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The best scientific guidance lost the battle early during the COVID-19 pandemic

In a recent study published in Advances in Scienceresearchers used a mathematical model to illustrate how the general public drifted away from best scientific guidance early during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Study: Losing the battle for the best scientific guidance early in a crisis: COVID-19 and beyond. Image credit: View Apart/Shutterstock They empirically …

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What you need to know about Canada ending all Covid travel restrictions

Canada has now ended travel restrictions and mask mandates due to Covid getty Effective today, October 1, 2022, the Government of Canada has lifted all Covid-19 travel entry restrictions. They have also ended testing, quarantine and isolation requirements for all travelers (whether vaccinated or not) entering Canada. From 1 October 2022, all travellers, regardless of …

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How payment technology is making healthcare more convenient for providers and patients

Payment applications AdobeStock_275606341 Medical debt has plagued the United States, leaving both providers and patients searching for answers. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Americans owe at least $195 billion in medical debt, despite more than 90% of the population having insurance coverage. Medical debt’s share of collections exceeds student loans, auto loans, and credit …

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After pushing a major health system to cut costs, a Massachusetts agency wants more power

The Massachusetts Health Policy Committee reached an agreement with Mass. General Brigham on a cost-cutting plan. The state agency wants more power to control hospital costs, including financial penalties. A Massachusetts state agency has signed on to a Mass General Brigham plan to cut costs, and the agency would like more power to control health …

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Dragonfly Hyperscooter Relaunches After Beating Business, Covid Hurdles

Dragonfly Hyperscooter. The four-wheel battery electric scooter has been launched again after a three-year delay … [+] caused by Covid and business disruptions. Team D-Fly The Dragonfly Hyperscooter might as well have been renamed The Phoenix. First introduced in 2019 by London-based D-Fly Group, a number of issues, notably the Covid-19 pandemic, led to its …

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FAIR Health Releases report on substance use disorders, overdose before, during pandemic

One of the report’s key findings is that 42 states saw an increase in the percentage of opioid and opioid-like drug overdose patients compared to the total number of patients using medical services by state. In each year from 2016 to 2021, men accounted for 62% to 63% of the gender distribution of patients diagnosed …

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We need resilient health systems to address the dual crisis of infectious and chronic diseases

With our health systems strained by simultaneous outbreaks of monkeypox, polio and COVID-19, chronic diseases are not getting the attention they deserve. But as we continue to face persistent infectious disease threats, we need to build resilient health systems that are equipped to address both public health emergencies and ongoing population health challenges. Before the …

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From Amazon to Zocdoc, Health Industry Urges Passage of Telemedicine Bill

Before the 117th Congress ends in January, health care advocates are pushing lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow hospitals and health systems to continue offering telehealth services. Now, 375 companies, healthcare organizations and hospitals have signed a joint letter calling on Senate leaders to act. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) helped …

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What are the 2-year health outcomes among patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in China?

The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the rapid outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), has claimed more than 6.52 million lives worldwide. The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants due to genomic mutations has prolonged the pandemic. Some variants of SARS-CoV-2, such as Omicron and Delta, are more transmissible and virulent than …

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Biden Says “The Pandemic Is Over,” But Health Experts Disagree

In an interview with “60 Minutes,” the president said the pandemic is over, but much work remains. Doctors rejected the assessment and noted that hundreds were dying every day. In a wide-ranging interview on the season premiere of “60 Minutes” Sunday night, President Biden surprised many health experts by saying, “The pandemic is over.” In …

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