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Long Island doctor tries new twist on
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Posted By: EQKimball, 4/4/2020 11:22:30 AM

A New York doctor hopes to help his elderly COVID-19 patients with a treatment plan inspired by the success tentatively being reported with hydroxychloroquine — and which he says shows promising results. Dr. Mohammud Alam, an infectious disease specialist affiliated with Plainview Hospital, said 81 percent of infected covid patients he treated at three Long Island nursing homes recovered from the contagion.  Headline split

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northcross 4/4/2020 11:27:46 AM (No. 368296)
Shhh! Don't tell the governors of Nevada or Michigan who have already outlawed this stuff because Trump said it might be promising.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 4/4/2020 11:28:33 AM (No. 368298)
No docs named Mohammed for me.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: NotaBene 4/4/2020 11:39:54 AM (No. 368319)
Hydroxy-Chlroquine works. Somebody tell Fauci.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: MamaElephant 4/4/2020 11:50:08 AM (No. 368327)
This doc is a hero in my book. Physicians take a huge risk when they try unapproved treatments, he put his elderly patients and their familiarity ahead of the lawyers. God bless him.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird 4/4/2020 11:50:13 AM (No. 368328)
This is very interesting. Use of a Z-Pak - a very measured dose of azythromycin - has knocked out really nasty episodes of bronchitis in the past. The kind that go on and on until you think you will cough your brains out… But I had no idea it had cardiac issues. I don’t have them and cannot take penicillin and the fluoroquinolones, but the Z-Paks presented no problem. I don’t believe I have ever been given doxycycline, but believe my DH has.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Bur Oak 4/4/2020 11:57:35 AM (No. 368332)
81% recovery rate doesn't sound that great to me.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: jacksin5 4/4/2020 11:59:25 AM (No. 368336)
Now for the million dollar question, can hydroxychloroquine be useful as a preventative drug, the way it is used for malaria?
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Reply 8 - Posted by: bgarrett 4/4/2020 11:59:59 AM (No. 368338)
81% survive??? everywhere else the survival rate is 98% No muslim doctors for me!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird 4/4/2020 12:02:15 PM (No. 368339)
His name is Mohammud, not Mohammed, and he received his medical degree from a prominent government medical school that was founded in 1924 when Bangladesh was Bengal. Dr. Alam has been in practice for 30 years. Some of the finest specialists I have encountered were from India ….
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Reply 10 - Posted by: earlybird 4/4/2020 12:09:13 PM (No. 368348)
Does anyone read past the headline and intro? If they do, they will see this: His patients were under long-term acute care and had comorbidities such as hypertension, coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or congestive heart failure. And then the explanation of why azithromycin was not a good choice for these elderly, already severely damaged patients. There is a breakdown of what the results were in the nursing homes (plural) where Dr. Alam employed this alternative antibiotic.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: anotherctyankee 4/4/2020 12:10:25 PM (No. 368349)
re replies #6 and #8, for elderly patients, 81% is a good survival rate.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: DVC 4/4/2020 12:11:35 PM (No. 368350)
#10, India is mostly Hindu, and Bangladesh was originally East Pakistan, and is mostly Muslim, that is why the separated. I have two docs cardio docs with Indian backgrounds, and have worked with engineers from India, great folks. No Muslim docs for me. Everyone is free to choose whoever they want for their doc. And Muhammud versus Mohammed? Minor spelling differences when translating between languages with no common alphabet. No doubt he was named after the prophet.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: MMC 4/4/2020 12:12:50 PM (No. 368352)
The key- nursing homes- elderly/frail! Good news!! I have heard some doctors are using dialysis to take fluid off patients- allowing the heart to work easier,and reducing fluid in lungs .. I wonder what This treatment combined with hydroxychloronique/Zpac might do for healing process?
