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COVID-19 Lungs May Be More Likely to Leak

(MedPage Today) -- Pneumothorax and other barotrauma was more common in COVID-19 patients on invasive mechanical ventilation than seen for other patients on ventilators, a retrospective study showed. Among invasive mechanical ventilation (IMV...

HHS Announces 'Surge Testing' Sites in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas

(MedPage Today) -- WASHINGTON -- The Trump Administration will sponsor "surge" COVID-19 testing in three cities -- Jacksonville, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Edinburg, Texas, a suburb of McAllen in the Rio Grande valley -- to try...

Has Italy Beaten COVID-19?

(MedPage Today) -- Three weeks ago, the hospital Policlinico San Donato in Milan, Italy, slowly started to get back to a semblance of "normal." In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, this 500-bed hospital was caring for 600 patients with...

Distrust, Underfunding Hinders COVID-19 Contact Tracing

(MedPage Today) -- Crook County, Oregon, located in a rural area about 150 miles southeast of Portland, has successfully traced the vast majority of contacts connected to its positive COVID-19 cases. Karen Yeargain, LPN, of the county health department...

Could Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients Benefit From a Gout Drug?

(MedPage Today) -- Study Authors: Spyridon G. Deftereos, Georgios Giannopoulos, et al.; Amir B. Rabbani, Rushi V. Parikh, Asim M. Rafique Target Audience and Goal Statement: Infectious disease specialists, critical care specialists, cardiologists...

U.K. Study Provides 'Snapshot' of COVID Brain Complications

(MedPage Today) -- Study Authors: Aravinthan Varatharaj, Naomi Thomas, et al. Target Audience and Goal Statement: Psychiatrists, neurologists, infectious disease specialists, critical care specialists The goal of this study was to examine the...

'Where All the Patients Went'; Statin Price Fixing; Antiplatelets for COVID-19?

(MedPage Today) -- Heart disease accounted for a large proportion of excess non-COVID deaths in the early weeks of the pandemic, according to a study in JAMA. "Frankly, that would explain where all the patients went," John Puskas, MD, told the...

Ending AIDS: World Will Fall Short of 2020 Targets

(MedPage Today) -- The 2020 targets set by UNAIDS to control global HIV infection will not be met with "COVID-19 risks blowing HIV progress way off course," officials reported. According to the 2020 Global AIDS Update, 1.7 million people worldwide...

Brain Function in Unresponsive COVID-19; Down Syndrome Patients in Alzheimer's Trials?

(MedPage Today) -- Despite prolonged unresponsiveness and structural brain injury, a 47-year-old patient with severe COVID-19 showed intact brain network function and eventually was able to follow commands. (Annals of Neurology) Iron concentration...

'Knee Deep' in Wave 1; Mask-Linked Violence; Trouble at Moderna?

(MedPage Today) -- Note that some links may require registration or subscription. The U.S. is only "knee deep" in the initial wave of the pandemic, said NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD. (CNN) Dubbed the "fullest look yet" at how the pandemic...