Weekly Medical Briefs: 10-13-22

Weekly Medical Briefs October 13, 2022 Weighted Blankets Promote SleepA weighted blanket of approximately 12 percent body weight used at bedtime prompted the release of higher concentrations of melatonin, as measured in the saliva, compared with a lighter blanket of only about 2.4% of body weight. This suggests that weighted blankets may help promote sleep in patients suffering from insomnia, according to the results from the small, in-laboratory crossover study. Sore Throat Common in COVIDHaving a sore throat is becoming…


Hey hey we’re the Monkeypox

Hey, hey — we’re the Monkeypox Commentary by Ted Potrikus Full disclosure: I’m finding it challenging to give any gravity to something called “monkeypox.” It sounds like a vintage video game, like “Donkey Kong,” and I half-expect the symptoms to include an uncontrollable urge for a banana. I don’t want to think about monkeys being anything that carry a nasty Pox that apparently can do some pretty ugly damage to those who contract it. Says the Associated Press: “Monkeypox typically…


Additional Covid booster

  Additional Covid Booster Available The Otsego County Department of Health will be offering an additional booster dose (4th dose) Vaccination Clinic at the Otsego Meadows Complex on April 18, 2022.   For more information, go to…


SUNY Oneonta lifting indoor mask mandate

SUNY Oneonta lifting indoor mask requirement March 26 Signaling a turning point in pandemic management on campus, SUNY Oneonta has lifted most indoor mask restrictions, effective Saturday, March 26. Masks are welcomed and encouraged on campus but are no longer required in the majority of indoor spaces for students, employees, or visitors, including those attending meetings, events or athletic competitions, or visiting storefronts like Starbucks. President Alberto Cardelle said a review of local and campus conditions over the past several…


COVID Hits Home

COVID hits home Editor’s Note: The author, Dr. Richard Sternberg, a retired Bassett Hospital orthopedic surgeon, is providing his professional perspective during the COVID-19 threat. Also a village trustee, he lives in Cooperstown. Until now, COVID did not hit too close to home for me. My cousin’s father-in-law died of it in late 2020 as did that gentleman’s sister, but nobody very close to me had. This past week, my elder daughter came down with COVID. She said it was…


Editorial: Hello in there

Editorial: Hello in there Where have all the people gone? Seems like there’s no one hangin’ on. Look through the windows, The houses are empty. Hey! Everybody’s out of town. Seems like I’m the only one around. Hey! Better send some people down. Everyone on Earth Is out of town. Hal David wrote that apocalyptic lyric back in 1970, Burt Bacharach added some appropriately dyspeptic music with a wobbly trombone, B.J. Thomas sang it with the right tinge of loneliness.…


Wordle. Batman. COVID.

Wordle. Batman. COVID. By Ted Potrikus I’m addicted to Wordle. It’s a part of the morning routine now – pour the coffee, read the news, tell myself that I’ll wait until later to Wordle, then Wordle nonetheless. If you’ve not heard about this nifty little online game, a warning: Do it once and you’re hooked. It’s almost too simple – it’s free, it’s not an app that you have to download, there are no ads clogging the site ( Once…


Mohawk Valley, Central New York hospitals still on hold for elective surgical procedures

Mohawk Valley, Central New York hospitals still on hold for elective surgical procedures By Richard Sternberg, M.D. The son of two former members of my religious congregation died of complications of COVID over this past weekend. He was 38 years old. Of course, his parents are devastated. He was an adamant anti-vaxxer. Currently, in the intensive care unit at Bassett Hospital, which, by the way, is full, there is a 30-something female who has complications of COVID. I’m told that…


COVID Update January 6

COVID Update January 6 The latest information from the Otsego County Health Department shows: 671 active cases 154  new cases 6  hospitalized 0  new deaths reported 14.4 percent  seven-day average percentage positive Otsego County and all of New York State remains under an indoor-mask mandate from Governor Kathy Hochul, with exceptions under certain conditions when proof of vaccination is required for entry to an indoor public facility. Read more about New York State’s mask requirement at this link.…

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