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    As the COVID-19 pandemic killed more than a half-million Americans, it also quietly inflamed what already was one of the country’s greatest public health crises: drug addiction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 87,000 people died of drug overdoses in the 12 months ending in September 2020 — the latest figures available. That toll is the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a year, since the opioid epidemic began in the 1990s, The New York Times reported. Overdose deaths were seen dropping slightly in 2018 for the first time in decades. COLORADO AUCTIONING WEED-THEMED LICENSE PLATE TO RAISE MONEY FOR DISABILITY FUND Nationally the CDC has attributed the nationwide increase in overdose deaths to disruptions to daily life caused by the pandemic as well as street formulations laced with the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Coronavirus disrupted many things that people who use opioids rely on, such...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — After a devastating diagnosis, a Humboldt Park woman was desperate to find a treatment that would allow her to see her daughters graduate high school. She found it, but her health insurance said no twice.  But CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra started making calls and learned there may still be a solution.  READ MORE: Federal Waivers Will Help Thousands Charged For Illinois Benefits Mistake When Kathleen Lyons and Eileen Womack get together, their days at the University of Illinois don’t seem all that long ago.  “She’s just very lively, very caring and a true friend,” Eileen said. “Her and I were always the ones up late at night drinking our tea, studying and goofing off,” said Kathleen. “The years go by and we’re still doing that, so we’ll probably go for a cup of tea after this interview.  But in the years since, life happened, and it dealt Kathleen a...
    Instagram Ashley Cain in The Challenge and with his newborn daughter. The Challenge’s Ashley Cain revealed some heartbreaking news on April 8 as he updated his followers on the latest developments in his baby daughter Azaylia’s leukemia battle. The reality TV star, who’d recently raised over $2 million for a specialized treatment program in Singapore, said that they’d run out of options as the program was no longer a possibility and tumors had been found in her brain, kidneys, liver, lungs and spleen. Ashley shared the news in a 10-minute video posted to his Instagram, in which he said Azaylia, who is just shy of her 8-month birthday, received an ultrasound and she has “tumors in her stomach, spleen, lungs, kidneys.” He said the chemotherapy wasn’t working and the consultants in Singapore were unable to create a CART treatment for her since her leukemia is so rare. He...
    SOPA Images / Getty Images Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson vetoes the trans medical ban for minors. The law would stop doctors from providing puberty blockers and hormone replacement therapy to minors. Advocates and doctors say the law would prohibit life-saving medical care.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced today he has vetoed a bill that would prevent transgender minors from accessing life-saving medical care.  The "Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act," HB 1570, would have banned doctors from prescribing trans youth under the age of 18 puberty blockers, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), or gender-affirming surgeries. "The most recent action of the general assembly is off-course," Hutchinson said.  Advocates warned the law could be devastating for trans youth, as studies have shown the younger trans children have access to care, the less likely they are to develop depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideations later in...
    STOCKPORT COUNTY striker Connor Jennings has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Jennings, 29, discovered a tumour when undergoing scans for a persistent shoulder problem and low-grade chondroid sarcoma was diagnosed after a biopsy. 2Stockport County striker Connor Jennings has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancerCredit: Getty The only course of treatment for the former Tranmere and Scunthorpe forward is to undergo surgery, and County have confirmed he will miss the remainder of the National League season. Jennings has enjoyed a long career in the lower leagues and Conference, and scored the winning goal in Tranmere’s League Two play-off final win over Newport Country in 2019. County said in a statement: "Connor had been suffering from pain in his shoulder for several months after a fall in training. "And following physio treatment was referred for MRI scans to investigate, it was during these scans that a...
    Fertility treatment is less successful in patients from ethnic minority backgrounds, a study has found. Black patients are less likely to have a baby after treatment compared to other ethnic groups, said the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). While overall birth rates from IVF have increased, black patients aged 30 to 34 had an average birth rate of 23 per cent, compared to 30 per cent for white and mixed ethnic groups. The HFEA, the UK’s fertility regulator, also found that South Asians aged 30 to 34 had lower birth rates of 25 per cent.  While overall birth rates from IVF have increased, black patients aged 30 to 34 had an average birth rate of 23 per cent, compared to 30 per cent for white and mixed ethnic groups (pictured, Laboratory Fertilisation Of Eggs In IVF Treatment) The HFEA said the reasons for the differences in birth rates ‘are...
    KELLIE Bright took time off from EastEnders to have the IVF that helped her get pregnant with her third child. The 44-year-old Linda Carter actress kept the news of what she was going through under wraps - but did tell her bosses at the soap. 3Kellie Bright said she was allowed time off from playing EastEndersCredit: BBC/Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes The star having a third child with husband Paul Stocker after what she called a "rollercoaster" IVF journey The nature of IVF - where an egg is removed from the woman and fertilised with sperm in a lab - meant she could have been called on to pull out of filming to go to a clinic. She explained that the treatment began in September but the first two embryos didn't work. Kellie told OK!: "I actually told my bosses at EastEnders straight away that we were going for it. I knew...
    "Sex addiction" has been used in an attempt to excuse criminals including Harvey Weinstein, Atlanta spa shooter Robert Aaron Long, and serial killer Ted Bundy. Reuters/Crisp County Sheriff's Office/AP/Insider Business Insider Police highlighted the Atlanta spa shooter's sex addiction when discussing his potential motives. "Sex addiction" has been used as an excuse for criminals, despite no evidence that it leads to killing. It's a misunderstood condition, and weaponizing it only hurts people. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. If Charlie Johnston could have it his way, he'd have sex every two hours for the rest of his life. Johnston, a 48-year-old engineer, considers himself a sex addict and has seen a sex therapist for his compulsion since he was 20. Back then, his addiction prevented him from completing homework and he became consumed with seeking out women to get the sex he craved. Today,...
    Donald Trump Jr. said Monday that Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was getting special treatment because of his political affiliation. Trump joined host Maria Bartiromo on “Fox News Primetime” to discuss the embattled governor’s ongoing investigations into sexual harassment claims, his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and the bipartisan calls for his resignation or impeachment. (RELATED: ‘Disgusting’: Trump Jr. Criticizes Democrats For Giving ‘Groper In Chief’ Cuomo A Pass) WATCH: Bartiromo began with a clip of President Joe Biden, who stopped short of calling on Cuomo to resign, then asked Trump Jr. to respond. “Listen, it doesn’t surprise me,” Trump Jr. said, noting he had written the book on the phenomenon he called “Liberal Privilege” and arguing that Cuomo was escaping harsher judgment from both the public and the media because he was a Democrat. “If you have an accusation like these, times what is it now, seven...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The murder case against a 15-year-old accused of killing a real estate agent was thrown into a tailspin Thursday when the public defender told a judge that the death was avoidable. Back on February first, Fort Lauderdale police say the teen, Henry Lee Lewis held the victim at gunpoint in his car and forced him to withdraw money from an ATM. READ MORE: Once In A Lifetime Event: Miami Beach Man Spots 5 Elusive Florida Panthers In Single Day, 4 At The Same Time During a struggle, they say Lewis shot and killed 37-year-old real estate broker Stefano Barbosa. Barbosa crashed his car through a fence and was found dead behind the wheel. The Broward state attorney decided to charge Lewis as an adult. But in court Thursday at his arraignment, the public defender told a judge that Lewis was ‘adjudicated incompetent’ by a Broward judge in...
    Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who regularly engaged in spats with journalists, complained to Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner about the “unfair” treatment she faced from reporters. In an interview with Faulkner, segments of which were released Tuesday, McEnany labeled her relationship with the press “disparate” and “unfair” — specifically calling out Playboy’s Brian Karem.  “A Democrat woman standing at that podium would never have had a Playboy reporter in the back of the room shouting at her as she left,” she said. “Nor should a Democrat woman ever have to face that, and  nor should a Republican woman.” In December, McEnany called for an investigation into Karem by the White House Correspondents Association regarding questions she labeled “demeaning” and “misogynistic.” “There is a certain modicum of respect that I think reporters and those at the podium in a political role should have for one another,” McEnany later told Faulkner. Despite...
    On the sidelines of the trip from Monaco to Paris, Niko Kovac said he had developed an anti-Mbappé plan. After dazzling the whole of Europe with his hat-trick registered on the lawn of FC Barcelona, ​​last Tuesday, during the great success of Paris Saint Germain in the knockout stages of the Champions League (1-4), Kylian Mbappé will once again be eagerly awaited this weekend. Opposed to his old club theASM Sunday evening, at the end of the 26 day of L1, the boy from Bondy will have the right to special treatment. “We must take care of him together” “Kylian Mbappé is currently in very good shape,” Niko Kovac said at a press conference on Friday. We must try to stop it. But it is not possible to do it with one player. We cannot stop Mbappé one on one. It’s mission impossible. We must be united, we...
    Former Sen. Bob Dole announced on Twitter Thursday that he has Stage 4 lung cancer and would be starting treatment Monday.  Dole is 97.  'While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,' a statement from Dole read. Bob Dole, 97, has Stage 4 lung cancer and put out a statement Thursday saying, 'While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own.' He's photographed here in 2015  Sen. Bob Dole's Twitter account announced Thursday that the 97-year-old former senator and GOP presidential nominee had Stage 4 lung cancer and would begin treatment Monday  Sen. Bob Dole (second from right) has Stage 4 lung cancer and will begin treatment Monday. Here he's attending the 2016 Republican convention in...
    Zinc and Vitamin C fell short in a clinical trial after researchers found they made no significant difference in easing the duration of coronavirus symptoms. Findings from the Cleveland Clinic were published in JAMA Network on Friday, drawing on results from April 27 to Oct. 14, when 214 coronavirus patients in Ohio and Florida outpatient care sites were given either 50 milligrams of high-dose zinc to be taken at night, 8,000 milligrams of Vitamin C to be taken several times throughout the day with meals, a combination of the two or standard care over a 10-day period. These patients, averaging about 45 years old, were at home and answered virtual surveys about their symptoms, any adverse effects, hospitalizations and other medications. Any patient that required hospitalization was considered a treatment failure, researchers said. Data shows most of the patients were experiencing mild symptoms, with very few suffering severe cases. Patients reached a 50 percent...
    SMOKERS and ex-smokers should have routine CT scans to detect early signs of lung cancer, a new study has found. Lung cancer specialists claim that having the scans could catch 70 per cent of lung cancers at an early stage - saving thousands of lives. 2Experts say that CT scans could detect the early signs of lung cancer in smokers and ex-smokersCredit: Getty - Contributor In the UK around 48,000 people a year are diagnosed with the disease and just 16 per cent of sufferers live for five years after diagnosis. Around 96 people die from lung cancer each day, which equates to on average around 35,040 people a year. Run by specialists at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Trust ,the Summit study found that scans were unable to uncover growths in the lungs when the cancer was at stage one or two. Health experts are now demanding that...
    Zinc and Vitamin C fell short in a clinical trial after researchers found they made no significant difference in easing the duration of coronavirus symptoms. Findings from the Cleveland Clinic were published in JAMA Network on Friday, drawing on results from April 27 to Oct. 14, when 214 coronavirus patients in Ohio and Florida outpatient care sites were given either 50 milligrams of high-dose zinc to be taken at night, 8,000 milligrams of Vitamin C to be taken several times throughout the day with meals, a combination of the two or standard care over a 10-day period. These patients, averaging about 45 years old, were at home, and answered virtual surveys about their symptoms, any adverse effects, hospitalizations and other medications. Any patient that required hospitalization was considered a treatment failure, researchers said. Data shows most of the patients were experiencing mild symptoms, with very few suffering severe cases. VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY MAY...
    This article was medically reviewed by Benjamin Bert, MD, an ophthalmologist at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, CA.   Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. Both bacterial and viral pink eye cause red, itchy eyes. offstocker/Getty Images Bacterial pink eye often appears redder than viral pink eye. While viral pink eye may cause your eyes to water, bacterial pink eye is often accompanied by green or yellow discharge.  Viral pink eye also often begins with a cold, whereas bacterial pink eye is associated with respiratory infections. Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Pink eye, also known...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Black women have higher recurrence and higher mortality rates compared to non-Hispanic white women, for certain types of breast cancer, according to a University of Illinois Chicago researcher's study published recently in JAMA Oncology.Doctor Kent Hoskins is an associate professor with UIC's division of hematology and oncology."We've known for more than three decades that Black women in this country have at least a 40% higher mortality rate compared to other woman," said Hoskins. "That's been generally attributed to inequities in high quality screening and high quality treatment, but we also know that the biology of the tumor plays a role."A commonly-used test to decide who needs chemo therapy for breast cancer is not as accurate in Black woman because original studies that were done to develop that test had a very small representation of Black woman, less than 5%, according to Hoskins.The same is true for treatment...
    UP to 100,000 patients may have missed out on life-saving cancer care because of the pandemic. Britain could see “tens of thousands of unnecessary cancer deaths” with surgeries and chemo being delayed or cancelled because of the coronavirus. 2Life-saving treatments are being delayed or cancelled because of CovidCredit: Getty Images - Getty During the first wave of the pandemic many patients saw cancer surgeries and treatments cancelled or pushed back. Nightingale Hospitals were opened to help deal with the huge pressures NHS hospitals were experiencing. At the end of last year, Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned that cancer patients would face delays to treatment if the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t kept under control. Doctors also warned of the "devastating impact" that delaying treatments for cancer patients would have. '100,000 PATIENTS' Now Professor Pat Price, chairman of Action Radiotherapy and founder of Catch Up With Cancer campaign, believes lives are in danger...
