Is SARS-CoV-2 a seasonal virus?

In a recent study published on medRxiv* preprint server, Pfizer Inc scientists determined whether the rates of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the United States (US) and Europe (EU) follow a seasonal pattern at the using a time series model. Study: Is COVID-19 seasonal? A time series modeling approach. Image Credit: CKA/Shutterstock Background Severe … Read more

CHEST Launches Compassionate Healthcare Initiative in Bexar County

Aiming to improve patient care, the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) is launching the First 5 Minutes™, an empathetic healthcare initiative, on June 18 in Bexar County, Texas. The First 5 Minutes™ focus on: Up to 24 Texas-based clinician practitioners will participate in this pilot in-person training program at the University of Texas Health … Read more

Review of Cannabis Use on Reproductive Health, Pregnancy, and Fetal Outcomes

A recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology examined cannabis use on reproductive health, pregnancy, and fetal outcomes. Study: Impact of cannabinoids on pregnancy, reproductive health and offspring outcomes. Image Credit: Yarygin/Shutterstock Background Cannabis, a federally illegal drug, is the most abused drug in the United States (US). Its consumption is … Read more

More support needed to keep healthcare workers mentally healthy during the pandemic

Healthcare workers in home care settings have played a crucial role in caring for vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. But now Japanese researchers have found that these workers need more support to stay mentally healthy. In a study recently published in BMC Primary Careresearchers from the University of Tsukuba found that fear related to … Read more

Flu vaccination rates of staff in healthcare and aged care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic

In a recent study published in the Australian Medical Journalresearchers evaluated the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on influenza vaccination. Study: Beyond the COVID-19 pandemic: increasing the uptake of influenza vaccination by healthcare and elderly care workers. Image Credit: Emmy1622/Shutterstock The target rate of flu vaccination to be received by healthcare workers was 75% … Read more

Public health communication can be very effective when an “autonomy-friendly” approach is used

New research led by psychologists from Durham University, UK and Illinois Institute of Technology, USA, and a collaborative network of researchers around the world (as from the Psychological Science Accelerator Self-Determination Theory Collaboration) found that public health communication is most effective when an “autonomy-supportive” approach is undertaken compared to the message control approach. Researchers tested … Read more

‘What the Health?’ from KHN: (another) very sad week

This week’s mass shooting of elementary school children in Texas (just 10 days after a racially motivated mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York) has reignited the gun debate in Washington, DC, and in all the countries. But political disagreements over guns and their proper role in American society are more intractable … Read more

Health authorities must revolutionize testing to deal with future prevalence of covid-19

Dealing with lower levels of covid-19 will require a better understanding of the best use of diagnostic tests. More accurate testing will also be needed, but as the demand for testing declines, the provision of such testing requires incentive-based support. As the future prevalence of covid-19 varies over time, health authorities need to revolutionize testing … Read more

Adventist nurses reflect on their work during the pandemic | Health, Medicine and Fitness

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Adventist Health Hanford nurse Jeffrey Martella helped one of his COVID patients down the halls of “3 North” — the hospital’s COVID wing — to say goodbye to a dying loved one. “Even across a language barrier – grief is grief,” Martella said, visibly emotional. During National Nurses … Read more

Growing health care burden related to COVID-19

In a recent study published on medRxiv*preprint server, researchers assessed the health care burden of the long-running coronavirus disease (COVID) in Ontario, Canada. The post-acute period of COVID 2019 (COVID-19) has resulted in a substantial increase in the utilization of healthcare facilities. However, the magnitude of the increase is unknown. Study: Post-acute healthcare burden after … Read more