New York Times: They Shunned Covid Vaccines but Embraced Antibody Treatment

New York Times: They Shunned Covid Vaccines but Embraced Antibody Treatment. “Vaccine-resistant Americans are turning to the treatment with a zeal that has, at times, mystified their doctors, chasing down lengthy infusions after rejecting vaccines that cost one-hundredth as much. Orders have exploded so quickly this summer — to 168,000 doses per week in late August, up from 27,000 in July — that the Biden administration warned states this week of a dwindling national supply.”

Washington Post: Biden administration moves to stave off shortage of monoclonal antibodies

Washington Post: Biden administration moves to stave off shortage of monoclonal antibodies. “The Biden administration moved this week to stave off a shortage of monoclonal antibodies, taking over distribution of the critical covid-19 therapy while it tries to purchase more. The policy change that went into effect Monday is all but certain to result in cuts of the medication to some states, especially seven in the Deep South with high infection rates that have been using about 70 percent of the national supply.”

Dayton Daily News: Butler County judge modifies Ivermectin treatment order for COVID-19 patient

Dayton Daily News: Butler County judge modifies Ivermectin treatment order for COVID-19 patient. “A Butler County judge did not make a decision Friday on a Fairfield Twp. woman’s request that UC Health West Chester Hospital treat her husband suffering from COVID-19 with Ivermectin for a longer period, but he did give the treating physicians some control of a temporary order.”

UCSF: AI Algorithm Matches Cardiologists’ Expertise, While Explaining Its Decisions

UCSF: AI Algorithm Matches Cardiologists’ Expertise, While Explaining Its Decisions. “Clinicians rely daily on electrocardiograms (ECG) to detect common cardiovascular conditions, but accurate diagnoses require high levels of expertise. In a new study that reviewed nearly 1 million ECGs from 365,000 adults, an artificial intelligence algorithm exceeded the performance of a widely available commercial system in nearly all examined diagnoses, while also matching the performance of expert cardiologists and, importantly, providing an explanation for its results.”

NewsWise: Treating newly infected COVID-19 patients with plasma from COVID survivors demonstrates no significant benefit, study finds

NewsWise: Treating newly infected COVID-19 patients with plasma from COVID survivors demonstrates no significant benefit, study finds. “A new study published by the National Institutes of Health found that COVID-19 convalescent plasma did not prevent disease progression in an at-risk group of COVID patients when administered within one week of their symptoms. The trial, which was stopped in February 2021 due to lack of efficacy based on planned interim analysis, analyzed data from 450 patients who visited emergency departments with laboratory-confirmed COVID diagnoses and symptoms that began within a week.”

News-Medical: Study reports the prevalence of different types of shock in COVID-19 patients

News-Medical: Study reports the prevalence of different types of shock in COVID-19 patients. “A new database analysis of critically ill patients with pneumonia related to COVID-19, published in the American Journal of Cardiology and conducted at Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), is the first study to report the prevalence of different types of shock in patients with COVID-19. The definition of these subgroups may allow therapy to be tailored to the underlying causes of the hemodynamic abnormalities.”

Jerusalem Post: COVID-19 deadlier, more severe than influenza – study

Jerusalem Post: COVID-19 deadlier, more severe than influenza – study. “The study compared 1,052 patients with influenza and 582 patients with COVID-19 and found more people on average needed hospital care if infected with the novel coronavirus (582) when compared to those suffering from influenza (210). Roughly 30% among those suffering from COVID-19 needed mechanical ventilation whereas only 8% among those with influenza needed such treatment.”

NewsWise: COVID-19 has changed surgery forever

NewsWise: COVID-19 has changed surgery forever. “The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed health care forever, including surgery, just as 9/11 changed airport security and AIDS/HIV altered blood draws and donation. Although this new reality continues to evolve, many changes are likely to remain – possibly permanently – from requirements for patients and visitors to wear face masks at the hospital or ambulatory (outpatient) surgery center to pre-surgery COVID-19 testing, says the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).”

Salt Lake Tribune: What can and can’t be learned from our new crowdfunded Utah teen treatment database

Salt Lake Tribune: What can and can’t be learned from our new crowdfunded Utah teen treatment database. “The teen treatment industry is bigger in Utah than anywhere else in the country. The Salt Lake Tribune and KUER released a database Thursday containing the past five years’ worth of inspection reports and confirmed investigations for every residential teen treatment program currently operating in the state. The Salt Lake Tribune’s Jessica Miller was the lead reporter on the database project. She sat down with KUER’s Caroline Ballard to talk about how it could be a resource for anyone considering a Utah program for a teenager.”

COVID-19: Online tool identifies patients at highest risk of deterioration (MedicalXpress)

MedicalXpress: COVID-19: Online tool identifies patients at highest risk of deterioration. “A new risk-stratification tool which can accurately predict the likelihood of deterioration in adults hospitalised with COVID-19 has been developed by researchers from the UK Coronavirus Clinical Characterisation Consortium (known as ISARIC4C). Researchers say the online tool, made freely available to NHS doctors from today, could support clinicians’ decision making—helping to improve patient outcomes and ultimately save lives.”

New York Times: Trump and Friends Got Coronavirus Care Many Others Couldn’t

New York Times: Trump and Friends Got Coronavirus Care Many Others Couldn’t. “Ben Carson, Chris Christie and Donald J. Trump are not the sturdiest candidates to conquer the coronavirus: older, in some cases overweight, male and not particularly fit. Yet all seem to have gotten through Covid-19, and all have gotten an antibody treatment in such short supply that some hospitals and states are doling it out by lottery. Now Rudolph W. Giuliani, the latest member of President Trump’s inner circle to contract Covid-19, has acknowledged that he received at least two of the same drugs the president received. He even conceded that his ‘celebrity’ status had given him access to care that others did not have.”

NBC News: After first round of vaccine distributions, bulk of planning remains unfinished

NBC News: After first round of vaccine distributions, bulk of planning remains unfinished. “A panel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week announced its guidelines for the first phase of the most ambitious national vaccination campaign in modern history. Yet beyond the guidelines advising states about how to deploy their vaccines — and a large Defense Department operation to deliver them — the Trump administration hasn’t prepared for a major federal role, a lack of planning that is causing significant anxiety among state and local health officials.”

BBC: Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani receiving same Covid drugs as president

BBC: Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani receiving same Covid drugs as president. “President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has revealed in a call to his own radio show that he is being treated for coronavirus with the same drug cocktail his boss received when he was ill with Covid-19. He was admitted to hospital on Sunday after becoming the latest official close to Mr Trump to test positive.”

ScienceBlog: Doctors Use Existing Treatment Earlier To Save The Lives Of Covid-19 Patients

ScienceBlog: Doctors Use Existing Treatment Earlier To Save The Lives Of Covid-19 Patients. “The lives of patients hospitalised with COVID-19 are being saved by doctors who are using an existing medical treatment at an earlier stage. Dr Luigi Sedda of Lancaster University analysed the results from the team at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (WWL). Their research has now been published in the prestigious medical journal BMJ Respiratory Open.”