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Posted: April 1, 2020 at 3:46 am
Reader unimpressed with HSUs previous leaders
Sundays article from Rollin Richmond on the evils of drink was interesting (What research says about alcohol and you, the Times-Standard, March 29, Page A4). Carrie Nation of the Womens Christian Temperance Union would have been proud. I wish that he had exercised that same intellectual and academic prowess while leading Humboldt State University. During his tenure he hired many administrative staff while letting the number of tenured professors dwindle.He helped recruit many students from Californias urban centers while doing very little to help them adapt to a rural setting.
He was responsible for scuttling the nursing program at HSU as being too costly; you know all those labs and things.
His successor didnt fare much better. Although she did help resurrect the nursing program in partnership with College of the Redwoods, something Rolland didnt do. She was successful in eliminating the football program after allowing the coaches to recruit student-athletes in the expectation of being able to play during their academic stay at HSU. Also she pulled the plug on KHSU, the universitys popular radio station weeks after conducting one of their periodic fundraising drives. Of course no notice, no appeals to the public, just the pulling of the plug.
In education parlance I would give Rollin and Lisa A+ for their personal retirement enrichment (you know, five years and out) and an Incomplete in their leadership.
John Kulstad, McKinleyville
Most medical experts agree it will take a number of months of limited social interaction to gain control over the COVID-19 virus. But President Trump sees this cure as more of a curse. For the sake of the U.S. economy, hed like to loosen things up in several weeks just in time for Easter.
The Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas also wants the country to get back to business in weeks, not months. He says vulnerable seniors should understand we cant afford to sacrifice the countrys future because of the virus. In other words, if more seniors die its OK because the economy may not otherwise be strong enough to survive for younger generations.
I find his an interesting concept. In a sense Patrick is implying that seniors should agree to euthanasia to relieve pain, but not their own pain. Rather the pain that the economy is going through. In the U.S. today, in most states euthanasia is either illegal, or if legal, requires difficult steps to achieve. Here the Lt. Governor is approving euthanasia for all seniors a priori because he says it will benefit Americas future.
When I examine the two arguments above I find them both quite flawed. They both place the economy ahead of the health of U.S. citizens which I think is immoral by its very nature. And I also think both are examples of fake logic, which is sadly par for the course in the age of Trump.
Sherman Schapiro, Eureka
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People are doing what they can to stay healthy, but what about their pets?
Dr. Phyllis Sill is a veterinarian at Roscoe Veterinary Clinic. She says if you want to keep your dogs safe, there are certain things you shouldn't do:
"Dont let your dog suddenly go on a long run or a long walk if it hasntbeen conditioned to do so," she said. "They are probably going to end up with lameness issues or injuries." She continued, "Dont get a group of dogs together, they might fight."
Sill said it is important to think about things your dog can eat or swallow, like chocolate or the sugar substitute xylitol. "Try to keep them up and away," she warned, "because if dogs get into sugar-free gum, it can kill them."
The Roscoe Veterinary Clinic is considered an essential business; therefore it remains open amid Governor J.B. Pritzker's "stay-at-home" order. But, Sill said, even though they are open, they are only admitting patients with serious conditions.
"We are looking at patients who have growths or tumors that need to be removed," she said. "We are doing dentistries where our patients have uncomfortable mouths and maybe have teeth that need to be removed in order for them to eat better and do better," she added. "We are continuing to take X-rays and diagnose things that are going on orthopedically."
Sill gave examples of services they are not providing right now:
"We're trying to not have patients come in for things like a toenail trim," she said, "or vaccines that are maybe just coming due. We're trying not to have grooming type appointments except if the dog has a history of anal gland issues and we know the dog is going to be uncomfortable."
Sill said the practice now only allows one animal at a time in the building and staff are practicing curbside service with strict social distance guidelines. "We get as much of a history over the phone as we can," she said, "before we have a technician go out to the car. Then the technician brings the animal into the building."
Sill said clients aren't allowed inside the clinic unless it's for euthanasia. "Euthanasia is an extremely, extremely important part of [our] practice," she said. "People need to know that their animals went peacefully and the animals need to know that they were loved all the way until the end."
