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NYU allows senior medical students to graduate early to help fight coronavirus



NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine announced Wednesday it’s planning to allow senior students to graduate early in response to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “directive to get more physicians into the health system more quickly,” the school said in a statement.

Steven B. Abramson, an executive vice dean at the medical school, said the university asked about 122 students who are set to graduate this year whether they would be willing to start their internship at New York hospitals in April instead of waiting until July.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 69 students had volunteered to graduate, Abramson said.

“It is awe-inspiring and just says a lot about our students and their dedication to take care of people who are sick and to be part of a team of doctors taking care of these patients,” he said.

Gabrielle Mayer, a fourth year medical student who is planning to join the primary care/internal medicine program at NYU’s Bellevue Hospital, said it was an “easy decision” for her.

“Knowing that we are waiting to graduate and join the workforce, that we have the skill set that seems needed and valuable right now, it was such an easy decision to join my co-residents, co-interns,” the 26-year-old student said.

The school is now waiting for final approval from the New York State Department of Education, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

If NYU’s plan is approved, students will be placed in internal medicine programs or emergency rooms at NYU-affiliated hospitals in the area.

The students will be part of a team and “will never be asked to do something that is above their level of competence,” Abramson said.

More than 30,000 cases have been confirmed in New York and the majority of the state’s cases are in New York City. Plans are underway to build emergency hospitals and thousands of doctors and nurses, who are either retired or no longer see patients, have signed up to assist.





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Biden: Trump should ‘stop talking and start listening to the medical experts’



Trump set the Easter goal earlier Tuesday on Fox News. It’s a date that few health experts believe will be sufficient in containing the spread of coronavirus.

“Look, we all want the economy to open as rapidly as possible. The way to do that is let’s take care of the medical side of this immediately,” Biden said in an interview with CNN.

The former vice president said he could envision some parts of the country and some sectors being ready to return to work on Trump’s timeline.

“But the idea that we’re in a position where we’re saying, by Easter, he wants to have everybody going back to work? What’s he talking about?” Biden said.

Biden said Trump is “not responsible for the coronavirus” but that the President is “responsible for the delay in taking the actions that need to be taken.”

He said Trump should have invoked the Defense Production Act earlier and used its powers to require companies to rapidly ramp up production of medical equipment like masks and ventilators.

“He says he’s a war-time president — well God, act like one. Move. Fast,” Biden said.

Biden has been off the campaign trail for two weeks as the pandemic has forced candidates to cancel rallies and fundraisers and order staff to work from home. His campaign converted a room in his Wilmington, Delaware, home into a broadcast studio, and Biden began a media blitz Tuesday.

In the interview, Biden said he has not been tested for coronavirus because he has not exhibited any symptoms, and that he is following medical experts’ advice — including keeping distance from his grandchildren when they visit and ensuring everyone who enters his house, including the Secret Service, wears gloves and masks.

At one point in the interview, Biden coughed into his hand. Tapper told Biden that doing so was “kind of old school” and that he should cough into his elbow.

“Actually that is true,” Biden said. “But fortunately I’m alone in my home. But that’s OK. I agree. You’re right.”



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Amy Klobuchar releases medical records; doctor says she is in ‘very good health’



“She does not have any health conditions that would impair her ability to perform the duties of the Presidency,” wrote Dr. Jennifer McKeand of Women’s Health Consultants in Minneapolis, Klobuchar’s home city.

Klobuchar, 59, is among the youngest candidates running for the 2020 Democratic nomination. In a departure from some of her competitors, she released her blood test results, allowing the public to see the mundane yet deeply personal details of the levels in her blood such as cholesterol and glucose.

Klobuchar’s routine physical was administered on January 6 of this year, according to McKeand, and included screenings for diabetes, thyroid disease, anemia and colon and cervical cancer. The report says Klobuchar had “excellent” blood pressure at 110/68 and a normal breast exam.

The doctor noted persistent mild hyperlipidemia, which means high lipids, such as cholesterol and triglycerides, in the blood. The senator underwent hip replacement in 2006 and takes ibuprofen for intermittent hip pain, noted her doctor.

The letter was written not by a primary care physician or cardiologist but by an OB-GYN at a practice where Klobuchar has been a patient for more than 20 years, according to the letter.

Notably missing from the report was Klobuchar’s height, weight and body mass index. Other candidates, including fellow Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, included those details in their medical reports.

