Busy Des Moines hospitals plead with public to take COVID precautions

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Gov. Kim Reynolds, Dr. David Williams of UnityPoint, and Dr. Hijinio Carreon of MercyOne spoke at a news conference on Thursday.

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Des Moines hospitals are already jammed with COVID-19 patients, but the number could double again by Thanksgiving unless Iowans take immediate precautions to help curb the outbreak, an expert warned local leaders Tuesday. 

“We’re at a critical point,” said Dr. Meghan Schaeffer, an epidemiologist working as a consultant for Polk County. 

On Tuesday morning, 195 COVID-19 patients were being treated in Des Moines hospitals, more than double the number from two weeks ago, Schaeffer said.

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Wayne State begins COVID-19 plasma studies; vaccine research expanded at Henry Ford, Beaumont, Michigan Medicine

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COVID-19 treatment and vaccine clinical research is continuing in Southeast Michigan as Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System, Beaumont Health and Michigan Medicine begin additional studies in an attempt to find biological ways to end the world’s worst pandemic in more than 100 years.

Earlier this month, two outpatient studies of treatments that use blood plasma from people who have had the disease — known as convalescent plasma — began this month at Wayne State under Dr. James Paxton, the primary investigator leading the clinical trial. The study is seeking volunteers.

One WSU study seeks to use the coronavirus

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Dentist’s Virus Suit Returned To State Court Despite Protest

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A Texas federal judge on Monday sent a dentist’s COVID-19 coverage suit back to state court in a final ruling and closed the case despite protests

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Phoenix Indian hospital abruptly shuts down birthing center

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PHOENIX — For months, Rochelle Chee diligently went to the Phoenix Indian Medical Center for prenatal checkups.

She knew a midwife and other staff there well and felt confident in the idea of going to the facility to deliver her first baby, who was growing big, in the 90th percentile for his gestational age.

That’s why the Navajo woman was shocked when, at 40 weeks pregnant, she learned the hospital had shut down its obstetrics services with no prior notice.

“I was stressed the whole time as I have been seeing PIMC throughout my whole pregnancy and last minute, I

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Trump officials promise fair distribution of new covid-19 antibody drug, but limited supply and logistical problems loom

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The federal government Monday granted emergency use authorization for the drug, seen as a powerful tool that could save people from developing the worst symptoms of covid-19 until a vaccine against the novel coronavirus is widely available.

The federal government has more than 80,000 doses ready for allocation and distribution this week, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a briefing Tuesday. The medication “has the potential to save thousands of lives and significantly reduce the disease’s burden on the health-care system,” he said.

The government has negotiated a contract to buy 300,000 doses through December, with an

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New Cambridge Center to connect AI, medicine and life sciences sector

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A new centre at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with AstraZeneca and GSK, aims to use AI to make medical discoveries, accelerate the development of precision medicine and develop new treatments

On 10 November the University of Cambridge announced a five-year agreement with AstraZeneca and GSK to fund the Cambridge Centre for AI in Medicine (CCAIM). For the 5-year duration, AstraZeneca and GSK will support five new PhD studentships per year. This program will enable the best and brightest young minds in machine learning and bioscience to partner with leaders in industry and academia, wherever they may be in

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Zoo Miami animals see the dentist: Pictures

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Getting teeth pulled is never fun.

But it takes more than a needle and numbness to work on a lion. Or a gorilla. Even an otter. We’re talking sleepy time here for the safety of everyone.

This week, several animals at Zoo Miami had dental exams as part of their overall health screenings. Animals including a 27-year-old gorilla, a 26-year-old chimpanzee named Hondo and a 10-year-old lion named Kashifa had to have teeth extracted.

“Dental health is a key component of the Animal Health Department’s preventative medicine program at Zoo Miami,” said Ron Magill in a statement. “A variety of

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These 4 Pieces of High-End Fitness Equipment Are Better Than Anything at the Gym

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Since the coronavirus pandemic shut down gyms in March, most of us have been scrambling for new ways to exercise and stay healthy. Luckily, setting up a home gym isn’t as hard (or as space-consuming) as it once was. This is largely thanks to the best high-end fitness equipment we’ve ever had access to.

But what is “high-end fitness equipment” anyway? Essentially, we’re talking about premium, all-in-one workout stations that can fit in most houses or apartments. This could take the form of a fitness mirror, connected stationary bike or connected treadmill. The best high-end fitness equipment also delivers access

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What Happens to Your Body When You Don’t See a Dentist for a Long Time

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Going to the dentist tops the list of “things you’ll do eventually.” It’s right up there with changing your oil, vacuuming under the bed, and cleaning the expired spinach out of the back of your fridge. These are all things you need to do, but it’s so much easier to put them off.

So what happens if you don’t go to the dentist for a long period of time? Typically, dentists recommend getting a cleaning and an overall evaluation about twice a year to remove plaque and tartar, check for cavities, etc.,

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The Children’s Hospital focuses on improving cleaning and disinfection activities during the COVID-19 pandemic

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It is essential that hospitals are places that are safe for patients and their families to visit, and for health staff to work. Good infection prevention and control (IPC) is a fundamental part of this, not just during the COVID-19 pandemic but always.

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Improvements of WASH and waste management activities

Even before the pandemic, WHO

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Affordable Smart Fitness Activity Tracker is Here

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How Does KoreTrak Work?

