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COVID-19 pandemic prompts changes to palliative care

The unique challenges of COVID-19 require adjustments to the delivery of palliative care during the pandemic, according to an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.With the pandemic straining health care systems and causing thousands of deaths daily, co-author Amit Arya, MD, a palliative care physician in Ontario, Canada, and colleagues advised hospitals to scale…

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Small study questions efficacy of cotton, surgical masks at stopping spread of SARS-CoV-2

Surgical and cotton masks were ineffective at preventing the dissemination of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a research letter published in Annals of Internal Medicine.Researchers recruited four patients from South Korea with COVID-19. Two of the patients had upper respiratory infections: one had pneumonia and the other had pneumonia with acute respiratory…

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Smartphone app helps patients adhere to colonoscopy prep

A smartphone application helped reinforce patient education in the days preceding colonoscopy, resulting in better bowel cleanliness and adenoma detection, according to research published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.Benjamin M. Walter, MD, of Klinik für Innere Medizin in Germany, and colleagues wrote that sufficient bowel preparation is a critical factor in the success of colorectal…