Hospitalized patients prone to brain malfunction, study finds

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Dr. Anthony Fauci says top U.S. college athletic programs and professional sports leagues are managing risks for COVID-19 infections far more professionally than the situation at the White House that led to President Donald Trump’s illness. (Oct. 6)

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It has already been established that COVID-19 is much more than merely a respiratory illness, and new research sheds light on how much it impacts another critical part of the body – the brain.

Almost one-third of the patients hospitalized with COVID-19 developed encephalopathy – a degeneration of brain function – according to a study by Northwestern Medicine in Chicago.

The finding raises serious national concerns in light of President Donald Trump’s recent three-night stay at Walter Reed Medical Center, and on a larger scale they also highlight the mental damage the coronavirus has inflicted on tens of thousands of Americans.

According to The COVID Tracking Project, more than

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Over 80% of hospitalized coronavirus patients experience neurological symptoms

While respiratory issues are a well-documented symptom of coronavirus, researchers have found that over 80% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients experience some type of neurological manifestation as well. In examining 509 patients admitted to a Chicago hospital network, researchers found that 419 of them presented a neurological issue at some point during the course of their COVID-19 infection.

“The most frequent neurologic manifestations were myalgias, headaches, encephalopathy, dizziness, dysgeusia [impaired sense of taste] and anosmia [loss of smell],” the authors wrote in their study, which was published Monday in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. “Strokes, movement disorders, motor, and sensory deficits, ataxia and seizures were uncommon.”

The patients involved in the study were admitted to the Northwestern Medicine Healthcare system between March 5 and April 6, and all had been diagnosed with COVID-19. The team noted neurologic symptoms based on a review of clinical notes, diagnostic studies, and physician-documented

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Donald Trump is hospitalized with Covid, but he’s still not taking the pandemic seriously

President Donald Trump’s fight with Covid-19 has so far not convinced him to prioritize a responsible approach to a pandemic that has killed 209,000 Americans over his own political needs.



a man talking on a cell phone: WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 02: U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the South Lawn of the White House on October 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have both tested positive for coronavirus. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 02: U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the South Lawn of the White House on October 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have both tested positive for coronavirus. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump staged an extraordinary drive-by photo-op Sunday in front of supporters gathered with flags and banners outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The stunt, which risked exposing Secret Service agents riding in his armored SUV, amounted to a familiar flouting of government recommendations to stop the spread of the virus which has infected 7 million Americans. It was the latest flagrant

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Trump resisted being hospitalized for COVID as Election Day nears: report

After Donald Trump tested positive for coronavirus, sitting in a hospital was the last thing that the president wanted

Sunday marks President Donald Trump‘s third-consecutive night spent at Walter Reed Medical Center and, with just 30 days until the election, the White House continues to scramble to contain the biggest crisis of Trump’s presidency.

On Saturday, Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, told reporters that Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday — a day earlier than Trump previously disclosed — instantly plummeting the West Wing into damage-control mode. The new timeline revealed that Trump was contagious when he debated Joe Biden on Tuesday and also when he attended a fundraiser at his Bedminster golf club on Thursday.

In follow-up statements, the White House claimed Dr. Conley misspoke, but the statement did not stop the ensuing chaos that is being driven by Trump’s desire to conceal the seriousness of

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As Trump is hospitalized for coronavirus, another Florida Republican recounts his own scare

The doctor studied an X-ray of Chris Latvala’s lungs and quizzically turned to his patient.

“How long have you been a smoker?”

Latvala does not smoke. He had the coronavirus.

Latvala, a Republican state representative from Palm Harbor, arrived at Largo Medical Center on Aug. 29. By then, the infection had turned his lungs against him and a two-week internal war was underway. His whole body ached. He lost his sense of smell. He couldn’t eat. His chest felt like a truck was sitting on it. His oxygen levels plummeted.

It was, he wrote on Facebook on Sept. 4 from his hospital room, “the hardest thing I have ever faced in my life.”

