The Michigan Medicine blog recap

May 1, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Michigan Medicine News

A roundup of articles from both the Michigan Health and Michigan Health Lab blogs, which cover stories on breaking news and research, health tips and wellness that you won’t want to miss.

COVID-19: Behind the Scenes of Testing

Answers to your most pressing questions on where coronavirus testing stands. READ MORE

Nursing Homes Prepared for Pandemics, but COVID-19 Reveals Gaps

Survey of Michigan nursing homes at start of coronavirus suggests great improvement since just before the H1N1 pandemic. READ MORE

Higher Levels of NETs in Blood Associated with More Severe COVID-19

New study explores the connection between levels of a type of destructive white blood cell, known as a neutrophil, with the severity of COVID-19. READ MORE

Caring at a Distance: Telehealth and the COVID-19 Pandemic

While Michigan Medicine has been on the forefront of telehealth, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the number of virtual care visits to skyrocket. Patients and clinicians describe why this model of care is likely to continue to flourish post-outbreak, especially for those who are high risk. READ MORE

Avoiding Crowds is Nothing New for 10-Year-Old with Bone Marrow Disease

Fourth grader wants to raise awareness about her rare immunodeficiency disease that increases her risk of infection. READ MORE

Don’t Ignore a Heart Attack, Even During a Pandemic

In light of reports that fewer people are getting heart attack treatments right now, one cardiologist wants to remind patients that the Emergency Department is still the safest place to be when you’re having a cardiovascular emergency. READ MORE

Hazardous Drug Spills Put Cancer Nurses at Risk

With no national data source, a U-M-led study has uncovered frequent spills, inconsistent PPE use and problems with closed-system transfer devices across 12 institutions. READ MORE

5 Ways to Reduce Hearing Damage

Although preventable, noise induced hearing loss is on the rise. Michigan Medicine audiologists look to reverse these trends with new interventions. READ MORE

Your ACE Inhibitor or ARB Medication: Is There a COVID-19 Connection?

If you have high blood pressure you may have heard that certain medications could put you at higher risk for COVID-19 complications, but one expert warns not stopping, as early studies are inconclusive. READ MORE

12 Things to Know About COVID-19 and Pregnancy

More research is needed to better understand how the coronavirus affects moms and babies. An OB/GYN weighs in about what we know and don’t know. READ MORE

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