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Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, July 23, 2021

'Superbug' Fungus Spreads Among Vulnerable in Two U.S. Cities

There were 101 Candida auris cases at a nursing home and 22 cases at hospitals from January to April


Friday, July 23, 2021

Vaccinations Start to Climb in States Hit Hard by Delta Variant

Variant, which first emerged in India, now accounts for an estimated 83 percent of coronavirus samples genetically identified in the United States


Friday, July 23, 2021

Circulation of Respiratory Viruses Low During COVID-19 Pandemic

Influenza activity decreased in March 2020, remained low through May 2021; decrease seen in other viruses, with no increase until Spring 2021


Friday, July 23, 2021

Black, Hispanic Communities Devastated by Loss Are Taking COVID-19 Safety Precautions

But authors say transparent information from public officials is needed to overcome persistent vaccine skepticism


Friday, July 23, 2021

Primary Care Plays Key Role in Vaccinating Older Individuals

Primary care physicians may also play important role in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout


Friday, July 23, 2021

Guidelines Updated for Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections

Updated recommendations include alternative regimens for bacterial vaginosis, management of Mycoplasma genitalium


Thursday, July 22, 2021

Biden Says Full Approval for COVID-19 Vaccines Coming Soon

President's assurances came as the spread of the highly contagious delta variant fuels a rise in COVID-19 cases


Thursday, July 22, 2021

Muffins Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

Company says it has not received any reports of illness associated with the recalled products


Thursday, July 22, 2021

Prior Statin Use Linked to Reduced Risk for Death in COVID-19

Risk for death significantly reduced with prior statin and/or antihypertensive use among those with history of CVD and/or hypertension


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

2019 to 2020 Saw 1.5-Year Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy at Birth

Mortality due to COVID-19 had biggest effect on decline in life expectancy for both men and women, all races examined


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Black Adult Patients Have Worse Patient Safety in Hospitals

Black adults experienced worse patient safety relative to White patients in same age group, of same gender, treated at same hospital


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Even Limited Breastfeeding May Lower Child Blood Pressure

No significant dose-response association seen for breastfed children according to duration or exclusivity of breastfeeding


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Effectively Cuts Infection in Pregnant Women

Findings based on large study of 15,000 Israeli women


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

U.S. Issues Toughest Travel Alert for Britain as COVID-19 Cases There Climb

Britain is now reporting a seven-day average of roughly 45,000 daily new cases


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Federal Court Backs COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate at Indiana University

Ruling judge said students' right in refusing unwarranted medical treatment must be weighed against the state's greater interest


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Canada to Welcome Fully Vaccinated Americans in August

Canada's 14-day quarantine requirement will be waived for people who are residing in the United States and are fully vaccinated


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Impact of June 2021 Northwestern U.S. Heatwave on ED Visits Explored

Mean daily number of heat-related illness ED visits in HHS Region 10 was more than sevenfold higher for June 2021 than June 2019


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

AAP Advises All School Children, Staff Should Continue to Wear Masks

Guidance runs counter to recommendations released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

More Than One-Quarter of Eligible Teens Have Received COVID-19 Shot

Obtaining more information about teen vaccine safety and efficacy, school vaccine requirement would increase vaccination intentions


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Canada Surpasses U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Rates

As of Saturday, more than 49 percent of eligible people in Canada were fully vaccinated, 70 percent had received at least one dose


Monday, July 19, 2021

COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Reduces Infections in Cirrhosis Patients

64.8 percent reduction in COVID-19 infections seen 28 days after receipt of first dose of mRNA vaccine


Monday, July 19, 2021

An Estimated 279,000 Deaths Averted by U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Program

By the end of June, there would have been up to 1.25 million additional hospitalizations without a vaccination program


Monday, July 19, 2021

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Friday, July 16, 2021

FDA to Prioritize Full Approval for Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Full approval could help boost vaccination efforts in the United States


