31 Mar 2020

U.S. TAXPAYERS PAID MILLIONS TO DESIGN A LOW-COST VENTILATOR FOR A PANDEMIC: INSTEAD, A ROYAL PHILIPS N.V. SUBSIDIARY IS SELLING VERSIONS OF IT OVERSEAS.

    By Patricia Callahan, Sebastian Rotella and Tim Golden ProPublica   Five years ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tried to plug a crucial hole in its preparations for a global pandemic, signing a $13.8 million contract with a Pennsylvania manufacturer to create a low-cost, portable, easy-to-use ventilator that

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28 Mar 2020

MEDTRONIC FOUNDATION GIVES $10 MILLION MORE TO COVID-19 EFFORTS

  The Medtronic  Foundation is making an additional $10 million in contributions to COVID-19 relief efforts around the world. The Fridley, Minn.-based company spokesman said that the funds will be put toward training and supervising frontline health workers, ensuring their safety (including the provision of personal protective equipmonprofit partners working

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28 Mar 2020

PHYSICIANS FEAR FOR THEIR FAMILIES AS THEY BATTLE CORONAVIRUS WITH TOO LITTLE ARMOR

  By Laura Ungar Dr. Jessica Kisoip0s’ twin girls cry most mornings when she goes to work. They’re 9, old enough to know she could catch the coronavirus from her patients and get so sick she could die. Kiss shares that fear and worries at least as much about bringing the virus

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21 Mar 2020

RADIOLOGY EXPERTS LIST COVID-19 BEST PRACTICES

  By Kate Madden Yee A panel of experts from six institutions has released a list of best practices for radiology preparedness during the coronavirus health crisis. It was published March 16 in the journal Radiology. The article describes priorities for handling coronavirus cases and strategies radiology departments can put

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21 Mar 2020

A MEDICAL WORKER DESCRIBES TERRIFYING LUNG FAILURE FROM COVID-19 — EVEN IN HIS YOUNG PATIENTS

“It first struck me how different it was when I saw my first coronavirus patient go bad. I was like, Holy shit, this is not the flu. Watching this relatively young guy, gasping for air, pink frothy secretions coming out of his tube.”   By Lizzie Presser   As of

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20 Mar 2020

U.S. MILITARY AND THE DOMESTIC CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE: KEY QUESTIONS

    By Josh Michaud and Kellie Moss The domestic response to coronavirus in the U.S. is rapidly expanding. At this point, every U.S. state and territory has declared an emergency, and President Trump has declared the pandemic to represent a national emergency. Yet there are concerns that response capabilities

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20 Mar 2020

IVC JOINS VS IN DELAY OF CONFERENCE UNTIL JULY

    By Larry Storer The International Vein Conference scheduled for April 30-May 2 in Miami Beach, Florida, has been delayed until July, Chairman Jose I. Almeida said March 20. At the time it was either to be July 9-11 or 10-12. He hopes to have the final date nailed

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19 Mar 2020

SF BAY AREA LOCKS DOWN 7 MILLION PEOPLE UNTIL APRIL 7; MORE LOCKDOWNS TO COME

  By Jenny Gold and Rachel Bluth Life came to a grinding halt for millions of San Francisco Bay Area residents as the most stringent isolation orders in the country took effect Tuesday. To stem the spread of the new coronavirus, roughly 7 million people in seven counties were instructed

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18 Mar 2020

FDA REMOVES THE RED TAPE ON TEST DEVELOPERS MARCH 18

  Despite a decade of tightly regulating testing, the FDA is now allowing companies to proceed with their diagnostic tests for COVID-19 without first submitting them for federal review or obtaining an official emergency clearance. In the past, the FDA has warned of the personal health risks that could follow

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14 Mar 2020

CORONAVIRUS IS UNLIKE ANYTHING IN OUR LIFETIME, AND WE HAVE TO STOP COMPARING IT TO THE FLU

   EDITOR’s NOTE: Longtime health reporter Charles Ornstein says that comparing the novel coronavirus to the flu is dangerously inaccurate. Not one public health expert he trusts has called that comparison valid. Here’s why. by Charles Ornstein   Is the United States Prepared for COVID-19? As a longtime health care

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