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COVID-19 pandemic has led to a decrease in hospital-wide HCV testing

New research from Boston Medical Center finds that the COVID-19 emergency systemic changes made to decrease in-person visits during the pandemic have led to a decrease in hospital-wide Hepatitis C (HCV) testing by 50 percent, and a reduction in new HCV diagnoses by more than 60 percent.
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Women with PTSD and depression have greater risk of early death

Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression have an almost fourfold greater risk of early death from cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, type 2 diabetes, accidents, suicide, and other causes than women without trauma exposure or depression, according to a large long-term study conducted by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
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Digital breast tomosynthesis offers improved cancer detection and lower false negative rates

Breast cancer screening with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) offers significant advantages over digital mammography, including improved cancer detection and lower false negative rates, according to a study published in Radiology.
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New study finds link between gestational age and ADHD in children with Down syndrome

A new study by the UC Davis MIND Institute finds a connection between gestational age and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children with Down syndrome.
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Study shows advantages of Mediterranean diet for patients with heart disease

A clinical study with 1002 patients with heart disease shows the advantages of a Mediterranean diet compared to a low-fat diet.
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Mayor’s ‘cheat sheet’: How LA County’s restrictions would change under state order

Los Angeles County residents can still go to the nail and hair salons, but likely not for long with the Southern California region expected to undergo the state’s even stricter stay-at-home rules. Most activity that isn’t considered essential have already been restricted under a county order — that was reaffirmed in a city order — so it may be difficult to discern what further restrictions the state rules would bring, if ICU capacity dips below a certain threshold. Probably sensing that many Ang...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Disneyland, Eric Garcetti, Southern California, Los Angeles County, LA County, Disney Vacation Club, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB


LA County unveils coronavirus test-at-home program

Los Angeles County on Friday, Dec. 4, officially began a pilot at-home COVID-19 testing program aimed at providing easier access to tests for select residents. The program, which was previewed earlier this week by health officials, will be offered through Jan. 15 in an effort to increase access to testing over the holiday season. “As the surge in cases and hospitalizations continues, L.A. County is trying innovative ways to meet the testing demand and stem the community spread of the virus,” Dr....
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Sport, Soccer, Food And Drug Administration, Community, Disneyland, Los Angeles County, LA County, Department of Health Services, Disney Vacation Club, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB


Southern California, including LA County, falls below 15% ICU bed capacity threshold, triggers new coronavirus shutdown

Los Angeles County, along with the rest of Southern California, will have to close salons, museums and tattoo shops, and impose further business restrictions by Sunday afternoon, after Southern California’s intensive-care bed capacity fell below 15% on Friday, Dec. 4, triggering a new statewide stay-at-home order on the same day the county once again broke its record for new single-day cases. Southern California’s intensive care unit bed capacity dipped to 13.1%, state health officials reported ...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Pfizer, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Torrance, Barger, LA County


L.A. County breaks coronavirus case record for third time this week

Los Angeles County reported 8,860 new coronavirus cases on Friday, Dec. 4, breaking for the third time this week the all-time high for cases reported in a single day — foreshadowing yet again a dark winter ahead in the relentless pandemic. An additional 60 deaths were also reported Friday, as the region braced for renewed stay-at-home orders dictated by the state based on intensive care unit bed capacity. As of 5:30 p.m. Friday, the state had not posted an updated index. A total of 7,842 people ...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Pfizer, Disneyland, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Torrance, Barger


After another record coronavirus day for LA County, new coronavirus shutdown likely triggered

Los Angeles County, along with the rest of Southern California, will likely have to close salons, museums and tattoo shops, and impose further business restrictions sometime Sunday, after Southern California’s intensive-care bed capacity fell below 15% on Friday, Dec. 4, triggering a new statewide stay-at-home order on the same day the county once again broke its record for new single-day cases. Southern California’s intensive care unit bed capacity dipped to 13.1%, state health officials report...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Pfizer, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Torrance, Barger, LA County


This is what a successful health care system looks like [PODCAST]

“If we are serious about supporting the optimal health and well being of our nations’ patients and physicians, we need to start believing and implementing the science across the public and private sectors. We need to recognize that at its core, the practice of medicine is a human science. We need to allocate and deploy […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Petitions of the week: Telework taxation, a Kentucky abortion law, background checks at traffic stops and more

This week we highlight cert petitions — and one original action — that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, whether Massachusetts may tax New Hampshire teleworkers, whether Kentucky’s attorney general may step in to defend a Kentucky abortion restriction, and whether police officers at traffic stops may conduct criminal-records checks even when they are not concerned about their safety. The Supreme Court is a court “of review, not first view” — except in a limited set of cases ...
Tags: Health, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, New Hampshire, Cameron, Louisiana, Smith, Carlisle, Trump, John Roberts


Stat Of The Week: Legal Staff Are Stressed

Many face increased workloads and mental health difficulties, a new survey shows. 
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BIBLICAL RESOURCES FOR INFERTILITY

Pregnancy Over 40 and Infertility in The Bible I found an interesting site which has passages from the bible on infertility. I'm certainly not a biblical scholar, and I know my readers come from different faiths and backgrounds, but for anyone interested, this site has excerpted biblical passages that directly or indirectly deal with infertility:openbible.infoFrom the site: See the Fertility Shop for Sandy Robertson's Resources 1:1 There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of th...
Tags: Health, Infertility, Samuel, HANNAH, Ephraim, Ramah, Sandy Robertson, Elkanah, Peninnah, Elkanah the son of Jeroham, Elihu son of Tohu


