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Omicron Shows Signs of Ebbing as U.S. Cases Fall, Hospitalizations Level Off

More states have now reported they have passed their peaks in new cases, and new cases have begun to drop nationally


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

EU Eases COVID-19 Travel Rules Within the Bloc for Fully Vaccinated

Announcement made a day after the WHO said the spread of the omicron variant could change the pandemic from overwhelming to manageable


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Free N95 Masks Begin Arriving in U.S. Pharmacies

Masks already set up for distribution at some Hy-Vee and Meijer grocery stores in the Midwest


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

FDA Limits Use of Two COVID-19 Antibody Treatments

Treatments made by Regeneron and Eli Lilly performed well against earlier variants, but not against omicron


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Allopurinol Not Tied to Higher Mortality for Patients With Gout and CKD

Allopurinol initiation, achieving target serum urate levels, allopurinol dose escalation not associated with increased mortality


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Managing Pulmonary Embolism in Primary Care Feasible for Some Patients

About 21 percent of adults diagnosed with acute PE in primary care sent home; few experienced adverse events within 30 days


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Black Patients More Likely to Have Negative Descriptors in Notes

Compared with White patients, Black patients have 2.54 times the odds of having at least one negative descriptor in EHR


Monday, January 24, 2022

England to Lift Travel Restrictions for Vaccinated Visitors

Mask mandates to be lifted this week, as England relies on vaccinations and testing to keep the virus in check


Monday, January 24, 2022

Risk for Cancer Increased After VTE for Patients With Psoriasis

Standardized incidence ratio was 3.0 during first year of follow-up after VTE and decreased to 1.5 during subsequent years


Monday, January 24, 2022

Vaccination, Previous Infection Protect Against COVID-19

During period of delta predominance, protection was lower among vaccinated persons without previous COVID-19 diagnosis


Monday, January 24, 2022

Ad26.COV2.S, mRNA Boosters Immunogenic After Ad26.COV2.S

Compared with homologous booster, heterologous booster with mRNA-based vaccine yielded larger increase in binding antibodies


Monday, January 24, 2022

Microbiome Therapeutic Beats Placebo for Recurrent C. difficile

Investigational oral live microbiome therapeutic superior to placebo in patients with three or more episodes of C. difficile infection


Monday, January 24, 2022

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, January 21, 2022

Prolonged TV Watching Ups Blood Clot Risk

35 percent higher risk for venous thromboembolism seen with watching more than four hours of TV daily


Friday, January 21, 2022

COVID-19 Rapid Test Makers Struggling to Meet Demand

However, government's order for the free test kits is in addition to existing supply and does not interfere with existing orders


Friday, January 21, 2022

COVID-19 Boosters Keep Older Americans Out of Hospitals: CDC

Chances of hospitalization for COVID-19 more than 40 times higher for those who are unvaccinated than for those with full vaccination and booster


Friday, January 21, 2022

Vaccine Effectiveness Against Symptomatic COVID-19 Wanes

But protection against COVID-19 hospitalization, death after two doses of BNT162b2 or CHAdOx1-S is more durable


Friday, January 21, 2022

Biosimilars Could Cut Spending for Biologic Therapy in the U.S.

Increased market growth of biosimilars that are similar to brand-name biologic agents has the potential to reduce spending on prescription drugs


Friday, January 21, 2022

Recommendations Updated for Recombinant Zoster Vaccine

Two doses of RZV recommended for adults 19 years and older who are immunocompromised due to disease or therapy


Thursday, January 20, 2022

Significant Health Benefits Seen With Meeting ATS Air Quality Standard

Compared with meeting EPA standards alone, this would prevent 11,850 more deaths, 25,400 more morbidities


Thursday, January 20, 2022

Breast Cancer Survivors Face Higher Risk for Hypertension, Diabetes

Risk for hypertension even higher for those receiving left-sided radiation therapy, endocrine therapy


Thursday, January 20, 2022

Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Gained Weight During First Year of Pandemic

Significant predictors of pandemic weight gain were psychological distress, prepandemic weight, and children at home


Thursday, January 20, 2022

Long-Term Outcomes Described for Survivors of Childhood ALL

Life challenges more negatively impacted in younger, female, relapsed patients; socializing more positively impacted in older patients


Thursday, January 20, 2022

Fourth Vaccine Dose May Up COVID-19 Immunity in Kidney Transplant Recipients

Fourth dose of mRNA vaccine increased antispike IgG titers in some kidney transplant recipients with weak serologic response after three doses


