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  1. Delirium primary COVID-19 symptom in many elderly ED patients, study suggests

    Out of 817 elderly patients with COVID-19 who went to the emergency department, 28 percent (226) had delirium upon arrival, according to a study published Nov. 19 in JAMA Network Open. 
  2. COVID-19 may influence vaping, other substance use in young adults, study finds

    About 34 percent of young adults who completed a research survey said they've changed their vaping or substance use patterns in response to the pandemic, according to a Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic report published in Sage Open Medicine. 
  3. Eli Lilly's arthritis drug gets emergency approval as COVID-19 treatment

    The FDA has granted emergency authorization for Eli Lilly's drug, Olumiant, in combination with Gilead's remdesivir as a treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, Eli Lilly said Nov. 19. 

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  1. Pfizer applies for COVID-19 vaccine emergency approval

    Pfizer submitted an application for an emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate to the FDA Nov. 20.
  2. Hospitalized COVID-19 patients more likely to acquire, die from sepsis than flu patients, data suggests

    Hospitalized COVID-19 patients face a 22 percent higher risk of developing sepsis and are 113 percent more likely to experience septic shock compared to hospitalized influenza patients, according to an Epic Health Research Network report published Nov. 19. 
  3. WHO: Stop giving COVID-19 patients remdesivir

    The World Health Organization on Nov. 20 recommended patients not be given remdesivir to treat COVID-19, saying there is no evidence that the antiviral drug improves patients' disease severity or mortality rates.
  4. 16 women making moves in healthcare leadership

    The following leadership moves by women have been reported since Nov. 13.

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  1. 25 recent hospital, health system executive moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves have been reported since Nov. 13: 
  2. US flu activity 'unusually low': 5 notes from CDC's Fluview report

    Seasonal flu activity in the U.S. is "unusually low" for this time of year, according to the CDC's FluView report.
  3. Ex-Swedish Health surgeon's libel lawsuit against Seattle Times dismissed

    A federal judge on Nov. 18 dismissed a lawsuit filed in 2018 by former Swedish Health surgeon Johnny Delashaw Jr., MD, against The Seattle Times over an investigative series the newspaper published titled "Quantity of Care," according to The Seattle Times. 
  4. Orlando Health breaks ground on $341M orthopedic complex

    Orlando (Fla.) Health broke ground this week on its $341 million orthopedic complex, which will include a specialty hospital, medical pavilion and parking garage. 

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  1. UPMC opening specialty care campus in West Mifflin

    Pittsburgh-based UPMC will open a surgery center and multispecialty clinic in West Mifflin, Pa., Dec. 1.
  2. Lee Health, Cleveland Clinic partner in Southwest Florida

    Cleveland Clinic and Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee Health have established a strategic alliance to help improve patient care in Southwest Florida.
  3. Ballad Health names CEO of behavioral health services

    Ballad Health has tapped Tammy Albright as vice president and CEO of behavioral health services, the Johnson City, Tenn.-based health system said Nov. 18.
  4. Buyer backs out of purchasing closed New York hospital: 'It's too risky'

    Castello Holdings has backed out of buying Eastern Niagara Health System's closed hospital campus in Newfane, N.Y., according to Buffalo Business First.
  5. Spectrum Health sees 700 November COVID-19 cases among staffers in west Michigan

    More than 700 hospital staffers at 14 of Spectrum Health's west Michigan hospitals have tested positive for COVID-19 in November, The Detroit News reported.
  6. Nevada experiences 'data management nightmare' after COVID-19 data tool malfunctions

    Nevada county health departments are resorting to alternative software for gathering COVID-19 data because the state's official disease investigation tool has been malfunctioning, according to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  7. Missouri's COVID-19 data reports send 'dangerous message to the community,' say health systems

    A group of health system leaders in Missouri challenged state-reported hospital bed data, saying it could lead to a misunderstanding about hospital capacity, according to a Nov. 19 report in the St. Louis Business Journal.
  8. States with businesses open, closed, mixed amid COVID-19 spike

    While the U.S. surpasses 11.8 million COVID-19 cases, most states have not closed nonessential businesses, opting for indoor gathering limits and mandatory mask wearing, according to The New York Times. A majority of states have mask mandates in place, regardless of business opening status. 
  9. Mayo Clinic's operating income down 51%, but records 3.6% operating margin through Q3

    Although Mayo Clinic's net operating income through the first nine months of 2020 is down 51.4 percent compared to 2019, the Rochester, Minn.-based system's operating margin was 3.6 percent, according to recently released financial documents.

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