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Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, January 14, 2022

Senate Committee Backs Califf Nomination to Head FDA

Among those who voted against Califf's nomination were Democrats who expressed concerns about his links to pharmaceutical companies


Friday, January 14, 2022

Supreme Court Blocks Biden's Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers

Mandate was a crucial component of the White House plan to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic


Friday, January 14, 2022

WHO Living Guideline Updated for Drug Treatment of COVID-19

JAK inhibitor baricitinib strongly recommended for the treatment of severe or critical COVID-19


Friday, January 14, 2022

Rural, Urban Disparities Seen for Quality of Home Health Care

Rural home health care agencies perform better on process measures; urban agencies perform better on outcome measures


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Donepezil Tied to Risk for Overactive Bladder

Risk for overactive bladder varies across individual cholinesterase inhibitor drugs


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Hip Fracture Risk Up With Drug Holiday From Risedronate Versus Alendronate

After three or more years of therapy, drug holidays from risedronate versus alendronate linked to 18 percent increase in hip fracture risk


Thursday, January 13, 2022

U.S. May Soon See Sharp Drop in Omicron Cases, Experts Say

One model suggests number of daily reported cases in the U.S. will top out at 1.2 million by Jan. 19 and then fall sharply


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

ADA Updates Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes for 2022

Updates include recommendation to screen for prediabetes and diabetes in all people starting at age 35 years


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Amid COVID-19 Test Shortages, Price Gouging Is on the Rise

Attorney General offices around the country have reported receiving complaints or hearing stories of price gouging


Monday, January 10, 2022

Severe COVID-19 Outcomes Rare After Primary Vaccination

Risk higher for people who were aged 65 years or older, immunosuppressed, or had at least one of six underlying conditions


Monday, January 10, 2022

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Friday, January 7, 2022

Moderna CEO Says Fourth COVID-19 Dose May Be Needed Next Fall

Governments, including the United Kingdom and South Korea, are already ordering the doses in preparation, Bancel said


Friday, January 7, 2022

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Biden's Vaccine Mandate for Big Business

Court also hearing arguments on separate vaccine mandate for most heath care workers


Friday, January 7, 2022

Members of Biden Transition Team Call for New COVID-19 Plan

Six former advisers published opinion articles Thursday in JAMA detailing what needs to be done now to put a plan in place


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Biden Urges Calm During Omicron Surge

Biden also announced that his administration is doubling its order of new Pfizer antiviral pill


Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Hearing Loss, Dual Sensory Loss Tied to Higher Mortality

More severe hearing loss or dual sensory loss tied to excess all-cause and cardiovascular mortality


Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Serious Adverse Effects From COVID-19 Vaccines Reported Rarely

Full vaccination dose, younger age, female sex, and previously having had COVID-19 linked to greater odds of adverse effects


Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Physicians Lack Knowledge About Responsibilities Under ADA

71.2 percent of the physicians answered incorrectly about who determined reasonable accommodations for patients with disability


Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Hip Fracture Surgery Generally Lower During COVID-19 Pandemic

Apart from fall 2020, hip fracture surgery volumes among older individuals were lower than among historic controls until vaccination


Monday, January 3, 2022

Israel Will Give Fourth COVID-19 Shot to People Older Than 60, Health Workers

About 60 percent of Israel's 9.4 million people are fully vaccinated with either a recent second dose or booster dose


Monday, January 3, 2022

COVID-19 Omicron Wave in South Africa Characterized

Fewer hospitalizations, reduced severity of illness, lower mortality seen in fourth wave compared with previous waves of COVID-19


Monday, January 3, 2022

BNT162b2 Still Effective, but Less So, Against Omicron

Vaccine effectiveness 70 percent compared with 93 percent against hospitalization for COVID-19 during delta predominance


Monday, January 3, 2022

AAOS Updates Guideline for Managing Hip Fracture in Seniors

Interdisciplinary care programs recommended to decrease complications and improve outcomes


Monday, January 3, 2022

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Seniors Report Medical Care Missed During the Pandemic

Rates of forgone medical care because of COVID-19 decreased over time; about 70 percent of forgone care due to physician-driven factors


Thursday, December 30, 2021

2008 to 2017 Saw Decline in Serious Hearing Loss in U.S. Seniors

Substantial sex differences identified, with 10 percent decrease in hearing loss in women, but 2 percent increase in men


Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Breakthrough COVID-19 Infection Risk Higher With Immune Dysfunction

Risk for breakthrough infection higher for those with immunocompromising conditions, such as HIV, rheumatoid arthritis, solid organ transplant


Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Omicron Cases Pass U.S. Peak Seen With Delta

However, numbers of hospitalizations have not yet reached those higher levels


Monday, December 27, 2021

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Thursday, December 23, 2021

FDA Gives OK to Merck Antiviral At-Home COVID-19 Pill

Molnupiravir cut the risk for hospitalization and death in high-risk patients by 30 percent


Thursday, December 23, 2021

FDA Approves Pfizer Pill as First At-Home COVID-19 Treatment

Recent trial showed Paxlovid cut the odds for hospitalization and death by nearly 90 percent in high-risk people


Wednesday, December 22, 2021

13 Million Adults Delaying or Skipping Meds Due to Costs

Drug unaffordability is an issue regardless of insurance status and across private, public payers


Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Omicron Now Accounts for 73 Percent of New COVID-19 Cases

Rate suggests there were more than 650,000 omicron infections in the United States last week


Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Moderna Says Its Booster Protects Well Against Omicron

Experts agree that booster shots are the best defense against the omicron variant


Monday, December 20, 2021

Biden to Address Nation Tuesday on Omicron Response, Outlook

President expected to detail how the government will respond to rising case levels, and to urge Americans to get vaccinated


Monday, December 20, 2021

48 COVID-19 Cases Reported on World's Largest Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean said that those who tested positive were immediately isolated to prevent the spread of infection


Monday, December 20, 2021


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