    Mike Coppola / Getty Images Paris Hilton told "The Trend Reporter with Mara" she is beginning IVF treatments to have "twins that are a boy and a girl." Twitter users were upset with Hilton's use of IVF, a treatment that is hard to access on insurance for Americans with infertility. Many also took issue with Hilton's focus on the sex of her children. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Paris Hilton said she is beginning the process of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) with her boyfriend Carter Reum on Tuesday.  IVF is a fertility treatment that takes an egg and a sperm and fertilizes them in a lab, rather than during sex, to help couples conceive. During an interview in an episode of "The Trend Reporter with Mara", Hilton said Kim Kardashian was the person who told her about the process, suggesting her own doctor. The 39-year-old heiress said she wanted...
    MR Motivator has claimed that people who don't exercise and look after their health should have to pay the NHS back and smokers should fall to the bottom of the queue for treatment. The iconic TV fitness instructor, 67, made the controversial claims as he launches a series of live workout videos aimed at improving the health and fitness of the nation and aiding the overrun health care system. 8Mr Motivator is launching a series of workouts on the Thrillz Facebook page Credit: Mr Motivator/ Thrillz He also called on PM Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock to lead by example by and workout with him on TV to encourage people to get moving. The GMTV star - real name Derrick Evans - told The Sun people are putting pressure on the NHS by not taking care of their health and need to be “penalized". “There is...
    Even in the best of times, about a quarter of U.S. adults say they have trouble paying their medical bills. The middle of a pandemic, which has thrown millions of Americans out of work, is far from the best of times, especially if you are a coronavirus victim. Many insurance companies are waiving certain fees for COVID-19 treatment and there’s help from the federal government. If you or someone you know has been hospitalized with COVID-19, reporter Maria La Ganga would like to speak with you for a story about the cost of treatment. You can also submit an anonymous tip to The Times.
    By Sandee LaMotte | CNN Lives lost, families torn apart, economies ruined — these tragedies are just some of the devastation caused by the deadly novel coronavirus as it swept the globe in 2020. The pandemic brought the world’s scientists together in an unprecedented race to develop vaccines. Meeting that goal in under a year is “truly historic,” according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Covid-19 was not, however, the only battle waged by doctors and researchers over the last year. The fight against many other diseases and conditions that plague humanity continued this year despite challenging circumstances. Here are some of the top non-pandemic advances in health care during 2020 that you may not have heard much about — many of them nominated by major health organizations. Vaccine ends deadly Ebola outbreak In June, a vaccine years in the making finally...
    Even people who only light up as little as once a day — and think of themselves as casual smokers — can be addicted to nicotine and in need of treatment, a study said. US experts studied more than 6,700 smokers who had been assessed for addiction — finding that two-thirds of those who smoked 1-4 cigarettes a day were addicted. However, the team did note that the frequency of more severe addictions appeared to increase with the number of cigarettes smoked daily. The findings, they concluded, stress the importance of properly evaluating the risk of addiction in all smokers — including those with more of a casual habit.  Even those people who only light up once a day — and consider themselves merely casual smokers — can be addicted to nicotine and in need of treatment, a study said 'In the past, some considered that only patients who...
    A MUM wired herself up with fake tubes and pretended to have terminal cancer in a "wicked lie" to raise £20,000 for treatment. Leanne Towers, 37, lied that she had leukaemia and needed the money for experimental treatment in Holland. 3Leanne Towers, 37, lied that she had leukaemia and was raising £20,000 for treatmentCredit: MEN Media 3Shed told staff at her children's school in Stockoprt, Greater Mancester, that the leukaemia was terminalCredit: MEN Media She pocketed money from a Facebook raffle and tried to organise a coffee stall at her children's school in Stockport, Greater Manchester to raise cash for her scam. Towers, from Cheadle Hulme, even shoved a tube up her nose and strapped a fake machine to her chest when two members of staff school visited her at home. But her "complex web of deceit" was exposed when a relative contacted her GP, Manchester Crown Court heard. Towers...
    A MUM who faked cancer to swindle £45,000 from well-wishers was today found guilty of fraud. Nicole Elkabbas 42, is now facing jail after claiming she needed to pay for life-saving ovarian cancer treatment - then splurging donations on her lavish lifestyle. 7The mum, 42, is facing jailCredit: PA:Press Association 7She splurged on football tickets and gambling and took six trips to Spain for 'treatment'Credit: INS News 7Elkabbas pictured outside court todayCredit: PA:Press Association The mum, from Broadstairs, Kent, set up a GoFundMe page where she garnered more than £45,000 in donations before draining the funds into her own account. But she was never diagnosed and instead used huge sums of cash to fund her gambling addiction, pay off mounting debts and splash out on Spurs tickets. Speaking today at Canterbury Crown Court, Judge Mark Weekes told Elkabbas: "You have been convicted on what I regard as compelling evidence...
    NEARLY 140,000 sick Brits have been left languishing for over a year for an NHS op – more than 100 times as many as 12 months earlier. It is the highest number of long-waiters for over 12 years – with Covid blamed for widespread cancelation of non-urgent procedures. 2NINTCHDBPICT000594968782Credit: Getty Images - Getty NHS data shows 139,545 patients were left waiting more than 52 weeks for treatment in September. It compares to 1,305 the year before – a 107-fold rise. The total number of patients admitted for routine ops in hospitals in England was also down 27 per cent in September compared with a year ago. But it is in an improvement on the previous months. The year-on-year decrease recorded in August was 43 per cent, and in July the drop was 55 per cent. Medics warned it was "tragic" that thousands of Brits have been left in pain with...
    Having sex with a yeast infection could exacerbate symptoms like itching, burning, and swelling. South_agency/Getty Images Having sex with a yeast infection not only increases your risk of STIs, but it also increases the risk of spreading the yeast infection to your partner.  Additionally, sex with a yeast infection may prolong symptoms like itchiness, inflammation, and burning.  You should wait five to seven days after completing treatment for a yeast infection to have sex again.  This article was medically reviewed by Olivia P. Myrick, MD, who is a clinical assistant professor with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone. Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. People of all genders can experience yeast infections — a common fungal infection of the genital area. While yeast infections aren't classified as a sexually transmitted disease, they can be caused by and further aggravated by sex. Here's everything you need to know...
    Cancer is a disease that almost everyone will confront at some point in their lives, either personally or through a loved one. While some cancers may go into remission and not recur, others may never go into remission or may relapse. In some cases, patients may find themselves living with cancer as a chronic illness. As the world continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to ensure patients receive proper care when managing a chronic cancer, like follicular lymphoma (FL).1 Having routine and open conversations with healthcare providers via telemedicine, and in-person visits when proper safety precautions are in place, can help support improved health outcomes. There is also new hope as treatment advances give patients with FL, and the doctors who treat them, new options to help fight this debilitating cancer. Follicular lymphoma is a slow growing (indolent) and incurable blood cancer that...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that if someone in Russia had wanted to poison Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, then Russia would not have allowed him to be flown to Germany for treatment. Navalny fell ill on a flight in Siberia on Aug. 20 and was airlifted to Berlin for treatment. Blood samples taken from him confirmed the presence of a Novichok nerve agent, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has said. (Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Catherine Evans) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Russia, Asia, Europe, Germany
    FORGET expensive laser hair removal at a salon, the Philips Lumea is what you need. The IPL Cordless Hair Removal device is perfect for at home beauty fans - and a fair bit cheaper than usual thanks to Amazon's Prime Day sale. 2It's a great time to snap a Lumea upCredit: Amazon This article and featured products have been independently chosen by Sun journalists. It contains links which are ads, and if you click a link and buy a product we will earn revenue. The Philips Lumea has been reduced as a part of Prime Day, and shoppers will have today and tomorrow - if it's not already been snapped up - to pick it up for the lower price. Philips Lumea Prestige IPL Cordless Hair Removal Device, £299 - buy here Whilst it may seem an expensive one off purchase, the Philips Lumea will...
