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COVID-19 Impact on Orthopedic Surgeons: Elective Procedures, Telehealth, and Income

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate the response in orthopedic surgery to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic across the United States by surveying surgeons about their care setting, timing of restrictions on elective surgery, use of telehealth, and estimated economic impact. Methods: A survey was distributed...

Posted in: Infectious Disease31 Rheumatology and Orthopedics9

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COVID-19 in a Mississippi Community Hospital

Objectives: Mississippi recorded the first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on March 11, 2020. This report describes the initial COVID-19 experience of the single healthcare system serving Jackson County, Mississippi. The intent of this retrospective review of COVID-19 hospitalized patients was to identify any characteristics or interventions amenable to...

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Health Disparities among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Adults in Nashville, Tennessee

Objectives: Health disparities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults are well documented, but LGBT health data at the municipal and county levels are lacking, especially in the southern United States. The objective of this study was to compare access to care, health outcomes, and behavioral risk factors between...

Posted in: Infectious Disease31 Mental Health13 Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) And Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection7

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Consideration of Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases during Differential Diagnosis

Objective: Recognition and reporting of vector-borne and zoonotic disease (VBZD) cases is largely dependent upon the consideration of such diseases by healthcare practitioners during the initial diagnosis and ordering of specific confirmative diagnostic tests. This study was conducted to assess the general knowledge and understanding of VBZD transmission and clinical...

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COVID-19, Telemedicine, and the Demise of the Physician’s Touch

Even before the #MeToo movement, touching another person carried an element of risk. With the advent of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, that risk has intensified as a result of the role of direct contact between individuals in spreading the infection. This is not to say that the danger...

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Epidemiology, Clinical Features, and Outcomes of Hospitalized Adults with COVID-19: Early Experience from an Academic Medical Center in Mississippi

Objectives: To describe the demographics, clinical characteristics, and outcomes of hospitalized adults with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in an academic medical center in the southern United States. Methods: Retrospective, observational cohort study of all adult patients (18 years and older) consecutively admitted with laboratory-confirmed severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 infection between...

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Trends in Premature Deaths among Women Living with HIV/AIDS and Cervical Cancer

Objectives: There is a lack of updated information on premature death and years of potential life lost (YPLL) among human immunodeficiency (HIV)–positive women with cervical cancer. We hypothesize that increased access to preventive resources such as antiretroviral therapy, preexposure prophylaxis, and human papillomavirus vaccines has reduced premature mortality and YPLL...

Posted in: Infectious Disease31 Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) And Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection7 Gynecologic Cancer3

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Characteristics and Outcomes Based on Perceived Illness Severity in SARS-CoV-2

Objectives: The severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) epidemic is characterized by a global sense of uncertainty, partly driven by the paucity of real-life clinical data. This study assessed whether admission patient characteristics were associated with need for intensive care unit (ICU) care. Methods: The observational study included consecutive patients admitted...

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Osteoporosis Management Strategies in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has led to active infections and relatively high morbidity and mortality across the world, including the United States.1 The pandemic has challenged the US healthcare system, and rapid treatment adaptations have had to be made to stabilize public health and provide effective medical care.

Posted in: Infectious Disease31 Metabolic & Other Bone Disease (Osteoporosis)4

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Outcomes of Clostridioides difficile in Patients with Vitamin D Deficiency: A Propensity-Matched National Inpatient Sample Analysis

Objectives: We aimed to determine in-hospital outcomes, length of hospital stay, and resource utilization in a contemporary cohort of Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) and vitamin D deficiency (VDD). Methods: The National Inpatient Sample database for 2016 and 2017 was used for data analysis using International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision,...

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