But other than that, clients may not enter the clinic. Sill said this act of social distancing helps keep the staff, public, and animals healthy. "It's nothing personal," she said. "We can't make an exception. If one person gets sick on our staff, we have to close our clinic."
Sill said most people understand why they are not allowed inside with their pets, but some do not. "They think we are being ridiculous," she said. "And that's just the one thing people have to understand -- that we want this to go away. We want to be done with it. This is not the way we want to process long term."
Sill said there are things people can do to eliminate human contact. Rather than hand a credit card to a technician, make the payment over the phone. "Think of all the times a technician has to either glove, de-glove, or just scrub in between each transaction," she said. "I promise you there is no identity theft whatsoever. We are just trying to do a transaction without touching cash or checks." She said over-the-phone payments will also speed up the process because it means less before and after santitizing.
Another thing people can do is not engage in a conversation during curbside pickup. "I don't want my technician talking through a rolled down window," she said. "It offers no protection whatsoever. So please, please, please, talk to us on the phone."
Looking ahead, Sill said, "I think this will be an unusual summer. I don't think this is going to easily and quickly go away. I think we're going to be dealing with this for months on end."
Even so, she said there isn't any need to panic. "We're going to get through this. I think everybody is trying to do what they're supposed to do."
And, Sill said, the main goal for animals remains the same as it is for other family members: Stay out of the emergency room.
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Reading Time: 8 minutesCaring for our elderly and terminally ill is expensive. But it is also a non-negotiable, fundamental duty of government.
It can be unethical to withdraw artificial hydration and nutrition and doing so can constitute a form of euthanasia that is, when its withdrawn with a primary intention to cause death. But withdrawal is not always unethical. Just as there are situations where it is justified to turn off a ventilator, so too there can be situations where it is justified to withdraw artificial hydration and nutrition.
Australias ABC networkrecently reported a storyof an elderly South Australian woman with dementia and breast cancer, who was not mentally competent and was being given hydration and nutrition through a nasogastric tube.
The tube fell out and the Public Advocate, who was the legal guardian of the patient and decision maker for her, determined that it should not be replaced. The reasons given included that the tube was burdensome, that it was prolonging suffering, and that replacing it would be contrary to the presumed wishes of the patient which is to say, if she were able to decide for herself, she would refuse replacement.
Two of the patients daughters, a Catholic bishop and the patients Catholic priest all disagreed with the Public Advocates decision and sought to change it. The daughters argued that the patient would want to live as long as possible and that replacing the tube was consistent with her Catholic faith.
The tube was not replaced, and the patient died five weeks later.
Now, despite being a truism, a very important principle in applied ethics is that good facts are essential for good ethics. The story as reported does not provide sufficient facts to judge whether or not the cessation of artificial feeding by means of a nasogastric tube was an ethically acceptable decision.
Its worth noting that hydration wasnotwithdrawn, but was delivered by intravenous line. So a pertinent question is: what justification was there for withdrawing nutrition, but not hydration? Either both hydration and nutrition were ethically appropriate life-prolonging treatment, or neither were.
One reason for the different approach to hydration as compared with nutrition could be that delivering total parenteral nutrition is a far more invasive procedure and more burdensome for the patient than, as occurred in this case, delivering hydration by way of an intravenous drip. The hydration might also have been continued as comfort care rather than life-prolonging treatment.
I was once consulted on a comparable case.
A young woman, who was diabetic and on haemodialysis for kidney failure, had a sudden cardiac arrest. She was revived and placed on a ventilator, but several days later, when she was due for dialysis, was diagnosed as being in a deep and irreversible coma.
Her parents decided that she should not receive dialysis, but they did not want the ventilator to be removed. We complied with their wishes in order to avoid further sufferingto them, not because we believed it was necessary treatment for the young woman. We explained in the case notes that was the reason the ventilator was continued. The young woman died a natural death from renal failure, at which time the ventilator was stopped.
What often causes great emotional trauma for a patients family, as was true in the South Australian case, is the thought of starving and dehydrating the patient to death in withdrawing artificial hydration and nutrition. There is, however, research that shows the hunger and thirst mechanisms in our brains shut down when we are dying.