    TRENTON, New Jersey -- Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced on Twitter his release from the hospital Saturday morning after testing positive for the coronavirus."I am happy to let you know that this morning I was released from Morristown Medical Center," Christie said. "I want to thank the extraordinary doctors & nurses who cared for me for the last week. Thanksto my family & friends for their prayers. I will have more to say about all of this next week.Christie checked himself into Morristown Medical Center as a precaution because of his asthma. In consultation with my doctors, I checked myself into Morristown Medical Center this afternoon. While I am feeling good and only have mild symptoms, due to my history of asthma we decided this is an important precautionary measure.— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 3, 2020He is also an ABC News political contributor and was part of the...
    As questions linger about his health, President Donald Trump began speaking directly to voters, on the radio, less than four weeks from Election Day. Trump on Friday held what his campaign billed as a "radio rally" as he dialed in to the show of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. Despite public and private surveys showing him trailing Democrat Joe Biden, Trump predicted a greater victory in 2020 than four years ago. While Trump said he believes he is no longer contagious, concerns about infection appeared to scuttle plans for next weeks presidential debate. "My voice is now perfect," he told Limbaugh. In the interview with Limbaugh, Trump again credited the experimental antibody drug he received last week with speeding his recovery. "I was not in the greatest of shape," he said. "A day later I was fine." He promised to expedite distribution of the drug to Americans in need, though that...
    VIDEO3:5503:55Gilead CEO on promising study results for remdesivir Covid-19 treatmentSquawk Box Gilead Sciences will have sufficient global supply of its coronavirus treatment remdesivir by the end of October, CEO Daniel O'Day told CNBC on Friday.  The comments come shortly after the publication of peer-reviewed final data from Gilead's large-scale trial of remdesivir. It showed the antiviral drug helped Covid-19 patients who are hospitalized recover five days faster on average. For severely ill patients who received remdesivir, recovery was expedited by seven days.  "These results are meaningful. They'll definitely help patients around the world who have the misfortune of entering into the hospital to get better, and I'm really pleased to say that we have ample supply," O'Day said on "Squawk Box."   The study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, also found remdesivir contributed to significant reduction in death for patients who were in the early stages of receiving...
    Matthew Rozsa October 8, 2020 11:00PM (UTC) Although President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that the special treatment he had received for COVID-19 had "cure[d]" him, scientists agree that the president has not in fact been cured — and that by claiming so on video, he is spreading dangerous disinformation about how COVID-19 is treated and how the novel coronavirus infects the body.  In his video, Trump claimed that his novel coronavirus infection was "a blessing from God" because his treatment proved "much more important to me than the vaccine." He claimed that the experimental antibody cocktail given to him by Regeneron, REGN-COV2, "wasn't just therapeutic, it made me better. I call that a cure." He also claimed that he was going to arrange it so that people could receive this drug for "free." : Salon spoke with a number of doctors and public health experts, all of whom...
    The US could have up to 300,000 doses of Regeneron's antibody treatment for coronavirus this fall, White House officials and the company said Thursday.  'We've applied the same methods to supporting therapeutics [as the government has to vaccine development] too,' Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Alex Azar said during a Thursday Goldman Sachs virtual event attended by CNN.   'That includes, for instance, support for both development and manufacturing of Regeneron's antibody cocktail, of which we could have tens or hundreds of thousands of doses this fall, pending FDA authorization.'  Coinciding with President Trump's passionate, though unproven, endorsement of the antibody cocktail as a 'cure' for coronavirus, Regeneron applied for emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA on Thursday.  In a statement, the company said it already has enough doses to treat 50,000 patients, and expects to ramp up manufacturing enough to make 300,000 doses of the experimental...
    Donald Trump was given the experimental antibody treatment REGN-COV2 as well as a host of other drugs to treat his coronavirus infection Experts have slammed Donald Trump's 'irresponsible' claim that he was cured of coronavirus by an experimental drug made by US pharmaceutical giant Regeneron. The US President praised the experimental antibody medication in a rambling video outside of the White House Rose Garden yesterday. Mr Trump said he was cured of his illness the same day he was given the drug and has now promised to give it out for free to every American in hospital with severe Covid-19. Regeneron hasn't publicly stated how much it will cost, but similar therapies that use antibodies - proteins produced by the body which fight off diseases - to treat conditions such as cancer can cost tens of thousands of dollars per patient.  But leading scientists have urged Mr Trump to squeeze...
    Eddie Van Halen’s cause of death is cancer. He was first diagnosed with tongue cancer in early 2000. Two years later, Van Halen had beaten cancer, but it did come back about a decade later. He had been battling throat cancer over the past five years. For the most part, Van Halen kept his cancer battle private. It’s unknown exactly what type of cancer he had or what stage it was. According to the American Cancer Society, “laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers start in the lower part of the throat. Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer and can spread to other areas of the body.” Eddie Van Halen Underwent Radiation For Years Treatment for throat cancer varies. Some patients undergo surgery while others are prescribed a few different treatments including chemotherapy, radiation, and...
    Sean Conley, the White House physician, released Friday the specific treatments so far administered to President Donald Trump following his positive coronavirus test. Trump received an 8-gram dosage of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail Friday morning, according to Conley. The treatment has not received approval from the Food and Drug Administration but has shown promising signs during clinical trials. Conley also noted that Trump has also been taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and aspirin as a daily preventative. WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 01: U.S. President Donald exits Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on October 1, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump traveled to Bedminster, New Jersey for a roundtable event with supporters and a fundraising event. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) “As of this afternoon the President remains fatigued but in good spirits,” Conley wrote in a memo to White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany....
