Paxlovid, Long COVID; ‘Lucid Dying’; and climate change alarm

Paxlovid, Long COVID;  ‘Lucid Dying’;  and climate change alarm

Paxlovid, Long COVID; ‘Lucid Dying’; and climate change alarm

Paxlovid has been shown to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for a long time

Paxlovid reduces the chances of developing of long COVID-19 as well as its effects, new data show. The drug reduces the occurrence of long-term COVID-19 by 26% over time, according to a preprint of the first Veterans Affairs Health System study to look at the drug’s long-term effects. The study included more than 9,000 patients treated with Paxlovide.

The drug resulted in fewer deaths and hospitalizations after the first month of treatment, as well as a 48% reduction in mortality and a 30% reduction in hospitalizations after the acute phase.

Wide Effects: Paxlovid significantly reduced the long-term effects of COVID-19 in all but two of 12 systems or symptoms, the study reported.

No difference: Drug benefits were consistent, with no difference observed by vaccination or grooming status, prior infection, or unvaccinated status; sex Age; or underlying risk factors or comorbidities.

“Until we have more data, I believe the body of evidence should compel us to use more Paxlovide for both acute and long-term benefits,” writes Medscape Editor-in-Chief Eric Topol, MD.

First Evidence of ‘Lucid Dying’

New research provides the first evidence to support patient reports of near-death experiences. Brain wave recordings obtained during cardiopulmonary resuscitation reveal changes that support such subjectively reported experiences of surviving patients.

“These recalled experiences and brain wave changes may be the first signs of a so-called ‘near-death’ experience, and we’ve captured them for the first time in a large study,” said lead researcher Sam Parnia, MD, PhD, NYU Langone Health.

The results suggest that the human sense of self and consciousness may not completely cease at the time of death, Parnia added. He presented the findings at the Scientific Symposium on Resuscitation at the American Heart Association’s 2022 Scientific Sessions in Chicago.

Common experiences: People with cardiac arrest report being lucid, with a heightened sense of consciousness while seemingly unconscious and on the verge of death, Parnia noted.

No pain: Experiences include the perception of detachment from one’s body, observing events without pain or distress, and awareness and meaningful evaluation of life, including past actions, intentions, and thoughts toward others.

Most doctors are concerned about climate change

Most doctors in the Medscape survey they ranked climate change among the five most important social issues they face. About 61% of doctors described themselves as “very concerned” or “concerned” about climate change, and about 7 in 10 agreed with the statement that it should be a top global priority.

A slightly smaller percentage of doctors gave a high priority to domestic violence and immigration and refugee policy, and 40% included reproductive rights among the most important social issues.

Medscape’s Physicians’ Views on Today’s Decisive Social Issues 2022 report summarizes the results of a survey of more than 2,300 physicians on their priorities among various social issues.

Disease spread: One internist worried that rising temperatures would cause “pathogens to spread and infect disadvantaged people who lack access to healthcare and have immunocompromised conditions.”

Not everyone agrees: Some doctors have used the terms “hype”, “hysteria”, “hoax” and “farce” to describe climate change.

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