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Smidt Heart Institute Cardiothoracic Surgeons Continue to Perform Safe, Successful Heart and Lung Transplants Throughout the Pandemic
Rosemarie Barron was 17 when she had a cardiac arrest and underwent an emergency heart transplant.
While she survived and continued to live a full and vibrant life, her longtime cardiologist, Jon Kobashigawa, MD, director of the Heart Transplant Program at the Smidt Heart Institute, told her 20 years ago she would eventually require another heart transplant.
This reality set in just before her last birthday when Barron's health began to decline. But when the news came that a heart donor was available for her this past May, it was the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. Barron, now 50, was forced to make a decision about undergoing a second lifesaving transplant or delaying her care until the virus showed signs of slowing down.
"My decision was easy," said Barron, a resident of the Los Angeles suburb Pico Rivera. "I trust my care team and Cedars-Sinai wholeheartedly, from the surgeons
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St. Jude Psychologists Release Tips for Helping People Through Their First Covid-19 Holiday Season
With the first COVID-19 holiday season upon us, many Americans are anticipating the difficult challenge of how to celebrate this year. To help families across the country, the team of psychologists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, including St. Jude Psychology Clinical Director Niki Jurbergs, PhD, along with her colleague Megan Wilkins, PhD, have released the following tips for the public to stay healthy both mentally and emotionally, as well as physically during this holiday season.
“In my work with children with cancer, I have, indeed, watched families face holidays while separated from one another and while enduring unthinkable stress and grief,” said Clinical Director Niki Jurbergs, PhD., who draws on years of helping grieving families through difficult holiday seasons after the loss of a child or a life-changing cancer diagnosis. “Families facing the upcoming holidays sh
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Nursing Homes See Continued Record Number Of New COVID Cases As Community Spread Increases Across The U.S.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released a report today showing nursing homes in the U.S. continue to see a record number of weekly new cases this month due to the community spread among the general population, surpassing previous peaks since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) started tracking cases in nursing homes.
Recent data released by Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) show that with the recent spike in new COVID cases in the general U.S. population, weekly nursing home cases are also on the rise. According to Johns Hopkins University, weekly new COVID cases in the general U.S. population rose by 229 perce
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Personality Traits Affect Shelter At Home Compliance
A worldwide survey conducted during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic found that people with certain common personality traits were less likely to shelter at home when government policies were less restrictive, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.
“We found that people who scored low on two personality traits – openness to experience and neuroticism – were less likely to shelter at home in the absence of stringent government measures, but that tendency went away when more restrictive government policies were implemented,” said Friedrich Götz, MPhil, a doctoral candidate at the University of Cambridge and lead author of the study. “Initially, this was a bit astounding, as open individuals have traditionally been shown to be prone to risk taking, willing to deviate from cultural norms and likely to seek out and approach novel and unfamiliar thin