COVID-19 associated with dramatic decline in ED use by pediatric asthma patients

Philadelphia, June 15, 2020—The number of patients visiting the emergency department (ED) for asthma treatment dropped by 76% in the first month of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The proportion of ED visits that led to a patient being hospitalized also decreased over this…

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The Pandemic Claims New Victims: Prestigious Medical Journals

One study promised that popular blood-pressure drugs were safe for people infected with the coronavirus. Another paper warned that anti-malaria drugs endorsed by President Trump actually were dangerous to these patients. The studies, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet, were retracted shortly after publication, following an outcry from researchers who…

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Slowing the Coronavirus Is Speeding the Spread of Other Diseases

As poor countries around the world struggle to beat back the coronavirus, they are unintentionally contributing to fresh explosions of illness and death from other diseases — ones that are readily prevented by vaccines. This spring, after the World Health Organization and UNICEF warned that the pandemic could spread swiftly when children gathered for shots,…

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Coronavirus Live News Updates and Analysis

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThe New York Stock Exchange this month.Credit…Sasha Maslov for The New York Times With major sports shut down, gamblers turn to stocks — and appear to be moving markets. Millions of small-time investors have opened trading accounts in recent months, a flood of new buyers unlike anything the market…

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Guaranteed Ingredient in Any Coronavirus Vaccine? Thousands of Volunteers

Not long after researchers completed their work with mice, guinea pigs, ferrets and monkeys, Human Subject 8, an art director for a software company in Missouri, received an injection. Four days later, her sister, a schoolteacher, became Subject 14. Together, the sisters make up about 5 percent of the first ever clinical trial of a…

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5 Most Popular Types of Piercings

So you’re checking out piercings? Nice! You’re not even remotely alone in your pursuit of good piercings or even tattoos. As a matter of fact, piercings and tattoos are becoming more popular than ever before. Yet, if you’re a newbie, then things might look rather intimidating at first glance. After all, piercings are rather permanent…

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China Reports 57 New Coronavirus Cases Amid Beijing Outbreak

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePolice officers outside the closed Xinfadi market in Beijing on Saturday.Credit…Roman Pilipey/EPA, via Shutterstock China reports its highest number of new infections in two months. China on Sunday reported 57 new confirmed infections, its highest single-day tally in two months, renewing fears that the country’s grip on the pandemic…

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Health Care Advocates Push Back Against Trump’s Erasure of Transgender Rights

Health advocates representing American hospitals, medical groups, insurers and civil rights associations condemned the Trump administration on Saturday for rolling back protections for transgender patients, and for doing so amid a global pandemic. The new rule, long sought by conservatives and the religious right, narrows the legal definition of sex discrimination in the Affordable Care…

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