How Edward Pierce, Broadway ‘Wicked’ Designer, Fought COVID-19—and Made Medical History
One of the first things Edward Pierce asked his wife, Pixie, when he woke up after five weeks in a medically induced coma was, “Is Broadway still closed?” Pixie laughed, recalling the moment. “My husband is a workaholic,” she told The Daily Beast.After a marathon 46-day stay at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey, critically ill with COVID-19, Pierce, one of Broadway’s leading and most highly regarded designers, is recovering at home, having made medical history as the first American to receive injected placental cells as a treatment for severely ill coronavirus patients.Broadway Faces the Cost of Its Coronavirus Shutdown: ‘The Impact Will Be Huge. Horrible’As Pierce, 49, lay unconscious, Pixie blogged about the roller-coaster journey of his experience in the hospital and the experience of their family—locked down at home in Teaneck, unable
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What is VA doing?
VA has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans, their families, health care providers, and staff in the face of this emerging health risk. We are working directly with the CDC and other federal partners to monitor the outbreak of the virus.
On March 27, VA shared its COVID-19 response plan. This best-practice guide is a valuable tool, which may be useful nationwide for the medical community.
VA has administered over 129,181 COVID-19 tests nationwide, while taking aggressive steps to prevent COVID-19 transmission.
These measures include outreach to Veterans and staff, clinical screening at VA health care facilities, and protective procedures for patients admitted to community living centers and spinal cord injury units.
Part of the department’s “Fourth Mission” is to support non-VA health
At this time, all Veteran patients, employees, and visitors are required to wear a mask when visiting any VA facility.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath call your VA health care team or nurse triage right away at 877-339-6837. VA Black Hills offers limited drive through testing for COVID-19. If your symptoms or health history indicate testing, you may be scheduled for this quick and safe option for testing.
For your safety and convenience, VA Black Hills offers Curbside Pharmacy Pickup. If you are coming to the Hot Springs or Fort Meade campuses to pick up your medications let the screeners know why you are there. They will call the Pharmacy and direct you to the pickup location. It’s quick, easy, and safe!
There are many ways to stay connected to your health care team through virtual care
This year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released three strategic documents that will help set a path forward for health IT. The 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, the Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs, and the National Health IT Priorities for Research: A Policy and Development Agenda are united in the aim to improve health,
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Precision Medicine Initiative
Clinical Genomics Data for Precision Medicine
Stephanie Garcia, MPH | April 22, 2020
Genomic data—information about the complete set of genes that make up each individual—have the potential to revolutionize healthcare and usher in a new era of precision medicine and scientific discovery. However, there is currently no standard way of presenting genomic data,
The Constitution of the World Health Organization, which came into force on April 7,
1948, defined health “as a state of complete physical, mental and social
well-being.” The writers of the Constitution were clearly aware of the
tendency of seeing health as a state dependent on the presence or absence of diseases:
so they added to that definition that an individual, if he is to be considered healthy,
should not suffer from any disease (….“and not merely the absence
of disease or infirmity”) (1). In that
way, the definition of the World Health Organization simply added a requirement to the
previous position that allowed to declare someone healthy if no disease could be found:
the step forward that could have been taken in the conceptualization of health as a
dimension of existence which can co-exist with the presence of a disease or impairment
was thus not taken.
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A large screen broadcasting an evening newscast along a Beijing street in March shows Chinese President Xi Jinping wearing a protective mask during his visit to Wuhan earlier in the day.
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In Coronavirus War Of Words With The U.S., China Pulls No Punches
On Sunday, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a gradual easing of restrictions.
A bucket used to collect samples after people have been tested for COVID-19 is seen at a drive through testing site in Arlington, Va., on March 20. One group in northern Virginia is paying special attention to the coronavirus’s impact on Latinos.
The Journal of Transport & Health (JTH) is devoted to publishing research that advances our knowledge on the many interactions between transport and health and the policies that affect these. In general, we will prioritise papers that evaluate or inform the development of interventions and policies to improve population health, or that make a genuinely original contribution, rather than being basic descriptive studies. The journal aims to cover transport and health issues in all countries; in general, studies should have a context, or lessons, that can be transferred to other locations. Interactions between transport and health include, for instance:
the impacts on public health and inequalities of:
active modes of transport;
noise and air pollution generated by transport;
road travel injuries (see below);
road danger and its reduction (see below):
actual safety and security hazards associated with transport;
perceptions of danger and factors affecting these;