Category Archives: USA

USA | Where Have All the Heart Attacks Gone?

Except for treating Covid-19, many hospitals seem to be eerily quiet.

By Harlan M. Krumholz, M.D.

The hospitals are eerily quiet, except for Covid-19.

I have heard this sentiment from fellow doctors across the United States and in many other countries. We are all asking: Where are all the patients with heart attacks and stroke? They are missing from our hospitals.

USA | Ukraine and Russia-Backed Separatists Begin Prisoner Swap

KIEV — Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have started a prisoner swap, the office of Ukraine’s president said on Thursday.

It is the first swap of 2020 and Ukraine will take back 19 of its citizens, the president’s office said in a statement. It did not say how many prisoners Ukraine would return.

USA | Putin is brazenly trying to make himself president for life

By Editorial Board


RUSSIANS AND foreign observers have long speculated about how Vladi¬mir Putin would retain power when his term-limited mandate as president ended in 2024. On Tuesday, Mr. Putin abruptly provided an answer: Constitutional amendments already in the works will now include a provision allowing him to serve two more terms. That could extend his time in office to 2036, when he will be 83. In theory, he could rule Russia for 36 years, more than a decade longer than Joseph Stalin.

USA | Trump called Russia’s coronavirus aid to U.S. ‘very nice.’ Putin may use it as a propaganda coup


Robyn Dixon

MOSCOW — When Russia announced it was sending the world’s biggest cargo plane, an Antonov-124, to the United States loaded with medical aid, President Trump called it “very nice.”

But others wonder if the real beneficiary is the Kremlin, leveraging a chance for some pandemic propaganda.

USA | Patients with heart attacks, strokes and even appendicitis vanish from hospitals


Lenny Bernstein and

Frances Stead Sellers

Soon after he repurposed his 60-bed cardiac unit to accommodate covid-19 patients, Mount Sinai cardiovascular surgeon John Puskas was stumped: With nearly all the beds now occupied by victims of the novel coronavirus, where had all the heart patients gone? Even those left almost speechless by crushing chest pain weren’t coming through the ER.