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Side Effects Seen With Use of Chloroquine Against COVID-19
Some Swedish hospitals have stopped using the antimalarial drug due to severity of side effects
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Most COVID-19 Fatalities Are Men Over 50 With Chronic Disease
Most patients had very low eosinophils on admission; common symptoms include fever, shortness of breath
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

USPSTF Against Bacterial Vaginosis Screening to Prevent Preterm Delivery
Screening not advised for asymptomatic pregnant women not at increased risk for preterm delivery
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Compliance Higher if Stay-at-Home Extensions Are Shorter Than Thought
Results more pronounced among individuals who were already fully complying with self-isolation
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

'Mod' E-Cigarette Users Smoke More Cigarettes One Year Later
Those who use mods versus vape pens smoke more than six times as many cigarettes at one-year follow-up
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

School Closures Could Further Complicate COVID-19 Effort
Unintended child care needs for health care workers due to school closures might affect patient mortality
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Recommendations Issued for GI Procedures During COVID-19
N95 masks recommended instead of surgical masks for GI procedures; double gloves recommended
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Endocrine Society, March 28-31

Monday, April 6, 2020

Majority of Physicians Report Serious Concerns About COVID-19
National survey shows concerns regarding adequacy of supplies and COVID-19 testing
Monday, April 6, 2020

FDA Authorizes Use of Chinese-Approved Masks in United States
Currently, 356,942 COVID-19 cases and more than 10,500 deaths reported in the United States
Monday, April 6, 2020

Social Distancing Minimizes COVID-19 Spread in Assisted Living
Early introduction of social distancing minimizes spread in senior independent and assisted living facility
Monday, April 6, 2020

Heart Disease Risk Up for First-Time Mothers With Preeclampsia
Risk for myocardial infarction fourfold higher; risk for cardiovascular death about fivefold higher
Monday, April 6, 2020

Recent Decline in Heart Attacks Greater in Men Than Women
Rate declined by 4.7 percent annually in men, declined by 2.3 percent in women from 2009 to 2014
Monday, April 6, 2020

Comorbidity, Age, Time to Treatment Linked to COVID-19 Progression
Patients in mild COVID-19 group had earlier initiation of antiviral treatment than those in severe group
Monday, April 6, 2020

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Might Aid in Severe COVID-19
Three of eight patients receiving ECMO support successfully weaned off ECMO after 22, 40, 47 days
Monday, April 6, 2020

High Fiber Consumption Linked to Reduced Risk for Breast Cancer
Meta-analysis of prospective studies shows reduced risk for highest versus lowest total fiber intake
Monday, April 6, 2020

Sentinel Surveillance Can Help Monitor Epidemiology of COVID-19
Community mitigation strategies initiated based on sentinel surveillance data, cases with no known source
Monday, April 6, 2020

American College of Cardiology, March 28-30

Friday, April 3, 2020

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, April 3, 2020

Model Projects COVID-19 Deaths in Italy Through Mid-April
More pessimistic model predicts no more hospital deaths by June 3 for Lombardy, June 4 for Italy
Friday, April 3, 2020

Presymptomatic Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 ID'd in Singapore
Presymptomatic transmission occurred one to three days before symptom onset in source patient
Friday, April 3, 2020

Test Vaccine Elicits Strong Ab Response to SARS-CoV-2 in Mice
Microneedle array-delivered S1 subunit vaccine elicits potent antigen-specific antibody response in mice
Friday, April 3, 2020

COPD Independent Risk Factor for Lung Cancer
Risk for lung cancer higher for never smokers with COPD, ever smokers with or without COPD
Friday, April 3, 2020

Gastrointestinal Symptoms Common in COVID-19 Patients
GI symptoms were more prevalent in later stages of epidemic in China
Friday, April 3, 2020

N.Y. Hospital Converts Sleep Apnea Machines Into Ventilators
T-shaped adapter can be quickly reproduced using 3D printer technology
Friday, April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Outbreak Described in Long-Term Care Facility
167 cases of COVID-19 identified affecting 101 residents; case fatality rate 33.7 percent
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Unemployed Workers Less Likely to Be Uninsured Post-ACA
Following implementation of ACA, insurance rates decreased more in states with Medicaid expansion
Thursday, April 2, 2020

