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Ohio’s exhausted front-line nurses say coronavirus patients appear ‘sicker than ever’

ohio’s exhausted front-line nurses say coronavirus patients appear ‘sicker than ever’

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Erin Layton wishes the public could see what she sees when she goes to work every day.”The patients we’re seeing now in the ICU are sicker than ever,” said Layton, a registered nurse at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center. “It can be emotionally exhausting to give so much to your patients and they’re still dying at such a high rate.”On a typical day Layton walks into the Downtown hospital, stops at her locker to grab her respirator and face shield, and then heads to the intensive care unit to care for some of the region’s sickest COVID-19 patients.As virus-related hospitalizations spike across Ohio, Layton has become one of the thousands of front-line health-care workers who witness more pain and suffering as patients struggle to breathe and fight for the lives. If the rest of Ohio could be a fly on the wall when Layton makes her rounds, she said, it would likely erase any doubts they have about the virus. Many times, the immediate family members of COVID-19 patients in the ICU are in isolation themselves to prevent the spread of the disease. That often means nurses such as Layton are the single-person support system for patients they …

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Bedsores kill over 60K people in the US each year. Amid COVID, experts worry more may be at risk.

bedsores kill over 60k people in the us each year. amid covid, experts worry more may be at risk.

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Hospitals are putting extra focus on preventing pressure injuries, known as bedsores or pressure ulcers, as coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country and ICU beds fill with critically ill patients.While it may not be the first concern for many bed-bound patients, the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel  estimates pressure injuries affect more than 2.5 million patients each year and claim over 60,000 lives.Dr. William Padula, president-elect of NPIAP and a professor at the University of Southern California, worries that pressure injuries may increase this year as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there could be up to 19,000 new COVID-19 hospitalizations per day by Dec. 7.Padula said pressure injuries can occur within hours of being in the ICU immobilized and on a ventilator. “The skin is the largest organ system,” said Dr. Martine Sanone, associate professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “However, when we think of critical illness, we forget about that first barrier.”The coronavirus has not only increased the influx of patients requiring hospitalization, it also has complicated care and pressure-injury prevention.A pressure injury is localized damage to the skin or underlying soft tissue, usually over …

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Physicians: Don’t let COVID-19 resurgence delay medical care

physicians: don’t let covid-19 resurgence delay medical care

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One of Dr. Mark Ricciardi’s patients wasn’t exactly the Hollywood image of a heart attack victim.
In the movie version, someone having a heart attack clutches the left side of the chest in agony. But Ricciardi’s patient felt discomfort, a pressure sensation, in the center of his chest and a bit lower, what doctors call epigastric pain.






        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        



The man dismissed his symptoms, a warning sign of serious heart trouble, and put off seeing a doctor until he was in the throes of another major medical emergency.
“He had a full-on stroke,” Ricciardi said.
The cardiologist with NorthShore University HealthSystem points to the case as a cautionary tale about the risks of suffering at home and delaying medical care during the pandemic.
Physicians, researchers and the American Heart Association have expressed alarm over people avoiding the hospital for fear of exposure to the virus or because they don’t want to burden the health care system.
In the early spring, NorthShore saw a 50% reduction in heart attack cases during the state’s stay-at-home order. While the system, which includes Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, is not reporting such a decline right now, Ricciardi is worried about another steep drop-off as Illinois faces a renewed …

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Vegans at higher risk for bone fractures, study finds

vegans at higher risk for bone fractures, study finds

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Vegan-based diets have gained popularity over the past few years, and while it can help you eat healthier and less processed foods, it could have long term health impacts.A recent study published Sunday in the journal BMC Medicine showed vegans and vegetarians might be at a greater risk for bone fractures. 
This finding was attributed to the low body mass index, low physical activity and inadequate intake of calcium and protein that is synonymous with a plant-based diet, CNN reported.
The study surveyed 55,000 adults from the UK on diet, socio-economic characteristics, lifestyle and medical history in 1993 – 2001. Surveyors followed up with those interviewed for a second survey 10 years later.
It found 4.1 more cases of bone fractures in vegetarians and 19.4 more cases in vegans for every 1,000 people over the course of 10 years.
While vegetarians only skip meat, vegans opt out of any animal products, including eggs, dairy and even honey. Many restaurants have adopted vegan options on their menus, and some vegan-exclusive restaurants have gained popularity in the last 10 years.
The lack of minerals and nutrients commonly consumed through meat or eggs can make bones more weak and fracture prone.
Previous studies have already shown that vegetarians have lower bone …

