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.

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare Push

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare Push

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare PushTim Pannell/Corbis/Getty ImagesAlphabet’s London-based AI lab DeepMind made history in 2016 when its AlphaGo software defeated a champion at the complex board game Go. On Tuesday the company said it was handing off a seemingly much simpler software challenge: a healthcare app for hospital staff called Streams being tested by UK hospitals.That project and its staff will be transferred to DeepMind’s much larger sister Google.

Is the ‘Heat Day’ the New Snow Day?

Is the ‘Heat Day’ the New Snow Day?

By the end of the century, there could be 33 of those very hot days annually in Cranford, according to a New York Times analysis, meaning that the number of “extreme heat days” during the school year could rise sharply.On Wednesday, three high school students at the Bergen Arts and Science Charter High School in Hackensack, N.J., were taken to the hospital to be treated for heat-related illness after running a mile in gym class as temperatures climbed above 90 degrees.“I’m very upset with the school,” said Joseph Dymarczyk, the father of a sophomore who was treated for exhaustion.