The reflections of the Catholic Church on medical ethics are a frequently used reference point for bioethicists around the world. Even if they reject them, bioethicists respond to its concerns. This is especially true in a case such as the one we are considering, in which the patient and her carers are of that faith.
The Catholic Church teaches that food and fluids must always be offered and supplied if the person can take these orally. Pope John Paul II (now Saint Pope John Paul II) declared in a 2004 address that the same requirement of mandatory provision applies to artificial hydration and nutrition for people in a permanent vegetative state that is, hydration and nutrition not taken orally but delivered by other means.
With great respect, I believe that this statement needs to be nuanced. In that particular document its clear that the Pope wanted to protect vulnerable patients receiving artificial hydration and nutrition who are in a stable medical condition.
There are thousands of such patients in nursing homes and they have a right to humane basic care, as the Pope says. But the Pope might not have been thinking of the acceptability of withdrawal of artificial hydration and nutrition fromallpatients in a permanent vegetative state.
One problem is that if we apply this criterion to all such patients, it actually supports the euthanasia movement, as I shall explain below. But let me first attempt to make some distinctions that could help us to decide when withdrawal of artificial hydration and nutrition is ethical and when it is not.
It depends, first, on how we classify artificial hydration and nutrition: as simply food and water, or as medical treatment for a failed alimentary system (just as a ventilator is medical treatment for a failed respiratory system). If its just food and water and basic care, then ethically itmustbe provided. If it is medical treatment, that is not always the case.
I propose that, just as there are situations where it is justified to turn off a ventilator, so too there can be situations where it is justified to withdraw artificial hydration and nutrition. Both are forms of medical life-support treatment. And what if, for instance, a PEG feeding tube is painful or has become infected? What should doctors do then?
One distinction that is sometimes made in order to determine whether a given medical treatment must be offered is whether the intervention is ordinary or extraordinary medical treatment. The Catholic moral teaching is that the former must be provided, whereas the latter need not be.
Bishop Gregory OKellyis quotedas saying in his letter to the Office of the Public Advocate that, To deny food or drink, no matter how it is delivered, to such a person is to deny themordinary[emphasis added] means for sustaining life.
But this distinction betweenordinaryandextraordinarymedical treatment is not always clear cut. It can be that the patients quality of life is being judged and not the treatment. When a patient is in very fragile health in ICU, a certain treatment can be judged as extraordinary; but when the patient improves and is living in a nursing home, thesame treatmentfor the same personcan be characterised as ordinary.
In short, circumstances need to be taken into account. Moreover, whether a treatment is judged ordinary or extraordinary can be a very subjective and discretionary decision, which can leave it open to abuse.
Justifications for withdrawing life support treatment include that withdrawal is required to respect a patients right to refuse medical treatment, including through an advance directive that is, withdrawing treatment is required in order to respect a patients rights to inviolability (the right not to be touched without ones informed consent) and competent patients rights to autonomy.
Artificial hydration and nutrition would not be forcibly imposed on such a patient. Justifications also include: that the treatment is medically futile; that the burdens of continuing treatment outweigh any benefits; and that the treatment is prolonging dying, not living.
The Public Advocatedescribed the patient in questionas pre-terminal, which might or might not mean that she was dying, although her daughters denied that she was. With respect to the burden of the nasogastric tube, they are admittedly very uncomfortable, but its at least an open question whether the suffering involved for the patient could have justified not replacing it. Further questions include how the tube fell out (did the patient pull it out?) and whether, if the tube had not fallen out, its removal would have been justified?
To repeat, these decisions about providing or withdrawing artificial hydration and nutrition can be very difficult ones in relation to determining the right ethical path to take. Every case (and person) is different; assessments must be made on that basis and, importantly, in the light of all the relevant facts.
As I said, advocates of legalising euthanasia use cases such as the one describedin the ABC reportto promote their cause. They argue that withholding artificial hydration and nutritionis euthanasia often called slow euthanasia or passive euthanasia; therefore, we are already practising euthanasia and, if we are to be consistent, should recognise the legal right to do so by means of lethal injection.