ENDO: Real-World Data Analyzed for Use of Insulin Pump in T1DM
Subgroup analysis shows time spent in target glucose range increased in auto mode versus manual mode
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Racial Disparities Seen for Insurance Coverage Around Time of Pregnancy
Spanish-speaking Hispanic women had the lowest rates of steady insurance
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Proton Pump Inhibitor Therapy May Up Fracture Risk in Children
Fracture risk remained higher after adjusting for differences in sex, race, other factors
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Weight Loss Modest for Most Macronutrient Diets
Weight loss, CV risk factors improved over six months, but benefits mainly diminished at 12 months
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Transmission Control Measures Tied to Delay in COVID-19 Growth
Cities that implemented control measures preemptively reported fewer cases than those starting control later
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Imported Masks, Other Medical Supplies Arriving in U.S.
U.S. has critical shortage of medical supplies, many of which come from China
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

FDA Pulls Heartburn Drug Zantac From Market
Withdrawal of ranitidine products means they will not be available either by prescription or OTC
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Half of People With COVID-19 Do Not Have Symptoms, Iceland Testing Shows
Finding suggests that people with no or mild symptoms play a significant role in spreading the disease
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Severe COVID-19 Risk Up With Existing Health Conditions in U.S.
Most commonly reported underlying health conditions were diabetes, chronic lung disease, CVD
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

ENDO: Glycemic Control Good for Regular Human Insulin With V-Go
Mean change in HbA1c not significantly different with regular human insulin, rapid-acting insulin
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Could Reach 240,000, Task Force Warns
Officials say number could drop if national social distancing guidelines are followed to the letter
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Four Trajectories of Peer Victimization ID'd Across Childhood
Paternal history of antisocial behavior tied to moderate-emerging, high-chronic versus low peer victimization
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Persistent Positive SARS-CoV-2 Found in Sputum, Feces Samples
In 22 of 133 patients with COVID-19, positive sputum, fecal samples seen after negative pharyngeal sample
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Patients With Mild COVID-19 May Present With Digestive Symptoms
Many with digestive symptoms present with diarrhea; 62.4 percent with digestive symptoms have fever
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Ocular Abnormalities Seen in One-Third of COVID-19 Patients
Patients with ocular symptoms more likely to have higher white blood cell count, neutrophil count
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

March 2020 Briefing - Nursing

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

WHO Issues Guidance on Prevention of COVID-19 at LTCFs
Long-term care facilities should ensure there is an infection prevention and control focal point
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Decontamination Method Adopted to Ease N95 Mask Shortage
Decontamination of N95 respirators with hydrogen peroxide vapors being adopted by Duke University
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Case Fatality Ratio for COVID-19 Estimated at 1.38 Percent
Substantially higher ratios were seen in older age groups in China and in international cases
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Exclusive Breastfeeding for First Three Months May Cut Allergy Risk
Findings show lower risk for respiratory allergies and asthma at age 6 years
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Doctors, Hospitals, Pharmacies Warned Not to Stockpile Meds
Professional societies issue stern warning not to inappropriately prescribe meds for COVID-19
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Preventionists Report Widespread Shortages of Protective Equipment
Infection preventionists report lack of N95s, masks, face shields in facilities in every state
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Statement Issued on Use of Anesthesia Machines as Ventilators
FDA issues Emergency Use Authorization allowing for emergency use of certain anesthesia ventilators
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

ENDO: Diabetes Diminishes Weight Loss Effect of Bariatric Surgery
Those without diabetes had increased odds of achieving 50 percent or more excess body-weight loss
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

U.S. Army Opens Field Hospital in New York City
Field hospital in Manhattan meant to handle non-COVID-19 patients to free up space in city hospitals
Monday, March 30, 2020

Artificial Intelligence Framework May Predict ARDS in COVID-19
Increases in elevated ALT, myalgias, hemoglobin predictive of acute respiratory distress syndrome
Monday, March 30, 2020

Patients Viral Positive for Days After COVID-19 Resolution
Eight of 16 COVID-19 patients remained viral positive from one to eight days after symptom resolution
Monday, March 30, 2020

ASA Warns Against Multiple Patients Per Ventilator
Sharing mechanical ventilators should not be attempted, could put patients at increased risk
Monday, March 30, 2020

