As Covid Cases Rise, So Do Hospital-Related Infections

As Covid Cases Rise, So Do Hospital-Related Infections

The CDC’s new data shows that the only types of hospital infections to decline last year were surgical-site infections following colon surgery or hysterectomy (the kind that requires an open incision, not those done by laparoscopy), and also C.

Why Florida’s Covid Surge Is Screwing With the Water Supply (Hint: Oxygen)

Why Florida’s Covid Surge Is Screwing With the Water Supply (Hint: Oxygen)

Just over half of Florida’s total population is fully vaccinated.“What we know is that the lack of liquid oxygen is due to a driver shortage and the need for available supplies to be diverted to local hospitals due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” says Brandon Moore, spokesperson for Tampa Bay Water.

They Claimed the Covid Vaccine Made Them Sick—and Went Viral

They Claimed the Covid Vaccine Made Them Sick—and Went Viral

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.The videos all made the same claims: both Skelton and Desselle had been vaccinated for Covid-19 shortly before developing their tremors, and the vaccine, they alleged, was to blame.

A Ransomware Attack Has Struck a Major US Hospital Chain

A Ransomware Attack Has Struck a Major US Hospital Chain

The company's statement did confirm that the "IT network across Universal Health Services facilities is currently offline, due to an IT security issue," and that patient and employee data appear not to have been compromised in the attack.

Mental Health in the US is Suffering—Will It Go Back to Normal?

Mental Health in the US is Suffering—Will It Go Back to Normal?

Some callers have preexisting mental health conditions and reached out because of concerns about accessing medication or treatment during a pandemic, she writes; others did not have anxiety or depression diagnoses but were beginning to experience symptoms.

Hydroxychloroquine Still Doesn’t Do Anything, New Data Shows

Hydroxychloroquine Still Doesn’t Do Anything, New Data Shows

Health care workers gave hospitalized people the drug in the early days of the pandemic (because they didn’t have much else to give), and influential voices like carmaker Elon Musk and President Donald Trump advocated for it as a possible cure.

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

On Thursday, as Florida began its Phase 2 reopening, the state’s department of health reported 1,419 new coronavirus cases—its biggest single-day spike since the pandemic arrived in the state.

Let's Put an End to Annual Physicals

Let's Put an End to Annual Physicals

The doctor looked in my ears, shined a light in my eyes and mouth, and listened to my heart and lungs with his stethoscope, before ending the exam with this: “Turn your head and cough, sir.” I did what I was told, but the whole experience felt absurd.

Zoom Security Gets a Boost With Keybase Acquisition

Zoom Security Gets a Boost With Keybase Acquisition

The good news is that a relatively very small number of people could actually have been identified by data, and CAM4 says no malicious hackers found it.Other bad news: A Facebook bug caused popular iOS apps like Spotify and TikTok to crash repeatedly for a couple of hours this week.

Hospitals Quickly Reshape to Treat Covid-19 Patients

Hospitals Quickly Reshape to Treat Covid-19 Patients

Until mid-March, the emergency room entrance at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, looked much like the entrance to other ERs: an illuminated red “EMERGENCY” sign mounted on a brick facade, above an open space where cars and ambulances could unload patients.

What Does Covid-19 Do to Your Brain?

What Does Covid-19 Do to Your Brain?

Scientists are still trying to figure out if the same is true for Covid-19, or if the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 is actually invading the nervous system directly.If the coronavirus is breaching the blood-brain barrier and infecting neurons, that could make it harder to find effective treatments.

Trials of Plasma From Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have Begun

Trials of Plasma From Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have Begun

Part of what the FDA approved was expanded access, so that places with a lot of blood donors could collect that plasma and send it to hospitals around the country—perhaps hundreds—where doctors want to use it on people who are just starting to decline from Covid-19, but before they need a ventilator.

A Wearable for Opioid Patients Gets Retooled for Covid-19

A Wearable for Opioid Patients Gets Retooled for Covid-19

Sick patients need their vitals recorded and their symptoms monitored, and staff needs to get updates if someone’s condition starts to worsen (from fever and cough to shortness of breath as blood oxygen levels fall).

The Race to Keep Health Care Workers Protected from Covid-19

The Race to Keep Health Care Workers Protected from Covid-19

Access to personal protective equipment (PPE) is severely limited in many parts of the country, testing remains inadequate, and the likelihood of shortages of everything from masks to ventilators to hospital beds has left many workers stressed out, angry, and, in some cases, resigned to endure bedlam.

The US Army Corps of Engineers Deploys Against Coronavirus

The US Army Corps of Engineers Deploys Against Coronavirus

New York governor Andrew Cuomo estimated Tuesday that the state would need 140,000 hospital beds to care for the incoming wave of Covid-19 patients, with an apex coming within 14 to 21 days.Enter the USACE.New York governor Andrew Cuomo toured construction of temporary hospital space at the Javitz Center this week.

