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COVID-19 Death Toll Nears 200,000 in the United States
Conceivable that death toll could reach 300,000 if Americans start to relax social distancing measures
Monday, September 21, 2020

AstraZeneca Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Plans
Serious neurological illnesses have led the company to halt its trials twice
Monday, September 21, 2020

CDC Removes New COVID-19 Guidelines Just Days After Posting Them
Updated guidelines were posted Friday but removed Monday because they were posted in error
Monday, September 21, 2020

Many School Employees at Increased Risk for Severe COVID-19
Between 33.9 and 44.2 million of all adults with risk factors for severe COVID-19 have links to schools
Monday, September 21, 2020

Stress, Depressive Symptoms Up With Increasing COVID-19 Deaths
Exposure to COVID-19-related media, conflicting COVID-19 information in media linked to symptoms
Monday, September 21, 2020

Peanut-, Tree Nut-Induced Anaphylaxis Up on Halloween, Easter
Increases in risk for anaphylaxis induced by unknown nuts, peanuts among Canadian children
Monday, September 21, 2020

Hostility Predicts Mortality in Acute Coronary Syndrome
More than half of patients scored as hostile; hostility predicts all-cause mortality but not ACS recurrence
Monday, September 21, 2020

Black Women Receive Less Timely Breast Cancer Treatment
Trend persists regardless of socioeconomic status
Monday, September 21, 2020

Individuals With Autism at Risk for Other Health Conditions
Risk higher compared with the general population even after controlling for smoking, alcohol use, BMI
Monday, September 21, 2020

Warning Issued on Potentially Deadly Mosquito-Borne Virus in Michigan
Suspected case of EEE in a resident of Barry County was announced earlier this week by state officials
Friday, September 18, 2020

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, September 18, 2020

CDC: Adult Obesity Increasing, Tied to Worse COVID-19 Outcomes
Racial and ethnic disparities in obesity reported, with highest prevalence for non-Hispanic Blacks and Hispanics
Friday, September 18, 2020

Drug May Reduce Need for Ventilators in COVID-19 Patients
85 percent of study population was Hispanic, Black, Native American, other ethnic or racial minorities
Friday, September 18, 2020

Details Emerge on Unexplained Illness in AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Trial
Healthy 37-year-old woman 'experienced confirmed transverse myelitis' after receiving second dose of vaccine
Friday, September 18, 2020

Black Newborn Mortality Lower With Care From Black Doctors
However, racial concordance between mother and physician not tied to lower maternal mortality
Friday, September 18, 2020

Coffee, Tea, Soda Tied to Higher Risk for Gastroesophageal Reflux
Consuming water, juice, milk not linked to increased risk for gastroesophageal reflux symptoms
Friday, September 18, 2020

Lower Proportion of Inpatients With COVID-19 Wear Glasses
Proportion of those wearing glasses daily for extended periods lower than for general population
Friday, September 18, 2020

More Than Half of Pregnant Women With COVID-19 Asymptomatic
Prepregnancy obesity, gestational diabetes higher for pregnant women with COVID-19-linked illness
Friday, September 18, 2020

Older Adults Experiencing More Loneliness During Pandemic
However, many do report using technology to connect with friends and family
Friday, September 18, 2020

Elderly Social Isolation, Loneliness in COVID-19 May Lead to Cognitive Decline
Expert tells HD Live! that socialization of seniors in COVID-19 needs to be tailored to individual needs
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Flu Activity Low in Southern Hemisphere in June to August 2020
Little flu circulation anticipated in Northern Hemisphere flu season with community mitigation measures
Thursday, September 17, 2020

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Would Begin Within 24 Hours After Approval
U.S. officials also said it is not clear when a vaccine might be available
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Moderna May Know by November Whether COVID-19 Vaccine Is Effective
Company could have enough late-stage trial data by October to evaluate its efficacy
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Novel Risk, Protective Factors for Type 2 Diabetes Identified
Mendelian randomization study identifies insomnia as possible risk factor for type 2 diabetes
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Survey: About Seven in 10 Adults Interested in COVID-19 Vaccine
Willingness to receive the vaccine lower among Black respondents
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Substance Use Disorder Linked to Increased Risk for COVID-19
Increased risk especially strong for those with opioid use disorder, tobacco use disorder
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Cancer Incidence Up for Adolescents and Young Adults
2007 to 2016 saw increase in overall cancer incidence in all age groups, mainly driven by thyroid cancer
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Characteristics ID'd for Under 21s With SARS-CoV-2-Linked Deaths
Teens and young adults, those with underlying medical conditions overrepresented among decedents
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

