Steroids cut COVID-19 death rates, but not for everyone – here’s who benefits and who doesn’t

Three new studies show corticosteroids can reduce deaths in critically ill COVID-19 patients. But what about other patients?

Bryan McVerry, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Sept. 4, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: medicine covid-19 coronavirus immune-system biology pandemic science hospitals research icu medication steroids

What happens when COVID-19 and influenza collide? Can hospitals handle the strain?

Pandemic policy experts offer 10 recommendations that could reduce the risk that a bad flu season on top of the COVID-19 pandemic will overwhelm hospitals.

Leslie Ruyle, Associate Research Scientist and Assistant Director Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: influenza health covid-19 coronavirus schools pandemic social-distancing vaccination hospitals epidemics flu-vaccine

How one community improved COVID-19 nursing home care with collaboration and communication

A new approach is making a big difference in Virginia.

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, Associate Professor Medicine, Geriatrics, University of Virginia • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: innovation covid-19 coronavirus pandemic elderly nursing-homes hospitals healthcare-workers nurses long-term-care

Is telehealth as good as in-person care? A telehealth researcher explains how to get the most out of remote health care

Telehealth has seen massive increases in use since the pandemic started. When done right, remote health care can be just as effective as in-person medicine.

Jennifer A. Mallow, Associate Professor of Nursing, West Virginia University • conversation
July 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health medicine covid-19 coronavirus health-care telehealth chronic-disease hospitals healthcare doctors videochat diagnosis nurse remote-medicine

Coronavirus numbers confusing you? Here's how to make sense of them

There's more to the numbers than what you see on TV.

Catherine Lynne Troisi, Associate professor, Management, Policy, and Community Health and Epidemiology, The University of Texas Medical Branch • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  hospitals  viruses  covid-19-testing

COVID-19 makes clear that bioethics must confront health disparities

A bioethicist argues that the problem of health disparities existed long before COVID-19 struck with a vengeance in marginalized communities.

Joseph J. Fins, The E. William Davis Jr, M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  health-disparities  hospitals  new-york-city  icu  bioethics  brooklyn

How doctors' fears of getting COVID-19 can mean losing the healing power of touch: One physician's story

A give-and-take between patient and provider is essential to patient care. As the COVID-19 pandemic ushers in a new era of medicine, one doctor wonders if this connection will be lost.

Liza Buchbinder, Internal Medicine Physician and Anthropologist, UCLA Health, University of California, Los Angeles • conversation
June 16, 2020 ~9 min

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A perfect storm for medical PTSD: Isolation, intensive care and the coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 patients are spending weeks in intensive care units, isolated and alone, knowing they have a disease that doctors don't fully understand. It's a recipe for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Scott E. Hall, Program Coordinator & Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Dayton • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health medicine mental-health covid-19 coronavirus depression anxiety psychology trauma social-distancing ptsd medical-care hospitals social-isolation patients

Low-income countries' bids for World Bank funding raise serious concerns about their coronavirus strategies

The World Bank is giving $160 billion to help bolster the world’s weaker health systems – but it needs to do more.

Michael (Mike) English, Professor of International Child Health, University of Oxford • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~7 min

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'I thought I could wait this out': Fearing coronavirus, patients are delaying hospital visits, putting health and lives at risk

Delaying medical care comes at a cost, both human and financial. The patients some emergency rooms have been seeing are a lot sicker and more likely to need hospitalization.

Christopher Goode, Emergency medicine physician, chair of Emergency Medicine, West Virginia University • conversation
May 14, 2020 ~6 min

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