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June 14, 2021

Weekly review: How effective were social distancing measures? Here's what the experts say.

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    How a dental visit changed a woman's life, what a renowned surgeon learned when he almost died from Covid-19, and more.

    This woman suffered 20+ years of vertigo and tinnitus. Then, a dental visit changed her life. (Monday, June 7)

    For more than 20 years, a woman experienced a range of symptoms in her right ear—including vertigo, tinnitus, hearing loss, and more—but doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong. Then, the woman's dental hygienist made a discovery on a CT scan, Lisa Sanders reports for the New York Times Magazine.

    How effective were social distancing measures? Here's what the experts say. (Tuesday, June 8)

    It's "maddeningly difficult" to determine exactly which social distancing measures helped slow the coronavirus's spread—and even whether some measures helped at all, according to Vox's Dylan Scott. Still, here's how experts are interpreting the data so far, and what it could mean for the next pandemic.

    A renowned surgeon almost died from Covid-19. Here's what he learned facing 'the reality of death.' (Wednesday, June 9)

    In March 2020, Tomoaki Kato, a renowned transplant surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and seven-time marathoner, nearly died from Covid-19—an ordeal that transformed how he interacts with his patients, Denise Grady reports for the New York Times.

    What Aduhelm's $56,000 list price means for health care spending (Thursday, June 10)

    Biogen last week set an estimated annual price of $56,000 for its landmark Alzheimer's drug, raising the prospect that the drug could soon become one of largest single drivers of Medicare drug spending. Here's what that could mean for Medicare, private insurers, and patients themselves.

    Health care employers must take new steps to protect against Covid-19, OSHA says (Friday, June 11)

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Thursday announced an emergency rule aimed at protecting health care workers in settings with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 cases, citing the "grave danger" they face from exposure to the coronavirus.

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