Vaccine Development, Covid-19, and MRNA 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. In this last episode of our six-part series on vaccinations, supported by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, we cover vaccine development – particularly in the context of the current global pandemic. We discuss the timeline of Covid-19 vaccine development and the mRNA vaccine approach. Related HCT episodes: Vaccines In-depth…

Incidents and Criticisms: Vaccine Backlash Part 2 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. Part five of our six-part series on vaccinations, supported by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, continues to explore the history of societal backlash against vaccination, with particular attention to vaccine-adjacent incidents and misinformation. Related HCT episodes: Vaccine Backlash Part 1: https://youtu.be/MTQnzttPHMA Vaccines In-depth Playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkfBg8ML-gImWWzdv3zO1_5wCRReliEQt Be sure to check…

The History of Vaccine Backlash Part 1 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. Part four of our six-part series on vaccinations, supported by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation. It turns out, people have been resistant to the idea of vaccines pretty much since vaccines were invented. This video explores the history of anti-vaccine sentiments, vaccine legislation, and societal backlash. Related HCT episodes:…

How Vaccines Work with Your Immune System 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. Part three of our six-part series on vaccinations, supported by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, dives into the immune system. We explore some of the ins and outs of this system, how it responds to viruses, and how we’ve used that knowledge to protect ourselves from disease via vaccination.…

A Variety of Vaccines: A History of Vaccine Development 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. Part two of our six-part series on vaccinations, supported by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, explores the history of vaccine development following the world’s first vaccination. Related HCT episodes: Who Invented Vaccines: A Pre-History of Vaccination: https://youtu.be/j3pjG9Vv2og Be sure to check out our podcast! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkfBg8ML-gInFaYyYhKLBp2u7h5IojTw4 Other Healthcare Triage Links:…

The End of Surprise Billing for Medical Care? 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. Recently, the US adopted a law that ended some surprise billing for medical service. So what is surprise billing, and what does the new law look like? Related HCT episodes: Covid Vacine Side Effects: https://youtu.be/vOEp8GHbHB0 Be sure to check out our podcast! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkfBg8ML-gInFaYyYhKLBp2u7h5IojTw4 Other Healthcare Triage Links: 1. Support the channel on…

Can You Get Reinfected with Covid? 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. Reports have surfaced of individuals being re-infected with Covid-19, raising questions about immunity via natural infection as well as questions about the utility of vaccines. Here we take a look at the data to see how common reinfection is and what that means in the grand scheme of things. Related HCT episodes:…

Does Vitamin D Influence Mood? 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. We’ve scoured the data for you when it comes to Vitamin D supplements, coming up empty-handed almost every time. We know it doesn’t help with a variety of conditions, including those related to the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems. But what about mood? Can a little Vitamin D supplementation stave off depression and/or…

How Useful Are Temperature Screenings for Covid? 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. Temperature screening has become a common Covid mitigation practice in many settings. But as noted by one of our viewers, this practice doesn’t seem that effective at face value. So should we be relying on temperature checks to help curb the spread of Covid-19, or is it just medical theater that distracts…

At-Home Testing for Covid 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. Experts have long been calling for quicker, cheaper, and more accessible ways of testing for Covid-19. Though such tests would be less accurate than the predominant PCR test, speed matters more than accuracy when it comes to curbing a pandemic. The FDA just issued an Emergency Use Authorization for a fairly affordable,…

How Safe is Air Travel during a Pandemic? 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. Thanks to the pandemic, air travel is drastically reduced compared to this time last year. People are wondering if flying is safe, and airlines are promoting studies that suggest it’s not only safe, but potentially safer than some daily activities like grocery shopping. How much stock should we put into those claims?…

Managing Risk in a Pandemic 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. Since the pandemic began we’ve all, personally and as a society, had a lot of decisions to make about whether we’ll engage in activities that used to be commonplace. But as we consider these decisions, we do so as if they’ll fall into one of two categories: risky or not risky. But…

Bradykinin Storms and Covid Inflammation 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. We’re getting close to a year of living with Covid-19, but work is still ongoing to understand the mechanisms behind some of its most devastating effects. A lot of attention has been given to Cytokine Storms in this realm, but with some conflicting evidence there, Bradykinin Storms are starting to share some…

Covid-19 is NOT the Flu 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. One argument we continue to hear about the reaction to Covid-19 is that “it’s just another flu”, and that we can move forward with life as usual, much like we move forward with life during flu season. While we wish that were true, it simply is not. There are major differences that…

Does Supplemental Vitamin D Help Prevent Covid-19? 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. Ah, Vitamin D, back again. We’ve made our case on how unnecessary Vitamin D supplements are for outcomes like diabetes, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health, and overall mortality. But what about its effect on viral infections like Covid-19? Can it reduce symptom severity, or perhaps even reduce your odds of becoming infected in…

Acetaminophen, Risk-Taking, and Covid-19 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. Does the world’s most common pain relief drug do more than just reduce pain? Recent headlines would have you believe that it also reduces your perception of risk, resulting in more risk-taking behaviors. We think it’s time to take a closer look at the details before deciding to ditch the Tylenol. Related…

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Have a Plan for Covid-19 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. The federal response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been criticized as somewhat…disorganized. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have outlined a plan for how their administration would approach the pandemic, should they be elected to the White House. Today we’re laying out all the points in their proposal. Video links: https://joebiden.com/covid19/ https://joebiden.com/older-americans/ https://joebiden.com/covid19-disabilities/…

The Immune System, T-Cells, and Covid-19 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. So far we’ve been pretty focused on the antibody side of things during the pandemic, but recent work suggests that T Cells aren’t sitting this one out, and that could mean something significant in terms of immunity, even for people who haven’t been infected with the new coronavirus. Sources: https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(20)30610-3 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2598-9 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32753554/…

Can We Use Antibodies to Treat Covid-19? 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. Potential vaccines for the coronavirus are all over the news right now, and we all hope that a safe an effective vaccine is developed soon. But vaccines aren’t the only tool in the pipeline. Right now there’s a lot of research happening around antibody treatments. When you get sick, your immune system…

COVID-19 and Antibody Plasma Treatments 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. The FDA recently issued emergency use authorization for utilizing convalescent plasma to treat Covid-19. The idea is that using plasma from a donor who has recovered from Covid-19 has antibodies that can help treat patients who are sick now. Does this work? Are there any downsides to this emergency approval? Let’s find…

Rethinking Testing for Covid-19 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. PCR tests for Covid-19 are pretty accurate. But they’re often very slow and they can be hard to get. Results sometimes aren’t available in time to be useful. Faster tests can be less accurate. As we try to reopen schools and businesses we need to take a hard look at how we’re…

The Opioid Crisis and the Way Forward 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. This is part 4 in our series on the opioid crisis, presented with support from the NIHCM Foundation. We’ve talked about the state of the opioid crisis, deaths of despair, and the disappointing evidence about marijuana as a treatment for opioid dependence. But the outlook doesn’t have to be entirely bleak. There…

Can Marijuana Help with Opioid Addiction? 0 (0)

From Healthcare Triage. Part 3 of our opioid series supported by the NIHCM Foundation looks at the potential for marijuana to improve outcomes in opioid addiction therapy. Some studies have shown that prescribing marijuana can ease the path to shaking an opioid dependence. There’s some new research in this area, and we’ll go through some…