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Age is not the only risk for severe coronavirus disease

WASHINGTON – Older people remain most at risk of dying as the new coronavirus continues its rampage around the globe, but they’re far from the only ones vulnerable. One of many mysteries: Men seem...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

How would overwhelmed hospitals decide who to treat first?

NEW YORK – A nurse with asthma, a grandfather with cancer and a homeless man with no known family are wracked with coronavirus-induced fevers. They are struggling to breathe, and a ventilator could...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

For seniors, isolation changes life in varied, nuanced ways

One remembers the polio epidemic and the hardships of World War II. One is stoic about it all – because, he says, he’s already “here past the welcome.” A third, old enough to remember the aftermath...

DATE: March 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

For nursing homes, symptoms aren’t enough to tell who’s sick

SEATTLE – An investigation at a Seattle-area nursing home concluded that symptoms aren’t enough to identify who is infected once the coronavirus enters a long-term care facility. Residents without...

DATE: March 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

They already had an anxiety disorder. Now comes a pandemic.

NEW YORK – At first, Jonathon Seidl wasn’t worried about the coronavirus despite his anxiety disorder. But that changed. The 33-year-old digital media strategist from Dallas, who takes medication,...

DATE: March 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Drugmaker backpedals on specialty status for COVID-19 drug

WASHINGTON – Facing public criticism, the maker of a promising coronavirus drug said Wednesday it will waive a special regulatory designation that could have allowed it to block competition and...

DATE: March 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Can blood from coronavirus survivors treat the newly ill?

WASHINGTON – Hospitals are gearing up to test if a century-old treatment used to fight off flu and measles outbreaks in the days before vaccines, and tried more recently against SARS and Ebola,...

DATE: March 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Potential coronavirus treatment granted rare disease status

WASHINGTON – The pharmaceutical giant that makes a promising coronavirus drug has registered it as a rare disease treatment with U.S. regulators, a status that can potentially be worth millions in...

DATE: March 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Malaria drugs’ promise for coronavirus spurs hope, shortages

Excitement about treating the new coronavirus with malaria drugs is raising hopes, including with President Donald Trump. But the evidence that they may help is thin, and a run on the drugs is...

DATE: March 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

COVID-19 lung patterns show few clues for treating pneumonia

WASHINGTON – Scans of the lungs of the sickest COVID-19 patients show distinctive patterns of infection, but so far those clues offer little help in predicting which patients will pull through. For...

DATE: March 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Loss of smell, taste, might signal pandemic virus infection

NEW YORK – A loss of smell or taste might be an early sign of infection with the pandemic virus, say medical experts who cite reports from several countries. It might even serve as a useful...

DATE: March 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Grieving La Plata County residents find healing through yoga

Kaiti Rhea Countryman, an Ignacio resident, needed a place to quiet her mind and process her grief after losing several family members since 2010. So she turned to a yoga mat. Countryman and her...

DATE: March 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

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