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Authors retract Lancet article that found hydroxychloroquine increases risk of death in COVID-19 patients

NEW YORK — An influential medical journal article that found hydroxychloroquine increased the risk of death in COVID-19 patients was retracted on Thursday, adding to the controversy around a drug championed by U.S. President Donald Trump. Three of the authors of the article retracted it, citing concerns about the quality and veracity of data in… Read More »

How some of the sickest COVID-19 patients are being saved by an out-of-body lung experience

Ventilators have failed to help and death looks imminent, but for some of Canada’s sickest COVID-19 patients, there is another, out of-body option. Several were recently connected to what amounts to an artificial lung sitting next to their beds, technology that has saved at least two people so far. The extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machines… Read More »

Majority of commercial patients may receive surprise bill following ambulance ride

Dive Brief: More than 70% of air and ground ambulance rides taken by members of a major commercial insurer between 2013 and 2017 involved a potential surprise bill, according to a study published Wednesday in Health Affairs. The amount billed to a patient was substantially higher for air ambulance services at a median of nearly… Read More »

U.S. May Get More Ventilators But Run Out Of Medicine For COVID-19 Patients – NPR

Enlarge this image Vizient, a group purchasing organization that negotiates lower prices with drug manufacturers, sent recommendations that the Food and Drug Administration expand access to drugs heavily used with ventilator patients. jamesbenet/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption jamesbenet/Getty Images As hospitals across the country fill with COVID-19 patients, medical personnel are sounding the alarm… Read More »

‘I’m kind of scared’: Surgery for cancer patients and others cancelled as hospitals brace for possible COVID-19 wave

Janice Ense never actually got to talk to her doctor, or anyone else for that matter. While she was out on Monday, an assistant left Ense a voicemail message announcing that the unfolding COVID-19 crisis had forced the postponement of her kidney cancer surgery. The operation was supposed to take place next Thursday at Toronto’s… Read More »