Another clunker: John Cornyn’s ad on preexisting conditions

In a new campaign ad, Cornyn says one of the law’s central features, its guarantee that insurers must sell plans to any patients with preexisting conditions, “is something we all agree should be covered.”

Cornyn is a fixture of Texas and national politics and the No. 2 Republican in Senate leadership. His lead in this year’s race is not slim, and his ad is more carefully worded than the rest.

But Cornyn continues to oppose the Affordable Care Act, and his campaign would not say whether he backs a Republican lawsuit seeking to strike down the entire law at the Supreme Court.

If the ACA were to fall, the legislation Cornyn proposes as a replacement to cover those with preexisting conditions says “nothing … shall be construed to restrict the amount that an employer or individual may be charged for coverage under a group health plan.” Charge them whatever price,

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COVID-19 virus can survive on some surfaces for nearly a month in lab conditions

The virus that causes COVID-19 can survive for nearly a month in cooler, dark conditions on some nonporous surfaces such as glass and money in controlled laboratory conditions, according to a study published Monday that notes that the primary source of spread still appears to be through airborne aerosols and droplets caused by talking, singing, breathing or laughing.

The study, completed by experts at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness, and published in “Virology Journal,” found that the virus was detectable after 28 days on surfaces such as glass, stainless steel, paper and polymer banknotes in lab experiments at room temperature — 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

The authors of the study wrote that the findings are important because phones, ATMS and other high-touch surfaces may not be regularly cleaned and therefore pose risks for transmission.

The experts concluded that surface or “fomite” transmission could play some role in the spread of

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COVID Could Add 20K+ Americans a Day to ‘Preexisting Conditions’

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

Every day, another 20,000 Americans between 20 and 60 years of age could be classified as living with a “preexisting condition” because of COVID-19, researchers from the Commonwealth Fund report.

Overall, the pandemic could cause almost 3.5 million Americans to be added to this category, a fact that has important implications approximately 1 month before the US Supreme Court is expected to weigh in on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the investigators note.



Dr Eric Schneider

“Polls show that most Americans are worried that preexisting conditions could lead to loss of insurance coverage. People are surprised and even more worried when they realize that the pandemic is adding to this problem,” lead author Eric Schneider, MD, PhD, told Medscape Medical News.

The study was posted online in a blog post on October 8

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PCOS And Endo Can Both Mess With Your Period, But They’re Totally Different Conditions

From Women’s Health

In the world of reproductive conditions that can be tough to diagnose, two tend to get the most attention: polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis. While you’ve probably at least heard of both of these conditions, you might be fuzzy on the details. And, with that, it’s easy to confuse the two.

It’s important to know that it’s not rare to have either one of these health issues. “These are two relatively common gynecological conditions,” says Taraneh Shirazian, MD, an ob-gyn with NYU Langone Health. PCOS affects one in 10 women of childbearing age, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). Endometriosis is slightly more common, impacting more than 11 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 44, according to the OWH.

Both conditions are notoriously tough to diagnose, given that their symptoms could be caused by

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Study finds older adults using cannabis to treat common health conditions

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With growing interest in its potential health benefits and new legislation favoring legalization in more states, cannabis use is becoming more common among older adults.

University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers report that older adults use cannabis primarily for medical purposes to treat a variety of common health conditions, including pain, sleep disturbances and psychiatric conditions like anxiety and depression.

The study, published online October 7, 2020 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that of 568 patients surveyed, 15 percent had used cannabis within the past three years, with half of users reporting using it regularly and mostly for medical purposes.

“Pain, insomnia and anxiety were the most common reasons for cannabis use and, for the most part, patients reported that cannabis was helping to address these issues, especially with insomnia and pain,” said Christopher Kaufmann, Ph.D., co-first author

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Sick and Chained: Plight of Countless Africans With Mental Health Conditions | Voice of America

JOHANNESBERG, SOUTH AFRICA – For nearly a year, Benjamin Billal was chained to a rock.

“I was taken to a faith healing center by my grandmother and my mother,” Billal told journalists by video link from Monrovia, Liberia on Tuesday. “There, I was shackled. I was chained to a rock, where I stayed for about 11 months. There, there was no food. They gave us food at will — when they feel like giving you food, they gave you food. And there, we had no freedom moving around. You want to move around, you move around with chains.”

What did he do to get this treatment? According to doctors at Liberia’s only mental health facility — where he was finally taken after 11 months of being shackled — he was suffering from depression.

Shackling, restraining and detaining patients with mental health conditions is a sadly common practice in Africa, with

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OMRON Healthcare Issues Reminder to Encourage Management of Respiratory Health Conditions

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A hotter than average1 summer has factored into more severe2 ragweed allergy conditions which, combined with poor air quality caused by the vast and tragic West Coast wildfires, has asthma sufferers across the country feeling the impact of a harsh fall season. For many, these issues are compounded by the ongoing pandemic, with moderate to severe asthma and COPD patients at a possible increased risk of complications with COVID-19. OMRON Healthcare, Inc. is issuing a respiratory reminder for those suffering from asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and encouraging them to take preventative action to manage their respiratory health.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) identify moderate to severe asthma as an underlying health condition that can factor into COVID-19 complications. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, more than 26 million Americans have asthma, and

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MOH reviewing community support for people with mental health conditions

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) is reviewing the community support available for people with mental health conditions or suspected of having them, including “current legislative levers”.

It has been working with the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) to develop such services but noted the need for better support.

“MOH recognises that there is a need to better support persons with or suspected with mental health needs and displaying challenging behaviours in the community,” Parliamentary Secretary at the ministry, Rahayu Mahzam, said in Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 6).

“MOH is currently reviewing the enablers for the community support required, which include the current legislative levers,” she added.

Currently, the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act (MHCTA) allows the state to intervene for persons with or suspected to have mental health illnesses, and who may be a risk to themselves or others.

The police can apprehend the person and

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Allina health care workers begin limited two-day strike over safety conditions amidst pandemic

A two-day strike of 220 medical tech workers and therapists at Allina Health in Minneapolis and Shakopee, Minnesota began Monday. The walkout took place one month after being overwhelmingly authorized by a vote of the workers. It took place despite being postponed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Minnesota union over threats of legal action by Allina Health.

Health care workers are seeking wage increases, better health care coverage and retirement plans, and increased paid time off as well as a general improvements in workplace safety. These concerns are especially pressing given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The SEIU had previously come to a temporary agreement with Allina that the company pay an initial one-time stipend to employees should they be exposed to the virus and need to quarantine. Workers are demanding that they be granted full wages and benefits during these periods to reduce the spread and risk

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President Trump could return to WH ‘as early as tomorrow’ if conditions continue to improve, doctors say

President Trump could be released from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as soon as Monday, his medical team said in an update Sunday to members of the White House press pool, as the president continues his treatment on dexamethasone and Remdesivir to fight coronavirus.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN SENIOR ADVISER STEVE CORTES SAYS TRUMP ‘UPBEAT AND ASSERTIVE’ AFTER CORONAVIRUS DIAGNOSIS

Dr. Sean Conley said Trump has experienced two episodes of transient drops in oxygen levels. From Thursday into Friday morning, Conley said Trump was doing well with mild symptoms and oxygen levels in the high 90s. By later Friday morning, the president had a high fever and his oxygen levels began dipping below 94%.

At that point, Conley recommended supplemental oxygen treatment due to concerns about the possible rapid progression of the disease. Trump was adamant he did not need the treatment, but it was nevertheless administered for about an

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