The Exchange

Commentary and Observations from
the Medical Front Lines

Mary Knudtson, DNSc, NP, FAAN

Mary Knudtson, DNSc, NP, FAAN

  • Associate Vice Chancellor
  • Student Health and Wellness
  • Executive Director
  • Student Health Services
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz, California
  • Professor of Clinical Nursing
  • University of California, Irvine
  • Irvine, California
Silent Hypoxia in COVID-19 Patients

Silent Hypoxia in COVID-19 Patients

Emergency rooms in New York are finding COVID-19 pneumonia in some patients who have no shortness of breath. Clinicians have reported that when they did x-rays or CT scans for other issues, they were finding that even patients without respiratory complaints had COVID-19 pneumonia. They found that COVID-19 pneumonia initially causes a form of oxygen deprivation called "silent hypoxia."

Normally, a patient with pneumonia will develop chest discomfort, pain with... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary Medicine

Asthma and COVID-19

Asthma and COVID-19

The early data on mortality from COVID-19 infections are showing that asthma is not one of the top risk factors. The top ten COVID-19 comorbidities (in rank... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary Medicine

Intermittent Fasting: Is it Hype or Is There Science Behind It?

Intermittent Fasting: Is it Hype or Is There Science Behind It?

Intermittent fasting (IF) is a form of time-restricted fasting that involves consuming foods during a specific time window and fasting for the remaining hour... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Miscellaneous

Consent for Invasive Exams While Under Anesthesia?

Consent for Invasive Exams While Under Anesthesia?

There was an interesting article in the New York Times called "She Didn't Want a Pelvic Exam. She Received One Anyway. Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Miscellaneous

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