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Antibody Combo 'Reduces Mortality in Most Vulnerable COVID Patients'

Jun 15th, 2021 - An antibody combination has been found to reduce the risk of mortality by 20% when given to seronegative patients hospitalised with severe COVID-19, according to a study preprint. There was "30% of mortality in the usual care group – 24% in the usual care [group] who also got the antibody combination", Prof Landray told a briefing hosted by the Science Media Centre, adding that "we can be compl...

Full Hospitals in Afghanistan Close Doors to New Patients as COVID-19 Surges

Jun 14th, 2021 - KABUL (Reuters) - The two main hospitals treating people with COVID-19 in Afghanistan have had to close their doors to new patients because of a lack of beds, a senior health official and doctors said on Monday. Afghanistan is grappling with a third wave of the pandemic, with a record number of infections and deaths being reported amid a surge in violence as U. S

BMA Backs Legal Action Over Suicide of Anaesthetist

Jun 13th, 2021 - Editor's note, 14 June 2021: This article was updated with a comment from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. The British Medical Association (BMA) said it would support legal action being taken by the widow of a consultant anaesthetist against the GMC and a hospital trust. Dr Sridharan Suresh took his own life 3 years ago following allegations by a teenage patient of sexual assault...

COVID-19-induced Vascular Inflammation Behind Mortality Risk

Jun 13th, 2021 - COVID-19 infection is associated with a unique vascular inflammation 'signature' that, when present in at-risk individuals, increases the risk of in-hospital mortality around three-fold, shows an innovative data analysis of thousands of UK angiography patients. "There are still a lot of unknowns relating to how the virus can impact our health in the long-term, but this AI tool could ultimately ...

Nepal Worries Future Coronavirus Wave Will Hit Children Hard

Jun 6th, 2021 - KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal asked its hospitals on Friday to reserve beds for children for fear another surge in coronavirus infections will hit them hard, something officials in neighbouring India are also preparing for. Prime Minister K. P

'No Time to Be Tired.' German Clinic Fights Severe COVID-19 Cases

May 23rd, 2021 - DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - "We're not overbooked, but there are still too many coming in," a young nurse says as she arms herself with protective equipment: bonnet, gown, goggles, a fine particle mask and two pairs of gloves over her arms. The 18A intensive care unit (ICU) at the Klinikum Darmstadt hospital in Germany is the last hope for many patients with severe cases of COVID-19.

Top 'Normal' Temperature May Be Lower Than Current Standard

May 13th, 2021 - (Reuters Health) - The normal range of temperatures in uninfected hospitalized patients lies between 95.8 and 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit, a new study suggests. An analysis of nearly 496,000 temperature readings from more than 42,000 inpatients without malignancy, infection or immune dysfunction, revealed that the threshold for fever might be half a degree lower than the current cutoff of 100.4 deg...

Pressure From COVID-19 on French Hospitals Eases Further

May 9th, 2021 - PARIS (Reuters) - Pressure on the French hospital system from the coronavirus pandemic eased for the fourth day in row on Friday and the number of COVID-19 deaths in hospitals was down again compared to a week ago. The health ministry reported that the number of people in hospital with the virus fell by 654 to 26,331 and the number of people in intensive care by 125 to 5,106.

First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines Tied to Reduced Hospitalisation Risk in Scotland

Apr 29th, 2021 - Takeaway The mass roll-out of the first doses of the BNT162b2 mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech) and ChAdOx1 (Oxford-AstraZeneca) vaccines in Scotland was associated with a reduced risk of COVID19-related hospital admissions at 28-34 days.

Bariatric Surgery Least Favoured Route to T2D Remission

Apr 28th, 2021 - Bariatric surgery may be the most effective method of achieving type 2 diabetes remission, but it is the least favoured, suggests the results of a debate in which experts weighed the pros and cons of the main approaches. However, no matter whether patients opt for intentional weight loss, a low-carb diet or gastric bypass surgery, the experts agreed that more support for type 2 diabetes patient...