Thursday, January 20, 2022

Biden Plans to Send 400 Million N95 Masks to Americans for Free

Move follows updated mask guidance issued by the CDC late last week


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

COVID-19 Restrictions Eased in England

As of Jan. 27, COVID-19 passes will no longer be needed to enter large-scale events, use of face masks in public schools will no longer be required


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Racial, Ethnic Disparities Seen in mAb Treatment for COVID-19

Monoclonal antibody treatment used infrequently among all racial, ethnic groups; Hispanics received mAbs less often than non-Hispanics


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

2021 USPSTF Lung Cancer Screening Criteria Expand Eligibility

Compared with 2013 USPSTF criteria, more patients eligible for lung cancer screening with less racial disparity in access


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

White House Launches Website for Free Home COVID-19 Tests a Day Ahead of Schedule

Early launch due to 'beta testing'; website currently working at 'limited capacity' ahead of official Wednesday debut


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Too Soon to Tell if Omicron Will End Pandemic: Fauci

There are suggestions that omicron could result in COVID-19 transitioning from a pandemic to an endemic situation


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

ACP Issues Two Guidelines for Acute Left-Sided Colonic Diverticulitis

Guidelines address diagnosis and management, use of diagnostic colonoscopy in complicated disease, and interventions to prevent recurrence


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

COVID-19 Cases Surge Again in U.S. Nursing Homes

During the week ending Jan. 9, U.S. nursing homes reported more than 32,000 cases and 645 deaths among their residents


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

COVAX Program Has Now Sent 1 Billion Vaccines to Poorer Nations

Thirty-six of the organization's 194 member countries have still only vaccinated 10 percent of their populations


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Factors ID'd for Eventual Surgery in Patients With Appendicitis

Presence of an appendicolith increases risk for undergoing appendectomy after starting antibiotic therapy for acute appendicitis


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Long-Term Medication Usage After Bariatric Surgeries Compared

Patterns of medication use for obesity-related comorbidities slightly more favorable following gastric bypass versus sleeve gastrectomy


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, January 14, 2022

Insurance Coverage for Acupuncture Up From 2010 to 2019

However, most costs are paid out of pocket


Friday, January 14, 2022

Amid U.S. Blood Shortage, New Pressure to Ease Donor Rules for Gay Men

Easing the rules would result in a 2 to 4 percent increase -- 345,400 to 615,300 more pints of blood -- in the nation's annual blood supply


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

Comprehensive Approach Advised for Managing CV Risk in T2DM

In addition to managing all cardiovascular risk factors, providers must consider social determinants of health


Friday, January 14, 2022

Fosfomycin Not Noninferior to Comparators for Bacteremic UTI

Fosfomycin not noninferior to ceftriaxone or meropenem for bacteremic urinary tract infection due to multidrug-resistant E. coli in adults


Friday, January 14, 2022

Data Support Lowering Age for CRC Screening to 45 Years

For those aged 45 to 49 years, 32 percent had any neoplasia, 7.5 percent had advanced premalignant lesions, 0.58 percent had CRC


Friday, January 14, 2022

Overall Breast Cancer Incidence Decreased From 1999 to 2018

Incidence increased from 2004 to 2018, and among non-Hispanic Asian or Pacific Islander women and those aged 20 to 39 years


Thursday, January 13, 2022

White House May Soon Offer 'High-Quality' Masks to Americans

One option being discussed is to distribute the masks at community sites


Thursday, January 13, 2022

U.S. Military Medical Personnel Being Deployed to Ease Shortages

More than 1,000 will begin arriving at hospitals nationwide starting next week


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Incidence of Advanced Lung Cancer Continues to Decline in the U.S.

During 2014 to 2018, incidence continued to increase slowly for female breast cancer, remained stable for prostate cancer


Thursday, January 13, 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

Sitting, Inactivity Increase Death Risk Among Cancer Survivors

Risk for both all-cause and cancer-specific death increased for cancer survivors with combination of prolonged sitting and inactivity


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

BinaxNOW Test Catches COVID-19 Infection in Many People, Study Shows

Earlier preliminary studies had raised questions about whether rapid antigen tests might be less sensitive to omicron than other variants


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Myopia Progression May Continue in Young Adults Into Late 20s

Myopia incidence from age 20 to 28 years was 14 percent


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

U.S. COVID-19 Hospitalizations Pass Last Winter's Peak

Surge in cases has overwhelmed hospitals nationwide, and about one-quarter face critical staffing shortages


