Colleen Stinchcombe, Author at Medical Bag

Colleen Stinchcombe

Colleen Stinchcombe writes about health, science, and the environment. Her work can be found at colleenstinchcombe.com.

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Doctors Are ‘Guardedly Optimistic’ About 2021

Last year was “brutal, exhilarating, terrifying, awesome, and ultimately grueling” for Jonathan Golob, assistant professor of infectious disease at the University of Michigan. Around Easter, he volunteered to be part of a team handling surge capacity for the hospital’s respiratory intensive care cases, as doctors were still learning how to care for patients and effectively…

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How Doctors Are Treating COVID-19 Long-Haulers

Nine months into the pandemic, it’s become clear that the effects of the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 can last beyond the acute illness. Among COVID-19 patients 18 to 35 years old who were previously in good health, as many as 20% experience prolonged symptoms, according to the World Health Organization. Complaints among so-called long-haulers include…

U.S. Supply of COVID-19 Therapeutics Seems Stable, for Now

In September, as doctors prepared for a fall and winter COVID-19 surge across the U.S., they sounded alarms about inadequate supplies of the antiviral medication remdesivir to treat their patients. But that supply concern seems to have been addressed: Gilead, remdesivir’s U.S. manufacturer, confirmed that they are “meeting real-time, global demand” in an email to…

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