On the campaign trail, Klobuchar has included her height — 5 feet 4 inches — in her stump speech. She’s often talked on the trail about President James Madison, who also was 5-foot-4. That’s a “pretty good height to be president,” she’s joked.

Recently, she’s brought in her height to talk about President Donald Trump inaccurately mocking Michael Bloomberg as being 5-foot-4. “I am the only one that is truly 5-foot-4,” said Klobuchar, during an interview on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” earlier this month.



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Mentally ill woman dies in custody, lawsuit alleges deprivation of medical care


The death of Damaris Rodriguez, who was suffering from symptoms of psychosis, followed four days of “inexcusable neglect and appalling conditions at the South Correctional Entity Jail,” the lawsuit says.

On December 30, 2017, Rodriguez suffered from a mental health episode while at her home in the Washington city of SeaTac, a suburb of Seattle, according to the lawsuit. Rodriguez’s husband, Reynaldo, called 911 and requested medical assistance.

Damaris Rodriguez had previously suffered from bipolar disorder, and had recently developed a metabolic disorder that caused “psychosis symptoms,” the lawsuit says.

However, according to the family’s attorney, Nathan Bingham, law enforcement arrived before an ambulance and Rodriguez was arrested on suspicion of fourth degree assault against her husband. While officers were at the home responding to the call, her husband, however, insisted Rodriguez’s actions had not been intentional and that she was having a mental health crisis, repeatedly telling police that he did not want her to be arrested.

According to the lawsuit, Reynaldo “has trouble communicating about complex topics in English.”

The King County Sheriff’s Office had determined the incoming call to be a domestic violence call and, according to Ryan Abbott with the King County Sheriff’s Office, with all domestic violence calls, Washington state law requires law enforcement to make an arrest if responding officers determine there is any kind of complaint of pain, or that an assault has occurred.

King County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Rodriguez and took her to the South Correctional Entity Jail (SCORE).

‘Starvation and sleep deprivation eventually took their toll’

Rodriguez spent four days alone in a cell, where video surveillance footage shows she was largely naked, surrounded by her own urine and vomit, and having what appear to be hallucinations, according to the lawsuit.

Attorney Nathan Bingham said though Washington court rules dictate that an arraignment take place before the end of the next business day, Rodriguez was never taken to court.

The lawsuit alleges that “starvation and sleep deprivation eventually took their toll,” and Rodriguez developed a metabolic condition called ketoacidosis, which leads to water intoxication.

According to the complaint, corrections officers and medical staff knew of the danger of water intoxication, but did not conduct proper welfare checks, instead moving Rodriguez to a cell without a sink, where she later died on January 4, 2018.

The lawsuit alleges that Rodriguez died as a result of water intoxication. The King County Medical Examiner’s Officer determined her death to be a sudden death during excited delirium and has classified it as natural.

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Attorney Nathan Bingham said there were numerous log entries on welfare checks that corrections officers signed off on which the lawsuit alleges never occurred, including an entry claiming that Rodriguez was offered and refused water almost an hour after she had stopped breathing.

The lawsuit claims that Rodriguez died, because the facility and their healthcare provider NaphCare, operate under “the perverse economic incentives of a for-profit jail. SCORE and NaphCare cut corners and make staffing policies and medical decisions based on their financial interests — not the health of their inmates.”

NaphCare, the company that helps correctional facilities like SCORE “manage their healthcare needs by offering an exceptional team of medical professionals,” responded with a statement saying, “Due to limited community resources, jails have become the largest providers of mental health care in the country. The correctional system is a difficult environment in which to treat or rehabilitate individuals living with serious mental illness. (…) Unfortunately, the jail population, particularly those with serious mental illness, are highly prone to sudden, unpreventable cardiac events. The King County Medical Examiner determined the cause of death in this instance to be sudden and natural. To date, there is no evidence in support of the statements regarding cause of death made by lawyers of the family.”

In a statement provided to KIRO, SCORE said that while in custody, Rodriguez “had been seen by medical and mental health personnel and was observed over the course of her stay by corrections staff and medical personnel. Upon finding her unresponsive, staff immediately initiated emergency procedures and began CPR. Unfortunately, the individual did not survive and was pronounced dead in the facility.”

According to the facility’s statement, an investigation into Rodriguez’s death was conducted by the Des Moines Police Department, which concluded that “no malicious criminal act” contributed to her death.

In their court filings, defendants have asked the court to dismiss the complaint, which they claim “provides a confusing, distracting, inflammatory, and unduly prejudicial backdrop.”