Consequently, people who oppose the withdrawal of artificial hydration and nutrition when this withdrawal could be justified, and object to such a withdrawal on the grounds that it would be euthanasia, sadly help the pro-euthanasia cause.
Moreover, when members of the public think euthanasia isanyfailure to useallpossible means to prolong life and believe thatallrefusals of medical treatment that could prolong life are euthanasia, they respond positively to survey questions that ask, Do you agree with legalising euthanasia? because they want to have the right to refuse treatment. The publics responses are even more compromised when asked, If someone is in terrible pain and suffering should they be able to consent to euthanasia?
The option of saying yes to fully adequate pain and suffering management and no to euthanasia adopting a position that we must kill the pain and suffering, but not the personwiththe pain and suffering is often not possible in surveys. They tend to pose conjunctive questions (rather than two disjunctive ones)that is, do you agree with fully adequate pain and suffering managementandas a separate question, do you agree with euthanasia?.
It bears always keeping clearly in mind when discussing withdrawal of artificial hydration and nutrition that it can be employed unethically, when it does become a form of euthanasia that is, when its used with a primary intention to cause death.
This is most likely to occur when it is paired with an unwarranted use of palliative sedation, where the patient is unjustifiably deeply sedated until they die. Such a use is better called terminal sedation to differentiate it from the ethical use of palliative sedation, that is, when sedation is necessary and used appropriately to relieve a patients pain and suffering and not to hasten their death.
Margaret Somervilleis Professor of Bioethics in theSchool of Medicine and the Institute for Society and Ethics at the University of Notre Dame Australia.
This article was originally published at Mercatornet.com.
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Womens History Month offered 31 days to acknowledge the courage and sacrifices of women in history, celebrate the accomplishments theyve made, and seize the opportunities available as a result of their advocacy and dedication to the advancement of women.
Historically, the Roaring Twenties was a decade of womens independence, and the new Roaring Twenties looks like it could be a decade of embracing the strength and courage that comes from womens independence. From winning the right to vote in 1920 to fielding a record number of conservative women running for elected office in 2020, the courage of American conservative women to step up and speak out is evident.
Weve been diligent in this fight for over a century, and weve come a long way. But just as Rome wasnt built in a day, challenges remain, and one of them is the very low number of conservative women currently in positions of elected power.
Between the long-fought battles of the womens suffrage movement (the movement) and the challenges of life during World War I, the role of women in society was constantly evolving. Life during the war required more women in the workforce, including jobs they never before held. These new opportunities gave women the chance to gain financial independence, which for many also meant personal independence. When the war was over, many women were not inclined to let that freedom go.
One huge victory for the movement hit the news in 1916 when Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives (as a Republican).
The hard work, courage, and persistence women exuded during this time led to a powerful win in 1920 the passage of the 19th Amendment. Just at the turn of the decade, women were already beginning to embrace new freedoms and independence. The women of the Roaring Twenties would later become known as the first generation of independent women and they were just the beginning.
Over the last century, women have continued to show courage and dedication in the fight for equality and a better tomorrow. While Jeannette Rankin and many others have made waves as women elected to Congress, men still hold the majority as elected officials. Of the 500,000 total elected offices in the country, less than one-third are held by women. But thats changing.
Of the 325 women ever elected to the House, nearly two-thirds have been elected since 1992, which was termed Year of the Woman following the election of more women to Congress than ever before.
This label reappeared, following the 2018 election when a record-breaking 107 women were elected to serve in the 116th Congress. These advancements by and for women are something to be celebrated, just as they were in the 1920s.
Yet, a new inequality emerged. In recent years, the left has been the dominant voice for American women, leaving conservative women feeling more unheard and frustrated than ever before. Of the 127 women serving in the 116th Congress, only 21 are Republican meaning that there are five times more left-leaning women serving in the United States Congress.
