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Hospitalized patients prone to brain malfunction, study finds

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Dr. Anthony Fauci says top U.S. college athletic programs and professional sports leagues are managing risks for COVID-19 infections far more professionally than the situation at the White House that led to President Donald Trump’s illness. (Oct. 6)

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It has already been established that COVID-19 is much more than merely a respiratory illness, and new research sheds light on how much it impacts another critical part of the body – the brain.

Almost one-third of the patients hospitalized with COVID-19 developed encephalopathy – a degeneration of brain function – according to a study by Northwestern Medicine in Chicago.

The finding raises serious national concerns in light of President Donald Trump’s recent three-night stay at Walter Reed Medical Center, and on a larger scale they also highlight the mental damage the coronavirus has inflicted on tens of thousands of Americans.

According to The COVID Tracking Project, more than

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COVID-19 ICU Patients Have High Risk of Clots, Research Shows | Health News

By Alan Mozes
HealthDay Reporter

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TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Hospitalized COVID-19 patients face an increased risk of developing dangerous blood clots, a new review indicates.

The odds of a clot are highest for the most critically ill patients. Analysis of 66 studies found that 23% of COVID-19 patients in an intensive care unit (ICU) developed a blood clot in the leg, known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Overall prevalence of a DVT was 14% among ICU and non-ICU COVID-19 patients, and 8% among those with mild-to-moderate disease risk who were not admitted to the ICU.

The “numbers are surprisingly high when compared with other hospitalized patients,” said study author Dr. Cihan Ay.

Of great concern are blood clots in the legs that can break away and travel to the lungs. This is a life-threatening condition known as pulmonary embolism (PE).

Nearly 4% of patients not

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Over 80% of hospitalized coronavirus patients experience neurological symptoms

While respiratory issues are a well-documented symptom of coronavirus, researchers have found that over 80% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients experience some type of neurological manifestation as well. In examining 509 patients admitted to a Chicago hospital network, researchers found that 419 of them presented a neurological issue at some point during the course of their COVID-19 infection.

“The most frequent neurologic manifestations were myalgias, headaches, encephalopathy, dizziness, dysgeusia [impaired sense of taste] and anosmia [loss of smell],” the authors wrote in their study, which was published Monday in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. “Strokes, movement disorders, motor, and sensory deficits, ataxia and seizures were uncommon.”

The patients involved in the study were admitted to the Northwestern Medicine Healthcare system between March 5 and April 6, and all had been diagnosed with COVID-19. The team noted neurologic symptoms based on a review of clinical notes, diagnostic studies, and physician-documented

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Covid-19 patients aren’t usually checking themselves into hospitals like Chris Christie, experts say

Christie’s announcement, which followed news that Trump, first lady Melania Trump and other Republican leaders had tested positive for the virus, sparked a flurry of reactions online. Chief among them: confusion.

“Regarding Chris Christie, can someone please tell me how one checks into a hospital as a ‘precautionary measure’?” one person wrote on Twitter.

Another person asked, “Can an ordinary citizen with mild symptoms just check themselves into a hospital out of an abundance of caution? Is that how this works?”

Not exactly, experts say.

“What occurred over the weekend with Governor Christie sharing on social media that he was checking himself into the hospital because of his covid-19 diagnosis, that would be extraordinarily uncommon,” said Mark Shapiro, associate medical director for hospital services at St. Joseph Health Medical Group of Sonoma County, Calif.

The process of being admitted to a hospital with covid-19, the disease caused by the

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Fred Hutch opens dedicated research center in Seattle to test treatments for COVID-19 patients

The COVID-19 Clinical Research Center, foreground, in the Minor Building on Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Seattle campus. (Fred Hutch Photo)

Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is opening a new facility dedicated to testing treatments for people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Clinical Research Center, or CCRC is one of the first stand-alone facilities in the country designed for such work, according to Fred Hutch announcement on Monday. Located in the Minor Building on Fred Hutch’s South Lake Union campus, it was funded by philanthropic donations and public/private partnerships.

Scientists and clinicians will partner in the space with study volunteers, health care providers, research institutes, foundations and the biotech/pharmaceutical industry on Phase 1 through 3 clinical trials (observational and interventional) for COVID-19-positive participants.

Two studies are already underway:

  • A Phase 3 randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of remdesivir (GS-5734TM)
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Study: 7 in 10 appendicitis patients treated with antibiotics avoid surgery

Oct. 5 (UPI) — Antibiotics and surgery are both good options for treating appendicitis, according to a study published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine that found 7 in 10 patients treated with the drugs ultimately avoid surgery.

