Day: January 21, 2022

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Families complain about COVID testing for nursing home visits

As COVID-19 cases rise again in nursing homes, a few states have begun requiring visitors to present proof that they’re not infected before entering facilities, stoking frustration and dismay among family members.

Officials in California, New York, and Rhode Island say new COVID testing requirements are necessary to protect residents — an enormously vulnerable population — from exposure to the highly contagious omicron variant. But many family members say they can’t secure tests amid enormous demand and scarce supplies, leaving them unable to see loved ones. And being shut out of facilities feels unbearable, like a nightmare recurring without end.

Severe staff shortages are complicating the effort to ensure safety while keeping facilities open; these shortages also jeopardize care at long-term care facilities — a concern of many family members.

Andrea DuBrow’s 75-year-old mother, who has severe Alzheimer’s disease, has lived for almost four years in a nursing home in

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Nomogram may help predict survival in primary intestinal non-Hodgkin lymphoma

(HealthDay)—A nomogram can assist clinicians in predicting cancer-specific survival in patients with primary intestinal non-Hodgkin lymphoma (PINHL), according to a study published online Dec. 20 in Cancer Management and Research.

Cuifen Zhang, from the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, and colleagues developed and verified a novel nomogram to predict long-term cancer-specific survival in patients with PINHL. Data for a training cohort of 2,372 PINHL patients obtained from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database were analyzed. The nomogram was validated internally and externally in a SEER cohort with 1,014 patients and a First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine cohort with 37 patients.

The researchers identified five independent predictors: age, , Ann Arbor Stage, B symptoms, and histologic type. Good performance was seen in discrimination and calibration; in the training, internal validation, and external validation cohorts, the C-indices were 0.772, 0.763, and 0.851, respectively.

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