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Still suffering from COVID-19; a nation with diabetes; banning behavioral devices – Morning Medical Update


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An estimated 20 million Americans – maybe more – are dealing with long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Symptoms range from irritating to debilitating. “We have learned so much about what’s going wrong,” said a leading researcher on the illness, and yet there remains much to be discovered. Patient Care, a sister publication of Medical Economics, has this in-depth report after four years of study.

Cause and effect?

What happens when researchers find Type 2 diabetes prevalent in an entire population of a country? Then what happens if new evidence challenges old assumptions? Read about the last 50 years of medical history involving the Republic of Nauru, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, in The Guardian.

Ban on some medical devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing a ban on electrical stimulation devices intended to stop or reduce self-injurious behavior. The agency says it’s a rare move but needed to reduce physical and mental harm that the devices can cause.

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