As Ellen Troxclair states in her new book, Step Up!, [w]hile more women serving in office should be celebrated regardless of their party affiliation, the statistics are a wake-up call for women who lean right of center. Shes right, and thats exactly why conservative women are acting because its more than just statistics. This fight to be heard is about making sure that everyone is being heard and represented.
Thats why GOP women are stepping up and speaking out now. In 2018, approximately 67 Republican women ran for Congress. They won only 21 seats, but Republican women are not backing down. Over 200 Republican women filed or are expected to run for Congress in 2020.
As women of the 1910s and 1920s began to find their voices and fought for their independence, American conservative women are now doing the same. Tired of being told what to do or how to do it, American conservative women of the new Roaring Twenties are stepping up, speaking out, and fighting for what they believe in.
Shelby Sterling is a policy analyst with the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
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Harry and Meghan eye Malibu properties close to where Princess Diana planned to live with Dodi Fayed – Telegraph.co.uk
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TheDuke and Duchess of Sussex are househunting in the same area of Los Angeles where Diana, Princess of Wales planned to set down roots in 1997, it has emerged.
The couple are understood to be searching for a beachside home in Malibu to bring up their 10-month-old son Archie.
Harrys mother planned to move there with her then boyfriend Dodi Fayed after he bought a palatial home in the area a few months before their death in a Paris car crash.
The Tuscan-style villa, set in five acres and boasting a private beach and 130 feet of ocean frontage, used to belong to Mary Poppins star Julie Andrews and her film director husband Blake Edwards.
In 2007, Dianas former butler Paul Burrell confirmed she was planning to move to what he described as a lovely house in Malibu adding that he had seen all the plans for it.
He told ABC News: "She said, 'This is our new life, just won't it be great, think of the lifestyle the boys nobody's judgmental here in America, you don't have the class system, you don't have the establishment."'
Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are understood to be housing hunting in the Pacific Palisades neighbourhood, one of the most exclusive areas on the Pacific Coast Highway. The Malibu region is already home to a host of celebrities including Robert Downey Jr, Mel Gibson, Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox.
Located within an hours drive of the Hollywood studios, former actress Meghan is understood to have told friends that she had always wanted to return home and raise her family there.
Over the last few months they have been looking at residences in that stretch of the city, said a source. There is at least one very high profile, high end realtor, who has been home spotting for them privately.
Meghan has made it no secret to those in her life from even before meeting Harry she hoped to live on the beach eventually.
They are currently thought to be renting a home in a quiet LA neighbourhood as they search for something more permanent having caught one of the last flights to the US from Canada where they had been living on Vancouver Island since November.
Today marks their first day as non royals having announced they were stepping down in January in a bid to seek financial independence in North America.
It had long been rumoured the couple eventually planned to end up in Malibu with resident celebrity Caitlyn Jenner having revealed on the ITV show Loose Woman that she had heard they were househunting when their split from the Firm was announced three months ago.
The former Suits actress used to spend a lot of her childhood at the Malibu beaches within an hours drive of Woodland Hills, where she grew up..
The region boasts beautiful hiking locations like The Topanga State Park and Will Rogers State Historic Park.
Her parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland used to take her to play at Will Rogers beach, which was the location for the 1990s US series Baywatch, starring Pamela Anderson and David Hasslehoff.
Celebrity hangouts in the area include the famous Paradise Cove Cafe, where stars including
David Beckham, Gwen Stefani and Robbie Williams have all been spotted.
Another famous Pacific Coast Highway eatery is Geoffrey's, which is a reservation-only spot frequented by the regions wealthiest patrons.
A few miles down the road is Moonshadows, a lively party bar, made famous by Mel Gibson, who was arrested outside the nightspot after a boozy session.
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In her more active days, the Queen was almost always spotted carrying a small leather case during her extensive travels, the contents of which were divided into 60 compartments. Containing a mystifying expanse of herbal and alternative medicinal cures, including controversial homeopathic remedies, aides would replenish her stores before each trip.
Now, as the deadly coronavirus sweeps the globe and edges closer to the royal family - Prince Charles was yesterday confirmed as having tested positive for COVID-19 - their unconventional choices may well help them and the public defeat the virus.
At 94, the Queen has enjoyed what many would consider as a favourable spell of good health.
