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Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, October 22, 2021

Quitting at Younger Age Cuts Most Smoking-Associated Cancer Mortality Risk

Starting to smoke at any age linked to increased cancer mortality rate ratio, with increased rate ratio for starting at younger age


Friday, October 22, 2021

BNT162b2 Effectively Prevents Pediatric COVID-19 Hospitalization

Two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine highly effective for preventing hospitalization among children aged 12 to 18 years


Friday, October 22, 2021

Michigan Data Show Routine Vaccinations Plummeted in Early Pandemic

Authors say catch-up vaccinations of doses missed throughout the pandemic needed to stem outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases


Friday, October 22, 2021

Pfizer Says Lower Dose of Its COVID-19 Vaccine Protects Younger Children

Dose used in trial that included more than 2,200 children was 10 mcg, while the adult dose is 30 mcg


Friday, October 22, 2021

CDC Signs Off on Moderna, J&J Boosters, Backs Mix 'n' Match Shots

Agency plans to release guidance early next week about who might benefit from choosing one booster over another


Friday, October 22, 2021

BNT162b2 Highly Effective Against Delta Variant in Teens

At seven to 21 days after second dose, estimated effectiveness was 90 percent against infection, 93 percent against symptomatic COVID-19


Friday, October 22, 2021

mRNA Vaccine More Effective Booster to ChAdOx1 nCoV-19

Heterologous ChAdOx1 nCoV-19/mRNA prime-boost vaccination more effective than homologous ChAdOx1 nCoV-19/ChAdOx1 nCoV-19


Friday, October 22, 2021

Pfizer Vaccine Booster Restores Nearly Full Protection, Company Says

Trial is the first randomized, controlled COVID-19 vaccine booster study to provide efficacy results


Thursday, October 21, 2021

Salmonella Outbreak in 37 States Linked to Imported Onions

So far, there have been 129 hospitalizations, but no deaths


Thursday, October 21, 2021

Avoid Intensification of Diabetes Meds at Discharge in Older Adults

For older adults hospitalized with common medical conditions, intensifying diabetes meds at time of discharge shows little benefit


Thursday, October 21, 2021

FDA Approves Moderna, J&J Booster Shots, Backs Mix 'n' Match Vaccines

Agency's decision is one of the last steps toward a full rollout of booster shots to eligible Americans


Thursday, October 21, 2021

Increasing Dairy Intake Can Cut Falls, Fractures for Seniors

Intervention to increase calcium and protein intake using dairy foods beneficial for institutionalized older adults


Thursday, October 21, 2021

White House Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for Young Children

Rather than mass vaccination sites, Biden administration plans to have pediatric shots delivered in settings parents know and trust


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

One in Six Youth in the United States Is Obese

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation calls on policymakers to prioritize children's health and equity


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Flu Cases Already Up 23 Percent This Season: Walgreens

Significant increase shown by the company's analysis of its own data reflects the historically low levels of flu last year


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Psoriatic Arthritis May Up Risk for Preterm Birth, C-Section

Risk for preterm birth increased with antirheumatic treatment for psoriatic arthritis -- particularly biologics -- during pregnancy


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

AHA Provides Strategies to Improve BP Medication Adherence

Interventions for effective med adherence include patient education and counseling, simplification of treatment regimens


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

FDA Expected to Allow Mix 'n' Match COVID-19 Vaccines

Agency will not recommend one vaccine over another but may say it is preferable to use same booster as the vaccine


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Maternal Cholesterol in Pregnancy Tied to AMI Severity in Adult Offspring

Increased maternal cholesterol levels during pregnancy linked to greater severity of acute myocardial infarction in adult offspring


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Mobile Tech Program Helps Adults Control High Blood Pressure

Greater engagement with self-management program linked to lower systolic BP over time, lower risk for very high BP


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Short Hospital Stays for Births More Common During Pandemic

No increase seen in infant rehospitalizations within seven days after earlier discharge to home for healthy, term infants


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Social Vulnerability May Increase Premature CVD Mortality

Relative risks for premature CVD mortality varied considerably according to demographic characteristics, including ethnicity and rurality


Monday, October 18, 2021

Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Hits Long Island, New York

As of Saturday, one patient had died, two remained hospitalized, and seven had been released from the hospital


Monday, October 18, 2021

Disparities Found in Vaccination Coverage by Age 24 Months Before COVID-19

Disparities in coverage for race/ethnicity, poverty status, health insurance status seen among children born in 2017 to 2018


Monday, October 18, 2021

Analogs, Pen Devices Dominate Ambulatory Insulin Use in U.S. Adults

Uptake of newer insulin products increased from 2016 to 2020 for ambulatory use in U.S. adults with type 2 diabetes


Monday, October 18, 2021

Potential Safety Concern for Guillain-Barré Syndrome ID'd for Ad26.COV2.S

Based on preliminary findings for presumptive GBS, overall observed-to-expected rate ratio estimated to be 4.18 for 42-day window


Monday, October 18, 2021

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Johnson & Johnson Booster Shot

The booster shot is recommended for anyone 18 years and older, to be given at least two months after the first dose


Friday, October 15, 2021

Vaccinated Foreign Travelers Can Enter United States Beginning Nov. 8

Foreign air travelers to the U.S. are required to have full vaccination, proof of negative test before boarding, and follow-up negative test within three days of entering U.S.


Friday, October 15, 2021

Despite Pressures of Pandemic, U.S. Nursing School Enrollment Climbs

Enrollment in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral nursing programs increased 5.6 percent from 2019 to 2020


Friday, October 15, 2021

Therapeutic-Dose LMWH Cuts Thromboembolism, Deaths in COVID-19

Reduction in venous thromboembolism, arterial thromboembolism, and deaths seen in high-risk patients in non-ICU, but not ICU, settings


Friday, October 15, 2021

60 Percent of Americans Will Delay or Skip Flu Shot This Year: Survey

Friday, October 15, 2021


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