    As president, Donald Trump is sure to get the most promising treatments for COVID-19 - but only a handful have shown promise to bat back the devastating disease.  Since announcing that he and first lady Melania Trump announced they had tested positive for coronavirus late Thursday night, the president has begun exhibiting mild 'cold-like' symptoms, according to the New York Times.  His symptoms were confirmed by Dr Sean Conley, but the White House physician has not revealed what, if any treatments the president might receive.  Currently, only the antiviral remdesivir and plasma from COVID-19 survivors have been given emergency use authorization to treat coronavirus by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   Because Trump is 74, obese and has less than perfect heart health, he is at risk for more severe coronavirus, and more likely than a younger, healthier adult to need treatment.  And with those risks, drugs to keep the...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny posted a picture of himself on a park bench on Instagram on Wednesday after having been discharged from a hospital in Germany, where doctors treated him for poisoning with a nerve agent. The 44-year-old opposition politician said he planned to have physiotherapy every day and could follow treatment at a rehabilitation centre to regain his motor skills, including the full use of his left hand. In his post, Navalny said he was learning to regain his balance by standing on one leg and thanked doctors at Berlin's Charite hospital for the treatment he had received. (Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Mark Trevelyan) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) took to Twitter on Monday to tout her past work for Planned Parenthood as she faces a tough reelection bid. “I’m the only Senator to have worked at Planned Parenthood,” tweeted Smith, a former executive for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and North and South Dakota. “I’ve seen first-hand how far Republican attacks on reproductive rights will go. If they get this SCOTUS seat, they WILL work to overturn Roe v. Wade.” Smith’s pro-life Republican challenger, Jason Lewis, responded that Smith “made a career and fortune taking the lives of the unborn and she’s wearing it as a badge of honor. It’s disgraceful.” “She also said on the Senate floor that providing medical treatment to a newborn who survives a botched abortion attempt would be ‘inappropriate,’” Lewis added. Senator @TinaSmithMN made a career & fortune taking the lives of the unborn & she’s wearing it as a...
    A report released Tuesday finds that many states have outdated laws that create "needless barriers" for treating people with severe mental illness in a timely fashion.[ READ: Coronavirus Pandemic Causing Anxiety, Depression in Americans, CDC Finds ]The report from the Treatment Advocacy Center, a national nonprofit that promotes laws and practices focused on psychiatric care, assigns scores out of 100 and grades to all states and Washington, D.C., by evaluating their laws for providing involuntary treatment for psychiatric illness. While there is nearly universal use of certain best practices recommended by the nonprofit, many states also have procedures that are "confusing or vague" with no uniform approaches for treating people in crisis, according to the report. "We are effectively running 50 different experiments, with no two states taking the same approach," the report reads. "As a result, whether a person receives timely, appropriate treatment for an acute psychiatric crisis or chronic psychiatric...
    A MUM-OF-QUADS got a designer vagina after a "humiliating" two years of wetting herself every single day - just from coughing, sneezing or laughing.  Carla Crozier says her confidence was shattered after the miracle births of the two sets of identical twins - at odds of 70 million to one in 2017. 5Carla Crozier, 38, would wet herself daily after giving birth to quadsCredit: Instagram The 38-year-old suffered in silence and quit the gym, because she leaked during aerobic exercises - after having five kids in four years left her with vaginal and bladder prolapse.  Carla even had to make sure her bladder was empty before spraying perfume because it would trigger a sneeze, leading to an accident.  The mum-of-five, who lives in Grays, Essex with husband Paul, 45, was forced to wear panty liners and was heartbroken about no longer being able to jump on the trampoline with...
    Most US clinical trials for coronavirus drugs and vaccines are still not enrolling nearly enough black and Latinx participants, new research shows.  Research a long history of focus on white Americans - but the inclusion of minority trial participants has perhaps never been so as important as it is amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken a disproportionate toll on black and Latinx people.  Although vaccine developers have pledged to diversity in their trials, the data collected by the University of California, San Francisco, suggests that drug makers haven't made good on their promises.  The new study that black Americans are under-represented in COVID-19 trials that  have been conducted in all three major US cities  - New York, Boston and Minneapolis - included in the study.  UCSF researchers  found black Americans are under-represented in COVID-19 trials that have been conducted in all three major US cities - New York...
    Loading the player... Last month, millions across the world were stunned when news broke that Chadwick Boseman had died of colon cancer at the young age 43. Now a new study has found that Black Americans are actually much more likely to die of colorectal cancer due to a lack of proper treatment. According to Yahoo, a study published today in JAMA Network Open, concluded that Black patients were the least likely to undergo life-saving surgery or chemotherapy. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAACP ) READ MORE: My husband died of colon cancer. He and Chadwick Boseman aren’t alone Researchers from the City of Hope National Medical Center in California recently conducted a study on 16,382 patients with colon cancer in an effort to pinpoint exactly why Black Americans are disproportionately at risk of dying from the disease. Although the disease is largely treatable at stages 1 and 2, Boseman...
    Tom Hanks doesn't have to undergo hotel quarantine after flying into Queensland from the US, despite Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's 'double-standard' border closures tearing families apart and leaving small towns without supplies.   Ms Palaszczuk copped fierce criticism for letting 400 AFL officials descend on the state ahead of the Grand Final, while repeatedly knocking back everyday Australians with health or family reasons. The embattled premier took on a line-up of opposition MPs who grilled her in parliament on Wednesday about the consistency of her border rules designed to contain COVID-19 in southern states.  Liberal National Party MP Laura Gerber on Wednesday asked if the American movie star was in mandatory quarantine after flying into Gold Coast on Tuesday night. Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for COVID-19 and underwent 14 days of self-isolation on the Gold Coast in March, during the filming of Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic. The...
    Childless employees of tech companies have been demanding that they be given the same benefits extended to parents during the pandemic. Workers at Facebook, Twitter and Salesforce have all complained about discrimination, The New York Times reported on Saturday. Parents have hit back, however. 'The time off that parents are getting isn't a vacation,' one pointed out. Tech companies have been among the most generous to parents - sparking a backlash  Facebook offered 10 weeks of paid time off for employees whose child couldn't attend school Tech firms were among the first to pivot to working from home, and among the first to roll out policies to help working parents. In March, Facebook offered up to 10 weeks of paid time off for employees if they had to care for a child whose school or day care facility had closed, or for an older relative whose nursing home was not...
    If you are worried you may have bulimia, reach out to a doctor or other mental health professional. Sladic/Getty Images Signs you may have bulimia nervosa include episodes of binge-eating and purging.  Risk factors to developing bulimia include suffering from poor body image or living with family members who have an eating disorder.  People with bulimia may also experience anxiety, depression, or be diagnosed with PTSD. This article was medically reviewed by Mayra Mendez, PhD, LMFT, a psychotherapist and program coordinator for intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health services at Providence Saint John's Child and Family Development Center. Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by cycles of binge eating and purging through methods like self-induced vomiting or taking laxatives. In the US, it will affect 1.5% of women and up to 0.5% of men at some point in...
    John Boyega has admitted he feels Disney pushed his Star Wars character Finn 'to the side' and 'all the nuance' was given to his white co-stars Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley. The actor, 28, portrayed Finn, the franchise's first black Stormtrooper, in The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker and told how he thinks Disney marketed his character as being 'much more important' to the franchise than he actually was.  Speaking to British GQ, he said: 'You get yourself involved in projects and you're not necessarily going to like everything.  Honest: John Boyega, 28, has admitted he feels Disney pushed his Star Wars character Finn 'to the side' and 'all the nuance' was given to his white co-stars Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley '[But] what I would say to Disney is do not bring out a black character, market them to be much more important in the...
