The Health Nexus
Living with Long COVID and Hopes for New Treatment

Living with Long COVID and Hopes for New Treatment

August 3, 2021

The term Long COVID, also known as Long-Haul COVID, has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for post-COVID conditions and symptoms affecting patients for multiple weeks after their initial infections. Patients experience a string of strange symptoms like brain fog, rashes and weight loss. Newly released guidance from the Biden Administration now categorizes "long COVID" as a physical or mental impairment, entitling qualified individuals with the illness to discrimination protections under the American Disabilities Act.

 

In a quest to find answers, many patients have turned to social media to figure out what is happening to their bodies. In this episode, three women discuss their symptoms, their discovery that it’s COVID-related, and how vitamin C infusions, food elimination and other alternative practices are bringing hope to their otherwise hopeless journey.

For more information on integrative medicine to treat long COVID, check out Marcus Institute of Integrative Health.

Read more from our experts on Long COVID and learn about Jefferson’s involvement in a CDC study on the condition. Plus, hear more from one of the women featured in the episode, Alexandra Hackett

 

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What You Need to Know For A COVID-Free Summer

What You Need to Know For A COVID-Free Summer

June 22, 2021

Restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID are easing up and vaccines are effective, but the virus is still a risk. Before you head out to enjoy common summer activities, make sure you understand any associated risks for COVID for you and your family.

Infectious disease physician Dr. Mark Fussa and family medicine physician Dr. Karen Dong discuss how you can assess your personal risk and evaluate certain activities like dining and travel. Also, pediatrician Dr. Vanessa Carlo gives the outlook for children and teens and what parents can do to prepare for vaccine distribution in younger age groups.

Read more on The Health Nexus about how you can stay safe this summer and also how to cope with social anxiety as COVID restrictions are lifted.

How to Regain Your Smell and Taste After COVID

How to Regain Your Smell and Taste After COVID

May 18, 2021

COVID often presents itself with an unusual symptom-- the loss of taste and smell, also known as anosmia. Americans have taken to quirky remedies found on social media to try to regain their senses. But no need to continue scrolling. Otolaryngologist Dr. David Rosen from Jefferson Health shares ways you can bring back your smell and taste with at-home and over-the-counter treatments, and also discusses a new clinical trial.

If you're interested in learning more about the clinical trial, please call 215-955-6760.

Read more from Dr. Rosen on The Health Nexus. And check out other articles on how the pandemic is affecting our bodies and when to schedule a mammogram after receiving your COVID vaccine.

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The Creatives of COVID: Finding Inspiration Amid a Pandemic

The Creatives of COVID: Finding Inspiration Amid a Pandemic

April 2, 2021

The last year has often felt like a never-ending one. It’s as if the year 2020 was just one long month of March. And here we are, a year later, with tremendous social and economic upheaval, and a virus that continues to devastate across the world. Amid the chaos, though, there has been so much creativity. 

In this episode, we meet four individuals who brought especially creative projects to Jefferson Health, including artists who discovered new talents and patients who gave back to their care teams in creative ways.

For more stories about our lives in the pandemic, including a multimedia-rich oral history of the past year, visit TheHealthNexus.org.

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How the Stress of COVID Can Affect Your Body

How the Stress of COVID Can Affect Your Body

November 17, 2020

It has been a stressful year in America with the threat and the impact of the coronavirus still very real in our everyday lives. All of that stress could be affecting your physical and mental health in ways you wouldn’t expect-- and you’re not alone.

In this episode, Dr. Beth Schwartz and Dr. Paul Chung, a gynecologist and urologist respectively, discuss how the stress of a pandemic is affecting men and women and what each can do to address their physical and mental health.

Check out more on The Health Nexus for how COVID could be affecting your period, and how understanding the activity in your brain can help with stress.

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Do You Have a Cold or COVID?

Do You Have a Cold or COVID?