No Improvement in Clinical Outcomes With Sepsis Performance Measure

Apr 20th, 2021 - NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The Medicare Sepsis Performance Measure (SEP-1) that requires U.S. hospitals to report adherence to a sepsis-management bundle has not led to meaningful improvement in clinical outcomes of sepsis patients, according to a new analysis. In a report in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers say policymakers could consider revisions to the SEP-1 bundle that "simplify t...

NHS Trust in Kent Pleads Guilty to Care Failures Over Baby Death

Apr 18th, 2021 - An NHS trust has pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe care and treatment following the death of a baby boy. Representatives for East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust were in court today following the death of Harry Richford 7 days after his emergency delivery. An inquest found that Harry's death at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate in November 2017 was ...

Brazil's COVID-19 Response Cost Thousands of Lives, Says Humanitarian Group

Apr 15th, 2021 - RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The Brazilian government's "failed response" to the pandemic led to thousands of otherwise avoidable deaths and created a humanitarian catastrophe that is still playing out, aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday. Brazil's COVID-19 outbreak is the deadliest in the world after the United States and is currently leading in average daily mortalities. L...

Oncologist Struggled 'Greatly' When Patients Died, Tribunal Told

Apr 15th, 2021 - MANCHESTER—The ongoing medical tribunal hearing the case against British oncology professor Justin Stebbing, who is accused of inappropriately treating terminally-ill cancer patients, had heard that he struggled “greatly” with death and handled it “very poorly”. “One of the most difficult aspects” of a consultant oncologist’s role, he said, was supporting a patient and their family when treatme...

Healthcare Collapse Imminent, Brazil's Sao Paulo Warns, as COVID-19 Cases Surge

Apr 14th, 2021 - SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's richest and most populous state, Sao Paulo, has warned its ability to care for seriously ill COVID-19 patients was on the verge of collapse as it ran perilously low on key drugs, according to a letter to the federal government seen by the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper. Sao Paulo state said it expects to run out of crucial intubation drugs, needed to sedate...

COVID-19: 'No Evidence' That UK Variant Causes More Severe Disease

Apr 12th, 2021 - Two new studies have suggested that the B. 1 "Analysing the variant before the peak of hospital admissions and any associated strains on the health service gave us a crucial window of time to gain vital insights into how B.1.1.7 differs in severity or death in hospitalised patients from the strain of the first wave." Commenting on the study for the Science Media Centre, Dr Julian Tang, honorary...

Ontario Hospitals May Have to Withhold Care as COVID-19 Fills ICUs

Apr 12th, 2021 - TORONTO (Reuters) - Doctors in the Canadian province of Ontario may soon have to decide who can and cannot receive treatment in intensive care as the number of coronavirus infections sets records and patients are packed into hospitals still stretched from a December wave. Canada's most populous province is canceling elective surgeries, admitting adults to a major children's hospital and prepari...

Doctor Denies Profits Drove HIFU Cancer Referrals 

Apr 8th, 2021 - A doctor denied wanting to make money when he referred eight cancer patients for treatment on a machine he co-owned, a medical tribunal has heard. Consultant urologist Paul Miller, 63, was said to have had only the "best clinical interests" of his patients when he recommended high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). The General Medical Council (GMC) argues HIFU in its early stages was "novel a...

Higher-Calorie Refeeding Effective in Teens With Anorexia Nervosa

Mar 28th, 2021 - (Reuters Health) - Higher-calorie refeeding works as well as lower-calorie refeeding for adolescents with anorexia nervosa, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data on adolescents (mean age 16. 4 years) hospitalized with anorexia nervosa who were randomized to higher-calorie refeeding (n=60) or lower-calorie refeeding (n=51)

Brazil Struggles With Lack of ICU Doctors as Pandemic Worsens

Mar 18th, 2021 - RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - As Brazil's coronavirus outbreak spirals out of control, the country is facing a dangerous new shortage, threatening to drive fatalities even higher: a lack of staff in intensive care units. Some medical professionals are burned out after months of grueling, soul-sapping work. Others are simply unable to keep up with the endless flow of critical COVID-19 pat...