    If you think you may have anorexia nervosa, reach out to a medical professional you trust. SDI Productions?Getty Images Symptoms of anorexia nervosa include obsessive calorie counting and having an intense fear of gaining weight.  Physical signs of anorexia may also include hair loss and weight loss.  There are many risk factors for developing anorexia, such as having another mental health disorder like anxiety or PTSD.  This article was medically reviewed by Mayra Mendez, PhD, LMFT, a psychotherapist and program coordinator for intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health services at Providence Saint John's Child and Family Development Center. Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Anorexia nervosa is a type of eating disorder that leads people to obsess over their body image, weight, and caloric intake. It has the highest mortality rate of any mental health disorder.  If left untreated, anorexia can result in...
    Share Tweet Share Share E-mail The diabetic foot is composed of a series of alterations in the foot of diabetic people that lead to a loss of quality of life and an expense for the health system, since, for the most part, they imply failures in diabetes education, since many of them are preventable. These alterations are ulcerations that are difficult to heal completely, since people with diabetes have longer healing times than people without it. In this sense, neuropathy and ischemia They are the two main causes of the appearance of ulcers in the diabetic foot. The techniques aimed at the treatment and healing of these wounds are based on the covering the lesion, treating the present or possible infection and finally in pressure relief which has come to produce ischemia in the first place. In addition, the incidence of foot ulcers is higher in people who have already...
    Chronic Lyme disease is caused by an infected tick bite that introduces bacteria into the bloodstream. Judita Juknele /Getty Images Chronic Lyme disease, or post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, occurs when symptoms of Lyme disease persist for at least six months after treatment.  Symptoms of post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome include impaired memory and disrupted sleep.  Here's how to get a diagnosis and seek proper treatment for post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome.  This article was medically reviewed by Jason R. McKnight, MD, MS, a family medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Lyme disease is the country's most common vector-borne illness, which are diseases spread by blood-feeding arthropods like mosquitos, fleas, or ticks. It can typically be resolved with a brief round of antibiotics. But, for some people symptoms may stick around long after treatment and interfere with daily activities. Here's...
    Russian medics say that no trace of poison has been found in Putin critic Alexei Navalny's body, sparking accusations of a cover-up by the Kremlin. Doctors at Ormsk hospital in Siberia, where Navalny is being treated after suddenly falling ill on a flight yesterday, insisted that they have a full diagnosis of the 44-year-old's condition that does not include poisoning, but cannot reveal what it is. It comes after they suddenly denied permission for Navalny, who remains in a coma, to be taken out of the country for treatment in Germany on Friday morning.  Yulia, Navalny's wife, accused the Kremlin of forcing doctors to delay the evacuation until all traces of poison have disappeared from her husband's body, making it impossible to prove that he was attacked. The Kremlin insisted this morning that not evacuating Navalny was a 'purely a medical decision'. Ivan Zhdanov - director of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation...
    Death rates from lung cancer have been declining sharply in the US due to recent advances in treatments, a new study suggests. Researchers found that fatality rates for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the most common lung cancer, have fallen by about 4.5 percent percent from 2001 through 2016.  Additionally, the rate of cases of NSCLC have fallen by about 2.3 percent over the course of 10 years, from 2006 to 2016.  The team from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, says the decrease in deaths, for both men and women, began accelerating around 2013, when doctors began recommending drugs that target genetic changes in tumors. A new study found, in men, deaths fell by 3.2% every year from 2006 to 2013 and 6.3% per year from 2013 to 2016 while, in women, deaths fell by 2.3% annually from 2006 through 2014 and...
    On Monday afternoon, as Megan Thee Stallion opened up to fans on Instagram after being hospitalized with gunshot wounds earlier this month, she said words no human being should ever have to say: “I didn’t deserve to get shot. I didn’t do shit.” Rapper Tony Lanez allegedly shot at Megan Thee Stallion and her friend, Kelsey Nicole, after the three argued at a party. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the incident as a potential assault with deadly force. In the weeks since news first broke of the shooting, countless fans have voiced their support for Megan Thee Stallion—but some corners of social media and even a few celebrities have chosen instead to crack jokes. During her Instagram Live session Monday, the rapper fought back tears multiple times as she thanked her dedicated fans—known as “hotties”—for their support. She also condemned those who have treated the incident as...
    OVER half of long-term physical or mental health patients have had their care cancelled or cut in the pandemic. And less than a third said their treatment had continued as normal said the Office for National Statistics. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 1Figures show that over half of people receiving treatment for long-term health conditions before Covid-19 have had their care cancelled or reducedCredit: Getty - Contributor Of those whose care was cancelled or disrupted, around a quarter said they feel their health has deteriorated. Helen Buckingham, of the Nuffield Trust health think tank, said: "These figures illustrate the painful decisions that had to be taken during the peak of the pandemic. “The problems caused by coronavirus are far from over for the NHS or for patients. “This backlog of people who missed treatment will make access to care very difficult.” "We must...
    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) — A 29-year-old man has been charged after reportedly spitting in the face of a Cherry Hill police and Camden County Sheriff’s officers. Cherry Hill police say officers were assisting Camden County Sheriff’s officers with 29-year-old Lance Phillips Jr., of Pennsauken, who was in custody. When the officer entered the Cherry Hill Police Department’s prisoner processing area, Phillips became combative. Officials say during the struggle he spit in the officers’ faces and claimed he was infected with COVID-19. The officers were treated at a local hospital. Phillips Jr. was charged with throwing bodily fluid at law enforcement, criminal mischief, simple assault and a COVID-29 executive order violation. He was remanded to the Camden County Jail.
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mental health professionals have a duty to warn of threats made by patients even if they are made against an unspecified person, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said in a split opinion Tuesday. The 3-2 majority opinion upheld a 2018 Superior Court decision that the UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside known as the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and other defendants had a duty to warn the neighbors of a patient who told his doctors he wanted to kill his neighbors, even though he didn’t give his doctors a specific name. Two justices did not participate in the deliberations. In 2008, patient Terrence Andrews stabbed and killed his 18-year-old neighbor, Lisa Maas, with a pair of scissors. Maas’ family filed a lawsuit against the treatment facilities and doctors saying they had a responsibility to tell Andrews’ neighbors at his Pittsburgh apartment complex about his statements. And if such a warning...
    By CLAUDIA LAUER PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mental health professionals have a duty to warn of threats made by patients even if they are made against an unspecified person, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said in a split opinion Tuesday. The 3-2 majority opinion upheld a 2018 Superior Court decision that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Shadyside known as the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and other defendants had a duty to warn the neighbors of a patient who told his doctors he wanted to kill his neighbors, even though he didn't give his doctors a specific name. Two justices did not participate in the deliberations. In 2008, patient Terrence Andrews stabbed and killed his 18-year-old neighbor, Lisa Maas, with a pair of scissors. Maas' family filed a lawsuit against the treatment facilities and doctors saying they had a responsibility to tell Andrews' neighbors at his Pittsburgh apartment complex about...
