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Black, White COVID-19 patients with access to care die at similar rates, study shows

Black, White COVID-19 patients with access to care die at similar rates, study shows

Health
Aug. 18 (UPI) -- White Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 are just as likely to die from the disease as Black Americans, according to a study published Tuesday by JAMA Network Open. Just over 23% of White patients with COVID-19 being treated in the hospital ultimately died after getting infected, compared to 19% of Black patients, the data showed. Advertisement Researchers have previously found that Black and Hispanic Americans are hospitalized for the new coronavirus at a rate up to three times their share of the general population, but with access to care the death rates appear to even out. "These findings suggest that while Black U.S. residents might be at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and represent a disproportionate share of COVID-19 deaths, mortality for those able to access...
IG report: Defense Dept. is failing in mental health care of troops, families

IG report: Defense Dept. is failing in mental health care of troops, families

Business
Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The mental health care of U.S. military troops and their families is not being met by the military health system, a Defense Department Inspector General says. The 74-page report, released this week, found that "the DoD did not consistently meet outpatient mental health access to care standards for active duty service members and their families, in accordance with law and applicable DoD policies." Advertisement It noted that, in the December 2018 to June 2019 time period studied, "seven of 13 MTFs [military treatment facilities] or their supporting TRICARE network [civilian and veteran treatment facilities] did not meet the specialty mental health access to care standard." Over half of active duty members and their families, in need of mental health care, did not receive i...
One-third of children hospitalized with COVID-19 require ICU care, CDC says

One-third of children hospitalized with COVID-19 require ICU care, CDC says

Health
Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Roughly one in three children hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States has required treatment in the intensive care unit, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hospitalized adults infected with the new coronavirus are admitted to the ICU at essentially the same rate, the agency said. Advertisement However, adults are about 20 times more likely to need hospital care after getting infected than children, the CDC said. "Although the cumulative COVID-19-associated hospitalization rate among children is low compared with that among adults ... children can develop severe COVID-19 illness," agency researchers wrote. The findings are based on an analysis of data from the COVID-19-Associated Hospitalization Surveillance...
Dame Barbara Windsor moved into care home as Alzheimer’s worsens

Dame Barbara Windsor moved into care home as Alzheimer’s worsens

Entertainment
Former EastEnders star Dame Barbara Windsor has been placed in full-time residential care after her Alzheimer's worsened during lockdown.Scott Mitchell, her husband of 20 years, said he had acted on the advice of her neurologist but the decision had still been immensely painful. He said the 82-year-old actress left the couple's property in mid-July and moved to a care home in London.He told The Sun: "I feel I'm on an emotional rollercoaster. I walk around, trying to keep busy, then burst in to tears. It feels like a bereavement. Image: Dame Barbara pictured in 1964, during the early days of her acting career "It's always been my biggest fear that one day I would have to take her somewhere and she'd be thinking: 'Why would he do this t...
Care homes and public told to immediately stop using brand of coronavirus test kit

Care homes and public told to immediately stop using brand of coronavirus test kit

Technology
The government has told care homes and the public to immediately stop using coronavirus testing kits produced by a healthcare firm after safety problems were discovered.The government said all labs must pause the use of COVID-19 test kits produced by Randox laboratories "with immediate effect until further notice". It said the tests, which were used as part of the NHS system, failed to meet safety standards.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there had been a problem with the swabs but there was no suggestion that test results were affected.He told the Commons on Thursday: "We've identified some swabs that are not up to the usual high standard that we expect, and we'll be carrying out further testing of this batch as a precautionary measure. ...