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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

Flu Vaccine Effective Against Life-Threatening Illness in Children

Vaccine effectiveness 75 percent during 2019 to 2020 season, when vaccine-mismatched viruses predominated


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

Opioid Overdose Antidote Urged for Schools After Student's Fentanyl Death

In response to the incident, Hartford officials pledged to ensure that all city schools are stocked with naloxone


Monday, January 24, 2022

Risks Discussed for Alternative Peripartum, Neonatal Practices

Vaginal seeding has no known benefits and may expose neonates to vaginal pathogens; umbilical nonseverance has no clear benefit


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

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

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

Delay to Admission From ED Tied to Increase in 30-Day Mortality

Statistically significant linear increase observed in mortality from five hours after time of arrival at emergency department up to 12 hours


Friday, January 21, 2022

Closed-Loop System Improves Glycemic Control in Young Children With T1DM

Percentage of time with glucose level in target range higher during closed-loop period versus sensor-augmented pump therapy period


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

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

No Significant Increase Seen in Fetal Mortality Rates From 2019 to 2020

Rates for three largest race and Hispanic-origin groups did not significantly change; increase in rates reported in one state, decline reported in two states


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

COVID-19 Proning Teams Benefit From Wound Care Specialist Nurse

Findings show inclusion significantly cuts odds of pressure injuries in patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19


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

Cardiac Outcomes Good for Children With COVID-19-Related MIS-C

All deformation parameters on echocardiogram recovered within first week, including LV global longitudinal strain, peak left atrial strain


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

AI Model May Predict COVID-19 Outcomes for Critically Ill

Machine learning model incorporates data from 14 proteins derived from a single blood sample to predict survival in patients with COVID-19


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

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

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

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

Statin Use May Be Safely Continued During Pregnancy

Higher risk seen for low birth weight and preterm birth with statins, but no tie to congenital anomalies


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

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

Pediatric Antibiotic Prescribing Dropped During Pandemic

Decrease in antibiotic prescriptions in pediatric primary care driven by reduced volume of visits for respiratory tract infections


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Nearly 600,000 U.S. Children Had COVID-19 Last Week

Since the start of the pandemic, nearly 8.5 million U.S. children have tested positive for COVID-19


Wednesday, January 12, 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

White House to Give Schools 10 Million Free COVID-19 Tests Every Month

First shipments are expected later this month


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

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

Trauma Rates High After Operative Vaginal Delivery in Canada

Rates of maternal trauma higher after forceps than vacuum delivery; rates vary by region


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

Sleep-Disordered Breathing Tied to Insulin Resistance in Pregnancy

In pregnant women with BMI ≥27 kg/m², respiratory event index and oxygen desaturation index linked to HOMA-IR


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

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

Hospitals Are Rationing COVID-19 Pills, Infusions as Cases Rise

Doctors, health systems are in the difficult position of rationing supplies to meet the needs of those in the most dire situations


Friday, January 7, 2022

Adverse Birth Outcomes Tied to ART Unlikely Due to Treatment

Difference in frequency of adverse outcomes small and statistically insignificant for siblings conceived naturally, through ART


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

Parenting Program to Prevent Obesity in Firstborn May Help a Sibling

The effects of a responsive parenting intervention for preventing overweight in firstborn may extend to the next child


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

CDC Backs FDA Approval of Boosters for Those Aged 12 to 17 Years

In arriving at its decision, the CDC advisory panel pointed to rising COVID-19 hospitalizations among the young


Thursday, January 6, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy Not Linked to Preterm Birth, SGA

Risk not increased when results stratified by vaccination in second or third trimester, mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Combustion-Related Nitrogen Dioxide Contributes to Pediatric Asthma

An estimated 1.85 million new pediatric asthma cases attributable to nitrogen dioxide globally in 2019


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

Hypertension-Related Maternal Mortality Up for Chronic HTN

Maternal mortality rate related to chronic hypertension increased by 9.2 percent annually in the United States from 1979 to 2018


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

Employment of Nurses Decreased Early in COVID-19 Pandemic

Employment rebounded during the course of 2020, apart from nursing homes, where it remained lower in June 2021 than February 2020


Tuesday, January 4, 2022

CDC Backs Boosters for High-Risk Children Ages 5 to 11 Years

Agency also endorses shorter time between shots


Tuesday, January 4, 2022

U.S. Hospitals Seeing Record Numbers of Young COVID-19 Patients

At least nine states have reported record numbers of COVID-19-related pediatric hospitalizations


Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Multistage Screening in Early Intervention Setting IDs Autism

Screening associated with significant increase in ASD diagnoses in children, including in Spanish-speaking families


Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Birth During COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts Infant Neurodevelopment

However, in utero exposure to maternal SARS-CoV-2 infection is not associated with significant differences in ASQ-3 domains at 6 months


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

Timing of COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy Examined

Maternal anti-spike IgG levels detectable at delivery regardless of timing of vaccination; levels highest with early third-trimester vaccination


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

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

AAOS Updates Guideline for Managing Hip Fracture in Seniors

Interdisciplinary care programs recommended to decrease complications and improve outcomes


Monday, January 3, 2022

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Adverse Events Rare After BNT162b2 Vaccine in 5- to 11-Year-Olds

Data show 4,249 reports of adverse events after about 8.7 million doses of vaccine were administered; 97.6 percent not serious


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

Severe Illness, Viral Coinfection Common in Children With COVID-19 Hospitalization

Only one of 272 vaccine-eligible pediatric patients hospitalized with COVID-19 was fully vaccinated


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

Impact of Inadequate Gestational Weight Gain Explored

For overweight, obese women, lower bound of optimal gestational weight gain ranges are higher than existing recommendations


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

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

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

Characteristics of Hospitalized Pregnant Women With Flu ID'd

Likelihood of severe outcomes increased for pregnant women with influenza A H1N1 versus influenza A H3N2


Tuesday, December 28, 2021

As Omicron Spreads, Child Hospitalizations Climb 30 Percent in Past Week

By Dec. 28, country had an average of 260 pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations each day


Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Homeless Individuals Particularly Vulnerable to Heat Waves

Increased odds of emergency department visits seen among homeless during heat waves


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

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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