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South Dakota state Rep. Fred Deutsch says he regrets drawing comparison between transgender medical procedures and Nazi doctor experiments



Republican state Rep. Fred Deutsch first made the comments during an interview last week with the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group that lobbies on a number of issues both cultural and political from “a biblical worldview.” In the interview, the lawmaker discussed a bill he’s sponsoring that would make it a misdemeanor for physicians or any other medical professionals to perform gender reassignment surgeries on minors or to provide patients 16 and younger with hormones, even if the minor is emancipated.

“Well, you know, if you care about kids I think you have to prioritize them. And, you know, in South Dakota we don’t allow mutilation of our children — I don’t care if it’s doctors, I don’t care if it’s parents. … These kids on the internet, they share these pictures of themselves that just blow you away — of all these surgical scars and it’s terrible. That should not ever be allowed,” Deutsch said.

He continued: “To me, that’s a crime against humanity, when these procedures are done by these so-called doctors, you know, that dance on the edge of medicine. I just don’t think it should be done. I think — you know, I’m the son of a Holocaust survivor. I’ve had family members killed in Auschwitz. And I’ve seen the pictures of the bizarre medical experiments. I don’t want that to happen to our kids. And that’s what’s going on right now.”

Deutsch said in a statement to CNN on Tuesday that he regrets making the comparison.

“Comments I made based on my history of being the son of a Holocaust survivor are regrettable,” he wrote.

The Democratic minority leader of the state’s House of Representatives told CNN Tuesday that Deutsch’s comparison was untrue and “unfortunate.”

“That’s not what’s happening in the state of South Dakota or anywhere in our country,” state Rep. Jamie Smith said. “I totally don’t agree with him.”

During the Holocaust, some concentration camp prisoners were forced to undergo cruel experiments by Nazi doctors that sometimes resulted in death. The experiments horrified the global community and, following World War II, resulted in the establishment of the Nuremberg Code, which provides ethical standards for scientific and medical research involving human subjects.

The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee approved Deutsch’s bill, House Bill 1057, last Wednesday by 8-5. It now moves to the full state House for a vote.

Nearly half of the 105 members of South Dakota’s Republican-controlled Legislature sponsored the bill, including Republican House Speaker Steven Haugaard.

The speaker did not respond to CNN’s request for comment on Tuesday.

Deutsch, who in 2016 proposed restricting transgender students’ bathroom access in public schools, recently told CNN he proposed the new measure after some studies on the safety of puberty-blocking hormones were inconclusive. “The bill will serve as a pause button until the minor is old enough to make informed decisions,” he said.

The bill does, though, allow doctors to operate on infants who are born intersex, an umbrella term used to describe people born with bodies that are perceived as differing from typical male and female categories.

Smith, who opposes the legislation, said he hopes the bill is blocked and that his party is “doing everything we can to stop it.”

CNN’s Scottie Andrew contributed to this report.



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‘Children’s Hospital’ star Erinn Hayes back for goofball spinoff ‘Medical Police’


Fans of Dr. Lola Spratt rejoice: she’s back in action in “Medical Police” and saving the world — one virus at a time.

The 10-episode Netflix series is a spinoff from “Children’s Hospital,” Robb Corddry’s off-kilter, “Airplane!”-style medical spoof that aired on Adult Swim (2010-2016) and was one of the first series to originate on the web (in 2008 on TheWB.com).

The show boasted an ensemble cast including Corddry, Malin Akerman, Ken Marino, Henry Winkler, Lake Bell and Erinn Hayes as Lola Spratt — who takes the lead here along with Rob Huebel, reprising his “Children’s Hospital” role as Dr. Owen Maestro as the pair are deputized as secret government agents (don’t ask) chasing a bioterrorist around the globe.

“She’s the same character as she was in ‘Children’s Hospital’ — she’s the smartest dummy you’ll ever meet,” says Hayes, 43. “She and Maestro alternate between being total idiots and crazy-smart. You have to believe they live in a world where they are very smart doctors and then they’re … lovable a–holes.

“There are some inside jokes [from ‘Children’s Hospital’], but you don’t need to have watched any of that show to watch ‘Medical Police,’” she says. “In this series, Lola takes the lead and is at the forefront in following this viral outbreak along with Owen Maestro.”

Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel in "Medical Police."
Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel in “Medical Police.”Courtesy of Netflix

While the series is focused mostly on Spratt and Maestro and their globetrotting sleuthing, Corddry, Winkler and the rest of the “Children’s Hospital” crew appear intermittently (they’re featured heavily in the premiere).

