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A recent study found that a common healthcare risk-prediction algorithm used in hospitals across the country demonstrates a racial bias, both reflecting real world attitudes and negatively affecting the level of care provided to black patients. This algorithm predicts which patients will benefit from extra medical care, and researchers found that it significantly underestimates the…

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A recently published study found that black individuals are twice as likely as white individuals to test positive for COVID-19. This is not the first study with similar results and it will not be the last, but it does provide even more evidence that – although anyone can contract the coronavirus – race is a…

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Every day in residential treatment facilities and group homes, children and teens experience some sort of abuse. Many of these young patients cannot advocate for themselves, due to disabilities and inability to communicate. It is imperative parents and loved ones recognize the signs of abuse, both emotional and physical. Welcome to an ongoing series of…

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Understaffing is a common theme in healthcare, highlighted by the current coronavirus pandemic. This has been an ongoing problem for decades, with medical professionals continuously sounding the alarm. However, with their warnings seemingly falling on deaf ears, a healthcare system is only as strong as its weakest links. Sick people don’t stop coming to the…

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When you choose to send your child away to an overnight trip, weekend retreat, or even off to summer camp, you expect the people running the event to take every precaution in keeping your little one safe. Today more than ever, the coronavirus pandemic makes implementing strict safety protocols paramount to your kids arriving back…

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The coronavirus pandemic is causing chaos for family members and loved ones residing in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. With these types of facilities on lockdown, the elderly and disabled cannot go visit their loved ones, and their loved ones cannot visit them. They are at the mercy of the nursing home and healthcare…

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Residents who have tested negative for COVID-19 may find themselves on the list of “expendables” in their nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Even worse is that they may not even be given the proper notice under the law that their beds are being confiscated for coronavirus patients coming out of a hospital. Denying a…

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You can turn on any television drama that revolves around emergency medicine and see the same scene every time: doctors and nurses scrambling in the emergency room to tend to each patient who comes through the door on a stretcher. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it has become very clear that our hospitals…

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There has been a lot of misinformation making the rounds about Coronavirus. It can be daunting to keep up with the changes, especially when one credible source conflicts with another. Some of the reasoning behind the varied data is that scientists and medical professionals are learning as we go, which means changes to protocols as…

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