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The VA health system has stopped nearly all use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients

VA Slashes Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Treat COVID-19 Patients

Prescribing reduced to just three prescriptions in the last week as new research highlights possible dangers
Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of May 25 to 29

Physician’s Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of...
For residents of California and Washington with COVID-19

Burden of Severe COVID-19 High in California, Washington State

Length of stay was 9.3 days for survivors; probability high for ICU admission, mortality
There seems to be no significant difference between a five- and 10-day course of remdesivir for patients with severe COVID-19 not requiring mechanical ventilation

Five-Day Course of Remdesivir Beneficial in Severe COVID-19

No significant difference seen in five-, 10-day course for severe COVID-19 without mechanical ventilation
Insulin infusion helps achieve glycemic targets and may reduce the risk for poor outcomes in patients with hyperglycemia and COVID-19

Improving Glycemic Control May Also Aid COVID-19 Outcomes

Insulin infusion may reduce risk for severe disease in those with hyperglycemia and COVID-19
A total of 9.5 percent of persons were uninsured from January through June 2019

9.5 Percent Uninsured in U.S. From January Through June 2019

Overall, 13.7 percent of adults aged 18 to 64, 4.4 percent of children aged 0 to 17 were uninsured
There are extensive financial relationships between leaders of U.S. professional medical associations and industry

Links Found Between Leaders of Medical Associations, Industry

Most leaders have ties to industry; considerable variation seen among 10 medical associations in U.S.
Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin may have a serious adverse impact on the cardiovascular system

CV Toxicity Tied to Azithromycin and/or Hydroxychloroquine

Risk increased for prolonged QT and/or ventricular tachycardia, including torsades de pointes
Coronavirus antibody test results may not be accurate enough to help guide decisions about whether to allow large groups of people to gather at work

CDC: Coronavirus Antibody Tests Still Not Accurate Enough

Too little is known about what the presence of antibodies means in terms of future immunity
Adults with severe chronic disease or with fair or poor general health have a higher prevalence of edentulism and severe tooth loss

Tooth Loss More Prevalent in Adults With Chronic Disease

Prevalence of edentulism, severe tooth loss ≥50 percent higher for adults with RA, asthma, diabetes