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

U.S. Insurers Must Cover Eight COVID-19 At-Home Tests a Month: White House

Under the plan, people who provide insurance information at certain pharmacies will be able to get the tests with no out-of-pocket costs


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Red Cross Says U.S. Blood Supply at Dangerously Low Level

People who have received COVID-19 vaccines can donate blood and platelets as long as they are symptom-free


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Americans Should Avoid Travel to Canada: CDC

Agency has placed Canada under a Level 4 travel health notice, which is the highest category


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Two Doses of BNT162b2 Vaccine Protect Against MIS-C

Two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have estimated effectiveness of 91 percent against MIS-C in children aged 12 to 18 years


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Young Adults With Cancer Facing Psychological Distress During Pandemic

High psychological distress tied to lower quality of life, social isolation, impaired cancer care


Tuesday, January 11, 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

FDA Warns Against Using At-Home COVID-19 Test Swabs in the Throat

Throat swabs are common in some countries, but most self-tests in the United States require nasal samples


Monday, January 10, 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

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Beneficial in Migraine

Headache-related impairment did not improve, but headache frequency reduced and psychological functioning improved


Monday, January 10, 2022

Vitamin D Supplementation Could Reduce Migraine Headache Attacks

Vitamin D supplementation had no obvious effect on attack duration or headache severity


Monday, January 10, 2022

Factors at Midlife May Predict Health Trajectory in Women

Factors linked to health declines include higher BMI, lower level of education, current smoking, osteoarthritis, depression, CVD


Monday, January 10, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccination Linked to Small Change in Menstrual Cycle Length

Difference in change in cycle length between vaccinated and unvaccinated cohorts less than one day in adjusted models


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

Psychological Distress More Likely in Young Adult Cancer Survivors

AYA cancer survivors with versus without psychological distress have additional medical expenses, office visits, use of meds


Monday, January 10, 2022

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, January 7, 2022

White House Finalizes Plan to Send Americans Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests

Administration plans to launch a website where people can request the rapid tests


Friday, January 7, 2022

FDA Shortens Time to Booster After Moderna Vaccine to Five Months

Similar time window for boosters is already in place for people who received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine


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

Vaccination Seems Less Protective Against Transmission of Delta Variant

Reduction in transmission of SARS-CoV-2 associated with COVID-19 vaccination smaller for delta variant versus alpha variant


Friday, January 7, 2022

Incarceration Tied to Lower Life Expectancy in Blacks

Disparities in incarceration may partially explain the lower life expectancy of Blacks, authors say


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

Some At-Home Tests May Miss Omicron in Early Stages of Infection

Study focused on 30 people infected with COVID-19 at five workplaces that experienced likely outbreaks of the omicron variant last month


Thursday, January 6, 2022

United Kingdom Eases COVID-19 Testing Rules for International Visitors

Change will be welcome news to people who refrained from traveling for fear they would get stranded in a foreign country


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Duloxetine Does Not Alleviate Pain in Chronic Osteoarthritis

No differences seen in WOMAC pain at three or 12 months with duloxetine added to usual care, or in subgroup with symptoms of centralized pain


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Most of World's Urban Population Live in Areas With High PMâ‚‚.â‚…

About 86 percent of urban dwellers live in areas that exceed WHO guidelines for annual PM2.5, contributing to >1.8 million deaths


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Heterogeneity Identified in Global Kidney Nutrition Care

Dietitians and nephrologists only communicated sometimes on kidney nutrition care in 60 percent or more of countries


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Kroger, Walmart Hike Prices on At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Both stores were selling the kits at cost or at a discount but now have raised the prices


Wednesday, January 5, 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

Stage Shift Tied to Decreased Population Mortality in NSCLC

Diagnostic shift from later-stage to earlier-stage disease may have implications for evaluation of treatments and mortality outcomes


Wednesday, January 5, 2022

In Utero Hormone Levels May Affect Migraine Risk in Adulthood

Sex differences in migraine prevalence may not be entirely accounted for by genetic factors


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

E-Cigarettes Tied to Quitting Among Smokers Not Trying to Quit

Findings seen for both discontinuation overall and discontinuing daily smoking


Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Maternal Hormonal Contraception, CNS Tumors Not Linked in Children

No significant association seen for recent or previous maternal hormonal contraception use with CNS tumors in children younger than 20 years


