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24 December, 2022

Cambridge Dad Whose Son Has Had The Flu 4 Times This Season Wants Better Supports For Families

With more children getting sick with the flu and Ontario health care experts anticipating another wave after the holidays, parents like Jamie Colwell worry what it would mean for his son if they had to take him to hospital.

23 December, 2022

Patients Concerned Over Uncertain Future For Government-Funded Long COVID Clinics

Long COVID patients are concerned specialist clinics for their conditions will close when a Commonwealth funding arrangement expires at the end of the year. Some patients have already been told their clinics are closing, with Melbourne's Austin Hospital confirming its long COVID clinic will close at the end of 2022. It will be up to the state and territory health departments to decide whether they continue running the clinics next year, but the governments of South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland would not confirm whether they will keep all clinics open.

23 December, 2022

ME/CFS And Post-Exertional Malaise Among Patients With Long COVID

This study sought to ascertain the prevalence of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) among a sample of 465 patients with Long COVID. The participants completed three questionnaires: (1) a new questionnaire measuring both the frequency and severity of 38 common symptoms of COVID and Long COVID, (2) a validated short form questionnaire assessing ME/CFS, and (3) a validated questionnaire measuring post-exertional malaise. The population was predominantly white, female, and living in North America. The mean duration since the onset of COVID-19 symptoms was 70.5 weeks. Among the 465 participants, 58% met a ME/CFS case definition. Of respondents who reported that they had ME/CFS only 70.57% met criteria for ME/CFS and of those who did not report they had ME/CFS, 29.43% nevertheless did meet criteria for the disease: both over-diagnosis and under-diagnosis were evident on self-report. This study supports prior findings that ME/CFS occurs with high prevalence among those who have persistent COVID-19 symptoms.

22 December, 2022

Researchers Launch Trial To Treat Long COVID With Drug Used To Block Effects Of Opioids

Researchers say a drug used to block the effects of heroin could be the answer to treating long COVID.

22 December, 2022

Long COVID: New Evidence For Cause Of Fatigue Syndrome

The diagnosis and treatment of long COVID syndrome (LCS) is still very difficult, and there is only little knowledge about the factors causing accompanying symptoms. Researchers at the Joint Metabolome Facility of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna have now presented new evidence of triggers for fatigue following SARS-COV-2 infection.

21 December, 2022

'I Live With Chronic Illness. Here's What I Want You To Know About Misogyny In Healthcare.'

The establishment of a National Women's Health Advisory Council is a big deal for all Australian women. Whilst medical misogyny is nothing new, the government has in 2022 committed to not only acknowledging it, but to fixing it. Formally the domain of patient and medical group advocates, this new push is coming from the top down. It has been commented on extensively in the media this week, with women’s health advocates from Jamila Rivzi to Gabrielle Jackson taking to Twitter and TV screens, with a lengthy segment being run on The Project discussing the topic. The established council with Assistant Health Minister Ged Kearney as chair aims to ensure that the implementation and utility of the National Women's Health Strategy 2020-2030 is optimised, and that its full impact is realised.

21 December, 2022

Who’s Afraid Of Chronic Illness? Our Society – But It Doesn’t Have To Be

Canada now has one of its largest-ever populations of people with chronic illness and disability. That number is driven by an estimated 1.4 million Canadians who may have developed long COVID, the symptoms of which include loss of taste and smell, fatigue, difficulty breathing, heart issues and muscle aches. There will be consequences to this, including a loss of jobs, a surge in chronic pain, and an increased reliance on a shrinking welfare system. But it also presents a crucial opportunity to re-evaluate how we approach and understand chronic illness as a society. Our discourse around the topic has stagnated such that it resembles the way we approach sexual assault: We believe it exists, but require overwhelming evidence to take it seriously, and even when we do, we are suspicious that people are faking it.

20 December, 2022

Heart Syndrome 5 Times More Likely With COVID Infection Than With COVID Vaccine

New research has revealed a link between a lesser-known heart syndrome, Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), and COVID infection, with a much smaller link seen between the condition and COVID vaccination.

20 December, 2022

Potential New Treatment For 'Brain Fog' In Long COVID Patients

Individuals with long COVID, sometimes referred to as "long-haulers," experience symptoms that may persist for weeks, months, or even years after their acute viral infection. While symptoms vary widely, a common complaint among patients is "brain fog"—a colloquial term for significant, persistent cognitive deficits, with consistent impairment of executive functioning and working memory.

20 December, 2022

Physicians, Patients Want COVID-19 Pandemic To End – But Long COVID Lingers

A physical medicine specialist describes her experience as a doctor and as a patient, and explains why primary care will be the center for treatment.

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