Seldom has she cancelled official duties as a result of illness, with her alternative medicine receiving a royal patronage in all but name.
Her age, however, puts her well in the vulnerable and at risk group, especially from the deadly coronavirus.
Palace aides have, since the news broke, been thoroughly cross-checking diaries to trace any encounters Charles and the Queen in the past few weeks.
As far as the Queens album of medicines is concerned, she is known to use arsenicum for food poisoning, cocculus for travel sickness, nut vomica for indigestion, and arnica for jet-lag and bruising.
Yet, she is not the only royal known to use natural remedies and homeopathy to replenish health.
Prince Philip, known for his scepticism, wore a copper bracelet for years in an attempt to ward off arthritis.
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Dr Ali is sure he will make a speedy recovery in using natures bounty, according to the Mail Online.
He told the publication: The Prince is fit and well and rarely falls ill.
Hes in the right place to get better Scotland is good for him.
Meanwhile, coronavirus continues to cripple the UK, the death toll now having reached 465, while nearly 10,000 people have contracted it.
In a bid to slow the virus spread, on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a series of stringent measures intended to up the ante against COVID-19.
This included urging everyone to stay at home, with gatherings of more than two people banned.
Those who can work from home were told to do so, while only essential workers are permitted to travel to their place of work.
Confusion over certain jobs - construction workers, for example - ensued, with many not knowing whether they qualified as key workers.
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Coronavirus Cure: List Of ‘Promising’ COVID-19 Treatments Revealed By Dr. Oz – International Business Times
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TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz, who shot to national fame as a regular guest on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," is touting medical and alternative medicine treatments thatcan strengthen the body's natural defenses against COVID-19.
Thecardiothoracic surgeon has long championed alternative medicine. But he's been assailed by fellow physicians and scientific publications for endorsing unproven products and dispensing non-scientific and pseudo-scientific advice. In 2014, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a study saying than half of his recommendations on medical talk series like "The Dr. Oz Show" had either no evidence or contradicted medical research.
Against the rampaging threat of COVID-19, Dr. Oz's prescription consists of a mixture of legitimate pharmaceuticals and herbal products.
The first thing is, you build up your innate immune system, said Dr. Oz on "Fox & Friends."
You can enhance the immune system with convalescent plasma therapy," which is now being tested in New York City as a treatment for those critically ill from COVID -19.
Dr. Oz said convalescent plasma therapy involves giving antibodies made from a recovered coronavirus patient to another who is ill from the coronavirus.
"That seems to jumpstart them," said Dr. Oz said, referring to the patient's own immune system.
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 23 announced plans to resurrect convalescent plasma as an immediate stopgap measure to treat infected people.
"There have been tests that show when a person is injected with the antibodies, that then stimulates and promotes their immune system against that disease," said Cuomo.
Dr. Oz also supports people taking the drug hydroxychloroquine, which he claims is showing promising signs in curing COVID-19 patients.
Thats the malaria drug, we believe thats one of the mechanisms which can play a role," he said of the drug.
On "Hannity" last week, Dr. Oz spoke highly about using hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, which is SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2).
He said he was pleased to hear from vice president Mike Pence about the "off-label" use of hydroxychloroquine, but warned against people taking the drug without medical advice.
"I was thrilled when Vice President Pence today told me that he was pleased that the FDA was OK with off-label use," said Dr. Oz. "Basically, what I'm hearing, I'm hoping getting it right is that although we don't want people using off-label products, if physicians need to take care of their patients. The U.S. government respects that reality."
Dr. Oz poses, courtesy of Sony Pictures Television. Photo: Reuters
Dr. Oz said there are drugs that might be effective against COVID-19. Among these is remdesivir, which is now in Phase 3 clinical trials, and is also seen as a promising method of blocking viral replication.
He said the jury is out on whether the drugs lopinavir and ritonavir are effective against the virus. The drugs pirfenidone and aviptadil might prevent the inflammatory system from overreacting to SARS-CoV-2 and both are in the experimental phase.
