to the Department of Government Information, 496 associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the clus...
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The Hemafuse Solution To Donor Blood Challenge In Ghana
Dr Gerald Osei-Owusu with the hemafuse medical deviceThe hemafuse set contains a big syringe, which acts as the collection barrel, a nozzle connected to a filter on the syringe pulls the blood in while sieving the clots.With a push, the blood is redirected through another tube, connected to the same syringe and operated by a stopcock, to the blood bag for transfusion back to the patient.“We have used this device on about 20 patients since it was introduced last year,” says Dr. Gerald Osei-Owusu, medical officer at the Obs/Gyn Department of the Tema General Hospital. “We have used it for pregna...
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PH COVID-19 caseload nears 430,000 as 10,579 more patients recover
The Philippines’ total coronavirus infections reached 429,864 after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 2,076 additional cases nationwide on Sunday.According to DOH’s daily case bulletin, Quezon City recorded the highest increase in cases with 137, followed by Laguna with 122, Cavite with 103, Batangas with 96, and Angeles City with 79.A new batch of 10,579 recoveries were also recorded, bringing the total to 398,624.Most of the new recoveries are due to the agency’s weekly Oplan Recovery scheme which tags a patient as recovered after spending a certain amount of time in quarantine and up...
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France weighs forcing coronavirus-infected patients to isolate
As France seeks to ease its Covid-19 lockdown and stem the virus's spread, French President Emmanuel Macron this week proposed compelling those infected to isolate from others. His prime minister Jean Castex followed suit and promised draft legislation on the matter soon. Already, though, the prospect of forcing people to fall in line on coronavirus has been met with scepticism – and raised plenty of questions – even on Macron's own side of the political aisle.Detailing his roadmap to bring France's second lockdown to an end during a televised address on Tuesday, Macron said he wanted "the gov...
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...
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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 ...
Rural Areas Send Their Sickest Patients to Cities, Straining Hospitals
Registered nurse Pascaline Muhindura has spent the past eight months treating COVID patients at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.But when she returns home to her small town of Spring Hill, Kansas, she’s often stunned by what she sees, like on a recent stop for carryout food.“No one in the entire restaurant was wearing a mask,” Muhindura said. “And there’s no social distancing. I had to get out, because I almost had a panic attack. I was like, ‘What is going on with people? Why are we still doing this?'”Many rural communities across the U.S. have resisted masks and calls for soc...
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