Friday, July 16, 2021

$345 Million Settlement Proposed in EpiPen Lawsuits

Pfizer spokesperson denied any wrongdoing and said settlement was sought to avoid 'the distraction of continued litigation'


Friday, July 16, 2021

Canada May Open Borders to Fully Vaccinated Americans by Mid-August

However, mask mandate returns to Los Angeles as COVID-19 cases rise


Friday, July 16, 2021

U.S. Surgeon General Issues Call to Counter 'Urgent Threat' of Vaccine Misinformation

Warning comes as the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations has slowed throughout the United States


Friday, July 16, 2021

Almost Half of Patients Admitted With COVID-19 Have Complications

Likelihood of having complications higher for men than women and for those aged older than 60 years


Friday, July 16, 2021

48.3 Percent of U.S. ≥16s Have Had at Least One Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

As of May 15, 2021, coverage was lower for non-Hispanic Blacks and Hispanics versus Whites; higher for those at risk for severe COVID-19


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Many States Move to Ban Vaccine Mandates, Passports in Public Schools

At least seven states have already passed such laws


Thursday, July 15, 2021

1999 to 2019 Saw Drop in Rate of Unintentional Drowning Deaths

Rate of unintentional drowning deaths decreased from 1.6 to 1.0 per 100,000 among children aged 0 to 17 years


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Model Estimates Routine Child Vaccine Doses Missed During 2020

About 8.5 and 8.9 million more children than expected missed routine vaccination for DTP3 and MCV1, respectively, due to COVID-19 pandemic


Thursday, July 15, 2021

New COVID-19 Cases Doubled in U.S. in Past Three Weeks

As cases climb, health authorities in places such as Los Angeles County and St. Louis are begging even the fully vaccinated to don their masks in public


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Rx Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Up Among Medicaid Enrollees

There are still considerable gaps in medication care, with Black enrollees having lower use than Whites


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Pfizer Presses U.S. Scientists, Officials on Third Booster Shot

U.S. officials say that more data are needed before regulators can determine whether booster shots are necessary


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Neither Remdesivir Nor HCQ Affect Viral Clearance in COVID-19

No significant difference seen for in-hospital mortality among those receiving remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, standard of care


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

FDA Adds Guillain-Barré Warning to J&J COVID-19 Vaccine

About 100 preliminary reports of Guillain-Barré have been detected after 12.8 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine were administered


Monday, July 12, 2021

Pfizer to Meet With U.S. Officials About COVID-19 Booster Shot

Pfizer cited data from Israel showing the vaccine is declining in effectiveness as the highly contagious Delta variant circulates


Monday, July 12, 2021

ACIP: Benefits of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Outweigh Risks for ≥12s

After reviewing evidence, including data on risks for myocarditis, vaccination benefits outweigh risks for all populations


Monday, July 12, 2021

mRNA From COVID-19 Vaccines Not Detectable in Breast Milk

Authors say lactating women receiving a COVID-19 vaccine do not need to stop breastfeeding


Monday, July 12, 2021

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Friday, July 9, 2021

CDC: Vaccinated Teachers, Students Can Skip Masks This Fall

Relaxed recommendation comes as a national vaccination campaign in which children as young as 12 years can get COVID-19 shots unfolds


Friday, July 9, 2021

Pfizer to Seek Approval for COVID-19 Booster Shot

However, just hours after the announcement, the FDA and CDC issued joint statement saying Americans do not need booster shots yet


Friday, July 9, 2021

COVID-19 Cases Surge in Los Angeles County as Delta Variant Spreads

Across California, the rate of COVID-19 tests that are positive has tripled since the state fully reopened last month


Friday, July 9, 2021

American Diabetes Association, June 25-29

The American Diabetes Association 81st Scientific Sessions


Friday, July 9, 2021

Surges in Hospital Caseload Tied to Higher COVID-19 Mortality

Patients receiving care in hospitals during surges have up to twice the COVID-19 mortality risk versus those seen in nonsurging hospital-months


Friday, July 9, 2021

Health Equity Not Adequately Addressed in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Minority group representatives present in only a minority of state vaccine plans


