Viral, Antibody Test Number Policy Sows Confusion

Tweet June 1, 2020 — Public health experts have criticized the CDC and several states for mixing antibody tests with diagnostic tests in their reporting of COVID-19 test results. Using both can inflate testing numbers. This also complicates the picture for state officials who rely on these metrics to make decisions about reopening society. The two tests serve different purposes, says Harvard’s...
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Stay-at-Home Orders Could Mean More Obese Kids

Tweet By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) — As if the childhood obesity epidemic isn’t bad enough, new research warns that over one million more American boys and girls stand to become obese if coronavirus-related school closures continue through the end of the year. The culprit: a steep rise in sedentary behavior following the spring shutdown...
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Coronavirus Daily Digest: May 27, 2020

Tweet The data shows that masks work to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The CDC updated its guidance for people recovering from COVID-19. And one-third of Americans are showing signs of depression or anxiety. Here’s the latest news on the pandemic: As of this morning, we’ve had 5.6 million confirmed cases worldwide, with more than 351,000 deaths and 2.3 million recoveries. In the U.S. we’re...
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‘Silent’ COVID-19 More Widespread Than Thought

Tweet By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — A new cruise ship study suggests that the number of people who are infected with the new coronavirus but have no symptoms may be much higher than believed. More than 80% of those who tested positive for the infection had no symptoms, according to the study published online May 27 in the journal...
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Pandemic Can Overwhelm Those With Autism

Tweet 5 Types of Spinal Muscular Atrophy By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The coronavirus pandemic can be especially difficult for children and adults with autism and their families, experts say. Self-isolation and disruption of routine are tough for anyone, but may emotionally upend someone with an autism spectrum disorder,...
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Injected Electrode May Control Pain Without Drugs

Tweet Build Your Migraine Response Kit By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — An injectable electrode could prove a better way to ease chronic nerve pain than opioid painkillers or bulky and expensive implants, animal research suggests. It’s called an “injectrode.” It appears easier and cheaper than spinal implants...
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AIDS Activist, Playwright Larry Kramer Dies at 84

Tweet May 28, 2020 — U.S. AIDS activist and writer Larry Kramer died Wednesday in Manhattan at age 84. The cause of death was pneumonia, according to his husband, David Webster, The New York Times reported. Kramer struggled with illness for much of his adult life, including infection with the AIDS-causing HIV virus. He also had a liver disease and required a liver transplant. Kramer helped found...
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Coronavirus Daily Digest: May 28, 2020

Tweet The U.S. has lost more than 100,000 people to coronavirus in three months, and the virus could be with us for decades to come. But Disney World is planning to reopen, at least. Read the latest news about the pandemic: The world now has more than 5.7 million confirmed cases, with more than 356,000 deaths and almost 2.4 million recoveries. Here at home we’re now at 1.7 million confirmed cases....
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Many With Autism Missing Out on Key Gene Tests

Tweet THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Very few people with autism receive two recommended genetic tests, a new study finds. The American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical groups recommend offering chromosomal microarray testing and Fragile X testing to people with autism, to detect or rule out genetic abnormalities that could affect their diagnosis and care. For the study, the...
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1 in 10 Hospitalized Diabetic COVID Patients Dies

Tweet THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Ten percent of COVID-19 patients with diabetes die within a week of entering the hospital and 20% need a ventilator to breathe by that point, a new French study found. Researchers analyzed data on more than 1,300 COVID-19 patients with diabetes, average age 70, who were hospitalized in France during March. Of those, 89% had type 2 diabetes, 3%...
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