President Extends Social Distancing to April 30 as COVID-19 Cases Surge
By Monday morning, more than 141,000 COVID-19 cases had been reported nationwide, with almost 2,500 deaths
Monday, March 30, 2020

Pregnancy-Related Factors Linked to Risk for Psychosis in Child
Review and meta-analysis ID 30 factors that raise risk for child psychosis, five factors that protect
Friday, March 27, 2020

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, March 27, 2020

PPE Negative for SARS-CoV-2 After Patient Contact
Samples from goggles, N95 respirators, shoes of 30 health care workers were negative for SARS-CoV-2
Friday, March 27, 2020

ACC: Increase Seen in Death Rates Due to Hypertension-Related CVD
2007 to 2017 saw increase in death rates in rural and urban populations, for all age groups, both sexes
Friday, March 27, 2020

ACC: E-Cigarette Use Continues to Rise
Authors say long-term health consequences remain unknown
Friday, March 27, 2020

Vitamin C May Reduce Ventilation Time in Critically Ill Patients
Review shows vitamin C can shorten the duration of mechanical ventilation by an average of 25 percent
Friday, March 27, 2020

Online Patient Portal Access Aids Diabetes Management
Significant benefit seen for medication adherence, glycemic control with online portal access
Friday, March 27, 2020

Elastomeric Half-Mask Respirator Training Feasible in Health Care
Health care workers can be rapidly fit tested, trained for EHMR; similar time to training as N95 respirator
Friday, March 27, 2020

Three Neonates Born to Mothers With COVID-19 ID'd as Positive
One of three neonates was born early; all three had pneumonia on chest radiographic imaging
Friday, March 27, 2020

Workers at Risk for COVID-19 Exposure Can Access Online Training
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences launched virtual training website to protect workers
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Restricting Activities in Wuhan Until April Could Slow COVID-19 Peak
Sustaining physical distancing measures until April would be beneficial for delaying, reducing height of peak
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Prophylactic Manual Acupuncture Reduces Migraine Days
Manual versus sham acupuncture resulted in greater reduction in migraine days, attacks
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Lung Recruitability Can Be Assessed at Bedside in COVID-19
Increased lung recruitability seen with alternating body position between supine and prone positioning
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Increased Risk for SARS-CoV-2 Seen in Cancer Patients in Wuhan
Of the 12 patients with COVID-19, six developed severe acute respiratory syndrome; three died
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Model Shows Combined Efforts May Cut SARS-CoV-2 Infections
Combined intervention of quarantine, school closure, workplace distancing projected to be most effective
Thursday, March 26, 2020

FDA Warns of Defective EpiPen Dangers
Devices may activate prematurely if the blue safety release is removed using sideways force
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Proton Pump Inhibitors May Up Fracture Risk in Children
Small but significant risk seen for upper-limb and lower-limb fractures
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Guidance Issued for Perioperative Management of COVID-19 Patients
Dedicated OR equipped with negative pressure system, dedicated anesthesia machine required
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

National Health Spending Expected to Increase Through 2028
National health expenditures expected to represent 19.7 percent of gross domestic product by 2028
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

36 Percent of Available Hospital Beds Unoccupied on Typical Day
Leading up to COVID-19 outbreak, 2.2 hospital beds available per 1,000 persons, but most occupied
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Cardiac Injury Linked to Increased Mortality in COVID-19
More hospitalized patients with cardiac injury required noninvasive or invasive mechanical ventilation
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

CDC: Prevalence of Any Past, Present Hep B Infection 4.3 Percent
Prevalence of HBV higher for men than women; vaccination higher among women than men
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Many Children in the United States Still Have Poor Diets
More than half of children aged 6 to 11 years, 12 to 19 years estimated to have poor diet in 2015-2016
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Shortages Seen for Drugs That Show Promise Against COVID-19
Patients who currently rely on remdesivir or hydroxychloroquine now facing dangerous shortages
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Anesthesia Procedure Outlined for Emergency Surgery in COVID-19 Patients
Fast induction of anesthesia with adequate muscle relaxation recommended to prevent cough
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Information on COVID-19 Provided for Gastroenterologists
COVID-19 can include GI symptoms such as diarrhea; gastrointestinal tract is potential route of infection
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Plant-Based Proteins Can Help Cut Risk for Coronary Heart Disease
Association strongest among premenopausal women, postmenopausal women without hormone use
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Recommendations Issued for Pediatric Abuse-Related Head Trauma
Recommendations for pediatricians include remaining vigilant for signs, consulting subspecialists
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

