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Women’s health: Female patients to be asked about ‘gender health gap’

Getty Images Women and girls in England are being asked to share their experiences of the health system as part of a government strategy to address inequalities. Ministers say there is “strong evidence” services for female patients need improving. Fertility, maternity and menopause care are among the areas to be discussed. Campaigners say they are […]

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Report: Fewer, but sicker, patients came to the ED during the pandemic

Emergency department visits plummeted during the Covid-19 pandemic, and new research now shows that the patients who did come to the ED for care were sicker and more likely to be hospitalized. Researchers from the Epic Health Research Network analyzed weekly ED visit volume from Jan. 1, 2017, to Dec. 12, 2020. Gathered from 31 […]

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Amwell CEO: Telehealth’s future is in the relationship between clinicians and patients

Going into 2021, Amwell faces a decidedly different world than it did last year. The telehealth company, which went public in September, will navigate a new set of expectations for virtual care under a new administration. Most providers saw a surge in virtual visits during the pandemic, and the Boston-based company was no exception. Between […]

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Kaiser Permanente tests referring patients to 6 digital mental health tools

Over the past two years, managed care organization Kaiser Permanente has been testing how to give its members access to digital health tools. The company picked six apps that it would cover for its members, and trained clinicians on how to include the use of digital health apps in their workflow. One of the challenges […]

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Rand Paul’s Shockingly Bad Advice To Recovered COVID-19 Patients Fires Up Twitter

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) offered dangerously incorrect COVID-19 advice on Fox News Thursday night that set off an outcry on social media. The senator urged all those who have recovered from the coronavirus to throw out their masks and go out and enjoy public spaces because they are now “immune” to it. This is not […]

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Chemotherapy in cancer patients with Covid-19 ‘not a risk’

Continuing chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatment in cancer patients with Covid-19 is not a risk to their survival, a study suggests. It also recommends further research into the drug hydroxychloroquine, which appeared to benefit some patients. The findings, from 890 infected cancer patients in the UK, Spain, Italy and Germany, could help identify who is most […]

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INVEST Pitch Perfect winner spotlight: Luma Health keeps patients connected between visits

Luma Health’s platform automates scheduling and referrals via text message. Screenshot from MedCity Invest Often, a painful experience will spur founders to start a new company. For Luma Health CEO Adnan Iqbal, it was tearing his ACL during a soccer match. He was told that he would have to wait three weeks before he could […]

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Coronavirus: More care urged for pregnant BAME patients

NHS England is asking doctors and midwives to provide more checks and support to black, Asian and ethnic-minority (BAME) pregnant women because of their greater risk from coronavirus. Black mums-to-be are eight times more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19 than white pregnant women. Pregnant Asian women are four times as likely to […]

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NIH halts clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine after finding no benefit to coronavirus patients

The drug hydroxychloroquine, pushed by U.S. President Donald Trump and others in recent months as a possible treatment to people infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is displayed at the Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah, May 27, 2020. George Frey | Reuters The National Institutes of Health has halted its clinical trial of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine […]

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Coronavirus: Dexamethasone being used to treat NHS patients today

A life-saving treatment for seriously-ill hospital patients with Covid-19 is being used across the UK from today, following breakthrough results in a UK trial. Dexamethasone – a cheap, widely-available steroid – was shown to reduce deaths among patients on ventilators and on oxygen. The UK’s chief medical officers say it should be used “with immediate […]

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Nothing Could Have Prepared Me for Caring Virtually for Dying Coronavirus Patients

During a time when humanity is most needed, I am trapped in a profoundly inhuman situation: swallowed by my couch, discussing illness and death with patients who have the coronavirus and their loved ones, all of whom I have never physically met. We connect through a phone speaker or, if we’re lucky, a blurry screen, […]

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Over 4,300 Coronavirus Patients Sent To New York Nursing Homes: AP

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 4,300 recovering coronavirus patients were sent to New York’s already vulnerable nursing homes under a controversial state directive that was ultimately scrapped amid criticisms it was accelerating the nation’s deadliest outbreaks, according to a count by The Associated Press. AP compiled its own tally to find out how many […]

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Coronavirus: A third of hospital patients develop dangerous blood clots

Up to 30% of patients who are seriously ill with coronavirus are developing dangerous blood clots, according to medical experts. They say the clots, also known as thrombosis, could be contributing to the number of people dying. Severe inflammation in the lungs – a natural response of the body to the virus – is behind […]

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Study: Third Of Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients Show Signs Of Kidney Injury

CHICAGO, May 14 (Reuters) – Over a third of patients treated for COVID-19 in a large New York medical system developed acute kidney injury, and nearly 15% required dialysis, U.S.researchers reported on Thursday. The study was conducted by a team at Northwell Health, the largest health provider in New York state. “We found in the […]