“About three in 10 patients in the antibiotic group ultimately underwent an appendectomy within 90 days,” study co-principal investigator Dr. David Flum said in a statement.

“There were advantages and disadvantages to each treatment, and patients will value these differently based on their unique characteristics, concerns, and perspectives,” said Flum, professor and associated chair of surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

The Comparison of the Outcomes of antibiotic Drugs and Appendectomy is the largest study to date comparing antibiotics for appendicitis to appendectomy, which is a surgery to remove the appendix, researchers said.

The goal of the study is to help nearly 300,000 people who visit the

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8 in 10 COVID-19 patients suffer neurological symptoms, study finds

As President Donald Trump battles the coronavirus, researchers reveal concerning new findings: Neurological symptoms occur in 8 of 10 hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

These symptoms include muscle pain, headaches, dizziness, encephalopathy and “brain fog.”

“Encephalopathy, which is characterized by altered mental function ranging from mild confusion to coma, is the most severe neurologic manifestation of COVID-19,” said study co-author Dr. Igor Koralnik. He oversees the Neuro COVID-19 Clinic at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

It’s not known whether Trump is suffering from any of these neurological problems. He was admitted Friday to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., for treatment of COVID-19. Meanwhile, First Lady Melania Trump and a number of senior U.S. officials have also tested positive for the new coronavirus.

For this new study, the researchers analyzed the charts of more than 500 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 within the Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine health system. The investigators

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Princeton Longevity Center and PinnacleCare Announce Alliance to Provide Healthcare Advocacy Support for Patients with Life-Changing Diagnoses

Experts in Preventive Medicine/Executive Health and Concierge Health Advisory Firm Join Forces for Better Patient Access to Specialists, Improved Outcomes

Princeton Longevity Center (PLC), the leading experts in preventive medicine and executive health, and PinnacleCare, the premier concierge health advisory firm, today announced that they are partnering so patients will have access to renowned specialists nationwide and facilitated appointments for clinically significant findings requiring quick and expert follow-up.

When a patient receives a life-changing diagnosis, a professional health advisory firm can make all the difference in ensuring the best outcomes by expertly navigating the complexities of the healthcare system. PinnacleCare identifies the best specialists in the country, expedites all appointments and seamlessly manages all details.

“For most PLC patients, findings tend to be more minor and can be corrected with simple intervention,” said Dr. David Fein, medical director at PLC. “But for some, a day at PLC will be life-changing.

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Some Health Workers Suffering From Addiction Steal Drugs Meant For Patients : NPR

The federal government estimates one in 10 healthcare workers experience substance use disorder. There is rising concern that medical professionals are stealing powerful opioid pain medications meant for their patients.

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The federal government estimates one in 10 healthcare workers experience substance use disorder. There is rising concern that medical professionals are stealing powerful opioid pain medications meant for their patients.

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When Kristin Waite-Labott, a nurse in Wisconsin, began stealing fentanyl and morphine from her hospital’s medical supply cabinets, she found it was relatively easy to cover her tracks.

Her drug inventory paperwork often didn’t add up, but she found coworkers willing to cover for her.

“They trusted me” she said. “Unfortunately I was taking advantage of that trust and that happens all the time.”

But Waite-Labott’s addiction to fentanyl quickly spiraled out of control.

“Taking it one time, I instantly

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Donald Trump’s Dexamethasone Treatment Is Recommended Only for Patients on Oxygen, Ventilators

Dexamethasone, the steroid physicians administered to President Donald Trump as part of his COVID-19 treatment this weekend, is only recommended for coronavirus patients who are mechanically ventilated or require supplemental oxygen, according to National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines.



text: A box of dexamethasone tablets is pictured at a pharmacy in Cardiff, United Kingdom, on June 16 in this photo illustration. On Sunday, White House physician Sean Conley said President Donald Trump received the steroid drug as part of his COVID-19 treatment this weekend.


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A box of dexamethasone tablets is pictured at a pharmacy in Cardiff, United Kingdom, on June 16 in this photo illustration. On Sunday, White House physician Sean Conley said President Donald Trump received the steroid drug as part of his COVID-19 treatment this weekend.

The agency’s recommendations about dexamethasone appear alongside a wider set of guidelines regarding the effectiveness of corticosteroids in treating COVID-19 patients. Its guidance relies on findings included in a preliminary report from a large clinical trial that evaluated the effects of dexamethasone in more than 2,100 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19.

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The report indicated dexamethasone lowered mortality rates in hospitalized patients who required

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