ANALYSIS AND COMMENTS

USA: Nevada man’s COVID-19 reinfection, the first in the US, is ‘yellow caution light’ about risk of coronavirus

October 2020 Yahoo; An otherwise healthy 25-year-old Nevada man is the first American confirmed to have caught COVID-19 twice, with the second infection worse than the first. He has recovered, but his case raises questions about how long people are protected after being infected with the coronavirus that causes the …

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A public health researcher is warning that ultra-processed foods like white bread and burgers could damage your heart

October 2020 Yahoo; Ultra-processed foods are designed to be cheap, convenient, and keep us energized and full until the next meal. But increasingly, health experts are discovering these foods aren’t great at keeping us satisfied, or even alive, long-term. A new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control suggests that …

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Can Social Informatics Improve Social Determinants of Health Data?

September 2020 EHRIntelligence; Social informatics could be the answer to some of healthcare’s social determinants of health (SDOH) data problems, according to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).   The rise of value-based reimbursement has led the medical field to increasingly recognize the importance of meeting not …

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Researchers say Hong Kong man is first confirmed to have Covid-19 twice — but more research is needed

August 2020 CNN; A 33-year-old man living in Hong Kong had Covid-19 twice this year, according to preliminary research out of China.  The pre-print study — which the University of Hong Kong said on Monday has been accepted to publish in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases — found that the man’s second case of …

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China says it’s been vaccinating doctors and border workers since July

August 2020 CNN; China has been using an experimental coronavirus vaccine on people who work in “high risk” professions since July, including front line medical professionals and border inspectors, a senior official from the national health commission revealed over the weekend. Zheng Zhongwei, director of the Science and Technology Development Center of the …

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Remdesivir, the only FDA-authorized drug for COVID-19, may not significantly improve outcomes, a study found

August 2020 BusinessInsider; Remdesivir is as close to famous as an antiviral treatment gets. The drug is the only one that has gotten emergency authorization from the FDA as a coronavirus treatment.  Gilead Sciences began developing remdesivir as a treatment for Ebola in 2009, and though it was never approved …

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