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    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (KGO) -- A local nonprofit that offers support to the families of children with critical illnesses is asking for help this thanksgiving. The executive director of There with Care tells ABC7 news demand for help is going up, while their funds are dwindling."We are seeing a 150% increase in the number of families we are serving since the beginning of the year and we are having trouble keeping up with the demand," said Executive Director Sara Alexander.They help people like Joe Lino. He lives in Santa Maria but is in the Bay Area for six weeks where his three-year-old daughter will receive radiation treatments for her Stage 4 Cancer.He stopped by There with Care in Redwood City Thursday and picked up new clothes and diapers. He says his daughter, Marly Jo, is so sick from the treatments she often stains her clothes and needs new ones.RELATED: GLIDE holds annual Thanksgiving brunch in San FranciscoEMBED More News Videos Final preparations are underway for GLIDE's annual Thanksgiving brunch in San Francisco. "They have made life so much easier for...
    ONE in five of the most critically ill Covid patients is an unvaccinated pregnant woman, shock data reveals. Many expectant mums are being put in induced comas in hospital after avoiding the jab over safety fears. 2Claire Bromley spent a month in an induced coma 2The mum-to-be turned down the Covid vaccine over safety fears The NHS is today urging them to get protected as critical care units start to fill up. Claire Bromley, 33, spent a month in an induced coma after turning down the vaccine. Any doubts about the vaccine are far outweighed by the risk of the virus itself.Claire Bromley She was admitted to hospital in July with breathing difficulties. Her condition deteriorated and she was moved to a London hospital where the clinical team managed to save her and the baby. She was allowed home on August 4. Her baby is due tomorrow. Claire of Sittingbourne, Kent, said: “After what happened, I can honestly say any doubts about the vaccine are far outweighed by the risk of the virus itself.” Scientific studies have shown Covid...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A new study is reversing course when it comes to using convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 patients. An international research team including UPMC scientists and patients has concluded that convalescent plasma does not work as treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients. UPMC says its study should help physicians focus on treatments that are effective and focus on developing and testing better treatments for COVID-19. Convalescent plasma therapy uses blood from people who already recovered from COVID to treat patients who are battling the virus. Plasma has been used successfuly in other illnesses and was an early attempt at treatment during the pandemic.
    Some hospitals in Central California are still so overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients that some critically ill people are waiting days to be transferred into the intensive care unit from the emergency room, officials said. One Fresno area hospital had nine critically ill patients who were unable to get into the intensive care unit for more than three days, interim health officer Dr. Rais Vohra said at a news conference this week. This forces emergency room staff to treat patients needing ICU care, disrupting the healthcare of other patients with less severe illness. “We’re basically really straining what the emergency department has to do,” Vohra said. “We still anticipate at least a few more weeks of thoroughly impacted operations” in ICUs and emergency rooms. Hospitals in Fresno County are teetering on the need to ration healthcare and implement “crisis standards of care,” Vohra said. In these situations, hospitals conclude that they can no longer provide the same standard of healthcare to everyone, and must choose whose lives to prioritize to keep as many patients alive as possible. “We’re...
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Doctors at Poland’s main children’s hospital said Thursday a 5-year-old Afghan boy, recently evacuated from Kabul, has died and his 6-year-old brother, who has undergone a liver transplant, remains in life-threatening condition after they ate poisonous mushrooms. The boys and their older sister were hospitalized last week. The family picked and ate highly poisonous death cap mushrooms in the forest around the refugee center where they were staying in Podkowa Lesna, near Warsaw. Doctors at the Center for Children’s Health Institute in Warsaw said the older brother successfully underwent a liver transplant but that the damage to his brain was significant and life-threatening. The younger brother was pronounced dead. Doctors said the parents were at the hospital, under psychological care. The boys’ 17-year-old sister has been released in good condition. Some other family members were hospitalized elsewhere but are now recovering. Poland evacuated the family last month at Britain’s request after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The father had worked for the British. In a separate incident at a different center near Warsaw, four Afghan men...
    An unvaccinated emergency room nurse has died due to complications of COVID-19, leaving behind five children — including a newborn baby she delivered after she was intubated. Davy Macias, a nurse with Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, contracted COVID-19 while seven months pregnant and never got the chance to hold her youngest daughter. Now her husband Daniel is fighting for his life against the same virus as their family raises funds for their children. Lost: Unvaccinated emergency room nurse Davy Macias has died due to complications of COVID-19, leaving behind five children, one of whom was born while she was in a coma  Davy was unconscious when her baby was delivered at 32 weeks, and she succumbed to illness on Thursday before getting to meet the newest addition to the family. Davy, a nurse with Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, contracted COVID-19 while seven months pregnant 'My mom and I went to see her one last time on that bed... that's an image that's going to stay with me,' Davy's sister, Vandana Serey, told KABC. 'She touched everybody's life....