KoreTrak uses your phone’s GPS to track location, movement, and activity. You connect KoreTrak to your phone via Bluetooth, and KoreTrak uses your phone’s GPS sensor to track location data.
KoreTrak uses your phone’s GPS to track location, movement, and activity. You connect KoreTrak to your phone via Bluetooth, and KoreTrak uses your phone’s GPS sensor to track location data.
KoreTrak uses your phone’s GPS to track location, movement, and activity. You connect KoreTrak to your phone via Bluetooth, and KoreTrak uses your phone’s GPS sensor to track location data.

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This Fitness Tracker that can help people lose weight and get in shape.
This Fitness Tracker that can help people lose weight and get in shape.
This Fitness Tracker that can help people lose weight and get in shape.

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What is Osteopathic Medicine and Why Does it Come with a Stigma Attached?

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Andrea Amalfitano is a D.O. and dean of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He explains some of the foundations of the profession and its guiding principle: to use holistic approaches to care for and guide patients. And don’t worry, yes, D.O.s are “real doctors” and have full practice rights across the U.S.

How did osteopathic medicine get started?

In the years after the Civil War, without antibiotics and vaccines, many clinicians of the day relied on techniques like arsenic, castor oil, mercury and bloodletting to treat the ill. Unsanitary surgical practices were standard. These “treatments” promised cures

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Hungary could run out of COVID-19 hospital beds by mid-December: PM’s aide

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FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker works at a COVID-19 testing site as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Budapest, Hungary, October 27, 2020. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary could run out of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients by the middle of next month under the most pessimistic scenario, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff Gergely Gulyas said on Wednesday.

The country has 32,000 hospital beds set aside for patients with the new coronavirus, he said.

Gulyas said the number of people requiring hospital treatment for COVID-19 could exceed 5,000 on Wednesday, adding that further hospital

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Cases of Covid-19 in children on rise in the US, with highest 1-week spike yet

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Soaring case counts around the country are impacting children at “unprecedented levels,” according to new numbers released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, which are tracking data reported by state health departments.



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An attendant talks to a person waiting in their car at a coronavirus testing site October 31 in El Paso, Texas.

There were 61,000 new cases in children during the last week of October, “which is larger than any previous week in the pandemic,” the AAP said in a statement. From the onset of the pandemic through October

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Amazon Prime Day fitness deals: the best offers still available

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Amazon Prime Day is over for another year, but there are still a couple of deals remaining on fitness trackers. These special prices could end at any time, so move fast to grab one while you still can.

Don’t worry if you’ve missed out on the running watch or activity tracker you wanted, though. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are only weeks away, and we’re sure to see even more discounts on devices from all the big brands. We’ll be scouring the major retailers throughout the Black Friday period for the best deals.

The best Amazon Prime Day fitness deals

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What is osteopathic medicine vs. allopathic

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President Trump’s doctor said Trump is not currently on oxygen, but would not say whether he ever received oxygen since his COVID-19 diagnosis.

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LAS CRUCES — As President Donald Trump spent last weekend at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington D.C. receiving treatment for COVID-19 disease, his physician entered the spotlight as he presented daily updates about the president’s condition. 

Some of the attention on Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley arose from contradictory information he provided over the weekend, and when he admitted Sunday that, despite his cheerful presentation on the president’s health Saturday, he

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Miami Zoo’s resident dentist gives animals check ups for dental week

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Dental health is as important for animals as it is for humans.

This week, the furry and fanged residents of Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, also known as Zoo Miami, went to the dentist. 

A variety of procedures were performed during Dental Week, from cleanings to root canals, and patients included a lion, gorilla, chimpanzee, tapir, aardvark and otters. 

The most common issue was removing accumulated tarter, as well as cracked or broken teeth that had to be repaired or extracted.

All the animals were fully sedated, both for their comfort and the

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N.J. Hospital Use Up; El Paso Lockdown Challenged: Virus Update

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A pedestrian crosses the empty courtyard outside Louvre Museum during morning rush hour in Paris, France, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Europe’s economic recovery is being cut short as governments implement new restrictions to fight the coronavirus that risk driving the region toward another recession.

The resurgent coronavirus continues to batter Europe. Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary suffered their deadliest days of the pandemic. Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands are laying out new curbs, while French fatalities rose by 854, the most since April 15.

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People With COVID-19 Can Still Vote In Person, CDC Says

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  • The CDC said people infected with COVID-19 may still exercise their right to vote
  • Sick voters would be asked to follow safety guidelines
  • The recommendations come as case numbers continue to increase in 40 states

People who have been infected or are currently sick with the novel coronavirus may vote in person, according to a statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In an email written on Monday, the health agency said Americans who are or have been infected with COVID-19 can exercise their right to vote as long as they follow proper safety

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JAXJOX, the Leading Fitness Technology Company, Raises $10M in Series A Funding

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SEATTLE, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — JAXJOX, the global fitness technology company known for its innovative workout equipment and platform, today announced a $10M series A round of funding with investors including Dowgate Capital Ltd. and entrepreneur Nigel Wray, bringing total funding raised to date $17M. The funding assisted in the research and development of the highly anticipated JAXJOX InteractiveStudio, which will ship to customers later this year, as well as global retail expansion. The InteractiveStudio is the first fitness platform to combine connected strength-training equipment with live and on-demand content, enabling users to track their own

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