TTHealthWatch is a weekly podcast from Texas Tech. In it, Elizabeth Tracey, director of electronic media for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Rick Lange, MD, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, look at the top medical stories of the week. A transcript of the podcast is below the summary.
This week’s topics include a reinfection with SARS-CoV2, excess death data on the pandemic, the benefits of bariatric surgery, and new strategies for rheumatoid arthritis.
1:45 Looked after 12 weeks, 28 joints
2:45 Look at different pathways
3:55 Three years longer life with surgery
4:56 Very large study
5:55 Deaths observed in other studies
6:10 Excess deaths relative to COVID-19
7:10 A 20% increase compared with expected deaths
8:10 Adopt best practices
10:11 Isn’t the first case of reinfection
11:10 If you were asymptomatic you could spread
12:10 Could more severe disease be reinfection?
Elizabeth Tracey: Does bariatric surgery improve lifespan?
Rick Lange: Treatment of refractory rheumatoid arthritis.
Elizabeth: A case of frank reinfection with SARS-CoV-2.
Rick: And excess deaths associated with the pandemic of 2020.
Elizabeth: That’s what we’re talking about this week on TT HealthWatch, your weekly look at the medical headlines from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. I’m Elizabeth Tracey, a Baltimore-based medical journalist.
Rick: And I’m Rick Lange, President of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, where I’m also Dean of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.
Elizabeth: Rick, I’m