Tag: COVID-19

COVID-19-related delays for CRC screening causing 11.9% increase in mortality

Editor's Note New research presented October 12 at UEG [United European Gastroenterology] Week Virtual 2020 shows that delays in colorectal cancer (CRC) screening caused by COVID-19 has resulted in significantly increased mortality rates. Researchers at the University of Bologna, Italy, developed a model to forecast the impact of delayed CRC…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 12, 2020
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AI, robots to transform hospitals' resilience to COVID-19, future disasters

Editor's Note Leandro Pecchia, PhD, associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, has been awarded ¬£13 million (nearly $17 million) for the ODIN project. The project will explore the use of robots and artificial intelligence (AI) to ease pressures on hospitals during recovery from COVID-19…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 12, 2020
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Effectiveness of remdesivir for adults with COVID-19

Editor's Note In this study, funded by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, researchers find that remdesivir probably improves recovery from COVID-19 and reduces serious adverse events and mortality. This analysis of four randomized trials finds that remdesivir compared with placebo may improve recovery (ARD, 7% to 10%), reduce mortality…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 8, 2020
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CMS threatens to withhold payments from hospitals not reporting COVID-19, flu data

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on October 6 released guidance on how it will implement an interim final rule that requires hospitals and critical access hospitals to report data on COVID-19 and flu patients. CMS says failure to report specified data may lead to termination…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 8, 2020
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Elective cancer surgery in COVID-19-free surgical pathways

Editor's Note This international, multicenter study finds that dedicated COVID-19-free surgical pathways should be established to provide safe elective cancer surgery during the pandemic. Researchers from more than 130 countries examined data on 9,171 patients in 55 countries from the start of the pandemic to the middle of April 2020.…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 8, 2020
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FDA issues guidance on EUA for COVID-19 vaccines

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 6 released guidance on the data and information needed to support the issuance of emergency use authorization (EUA) for COVID-19 vaccines. The recommended data and information include: chemistry, manufacturing, and controls information clinical and nonclinical data and information administration and…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 8, 2020
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Study finds significantly less risk of COVID-19 transmission from anesthetic procedures

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK, find that intubation and extubation of patients during general anesthesia may produce only a fraction of the aerosols previously thought, much less than that produced during a regular cough. The researchers conducted real-time, high-resolution environmental monitoring…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 7, 2020
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CDC updates guidance on how COVID-19 spreads

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on October 5, issued updated guidance to its "How COVID-19 Spreads" website, which includes information on the potential for airborne spread of the virus. The CDC says that, based on current science, it continues to believe people are more likely…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 7, 2020
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AONL: Nursing leadership COVID-19 survey

Editor's Note More than 86% of nursing leaders say they feel prepared for a future COVID-19 surge, in a Joslin Marketing survey of more than 1,800 members of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL). Respondents to the July survey said their biggest challenges included: communicating and implementing policy changes…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 6, 2020
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HHS renews public health emergency for COVID-19

Editor's Note Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Alex Azar, on October 2, renewed the national public health emergency (PHE) for COVID-19 for another 90 days. The renewal will take effect October 23. This is the third renewal of PHE, which has been in effect since late January. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 6, 2020
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