    AN 11-year-old girl fell critically ill after collapsing on holiday with a Covid-related condition. Madison Carey caught the virus in June and struggled to recover from the bug, her family said. 3Madison Carey collapsed while on a day out with her family last monthCredit: BPM 3The youngster spend days in hospital fighting for life before making a recoveryCredit: BPM She eventually collapsed while on a day trip to London and rushed to hospital. The youngster, from Tamworth, Staffs, was "touch and go", according to medics. She developed a Kawasaki-like disease triggered by Covid, named "paediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome". The severe illness targets multiple organs and causes increased inflammation in the body Symptoms can include a fever for more than five days, a rash, swollen glands in the neck, dry cracked lips, red fingers or toes, red eyes and diarrhoea. Her dad, Simon, said: “Because this is so rare and Covid is still rife in the Tamworth area we want to raise the understanding and awareness. Most read in HealthDISEASE RISK Another pandemic like Covid-19 likely to hit within 60...
    MISSION, Kan. -- Many overwhelmed hospitals, with no beds to offer, are putting critically ill COVID-19 patients on planes, helicopters and ambulances and sending them hundreds of miles to far-flung states for treatment.The surge in the delta variant of the virus, combined with low vaccination rates, has pushed hospitals to the brink in many states and resulted in a desperate scramble to find beds for patients.The issue is that large hospitals in urban areas already were running short of space and staff with non-COVID procedures like cancer biopsies and hip replacements when the summer surge started. That means they have very few free beds to offer to patients from small rural hospitals without ICUs or from medical centers in virus hotspots."Just imagine not having the support of your family near, to have that kind of anxiety if you have someone grow acutely ill," said Steve Edwards, CEO of CoxHealth, whose hospital in Springfield, Missouri, is treating patients from as far away as Alabama.RELATED: 11-month-old with COVID sent to hospital 150 miles away due to lack of bed space in Houston...
    Blood thinners help treated patients with moderate cases of COVID-19 but not those who are severely ill, a new study suggests. Researchers at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, looked at more than 5,500 hospitalized patients infected with the virus. They found that a full-dose blood thinner lowered the need for organ support for moderately ill patients and improved their chances of leaving the hospital.  However, critically ill COVID-19 patients in intensive care did not have the same outcomes when they received this treatment.  A full-dose blood thinner lowered the need for organ support for moderately ill patients and improved their chances of leaving the hospital, a new study found The same did not hold true for critically ill patients who received a high dose 'These results make for a compelling example of how important it is to stratify patients with different disease severity in clinical trials,' said Dr Gary Gibbons, director of the NHLBI, in a statement. 'What might help one subgroup of patients might be of no...
    Having a seriously ill child is a challenge many can’t imagine, said state Sen. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, a mother of two. After talking to families of critically ill children and health care professionals who care for them, Fine became convinced of the need for in-home, pediatric palliative care services. Taking action, Fine introduced and sponsored the Pediatric Palliative Care Bill, Senate Bill 2384, which has passed the Illinois General Assembly and is on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk. The bill provides a pediatric-focused reimbursement structure so that healthcare providers can recommend palliative services to parents and guardians, knowing that the families will not have to incur additional costs. “With this legislation, there is a way to get a federal match (for palliative services). It is not going to be a burden on the state. And it is going to take a burden off of the families,” Fine said. Fine says that palliative care workers are a vital part of the process for families. “They bring the services to your home and they work with every...
    Chicago's latest shooting spree saw six people - including a 15 year-old boy - shot and wounded in a drive-by on the city's South Side Sunday night. The boy, four other men and one woman were shot just before 9 p.m. while standing outside on East 71st Street and South Chappell Avenue when someone in a black SUV drove by and began shooting, according to ABC7.  Police have not yet identified the victims or shooter. It is unclear what prompted the shooting and what connections, if any, the shooter has with the victims.  The victims are being treated at the University of Chicago, Jackson Park, and Northwestern hospitals.  thewaltdisneycompany Privacy Policy Six people, including a 15-year-old boy, were injured in a drive-by shooting on Chicago's South Side on Sunday night The victims were standing outside when a someone in a black SUV drove by and began shooting One woman was listed in critical condition and five men are in stable condition, according to police Police have not yet identified the victim or arrested a suspect in...
    A MOTHER shared a harrowing warning as her baby was rushed to hospital vomiting and "gasping for breath" after swallowing an Aldi trolley token. The concerned parent shared on Instagram that she heard her little one scream and vomit but had no idea what could have prompted the response. 4 A mum shared her terrifying story with Instagram after her baby started vomiting and struggling for breath out of the blueCredit: tinyheartseducation/Instagram She rushed the child to the bathroom where she continued to vomit and struggled with her breath. Panicked that she couldn't work out what had gone wrong she took her to the GP who worked out that there was something lodged in the baby's throat but wasn't able to dislodge it. The concerned doctor advised her to take the child straight to A&E. On the way the baby started vomiting again but was seen quickly by the hospital. 4 An X-ray revealed that the baby had swallowed a small object that the mum recognised straight away as an Aldi trolley tokenCredit: tinyheartseducation/Instagram They took an X-ray of the...