IDSA Issues Recommendations for COVID-19 Testing
Four-tier approach prioritizes ICU patients, those with symptoms and contact with a patient or travel history
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Article Addresses Management of Cancer Care During COVID-19
Patient information should be provided; well visits should be rescheduled, transitioned to telemedicine
Monday, March 23, 2020

Mental Health at Risk for Health Care Workers Treating COVID-19
Nurses, women, frontline health care workers caring for COVID-19 patients at greater mental health risk
Monday, March 23, 2020

Misconceptions ID'd About COVID-19 Among General Public
Some express intent to discriminate against those of East Asian ethnicity due to fear of infection
Monday, March 23, 2020

More Americans Recognizing Importance of COVID-19 Safety Measures
Yet many Americans still believe they have little chance of catching the virus
Monday, March 23, 2020

Guidance Issued for Prenatal Care in Setting of COVID-19
Elective, nonurgent visits to be postponed; lab work, US should be performed during in-person visits
Monday, March 23, 2020

National Guard Activated in Three States as U.S. COVID-19 Cases Rise
Move will bring supplies, medical stations, and naval hospital ships to New York, Washington, California
Monday, March 23, 2020

CDC: Modest Decreases Seen in TB Cases, TB-Related Deaths
From 2017 to 2018, 2 and 5 percent declines seen in incident TB and TB-related deaths, respectively
Monday, March 23, 2020

Young Cancer Survivors Have More Financial, Food Insecurity
Cancer survivors aged 18 to 39 have consistently higher 'very worried' levels about retirement, bills
Friday, March 20, 2020

E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Clover Sprouts Rises to 39 Cases in Six States
25 new cases Feb. 26; two people have been hospitalized
Friday, March 20, 2020

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, March 20, 2020

Statement Addresses Concerns About Heart Meds and COVID-19
Patients advised to continue ACE inhibitors/ARBs after researcher posits risk for severe COVID-19 infection
Friday, March 20, 2020

Tool Aids Safe Fasting for T2DM Patients Observing Ramadan
Greater improvements in glycemic control seen for patients using fasting algorithm versus usual care
Friday, March 20, 2020

2nd Trimester Antibiotic Exposure May Up Risk for Offspring Obesity
Exposure in infancy might also increase the risk for childhood overweight or obesity
Friday, March 20, 2020

Most Emergency Providers Have Little Firearms Safety Experience
However, 59.1 percent report encountering firearms in ED or immediate environment at least once a year
Friday, March 20, 2020

Serial Interval of COVID-19 Estimated at 3.96 Days
Reports show infectee can develop symptoms before infector, indicating presymptomatic transmission
Friday, March 20, 2020

2017 to 2018 Saw Drop in Overdose Death Rates Involving Opioids
But rates involving synthetic opioids increased
Friday, March 20, 2020

Digestive Symptoms Reported for About Half of COVID-19 Patients
Likelihood of being cured, discharged higher for patients without versus with digestive symptoms
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Transmission of COVID-19 Among Crew on Cruise Ship Investigated
COVID-19 likely first transmitted from passengers to crew members then spread among the crew
Thursday, March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Epidemic in Iran Likely to Be Substantial
Estimated 18,300 COVID-19 cases in Iran had to have occured to observe reported internationally exported cases
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Staff Collaboration Not Lowered by Internationally Trained Nurses
Higher levels of internationally trained nurses in U.S. hospital units do not hamper staff collaboration
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Metformin Could Reduce Obesity in Children
Metformin therapy reduces some indices of obesity in children and adolescents, review shows
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Demographics May Predict Choice to Not Vaccinate Children
Demographic and socioeconomic factors linked to rates of conscientious vaccination exemption
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Copper Intrauterine Devices Tied to Lower Risk for Cervical Cancer
Findings based on comparison to hormonal intrauterine devices
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Teens Who Try E-Cigs First Less Likely to Smoke Cigarettes
Odds of smoking cigarettes reduced for those first using e-cigarettes rather than other tobacco products
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Medicare Expands Telemedicine Coverage During COVID-19 Pandemic
Expansion will allow millions of seniors to take care of medical problems while staying at home
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Graphic Health Warnings Coming for U.S. Cigarette Packs
Warnings include photo-realistic color images depicting some of the lesser-known health risks of smoking
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Chat Users Report Flu-Like Symptoms With Keto Diet
A cluster of transient symptoms occurring within the first few weeks on the diet described online
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Children Susceptible to COVID-19 but Less Severely Affected
More than 90 percent of pediatric patients were asymptomatic, mild, or moderate cases
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Noncitizens Undertreated for Cardiovascular Risk Factors
Findings seen for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes versus born or naturalized U.S. citizens
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Climate Similar in Cities With Biggest Outbreaks of COVID-19
Cities with significant outbreaks have similar winter climates, east-west distribution along same latitude
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Author Conflicts of Interest May Influence Cannabidiol Conclusions
Supportive conclusions seen in more studies with versus without CBD-related industry funding
Monday, March 16, 2020

