Gertha Selvidge

Yale School of Medicine and hospital to test new coronavirus vaccine

NEW HAVEN — Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital announced the start of Phase 3 of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine trial at the hospital that will draw participants from across the country.

The hospital and medical school trial of Pfizer’s treatment vaccine candidate is part of a massive effort that will

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Did Food, Medicine Spoil In NJ Storm? PSEG Will Pay You Back

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — PSE&G customers who were forced to throw out food or medicine due to power failures in Tropical Storm Isaias can now get payback – literally.

On Monday, PSE&G announced that it will be reimbursing customers who spent more than 72 hours without electricity due to the storm, which hit New Jersey on Aug. 4, causing lingering power outages that lasted for days across many parts of the state.

More than 575,000 PSE&G customers in New Jersey ended up losing power, making it the fifth-most destructive storm the company has ever seen, spokespeople said.

“We recognize that losing power in August, together with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, was a hardship for many of our customers,” PSE&G President Dave Daly said. “Given the unique combination of circumstances, we believe the right thing to do is to expand our claims process to ease the burden on the

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82-year-old Texas man says USPS delays have left him without daily heart medicine for a week

An elderly Texas man says his heart medication has remained at a Postal Service processing facility for more than a week due to delays in mail delivery affecting residents of many U.S. states.

In an interview with local news affiliate KHOU, 82-year-old Don White said he hoped to receive his medication Monday and noted that he had never experienced an inability to receive the drugs from the post office if he was in possession of a tracking number.

“There have been a few times in which it’s taken a week, week and a half, two weeks, but this is the first time I actually ran out and checking with the post office didn’t do much good, even though I had a tracking number on it,” White told KHOU.

Because of the delays, White says he has gone without the medicine for a week and has had to rely on over-the-counter

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Diversity, Not Test Scores, Equals Quality in Medicine

Quinn Capers IV, MD, a professor of cardiovascular medicine and vice dean for faculty affairs at The Ohio State University has long advocated for increased diversity in medicine and for physicians to be activists.

As protests broke out across the globe in response to the killing of George Floyd, Capers sent out a tweet to inspire Black boys who want to be doctors, but may lack visible role models.

Medscape caught up with the interventional cardiologist. Our original interview was conducted before the recent controversy over a paper in the Journal

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Aging for Amateurs: During COVID-19, it’s still important to visit the dentist | Columnists

Four weeks ago, I wrote a column on places you won’t see me during the COVID-19 pandemic. One place that was conspicuously absent was the dentist. I hadn’t done enough research to comment on the issue of whether to seek dental care in this difficult time, but I believe I have now.

After reviewing the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites and talking with several local dentists, including my own family dentist, Dr. Keith Kirkland, I’m comfortable recommending regular visits for preventive care (cleaning and evaluation for tooth and gum problems) every six months, as usual.

Aging for Amateurs: Where you won’t see me during the pandemic

Of course, emergency care for dental trauma or severe pain is also recommended when needed. Talk to your dentist if you have particular concerns with visiting.

You will likely find your dentist’s office looking a little different to allow for social distancing in the waiting room and intake

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OPINION: All smiles as dentist fear is faced head-on

Up until a couple of years ago, I was not a regular visitor to the doctor.

In fact, you could say I virtually never went to see a GP.

But turning 50 seemed to put an end to that.

As you get older, the body starts to malfunction (for want of a better word), and such trips become somewhat unavoidable.

There is certainly nothing wrong with going to the doctor and, quite honestly, my GP is a fabulous bloke who loves a chat and always makes you feel at ease.

So at this stage, I’m pretty happy that I’m only on limited medication and get to catch up with him every few months or so.

Now, just when I thought things were running along hunky dory, all of a sudden I started getting toothaches.

Again, I’ve never had any trouble with my teeth, yet it would seem time is certainly

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Dentist office visits are rebounding despite coronavirus outbreaks

Dentists’ offices are reopening and working overtime, and dental suppliers are optimistic things are close to returning to normal after the coronavirus put the industry on ice for almost two months.

Why it matters: Cleaning teeth and filling cavities, by their nature, require close contact with the vessel that spreads the virus. That has some experts worried, and the World Health Organization this month advised people to delay routine dental care until COVID-19 transmission rates decline further.

Driving the news: Almost every part of the dental industry lost money and shed jobs during the lockdowns, but people are making appointments and buying products again.

  • Almost all dentist offices are open now. Revenues are still expected to fall by 40% this year.
  • Global dental supply sales at Henry Schein, a supply distributor, dropped 41% in the second quarter. But Henry Schein CFO Steven Paladino told investors this month that “in the
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Stay Safe From the Coronavirus at the Dentist

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that dentists treat patients only after assessing them for COVID-19 and after weighing the risks of delayed care against the risk of potential viral exposure.

That’s because dental care poses clear infection risks: Dentists and hygienists must work very close to your face and use tools that may spray droplets. “Dental staff will now be wearing additional personal protective equipment, such as face shields, gowns, and masks,” says Chad Gehani, D.D.S., president of the American Dental Association.

Your dental office may also want you to fill out a screening form (asking about recent travel, social interactions, and health history) and do a temperature check prior to an appointment. Some practices may have “virtual check-ins,” where patients wait in their car, sign in for the appointment on

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Eight in 10 Adults Say They Plan to Return to Dentist After Labor Day

NEW YORK, Aug. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Since the onset of COVID-19, the use of teledentistry, digital communications and online self-service tools has increased among dentists to provide dental care to their patients. However, in a new dental survey from The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® ( Guardian Life ) on the pandemic’s impact on oral health, roughly 40% of adults say they or their child experienced a dental issue that would have otherwise prompted a dental visit.

The latest findings, from Guardian’s Workplace Benefits Study titled ” Dental Benefits 2020,” also revealed that regarding safety, nearly three in ten say they are more anxious about visiting the dentist since the coronavirus outbreak. However, 3 in 4 adults will be comfortable going to the dentist by year-end 2020.

“In recognition of the challenging circumstances posed by COVID, and in order to continue to promote the importance of maintaining

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