What’s at play and what’s at stake as states and territories push for Medicare funding overhaul?

Premiers and chief ministers will lobby the federal government to reform Australia’s “broken” healthcare system when leaders gather on Friday for the national cabinet’s first meeting of 2023. The leaders argue that Medicare — which is almost 40 years old — is placing a burden on state budgets and they want the way it is … Read more

How we can reduce the impact of the medical industry’s gas emissions

Volker Dickfeld, global marketing manager healthcare at Avient, explores sustainable solutions to reduce the impact of the industry’s gas emissions. When we think about the industries that contribute the most to climate change, healthcare might not be the first to come to mind. However, a Health Care Without Harm and ARUP report found that 71% … Read more

UK oncologists and cardiologists collaborate to prevent chemo-induced cardiomyopathy in cancer patients

Ever since she was 12 years old, Barbie Johnson has been a Kentucky girl at heart. Raised in the bluegrass, Barbie has worked at UK HealthCare for 18 years, first in gynecologic oncology and now in surgery scheduling. But she had no idea that while working with patients she would eventually become one herself. In … Read more

Sobering statistics from the AHA’s 2023 heart disease and stroke update

The American Heart Association (AHA), in collaboration with the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies, publishes a Statistical Update detailing the most recent statistics on cardiovascular disease and its contributing factors in the US In the 2023 report, the AHA discusses some of the ways in which the coronavirus disease … Read more

Study points at low uptake of COVID-19 vaccine boosters by immunocompromised people in the US

In a recent study published in JAMA Network Openresearchers performed a retrospective cohort study among immunocompromised patients registered with Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC), an integrated healthcare system in the United States of America (USA) between December 14, 2020, and August 6, 2022. Study: Analysis of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake Among Immunocompromised Individuals in a … Read more

Understanding endemic and novel zoonotic spillovers from rodent trapping studies

The global impact of novel zoonotic pathogen spillovers has been highlighted through the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused by the rapid outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus. In the past, similar effects were recorded during the HIV/AIDs and Spanish Influenza pandemics. Study: Rodent trapping studies as an overlooked information … Read more

New study evaluates post-COVID symptoms persistent for up to two years in non-hospitalized patients

In a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine, researchers followed up for two years with non-hospitalized post-coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients in France and determined when they returned to work. These patients had persistent symptoms, with some incapacitating symptoms lasting as long as 22 months in a few cases, which prevented them … Read more

What ‘Getting Curious’ Taught Jonathan Van Ness About … Everything

When the podcast Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness first dropped in 2015, it was with an episode titled, “What’s the Difference Between Sunni and Shia Muslims and Why Don’t They Love Each Other?” in which the then Gay of Thrones star spoke with a UCLA professor to hash out centuries of complicated strife. The … Read more

Study Comparing Early Interventions for Sepsis Shows Patients Have Identical Outcomes

Newswise — Vanderbilt University Medical Center had a leading role in a large national study designed to compare two early interventions in the treatment of patients with sepsis, the body’s severe response to an uncontrolled infection. Sepsis can cause dangerously low blood pressure, which is typically treated with intravenous (IV) fluids and/or a vasopressor, a … Read more

Review on lateral flow test use spearheaded by SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

In a recent review published in Nature Reviews Bioengineering, researchers assessed the changing landscape of lateral flow tests (LFTs), and the development of next-generation LFTs based on lessons learned from the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. Study: Lateral flow test engineering and lessons learned from COVID-19. Image Credit: Ink Drop/Shutterstock Background LFT … Read more