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Slow Medicine: COVID-19 Exposes What's Wrong With U.S. Healthcare

(MedPage Today) -- Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, U.S. policymakers, healthcare leaders, and the public alike have looked far and wide for a technological fix to the crisis. News coverage has focused on the search for "magic bullet" cures...

Sobering Data on Risks of Short-Term Oral Corticosteroids

(MedPage Today) -- Corticosteroid bursts as short as 2 weeks or less were still linked to severe adverse events among relatively healthy users, according to a large study from Taiwan. For people taking oral steroids over a median 3 days, the risk...

COVID-19 Upended HIV Prevention Efforts at Boston Clinic

(MedPage Today) -- Lapses in refills for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) skyrocketed during the COVID-19 outbreak, with significant declines in PrEP initiations, as well as testing for sexually transmitted infections at an HIV clinic in Boston...

Op-Ed: Docs, Nurses Should Get Priority in COVID-19 Triage

(MedPage Today) -- With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, debates regarding triage ethics have become acutely salient. Fortunately, thanks to aggressive and protracted social distancing practices and the rapid repurposing of existing resources...

Op-Ed: Is Medical Waste ... Racist?

(MedPage Today) -- COVID-19 is not the "great equalizer," as some proclaim. As the pandemic unfolds in the U.S., the nation has witnessed the disease's unequal impacts on minority communities, with Hispanic and Black Americans disproportionately...

Preparing for Fall's Second Wave -- and Then Some

(MedPage Today) -- Long ago, when I was a resident, I worked an overnight emergency room shift and saw a patient who presented with episodes of shortness of breath both at rest and on exertion. As a fairly freshly minted new intern, I was still...

Op-Ed: Two Reasons That Virtual Med School Is a Bad Idea

(MedPage Today) -- In less than two months, medical schools across the nation will welcome a new first-year class. For the first time in modern history, the students will find themselves in a virtual world. They will rarely see one another or their...

COVID-19 Spread by Droplets? Free Particles? Or 'A Little Bit of Both'?

(MedPage Today) -- Hundreds of epidemiologists from around the world sent a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) asserting that people can contract SARS-CoV-2 infection from airborne virions -- free virus particles floating in the air...

Florida RNs Say HCA Hospital Ignores COVID Safety Standards

(MedPage Today) -- More than a dozen registered nurses at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Florida, protested outside the hospital Friday, the third such protest since the pandemic began, saying hospital owner HCA Healthcare won't give them N95...

HIV: Don't Quit on Hope, Says 'London Patient'

(MedPage Today) -- Almost 3 years after the "London Patient" underwent a hematopoietic stem cell transplant and stopped taking antiretroviral treatments for HIV infection, he remains in remission and intends to "be an ambassador of hope" to millions...