“They all come back, and it’s really fun as you go on in the show,” Hayes says, whose TV resume is a laundry list of series (including “The Dangerous Book for Boys” and a season-long stint on “Kevin Can Wait”). She says that “Children’s Hospital” was considered “dead in the water” when it ended in 2016.

“It was like, ‘We’re done. We told the story.’ It was a natural place to end the show,” she says. “It was a bit of a surprise for all of us in the cast [when it ended] … and then about a year later there started to be rumblings of, ‘Hey, maybe we can do this in a different format.’ I don’t like to believe anything until I’m in hair and makeup and on the set on Day One, but I started hearing about it … and the creators [Corddry, Jonathan Stern and David Wain] have more places to take this.”

The “globetrotting mystery action series,” as Hayes says (tongue-in-cheek), was filmed in and around LA (Chino Hills, San Dimas, downtown). The show also traveled on location to Zagreb, Croatia, which stands in for cities including Florence, Italy, Berlin and locales in Africa and Latvia. “We shot 10 days in Zagreb which, because of its history, has so many different eras of construction that you can find things that made it resemble those cities,” Hayes says.

The show’s future is undetermined at this point, but Hayes says the Season 1 finale leaves the door open for another season.

“It’s not like we have some crazy cliffhanger that demands an answer, but it does [leave open the possibility],” she says. “Fingers crossed that we’ll be able to see what else we can with this show and where it could go. I don’t know if viewers would want another season of just us solving worldwide crime, and I know the guys are already exploring options about what another season could look like.

“I want to do more of these.”



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Ohio is considering whether long-suffering Browns or Bengals fans can be treated with medical marijuana



The State Medical Board of Ohio is officially considering a petition that asks Cleveland Browns or Cincinnati Bengals fandom be considered a qualifying condition to legally obtain medical marijuana.

Seriously.

The board held an open submission period on the state’s website from November 1 to December 31, and there were 28 submissions for potential new qualifying conditions filed electronically.

Most of the submissions dealt with medical illnesses like Epstein-Barr, PTSD and depression. But there was also this: “Bengals/Browns Fans.”

Tessie Pollock, chief communications officer at the State Medical Board of Ohio, confirmed that the proposed condition is being considered to CNN.

It may seem like a joke. But Pollock said whoever submitted the affliction did quite a bit of work to get it there.

She pointed to state law, which requires applicants include the following information for a petition:
  • Information from experts who specialize in the study of the disease or condition;
  • Relevant medical or scientific evidence;
  • Consideration of whether conventional medical therapies are insufficient to treat or alleviate the disease or condition;
  • Evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana to treat or alleviate the disease or condition;
  • Other types of medical or scientific documentation; and
  • Letters of support provided by physicians

That suggests the applicant managed to get an expert to weigh in, a physician to write a letter of support and some sort of relevant evidence to support the claim.

The Medical Board’s Medical Marijuana Committee will meet on February 12 to decide which petitions will be considered.

Petitions which fail to meet the requirements to proceed will be reviewed by subject matter experts, Pollock said, which would include physicians and outside experts who have dealt with other states’ medical marijuana programs.

A final vote will take place this summer.

Until then, fans of the Browns and Bengals will have to stick to their usual coping mechanisms: hopes, prayers and dreams.



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Man dies after ‘medical event’, causing crash in York Township


YORK COUNTY, Pa.– A man is dead after suffering a “medical event”, which caused a single-vehicle crash.

According to the York County Coroner, crews were sent to a crash on Leader Heights Road near Powder Mill Road in York Township around 3:30 a.m. on December 30.

Authorities say a car crashed into a tree, causing the coroner to respond to the scene.

The coroner says that an adult male driver was found deceased in his vehicle with no apparent trauma and minimal vehicle damage.

There were no passengers inside the vehicle.

Despite attempts to resuscitate the driver, he did not survive.

The coroner has ruled the death due to a medical event that occurred while the victim was driving.

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Dozens treated for scabies at Jupiter Medical Center last month, spokesperson says


JUPITER, Fla. — Dozens of medical care providers at Jupiter Medical Center, along with a patient, were treated for the contagious and painful skin condition scabies last month, officials say.

According to a spokesperson, a critical care cancer patient from out of town was admitted to Jupiter Medical Center in early November.

