Purdue University: Augmented reality tool shown to help surgeons remotely guide first responders in battlefield-like scenarios

Purdue University: Augmented reality tool shown to help surgeons remotely guide first responders in battlefield-like scenarios. “A Purdue University-led study is the first to show medics successfully performing surgery in life-like simulations of these war zones by receiving guidance from surgeons through an augmented reality headset. The work is joint with Purdue’s School of Industrial Engineering and the Department of Computer Science.”

WUSF: After Private Party, At Least 17 UF Health Anesthesiologist Residents Contract Coronavirus

WUSF: After Private Party, At Least 17 UF Health Anesthesiologist Residents Contract Coronavirus. “At least 17 anesthesiologist residents and a fellow at one of the premier university hospital systems in Florida contracted COVID-19 earlier this month after attending a private party together, according to hospital insiders and internal documents.”

Washington Post: Pennsylvania governor blasts ‘vile acts’ against transgender official leading pandemic response

Washington Post: Pennsylvania governor blasts ‘vile acts’ against transgender official leading pandemic response. “The man sitting in a Pennsylvania carnival’s dunk tank at a fundraiser last weekend was going for a Marilyn Monroe look, he said, styling himself in a floral print dress and a long blond wig. But on social media, the organizers of the Bloomsburg, Pa., event said he resembled a more local public figure: Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine, an openly transgender woman who has risen to prominence in recent months leading the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Nurses call on Senate to protect frontline healthcare workers: 164 have died from COVID-19 (WJLA)

WJLA: Nurses call on Senate to protect frontline healthcare workers: 164 have died from COVID-19. “The National Nurses United (NNU) is holding a memorial Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. to honor the more than 160 nurses who have lost their lives from COVID-19 in the United States. NNU said they will place shoes outside of the United States Capitol to represent every nurse who has died. They will also be reading each of their names.”

‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide (New York Times)

New York Times: ‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide. “On an afternoon in early April, while New York City was in the throes of what would be the deadliest days of the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Lorna M. Breen found herself alone in the still of her apartment in Manhattan. She picked up her phone and dialed her younger sister, Jennifer Feist.”

New York Times: Grave Shortages of Protective Gear Flare Again as Covid Cases Surge

New York Times: Grave Shortages of Protective Gear Flare Again as Covid Cases Surge. “As coronavirus cases surge across the country, hospitals, nursing homes and private medical practices are facing a problem many had hoped would be resolved by now: a dire shortage of respirator masks, isolation gowns and disposable gloves that protect front-line medical workers from infection.”

Washington Post: Treating coronavirus is brutal. But our hunt for better medicine keeps us going.

Washington Post: Treating coronavirus is brutal. But our hunt for better medicine keeps us going.. “As a physician-scientist, I have spent 30 years at the bedside of my patients and their families. There is no place I’d rather be, but I wouldn’t have stayed here for so long without the research part. Alongside 90 others in Vanderbilt’s Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction and Survivorship (CIBS) Center, I now study covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The pandemic is different: tough, inspiring and exasperating all at once. Answering questions to help reduce human suffering is what we do. Attempts to flatten the curve have shuttered our existing projects and catapulted us into new work and international collaborations in what seemed like one day. And then almost as quickly this month, we were immersed in disparities. The pandemic has amplified elements of the everyday disadvantages that millions face, and it’s obvious to all of us that it’s not fair or just.”

Scientific American: Hospitals Experiment with COVID-19 Treatments, Balancing Hope and Evidence

Scientific American: Hospitals Experiment with COVID-19 Treatments, Balancing Hope and Evidence. “Daniel Griffin, an infectious disease specialist, was standing with a group of physicians outside the doors of the intensive care unit at Plainview Hospital on Long Island, N.Y., in late February. Layered in protective gowns, masks, and gloves and standing six feet apart to maintain social distancing, the doctors swapped stories about their COVID-19 patients.”

Chronicle Live: Operating Theatre Live goes online with free lessons for teens during coronavirus lockdown

Chronicle Live: Operating Theatre Live goes online with free lessons for teens during coronavirus lockdown. “Award-winning show Operating Theatre Live is now running free online lessons for teenagers in lockdown. The show – described as the UK’s only touring surgical experience – has launched an educational channel to help 14 to 19-year-olds with distance learning. The viewers will follow the role of a trauma doctor as body systems are dissected and can ask questions during a live stream through social media.”

Coronavirus: Egypt doctors accuse government over medics’ deaths (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Egypt doctors accuse government over medics’ deaths. “Doctors have accused Egypt’s health ministry of negligence in its handling of Covid-19 and said it bears ‘full responsibility’ for medics’ deaths. A union said on Monday that 19 doctors had so far died from the disease and more than 350 others had been infected. It blamed a lack of personal protective equipment and beds for sickened staff, and warned the system could ‘collapse’.”

New York Times: Putin Speaks, Officials Shrug, and Doctors Are Caught in the Middle

New York Times: Putin Speaks, Officials Shrug, and Doctors Are Caught in the Middle. “Assailed by critics as an absentee leader at the start of the coronavirus crisis in Russia, President Vladimir V. Putin re-emerged with a splash on state television last month to show that he cared and was taking charge. He promised cash bonuses of up to $1,100 a month for each doctor, nurse and other ‘front line’ health worker involved in fighting the virus. But for an all-powerful leader whose every word must be taken as a command, Mr. Putin has had a surprisingly hard time making his voice heard. More than a month after he spoke, the money has yet to materialize for many. Instead, some doctors have received visits from police investigators and prosecutors demanding to know why they complained publicly about not getting their bonuses.”

AP: GOP fronts ‘pro-Trump’ doctors to prescribe rapid reopening

AP: GOP fronts ‘pro-Trump’ doctors to prescribe rapid reopening. “Republican political operatives are recruiting ‘extremely pro-Trump’ doctors to go on television to prescribe reviving the U.S. economy as quickly as possible, without waiting to meet safety benchmarks proposed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.”

The Moscow Times: 1 in 3 Russian Medics Told to Doctor Coronavirus Data – Poll

The Moscow Times: 1 in 3 Russian Medics Told to Doctor Coronavirus Data – Poll. “One in three Russian doctors who treat coronavirus patients have been told to change how they report cases, according to a survey cited by the Meduza news website Thursday amid questions over Russia’s low Covid-19 death toll. The survey on the Russian app ‘Doctor’s Handbook’ involved 509 medics, Meduza reported.”

AP: Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him

AP: Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him. “As President Donald Trump pushes to reopen the country despite warnings from doctors about the consequences of moving too quickly during the coronavirus crisis, he has been lashing out at scientists whose conclusions he doesn’t like. Twice this week, Trump has not only dismissed the findings of studies but suggested — without evidence — that their authors were motivated by politics and out to undermine his efforts to roll back coronavirus restrictions.”

Washington Post: Why is coronavirus hitting Britain’s minority doctors so hard?

Washington Post: Why is coronavirus hitting Britain’s minority doctors so hard?. “Nearly all the doctors who have died of covid-19 in the United Kingdom have been ethnic minorities, most born overseas, like el-Tayar, according to the British Medical Association. That grim toll has confounded health experts, alarmed minority physicians, and startled a nation that relies on immigrants to swell the ranks of its public health-care system — yet voted for Brexit with a promise to ‘take back control’ of its borders and limit immigration.”