    A shooting victim is critically-ill after five people were shot near a McDonalds in the Bronx as gun crime continues to spike in New York City. Cops received calls for the shooting around 9.05pm for one man who was shot in Claremont Park behind the McDonalds. The shooting did not happen at the McDonalds, a spokesperson for the NYPD told DailyMail.com. John Miller, the NYPD's Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counterterrorism, was overheard at the scene saying that one of the five victims died - though that victim was still listed as being in critical condition by a police spokesperson. The other four victims walked into a BronxCare Health System hospital with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The New York Post reported that the circumstances of the shooting remain unclear because those four victims are not being cooperative with police.  Cops said that no arrests have been made, but an independent journalist with ScooterCaster reported that police have two people in custody.  Five people were shot near a McDonalds in the Bronx on Saturday night as gun crime continues to spike in...
    Bollywood actor and humanitarian Sonu Sood, who recently helped a 25-year-old girl by getting her airlifted from Nagpur to Hyderabad’s Apollo Hospital, on Monday once again got a critically ill COVID-19 patient airlifted from Jhansi to Hyderabad, to the same hospital. The patient’s name is Kailash Agarwal from Jhansi. The doctors at the local hospital said that his further treatment wouldn’t be possible there and had asked the family to start searching for a bigger hospital. They tried a lot, even went to the local MLA, but couldn’t. Priyanka Chopra Lauds Sonu Sood’s Plea to Govt That Demands Free Education For Children Affected by COVID-19. It was then that they put out a request to Sonu. As soon as he saw the tweet and came to know that the patient was really critical, he started following up on getting Kailash Agarwal an apt hospital and ICU bed with a ventilator facility. Sonu found out through his connections that a bed can be arranged at the Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad. Talking about the same, Sonu said, “Doctors had asked the patient...
    A US military helicopter has destroyed a hospital's helipad - stopping air ambulances with critically ill patients from landing. The £50m USAF Boeing Osprey helicopter - which features tilt rotors - had landed at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, on Wednesday during a training exercise. 7The helipad went flying as the US helicopter landedCredit: Trailspotter 7The helipad was blown into the airCredit: Trailspotter Dramatic footage filmed on Wednesday shows the huge Bell Boeing CV22B Osprey coming in to land on the helipad. The USAF plane rested on the ground for a few moments, before getting ready to take off again. But just as it began to leave the helipad, the whole structure was torn apart, seemingly by the force of the helicopter's propellors - with huge chunks of debris flying into the air. It has left the helipad unuseable - with air ambulance patients now having to be dropped off at Cambridge City Airport, three miles away, and transferred to the hospital by ambulance. Addenbrooke's is the major trauma centre for the region, with its helipad used by the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Magpas Air Ambulance and Essex...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Casey Cares is partnering with 42 Baltimore area Chick-fil-A’s on Friday. April 16 to help collect pajama donations for critically ill children. It’s the 4th annual Pajama Day Friday. If restaurant guests, buying food in the drive-thru or curbside, donate a new pair of pajamas between open and 7 p.m., they will get a “Be Our Guest” card for a free Chick-fil-A original chicken sandwich while supplies last. READ MORE: Nothing Suspicious Located After Bomb Threat At Great Mills High School, Sheriffs Office Says People can also participate from home by purchasing pajamas on the Casey Cares Amazon Wish List or you can also drop off pajama donations at Casey Cares Columbia office at 7100 Columbia Gateway Drive Ste. 155, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 30 and receive a digital Chick-fil-A digital offer card. “We are so thankful to have the Baltimore Area Chick-fil-A Restaurants as a long-standing partner at Casey Cares, the pajamas they collect will bring comfort to hospitalized children across the region. Away from home, often separated from...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Mark your calendars: April 16 is National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day! The Casey Cares Foundation is celebrating it by hosting a pajama party all month long to support families with kids who are critically ill. READ MORE: Man Shot, Killed In South Baltimore Rita Melvin can remember the day her daughter was brought to the hospital. “We had noticed that she had a rash on her legs and her arms,” she said. Giana was diagnosed with leukemia. Being so small, her dad said her hospital gown was too big. “The hospital gown just… it doesn’t fit,” Jacob Gude said. “It didn’t work for her.” Then, they received a pair of pajamas from Casey Cares. “It was really nice to have some pajamas,” Gude said. “Being able to have something nice and cozy and comfortable is huge,” Erin Ritter, of Deputy Associate Director of the Casey Cares Foundation, said. For the past six years, the foundation has been donating pajamas for their annual pajama party. READ MORE: Tara Savannah Paynes Body Found In Water In Baltimores Canton...
