Coronavirus (Covid-19) and medicine: A New York surgeon tells us what his profession is like now

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and medicine: A New York surgeon tells us what his profession is like now

What’s it like to be a doctor in the middle of the pandemic? I had a chance not long ago to talk with a New York surgeon about his experiences, on the condition that we would not use his name. Here’s a transcript of our conversation, edited for length and clarity.  This is intended to […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation: I started the process. Here’s how it works.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation: I started the process. Here’s how it works.

I volunteered to donate plasma to help coronavirus (Covid-19) patients, because I tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. I registered to donate at several places (see full list of opportunities here). Yesterday was my first visit to a donation site. I went to Stony Brook University Medical Center’s outpatient location in Stony Brook, N.Y. The wait […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: A visit to CityMD Urgent Care for tests

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: A visit to CityMD Urgent Care for tests

By JEANNE PINDER and PHOEBE PINDER We went to CityMD Urgent Care in Mamaroneck, N.Y., just north of New York City, on May 10, Mother’s Day morning, to get coronavirus (Covid-10) antibody testing. They told us on the phone to walk in with insurance card and ID. We would be screened and tested on the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation and other studies

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation and other studies

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing has exploded in the New York area and across the nation. With that new testing, people are getting new opportunities to donate plasma for Covid-19 patients, or to take part in other studies. Here are some resources: Guidelines from the FDA on such studies Recommendations to health care providers and investigators […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody tests: How do they work?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody tests: How do they work?

How do you tell if an antibody  test is effective? Shouldn’t this be a simple process? In medical testing, it’s not always black and white, positive or negative: a test’s ability to read specific pieces of information can vary. The latest place where this becomes important is in the antibody or blood (serology) testing for […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and kidney disease: what do you need to know?

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and kidney disease: what do you need to know?

Last week, the New York Times reported on the death of Jamal Uddin, a 68-year-old Brooklyn resident who died of kidney failure while in the hospital undergoing treatment for coronavirus. Uddin’s family said they pleaded for days with doctors at NYU Langone-Brooklyn, where he was in the emergency room, to put him on dialysis as […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19): I tested positive. Here’s what happened.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19): I tested positive. Here’s what happened.

(Updated July 21: I have now tested positive for antibodies four times and negative twice.) I tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). I was tested via the antibody (serological) test program run by New York State on Saturday, April 25, at the Co-op City pop-up site in The Bronx. These tests use a bit of blood […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) treatment: Could a common antacid help?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) treatment: Could a common antacid help?

By MOLLY TAFT and JEANNE PINDER News broke this week that researchers based at Northwell Health in New York have been treating coronavirus patients with famotidine, an antacid. Famotidine is the active ingredient in over-the-counter heartburn medication like Pepcid. Doctors at Northwell said Monday that they have recruited almost 200 Covid-19 patients for a clinical […]