The best baby thermometers in 2020

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Buying or registering for a digital thermometer for your baby is just as an important as buying a car seat.We consulted with pediatricians, reviewed research and product reviews, and talked with many parents to select 11 of the most popular digital thermometers to test.If you're shopping for a suitable thermometer for adults, check out our guide to the best thermometers to check for fevers.This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, MD, CPST-I,...
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Biden Says He'll Ask Country to Wear Masks for 100 Days, Issue Mask Mandates in Federal Jurisdiction

President-elect Joe Biden says he will ask the entire country to wear masks for the first 100 days of his presidency, and he will issue federal mask mandates applying to places where he believes he has jurisdiction, including federal buildings and interstate transportation. Biden also committed to allow the public to…Read more...
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Without trust, we face an uphill battle in defeating COVID-19

My annual routine of recommending the flu shot to my patients is now more critical than ever before. But when I asked one of my patients recently about getting the flu shot, she said: “No, not really. I’m worried it will give me the flu and make me sick.” I listened and shared some information […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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The best Fitbit trackers and smartwatches for health and fitness

Fitbit offers an extensive lineup of user-friendly fitness wearables that automatically track metrics like your daily steps or stairs climbed, as well as any workouts and sleep patterns.  The brand's latest devices also promote mindfulness, offering insights into your stress levels and in-depth info about your health habits and routines.We compared every current Fitbit to find the best in its lineup, from full-on smartwatches like the Versa 3 to more basic trackers like the Charge 4 or Inspire 2...
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Los Angeles budget scenario could include nearly 1,900 layoffs; LAPD would be hardest hit

In an effort to bridge an anticipated $675 million budget shortfall in this year’s budget, Los Angeles city officials are contemplating cost-cutting measures that may lead to many layoffs, including the elimination of more than 1,600 filled positions in the Los Angeles Police Department. In the latest quarter financial report released Friday, Dec. 4, the city’s top budget advisers said that in order to achieve an across-the-board 3% budget reduction, layoffs are needed. Under a scenario now bein...
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When your institution has a less than 1% hiring rate for Black residents

The other day I was in the main hallway outside of our radiology reading rooms, which is lined with picture frames of all the residency senior classes dating back to the 1980s. I’m new to the institution, so it was nice to see all the prior residents. I found myself wondering what they were up […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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These are the states that have announced how many COVID-19 vaccine doses they will receive in the first round of distribution

A photo illustration show a syringe. Argentina was selected to test a vaccine against COVID-19, it is estimated that the clinical phases will begin in August. Carol Smiljan/NurPhoto via Getty Images Three coronavirus vaccines — from Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca — have shown positive results in late-stage trials.  Pfizer has already submitted its COVID-19 vaccine for emergency approved use with the US Food and Drug Administration, and the vaccine could receive approval as early as Decem...
Tags: Health, Florida, New York, Texas, Science, News, California, Trends, Features, Arkansas, Argentina, Astrazeneca, Npr, Pfizer, Andrew Cuomo, Gavin Newsom


House votes to decriminalize marijuana at federal level, MORE Act goes to Senate next (where it will likely die)

Cannabis history was made today in the USA. A majority of the House voted to decriminalize marijuana, the most significant federal legislative development on cannabis policy in 50 years. The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the MORE Act, legislation that for the first time in the nation's history would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, removing it from the list of federally controlled substances, and expunging federal convictions for non-violent marijuana offenses. — R...
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COVID-19 herd immunity threshold far higher than previously thought, say researchers

Researchers in the US have re-analyzed the data on herd immunity from spring 2020 from Europe. Their study shows that the herd immunity threshold is much higher than earlier speculated.
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Is mask-wearing effective in preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission?

UK-based researchers released the findings of their review of the efficacy of the face coverings and masks in preventing transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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Physicians who work themselves into the ground have nothing to be proud of

There were recently many news articles and coverage exalting a physician for working 250 straight days during COVID. 250 days, that’s nearly 8 1/2 months without a day off. While this physician displays dedication and caring, I don’t think we should celebrate this as an achievement. The truth is he’s working every day all day […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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People with vitamin D deficiency at higher risk of severe COVID-19, says study

A new study has revealed that vitamin D deficient patients are more likely to experience severe COVID-19.
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The effect of COVID-19 lockdowns on children's health: A UK case study

UK-based researchers have explored how national lockdown has changed young children's everyday activities, eating and sleep habits. They found that children's activity, screen time, eating, and sleep routines have been disrupted during the "stay-at-home" order in the United Kingdom.
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Researchers tie smoking to higher COVID-19 mortality in lower-middle-income countries

A team of researchers from the Epidemiology Department, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia, has found no correlations between adult male and female smoking prevalence with COVID-19 mortality across countries. In lower-middle-income countries, however, there is a link between adult male smoking prevalence with COVID-19-related death.
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After a deadly COVID outbreak, Maryland County takes steps to protect health workers

A Maryland health department is taking new steps to protect its workers six months after a COVID-19 outbreak killed a veteran employee who was twice denied permission to work from home.
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We have been the precious gift of making a difference in the lives of others

“You that seek what life is in death, Now find it air that once was breath, New names unknown, old names gone: Till time end bodies, but souls none. Reader! Then make time, while you be, But steps to your eternity.” – Baron Brooke Fulke Greville, “Caelica 83” I cried Sunday morning as I sat by […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Primary Care, Physician, PA NP, CRNA, Baron Brooke Fulke Greville `` Caelica



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