    A mass "rat faeces" poisoning outbreak has left a total of 56 children critically ill in hospital after they ate "rodent poo in their school meals". According to health officials, students from 17 schools in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, were poisoned after eating vegetables infected by the faeces or urine of rodents. 5Students from 17 schools in Krasnoyarsk were poisonedCredit: Yandex Maps 5Health officials said the students were ill after eating vegetables infected by the faeces or urine of rodentsCredit: BK Info Health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor  said the children aged seven to 14 had become infected with yersiniosis after eating salad in their school canteens.  Reports in Krasnoyarsk reveal that 91 students were infected and dozens are in a critical condition in infectious diseases hospitals. The victims are suffering from high fever, rashes, swelling, redness, vomiting and diarrhoea. Infections diseases doctor Ilya Akinfiev feared the school food had been on surfaces contaminated with excrement or urine from rodents. “This happens, for example, if their urine gets on cutting boards or the surfaces of tables where food is being prepared.” Children are still suffering from...
    (CNN)Drugs typically used to treat rheumatoid arthritis can help critically ill Covid-19 patients in intensive care units, one new study finds.But experts warn that more research is needed before doctors start using the drugs more widely, because another new study found that another, similar drug did not help patients hospitalized with Covid-19 pneumonia getting significantly better.The two studies were published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday.The drugs reduce inflammation and doctors hope they can help patients recover from the overwhelming immune response that Covid-19 sometimes triggers.'Patients recovered more quickly'Read MoreThe study showing improvement among patients included data on more than 800 critically ill adults hospitalized with Covid-19 in intensive care units between March 9 and November 19 across six countries.The patients were randomly assigned to receive infusions of either two rheumatoid arthritis drugs, tocilizumab or sarilumab, or receive the standard of care at the time, which including corticosteroids for most patients.Rheumatoid arthritis drug reduces risk of death for severely ill hospitalized Covid-19 patients, researchers sayThe international team of researchers found that patients who received either rheumatoid arthritis...
    CANBERRA Papua New Guinea’s first prime minister, Michael Somare, was in critical condition in a hospital over the weekend with pancreatic cancer, his family said. The family revealed in a statement on Sunday that the 84-year-old was undergoing palliative care in the national capital, Port Moresby. His daughter Betha Somare did not respond to a request for an update on his condition on Tuesday. Somare was pivotal in the South Pacific nation’s move to independence from Australia and was the country’s first prime minister from 1975 to 1980. He was prime minister for a total of 16 years over three separate stints before retiring from politics in 2017. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press
    Papua New Guinea’s first prime minister, Michael Somare, was in critical condition in a hospital over the weekend with pancreatic cancer, his family said. The family revealed in a statement on Sunday that the 84-year-old was undergoing palliative care in the national capital, Port Moresby. His daughter Betha Somare did not respond to a request for an update on his condition on Tuesday. Somare was pivotal in the South Pacific nation’s move to independence from Australia and was the country’s first prime minister from 1975 to 1980. He was prime minister for a total of 16 years over three separate stints before retiring from politics in 2017. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    TRIBUTES have been paid to a "cheeky chappie" nine-year-old who died in Droitwich as a pair are quizzed over his "unexplained" death. Little Alfie Scott was found in a critical condition by cops in a house in Worcestershire at around 3pm on Thursday. 5Alfie Scott died after being found critically ill at a home in Droitwich 5He lived at the home with his mum Carla He was airlifted to hospital but tragically medics were unable to save him. A man and woman have been arrested in connection with his death, which police are treating as unexplained. Alfie lived in the modern three-bedroom home with his mum Carla Scott, 33, who had recently got engaged to a man named Dean, and his three siblings aged between four and 12. Horrified neighbours have told the youngster, who was a member of The Boys' Brigade, was carried out of the property "lifeless" by a medic. Jamie Morris, 30, said: “I saw him carry Alfie’s body out. He looked lifeless - it was so sad. “He was such a lovely lad. I’d see him...
    DIY SOS viewers broke down in tears as the show's army of volunteers built a whole new wing on a couple's house so their critically-ill daughters could have life-saving dialysis from home. Appearing on the latest episode of the BBC Show, Lucy and Jan Collins, from Devon, explained how they found out they were expecting triplets weeks after moving into their first house in 2012. 20Lucy broke down in tears as she spoke about her daughters' health strugglesCredit: BBC However, Lucy's pregnancy was complicated from the start as the couple later found out that just two of the babies were identical. At 17 weeks, the identical babies were diagnosed with twin-to-twin syndrome which causes abnormal blood flow between them. "The identical girls shared the same placenta," Lucy explained. "Daisy had no visible fluid and she was like shrink-wrapped inside and Amber had so much fluid that her heart was the size of her chest." Jan recalled: "The whole pregnancy then became about, is there three heartbeats?" 20Daisy and Amber both have nephrotic syndrome which causes the kidneys to leak proteins...
