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New COVID-19 Variant XBB Gaining Ground Among Americans

New omicron subvariant is taking hold in the United States, health officials say, though it does not look more severe than its predecessors


Monday, November 28, 2022

Monkeypox Renamed Mpox Amid Racism Concerns

Virus has been called monkeypox since 1958, when it was first observed in Denmark in research monkeys


Monday, November 28, 2022

Measles Vaccination Rates Dropped During Pandemic to 81 Percent in 2021

Number of estimated measles deaths decreased 83 percent during 2000 to 2021; estimated 56 million deaths prevented by vaccination


Wednesday, November 23, 2022

White House Urges COVID-19 Booster Shots Again, Citing Effectiveness

Booster vaccine adds between 30 and 56 percent more protection against getting COVID-19


Wednesday, November 23, 2022

7.7 Million Deaths Associated With 33 Bacterial Pathogens in 2019

Deaths associated with these pathogens comprised 13.6 percent of all global deaths, 56.2 percent of all sepsis-related deaths


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

PRIORIX, M-M-R II Vaccines Interchangeable for MMR

Either PRIORIX or M-M-R II may be administered in any situation in which MMR vaccine is indicated


Monday, November 21, 2022

CDC: Flu Has Started Early and With a Punch

United States has already seen 38,000 hospitalizations for flu; hospitals also treating high numbers of patients with RSV and COVID-19


Monday, November 21, 2022

Disparities Seen in Treatment of Middle Ear Infections in U.S. Children

Socially disadvantaged children less likely to receive treatment for recurrent or suppurative otitis media


Monday, November 21, 2022

New Pfizer Booster Shot Shows Protection Against Emerging Omicron Variants

In early data, new Pfizer COVID-19 boosters marshal antibodies against newer omicron variants


Friday, November 18, 2022

FDA: Patients Should Be Cautious When Using Online Pharmacies to Buy Meds

Red flags include pharmacies that do not require a doctor's prescription or have a licensed pharmacist to answer questions


Friday, November 18, 2022

Despite Pleas From Pediatric Groups, Biden Balks at Declaring RSV a Health Emergency

Emergency declaration would have allowed a more flexible response by pediatric practices and for FEMA assistance


Friday, November 18, 2022

Percentage of U.S. Home Births Continued to Increase in 2021

12 percent increase seen from 2020 to 2021, with increases ranging from 10 to 21 percent for three largest race, Hispanic-origin groups


Thursday, November 17, 2022

FDA Oversight of Clinical Trials Described as 'Grossly Inadequate'

Article describes inadequate oversight relating to development of COVID-19 vaccines and predating the pandemic


Thursday, November 17, 2022

FDA Moves Toward Making Overdose Antidote an Over-the-Counter Drug

If the overdose antidote drug naloxone becomes easier to obtain, it could save lives and help combat the U.S. opioid crisis


Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Recent Increase Seen in Pediatric Benzonatate Exposure

77 percent of the cases of pediatric exposure reported to U.S. poison control centers were for unintentional exposure


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Postdischarge Text Message Intervention Cuts Readmissions

Benefits include 41 percent lower odds of 30-day use of acute care resources


Monday, November 14, 2022

Moderna Booster Shot Prompts Strong Immune Response Against Omicron Subvariants

Moderna reports its updated booster shot is indeed triggering a strong immune response to the omicron variants BA.5 and BA.4


Monday, November 14, 2022

America's Emergency Physicians Warn of Surge in Patients Due to 'Tripledemic'

A coalition of health and medical groups has called on the White House to hold a summit on ongoing problems facing U.S. emergency departments


Monday, November 14, 2022

16 Illnesses, One Death Reported From Listeria in Deli Meat, Cheese

Many of the 16 who got sick are of Eastern European background or speak Russian and ate food from deli counters


Thursday, November 10, 2022

Antiepileptic Med Use Increasing in Nursing Home Residents With Dementia

The two most common, valproic acid and gabapentin, being used in clinically distinct ways


Thursday, November 10, 2022

Remote Program Beneficial for Management of HTN, Cholesterol

Significant reductions seen in blood pressure and LDL-C at six and 12 months for patients enrolled in remote program


Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Voters in Four States Move to Safeguard Abortion Rights

Voters in three states approved measures to protect abortion rights; Kentucky voters rejected amendment saying there was no right to abortion


Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Infant Head-Shaping Pillows Are Useless and Dangerous to Baby, FDA Warns

Health care providers should discourage the use of infant head-shaping pillows and educate patients about the risks


Friday, November 4, 2022

Pfizer Study Reveals Big Rise in Immunity From COVID-19 Booster

FDA says findings affirm its decision to approve the booster without human testing based on experience with a similarly tweaked vaccine


Friday, November 4, 2022

Routine Vaccination Coverage Decreased in 2021 Worldwide

Coverage levels for three doses of DTP-containing vaccine, measles-containing vaccine down to lowest levels since 2008


Thursday, November 3, 2022

Telehealth Tied to Higher Buprenorphine Retention

Substantial number of Veterans Health Administration patients received buprenorphine from phone-only telehealth


Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Pandemic Babies May Face Communication Impairment

But overall neurodevelopment not changed by the COVID-19 pandemic


Tuesday, November 1, 2022

ASA: Less Noise May Aid Children's Behavior Following General Anesthesia

Postoperative benefits seen for mood, eating, and engagement


Monday, October 31, 2022

FDA Warns of Amoxicillin Shortage

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists said it started hearing about shortages about three weeks ago


Monday, October 31, 2022


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