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Do houseplants really improve air quality?

By |2020-07-31T17:48:27+00:00July 31st, 2020|

Gardening is full of received wisdom that is treated as gospel and handed down across the generations – from putting a layer of crocks at the bottom of pots for drainage, to the back-breaking work of Victorian “double-digging” to improve soil structure. But when tested scientifically much of this old-school advice turns out not to [...]

Personal perception can be an important indicator for early detection of Alzheimer’s

By |2020-07-31T17:48:25+00:00July 31st, 2020|

A research team led by the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) concludes that personal perception can be an important indicator for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. In a new study involving 449 older adults, published in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, the scientists report that individuals with subjectively felt [...]

Schools Should Prioritize Reopening in Fall 2020, Especially for Grades K-5, While Weighing Risks and Benefits

By |2020-07-30T18:41:43+00:00July 30th, 2020|

WASHINGTON — Weighing the health risks of reopening K-12 schools in fall 2020 against the educational risks of providing no in-person instruction, school districts should prioritize reopening schools full time, especially for grades K-5 and students with special needs, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Opening schools will benefit [...]

Trial data support dexamethasone, but not hydroxychloroquine, for COVID-19

By |2020-07-30T18:41:41+00:00July 30th, 2020|

Data from a large randomized controlled trial in the United Kingdom showing a benefit from use of the steroid dexamethasone in hospitalized COVID-19 patients was released today in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), while two more studies show no benefit for the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine. The NEJM data, which were originally reported in a press release in mid-June by [...]

US sets daily COVID-19 record: 75,000 new cases

By |2020-07-30T18:41:38+00:00July 30th, 2020|

The United States saw more than 75,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus, as hospitals in Georgia and Arizona are looking to nearby states to take on patients. According to the New York Times, 75,600 cases were recorded by the end of yesterday, a record high since the United States first started fighting widespread transmission of the virus in [...]

Global COVID-19 total nears 14 million amid appeal for nations in crisis

By |2020-07-30T18:41:36+00:00July 30th, 2020|

Brazil and India passed COVID-19 case milestones today, as the United Nations launched a $10.3 billion appeal for G20 nations to help low-income countries battle the virus, seen as a key step in stopping global circulation. The global total today climbed closer to 14 million cases and is at 13,921,699, and 593,072 people have died from [...]

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Disease Severity on Admission Chest Radiographs among Patients Admitted with Confirmed COVID-19: A Retrospective Cohort Study

By |2020-07-30T18:41:34+00:00July 30th, 2020|

Background Disease severity on chest radiographs (CXR) has been associated with higher risk of disease progression and adverse outcomes from COVID-19. Few studies have evaluated COVID-19-related racial/ethnic disparities in radiology. Purpose To evaluate whether Non-White minority patients hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infection presented with increased severity on admission CXR compared with White/Non-Hispanic patients.     Credit: iStock, Wavebreakmedia [...]

Hong Kong third wave: Carrie Lam steps up fight against coronavirus, with masks to be made mandatory in indoor public places and civil servants working from home

By |2020-07-30T18:41:30+00:00July 30th, 2020|

Hong Kong has stepped up its fight against the worsening coronavirus crisis, with the government to make the wearing of masks mandatory in indoor public places, while also ordering civil servants to work from home and ramping up quarantine facilities, as the city confirmed more than 100 new cases on Sunday. Chief Executive Carrie Lam [...]

Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19 — Preliminary Report

By |2020-07-30T18:41:26+00:00July 30th, 2020|

BACKGROUND Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is associated with diffuse lung damage. Glucocorticoids may modulate inflammation-mediated lung injury and thereby reduce progression to respiratory failure and death. METHODS In this controlled, open-label trial comparing a range of possible treatments in patients who were hospitalized with Covid-19, we randomly assigned patients to receive oral or intravenous dexamethasone (at a dose [...]

The role of chest radiography in confirming covid-19 pneumonia

By |2020-07-30T18:41:22+00:00July 30th, 2020|

Covid-19 is likely to remain an important differential diagnosis for the foreseeable future in anyone presenting to hospital with a flu-like illness, lymphopenia on full blood count, and/or a change in normal sense of smell (anosmia) or taste.12 Most people with covid-19 infection do not develop pneumonia3; however, chest radiography of people who are seriously ill [...]