Bradykinin Storms and Covid Inflammation

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

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?

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

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…

The Recent Executive Order Can’t Fix Healthcare

From Healthcare Triage. The president recently signed an executive order on a handful of health care issues. Among other things, it points to protections for those with preexisting conditions. But does it do anything more than point at them? What exactly does it mean for those who have been waiting patiently for a promised healthcare…

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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…

The Opioid Crisis in 2020

From Healthcare Triage. In 2016, Healthcare Triage presented a special series of videos looking at the opioid crises in the United States. Now, we’re taking another look at the crisis and seeing where we’ve improved, where we’ve failed, and what we can do better in the future. This episode will look at how the crisis…

Reopening Schools in the Age of COVID

From Healthcare Triage. School districts across the country are thinking about reopening. What is that going to look like? Can school reopenings be handled safely? Related HCT episodes: The Shifting Messaging on Masks: https://youtu.be/1jB8JlJXpSM Be sure to check out our podcast! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkfBg8ML-gInFaYyYhKLBp2u7h5IojTw4 Other Healthcare Triage Links: 1. Support the channel on Patreon: http://vid.io/xqXr 2. Check…

The Shifting Messaging on Masks

From Healthcare Triage. The messaging on masks and coronavirus has been mixed, and has shifted throughout the pandemic. We now have better data, and it is clear that wearing a masks can help prevent the spread. We should be wearing masks when we go out in public, and that shouldn’t be a political statement. Related…