The coronavirus epidemic is increasing demands on health care’s frontline, primary care physicians. Even before the outbreak emerged, conventional wisdom held that we’re facing a PCP shortage. Quartz this July warned of a “devastating” doctor shortage poised to strike America. Later that month, the Washington Post chimed in with “America to face a shortage of primary care physicians within a decade or
Life during a global pandemic takes on a surreal quality. The ubiquitous presence of social media and a constant fire hose of coronavirus news can make it particularly hard if you're already feeling anxious. So, we've put together a little round-up of recent science news that we find inspiring, encouraging, and worthy of note in these
The medical impact of the new coronavirus is coming into sharper focus as it continues its spread in what is now officially recognized as a pandemic. Its true fatality rate isn't yet known, but it seems 10 times higher than the flu, which kills hundreds of thousands around the world each year, the United States'
Misinformation about COVID-19 is spreading online, including many fake cures or treatments for the disease. At least seven companies have been warned by the Food and Drug Administration for fraudulent products to treat COVID-19. The products cited in these warning letters include teas, essential oils, tinctures, and colloidal silver. As anxiety over the potential spread
The outbreak of Covid-19, a coronavirus-caused illness that originated in Wuhan, China, and has since spread to most of the world, is one of the most serious public health crises in decades. It has spread far wider than Ebola did in 2014, and the World Health Organization has designated it a pandemic. As of March 11, there have
Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the U.S. and — like other major epidemics — is shedding a merciless light on the failings of the U.S. health care delivery system The first is its deficient primary care capability. Many Americans lack access to affordable primary care providers they know and trust, and who know them. In the case
A low carbohydrate diet may prevent and even reverse age-related damage to the brain, research has found. By examining brain scans, researchers found that brain pathways begin to deteriorate in our late 40s – earlier than was believed. “Neurobiological changes associated with ageing can be seen at a much younger age than would be expected,
If you’ve been on the web to learn more about the latest pandemic, chances are you’ve stumbled upon at least one or two coronavirus dashboards. These are the landing pages for interactive maps and visuals that show where the virus has spread, as well as numbers on the latest in infection rates and deaths, breakdowns
A novel class of antimalarial compounds that can effectively kill malaria parasites has been developed by Australian and US researchers. In preclinical testing, the compounds were effective against different species of malaria parasites, including the deadly Plasmodium falciparum, and at multiple stages of the parasite lifecycle. The compounds target a previously unexplored parasite pathway and
If you want to reduce levels of inflammation throughout your body, delay the onset of age-related diseases, and live longer, eat less food. That's the conclusion of a new study by scientists from the US and China that provides the most detailed report to date of the cellular effects of a calorie-restricted diet in rats.
New York is among the first states in the country to waive some fees and expenses for people who undergo testing for the coronavirus, as public health officials are increasingly worried that medical bills will discourage the poor and uninsured from getting medical care. The federal government is also considering paying for care for those
With the 12th annual Rare Disease Day on the horizon, it’s a pertinent time to think about how one of the most exciting technological innovations of the last decade, artificial intelligence (AI), could help transform the lives of people living with these difficult conditions. Ironically, rare diseases add up. One estimate is that more than
As many as 187,000 children and adolescents in the United States were living with type 1 diabetes in 2018. An additional 1.4 million people aged over 20 years have the condition and manage it with insulin, according to the same statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In type 1 diabetes, a faulty
Mental health is a vital aspect of overall health and wellness. One could argue that mental health is physical health, as they are fundamentally linked. With that in mind, understanding the mental health system in the United States is necessary for learning what we are doing well, what we are doing poorly, and subsequently making improvements.
Sci-fi aside, how long will I live? Living to 100 will soon become a routine fact of (long) life. Life expectancies have been rising by up to three months a year since 1840 and although gains in the UK began to slow in 2011, it is still estimated that more than half the babies born
Australian scientists say they have developed a coronavirus vaccine. Queensland scientists have begun testing their vaccine on animals in the hope that trials will soon advance to humans. A medical facility in Melbourne is now producing doses of the potential vaccine and if all goes well the Coronavirus vaccine could be soon used to combat
A powerful antibiotic that kills some of the most dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in the world has been discovered using artificial intelligence. The drug works in a different way to existing antibacterials and is the first of its kind to be found by setting AI loose on vast digital libraries of pharmaceutical compounds. Tests showed that
The relationships between our brain and body and the world around us are complex. What you do or don’t do can significantly change how your health and wellbeing. A healthy brain is determined by both biological and physiological factors — genes, hormones, the immune system, nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle choices. Social, psychological and environmental
Johnpeter Mwolo was 15 when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. His body, unable to produce the hormone critical for regulating blood sugar, would now rely on manufactured insulin. He learned to give himself the treatment — four injections a day. But as he was growing up in Tanzania, insulin was expensive and not
Have you ever heard of chronic kidney disease? Perhaps not. But statistics suggest rates are increasing. The condition is where the kidneys stop working as well as they should. It progresses over time and, in some cases, the kidneys can fail completely – but many people are still able to live long lives. The issue