Tag Archives: Risk

Same-day ART initiation linked to increased risk of negative outcomes

Same-day initiation of antiretroviral therapy after diagnosis has some negative effects, including more patients lost to follow-up, according to a study conducted in Eswatini. The World Health Organization’s Treat-All policy recommends lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) for all people living with HIV at the time of diagnosis, irrespective of immunological criteria. Newly diagnosed individuals are generally… Read More »

Vitamin D and Covid: Will taking vitamin D reduce risk of coronavirus?

This is down to its anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory properties, which are crucial for the activation of immune system defenses. Vitamin D is known to enhance the function of immune cells, which is important for protection against infection, disease and immune-related disorders. People with low vitamin D levels are more likely to develop respiratory diseases, including… Read More »

For Spring Season, Young Athletes Get Back in the Game Despite Covid Risk

This spring, high school senior Nathan Kassis will play baseball in the shadow of covid-19 — wearing a neck gaiter under his catcher’s mask, sitting 6 feet from teammates in the dugout and trading elbow bumps for hugs after wins. “We’re looking forward to having a season,” said the 18-year-old catcher for Dublin Coffman High… Read More »

Mission Hospital McDowell Prioritizes Patient Safety at All Times, Lowers Risk with Proactive, Facility-Wide Approach

Carol Wolfenbarger By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE Patient safety is at the core of everything we do at Mission Hospital McDowell (MHM). In recognition of World Patient Safety Day (September 17), this month we’re highlighting the many layers of safety-oriented protocol and systems in place that exist here at MHM to create a safety… Read More »

Indoors, outdoors, 6 feet apart? Transmission risk of airborne viruses can be quantified

In the 1995 movie “Outbreak,” Dustin Hoffman’s character realizes, with appropriately dramatic horror, that an infectious virus is “airborne” because it’s found to be spreading through hospital vents. The issue of whether our real-life pandemic virus, SARS-CoV-2, is “airborne” is predictably more complex. The current body of evidence suggests that COVID-19 primarily spreads through respiratory… Read More »