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Jerseyden 4/4/2020 12:26:55 PM (No. 368363)
A little off topic but i’d like to see a study of people who are on this medication for other reasons and see to what extent covid has on them.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: BirdsNest 4/4/2020 12:29:29 PM (No. 368367)
A local 87 yr old man was transported to the hospital last week. He came home yesterday. Two other members of his family are positive, I hope he is isolated from them. They all live in the same house. Locally we have 8 confirmed cases in 2 counties. I do not know what the local hospital is treating with.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: earlybird 4/4/2020 12:31:36 PM (No. 368372)
Those who know its full history know that Bangladesh was originally Bengal. Many things happened after WWII that changed India. It all began as India.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: GO3 4/4/2020 1:05:15 PM (No. 368399)
This is what I posted yesterday: Tens of thousands of GIs, including me, took the variant, Mefloquine, 29 years ago to prevent malaria when certain units moved into the Euphrates River valley during the Gulf War. The family of drugs has been around for decades. I can't speak for others but I've had no side effects, ever. What's the hold up? And Mefloquine was developed by the Army in the 70s, and designated by WHO as an essential drug. I ask again, what's the problem?
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Reply 18 - Posted by: LadyHen 4/4/2020 1:13:27 PM (No. 368410)
Folks, read the article. This doctor seems very compassionate and knowledgeable. He is dealing with the most vulnerable patients, elderly with multiple comorbitities. Around here so far, when this illness gets in a nursing home, the folks die. This offers real hope.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Tusker 4/4/2020 1:26:53 PM (No. 368429)
Don’t tell crisis promoting Mini-Doc who is absolutely NOT looking for a resolution.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: ladydawgfan 4/4/2020 1:31:14 PM (No. 368437)
RE #2: My neurologist in Vermont was a Muslim. The man was a frickin genius, and the only Dr. who was able to successfully address my migraines. I would happily trust this man with my mother's life. Granted, there are a LOT of Mohamed's that aren't worth a bucket of warm spit, but there are exceptions to that.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: lakerman1 4/4/2020 1:34:51 PM (No. 368443)
Barack Obola's key medical adviser, in fashioning Obolacare, was Dr. Zeke Emanuel, Rahm's brother. zeke believed that money spent on neo-natal care, and money spent on medical care for the elderly, was wasted. I suspect that if anyone interviewed Zeke, the annoying little bast*rd would say the doctor in this case was squandering resources on those elderly.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: JediJerry 4/4/2020 2:16:13 PM (No. 368490)
Cuomorona will see to it he loses his medical license now.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: IowaDad 4/4/2020 2:19:19 PM (No. 368494)
Yes, but 91 percent of patients not treated with hydroxychloroquine recover....
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Reply 24 - Posted by: earlybird 4/4/2020 3:18:37 PM (No. 368539)
Re #23, I’d love to see a link for that. And are they elderlies, in acute are in nursing homes (multiple) with multiple comorbidities? We need to be precise when we fling around stats as though they were the absolute facts. My two bits say that one needs qualification…and a link.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: red1066 4/4/2020 4:10:18 PM (No. 368597)
Remember when Fauci covered his face at a press conference when Trump mentioned that this drug looked promising in treating patients? Right then and there I knew this Fauci guy was out to deceive Trump. Trump wouldn't have made the comment unless someone had let Trump know that the drug was working on virus patients elsewhere.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Truth Czar 4/4/2020 4:25:35 PM (No. 368609)
#6 and #8: The doctor's patients were living in nursing homes--the general population stats do not apply. Only a handful went to the hospital and only two died (so far). This snap shot is a 95% success rate.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: MickTurn 4/4/2020 7:41:05 PM (No. 368732)
Clinical studies are an academic way of dragging things out so they make more money...PERIOD! Successful implementation of any strategy across many physicians is cumulative evidence that means far more than any study! Stand aside Dr's that don't get it!
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Reply 28 - Posted by: rsgonner 4/4/2020 8:23:43 PM (No. 368766)
As a physician who has participated in clinical trials, the stance of those trying everything imaginable to stop the use of hydroxychloroquine makes no medical sense at all. This is political, or economic, but it is not medical. My guess is that the hopes are to destroy the economy to prevent Trump from re-election, and the public be damned. Despicable.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: Pam 4/5/2020 1:19:43 PM (No. 369485)
Riddle me this. If a patient is treated with HydroxyChloroquine/Z, do they develop antibodies?
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