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Restrictions to fight virus should be extended- NPHET

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is today expected to recommend that the current tight restrictions on movement introduced nearly two weeks ago to help contain the spread of Covid-19 should be extended past Easter Sunday. ...

Another 28 people have died from COVID-19

A further 28 people with COVID-19 have died in the Republic, and the number of new cases has jumped to its highest daily figure yet. According to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), 15 females and 13 males have died. Twenty-two of these were ...

Emergency ophthalmic services still available

People who are looking to access ophthalmic services have been reassured that those with emergencies will still be cared for. According to the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), while all elective and routine ophthalmology work has been postponed for ...

What counts as severe asthma?

The Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) has explained in full what severe asthma is, after many people were confused about who should be cocooning or not during the COVID-19 crisis. People who are considered "extremely medically vulnerable", includin ...

'Covid-19 is kicking our butts'- New York medic's view

Irish-American healthcare worker Jim Nealon- a physician assistant at NYU Hospital in Brooklyn- is on the frontline of New York's fight against coronavirus and says "Covid-19 is kicking our butts". ...

Hospitals Warn Nurses and Doctors Not to Speak Out on Coronavirus

Hospitals have warned, disciplined and even fired staff members who went public with workplace concerns about coronavirus precautions. ...

Ryanair cannot rule out job cuts in coming months

Ryanair has warned pilots that it cannot rule out extended lay-offs and/or job losses in the coming months to protect the long-term viability of its Irish operation, as it has no certainty about when aviation services will return to normal. ...

PPV, subretinal tissue plasminogen activator injection effective for submacular hemorrhage

Pars plana vitrectomy with subretinal tissue plasminogen activator injection led to significant vision improvement in patients with fovea-involving macular hemorrhage, according to a study. “Patients with submacular hemorrhage from any cause should be cons ...

At the Center of a Storm: the Search for a Proven Coronavirus Treatment

Taking an experimental drug can be worse than taking nothing at all, warns Dr. Andre Kalil: “You are treating emotion.” ...

Myocardial flow reserve may guide successful treatment strategy in ischemic HF

Myocardial flow reserve from PET imaging in patients with ischemic HF may identify those with a greater outcome benefit from CABG vs. PCI, according to data presented at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session. This study was the second-place ...

Improve breast cancer survival through knowledge, behaviors, coordination

Although significant progress has been made in breast cancer care, challenges and opportunities remain in cancer survivorship. “There are a growing number of breast cancer survivors. It is estimated that there will be more than 18 million cancer survivors ...

VIDEO: Telehealth a huge challenge with tremendous upside

Marian Macsai, MD, a cornea specialist at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Chicago, discusses the challenges of implementing telehealth but also outlines reasons why she thinks the switch to more telehealth may be the best thing to emerge from the COV ...

Covid-19: 28 more deaths, 500 further cases

The Department of Health has confirmed a further 28 people with Covid-19 have died in Ireland, bringing the overall death toll to 263. ...

FDA approves Braftovi with Erbitux for metastatic colorectal cancer subset

The FDA approved encorafenib in combination with cetuximab for adults with previously treated BRAF V600E-mutant metastatic colorectal cancer. Encorafenib (Braftovi, Pfizer) is an oral small molecule kinase inhibitor that targets BRAF V600E. Cetuximab (Erbi ...

Smokers and Vapers May Be at Greater Risk for Covid-19

Tobacco and marijuana products damage lungs, where the virus does its harm. Health officials are urging people to quit, and temporary sales bans are even being discussed. ...

Q&A: Fasting tool can ‘empower’ Muslims with diabetes to control health during Ramadan

During Ramadan, observant Muslims fast and forgo medications from sunrise to sunset for 1 month. Islamic law allows those with health conditions such as diabetes to avoid fasting, but data indicate not all of such Muslim patients accept the dispensation, a ...

In very low LVEF, CABG has lower MACE, mortality rates vs. PCI

Patients with severely reduced left ventricular ejection fraction and CAD who underwent PCI had higher rates of MACE and mortality compared with those who underwent CABG, according to a study published in JAMA Cardiology. “These benefits were also observed ...

How to Quit Smoking and Vaping During the Coronavirus Pandemic

now. The good news: There are a lot of helpful resources. ...

Psychiatric patients with altered metabolic profile may not receive adequate treatment

Psychiatric patients have a higher prevalence of metabolic syndrome than the general population and may not receive adequate treatment for metabolic disruptions, according to results of a Swiss population-based cohort study published in Journal of Clinical ...

More research needed on anticoagulation for patients with CKD

SCOTTSDALE — More research is needed on the value of anticoagulation for patients with late-stage chronic kidney disease with atrial fibrillation who are on dialysis in efforts to prevent stroke, according to a presentation here. “This is a difficult dilem ...

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