Best Practices

The effect of COVID-19 on pediatric care and children’s hospitals

On March 13, 2020, the president of the United States declared a national emergency in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.(1) Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 380,000 children have tested positive, representing approximately 9.1% of the population in the U.S.(2) The overall rate of positive pediatric cases is 501/100,000.(3) The incidence of severe illness...

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Is it possible to get COVID twice?

A man was reinfected with coronavirus after recovery – what does this mean for immunity? Is it possible to get COVID-19 twice? May James/AFP via Getty Images   A 33-year old man was found to have a second SARS-CoV-2 infection some four-and-a-half months after he was diagnosed with his first, from which he recovered. The man, who showed no symptoms, was diagnosed when he returned to Hong...

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Trust, Fear and Solidarity Will Determine the Success of a COVID Vaccine

Thousands of letters stuffed with money flooded Jonas Salk’s mailbox the week after his polio vaccine was declared safe and effective in 1955. Everybody wanted his vaccine. Desperate parents clogged doctors’ phone lines in search of the precious elixir; drug companies and doctors diverted doses to the rich and famous. Some of the first batches of the vaccine were disastrously botched, causing...

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Is telehealth as good as in-person care? A telehealth researcher explains how to get the most out of remote health care

COVID-19 has led to a boom in telehealth, with some health care facilities seeing an increase in its use by as much as 8,000%. This shift happened quickly and unexpectedly and has left many people asking whether telehealth is really as good as in-person care. Over the last decade, I’ve studied telehealth as a Ph.D. researcher while using it as a registered nurse and advanced practice nurse....

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A Word is Worth Thousands: Protecting Your Healthcare Brand

Investing in a healthcare related business involves significant time and money. Building a brand takes even more and is extremely important in today’s society. Having the ability to build a recognizable brand, scale, and potentially sell, is the goal of many healthcare business entrepreneurs. With the ever-booming impact of social media, online advertising, and online reviews, healthcare...

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ALS scientific breakthrough: Diabetes drug metformin shows promise in mouse study for a common type of ALS

An FDA-approved diabetes drug shows early signs of promise against the most common genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a devastating neurological condition that causes paralysis. ALS is a progressive disease that affects neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurons transmit signals from our brain to our muscles and allow us to move. ALS causes these motor neurons to die,...

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