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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 Disease27 Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) And Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection6 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 Disease27 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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A Game Show–Based Curriculum for Teaching Principles of Reproductive Infectious Disease (GBS PRIDE Trial)

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether a game show–based curriculum improves obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) residents’ confidence in and understanding of the principles of reproductive infectious disease (RID), clinical manifestations and sequelae of sexually transmitted infection (STI), and management of serious long-term consequences of STIs. Methods:...

Posted in: Sexually Transmitted Diseases & Infections of Reproductive Organs2

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College Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs about the 2017–2018 H3N2 Influenza Virus and Vaccination

Objectives: To observe the state of knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding the effectiveness of the 2017–2018 H3N2 influenza virus vaccine in a representative sample of college students and determine how many students experienced flu-like symptoms, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. Methods: In March 2018, a 19-item survey related to the 2017–2018...

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Arboviruses and Their Vectors

Arthropod-transmitted viruses (arboviruses) pose important public health challenges worldwide, and continue to do so even while the world is contending with the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is spread by contact with respiratory droplets from infected individuals. Arboviruses pose a different...

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Moral Dilemma of a Physician and Mother in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

I am a physician, a cardiology fellow, and a mother of three in the midst of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic at its epicenter in New York City. A lot of people ask me these three questions: How does it feel to be on the frontline of the COVID-19...

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