N.Y. and Colorado Ask Former Health Care Workers to Return to Workforce
Includes those working in another occupation, retired with medical license that is still active, can be reactivated
Monday, March 16, 2020

2009 to 2015 Saw Increase in Hyperglycemic Events
Diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state events increased in emergency, inpatient settings
Monday, March 16, 2020

Case Series Indicates COVID-19 Not Transmitted In Utero
Four infants born to pregnant women who tested positive for COVID-19 in Wuhan were healthy at birth
Monday, March 16, 2020

All-Cause Mortality Up in Female Domestic Abuse Survivors
Risk for mortality 44 percent higher compared with general population
Friday, March 13, 2020

Health Coaches Improve Inhaler Use in COPD Patients
Significant improvements in inhaler adherence, technique seen for low-income patients
Friday, March 13, 2020

Hep C Testing, Treatment Rates Low at Federally Qualified Health Centers
Only 15 percent of individuals with identified opioid use disorder were tested for hepatitis C virus
Friday, March 13, 2020

>8 Percent of Children Report Past, Current Suicidal Ideation
Robust risk factors for suicidality include child psychopathology, child-reported family conflict
Friday, March 13, 2020

Prevalence of CRC Screening Lowest in Adults Aged 50 to 54
Colorectal cancer screening prevalence 50.0 percent among those aged 50 to 54, increases with age
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Enoki Mushrooms From Korea Linked to Deadly U.S. Listeria Outbreak
30 hospitalizations reported; four deaths in California, Hawaii, New Jersey
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Nonglycemic Factors Up Risk for Peripheral Neuropathy in T1DM
Prevalence of DPN in T1D is 11 percent; risk factors include CV disease, low socioeconomic status
Thursday, March 12, 2020

National Dietary Guideline Adherence Lowers Cardiovascular Risk
2015 to 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans performed similar to other dietary indices
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Safety, Effectiveness of VKAs, DOACs Similar in General Practice
Risk for overall bleeding lower with vitamin K antagonists, but risk for mortality increased compared with DOACs
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Pregnant Women With Depression More Likely to Use Cannabis
Authors call for education about risks, similar to efforts to stem tobacco use during pregnancy
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Many Clinicians Unaware of Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis
Galactomannan testing for ICU patients with severe influenza used always or very often by 8 percent
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Acute Appendicitis Incidence Not Randomly Distributed
Geographic patterns associated with income and education levels may influence incidence
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Alcoholics Anonymous More Effective Than Other Treatments
AA/Twelve-Step Facilitation more effective for continuous abstinence than other clinical interventions
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Daily Rounding Helps Curb CAUTIs in Pediatric ICU Patients
Bundle of prevention strategies cut catheter-associated UTIs in peds ICU with sustained results
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

PCPs Feel Unprepared in Providing Dementia Care
27 percent report being sometimes or never comfortable with patient questions
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Median Incubation Period Estimated at 5.1 Days for COVID-19
Overall, 101 of 10,000 cases will develop symptoms after 14 days of active monitoring or quarantine
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

2018 Health Care Spending Up Due to Higher Prices
2018 uptick in utilization first seen in years, but impact dwarfed by price increases
Monday, March 9, 2020


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