A COVID-19 palliative care pandemic plan: An essential tool

OTTAWA — Palliative care physicians have created a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) palliative care plan as an essential tool to provide care and help manage scare resources during the pandemic. The plan, which focuses on 8 critical elements — «stuff,» «staff,» «space,» «systems,» «sedation,» «separation,» «communication» and «equity» — is published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical…

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Scientists modify CAR-T cells to target multiple sites on leukemia cells

LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2020) — In a new pre-clinical study published this week in the journal Leukemia, the research team of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles investigator Hisham Abdel-Azim, MD, MS, worked with colleagues to engineer T-cells to identify and target multiple sites on acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells instead of just one. The early collaboration…

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BIDMC physician-scientists spearhead effort to address COVID-19 testing swab shortage

Boston, Mass. — As the numbers of patients with confirmed and suspected COVID-19 in the United States continue to rise exponentially, physician-researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, launched a collaborative and open-source effort to address the shortage of swabs that is hampering the nation’s ability to test…

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The Human Stories of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Welcome to Lives, where we are continually updating with ways the world is adapting to a pandemic. What good timing for it to be National Doctor’s Day. Perhaps you didn’t think to observe it last year. This year, as the coronavirus pandemic has sickened nearly 800,000 worldwide, people are wholeheartedly making sure they thank a…

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How to Donate N95 Masks

“Giving a mask to a health care provider on the front line has more potential for a positive impact than wearing it around the grocery store,” says Conrad Amenta, director of policy and strategic initiatives at the California Academy of Family Physicians, which represents some 11,000 family doctors. Many of them have recently said they…

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Hospital Safety Rules Are Relaxed to Fight Coronavirus

ImageA makeshift hospital setup at the Javits Center in New York City last week.Credit…Peter Foley/EPA, via Shutterstock The federal government announced Monday that it was relaxing many of its usual safety standards for hospitals so they could expand services to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is changing rules on…

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Alison Roman’s Seder Table

This is not the Passover article I was planning to write. I’d planned to write a peppy, service-driven piece on how to successfully pull off two days of cooking for a modern, secular meal. But over the last few weeks (and long after the development of these recipes, and their photo and video shoots), everything…

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A Bitter Herb From the Lower East Side

The bitter herb or moror, for the Seder plate is usually horseradish (in my home, slivers of the fresh root). I’m not sure I’ll be shopping for it this year, but the jarred kind is always a substitute. And it’s a standard accompaniment for gefilte fish. Freshly made, properly forceful white (plain) and red (beet)…

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An Easter Egg From Beverly Hills

What would Easter be without fanciful chocolate eggs? These, from andSons, a chocolate shop with pedigree that opened last spring in Beverly Hills, Calif., appear simple, colorful and unadorned, but inside they’re a confectioner’s dreamscape. Layers of peanut nougat, pecan praline, chocolate marshmallow, yuzu ganache and vanilla caramel, among other components fill the various molded,…

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For Your Quarantine Pizza Cravings

It took a virus. For the first time in its more than 100-year history, the original Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is delivering its coal-oven pizzas with online ordering available. Pizzas can be also be picked up at the restaurant. Traditional, white and pesto pizzas are on the menu along with calzones, some antipasti like Caesar salad and…

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