Friday, July 9, 2021

COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 4 Million Globally

Rapid spread of the Delta variant has prompted the U.S. government to send a COVID-19 surge team to provide support in Southwest Missouri


Thursday, July 8, 2021

Past-Year Dental Visits More Frequent in Urban Versus Rural Areas

Women more likely than men, and those with higher income more likely to have dental visit within past 12 months


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Patient Engagement May Not Drive Return to In-Person Visits

Findings seen among patients receiving letter during reopening following cancellation of in-person care during COVID-19


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Blood Shortages Causing Surgery Delays Across the United States

Some U.S. blood centers have only a one-day supply


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Treatment at Infusion Center Beneficial in Sickle Cell Disease

Outcomes significantly better for treatment of vaso-occlusive crises at infusion center versus emergency department


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Mental, Physical, Sexual Abuse Up for Transgender Adolescents

Transgender males and nonbinary adolescents assigned female at birth have higher odds of psychological abuse


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Just 20 States Reached Biden's July 4 Vaccination Goal

Parts of the South, Southwest, and Midwest starting to see surges, particularly Florida, with about 17 percent of all new cases reported there


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

CDC: Listeria Outbreak Linked to Precooked Chicken

Three people have been hospitalized; one death has been reported in Texas


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Two-Dose Novavax Vaccine Protects Against SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Vaccine efficacy in adults was 89.7 percent overall, 86.3 percent against B.1.1.7 (alpha) variant, and 96.4 percent against non-B.1.1.7 variants


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

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Friday, July 2, 2021

J&J Vaccine Guards Against Delta Variant, Company Says

Although there was a slight drop in potency against the Delta variant, vaccine was more effective against the Delta variant than the Beta variant


Friday, July 2, 2021

Biden Administration Pushes Forward With Law on Surprise Medical Bills

Proposed provisions would more clearly outline charges to be expected during medical emergencies, offer protections to consumers


Friday, July 2, 2021

mRNA Vaccines Effectively Prevent SARS-CoV-2 in Adults in Real-World Setting

For those with SARS-CoV-2 infection, vaccinated participants had lower mean viral load, risk of febrile symptoms, illness duration


Thursday, July 1, 2021

Providing Infant Carrier May Up Breastfeeding at Six Months

Parents receiving ergonomic infant carrier, instructions on proper use more likely to breastfeed at six months postpartum


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

33 Million Persons of All Ages Uninsured in 2019

3.7 million (5.1 percent) children and 28.8 million (14.5 percent) working age adults were uninsured in 2019


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

2019 to 2020 Saw Drop in Number of Births in U.S. for Each Month

Number of births decreased in both first and second six months for nearly all race and Hispanic-origin groups


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

One-Third of Elderly Caregivers From Gray Market

Gray market care, from an unregulated agency, often supplements unpaid or family care


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Walmart to Offer Low-Priced Insulin

Insulin prices have skyrocketed in recent years, making it unaffordable for some Americans with diabetes


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Many Young Cancer Survivors Report COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

37.1 percent of adolescent and young adult cancer survivors report vaccine hesitancy; higher odds of hesitancy for females


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

ADA: Tirzepatide Noninferior, Superior to Semaglutide for T2DM

Greater reduction in glycated hemoglobin levels and improved weight loss seen with tirzepatide in type 2 diabetes


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Mental Health Conditions Up in Public Health Workers During Pandemic

53.0 percent in public health departments reported symptoms of at least one condition in survey conducted during March, April 2021


Monday, June 28, 2021

Rehospitalization in Dementia Patients Tied to Nurse Continuity

Wide variation seen in continuity of nursing staff for home health care visits to dementia patients following hospitalization


Monday, June 28, 2021

2014 to 2019 Saw Increase in HIV Testing, but Rates Remain Low

But in 2019, rates remained below 6 percent among males and nonpregnant females ≥13 years with commercial insurance and Medicaid


Monday, June 28, 2021


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