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  • [Correspondence] The power of touch

    Posted 2020-04-04 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    We read with interest Richard Horton's Comment,1 in which he characterises the decline of the physical examination as “a vestigial remnant of clinical care”. He also acknowledges the transformative power of touch even as he sees its ...

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  • [Comment] Offline: COVID-19—what countries must do now

    Posted 2020-04-04 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    How should countries plan for the approaching health crisis caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, himself struck down with infection, has written to every household warning that, “we know things will get worse before they get better”. The UK Government is right to prepare the public for the coming human catastrophe. All governments have a responsibility to do the same. But this advice does not go far enough. Here are five critical actions that need to be considered ...

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  • [Comment] The COVID-19 pandemic in the USA: what might we expect?

    Posted 2020-04-04 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    As of March 19, 2020, 191 127 cases of, including 7807 deaths attributed to, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been reported worldwide.1 The incidence of reported cases in China has dramatically reduced to tens per day as a result of strict social distancing measures; however, the pandemic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is now generating sustained transmission in many countries including the USA. In The Lancet, Isaac Ghinai, Tristan D McPherson, and colleagues2 report details of the first known human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the USA, which was identified in late January, ...

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  • [World Report] Developing antibody tests for SARS-CoV-2

    Posted 2020-04-04 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    Laboratories and diagnostic companies are racing to produce antibody tests, a key part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anna Petherick ...

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  • [World Report] 2020 Canada Gairdner Award winners announced

    Posted 2020-04-04 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    On March 31, the Gairdner Foundation announced the winners of its annual prizes in biomedical science and global health. Talha Burki spoke with the ...

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  • [Perspectives] Face transplants as surgical acts and psychosocial processes

    Posted 2020-04-04 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    In 2017 the face of Katie Stubblefield made headlines. Not the face she was born with or the face that emerged after 22 reconstructive surgeries. This was another face altogether: a transplant that Stubblefield would receive from Adrea Schneider. There have been 46 recorded face transplants in history. Katie's was the 40th—only the third to have taken place at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, which also undertook the first face transplant in the USA, on Connie Culp, in 2008. According to the Cleveland Clinic, it took 11 surgeons and staff from 15 specialties more than 31 hours to transplant Stubblefield's new face, including her jaw, teeth, facial nerves, muscles, and ...

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  • [Editorial] COVID-19 will not leave behind refugees and migrants

    Posted 2020-04-04 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    Never has the “leave no one behind” pledge felt more urgent. As nations around the world implement measures to control the spread of SARS-CoV-2, including lockdowns and restrictions on individuals’ movements, they must heed their global commitments. When member states adopted the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, they promised to ensure no one will be left behind. Chief among the world's most vulnerable people are refugees and migrants. The COVID-19 crisis puts these groups at enormous ...

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  • [Editorial] Open versus endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms

    Posted 2020-04-04 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    When the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) released draft guidelines on the diagnosis and management of abdominal aortic aneurysms in May, 2018, it caused outcry. By recommending that endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) of unruptured aneurysms should not be offered—even in patients for whom open surgical repair was contraindicated—critics said that many patients would be denied life-saving treatment and that the guidelines were ...

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  • [Viewpoint] The case for replacing live oral polio vaccine with inactivated vaccine in the Americas

    Posted 2020-04-04 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    Before the development of the inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) and live oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV), sporadic outbreaks of poliomyelitis were reported to cause as many as 18 000 cases of paralysis and over 3000 deaths in the USA alone.1 The straightforward oral administration, high effectiveness, and relatively low cost of OPV was fundamental to the substantial reduction in polio achieved by mass vaccination campaigns. Wild polioviruses were certified by WHO to be eliminated throughout the Americas in ...

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  • [Comment] A planetary health perspective on COVID-19: a call for papers

    Posted 2020-04-04 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    It is natural during the unfolding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to focus on emergency response planning, including containment, treatment procedures, and vaccine development, and nobody would doubt the need for these measures. However, an emergency can also open a window of opportunity for reflection and learning. We live in increasingly global, interdependent, and environmentally constrained societies and the COVID-19 pandemic exemplifies these aspects of our world. We would therefore be wise to take a broad integrated perspective on this disease, the impacts of which are already spilling over into the realms of economics, international trade, politics, and ...

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