    CHELSEA legend Paul Canoville is 'critically ill' in hospital following complications after emergency surgery. The 58-year-old played for the Blues from 1981 until 1986, making 79 appearances and scoring 11 goals. 2Paul Canoville spent five years with Chelsea before he joined Reading Credit: Getty - Contributor Chelsea showed their support after the former player's own trust confirmed the concerning news in a statement. The message shared by the Paul Canoville Foundation read: "We are sad to advise that our founder, Paul Canoville, is critically ill in hospital after complications set in following emergency surgery. "We are aware that his many followers and fans on his social media accounts have been missing his regular posts for two weeks now. "We know how loved Paul is, and will post updates as we get them, but ask that his family's wish for privacy is respected and they are not contacted by the media. "The PFA are in contact with Paul's family and being very supportive. "Please keep Paul in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you." In response, Chelsea wrote: "All at...
    Mother Jones illustration; Getty Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.For the six months Carlos remained in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he barely understood what was happening. Carlos (whose real name we are withholding to protect his identity) fled his home country of Brazil in early November 2019 after having received death threats, watching gang members shoot and kill his 20-year-old son, and losing other relatives to the violence of organized crime. He boarded a flight to Mexico City with his sister and two nephews and traveled three days on a bus to Mexicali, a border town across from Calexico, California. On their way north, he said, Mexican police seized their food and money. He was left with nothing but a police report attesting to his son’s murder.  “I ran away because there was no solution,” he told me. “I was going to lose my life.”  But when they had reached their destination, Carlos permitted himself some hope. As...
    There’s one tough conversation every family can have to ease the burden on hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic — deciding how far care should go when someone is critically ill and whether they should be intubated. “One important thing that has come up among some of my friends, particularly those who work in the emergency room where they’re seeing people in critical stages (is) do we intubate or not, put somebody on a ventilator or not,” said Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious diseases specialist, during a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health webinar Thursday. Gounder, a Johns Hopkins alumna and member of President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board, said in many cases, hospital workers have to decide what level of care critically-ill patients receive, because they haven’t had those conversations with their families. “A lot of people do not have their affairs in order, they have not had these conversations with family.” She said hospitals are already overworked, and having that decision already made saves health care workers not only time, but the stress that comes with those decisions....
    Injecting critically ill coronavirus patients with the blood of survivors does not boost their chances of getting better, a major British study has found. Scientists running the REMAP-CAP trial have stopped enrolling infected ICU patients after finding 'no evidence' convalescent plasma therapy boosted survival rates.  The decision was made after investigators analysed data from nearly 1,000 patients who received the treatment, which has been used to treat Ebola. It was hoped that antibodies – virus-fighting proteins – in recovered patients' blood would bolster the struggling immune system of vulnerable or elderly people who catch Covid and struggle to fight the infection naturally.  The researchers said the therapy may not work for the critically ill because their lung damage 'is too advanced for convalescent plasma to make a difference'. REMAP-CAP will continue to test the antibody-rich plasma on people with moderate Covid illness to see if it can halt the infection before their symptoms get worse.  The international study, led by Imperial College London, is asking people who have previously had Covid to continue donating plasma. Health Secretary Matt Hancock was famously...
    A DAD has blasted rules which ban him and his wife as both spending time with their son in hospital together as 'inhumane'. One-year-old Max has diagnosed with aplastic anaemia - a condition that means the bone marrow and stem cells do not produce enough blood cells and is fatal if untreated. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Little Max is battling a serious illnessCredit: ncjMedia The condition is so rare only one in a million people suffer from it. The only cure for aplastic anaemia is with a bone marrow transplant, and both his parents, Connor Gardner and Rachel Nicholson, 27, of Hebburn, South Tyneside, were tested to see if they were matches. Fortunately, Rachel was a near perfect match, a very rare scenario. The family will spend two months in the transplant ward at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, where Rachel can stay with Max but Connor can only see his son at specific visiting hours and has to isolate. 4Max, pictured with dad ConnorCredit: ncjMedia They were allowed to spend one...
    Southern California hospitals are being inundated with coronavirus patients and do not have enough oxygen to treat those who are the most critically ill. The supply issue led to at least five Los Angeles County hospitals declaring an 'internal disaster' on Sunday, which included turning away all incoming ambulances with patients. The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services confirmed the designation, but did not specify which hospitals, only stating that they were in the eastern parts of the region. County and hospital officials told news outlets that the problem is not just a shortage of the gas itself.  Medical centers also not have enough canister to send home with patients and aging hospital do not have pipes capable of circulating high amounts of oxygen to patients' rooms.  At least five hospitals in Los Angeles County declared an 'internal disaster,' resulting in them turning away all ambulance traffic, due to a storage of oxygen. Pictured: A clinician cares for a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at Providence St Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, California, December 23 Aging hospital pipes...
