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Jump in helpline calls after cocooning announced

ALONE, the organisation that supports people to age at home, received over 1,100 calls to its COVID-19 helpline on Saturday, March 28, following the introduction of cocooning measures for people over the age of 70 and those who are extremely medically vuln ...

Public-private hospital agreement reached

The Government has reached agreement with the Private Hospitals Association (PHA) to use their facilities for the treatment of both COVID-19 and non-COVID 19 patients during the current pandemic crisis. According to the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, the plan &q ...

Eight more deaths from COVID-19

A further eight patients with COVID-19 (coronavirus) have died in the Republic, bringing the total number of deaths here to 54. Five females and three males died, with six of these deaths occurring in the east, one in the south and one in the west. The ave ...

Concern over people avoiding GPs and EDs

Doctors have expressed concern that some people with ongoing chronic illnesses or serious ailments may be ignoring their symptoms, and avoiding visiting their GP or Emergency Department (ED) as a result of fears over COVID-19 (coronavirus). According to pr ...

Ten more COVID-19 deaths confirmed

A further 10 patients with COVID-19 (coronavirus) have died in the Republic, bringing the total number of deaths here to 46. Eight men and two women died, with six of these deaths located in the east of the country, three in the north west and one in the s ...

Patients with COVID-19 GI symptoms experience delayed diagnosis, viral clearance

Patients who develop new-onset digestive symptoms, like diarrhea, after a possible exposure to COVID-19 should be suspected for the illness, according to research published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. In the study, Xiaohua Hou, MD, PhD, of ...

Certain medical devices with FDA priority review have higher recall rates

High-risk, or class 3, medical devices that underwent FDA priority review had higher recall rates and less time on the market before serious recalls vs. high-risk devices that received standard review, data published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed. “The ...

Blood test detects dozens of cancer types, often before symptoms emerge

A novel blood test accurately detected more than 50 types of cancer with a specificity of 99.3%, according to results of the prospective Circulating Cell-free Genome Atlas study published in Annals of Oncology. The test, which uses targeted methylation ana ...

Ticagrelor monotherapy beneficial in complex PCI, diabetes: New TWILIGHT data

In new findings from the TWILIGHT trial of patients who underwent PCI, switching from dual antiplatelet therapy to ticagrelor monotherapy after 3 months benefited patients who had complex PCI and patients with diabetes. As Healio previously reported, in th ...

UK coronavirus measures 'making a difference'

People are heeding the advice to stay home to keep pressure off the NHS- and it's working, says advisor. ...

VIDEO: Impact of COVID-19 on use of telehealth

William D. Chey, MD, from the Michigan Medicine Gastroenterology Clinic, Taubman Center at the University of Michigan, said COVID-19 has impacted the use of video visits with patients. He said almost every practice will expand its telehealth capabilities, ...

FDA approves Taltz for pediatric psoriasis

The FDA has approved a supplemental biologics license application for ixekizumab in pediatric patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, according to a press release from Eli Lilly. The 80 mg/mL injection is approved for use in patients eligible fo ...

Decision: Coronavirus (COVID-19): ministerial direction on spend

Letters authorising spend on urgent coronavirus (COVID-19) issues by the Department of Health and Social Care and its ALBs. ...

World’s first drone delivery of insulin may be useful model in pandemic response

A successful drone delivery of insulin for a person with diabetes in a remote location in Ireland may serve as a useful model for health care delivery during a future pandemic response, according to data presented at the Endocrine Society Annual Meeting. “ ...

Covid-19 human vaccine trials to begin in coming months

Johnson and Johnson will start coronavirus vaccine trials in humans later this year and the pharmaceutical company says it hopes the drug will be ready for emergency use by early next year. ...

Survey: Primary care practices ‘shutting down’ due to COVID-19

COVID-19 has had a major impact on primary care offices, resulting in fewer routine visits, high staffing shortages and more telehealth visits despite uncertainty surrounding reimbursement, according to survey results of more than 500 primary care physicia ...

FDA approves Imfinzi for extensive-stage small cell lung cancer

The FDA approved durvalumab in combination with standard chemotherapy as first-line treatment of adults with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer. The approval applies to use of durvalumab (Imfinzi, AstraZeneca) — a human monoclonal antibody that binds t ...

NHS boss: Nightingale hospital an 'extraordinary team effort'

London's Docklands area is now home to a temporary Covid-19 hospital. ...

CPAP use linked to higher incidence of dry eye

ATLANTA – Researchers found that the incidence of dry eye disease was higher in patients using continuous positive airway pressure or nasal mask therapy devices compared with the incidence in the general U.S. population, according to a poster presented her ...

Body positioning may affect lung recruitability in COVID-19-related ARDS

Alternating between supine and prone positioning appeared to improve lung recruitability in a small cohort of mechanically ventilated patients with severe COVID-19 infection who developed acute respiratory distress syndrome in Wuhan, China, according to a ...