Welcome to Finestra’s Weekly Reader, wherein we recount intriguing, important, or infamous health care-related stories you may have missed over the past week.
- Skin Cancer Is a Risk No Matter the Skin Tone. But It May Be Overlooked in People With Dark Skin. (Kaiser Health News) “Melanin does provide some protection against sun damage, so those with more of it — those with darker skin — are better protected than those with fairer skin. But overall, Black patients are more likely to be diagnosed with various forms of skin cancer at more advanced stages and have a higher mortality rate.”
- Some Women ‘Self-Manage’ Abortions as Access Recedes. (New York Times) "In states that have banned abortion, some women with unwanted pregnancies are pursuing an unconventional workaround: They are “self-managing” their abortions, seeking out the necessary know-how online and obtaining the medications without the supervision of a clinic or a doctor."
- Cognitive Rehab May Help Older Adults Clear Covid-Related Brain Fog. (Kaiser Health News) “In a recent development, some medical centers are offering cognitive rehabilitation to patients with long covid (symptoms that persist several months or longer after an infection that can’t be explained by other medical conditions).”
- Monkeypox manners: Navigating a virus disrupting how we live and love. (Washington Post) “The disease [monkeypox] is not a minor one. The lesions are often excruciatingly painful, sometimes compared to glass shards scraping against the skin, may require lengthy hospitalization and can take weeks to heal.”
- Covid Sewage Surveillance Labs Join the Hunt for Monkeypox. (Kaiser Health News) "The same wastewater surveillance techniques that have emerged as a critical tool in early detection of covid-19 outbreaks are being adapted for use in monitoring the startling spread of monkeypox across the San Francisco Bay Area and some other U.S. communities."
- The current state of COVID-19 testing, Paxlovid, or Monoclonal Antibodies in NYC. (Finestra). “Free COVID-19 testing is provided by the NYC Department of Health at certain COVID Express sites, which are available by appointment only. Free COVID tests are offered there for all New Yorkers regardless of immigration status.”
- Social Media Posts Criticize the 988 Suicide Hotline for Calling Police. Here’s What You Need to Know. (Kaiser Health News) “Some advocates and people who had experiences with the mental health system took to social media to voice concerns about 988 and warn people not to call it.”