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Turning the Tide – Lifestyle Medicine – Report of LM202 (2)

turning the tide – lifestyle medicine – report of lm202 (2)

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If the Goal Is Weight Loss or Heart Health, Go Oil Free

if the goal is weight loss or heart health, go oil free

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Even if you’re eating a plant-based or vegan diet for health and wellbeing, you’re probably still using olive oil or other vegetable oil in your salad dressings or stir-fries, thinking that is a healthy move. But just because it’s derived from plants doesn’t necessarily mean oil is healthy. If you’re looking for optimal health, it may be time to toss the green bottle.Vegetable oil is so ubiquitous in American cooking that you may not think twice about eating it. After all, it’s your go-to when you’re sauteing or roasting vegetables, and it’s one of the top ingredients in chips and baked goods. Without checking the label, chances are you’re getting oil several times a day, without even realizing it. It’s time to take notice. Even though you can find studies to suggest that eating olive oil is healthy, numerous plant-based doctors will tell you: No way. Their message? No matter what kind, oil has no place in a healthy, plant-based diet, and the sooner you part ways with it, the better. Here’s the rationale for going oil-free.How Oils Gained a Healthy ReputationThe health halo of vegetable oils dates back about a century …

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How your diet could help you avoid or fight off coronavirus and the flu

how your diet could help you avoid or fight off coronavirus and the flu

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Michiganders are entering cold and flu season in the midst of a surging global pandemic with no vaccine and no end in sight.Wearing a mask, washing your hands and limiting interactions with people outside your household can help reduce your likelihood of being infected with COVID-19, but there are additional ways to protect yourself.Poor diets are often high in processed foods and meats. They lack sufficient whole plant foods, which can create micronutrient deficiencies.By being intentional with your diet and ensuring adequate sleep and water intake, nutritionists and medical experts say you can put yourself in a better position to avoid getting sick or to have milder symptoms and recover quicker.“Over 70% of our body’s immune system is actually in and around our gut,” said Dr. Kristi Artz, medical director for Spectrum Health Lifestyle Medicine. “You want whole plant foods in your diet to support and maintain your immune system and act as the first line of defense against viruses and bacteria.”Among the most important nutrients for strengthening your immune system are Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as fiber and zinc. Probiotics can also beneficial.Nutritionists recommend seeking most micronutrients naturally from plant …

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This Is How to Tell If Your Upset Stomach Is COVID, Doctors Say

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Best LifeThis Is How to Tell If Your Upset Stomach Is COVID, Doctors SayRead full articleKali ColemanNovember 26, 2020, 8:04 PM·4 min readMost of us celebrate the holidays by cooking a large feast, which means we tend to overindulge ourselves with food—and that doesn’t always leave us feeling great. Normally, we can give our stomachs time to relax after all that stuffing, but the current pandemic may bring in a new set of worries. After all, stomach discomfort is also a symptom of COVID. In fact, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report from July showed that 59 percent of all COVID patients presented at least one gastrointestinal symptom. So, how can you be sure your upset stomach is from overeating and not the virus?Fortunately, experts say that an upset stomach after a hefty Thanksgiving meal is not an unusual occurrence. And Ann Messer, MD, a family medicine physician and founder of One Good Turn, says a “stomach ache without any other symptoms is pretty unlikely to be COVID.” But if you’re still worried, here are a few tell-tale signs from doctors that your upset stomach is actually COVID. And if you’re concerned you’ve been exposed, This Is When Someone …

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