New Drug Shows Promise in Preventing Severe COVID-19
Drug is monoclonal antibody, a man-made copy of antibody produced by a recovered COVID-19 patient
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Vaccine Campaign Would Take Six to Nine Months to Curb COVID-19
First to be vaccinated would be those with health conditions that make them vulnerable to severe illness, death
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Many Doctors Misinformed About Nicotine's Risks
Less than one-third of doctors correctly agree that nicotine directly contributed to birth defects
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Better Cardiovascular Health Linked to Lower Incident HTN
Each 1-point increase on the Life's Simple 7 score linked to 6 percent lower risk for incident HTN
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Poll: Most Americans Do Not Trust Trump's COVID-19 Vaccine Comments
More than half of adults say they do not trust the president's vaccine comments
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Factor V Activity Significantly Increased in Severe COVID-19
Rates of DVT/PE significantly higher for patients with COVID-19 and elevated factor V activity
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Canada Reports No New COVID-19 Deaths for First Time in Six Months
As of Saturday, there had been 137,676 COVID-19 cases and 9,214 deaths from the illness in Canada
Monday, September 14, 2020

AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Restarts
Trial was halted after a suspected adverse reaction in a patient
Monday, September 14, 2020

Effectiveness of Inhaled COVID-19 Vaccines to Be Studied
Trial will test responses of 30 adults when they inhale vaccine droplets in their mouths
Monday, September 14, 2020

Baricitinib May Shorten Recovery Time in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients
Adding anti-inflammatory drug to remdesivir seems to shorten time to hospital discharge
Monday, September 14, 2020

Workplace Sexual Harassment Tied to Suicide Risk
Association accounted for sociodemographic and work characteristics plus baseline health
Monday, September 14, 2020

24.4 Percent of U.K. Health Care Workers Positive for SARS-CoV-2
Seroprevalence varies for health care workers in different departments; rate lower for ICU staff
Monday, September 14, 2020

Vaccine Confidence Recently Increased in Some of Europe
Confidence in importance, safety, effectiveness of vaccines down in Afghanistan, other countries
Monday, September 14, 2020

BP Control Down in the United States From 2013-2014 to 2017-2018
BP control, awareness, treatment down in adults aged 40 to 59 years from 2009-2012 to 2015-2018
Monday, September 14, 2020

NIH Launches Clinical Trials of Antithrombotics for COVID-19
Adaptive design allows evaluation of various doses, types of blood thinners in outpatients, inpatients
Monday, September 14, 2020

Modafinil in Early Pregnancy Not Tied to Congenital Malformations
Large birth registry study conducted in Norway and Sweden did not show link to major malformations
Friday, September 11, 2020

Florida Teen Dies From Brain-Eating Amoeba
Naegleria fowleri can get into the brain when contaminated water enters the nose
Friday, September 11, 2020

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, September 11, 2020

Weight Stigma May Predict Binge Eating During the Pandemic
Young adults with previous weight stigma at greater risk for maladaptive eating, regardless of weight
Friday, September 11, 2020

COVID-19 Suspected for Surge in Medical Visits at End of 2019
Excess seen for visits with cough in outpatient clinics, ED; hospitalizations with acute respiratory failure
Friday, September 11, 2020

Some Doctors Not Following Guidelines for Diagnosing HTN
Most providers rely on clinic BP measurements; almost all use clinic BP threshold of 140/90 mm Hg
Friday, September 11, 2020

Enhanced Recovery Approach Aids Cesarean Birth Outcomes
Benefits of enhanced recovery after surgery program include decreases in opioid use, length of stay, and costs
Friday, September 11, 2020

Increases in Suicide Rates in Young Adults From 2000 to 2018
Suicide rates for those aged 10 to 24 statistically stable from 2000 to 2007 then increased to 2018
Friday, September 11, 2020

Psychological Response to COVID-19 Affects Pregnancy Stress
Pregnant women most commonly report psychological responses of fear and depression
Friday, September 11, 2020

