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Decline in health services for CKD patients related to the COVID-19 pandemic

A retrospective observational study found that there was a decline in health services for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although telehealth was able to partially offset the decline, a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that there was a sharp decline in …

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The best scientific guidelines lost the battle at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

In a recent study published in Scientific progressresearchers used a mathematical model to describe how the general public deviated from the best scientific guidance at the start of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Study: Losing the battle for best scientific guidance at the onset of a crisis: COVID-19 and beyond. Image credit: View Apart/Shutterstock …

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What you need to know about Canada lifting all Covid travel restrictions

Canada has already ended its Covid travel restrictions and mask-wearing mandates Getty Effective today, October 1, 2022, the Government of Canada has lifted all entry restrictions for travel with Covid-19. They also ended testing, quarantine and isolation requirements for all travelers (whether vaccinated or not) entering Canada. From 1 October 2022, all travellers, regardless of …

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How payment technology is making healthcare more convenient for providers and patients

Payment applications AdobeStock_275606341 Medical debt is plaguing the United States, leaving both providers and patients searching for answers. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Americans owe at least $195 billion in medical debt, even though more than 90 percent of the population has insurance coverage. Medical debt’s share of collections outpaces student loans, auto loans, …

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After a major health system pushed to cut costs, a Massachusetts agency is asking for more power

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission reached an agreement with General Brigham of Massachusetts on a cost-cutting plan. The state agency wants more powers to control hospital costs, including financial penalties. A state agency in Massachusetts has signed on to Brigham General’s cost-cutting plan, and the agency would like more power to control health care costs. …

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Dragonfly Hyperscooter re-launches after overcoming business and Covid hurdles

Dragonfly hyperscooter. The four-wheeled battery-electric scooter was relaunched after a three-year delay … [+] caused by Covid and business disruptions. D-Fly Group The Dragonfly hyperscooter may have been renamed the Phoenix. First introduced in 2019 by London-based D-Fly Group, multiple issues, mainly the Covid-19 pandemic, justified its launch. Starting today, the four-wheeled, battery-powered personal mobility …

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Equity Health Report on Substance Use Disorders, Overdose Before, During Pandemic

One of the report’s key findings is that 42 states saw an increase in the proportion of opioid and opioid-like drug overdose patients compared to the total number of patients using medical services by state. In each year from 2016 to 2021, men accounted for 62% to 63% of the gender distribution of patients diagnosed …

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We need resilient health systems to address the twin crises of infectious and chronic diseases

With our health systems strained by the simultaneous epidemics of monkeypox, polio and COVID-19, chronic diseases are not getting the attention they deserve. But as we continue to face ongoing threats from infectious diseases, we must build resilient health systems that are equipped to meet both public health emergencies and ongoing population health challenges. Chronic …

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What are the 2-year health outcomes among patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in China?

The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the rapid outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), has claimed more than 6.52 million lives worldwide. The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants due to genomic mutations prolonged the pandemic. Some variants of SARS-CoV-2, such as Omicron and Delta, are more transmissible and virulent than the …

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From Amazon to Zocdoc, the healthcare industry is pushing for the telemedicine bill to pass

Before the 117th Congress ends in January, health care advocates are pushing lawmakers to approve legislation that would allow hospitals and health systems to continue offering telehealth services. Now 375 companies, healthcare organizations and hospitals have signed a joint letter urging Senate leaders to act. The Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) helped lead …

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