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The Med & Mic™ 05.13.22

>> Tragic milestone

>> What’s up in hospitals

>> Athletes’ hearts a year later

>> Why scheduling your CT scan could be a challenge

The Med & Mic™ 05.13.22

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American Death Toll

In the U.S. one million people have died of COVID. The National Academy of Sciences estimates 9 million family members may be grieving the loss of a loved one. Many experts believe the death count to be higher due to inconsistent reporting. COVID was the third leading cause of death in 2021. More from ABC News.

Hospitalizations Up

Hospitalizations with COVID are up 20% over two weeks. However, hospitalization and death rates remain low compared to earlier periods of the pandemic. Scientists are examining what the latest increase means in terms of vaccine protection and evolution of the virus. More from STAT News.

Cardiac Prognosis after COVID

College athletes who have had COVID appear to make a full recovery with no signs of heart trouble a year after the illness. An analysis of 3,500 college athletes from 45 different institutions with confirmed COVID from September 2020 to November 2021 showed heart inflammation in 0.6%. After restricting exercise for a median of 86 days, all athletes returned to play. More in Cardiovascular Business.

Shortage of IV Contrast

In hospitals across the country, the intravenous contrast dye used in CT scans is in short supply. The dye helps doctors see inflammation, tumors, clots, and other problems. Elective scans may be postponed. Other imaging techniques, such as ultrasound and MRI, may be used instead. More from MPRnews.

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