Medical providers roll in to rural communities where health care access is limited
South Texas Rural Health Services saw an increased need during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and has continued to roll in medical services to rural towns where health care is much needed. However, the lack of awareness is still a challenge in these communities.
The Chinese dad making medicine to treat his dying son
The only medicine that can help two-year-old Haoyang's rare genetic condition is not sold anywhere in China and closed borders due to the Covid-19 pandemic mean he cannot travel for treatment. Instead, his desperate father, Xu Wei, has set up a home laboratory to create a remedy for the boy himself. Haoyang has Menkes Syndrome, a genetic disorder that impacts how copper -- which is crucial for brain and nervous system development -- is processed in the body.news.yahoo.com
Medina ISD police chief urges others not to gamble with their health after suffering heart attack, dying for 15 minutes
MEDINA COUNTY, Texas – Medina ISD Police Chief Abel Devora was at work at a track meet on February 28, 2020, when everything went south. February is National Heart Health Month, and Devora is helping Hui spread the word about the importance of taking care of one’s health before problems arise. Hui said heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. for men and women. “One of the symptoms of heart disease is feeling more fatigued with your usual activity. Heart disease can be found in those who are in their 30s.
Hospital visits for slips, falls increased during last week’s winter storm, San Antonio doctors say
Shahrestani says it’s been a busy week for his office as many victims of falls follow up for care. Last week, the average was about 17 per day, according to Dr. Ralph Riviello, professor and chair of emergency medicine at UT Health San Antonio and University Hospital. Out of 1,870 patients who visited the University Hospital ER between Feb. 13 and Feb. 21, more than 140 were weather-related fall visits. AdBaptist Health System reports 335 falls and slips visits between Feb. 15 and Feb. 19 at all its San Antonio locations and another 87 at Resolute Health Hospital in New Braunfels. Baptist Health System urges the community to exercise extreme caution when walking outdoors on wet, icy or uneven surfaces, which can prove very dangerous.
Quercetin vitamin could help prevent against COVID-19 or help with recovery, health experts say
Some proponents of the over the counter vitamin Quercetin believe it could be one part of the treatment regimen against COVID-19, along with convalescent plasma and Remdesivir. According to medpagetoday.com, Quercetin has long been evaluated for its potential protective effects against cancers, heart disease and cells that release histamines. In a 2016 animal study, rodents were administered Quercetin before being exposed to a lethal load of Ebola and survived. A human COVID-19 trial in Turkey of 95 patients with COVID-19 received a 1,000 mg active treatment dose of Quercetin and 113 healthcare workers are receiving a 500 mg dose as a Prophylaxis. The study says that there were no recorded COVID-19 cases among healthcare workers taking the treatment and no deaths among the reserved patients.
Medicine or candy? A deadly mistake in the age of coronavirus
With families living in tight quarantine quarters for months now, medicine mix-ups are increasingly becoming a pediatric emergency room issue. The South Texas Poison Help Center’s latest data shows accidental poisoning with over the counter and prescription medications on the rise during the Covid-19 pandemic. As an example, calls to the center for questions about swallowing melatonin is up 47% this year as compared to last. She is part of a group of organizations and agencies that spread awareness of the problem called “Safe Kids.”RELATED: Calls to South Texas Poison Control Center spike amid coronavirus pandemicThere are lots of examples. If you need support to secure your medications, or if you have questions about accidental poisonings, call the South Texas Poison Help Center Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
As COVID-19 cases spike, where are the Comfort and Mercy ships now?
The ships were deployed in late March to help assist frontline hospital workers and provide care on the ships, should hospitals overflow with patients. Comfort arrived in New York City on March 30, a day after it left Virginia, according to Business Insider. Comfort left New York City after treating 182 patients, 70% of whom had COVID-19, according to NavyTimes. Comfort is available in case it is needed for future help, according to NavyTimes, while USNI News reported the same is true for Mercy. (Getty Images)The USNS Comfort departs for its home port of Norfolk, Virginia on April 30, 2020 in New York City.
You asked, we’re answering: 5 things you want to know about COVID-19
There is no research or data to suggest ibuprofen is dangerous for someone with COVID-19 to use. While officials don’t know the exact source of COVID-19, they know the first infections were linked to a live animal market. So far, there’s no evidence that COVID-19 is spread through semen or vaginal fluids, according to Planned Parenthood. Therefore, it would be easy to get COVID-19 if you have in-person sexual contact with someone who has it. If not, click here to let us know what you’d like to find out about the novel coronavirus.
How long will it take to have a vaccine for COVID-19?
How long do experts forecast for a COVID-19 vaccine to be created? Moderna, one of the U.S. companies working on a vaccine, said it could have a vaccine ready for a phase one clinical trial in people within three months. Phase I vaccine trials - This is the first attempt to try out the vaccine in a small group of adults -- usually 20 to 80 subjects. Phase II vaccine trials - The vaccine is tested on a larger group of individuals to assess the safety of the vaccine and method of delivery. Phase III vaccine trials - If the vaccine passed the first two phases, it’s then tested on tens of thousands of people to make sure there are few adverse side effects and the vaccine is effective.
Doctor provides proactive tips for diabetic patients during the coronavirus pandemic
Doctor provides proactive tips for diabetic patients during the coronavirus pandemicPublished: March 26, 2020, 10:23 pmWith the coronavirus pandemic being unpredictable as far as how long it will last, a UT Health San Antonio doctor is encouraging people with diabetes to have a plan in place.