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5 Steps to Remain Healthy and Safe from COVID-19
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5 Steps to Remain Healthy and Safe from COVID-19

It's hard to imagine that one day we might all get some kind of normalcy back. We will head back to work, kids will go back to school, parks and beaches will reopen and there may even be events, concerts and parties. But the fight against COVID-19 will not be over quickly, it will be a slow race and we will have to remain safe and ensure we are sticking to a few key guidelines when the doors finally open.                                              Tip #1 Do not throw away those masks As retail and non-essential businesse s start to open up, the rules will get more stringent (not the reverse). Wearing a mask will become mandatory for many businesses and there will be no loosening of the rules around social-distancing.                                                                  ...
New project investigating role of B cells in cardiovascular disease receives $6.5 million grant
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New project investigating role of B cells in cardiovascular disease receives $6.5 million grant

Christoph Binder, Professor of Atherosclerosis Research at MedUni Vienna, is to coordinate an international research network investigating the role of B cells in cardiovascular disease. The project is being funded by the Leducq Foundation within the scope of a Transatlantic Networks of Excellence programme with a sum of 6.5 million US dollars (€5.9 million). B lymphocytes are immune cells that produce antibodies and provide long-term immunity. Although B cells are an important therapeutic target in cancer and rheumatological autoimmune diseases, there are still considerable gaps in our understanding of the role that B cells could play in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Clinicians and basic researchers will be working together in an international consortium over ...
Distancing Works, N95 Respirators Work Better
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Distancing Works, N95 Respirators Work Better

Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's  Coronavirus Resource Center. A study that claims to be the first review of all the available evidence of the effectiveness of physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases has quantified the effectiveness of these protective measures. The study found that greater physical distancing from an exposed person significantly reduces risk of transmission and that N95 masks, particularly for health care workers, are more effective than other face coverings. The meta-analysis, published online in The Lancet (2020 Jun 2; doi.org/10.1016/ S0140-6736(20)31142-9) also marks the first evaluation of these protective measures in b...
Bracing for contact tracing – Harvard Health Blog
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Bracing for contact tracing – Harvard Health Blog

What should you do if you get a call from a contact tracer letting you know you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19? Even our best efforts to stay well — by maintaining distance, washing hands often, restricting the size of our social circles, and wearing masks — may not keep the virus at bay as cities and towns lift restrictions. That’s why many experts recommend three combined approaches to help prevent a dangerous resurgence of illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19: continued mitigation efforts, which includes preventive strategies like those described above prompt access to testing, with quick turnaround on results contact tracing. What is contact tracing and who does it? Generally,...
Can Ear Mites in Cats Harm Humans? – Credihealth Blog
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Can Ear Mites in Cats Harm Humans? – Credihealth Blog

Ear mites are external parasites who live in the warmth of ear canals and thrive on organic matter present in it. Generally, ear mites choose animals as their hosts. And your pets are likely to be good hosts for ear mites. One of the different sources of getting infected is the transmission of mites from one animal to another by close contact. Doesn’t that make you wonder if mites can infest humans too if your cat has them? The short answer is ‘yes’, ear mites can harbor on humans, but it’s rear. The most common cause of ear mites in humans is their pet cat with ear mites. That being said, you should check for any parasites in your pets regularly and get rid of them. Nevertheless, how should you deal with the condition if you catch some of those arachnids? Signs of Ear Mites in Humans ...
HIMSSCast: Telebehavioral health: A provider’s view, with Teladoc’s Dr. Gustavo Kinrys
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HIMSSCast: Telebehavioral health: A provider’s view, with Teladoc’s Dr. Gustavo Kinrys

Following up on our episode from a few weeks ago, host Jonah Comstock sits down (virtually of course) with Dr. Gustavo Kinrys, medical director and vice president of mental health services at Teladoc Health to discuss findings from a recent survey on COVID-19 and behavioral health, as well as his own experiences seeing patients via telehealth during the pandemic.   Here's a release from Teladoc about the survey. HIMSS20 Digital Learn on-demand, earn credit, find products and solutions. Get Started >> Source link
Must-Reads Of The Week | Kaiser Health News
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Must-Reads Of The Week | Kaiser Health News

Damon Darlin The Big News It was a short work week for those still able to work, but there was a considerable amount of health care news. That hasn’t changed. The story that probably got the most attention was that the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 passed 100,000 people. It can be hard to get a handle on what that means. The Washington Post looked at the people who count the deaths and track the deaths. There will be more. The Texas Tribune noted how the coronavirus was a threat to people living in homeless shelters. Nursing homes continue to be a major hot spot in this pandemic. Same goes for areas where poorer people live. The Reopening But another source of infections just might be the crowds of people who think all danger has passed and it’s time to frolic in close...
Key Strategies For Minimizing Risks While Embracing COVID-19 Telehealth Expansion
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Key Strategies For Minimizing Risks While Embracing COVID-19 Telehealth Expansion

May 282020 Key Strategies For Minimizing Risks While Embracing COVID-19 Telehealth Expansion By Heather Annolino, senior director healthcare practice, Ventiv. As hospitals are working vigorously to address the health care needs of its patient population during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are unintentionally leaving themselves and their patients exposed to cybersecurity risks. Measures implemented to protect workers and patients, including expanded use of telehealth and telemedicine, remote work and bringing new equipment such as ventilators online can leave data exposed, and institutions vulnerable to hackers and scammers. These cyberattacks can affect supply chains and the ability to leverage healthcare data from the COVID-19 pandemic for use in the future for other cr...
World virus cases top 6 mln as leaders disagree on pandemic response
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World virus cases top 6 mln as leaders disagree on pandemic response

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The number of coronavirus cases worldwide topped six million Sunday, with Brazil registering another record surge in daily infections as divisions deepened on how to deal with the pandemic. Latin American countries are bracing for difficult weeks ahead as the disease spreads rapidly across the region, even as much of the world exits lockdowns that have wrecked economies and stripped millions of their jobs. In Brazil—the epicenter of South America's outbreak with nearly 500,000 confirmed cases, lagging only behind the United States—disagre...
COVID-19 Vaccine To Be Ready By October, Global Pharma Ace Claims
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COVID-19 Vaccine To Be Ready By October, Global Pharma Ace Claims

Amidst the scientists and researchers in every corner of the world trying their best to get the most effective vaccine to treat the coronavirus, a global pharmaceutical ace has claimed the availability of an efficacious COVID-19 vaccine by October this year.Pfizer, in collaboration with German mRNA company BioNTech, has already begun the clinical trials for the BNT162 vaccine program in the U.S. and Europe to prevent the effect of the virus to the maximum possible extent.“If things go well and the stars are aligned, we will have enough evidence of safety and efficacy for us to feel comfortable, for the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) to feel comfortable, and for the EMA (European Medicines Agency) to feel comfortable, to have a vaccine around the end of October,” Pfizer’s CEO A...
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