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COVID in the Air; New Antigen Test OK'd; 99% 'Totally Harmless'

(MedPage Today) -- Note that some links may require registration or subscription. Hundreds of epidemiologists told the World Health Organization (WHO) that free, infectious SARS-CoV-2 virions float in the air, contrary to the agency's position...

COVID-19 Antibody Tests; Apgar Scores in Preterm Infants: It's TT HealthWatch!

(MedPage Today) -- TTHealthWatch is a weekly podcast from Texas Tech. In it, Elizabeth Tracey, director of electronic media for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Rick Lange, MD, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso...

Q&A: Racism, Disparities, and the Health of the Nation

(MedPage Today) -- The first quarter of 2020 has revealed, to many, the depth of the racial problem in American society. First, COVID-19, which has disproportionately impacted communities of color, revealed the inequities in the American healthcare...

COVID-19 in Prisons; Time to Move Away From RCTs?

(MedPage Today) -- California is infusing the state's prisons with significant financial resources, but this investment is not containing or preventing COVID outbreaks, Dan Morain writes ~ California Prisons Are COVID Hotbeds Despite Billions Spent...

'What Do You Have to Lose?': What We Heard This Week

(MedPage Today) -- "If you have something that is potentially beneficial, safe, and cheap, what do you have to lose?" -- Paul Marik, MD, of Eastern Virginia Medical School, on quercetin's potential place in COVID-19 treatment. "There's a lot...

Hollowed-Out Public Health System Faces More Cuts Amid Virus

(MedPage Today) -- Marshaled against a virus that has sickened at least 2.6 million in the U.S., killed more than 126,000 people, and cost tens of millions of jobs and $3 trillion in federal rescue money, state and local government health workers...

FDA OKs Octreotide Capsules; COVID-19 Damages Endocrine System

(MedPage Today) -- The FDA approved octreotide (Mycapssa) capsules for long-term maintenance of acromegaly in those already treated with octreotide or lanreotide, Chiasma announced. Certain medication and medical devices may inadvertently expose...

Senators Press NIH Director on COVID-19 Vax Timeline

(MedPage Today) -- WASHINGTON -- As President Trump on Thursday was praising his administration's accomplishments during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Senate Appropriations subcommittee was voicing concern over the surge in cases nationwide and asking...

Smell and Taste Issues Unlikely to Linger After COVID-19

(MedPage Today) -- Temporary loss of smell and taste was tied to COVID-19 infection in mildly symptomatic patients, but did not appear to persist a month after infection, a small survey of patients in Italy found. Only 12% of mildly symptomatic...

Stretching Regimen Linked to Vascular Benefits

(MedPage Today) -- Leg stretching exercises were associated with improved vascular function, researchers reported in a small study. Signs of local and systemic vascular improvement were observed after study participants underwent 12 weeks of training...