    (Reuters) - The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Tuesday it had paused enrollment of critically ill COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care unit support in its trials testing blood thinners against the respiratory illness. Enrollment continues for moderately ill hospitalized COVID-19 patients, the agency said. All trial sites have paused enrollment in this group of most critically ill hospitalized COVID-19 patients, based on deliberations of data review boards consisting of independent experts, the NIH said in a statement. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-activ-trial-blood-thinners-pauses-enrollment-critically-ill-covid-19-patients Increased bleeding is a known complication of full-dose blood thinners and a potential for harm in this group could not be overruled, the agency said. The NIH in September announced the launch of two of the three late-stage clinical trials to test the effectiveness and safety of different types of blood thinners in treating COVID-19 among adults. (Reporting by Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, coronavirus
    Rising coronavirus cases and deaths are causing beds in US hospitals to fill up much more quickly than expected. On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released facility-level data from more than 2,000 counties for the first time since the pandemic began. It revealed that one in three intensive care units (ICUs) across the country were more than 90 percent full last week, according to a CNN analysis. What's more, at least 200 hospitals had no more beds available in any unit, which indicates that medical centers in all regions of the US may soon be at their breaking points.  It comes on the heels of the US reporting the fourth straight day of record-breaking hospitalizations with 106,671 filling beds. On Monday, the HHS released facility-level data of US hospitals from more than 2,000 counties showing that 1 in 3 hospitals had ICUs that were more than 90% full. Pictured: Medical staff member Susan Paradela places her hand on a patient in the COVID-19 ICU at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, December 7...
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana nurse who had been critically ill with COVID-19 is improving, officials at Billings Clinic said. Registered nurse Ellen Edlund was sitting up Wednesday and talking with her caregivers, who are also her coworkers, The Billings Gazette reported. Just two days earlier, she had been on a ventilator and an ECMO, a device that oxygenates a patient's blood. Edlund, who has worked at Billings Clinic for more than 15 years, was hospitalized in late November and moved to the intensive care unit a short time later. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Montana, Associated PressRelated ArticlesBest StatesWhy Oregon Just Decriminalized All DrugsBest StatesThe States With Growing Household IncomeBest StatesThe States Aging the FastestBest StatesDeWine Tempers COVID-19 Response in OhioBest StatesDivorce Rate by StateBest States California Struggles With Economic InequityBest States Rankings #1Washington #2New Hampshire #3Minnesota #4Utah #5Vermont See Full Rankings List » Coronavirus Bulletin Stay informed daily on the latest news and advice on COVID-19 from the...
    A Connecticut mom is under arrest after allegedly murdering one of her children and seriously injuring another. Naomi Bell, 43, was arrested by the state police after a violent incident on Friday night that resulted in the death of a child. Bell allegedly shot two people during the incident, her 15-year-old daughter and her seven-year-old son - the daughter died from her gunshot wound. Naomi's husband, Owen Bell, was home during the incident, according to the Hartford Courant. Naomi Bell, 43, was arrested and charged with the murder of her 15-year-old daughter and attempted murder of her seven-year-old son The incident occurred on Friday night in Plymouth, Connecticut The couple do have a third child, a son, who was not home during the incident. No motive for the incident has been revealed, although Naomi Bell does allegedly suffer from mental illness. The shooting happened around 7pm on Friday night at Bell's house, located on Main Street in Plymouth, Connecticut. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Mother of Connecticut college student, 20, who died... ...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 670 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, Oct. 30 for a cumulative total of 96,072 confirmed cases (PCR test). The county also announced six more deaths, bringing the total in Dallas County to 1,114. The county reported 162 additional probable cases (antigen test) Friday for a total of 5,811 probable cases including 14 probable deaths. Of the 670 new confirmed cases, 288 came through the Texas Department of State Health Services’ electronic laboratory reporting system, and all are from October. “Today is our highest number of new COVID-19 positive cases since August 14 and we have six deaths. This is a stark reminder of the importance of following the protocols that we know will keep us safe. We know what to do, we just need to find the resolve to do it,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in a statement. “If we do not turn these numbers around, we will be facing all time high numbers at Thanksgiving and we do not want to start the cold weather months...
    CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta questioned the medications President Donald Trump has taken since testing positive for the coronavirus, noting that steroids are “typically given to severely or critically ill patients.” Before discussing Trump’s treatment plan, Gupta first addressed the president’s message following his time at Walter Reed Hospital and pointed out that he has had world-class treatment. Gupta pointed out that there must have been some concern from doctors if they gave the president three different medications to combat the virus, one of which is not authorized for emergency use. “So it is a very aggressive treatment that he’s been able to receive and maybe that’s the reason that he is doing better than he was before. We’re really not sure. Maybe he was just going to improve on his own. We don’t know,” he said. “But the thing about that that struck me, Poppy [Harlow], in addition to, you know, whatever this coronavirus — you don’t need to fear it. What does that mean, you don’t need to fear it? It is a contagious, deadly disease that has led...