During the course of treatment, the patient was found to be infected with scabies.

A spokesperson said the patient and 40 other medical care providers at the hospital were diagnosed with scabies and treated. The case was isolated to one patient and one unit of the medical center, which has been decontaminated.

“There’s no evidence that any other patient has symptoms indicative of scabies,” said Dr. Raymond Golish, the Chief Quality Officer at Jupiter Medical Center.

Dr. Golish said anyone at the hospital who had contact with the patient, or showed symptoms of scabies, has received treatment.

“40 team members at Jupiter Medical Center have received treatment for symptoms and possible contact with the patient,” said Dr. Golish.

In a statement to WPTV, a spokesperson said:

“At this point, we are past the peak of the outbreak. Our care providers have completed the recommended series of treatments, and the patient is no longer in our care. As an extra precaution, we are aggressively treating close contacts of our care providers and family members.”

According to the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County, a case of scabies at Jupiter Medical Center was reported to the agency on Dec. 4.

Since then, the health department has been working closely with Jupiter Medical Center to monitor the situation, continue surveillance, and ensure proper protocols are being followed.

“Somebody coming to Jupiter hospital is safe,” said Dr. Golish.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said scabies is caused by an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite. The microscopic scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin, where it lives and lays its eggs.

The most common symptoms of scabies are intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash. The scabies mite is usually spread by direct and prolonged skin-to-skin contact with a person who has scabies.

According to the CDC, scabies is contagious and can be spread quickly by close body contact. Nursing homes, extended-care facilities, and prisons are often sites of scabies outbreaks.

Jupiter Medical Center said anyone with questions, or anyone who feels they may have contracted scabies should call the hospital’s hotline at 561-263-2899.

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Survivors of plane crash thank Upstate first responders, medical team that saved their lives


There was a happy reunion of sorts at a Saturday morning breakfast in Greenville’s City Hall. The event was hosted by two people, who – if not for the work of the others in the room – probably wouldn’t be here today. “A lot of people risked their lives to save our lives. So, to me, it’s about coming back and letting people know that hey, you saved my life. thanks!” said Steve Rose, one of the survivors of a plane crash September 2018. The crash at Greenville downtown airport killed two pilots on board.But passengers Marci Wilhelm and Steve Rose were pulled from the wreckage — alive.”I was in the hospital for a long time after the accident, so I didn’t get to meet any of the people that saved me or pulled me out. So I really wanted to come back and kind of come full-circle, said Wilhelm. All three engines were still running after the plane went down, and there was worry that the aircraft could explode at any moment.Saturday’s event not only helped the husband and wife meet the men and women who helped them, it also gave first responders an opportunity to see the inspiring side of a serious incident.”When it affects all your senses – you can still smell the fuel, you can still hear the jet engines, you can still see the massive chaos, you know, there needs to be an ending to it. And I think this will put it to rest for a lot of folks, including myself,” said Rick Williams, assistant chief at Greenville city Fire Department. Along with the free breakfast, Wilhelm and Rose covered the cost of ice skating at the rink in downtown Greenville, so that first responders and their families can have something fun to do together this holiday season.

There was a happy reunion of sorts at a Saturday morning breakfast in Greenville’s City Hall. The event was hosted by two people, who – if not for the work of the others in the room – probably wouldn’t be here today.

“A lot of people risked their lives to save our lives. So, to me, it’s about coming back and letting people know that hey, you saved my life. thanks!” said Steve Rose, one of the survivors of a plane crash September 2018.

The crash at Greenville downtown airport killed two pilots on board.
But passengers Marci Wilhelm and Steve Rose were pulled from the wreckage — alive.

“I was in the hospital for a long time after the accident, so I didn’t get to meet any of the people that saved me or pulled me out. So I really wanted to come back and kind of come full-circle, said Wilhelm.

All three engines were still running after the plane went down, and there was worry that the aircraft could explode at any moment.

Saturday’s event not only helped the husband and wife meet the men and women who helped them, it also gave first responders an opportunity to see the inspiring side of a serious incident.

“When it affects all your senses – you can still smell the fuel, you can still hear the jet engines, you can still see the massive chaos, you know, there needs to be an ending to it. And I think this will put it to rest for a lot of folks, including myself,” said Rick Williams, assistant chief at Greenville city Fire Department.

Along with the free breakfast, Wilhelm and Rose covered the cost of ice skating at the rink in downtown Greenville, so that first responders and their families can have something fun to do together this holiday season.



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