Pneumothorax Reported as Complication of COVID-19
Higher incidence seen among men; survival at 28 days lower for those 70 years of age or older
Friday, September 11, 2020

NAMS Updates Guidance for Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause
GSM is underdiagnosed and undertreated, but symptoms can be managed effectively in most cases
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Widespread Avoidance of Medical Care Found Due to COVID-19 Concerns
Prevalence of care avoidance higher for caregivers, those with underlying conditions, disabilities
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Middle, High School Students Mainly Use Flavored E-Cigarettes
Proportion of disposable product e-cigarette sales increased during September 2019 to August 2020
Thursday, September 10, 2020

CDC: Nearly 800 U.S. Children Have Developed COVID-19-Related Condition
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children also associated with 16 deaths reported in 42 states
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Poverty-Stricken Adults More Likely to be Calcium-, Vitamin D-Deficient
Data suggest that nutrient deficiencies affect osteoporosis risk more for poverty-stricken men versus women
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Considerable Adverse Outcomes Reported for Young Adults With COVID-19
Young adults hospitalized with COVID-19 have substantial rate of adverse outcomes; 2.7 percent died
Thursday, September 10, 2020

E-Cigarette Use Increased Significantly From 2017 to 2018
From 2016 to 2018, there was also an increase in daily use, sole e-cigarette use
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Time to Decannulation Shorter if Based on Suctioning Frequency
Suctioning frequency plus continuous oxygen better indicator in critically ill with tracheostomy tube
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Nosocomial COVID-19 Rare During Height of Pandemic
Among patients not hospitalized for COVID-19, 0.1 percent tested positive within 14 days of discharge
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Pandemic Threatens Gains in Reducing Preventable Childhood Deaths
Many countries experiencing disruptions in childhood checkups, vaccinations, malnutrition programs
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

New COVID-19 Test Provides Results in 15 Minutes
Test correctly diagnoses infection 90 percent of the time and a negative result 100 percent of the time
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Clinical Trial of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Paused After Illness
Company investigating whether the illness may be a side effect of the vaccine
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

More Than Half a Million U.S. Children Already Infected With COVID-19
There were 70,630 new child cases reported between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Child Hospital, ICU Admission Rates Similar for COVID-19, Flu
But more clinical symptoms reported at the time of diagnosis for children with COVID-19 versus flu
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Screening Elders for Hearing Loss
Evidence insufficient for assessing benefits and harms of screening in older adults without symptoms
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Respiratory, Lung Cancer Death Up Even With Low-Intensity Smoking
Risks for respiratory and lung cancer mortality increased for those smoking <10 cigarettes per day
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Drug Companies Say Ethical, Scientific Standards Will Be Followed in Making COVID-19 Vaccines
The pledge issued Tuesday is meant to increase public confidence in any approved vaccines
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

ATV Accidents in Children Most Often Result in Head, Neck Injuries
Study reveals need for improvement in preventative safety recommendations and restrictions
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Guidelines Updated for Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia
Updated content covers six topic areas, including new areas of anemia, pediatrics, pregnancy and delivery
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

States Should Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine by Nov. 1
U.S. Surgeon General said a COVID-19 vaccine is possible, but not probable, by Nov. 1
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

As Tough COVID-19 Summer Ends, Experts Warn of Tougher Fall, Winter
A cold-weather surge of COVID-19 cases could trigger a much-feared 'second wave' of infections and deaths
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Almost 1 in 100 May Die From Firearms, Overdose, or Motor Vehicle Accident
Variance in lifetime risk seen across demographic subpopulations and states
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

AKI Common in Hospitalized Patients With COVID-19
AKI occurred in 46 percent of hospitalized patients, linked to increased risk for in-hospital mortality
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, September 4, 2020

Likely Deficient Vitamin D Status Linked to COVID-19 Risk
Risk for testing positive for COVID-19 increased for likely deficient versus likely sufficient vitamin D groups
Friday, September 4, 2020

Chief of U.S. Vaccine Initiative Says October Timeline 'Extremely Unlikely'
Slaoui says there is 'no intent' to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine before clinical trials are completed
Friday, September 4, 2020

COVID-19 During Pregnancy May Pose Risks for Mother, Baby
Though less likely to report symptoms, pregnant women more likely to need intensive care, ventilation
Friday, September 4, 2020

