Weathering the cytokine storm in COVID-19: Telltale signs, therapeutic hope on the horizon

Good news about COVID-19 is at a premium these days. Encouraging reports about therapeutic options or vaccine development usually are either overly optimistic or entirely spurious. But scientific advancement is as relentless as the virus itself, and this is exemplified by a growing body of research into a potential association between cytokine storm syndrome and…

Experts: HHS plan to optimize ventilators is ‘suboptimal’

The HHS assistant secretary for health and the U.S. surgeon general are asking health care providers to repurpose and share ventilators, cancel elective surgeries and transfer equipment and personnel to areas hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.However, David G. Hill, MD, clinical research director of Waterbury Pulmonary Associates in Connecticut, and others said the strategy…

CMS waiver on telehealth amid COVID-19 represents a ‘sea change’

CMS recently announced that video and chat apps that normally do not comply with HIPAA security and privacy regulations can be used to facilitate patient care during the COVID-19 public health emergency.“The fact that, for now, providers can use any nonpublic-facing remote communication tool is a sea change for doctors and for patients,” Neil H….

AGA issues new guidance for IBD management during COVID-19 pandemic

The American Gastroenterological Association issued new guidance for the clinical management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease during the COVID-19 pandemic.“While the COVID-19 pandemic is a global health emergency, patients with IBD have particular concerns for their risk for infection and management of their medical therapies,” the AGA said in a release. “This clinical practice…