Dr. Oz said people can also do vitamins. He said "high-dose vitamin C" might play a role in building immunity, but warned the "jury is still out" on its effectiveness. Dr. Oz also said a dose of zinc can help. He claims not only can zinc block SARS-CoV-2 from getting into the bodys cells, but it can also block the virus from replicating.
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By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 28, 2020 4:43:41 pm An Indonesian local health service personnel extracts blood from an individual on self-quarantine, as they conduct a COVID-19 rapid test in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Andy Saputra via AP)
There have been multiple advisories from the AYUSH Ministry on COVID-19. Its long list of recommendations include Unani concoctions Sharbat Unnab and Tiryaq Arba, and the homeopathic medicine Arsenicum Album 30 for post-exposure prophylaxis for doctors and caregivers.
In the absence of a scientifically proven cure or preventive for novel coronavirus infection, should one use alternative medicine?
This is what the World Health Organization has to say: While some western, traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of COVID-19, there is no evidence that current medicine can prevent or cure the disease. WHO does not recommend self-medication with any medicines, including antibiotics, as a prevention or cure for COVID-19. However, there are several ongoing clinical trials that include both western and traditional medicines.
Doctors are discouraging use of drugs recommended by practitioners of alternative medicine because a drug has to be developed keeping in mind its safety and efficacy.
For hydroxychloroquine pushed by the Health Ministry, the efficacy is still being investigated but its safety has been documented through years. No such data are available for any of the traditional remedies on social media.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is new and its nature is still being studied by scientists.
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PHILADELPHIA, PA / ACCESSWIRE / March 31, 2020 / The American pre-pandemic blood supplies were barely meeting the needs of patients, many of whom rely on transfusions to survive, either because of severe trauma, life-threatening medical conditions, or surgical complications. But in the current state of national emergency, the lack of sufficient supplies threatens to lead to unnecessary loss of life, exacerbating an already tragic situation. The American Red Cross reports a mere 3% of citizens normally donate blood even though 38% of the population are eligible to donate; Every two seconds, someone requires a transfusion; And a single donation could save as many as three lives. Hence, the strong advocacy from the medical and scientific communities for the development and use of blood substitutes, such as the oxygen-carrying solution Hemopure, manufactured by Hemoglobin Oxygen Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotech company headquartered in Souderton, PA.
While clinicians have been able to use evidence-based medical and surgical concepts to optimize hemostasis and minimize blood loss in an effort to improve patient outcomes, the number of donors over the past few years has dropped significantly, more than negating any savings. An additional risk, this time to the safety of US blood supply, is that despite what officials describe as near-Herculean efforts to screen donated blood for the emerging viruses, the nation's blood supply is not immune from contaminations as was the case a few years ago when the CDC announced that several cases of West Nile illness were attributed to blood transfusions that contained tainted blood.
The push to develop alternatives to traditional blood transfusions has intensified in the 21st century amidst the global population growth and aging, the emergence of new infectious agents, and the seemingly rising number of natural disasters due to climate change. Not only is the number of donors insufficient to meet demand, but the nature of blood is such that it cannot be readily stockpiled, as refrigerated blood has a shelf-life of only 42 days. With multiple positive medical journal articles already published on Hemopure, its characteristics - including no blood typing or cross matching as well as three-year stability without the need for refrigeration - are ideal for out-of-hospital applications and stockpiling for national emergencies. It is no surprise then that the US Department of Defense is funding a large prehospital clinical trial to evaluate use of Hemopure as a resuscitation fluid in conjunction with freeze-dried plasma.
Currently, Hemopure is stocked and used at several hospitals as an investigational product, under FDA's authorized expanded access protocols, for the treatment of severe anemia when blood transfusions are not an option. Interestingly, regulatory authorities in South Africa and Russia have already granted market approval for Hemopure for the treatment of perioperative anemia. "While blood transfusion will always be the gold standard of treatment, there is also an obvious need for alternative products, such as Hemopure, in our healthcare system and emergency preparedness," experts at BloodSupplySolution.com assert. "Stakeholders in government, academic medicine and industry should find a way to work together to make this happen proactively rather than reactively."
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Published: April, 2020
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