Plant Shutdowns, Vital Truckers, and More Car News This Week

Plant Shutdowns, Vital Truckers, and More Car News This Week

Covid-19 is bad news for the automotive industry, and even worse news for the electric vehicle proponents .The Navy will deploy two hospital ships to help with the coronavirus response, but a surgeon who served on one of them doesn’t think it’s a great place to treat infectious disease patients.

Singapore Was Ready for Covid-19—Other Countries, Take Note

Singapore Was Ready for Covid-19—Other Countries, Take Note

One article from personnel in the radiology department at Singapore General Hospital describes keeping teams of health care workers separate from one another in case one has to be quarantined, and physical separations for different kinds of patients—all sorts of seemingly small systematic changes that limit the spread of an infectious disease.

What's Social Distancing? Flattening the Curve? Your Covid-19 Questions, Answered.

What's Social Distancing? Flattening the Curve? Your Covid-19 Questions, Answered.

According to early research published in the New England Journal of Medicine that looked at more than 1,000 Wuhan residents who contracted the coronavirus, it’s not just older adults that are susceptible to severe illness; people with chronic health conditions are also at a higher risk.

The US’ Health Depends on How It Cares for Healthcare Workers

The US’ Health Depends on How It Cares for Healthcare Workers

The alternative to risking a maybe-avoidable loss of hospital staff is to put patients and the workers who treat them into infection-prevention gear.

A Fast Walker Gets Stuck in the Slow Lane

A Fast Walker Gets Stuck in the Slow Lane

Life was too slow back home, and walking like a native New Yorker—briskly, with confidence—was something I was going to have to do if I was going to fit in.In those first weeks, I wasn’t walking enough to nudge the bar graph in the Health app up anywhere close to a mile.

The US Has Its First ‘Community Spread’ Coronavirus Case

The US Has Its First ‘Community Spread’ Coronavirus Case

The CDC specified only that the patient was in California; the California Department of Public Health announced that the patient was a resident of Solano County—which, as other reports have pointed out, is the location of one of the Air Force bases being used for quarantines of people who’ve returned to the US from countries with the disease.

BoJack Horseman Made It Easier to Get Out of Bed

BoJack Horseman Made It Easier to Get Out of Bed

BoJack’s very first episode, from 2014, features the final scene of Horsin’ Around’s very last.The hospital joke also portends the bleak turn Bojack itself would take.

Scientists Find a Weak Spot in Some Superbugs' Defenses

Scientists Find a Weak Spot in Some Superbugs' Defenses

Soon after the procedure, she came to a local hospital with low blood pressure and what turned out to be a dangerous antibiotic-resistant infection from a bacteria called Enterococcus faecalis.

Decades-Old Code Is Putting Millions of Critical Devices at Risk

Decades-Old Code Is Putting Millions of Critical Devices at Risk

Today Armis, the Department of Homeland Security, the Food and Drug Administration, and a broad swath of so-called real-time operating system and device companies disclosed that Urgent/11, a suite of network protocol bugs, exist in far more platforms than originally believed.

The Desperate Race to Neutralize a Lethal Superbug Yeast

The Desperate Race to Neutralize a Lethal Superbug Yeast

C. auris has been diagnosed in patients in more than 30 countries on six continents, and when investigators talk about it, they use ominous phrases such as “pandemic potential.” (At an international conference last year, the head of fungal studies at the CDC described the super-yeast as “more infectious than Ebola.”).

Blow Out Your Knee? Hope Your Surgeon's Got a VR Headset

Blow Out Your Knee? Hope Your Surgeon's Got a VR Headset

In a pilot study conducted at UCLA and presented recently at a meeting of orthopedic surgeons, medical students who practiced a common procedure in VR significantly outperformed those who used conventional preparation methods.

How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer

How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer

The group of researchers considering this possibility were called cancer immunotherapists, and by the time Emily Whitehead showed up at the hospital, they had already spent decades on the problem.

'Heartbeat' Bills Get the Science of Fetal Heartbeats All Wrong

'Heartbeat' Bills Get the Science of Fetal Heartbeats All Wrong

These bills generally say that a “fetal heartbeat” helps predict whether a pregnancy will result in a living baby; the model legislation many states use refers to that fetal cardiac activity as a marker of “an unborn human individual,” defining a moment where alive-ness starts.

The True Dollar Cost of the Anti-Vaccine Movement

The True Dollar Cost of the Anti-Vaccine Movement

A case report written by a physician who treated him along with staff members at the state health department and published this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relates what happened next.

Will Machines Be Able to Tell When Patients Are About to Die?

Will Machines Be Able to Tell When Patients Are About to Die?

An AI dying algorithm portends major changes for the field of palliative care, and there are companies pursuing this goal of predicting the timing of mortality, like CareSkore, but predicting whether someone will die while in a hospital is just one dimension of what neural networks can predict from the data in a health system’s electronic records.