    Donald Trump is being treated with a cheap steroid that only works on severely ill coronavirus patients, sparking confusion about the true nature of the US President's condition. Over the weekend, his medical team revealed that he had been put on a course of dexamethasone, which became the first drug scientifically proven to benefit people with Covid-19 in June. But the Oxford University trial that made the discovery only found the £5 ($6.45) tablets were effective on patients with low oxygen levels who were on the verge of needing mechanical ventilation.  There has been confusion about the seriousness of the president's health since he was admitted to hospital with the virus on Friday after his oxygen levels plummeted below normal levels. Mr Trump's doctors have claimed he is now symptom-free and could even be discharged from hospital today, but this was contradicted by White House chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, who described the president's illness as 'very concerning'.   Scientists in the UK and US have today described the decision to give Mr Trump dexamethasone as potentially 'dangerous' because it has no effect...
    A young Bergen County girl battling two life-threatening tumors had her dream come true when she received a backyard play set — courtesy of Jersey Mike’s Subs and Make-A-Wish. Riley, 3, has always loved playing on the playground near her Tenafly home, according to her parents, Jason and Nicole. The family was devastated when doctors diagnosed the young girl with both a brain tumor and a back tumor in January. She spent more than three months in the hospital undergoing four major surgeries as well as chemotherapy before her tumor returned — all in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Prior to receiving her diagnosis earlier this year, going to the playground was one of Riley’s favorite activities,” Jason and Nicole said. “During this scary time when there is some risk for anyone leaving their house, imagine the risk for a child in treatment for cancer.” While Riley remains severely immunocompromised to the COVID-19 virus, the family’s lives grew even more complicated when the toddler gained a new baby sister. Riley’s caretakers could no longer stay safely in the family’s home,...
    A young Bergen County girl battling two life-threatening tumors had her dream come true when she received a backyard play set — courtesy of Jersey Mike’s Subs and Make-A-Wish. Riley, 3, has always loved playing on the playground near her Tenafly home, according to her parents, Jason and Nicole. The family was devastated when doctors diagnosed the young girl with both a brain tumor and a back tumor in January. She spent more than three months in the hospital undergoing four major surgeries as well as chemotherapy before her tumor returned — all in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Prior to receiving her diagnosis earlier this year, going to the playground was one of Riley’s favorite activities,” Jason and Nicole said. “During this scary time when there is some risk for anyone leaving their house, imagine the risk for a child in treatment for cancer.” While Riley remains severely immunocompromised to the COVID-19 virus, the family’s lives grew even more complicated when the toddler gained a new baby sister. Riley’s caretakers could no longer stay safely in the family’s home,...
    Mac Davis, a country music legend as a singer and songwriter, has passed away at the age of 78, following heart surgery in Nashville. The singer's family released a brief statement on Tuesday, revealing he fell 'critically ill' after the operation, though now his manager Jim Morey confirmed his death in a statement on his Facebook page. 'It's with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Mac Davis. He was surrounded by the love of his life and wife of 38 years, Lise, and his sons Scott, Noah and Cody,' Morey began.  Critically ill: Mac Davis, a country music legend as a singer and songwriter, has fallen 'critically ill' after undergoing heart surgery in Nashville 'Mac has been my client for over 40 years, and more importantly.. my best friend. He was a music legend but his most important work was that as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend,' Morey added. 'I will miss laughing about our many adventures on the road and his insightful sense of humor. When there was a tough decision to be made he often...
    Getty Mac Davis performs on April 25, 2015 in Indio, California. Country singer Mac Davis is critically ill following heart surgery in Nashville, according to a post on social media from an account claiming to be run by his family. The post on Twitter reads: “We are sorry to report that legendary singer/songwriter Mac Davis is critically ill following heart surgery in Nashville. Your love and prayers will be deeply appreciated at this time. #PrayForMacDavis. Thank you, The Davis Family.” Dolly Parton shared the tweet along with the hashtag #PrayForMacDavis: #PrayForMacDavis https://t.co/Hx0pDYxxGv — Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) September 28, 2020 Some questioned the news due to the new Twitter account on which it was first posted, but Davis’ manager Jim Morey also posted the statement from the singer’s family to his Facebook account. The same statement has also been shared on the official Mac Davis Instagram. The 78-year-old Davis, born Morris Mac Davis in Lubbock, Texas, became well known as a country singer in the 1970s, especially with songs like “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me” and “Stop...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. This article is republished from The Conversation. New studies show that treating critically ill COVID-19 patients with inexpensive steroids can cut their risk of dying from the illness by a third. The results are so clear that the World Health Organization changed its advice on Sept. 2 and now strongly recommends corticosteroids as a first-line treatment for the sickest patients. Steroids aren’t risk-free, however. They can have side effects, and they could do more harm than good in patients with milder cases of COVID-19. I am a pulmonologist and critical care physician and co-author of one of three new studies that analyzed data from clinical trials involving the effect of steroids on thousands of critically and severely ill COVID-19 patients. Here’s what people need to understand about steroids as a treatment for COVID-19. Article continues after advertisement Who benefits from taking steroids? It’s important to understand that steroids can benefit the...