Tuesday, January 4, 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

Negative COVID-19 Test May Be Required After Isolation Among Asymptomatic

CDC is considering adding extra safeguard after getting some 'pushback' on its Dec. 27 guidance that shortened isolation times


Monday, January 3, 2022

Packaged Salads Tied to E. Coli Outbreak in Six States

The 13 people known to be infected include four who were hospitalized; no deaths reported so far


Monday, January 3, 2022

FDA Approves Pfizer Booster Shots for Children Ages 12 to 15

Agency also reduced the period people must wait between their second dose and booster shot from six to five months


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

Many U.S. Adults Report Pandemic-Related Sleep Disturbances

Top reported sleep disturbances include more trouble falling or staying asleep, poor sleep quality, disturbing dreams


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

Metabolic Syndrome Ups Odds of ARDS, Death in COVID-19

For each additional metabolic syndrome criterion, risk for ARDS increases in an additive manner


Monday, January 3, 2022

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Thursday, December 30, 2021

BNT162b2 Vaccine Effectiveness 92 Percent for Teens Ages 12 to 17

Estimated vaccine effectiveness of full Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination 92 percent for preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection


Thursday, December 30, 2021

FDA May Allow Pfizer Boosters for 12- to 15-Year-Olds by Monday

Agency also expected to reduce the amount of time adolescents and adults must wait between their second dose of vaccine and booster


Thursday, December 30, 2021

Global Burden of Cancer Increasing

From 2010 to 2019, largest percentage increase in numbers of cases and deaths occurred in low and middle-low SDI quintiles


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

Dolutegravir-Based ART Superior for Children, Teens With HIV

Rate of serious adverse events similar for participants receiving dolutegravir, standard care as first-, second-line treatment for HIV-1 infection


Thursday, December 30, 2021

Most COVID-19-Related EUAs Not Supported by High-Quality Evidence

Most EUAs were for diagnostic products; most supported by comparisons with previously authorized assays, analytical in vitro studies


Thursday, December 30, 2021

Rivaroxaban Improves Clinical Outcomes After COVID-19 Hospitalization

Risk for thrombotic events reduced after 35 days of rivaroxaban compared with no extended thromboprophylaxis


Thursday, December 30, 2021

Health Care Workers Had Acceptable Preparedness During First COVID-19 Wave

However, female health care workers had lower preparedness and awareness scores than male counterparts


Thursday, December 30, 2021

Primary Care Clinicians Tailor Colorectal Cancer Screening to Patients

One in four primary care clinicians select a stool-based test as their preferred screening option


Wednesday, December 29, 2021

FDA Says Rapid At-Home COVID-19 Tests Not as Sensitive to Omicron

Agency says that antigen tests 'do detect the omicron variant, but may have reduced sensitivity'


Wednesday, December 29, 2021

CDC Lowers Estimate of Omicron Prevalence in the United States

Predictions likely to become more accurate as researchers learn more about omicron


Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Omicron Might Help Shield Against Delta, New Research Suggests

As omicron appears to produce less severe illness than delta, its overall effect might end up having a positive side


Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Weight Loss Via Surgery Linked to Improved COVID-19 Outcomes

Adults who underwent weight loss surgery between 2004 and 2017 had a reduced risk for severe outcomes


Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Vaccinated Kidney Transplant Recipients Vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 Variants

After two-dose vaccination, only 64 and 67 percent of kidney transplant recipients showed neutralization against B.1.351 (β) and B.1.617.2 (δ)


Wednesday, December 29, 2021

High-Altitude Exercise May Up Hypoglycemia Risk With Type 1 Diabetes

Greater decline in blood glucose seen during and after exercise performed under acute hypoxia versus normoxia conditions


Wednesday, December 29, 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

Unclear Labeling Tied to Sesame Food Allergy

Less than half of packaged food products tied to clinical reactions did not declare sesame on the label


Tuesday, December 28, 2021

CDC Reduces Recommended Isolation Time for People With COVID-19

Agency also released updated emergency guidance for health care facilities, decreasing isolation time after infection with COVID-19


Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Decline Seen in Total Opioid MME Per Capita in Last Decade

Greatest decline in MME volume per capita seen among persons aged 46 to 55 years and in metropolitan counties


Monday, December 27, 2021

COVID-19-Related Alcohol Consumption Will Increase Liver Disease

One-year increase in alcohol consumption to result in 8,000 additional liver disease-related deaths


Monday, December 27, 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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