People with diabetes have a higher risk of severe illness or death if they get COVID-19. However, new studies are showing that patients with well-managed diabetes and better control of blood sugar tend to have less adverse impacts.
On Wednesday, the Next Generation Medicine Lecture series has scheduled a free webinar, “Well-Being and Resilience During COVID-19,” by Anne Browning, assistant dean for a well-being program at University of Washington School of Medicine.
MultiCare neurologist Dr. Madeleine Geraghty knows firsthand about consequences from stroke victims who delayed calling 911. A recent elderly patient who feared getting COVID-19 waited a day, and now she has permanent damage.
Fear and anxiety in COVID-19 times can spiral into increased stress or even a panic attack, but experts offer strategies on how to reframe the mind and battle back against mounting concerns.
Fear is another lethal hazard of this pandemic, blocking the youngest patients from basic care as everyday medical appointments grind to a halt across Africa, South America and Southeast Asia.
Retail stores in Washington can resume limited operations with new rules on protection for employees and curbside delivery for customers ordering online or by phone.
Forty years ago today, the World Health Organization declared smallpox eradicated from the face of the Earth.
A Spokane family is rallying remotely around Owen Knight, 7, this week at Seattle Children’s to have emergency brain surgery for a tumor, his second in six months, but now COVID-19 means he can only have one parent with him at any given time.
The Payne family of Spokane will celebrate May 1 as a 50-year milestone. That date in 1970, Frank Payne donated a kidney to his 10-year-old daughter hoping it might give her a year of life. Instead, the transplant bridged 50 years and counting for Ellie Payne, 60, who turns 61 on May 8.
The average age at which teens and young adults start using drugs has been rising nationwide, said a Spokane researcher.
For the first time, a blood test has been shown to help detect many types of cancer in a study of thousands of people with no history or symptoms of the disease.
Republican state leaders in Oklahoma and Utah are facing scrutiny for spending millions of dollars combined to purchase malaria drugs promoted by President Trump to treat COVID-19 patients that many other states obtained for free and that doctors warned shouldn’t be used without more testing.
Doctors sound alarm about patients in their 30s and 40s left debilitated or dead. Some didn’t even know they were infected.
While the coronavirus is spread primarily person-to-person via aerosol droplets, it is possible to get sick from touching an infected surface and then the mouth or nose without first hand-washing.
Local food safety experts say there aren’t any changes in food handler requirements in the wake of the pandemic, just that many restaurants are following federal and state voluntary COVID-19 precautions as they provide food.
A flood of new research suggests that far more people have had the coronavirus without any symptoms, fueling hope that it will turn out to be much less lethal than originally feared.
Patient interactions for medical students, along with hands-on learning for physical exam skills in classes, stopped in March because of the coronavirus. For a return after spring break, University of Washington School of Medicine’s site on the Gonzaga campus, as well as WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane, had to adapt quickly to an all-virtual learning format.
When Paul Huling had an appointment with a spine surgeon last fall, surgery wasn’t just an option, it was a necessity, said Dr. Doug Blaty. But it’s a delicate procedure, working in an area of the spine where nerve damage can occur. With a new robotic tool called an exoscope, Blaty performed the spine surgery in November.
Ventilators are mentioned often in critical care cases for COVID-19 patients. Talked about less are the respiratory therapists who run those devices. Earl Moore of Spokane, past president of a state association for the professional group, said hospital-based respiratory therapists are part of a team with doctors and nurses for COVID-19 patients.
Isolation. That can be a big enemy in the stay-at-home room for people who have substance addictions or reached sobriety. In-person recovery groups meetings are canceled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. What now?
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