CDC Refutes Social Media Rumors That COVID-19 Death Data Is Inaccurate
Conspiracy theories claim only a small percentage of people said to have died from COVID-19 actually died from the disease
Thursday, September 3, 2020

In-Person Visits to Resume at U.S. Prisons in October
To date, 12,610 federal inmates have tested positive for COVID-19
Thursday, September 3, 2020

John Wagner No Longer Heading FDA Office of External Affairs
Departure comes after mishandling of an announcement about experimental therapy for COVID-19
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Fauci Warns Colleges Not to Send Students With COVID-19 Home
Universities continue to be hit with alarming infection rates, and many have already switched to online learning
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Early Body Mass Index Tied to Cardiometabolic Risk at Age 11 to 12
Obese children also have higher outcome pulse wave velocity, carotid intima-media thickness
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Higher Prevalence of Asthma Not Seen Among COVID-19 Patients
Prevalence of asthma in hospitalized COVID-19 patients similar to population prevalence of asthma
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Poll: Americans Now More Likely to Get COVID-19 Vaccine
However, only 27 percent said they would get a vaccine within the first three months of it being available
Thursday, September 3, 2020

U.S. Will Not Join International COVID-19 Vaccine Effort
White House says it does not want to be constrained by multinational groups such as the WHO
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

CDC Alerts Nation to Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine by Early November
CDC has notified officials across all 50 states that limited vaccine doses might be available by late October
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

VA/DoD Issue Guideline for Diagnosis, Management of HTN
Measurement of BP; target treatment goals; nonpharmacologic, pharmacologic therapy discussed
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Emergency Visits for E-Scooter Injuries Up From 2014 to 2019
Injuries nearly doubled, with head injuries most common
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Higher Vitamin D Levels Linked to Lower Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
Relationship modified by overall sleep patterns, especially with daytime sleepiness
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Symptoms of Depression More Prevalent During COVID-19
Lower income, less than $5,000 in savings, exposure to more stressors linked to higher risk for symptoms
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

California Chicken Plant Closes After 8 Employees Die From COVID-19
Along with deep cleaning of the plant, all 1,400 people at the facility will be tested for COVID-19
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

GM, Ford Finish Making 80,000 Ventilators
Ford made 50,000 and GM made 30,000 of the machines designed by Ventec Life Systems
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

More Than 20 Percent of Children With COVID-19 Are Asymptomatic
SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA detected for a mean of 14.1 days among children who are asymptomatic
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

In-Hospital Heart Failure Deaths Down With Routine Vaccinations
Patients with heart failure receiving flu, pneumonia vaccinations have lower in-hospital mortality
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Maternal H1N1 Flu Vaccination Not Linked to Autism in Offspring
Prenatal exposure not associated with diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, autistic disorder
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

ADA Updates Guideline for Pharmacotherapy of T2DM
Metformin preferred as initial agent; early combined therapy can extend time to treatment failure
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Digital Cognitive Therapy Aids College Women With Eating Disorders
Coached, digital intervention effective for reducing psychopathology, depression, clinical impairment
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Workplace Climate Drives Nurses' Perception of Burnout
Authors say that interventions to reduce burnout must extend beyond the individual level
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies for 6 Percent of Frontline Health Care Personnel
Seroprevalence lower for HCP who reported always wearing a face covering while caring for patients
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

August 2020 Briefing - Nursing

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

FDA Could Green-Light COVID-19 Vaccines Before Clinical Trials Completed
Data, not politics, would guide any FDA decision on vaccines, according to agency commissioner
Monday, August 31, 2020

Chlamydia, Gonorrhea Rates Up Among Young Women in the U.S.
More women ages 18 to 30 are testing positive for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae
Monday, August 31, 2020

Long-Term Follow-Up Reported for BP Telemonitoring Program
Over five years, reduced cardiovascular disease events led to cost savings of $1,900 per patient
Monday, August 31, 2020

Palliative Care Explored for Long-Term Neurological Conditions
Short-term integrated palliative care intervention does not alter outcomes in neurological conditions
Monday, August 31, 2020

Community-Level Factors Explain Some Racial Disparities in COVID-19
Link between Latino population, higher COVID-19 rates attenuated after adjustment for these factors
Monday, August 31, 2020

