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Your Eyewear and COVID-19 Safety

FRIDAY, May 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Coronavirus-related safety is crucial if you wear contact lenses, eyeglasses or safety glasses/goggles, experts say. While the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends limiting use of contact lenses and switching to eyeglasses during the pandemic, the American Optometric Association says there's no evidence that wearing contacts increases COVID-19 risk. "With proper hand-washing prior to inserting and removing lenses, proper cleaning of lenses, and making sure you are never touching your eyes throughout the day, it is reasonable to wear contact lenses safely," said Danielle Natale, an optometrist at LifeBridge Health Krieger Eye Institute in Baltimore. If you develop cold- or flu-like symptoms, however, stop wearing contact lenses,...

Pandemic Having More Impact on U.S. Hospitals Than...

29 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the United States spend more time in the hospital and are more likely to require intensive care than patients in China, a new study says. The findings suggest that the coronavirus pandemic may be putting greater strain on U.S. hospitals than previously assumed, according to researchers. "The hospital resources needed to meet the needs of severely ill patients are substantial," said lead author Joseph Lewnard, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley. "We found that observations from China may not provide a sufficient basis for anticipating the U.S. health care demand," he said in a university news release. Lewnard and his colleagues analyzed the medical records of...

Big Need for Blood Donations as Postponed Surgeries Resume

29 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As U.S. hospitals resume procedures put on hold by the coronavirus outbreak, there's an urgent need for blood and platelet donations, the American Red Cross says. Following a sharp decline in demand for blood products that began in early April, hospitals' needs have recently spiked 30%. "Blood donors are essential to ensuring the continued health of their community by making sure hospitals have a readily available supply of blood products for patients," said Chris Hrouda, president of the American Red Cross Biomedical Services. "Blood cannot be stockpiled like other medical supplies and must be constantly replenished." Hrouda said the Red Cross is grateful to the tens of thousands of donors who rolled up a sleeve to help early on. Though...

Is COVID-19 'One and Done?' Experts Ponder Odds for...

29 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Let's say you're one of the more than 1.7 million people in the United States who've contracted COVID-19, and you've been fortunate enough to shake off the virus and recover. What happens when you encounter the COVID-19 coronavirus again? Reinfection is a major concern among public health officials as the nation moves toward reopening the economy. "We'd love to think we're basically one-and-done with this virus, so that if you're infected with the virus, you develop antibodies and the next time you encounter the virus it takes it and it removes it from your body," Jeffrey Shaman, director of the Columbia University Climate and Public Health Program, said during a HealthDay Live! interview. Researchers wonder whether a recovered COVID-19...

As Hard-Hit Areas of America Show Slowing in Coronavirus Cases, Other Regions See Spikes

29 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- While the spread of coronavirus has slowed in some of the hardest-hit areas of America, other parts of the country were seeing worrying spikes in cases by Friday. New York City, once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, announced plans Thursday to ease restrictions after 10 weeks under lockdown, the Washington Post reported. "Restarting won't mean back to normal -- we CAN'T rush back," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Thursday. "We need to keep this virus in check." But even as the New York area began to emerge from strict social distancing measures, other states were seeing jumps in COVID-19 cases, the New York Times reported. Wisconsin saw its highest single-day increase in both cases and deaths just two...

1 in 10 Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients With Diabetes Dies: Study

28 May 2020
THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Ten percent of COVID-19 patients with diabetes die within a week of entering the hospital and 20% need a ventilator to breathe by that point, a new French study found. Researchers analyzed data on more than 1,300 COVID-19 patients with diabetes, average age 70, who were hospitalized in France during March. Of those, 89% had type 2 diabetes, 3% had type 1, and the rest had other types of diabetes. The study found that 1 in 5 patients had been placed on a ventilator in intensive care within seven days of entering the hospital; 1 in 10 had died; and 18% had been discharged. "The risk factors for severe form of COVID-19 [in patients with diabetes] are identical to those found in the general population: age and BMI [weight]," said researchers...

Prescriptions for Discredited COVID Drugs Surged 2,000% After Trump's Support

28 May 2020
THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that prescriptions rose sharply for two anti-malarial drugs that President Donald Trump claimed could help prevent or treat COVID-19. This happened despite the fact that multiple studies found the medicines might only bring harm to patients with coronavirus illness. The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, found that prescriptions for the two drugs -- hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine -- rose by a staggering 2000% during the week of March 15 to March 21. Early in the pandemic, Trump repeatedly touted hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine as a potential means of preventing or treating coronavirus illness. On March 21, Trump tweeted, "HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN,...

Hydroxychloroquine May Worsen Odds for Cancer Patients With COVID-19

28 May 2020
THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As the evidence piles up that a malaria drug touted as a possible coronavirus treatment by President Donald Trump may instead harm patients, a new study shows the same might hold true for cancer patients with COVID-19. Researchers found that cancer patients with COVID-19 who receive both hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin have a higher risk of death than those who aren't given the two drugs. Of the 928 patients in the study, 13% died within 30 days of being diagnosed with COVID-19. After adjusting for certain factors, the researchers concluded that patients with progressing cancer were 5.2 times more likely to die within 30 days than those in remission or with no evidence of cancer. Patients who received the combination of...

Emergency Transport Can Surprise Many With Big Bills

THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Money is the last thing on anyone's mind during a medical emergency, but new research shows many patients could be hit with huge bills for that ambulance...

Tumors Have Their Own Bacterial Colonies That Could...

THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The human body is teeming with bacteria, and a new study finds the same is true of many cancers -- raising questions about what role microbes might play...
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