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Surprising Ways Quarantine Affects Migraine

While the COVID-19 quarantine is making most people feel anxious, people with migraine may notice that their symptoms are less severe. Some even report fewer attacks and less pain...

Does Hospital Magnet Status Live Up to Promise?

Almost 40 years have passed since the American Academy of Nursing Taskforce published a study highlighting the Forces of Magnetism concept to describe organizations that possessed qualities...
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Why Are 1 in 10 Heart Surgery Patients Prescribed Opioids Still Taking them 3 Months Later?

Almost 10% of patients who are on prescription opioid medications after heart surgery continue to use opioids more than 90 days after their operation, according to a...

Should Volunteers be Intentionally Infected with COVID-19 to Develop a Vaccine?

Scientists around the world have been working at a breakneck pace to bring a COVID-19 vaccine to fruition, sooner rather than later. As of mid-June, more than 160 potential...
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When Does Migraine Raise Risk of Ischemic Stroke?

Patients with migraine with aura (MWA) have a higher risk of stroke, according to a new review of the current research, which also suggests that a subset of auras...

Results from a Pilot Program for Monitoring COVID-19 Patients at Home

Most patients with Covid-19 don't require hospitalization. So how do you monitor patients who have COVID-19 symptoms but are not ill enough to come to the emergency department? And...

Low-Cost Steroid Reduces Mortality for COVID Patients on Respiratory Support

Dexamethasone, a synthetic corticosteroid, has been on the market for nearly 60 years and is used to treat an exhaustive number of medical conditions.  These include rheumatic conditions such as...

New Treatment Offers Hope to Mesothelioma Patients

New treatment for advanced mesothelioma may improve the quality of life for patients who have few options. Transarterial chemoperfusion treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) comes with minimal side effects...

Cancer Drug Improves Outcomes in Severe COVID-19 Infection

In the race to find effective treatments for patients with severe cases of COVID-19 infection, researchers are not only evaluating new experimental agents and treatments but are...

Virus DNA Can Spread to 60% of Hospital Surfaces Within 10 Hours

Aiming to safely simulate how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, can spread across surfaces in a hospital, researchers left virus DNA on the rail of a...

PAs on the Front Lines Face Furloughs and Job Cuts

Physician assistants (PAs) are increasingly choosing to work in hospitals over office-based practices, according to a report issued last week by the National Commission on Certification of...

New Research Reveals Risks of PPE-Related Skin Injuries

Some 42.8 percent of medical staff treating patients with COVID-19 have experienced serious skin injury due to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as goggles,...

More Internationally-Trained Nurses Can Boost Patient Safety, Quality of Care

The need for more diversity and inclusion among nurses and PAs is well-established, and the benefits proven by research. But the relative value of immigrant and nursing...

9 out of 10 Nurses Concerned About COVID-19, PPE: Survey

Healthcare workers fear going back to work for lack of protection from COVID-19, and nine out of 10 say access to personal protective equipment (PPE) is a...

Research Suggests Adding Yoga to Prescribed Migraine Treatments May Increase Effectiveness

When it comes to migraine headaches, heavy workloads, emotional stress and rotating night shifts can create a perfect storm of triggers for healthcare professionals. Hence, it may...

How to Identify a Counterfeit N95 Respirator

Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, frontline healthcare providers (HCPs) have consistently been forced to deal with dwindling, limited or non-existent PPE, especially N95 filtering facepiece...

COVID-19 Vaccine: Clinical Trial Update

The race is on to develop an effective vaccine for the coronavirus. A very early research trial has sent ripples across the scientific community, offering cautionary hope...
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What is Remdesivir? FDA Authorizes Experimental Drug to Treat COVID-19

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat hospitalized patients with coronavirus. It is...

Coronavirus Antibody Tests Pose Hope and Uncertainty, as WHO Warns of Reinfection

What is an antibody test? Unlike polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which are intended to identify active cases of COVID-19 infection, antibody tests...

Shortages in Personal Protective Equipment Persist, Prompting Important Innovations

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to evolve in the U.S., one thing has still not changed: A lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). Although state and local...

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