Ex-White House Physician Jackson Harassed Staff, Misused Alcohol: Watchdog

The US Department of Defense’s Office of the Inspector General (IG) has determined that Ronny Jackson, MD, a former White House physician and retired Navy rear admiral (RDML), created a negative work environment, “failed to conduct himself in an exemplary manner,” used alcohol inappropriately while on the job, and took…

A new strategy for pooling COVID-19 tests to detect outbreaks early

Researchers have proposed a new quantitative strategy for pooling COVID-19 tests in order to monitor spread and detect outbreaks early within closed communities, such as nursing homes or universities. Vincent Brault of Université Grenoble Alpes in Grenoble, France, and colleagues present this method in the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology….

JAMA Podcast on Racism in Medicine Faces Backlash

A 16-minute podcast from JAMA that attempts to discuss structural racism in the U.S. health care system has stirred conversation on social media about the handling and promotion of the episode. Published on Feb. 23, the episode is hosted on JAMA‘s learning platform for doctors and is available for continuing…

Paris spared as France expands local lockdowns

France placed the northern Pas-de-Calais region under weekend lockdown over the spread of COVID-19, the third area to be singled out for tighter restrictions as the government battles to avoid a third national lockdown. Announcing the measure, Prime Minister Jean Castex said that with more than 400 confirmed cases per…

Large number of COVID-19 survivors will experience cognitive complications

A research review led by Oxford Brookes University has found a large proportion of COVID-19 survivors will be affected by neuropsychiatric and cognitive complications. Psychologists at Oxford Brookes University and a psychiatrist from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, evaluated published research papers in order to understand more about the possible…

After Uproar, Ousted Residency Director Offered Job Back

The Tulane University School of Medicine, in New Orleans, Louisiana, has extended an offer to reinstate Princess Dennar, MD, the first and only Black woman to lead any of the school’s residency programs, after removing her from that position in mid-February. Her ousting had prompted a wave of outrage from…

Two gaps to fill for the 2021-2022 winter wave of COVID-19 cases

Epidemiologists—like oncologists and climate scientists—hate to be proved right. A year ago this week, the communications rush began from epidemiologists in academia to the public and to local governments about the imminent dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the face of a weak federal response. St. Patrick’s Day parades were…

Ukraine confirms two cases of British coronavirus variant

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker attends to patients inside the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ward of a hospital in Yaremche in Ivano-Frankivsk Region, Ukraine March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Anastasia VlasovaKYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine has confirmed two cases of the British coronavirus variant, detected in the west of the country, the Ukrainian Institute…

Identifying the cause and potential treatment for COVID-19-induced heart damage

QIMR Berghofer researchers have discovered some of the ways COVID-19 damages the heart, and identified a class of drugs that could potentially protect or reverse this cardiac injury. In severe cases of COVID-19, the immune system overreacts to the infection, releasing inflammatory molecules called cytokines into the bloodstream. This so-called…