Major Life Stressors ‘Strongly Predictive’ of Long COVID Symptoms

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. After recovery from acute infection with SARS-CoV-2, major stressful life events such as the death of a loved one or financial insecurity can have a significant impact on the development of long COVID symptoms, new research suggests. Major life stressors in … Read more

Telepsychiatry Tips: Etiquette and Ethics

From providing virtual therapy sessions to patients in the front seats of their cars, to sessions with patients who turn out to be in another state, the new paradigm of telepsychiatry is presenting clinicians with a host of situations with unwritten or constantly changing rules. Dr Sanjay Gupta But key practice tips are emerging for … Read more

Chronic Pain Tied to Poor Health, Increased COVID Risk

Individuals who have chronic pain at age 44 are more likely to report poor general health, poor mental health, and joblessness when they are in their 50s and 60s, new research shows. Chronic pain at age 44 (in 2002) was also predictive of SARS-CoV-2 infection nearly two decades later, in 2021. “We speculate that pain … Read more

The Importance of the Need for Hope

After the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City, the search and rescue response included specially trained cadaver dogs. Their job was to help detect and retrieve the missing. With each discovery, the dogs initial excitement quickly vanished, and the person was found to not have survived the incident. Hours turned into days of pulling human remains … Read more

I’m a Physician Battling Long COVID. I Can Assure You It’s Real

Dr. Monica Verduzco Gutierrez, MD One in 5. It almost seems unimaginable that this is the real number of people who are struggling with long COVID, especially considering how many people in the US have had COVID-19 at this point (more than 96 million). Yet I continue to hear of people who are struggling, and … Read more

Suicidal Ideation Associated With Increased Alcohol Use During Pandemic

During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians were more than twice as likely to report suicidal ideation if they had increased alcohol consumption, according to a new report. Men and adults over age 65 were the most likely to have links between alcohol consumption and suicidal thoughts. Mélanie Varin “Suicide is an important … Read more

Healthy Diet, Less News Key to Preventing Anxiety During COVID

VIENNA — Following a healthy, balanced diet and avoiding excessive consumption of stressful news helped prevent anxiety and depressive symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests. Results from a longitudinal Spanish survey study of more than 1000 adults showed that being outside, relaxing, participating in physical activities, and drinking plenty of water were also … Read more

Physiatrist Group Issues First Guidelines for Long COVID in Kids

Editor’s note: Find the latest long COVID news and guidance in Medscape’s Long COVID Resource Center. Working with physicians from multiple specialties, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) has issued the first set of guidelines related to the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric patients with long COVID. The physiatrist organization also issued … Read more

Me, My Spouse, and COVID

I watched you in the garage, with your wipes and your mask, your gloves and bottles of sprays and potions. I admired your fealty to CNN’s Dr Sanjay Gupta as he demonstrated the proper technique for disinfecting groceries. I watched sterile protocol being broken and quietly closed the garage door. Dr Alison Hero I listened … Read more

COVID-19 Linked to Increased Alzheimer’s Risk

COVID-19 has been linked to a significantly increased risk for new-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a new study suggests. The study of more than 6 million people aged 65 years or older found a 50%-80% risk for AD in the year after COVID-19; the risk was especially high for women older than 85 years. However, the … Read more