Medical Notes: Week of June 28, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of June 28, 2020 including: Researchers have been looking for an already existing drug to quickly take on COVID-19, and apparently, now they’ve found one. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration has closed the door on using the malaria treatment Hydroxychloroquine (hy-drox-ee-klor-oh-quin) to treat COVID-19. Then, social isolation has been a lifesaver the last few months, but if it goes on too long, isolation can lead to shorter lifespans. And finally, when employees start going back to the workplace in large numbers you can expect disastrous traffic on the roads.

Rethinking Antibiotics

Since the introduction of antibiotics in World War II, doctors have prescribed courses of treatment that typically ran longer than necessary. Bacterial resistance is forcing a reevaluation, shortening courses sometimes to just a few days and even prompting doctors to advise not using all pills if patients feel better.

18-43 Segment 1: Exploding Myths about the Flu and Flu Vaccines

About 40 percent of eligible people have been vaccinated against the flu in recent years, but many more might do so were it not for persistent myths about the disease and its vaccine. For example, a new survey shows that more than half of parents believe the flu shot can cause the flu. Experts explain why those myths aren’t true and set the record straight.  

16-45 Segment 1: High Risk Organ Donors

High risk organ donations and even organs carrying diseases that never would have been acceptable before are now able to be used if recipients accept them.

a doctor gives a vaccination to a child

16-43 Segment 1: Vaccination Refusal

A new survey shows more pediatricians are experiencing vaccination refusal, and while the reasons are evolving, they still often result from misinformation.

16-12 Segment 1: Incidental Genetic Findings

Genetic testing has become a widespread reality in the past five years, but doctors are struggling with what many genetic findings really mean.

16-08 Segment 1: Zika Virus

Mosquito-transmitted Zika virus has arrived in Central and South America, and while most people are not affected by it, the virus has been linked to microcephaly, a severe birth defect. Experts discuss the virus, how it's transmitted, its spread to the US, and how to protect yourself from it.

16-04 Segment 1: ICU PTSD

A surprisingly high percentage of people who've been treated in the ICU later suffer from PTSD. Experts discuss why this occurs and what's being done to treat and prevent it.

15-10 Story 1: Measles and Vaccination

Synopsis: Measles is more widespread than it has been in years. The current measles outbreak in several states has prompted questions about the responsibility of parents to have their children immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases. Experts discuss this "social contract" cited by courts since colonial times, and why highly-contagious measles is a good test case for … Continue reading 15-10 Story 1: Measles and Vaccination