Latvala left the hospital nine days later but remained quarantined at home for the rest of the month. It wasn’t until this week that Latvala ventured out in public again, a freedom he regained just as the

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Chris Christie hospitalized with ‘mild’ virus symptoms

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tweeted Saturday that he’s checked himself into a hospital, hours after he announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Christie said that after consulting with his doctors, he went to Morristown Medical Center on Saturday afternoon. He said he’s only experiencing mild symptoms.

“Due to my history of asthma, we decided this is an important precautionary measure,” he tweeted.

Christie, who has publicly struggled with his weight, is the latest in a string of virus cases connected to President Donald Trump’s inner circle.


Trump’s former 2016 rival told The Associated Press on Friday that the last time he was with the president was Tuesday in Cleveland during preparations for his debate with former Vice President Joe Biden. Christie had tweeted Friday morning that he had last tested negative ahead of Tuesday’s debate and was not having any symptoms then.

In 2013, during Christie’s

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With the President hospitalized, more Covid cases emerge in White House and campaign

President Donald Trump was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center early Friday evening less than 24 hours after news broke of his Covid-19 diagnosis, plunging the country into a deepening crisis as the circle of current and former aides to the President testing positive rapidly widened.



a large building: WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 02: A view of the White House on Friday evening after U.S. President Donald Trump left the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have both tested positive for coronavirus. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 02: A view of the White House on Friday evening after U.S. President Donald Trump left the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have both tested positive for coronavirus. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By early Saturday, former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and the President’s campaign manager Bill Stepien had both tested positive, which followed the positive diagnoses of two US senators who had attended Trump’s Supreme Court nomination announcement last weekend, and Trump senior

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President Trump hospitalized at Walter Reed after testing positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump arrived at the hospital Friday after he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19, raising fresh questions about the president’s health.

At recommendation of his physician, President Trump has been moved to Walter Reed hospital

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Trump, 74, went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, in what aides said was a precautionary move. Officials said they expected him to be there for a few days.

Hours after arriving to the hospital, the White House released a memo from Sean Conley, the president’s physician, indicating Trump did not need to be put on oxygen but was starting remdesivir therapy, which is used for hospitalized adults who need oxygen but are not sick enough to require ventilation. Conley noted Trump was “doing very well,” had completed his first dose and was “resting comfortably.” 



a person wearing a suit and tie: A September 29, 2020 photo shows US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump upon arrival at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, Ohio where Trump will be taking part in the first presidential debate.


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Fewer Deaths in Hospitalized COVID Diabetes Patients on Sitagliptin

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

Patients with type 2 diabetes hospitalized for COVID-19 who were taking just one glucose-lowering drug, the oral dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor sitagliptin, were 77% less likely to die compared with similar patients taking insulin, in a retrospective, observational, case-control study in Italy.

Sitagliptin (Januvia, Merck) treatment was also linked with significant and clinically meaningful drops in the rate of need for intensive care or mechanical ventilation compared with patients who received insulin, Sebastiano B. Solerte MD, PhD, and colleagues report in their study published online September 29 in Diabetes Care.

The authors acknowledge that the study’s design means this finding can’t be considered definitive. Despite this limitation, “We think it’s reasonable to try sitagliptin if a patient is admitted to the hospital with type 2 diabetes and COVID,” said Paolo Fiorina, MD, PhD,

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Chrissy Teigen said she was hospitalized for excessive bleeding complication during 3rd pregnancy

Teigen has undergone two blood transfusions.

Chrissy Teigen revealed via her Instagram Stories that she was hospitalized for excessive bleeding on Sunday.

Teigen, who’s about halfway through her third pregnancy, has been on weeks of mandatory bed rest and said her bleeding issues involving her placenta have been going on for a “like a month.”

“Basically he’s the strongest, coolest dude in the s——-t house. His house is just falling apart,” she said of her baby boy. “It didn’t have a good foundation to begin with, though. He didn’t have the strongest chance at the very, very beginning.”

“It’s just hard because there’s not much you can do,” she added. “I’m in that weird in-between time of it being really dangerous to try anything.”

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