Being confined to my home for the last two months has led me to think deeply about subway tile. It neatly covers my kitchen backsplash, and very possibly yours, but do its origins really lie in the subways? Why would that environment be anyone’s inspiration? And why is it so crazily popular now? Which leads…Details
When the top-ranked Mayo Clinic stopped all nonemergency medical care in late March, it began to lose millions of dollars a day. The clinic, a Minnesota-based hospital system accustomed to treating American presidents and foreign dignitaries, saw revenue plummet as it postponed lucrative surgeries to make way for coronavirus victims. The hospital network produced $1…Details
Andrea Yoch loves her adult sons, but would also love to not live with them. This is especially true in the 2,200-square-foot rental in St. Paul, Minn., where she and her husband moved after the boys left their childhood home (a 5,000-square-foot property with a pool). But now Ben, 20, and Ryan, 23, are crammed…Details
Gabby Rodriguez and Kai Laidhold ask to see each other every day. The answer from their parents is always the same: No. It has been more than a month since they hung out, and at 15, neither has a license yet. They used to rely on their families for rides to each other’s houses in…Details
New data suggests that asthma is associated with longer time on ventilators for hospitalized younger patients with COVID-19. Patients with COVID-19 between the ages of 20 and 59 years old who also had asthma needed a ventilator to assist with breathing for five days more on average than non-asthmatic patients with COVID-19, according to researchers…Details
WASHINGTON — Ten-year follow-up results of the U.S. Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Trial of the Melody transcatheter pulmonary valve (TPV) were presented today during the SCAI 2020 Scientific Sessions Virtual Conference. Findings showed favorable outcomes for long-term function, safety, and efficacy for congenital patients who underwent Melody valve implantation within an existing dysfunctional right ventricular…Details
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The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Sociodemographic factors associated with a positive test for COVID-19 in primary care
Deprivation, living in a densely populated area, ethnicity, and chronic kidney disease associated with a positive test for COVID-19 in primary care Previous studies have focused on the risk of severe COVID-19 in hospital cases; this new study identifies risk factors for testing positive for COVID-19 using electronic health record data from GP practices Older…Details
Impacts of different social distancing interventions detectable two weeks later, shows German modeling study
In Germany, growth of COVID-19 cases declined after a series of three social distancing interventions, detectable at a two-week delay following each intervention, but only after the third- a far-reaching contact ban — did cases decline significantly. These results — from a modeling study designed to better estimate the impact of various levels of social…Details
With several high-quality serological assays for SARS-CoV-2 now available, the key challenge in using them to help people return to «normal life,» write Florian Krammer and Viviana Simon in this Perspective, will be to apply them in a strategic manner — one that considers their unique sensitivity and specificity levels, acknowledges the questions they don’t…Details