    The family of a Minnesota mom who gave birth while on a ventilator fighting coronavirus is pleading for a transfer to a hospital that could give her emergency live-saving treatment.  Aurora Chacon Esparza, 35, started displaying coronavirus symptoms in early June and was taken to North Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn Center where she was placed on a ventilator.  By June 23, doctors were concerned that her baby was not getting enough oxygen and said she needed an emergency C-section despite being only 30 weeks pregnant.   They delivered a healthy baby girl named Andrea ten weeks prematurely yet Esparza remains on a ventilator 21 days after being admitted.  Aurora Chacon Esparza, 35, has been on a ventilator fighting coronavirus in a Minnesota hospital for 21 days. While there she gave birth to a baby girl named Andrea (pictured) Juan Duran (pictured above left with Esparza) said they believed her...
    BEAUTY fans rejoiced after it was announced salons can re-open from Monday, with manis and pedis finally back on the menu.  Beauty parlours and hairdressers closed temporarily along with the hospitality sector back in March, due to coronavirus restrictions.  3Beauty salons are finally re-opening but some treatments, such as eyebrow threading, will still be bannedCredit: Getty Images - Getty But while hairdressers were allowed to re-open earlier this month, salons have had to wait until Monday, July 13, before welcoming any customers.  Now that restrictions have eased, these are the beauty treatments you can and can’t get.  Manicures, pedicures and body waxes have been given the green light, but any treatments which touch someone else’s face are banned.  This means customers won't be able to get facials, eyebrow and lip threading, eyelash treatments and make-up applications.  Treatments stlill banned in salons Face waxing, sugaring or threading services Facial treatments...
    Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Overall health Business (PAHO) and Earth Wellness Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Americas, speaks in the course of a push briefing at PAHO Headquarters in Washington, DC, on March 6. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Photographs There had been 22,000 fatalities from the coronavirus through the Americas final week on your own. That was 9% better than the prior 7 days, stated Dr. Carissa Etienne, director of the Pan American Overall health Business (PAHO). The Americas also noticed a day by day normal of much more than 100,000 new instances previous 7 days – nearly 20% better than the past week. Speaking at PAHO’s weekly briefing on the pandemic, Etienne explained there have now been 267,000 coronavirus deaths throughout the Americas, and the traits of infection have been accelerating in numerous US states as well as much of Central and South The usa. She...
    Almost 90 per cent of couples trying to have a baby through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) overestimate their chances of conceiving, a new study reveals.   Researchers found 85 per cent of women and 88 per cent of men current undergoing their second course of IVF overestimated their chances of success.  Official statistics state that only 30 per cent of IVF treatments result in a successful pregnancy, with live birth rates a little lower.  Scientists say many people believe many couples believe the average success rate does not apply to them and that they will be more successful than other people.  The new study is 'a reminder' for clinics to set realistic success estimates for IVF couples undergoing treatment Researchers caution that over-optimism may be a source of distress to many hopefuls, potentially resulting in the discontinuation of the IVF treatment. Inflated expectations stem from reports of success stories in the...
    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer A Brazilian man infected with the AIDS virus has shown no sign of it for more than a year since he stopped HIV medicines after an intense experimental drug therapy aimed at purging hidden, dormant virus from his body, doctors reported Tuesday. The case needs independent verification and it’s way too soon to speculate about a possible cure, scientists cautioned. “These are exciting findings but they’re very preliminary,” said Dr. Monica Gandhi, an AIDS specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. “This has happened to one person, and one person only,” and it didn’t succeed in four others given the same treatment, she said. Another UCSF specialist, Dr. Steven Deeks, said: “This is not a cure,” just an interesting case that merits more study. The case was described at an AIDS conference where researchers also disclosed an important prevention advance: A shot...
    A Brazilian man infected with the AIDS virus has shown no sign of it for more than a year since he stopped HIV medicines after an intense experimental drug therapy aimed at purging hidden, dormant virus from his body, doctors reported Tuesday. The case needs independent verification and it’s way too soon to speculate about a possible cure, scientists cautioned. “These are exciting findings but they’re very preliminary,” said Dr. Monica Gandhi, an AIDS specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. “This has happened to one person, and one person only,” and it didn’t succeed in four others given the same treatment, she said. Another UCSF specialist, Dr. Steven Deeks, said: “This is not a cure,” just an interesting case that merits more study. The case was described at an AIDS conference where researchers also disclosed an important prevention advance: A shot of an experimental medicine every two months...
    The U.S. government has secured a supply of the drug remdesivir, which may reduce the recovery period for patients with COVID-19, the Health and Human Services (HHS) department announced Monday.   “President Trump has struck an amazing deal to ensure Americans have access to the first authorized therapeutic for COVID-19,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement released Monday, adding that the U.S. government would work to ensure every patient who needed the drug could get it.   HHS said it has secured over 500,000 courses of the drug through September.   Studies have shown that remdesivir helps reduce the recovery period in patients with COVID-19. One of the first to show effectiveness against COVID-19 in humans, the drug was given emergency use authorization by many countries, including the U.S., and is presently being administered intravenously through daily infusions at hospitals.      Remdesivir has been used with “promising...
    Breaking News — It has been 3 months since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the expansion of covid-19 had turned into a pandemic. In fact, some progress has already been made in the search for effective medications. Most already existed on pharmacy shelves and are now being tested against the virus. WHO launched the Solidarity trial aimed at evaluating most promising treatments.The United Kingdom says that his essay, dubbed Recovery, is the largest in the world. More than 11,000 patients have participated in it. It has been shown that one of the medications you are studying, dexamethasone, helps save the lives of seriously ill patients with coronavirus. Several research centers around the world are trying use the blood of survivors as a treatment. Dexamethasone is a cheap and easy to get medicine. Plus Three general approaches are being investigated: Antiviral drugs that directly affect the ability...
    By Kelsey Johnson OTTAWA (Reuters) - The treatment of migrant workers in Canada by some farmers is disgraceful and the federal government is seeking to fix the problem, the country's health minister told a parliamentary committee on Friday, as farms battle COVID-19 outbreaks among their employees. Outbreaks of coronavirus infections have killed three people and infected hundreds more on farms in Ontario, Canada's most populous province, in recent weeks. Health Minister Patty Hajdu said she had heard stories about the treatment of migrant workers that "would curl your hair," and the way some farms treat them now is "a national disgrace." Hajdu added that she was working with Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough "on how to reform the temporary foreign worker program" but gave no details on what those reforms might look like. Canadian farmers rely on some 60,000 temporary foreign workers, predominantly from Latin America and the Caribbean to plant...
