Huge Global Effort for Clinical Trials in COVID-19

Tweet What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: APRIL 04, 2020 –Scientists and clinicians across the globe have responded to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with a huge, high-quality global research effort to find a treatment for COVID-19. As shown in the Table (see below) of all COVID-19 randomized controlled treatment trials, almost 60 of such trials are planned,...
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Coronavirus Is Aerosolized Through Talking, Exhalation

Tweet What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: APRIL 04, 2020 — An expert committee has concluded that the novel coronavirus is aerosolized through talking or exhalation, but it’s not yet clear if the viral particles are viable and emitted in doses sufficient to cause infection. “While the current SARS-CoV-2 specific research is limited, the results of available studies...
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COVID-19 Daily: More Will Die, First Antibody Test Authorized

Tweet What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: APRIL 04, 2020 — Here are the coronavirus stories Medscape’s editors around the globe think you need to know about today:  ID Experts: More Will Die Than Predicted  Anticipate a higher death rate from COVID-19 than originally predicted. That’s the message from leaders of the Infectious Diseases Society...
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Financial Toxicity Is Common With Gynecologic Cancers

Tweet What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: APRIL 02, 2020 — More than one-fifth of patients being treated for gynecologic malignancies experience financial toxicity, results of a single-center study suggest. Among 5,188 patients treated for gynecologic cancers, 1,155 (22%) experienced financial toxicity, measured by bills sent to collection, financial assistance,...
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Study: If We Use Masks COVID Deaths Could Fall 10%

Tweet Rochelle Walensky, MD, chair, Infectious Disease Division, Massachusetts General Hospital; professor, Harvard School of Medicine, Cambridge, MA. “The Case for Universal Cloth Mask Adoption and Policies to Increase Supply of Medical Masks for Health Workers,” Preprint published April 2, 2020. Press briefing, Infectious Diseases Society of America, April 3, 2020. Article source: https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200403/study-if-we-use-masks-covid-deaths-could-fall-10-percent?src=RSS_PUBLIC
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Hydroxychloroquine: Possible COVID Drug Can Be Toxic to Retinas

Tweet As we await evidence from multiple ongoing trials of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for the treatment of COVID-19, clinicians have had to make do with conflicting reports regarding its potential efficacy. Although HCQ is one of the safest drugs used for chronic rheumatic and autoimmune disorders, the current lack of a consensus regarding its optimal dosage for COVID-19 has also made it...
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FDA OKs 1st Stem Cell Human Trial for COVID-19

Tweet Pulmonary Embolism Signs of this potentially fatal complication. Article source: https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200403/fda-oks-1st-stem-cell-human-trial-for-covid-19?src=RSS_PUBLIC
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Test for Coronavirus Antibodies Approved by FDA

Tweet Pulmonary Embolism Signs of this potentially fatal complication. Article source: https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200403/test-for-coronaovirus-antibodies-approved-by-fda?src=RSS_PUBLIC
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A Decade of Telemedicine Policy Has Advanced in Just 2 Weeks

Tweet The rapid spread of COVID-19 forced Seemal Desai, MD, to make an excruciating choice; he could either shutter his busy dermatology practice in Plano, Texas, or switch most patient consults to telemedicine, which he’d never used. But as soon as he learned that telehealth regulations had been relaxed by the Centers for Medicare  Medicaid Services (CMS) and that reimbursement had...
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82,000 Health Care Workers Volunteer for New York

Tweet April 3, 2020 — At least 82,000 health care workers have volunteered so far to bolster New York’s fight against the new coronavirus. Health officials said the respondents to the state’s call for a reserve force of medical workers include recent retirees, health care professionals who can take time from their regular jobs, and people between jobs, the Associated Press reported. They’ve...
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