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Higher COVID Death Risk Spelled Out by Troponins, ECG

Higher COVID Death Risk Spelled Out by Troponins, ECG

Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 and myocardial injury had a broad range of echocardiographic abnormalities that put them at higher risk of in-hospital mortality, according to registry data from spring 2020. Among 305 patients with lab-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection who underwent transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and ECG evaluation,… 

Verily’s COVID Testing Program Halted in San Francisco and Oakland

Verily’s COVID Testing Program Halted in San Francisco and Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. — Amid fanfare in March, California officials celebrated the launch of a multimillion-dollar contract with Verily — Google’s health-focused sister company — that they said would vastly expand COVID testing among the state’s impoverished and underserved communities. But seven months later, San Francisco… 

North Carolina Treasurer Took On the Hospitals. Now He’s Paying Political Price.

North Carolina Treasurer Took On the Hospitals. Now He’s Paying Political Price.

Cartel is a term frequently associated with illegal narcotics syndicates. In North Carolina, it has become the favored word of State Treasurer Dale Folwell to describe the state’s hospital industry, the antagonist in his quest to lower health care prices for state employees. The treasurer… 

Two Thirds of US Teens Fail to Get Needed Vaccines

Two Thirds of US Teens Fail to Get Needed Vaccines

Only 30.6% of American adolescents complete three routinely recommended vaccinations, new research has found, but that number varies widely by state. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that by age 17, adolescents complete three key immunizations: human papillomavirus (HPV); quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY); and… 

More Protein Not Tied to Lower Death Rate in Hemodialysis Patients

More Protein Not Tied to Lower Death Rate in Hemodialysis Patients

Adding nutritional supplements, and protein in particular, to the diet of patients on hemodialysis didn’t seem to bolster their mortality rates, a pragmatic trial found. In a cluster-randomized clinical trial of over 10,000 patients on hemodialysis, patients on an intensive oral nutritional supplement protocol had…