    (CNN)New research released on Wednesday confirms that common, affordable steroids can reduce deaths among critically ill Covid-19 patients.One study, published in the medical journal JAMA, examined several randomized trials involving more than 1,700 patients. Patients who received the steroids were more likely to survive, and there was no sign of an increased risk of serious of adverse events among those who received the drugs.Among 678 patients treated with steroids, 32.7% died. Among 1,025 patients who received usual care or a placebo, 41.5% died."The bottom line is that these are the sickest patients who are being treated with corticosteroids in these trials and mortality is very high, it's about 40% in the absence of treatment with corticosteroids," said Jonathan A. C. Sterne of the University of Bristol, an author of one of the papers published Wednesday. "The treatment with corticosteroids reduces mortality of 40% to 32%, that's a 20% relative reduction, or if you like to a better way to think about it, an easier way to think about, it is that out of every hundred patients treated with corticosteroids, eight...
    A rheumatoid arthritis drug may help improve the conditions of severely ill patients, a new study suggests.   Tocilizumab, sold under the brand names Actemra, is a medication with anti-inflammatory properties that scientists believe can control the immune system's overreaction to the virus.     Seven patients given doses of the drug saw severe symptoms reduce such a fevers and being able to come off of ventilators and oxygen therapy. With no vaccines available yet, there is a pressing need to test both existing medicines and experimental therapies to stop the disease, which has killed more than 183,000 Americans, in its tracks.  A new study found that tocilizumab (pictured), a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritisd, helped coronavirus patients come off of ventilators and oxygen therapy The drug decreased levels (above) of PAI-1, a protein which causes small blood clots in vessels throughout the body, including the lungs Tocilizumab belongs to a class of drugs called interleukin-6 (IL-6) inhibitors that could help mitigate a dangerous overreaction to the virus by the body's immune system called a cytokine storm. These so-called storms...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) –– Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 641 additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total confirmed case count in Dallas County to 56,428, including 807 confirmed deaths. “The 641 new COVID-19 positive cases represents an increase from yesterday’s much lower total, but we are still seeing a steady decline in new daily cases from our record highs in early to mid-July. We are also reporting 13 deaths, including a man in his 30s with underlying health conditions. While we have seen some benefit of your commitment to wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, the virus remains a serious threat in our county,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “Every sacrifice you are making right now is for the greater good. You are continuing to draw on the remarkable strength that surfaced months ago when COVID-19 first came to our county. By remaining committed to doing the things that we know are working, we will come out of this stronger. Use caution when leaving your home and check the doctor recommendations when considering activities for...
    TEL AVIV – Critically ill COVID-19 patients recovered rapidly from respiratory failure after three days of treatment with RLF-100, a therapy granted fast-track designation in the United States, two drug companies said on Sunday. Geneva-based Relief Therapeutics Holdings AG RFLB.S has a patent for RLF-100, or aviptadil, a synthetic form of a natural peptide that protects the lung. U.S.-Israeli NeuroRx Inc partnered with Relief to develop the drug in the United States. In June the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted fast-track designation to RLF-100 for treatment of respiratory distress in COVID-19. While a Phase 2/3 clinical trial with 70 patients is ongoing, RLF-100 is being administered on an emergency basis to some patients who are too ill to be admitted to the trial. The first report of rapid recovery under emergency use was posted by doctors from Houston Methodist Hospital, the companies said in a joint statement. It said a 54-year-old man who developed COVID-19 while being treated for rejection of a double lung transplant came off a ventilator within four days of treatment with RLF-100. Similar results were...
    A simple blood test may reveal which coronavirus patients are most likely to benefit from dexamethasone — the only drug proven to save the lives of the critically-ill.    Researchers in New York found that patients with a high level of a substance called C-reactive protein in their blood were the best candidates for the drug. C-reactive protein is what scientists call a 'marker' and if they see a lot of it it means someone is suffering from inflammation - internal swelling caused by the immune system. The researchers said patients with high levels of C-reactive protein were less likely to die or end up on a ventilator when treated with steroids, while giving it to people with healthy levels of the protein could be dangerous.  The inflammatory marker may help flag which coronavirus patients will benefit from dexamethasone, a steroid which costs £5 and has been around for decades.  Currently doctors decide whether to use the drug depending on whether the patient is having severe difficulty breathing.  NHS officials approved dexamethasone for use on critically-ill patients after results of the...
    A stem cell therapy boosted Covid-19 survival rates five-fold for patients hooked up to ventilators, Spanish scientists have claimed. Two out of the 13 patients in the small study died, with the remainder returning from the brink of death after doctors assumed at least 11 of them would succumb to the disease.  Overall 70 per cent of patients saw improvements despite being in the most critical category of illness. The researchers admitted they did not expect such positive results but cautioned their research was only on a small number of patients.  The treatment works by injecting patients with cells taken from the fat tissue of liposuction patients - typically women under 50 years old and with no other health conditions. These cells are thought to bolster the immune system, providing vital support for Covid-19 patients who are fighting the virus, most of whom are elderly and frail. The stem cells also managed to tone down inflammation, which is internal swelling that has been found to be extreme and damaging in some Covid-19 patients, and can lead to organ failure. However,...
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