COVID-19

The directive urges an adequate supply of medicines in rural areas

The directive urges an adequate supply of medicines in rural areas

A volunteer medical team, consisting of a university professor of medicine and his postgraduate students, tested the blood oxygen saturation level of a rural resident in Chenzhou, Hunan province last week . They have also delivered health kits to those living in remote areas. [Photo by Cao Zhengping/For China Daily] Local governments must ensure that …

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NIH launches Home Test to Treat, a COVID-19 telehealth pilot program

NIH launches Home Test to Treat, a COVID-19 telehealth pilot program

Press release Thursday, January 5, 2023 Berks County, Pennsylvania is the first community to join a partnership with local public health departments. The National Institutes of Health, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR), has launched the Home Test to Treat program, an all-virtual …

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Care for complex and critically ill patients must include mental health

Care for complex and critically ill patients must include mental health

Anxiety and worry AdobeStock_404652271 Visits to the doctor can instill anxiety in anyone, even for the most routine appointments. But when a patient receives a life-changing diagnosis, such as cancer or multiple sclerosis, they take on an enormous burden that complicates their life in multiple ways. In addition to living with the disease itself, patients …

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Germany: Children's clinics on the verge of collapse as the government buys nuclear bombers

Germany: Children’s clinics on the verge of collapse as the government buys nuclear bombers

Germany is currently experiencing a surge in deaths related to COVID-19 and other serious respiratory illnesses, pushing the country’s children’s hospitals to the brink of collapse. Just before Christmas, the German parliament decided it was better to spend taxpayers’ money on nuclear bombers. The decision highlights the criminal policies of the ruling class. On December …

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Non-life insurers expected to experience strong growth on rising premium income

Non-life insurers expected to experience strong growth on rising premium income

Express press service NEW DELHI: After going through a period of moderate growth due to the Covid-19-induced disruptions, the non-life insurance sector is poised to come back. Helped by favorable regulations, improving macroeconomic environment and profitability, non-life insurers are expected to experience robust premium income growth and a lower loss ratio next year. “Non-life insurers’ …

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Survivors of gangs and gun violence, these women now help others deal with their grief

Simple Corsi-Rosenthal boxes can help reduce exposure to indoor air pollutants

A team of researchers from the Brown University School of Public Health, the Brown School of Engineering and the Silent Spring Institute have found that simple air-filtering devices called Corsi-Rosenthal boxes are effective to reduce indoor air pollutants. The study, which analyzed the effectiveness of Corsi-Rosenthal boxes installed at the School of Public Health to …

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Our view: Access to mental health care is improving for veterinarians

Our view: Access to mental health care is improving for veterinarians

Kudos to Blue Earth County’s approval as a Veterans Administration Community Care Provider. This designation means that area veterans seeking mental health counseling no longer have to travel to the Twin Cities. Instead, they can get services from Mankato. Any veteran enrolled in VA health care can now request to be seen by clinicians at …

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COVID-19 epidemiology can be estimated using blood donation samples

COVID-19 epidemiology can be estimated using blood donation samples

An article published in the journal eLife reports a study in which researchers concluded that the proportion of the population previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 (infection-induced seroprevalence) can be estimated using samples from donated blood. The results offer a kind of “portrait” of the first year of the COVID-19 epidemic in Brazil. According to the authors, …

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New intervention helps substance abuse patients better manage their health

Mental health chatbots can effectively engage people with depression, study finds

Clinician-researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have found that mental health chatbots are able to effectively engage people with depression in empathetic conversations and help treat their symptoms . Chatbots or conversational agents are computer programs that simulate human conversations. They are increasingly being used in healthcare, for example, to help manage mental …

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