October 20, 2020

In this episode, we compare and contrast symptoms of the common cold, the flu, and allergies with the coronavirus. Hear from various experts at Jefferson Health on how you can identify your symptoms and what you can do to treat each. Plus, get insight on what this upcoming flu season could look like as it intersects with the coronavirus.

Check out more on The Health Nexus, like what you should know about colds vs. the coronavirus, how to determine if it's seasonal allergies or the coronavirus, and insights from our expert on an impending "twindemic."

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Diversity and Inclusion in Health Care, Academics and Business

Diversity and Inclusion in Health Care, Academics and Business

September 16, 2020

In a time when racial tensions are high, many are focusing on how America can create a more equitable and inclusive society. This episode of The Health Nexus Podcast explores what various industries like health care, academics, and the corporate world need to do to promote equality. Hear from Jefferson's Chief Diversity Officer Lisette Martinez, clinical nurse advocate Tiffany Gibson, and PhD student Lebaron Agostini on their personal experiences and recommendations.

Check out TheHealthNexus.org for more content on diversity and inclusion, like how therapy can address racism, coping with racial trauma, and four staff members who share their coming out stories.

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A Patient’s Story of Cancer Treatment During COVID-19

A Patient’s Story of Cancer Treatment During COVID-19

July 20, 2020

Alan Phillips, a patient from Jefferson Health in New Jersey, knew his cancer care couldn't wait for the end of the coronavirus pandemic. Masked, sanitized, and ready to go, he continued his chemotherapy treatments during a time when many patients chose to avoid the hospital setting for fear of the coronavirus. Alan says he felt safer in the hospital than he did in most places in the community. His treating physician, Dr. Ana Maria Lopez, medical oncologist from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health, said this continuation of care could mean a world of difference in his outcome. 

 

The National Cancer Institute forecasts 10,000 additional deaths from breast and colorectal cancer over the next 10 years due to failure in receiving care. Hear more from Alan on what his experience was like and why it's important to seek the necessary medical care you need, even during this time of uncertainty.

 

Check out TheHealthNexus.org for more content on the coronavirus, like a patient's guide to going to the doctor during the pandemic and a story from a Jefferson patient who had surgery for thyroid cancer during the coronavirus.

 

Also, read an article with insight from Dr. Ana Maria Lopez.

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A Doctor’s Personal Experience with Coronavirus: Diagnosis, Hospitalization, and Giving Back

A Doctor’s Personal Experience with Coronavirus: Diagnosis, Hospitalization, and Giving Back

May 12, 2020

Jefferson Emergency Medicine physician Dr. Anna Marie Chang became sick with the coronavirus in mid-March 2020. In this episode, she tells the story of her symptoms worsening, the isolation of the hospital room as a patient, and using her experience to rally efforts toward convalescent plasma donation.

 

Check out TheHealthNexus.org for more content on the coronavirus, like a patient's guide to telemedicine during the pandemic and information about plasma donations from coronavirus survivors at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Blood Donor Center.

Also, read the commentary from Dr. Chang about her experience.

 

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A Conversation About Coronavirus with Jefferson Health President Dr. Bruce Meyer

A Conversation About Coronavirus with Jefferson Health President Dr. Bruce Meyer

March 24, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting everyone. Our societal norms of interacting with each other are being interrupted and our daily schedules are upended. Dr. Bruce Meyer, President of Jefferson Health, talks about how kindness and compassion, hand-washing and sanitizing, and self-care are all key in making sure we work together as a society to fight this. He addresses social distancing (why do we need it?) and flattening the curve (what is this curve and why does it need to be flat?). 

 

Check out TheHealthNexus.org for more stories on the coronavirus, like how telemedicine is playing a big rolehow the mobile testing sites work, and more information about the importance of flattening the curve.

 

Also, read more from Dr. Meyer. He and other experts from Jefferson Health answer more questions about the coronavirus and offer a call to action for Philadelphia.

 

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