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, August 28, 2020

FDA Warns of Hand Sanitizers in Food-Like Packaging
Reports received by the FDA include hand sanitizer sold in a pouch that resembled a snack
Friday, August 28, 2020

Model Says COVID-19 Deaths Could Surpass 317,000 by December
Since January, there have been more than 5 million COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and more than 180,000 deaths
Friday, August 28, 2020

Losing Weight Before Midlife Cuts Mortality Risk
Risk lower for those who dropped from obese to overweight versus those who remained obese
Friday, August 28, 2020

COVID-19 Infection May Initially Present as Acute Pancreatitis
Rates of acute pancreatitis higher among Blacks, Hispanics versus Whites hospitalized with COVID-19
Friday, August 28, 2020

Mortality, Intubation Rates Lower With Anticoagulation in COVID-19
Thromboembolic disease that was not suspected clinically identified in 42 percent of autopsies
Friday, August 28, 2020

Parents Have Contradictory Views on Childhood Vaccines
More than one-third of parents believe not all recommended vaccines are necessary
Thursday, August 27, 2020

Recovery Protocol Cuts Opioid Use After Elective Neurosurgery
Cohort study shows reduced opioid use for patients having elective spine and peripheral nerve surgery
Thursday, August 27, 2020

Guideline Updated for Nutrition in Chronic Kidney Disease
Updated guidelines expanded to include patients with stage 1 to 5 CKD, those with kidney transplant
Thursday, August 27, 2020

Metabolic Syndrome Linked to Worse Outcomes in COVID-19
Higher risk for death seen among mostly Black adults with MetS hospitalized for COVID-19 in New Orleans
Thursday, August 27, 2020

U.S. Nursing Home Staff Must Be Tested Regularly for COVID-19
Long-term care facilities account for 42 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the United States
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Increase in Hospital Bed Use Tied to COVID-19 Deaths in Seven Days
1 percent increase in ICU bed use tied to more than twofold increase in COVID-19 deaths in seven days
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Nurse Understaffing Common in Hospitals Prior to COVID-19
Many nurses give their hospital unfavorable safety marks, would not recommend hospital to others
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Vitamin D Supplement No Benefit in Pediatric Persistent Asthma
No improvement seen compared with placebo in children with asthma and low vitamin D levels
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in Asymptomatic Children Identified
Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in asymptomatic children linked to incidence of COVID-19 in general population
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Heart Events Observed for ~12 Percent of Adults Hospitalized With Flu
Acute heart failure and acute ischemic heart disease are most common cardiovascular events
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Web Searches Suggesting Acute Anxiety Spiked Early in COVID-19
Largest spike in acute anxiety queries recorded on March 28, 2020, with 52 percent more queries than expected
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Health, Economic Factors Tied to Outcomes of Emergency Surgery
Comorbidity, deprivation worsen outcomes of emergency general surgery for patients in Scotland
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Maternal Caffeine Intake May Be Tied to Negative Pregnancy Outcomes
Caffeine-related increased risk reported with moderate-to-high levels of consistency for five outcomes
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Return to Hospital Infrequent After COVID-19 Admission
COPD, hypertension, shorter length of stay, and no in-hospital anticoagulation tied to return
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

CPR Preferences Explored for Patients Receiving Dialysis
Survey shows 23.2 percent of those who want CPR in the event of cardiac arrest value life prolongation
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Widespread Mask Use Could Save 70,000 U.S. Lives by Dec. 1
At least 176,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the United States so far
Monday, August 24, 2020

World's First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 Reinfection Reported in Hong Kong
Suggests that immunity to the new coronavirus may last only a few months in some people
Monday, August 24, 2020

Staffing, PPE Shortages Continue in U.S. Nursing Homes
One in five nursing homes report severe shortage of PPE, any shortage of staff during COVID-19 pandemic
Monday, August 24, 2020

School-Located Influenza Vaccine Intervention Beneficial
SLIV intervention linked to drop in incidence of influenza hospitalization in school-aged children, adults
Monday, August 24, 2020

For Black Children With Autism, Diagnosis Occurs at About Age 5
On average, diagnosis occurs 3.5 years after parents' first concerns about the child's development
Monday, August 24, 2020

Clinical Impact of Remdesivir in Moderate COVID-19 Unclear
Significant difference seen in clinical status versus usual care for five-day, but not 10-day, course
Monday, August 24, 2020


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