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US Doctors Outsource Your Private Medical Data To India

“Conversations with your doctor can be intimate. I don’t like other people listening in.” While 30 million Americans collect unemployment, remote workers in India listen in on medical appointments and take notes for US doctors Sarah Kwon, Kaiser Health News  October 1, 2020 Podiatrist Dr. Mark Lewis greets his first patient of the morning in his suburban Seattle exam room and points to a tiny video camera mounted on the right rim of his glasses. “This is my scribe,...

Hospital ‘Inappropriately Accessed’ Floyd’s Medical Records: Lawyer

Sep 9, 2020 New York Post – Multiple employees at the hospital where George Floyd was pronounced dead inappropriately accessed his medical records, according to the family’s lawyer. Attorney Antonio Romanucci told KARE 11 the Minneapolis hospital, Hennepin Healthcare, sent a letter to the family alerting them of the data breaches, which occurred over the last 30 days. Romanucci said the family is considering suing the hospital, fearing the breaches could have played into an attempt to...

China Rolls Out Forced Medicine Policy

"The government is resorting to draconian measures to combat the coronavirus, including physically locking residents in homes, imposing quarantines of more than 40 days and arresting those who do not comply." In China's Xinjiang, forced medication accompanies lockdown Aug 31, 2020 By DAKE KANG Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — When police arrested the middle-aged Uighur woman at the height of China's coronavirus outbreak, she was crammed into a cell with dozens of other women in a detention...

State Has Run Out Of Places To Put Bodies, Coroners Say

"My morgue was completely full all last week. It’s bad ... " |  "The bodies are piling up fast" COVID-19 deaths are exploding in the state – and it may be a massive undercount. One coroner put it simply: “It’s bad.” Aug. 02, 2020 Daily Beast – In the months before his county’s morgue neared capacity, before he started wearing his face shield and “moon suit” to answer calls in neighbors’ homes, and before his own coronavirus...

These Outdated Body Part Names Are No Longer Deemed Appropriate

July 21, 2020 The Patriot Hill – Doctors have been calling out gender bias on some of the origins of human body parts, believing that the medical language is both “sexist” and “misogynistic.” For ob/gynDr. Kristin Small, these medical terms represented an older generation and had become increasingly irrelevant in today’s generation. These terms include Achilles Tendon, which was named after the weak spot of a Greek Trojan war hero. Another example is the term Adam’s...

What Contact Tracers Really Do

"People who talk to contact tracers will be sent to FEMA camps ... ” and other Covid-19 conspiracy theories that won't go away July 15, 2020 Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News – In the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic, contact tracing is downright buzzy, and not always in a good way. Contact tracing is the public health practice of informing people when they’ve been exposed to a contagious disease. As it has become more widely employed across the...

Medical Exceptions For Masks – Are They Legit?

July 5, 2020 Dallas Morning News – Wearing masks, a practice that health experts say is one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19, is now required across the state. But what if you’re unable to wear a mask because of a legitimate medical condition or disability? Can a business refuse to serve you? Here’s what you need to know. Who isn’t required to wear a mask? State and local mandates requiring masks acknowledge...

Decimated U.S. Public Health System Struggles To Cope

Hollowed-Out Public Health System Faces More Cuts Amid Virus July 1, 2020 The Associated Press via Kaiser Health News – The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century. Marshaled against a virus that has sickened at least 2.6 million in the U.S., killed more than 126,000 people and cost tens of millions of jobs and $3 trillion in federal rescue money, state...

Covid-Infected Border Crossers Overwhelm SoCal Hospitals

"48% of COVID-positive patients who visited the emergency room between May 24 and May 30 said they had recently traveled to Mexico." | Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News June 5, 2020 CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Even as most California hospitals have avoided an incapacitating surge in coronavirus patients, some facilities near the Mexican border have been overwhelmed. They include El Centro Regional Medical Center in Imperial County and Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista in San Diego...

‘Herd Immunity’ Is Not Happening

Study shows Spain far from having 'herd immunity' to virus Jun 04, 2020 MADRID (AP) — A second round of random testing in Spain for antibodies to the new coronavirus indicates that a third of those infected do not develop symptoms, Spanish health authorities said Thursday. "It is a wake-up call for public health: it is not possible to control (an outbreak) by just considering those who are symptomatic," National Epidemiological Center Director Marina Pollán said. "With this...

‘Devastating’ Effect Of Lockdowns On Health Care

“I think lockdown saved no lives. I think it may have cost lives.” Fox News – Fox Nation host Lara Logan called out the media Tuesday for ignoring how economic lockdowns are causing damage to the health care industry amid the coronavirus pandemic. “No one is talking anymore about the fact that preventing one COVID death doesn’t mean that you’re not causing a whole lot of other deaths through those prevention measures,” Logan told “Tucker...

Reopening Dental Offices For Routine Care Amid Pandemic Touches A Nerve

May 21, 2020 Kaiser Health News – Tom Peeling wanted his teeth cleaned and wasn’t going to let the coronavirus pandemic get in the way. Luckily, his six-month regular appointment was scheduled for earlier this month, just days after dental offices were allowed to reopen in Florida for routine services. In late March the state ordered dentists to treat only emergency cases as part of its efforts to keep residents at home and to preserve limited...

Can You Get COVID-19 Twice? Russian Doctors Say ‘Yes’

Russian doctors say woman contracted virus twice | AP – The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. — FDA investigating virus test used at White House for false negatives. — Russian doctors say woman contracted virus twice. — Europe is relaxing coronavirus restrictions, but cases flare in Mexico. — Macron says mistakes were made in reforms of healthcare system. ___ MOSCOW — Russian doctors say they are treating a woman who may have contracted coronavirus for the second time after recovering from...

Cause Of Deadly Russian Hospital Fire Revealed

May 12, 2020 MOSCOW (AP) — Russian health officials on Tuesday announced an investigation into the safety of ventilators at two hospitals, where fires in intensive care units for coronavirus patients killed a total of six people over the past four days. The deaths occurred as Russia struggled to cope with its growing coronavirus caseload, which on Tuesday exceeded 232,000 confirmed infections and has put a strain on the country's vastly outdated health care infrastructure. President Vladimir...

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