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How risky is using a public bathroom during the pandemic?

By |2020-07-27T17:11:39+00:00July 27th, 2020|

Given the choice between using a public bathroom and doing anything else, some people will always choose the latter. Regardless of the urgency or however pristine it’s reported to be, the space comes with an ick factor, says Dr. John Ross, who practices hospital medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is board-certified in [...]

Half the world lacks access to air pollution data to tackle public health threat

By |2020-07-27T17:11:38+00:00July 27th, 2020|

Half the world lacks access to information on air pollution, creating a vacuum of government accountability on the greatest environmental threat to public health. A new study, published on Thursday, revealed that countries in the developing world are less likely to have access to air pollution data compared to wealthier nations. In countries where air pollution levels are the [...]

CDC calls on Americans to wear masks to prevent COVID-19 spread

By |2020-07-27T17:11:36+00:00July 27th, 2020|

Americans are increasingly adopting the use of cloth face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19, and the latest science may convince even more to do so. In an editorial published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), CDC reviewed the latest science and affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool [...]

Officials warn about drop in childhood vaccination due to COVID-19

By |2020-07-27T17:11:35+00:00July 27th, 2020|

As feared among the many downstream impacts of the pandemic, early data show a decline in childhood immunizations that could reverse years of hard-won progress, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF said today. The global COVID-19 total climbed to 13,405,694 cases, and 580,552 people have died from their infections, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard. [...]

CDC director suggests masks for all as US tracks record 67,000 COVID cases

By |2020-07-27T17:11:33+00:00July 27th, 2020|

In what’s become the refrain for summer 2020, the United States has shattered another record for new coronavirus cases recorded, with 67,417 new cases added to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker. This is the biggest single-day jump in cases recorded during the pandemic. Total US cases now number almost 3.5 million (3,465,031), including 136,940 deaths. And now hospitalization [...]

FDA hand sanitizer recall widens as coronavirus boosts usage

By |2020-07-27T17:11:29+00:00July 27th, 2020|

The Food and Drug Administration has added three more hand sanitizers to its rolling list of products recalled because of possible contamination with a toxic chemical. In total, over 65 of the cleansers have now tested positive for methanol, which can be poisonous if absorbed through the skin or ingested, according to the FDA’s latest update. A majority of [...]

Characteristics and Outcomes in Patients With COVID-19 and Acute Ischemic Stroke

By |2020-07-26T18:03:06+00:00July 26th, 2020|

Abstract Recent case-series of small size implied a pathophysiological association between coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and severe large-vessel acute ischemic stroke. Given that severe strokes are typically associated with poor prognosis and can be very efficiently treated with recanalization techniques, confirmation of this putative association is urgently warranted in a large representative patient cohort to [...]

Quality of care for tuberculosis patients in public health facilities of Debre Tabor town, Northwest Ethiopia

By |2020-07-26T18:03:05+00:00July 26th, 2020|

Background Even though there are different tuberculosis (TB) prevention and control measures implemented globally including Ethiopia, TB is still major public health problem. This is partly due to compromised quality of care delivered for tuberculosis patients in health facilities (HFs) during diagnosis, treatment and follows-up. Thus this study is intended to determine the quality of care [...]

Safety and efficacy of N-acetylcysteine in hospitalized patients with HIV-associated tuberculosis: An open-label, randomized, phase II trial (RIPENACTB Study)

By |2020-07-26T18:03:04+00:00July 26th, 2020|

Abstract Despite the availability of effective antimicrobials, tuberculosis (TB) is still a serious health threat. Mortality is even higher in people living with HIV who are diagnosed with TB. New therapies are needed to shorten the time required to cure TB and decrease fatality rates in this population. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a glutathione precursor and has [...]

A yield and cost comparison of tuberculosis contact investigation and intensified case finding in Uganda

By |2020-07-26T18:03:02+00:00July 26th, 2020|

Introduction Resource constraints in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) limit tuberculosis (TB) contact investigation despite evidence its benefits could outweigh costs, with increased efficiency when compared with intensified case finding (ICF). However, there is limited data on yield and cost per TB case identified. We compared yield and cost per TB case identified for ICF and [...]