    The Department of Justice has denied that Roger Stone is being giving special treatment by agreeing to his request to delay the start of his prison sentence. Stone, a former self-proclaimed adviser to President Donald Trump, was convicted last year of witness tampering, obstruction of justice and lying to Congress and was set begin his 40-month sentence at a prison in Georgia on June 30. However, the 67-year-old claimed he has health issues that increase his risk of contracting the novel coronavirus and has asked that his start date be pushed back 60 days.   Prosecutors wrote in a court filing that they were following a directive from the Justice Department not to oppose sensible delays in sentencing as the pandemic, which has killed more than 126,000 Americans, rages on. The Justice Department has denied that Roger Stone is being giving special treatment by agreeing to his request to...
    Famous people whove had COVID-19 House passes sweeping policing bill Regional Agreement With Local Police Under Review Following Park Police Treatment of Protesters The force Park Police officers have used against protesters could cost the agency its working relationship with some local police departments. In a statement to News4, Metropolitan Washington's Council of Governments confirms it is now planning to review the regional mutual aid agreement which governs those relationships. © Provided by NBC Washington D.C. "Mutual aid among local, state, and federal public safety agencies is critically important in order to share resources across borders to respond to emergencies," said a COG spokesperson, adding that the "agreements are based on trust  amongst the parties, which is essential in emergency situations." But a dozen Northern Virginia legislators have suggested the  U.S. Park Police cannot be trusted, signing a letter calling for leaders in  Fairfax County, Arlington County and the...
    National HIV Testing Day is June 27, which is Saturday. To find a HIV testing location, you can visit locator.hiv.gov. (Courtesy U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) Much like with the new coronavirus, there’s no vaccine to protect against HIV/AIDS, and 1 in 7 people with HIV don’t know they have it. But getting diagnosed early can make a critical difference. “If you’ve had sex with a person who’s had sex with another, different person, you should be tested for HIV infection,” said Dr. Laura W. Cheever, Sc.M., physician and associate administrator at the HIV/AIDS Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration. Cheever said there’s no downside to an early diagnosis. “If you are found to have HIV and you get on medication, you can live a near normal life span. And, if you’re taking your medication every day and are able to suppress your viral load, you...
    Pregnant women with coronavirus can now participate in a trial using plasma from survivors of the infection to treat them, a rare occurrence in drug testing.  Clinical trials that aren't specific to assessing drugs or treatments intended for pregnant women have overwhelmingly excluded this group, citing concerns over endangering a woman and her unborn child.  In fact, only two percent of some 900 COVID-19 trials have studied how the disease and its treatments affect pregnancy. Most others simply leave pregnant women out, according to the University of Pennsylvania, which is running the plasma trial.  But pregnant women - and their developing babies - are no less vulnerable to coronavirus than are their peers, and not including them in trials means prolonging uncertainty about how they can be treated for the life-threatening infection. Scientists are still studying just how effectively plasma from recovered coronavirus patients is at treating those who still...
    Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel told "America's Newsroom" that a top U.S. cancer doctor's warning that delays in screenings and treatments due to the coronavirus pandemic will lead to thousands of cancer deaths in the coming years is "really correct." Siegel told host Sandra Smith that the number of mammograms had fallen by up to 70 to 90 percent during the first months of the pandemic, while CT scans, MRIs, and other cancer-related procedures have been delayed. SIT LESS, MOVE MORE TO LOWER CANCER MORTALITY RISK, STUDY SAYS "Now, I spoke to Dr. [Stephen] Hahn ... this morning, the commissioner of the [Food and Drug Administration], who said they’re trying now to double up on treatments -- treatments that have been delayed: chemo, and immunotherapy," he remarked. "They’re trying to accelerate it when they can safely to compensate for it. "But, clinical trials for new cancer treatments have also been delayed. They’re still ongoing, but the trials themselves have been delayed," Siegel continued. "They’re trying to mail the...
    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia has detained two police officers suspected of hurting a migrant as the European Union country faces renewed reports of violence and pushbacks against people crossing from Bosnia or Serbia while trying to reach Western Europe. Croatian police in the past have repeatedly denied allegations leveled by migrants and human rights organizations. Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic on Friday insisted police respond to any such cases. “I am not happy something like this happened … they in a way tainted the honorable police job,” Bozinovic said. The arrests in Croatia came as two independent experts working for the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council on Friday urged Croatia to immediately investigate reports of excessive use of force, “including acts amounting to torture and ill-treatment.” Felipe González Morales, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, and Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman...
    What do spooky clowns do outside of Halloween? Spread joy, of course. PARENTS OF HUGGING TODDLER 'BESTIES' SPEAK OUT ON RESURFACED VIRAL VIDEO: 'MORE RELEVANT THAN IT WAS BEFORE' Four-year-old Brodie was celebrating a milestone moment — the end of his cancer treatment after battling stage 3 Burkitt lymphoma since he was diagnosed in December, Yahoo Lifestyle reported. However, because of the coronavirus, Brodie was unable to revel with the traditional bell-ringing in front of friends and family at the hospital. But that didn’t stop the brave little boy from having some much-needed fanfare to mark the occasion, with the help of a few scary friends. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER Brodie, a lover of scary movies and clowns, in particular, was surprised on June 7, aka National Cancer Survivor Day, by a slew of ghoulish characters from Turlock’s Ranch of Horror — and the 4-year-old loved every second. “Our clowns...
    Halsey is giving her social media followers a brutally candid look at the protests in Los Angeles. She is one of the many celebrities who have taken to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, who was recently killed in police custody. But the "Eastside" singer isn't just marching alongside people—she's also been tending to injuries and providing people with impromptu medical treatment. In an Instagram post shared on June 1, Halsey noted that since doctors are busy and worn down from the coronavirus pandemic, those who are getting hurt during the protests are not receiving proper medical attention. So, Halsey has taken it upon herself to tend to some of the injured, despite the fact that she isn't a health professional. Halsey attends the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 01, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The singer is one of many...
    Former President Barack Obama on Friday demanded an end to the "legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment," following the recent death of George Floyd in Minnesota. "It's natural to wish for life 'to just get back to normal' as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us," Obama wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. "But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly 'normal'—whether it's while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in the park." My statement on the death of George Floyd: pic.twitter.com/Hg1k9JHT6R— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 29, 2020 "This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America," the former president continued in his statement. "It can't be "normal." If we want our children to grow up in a nation that...
    Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.Stroke patients are arriving at hospitals and treatment centers an average of more than two hours later than they should amid the coronavirus pandemic, new research reveals, imperiling their chance of survival. A study published today in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery (JNIS) shows ischemic stroke patients are arriving to hospitals and treatment centers an average of 160 minutes later during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with a similar timeframe in 2019. Scientists assessed 710 patients presenting with acute ischemic strokes at 12 stroke centers across six states. It compared the period of February and March 2019 (the baseline period) to February 2020 (the "pre-COVID-19" period) and March 2020 (the "COVID-19" period). CAT IN FRANCE THAT CONTRACTED COVID-19 SURVIVES INFECTION A new study examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on stroke patients' arrival time to hospitals....
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