Maternal COVID-19 vaccine curbs infant infection from delta variant
MDedge Family Medicine; Heidi Splete

Feb 8th, 2023 - Maternal vaccination with two doses of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine was 95% effective against infant infection from the delta variant, and 45% effective against infant infection from the omicron variant, a new study shows. Previous research has confirmed that COVID-19 neutralizing antibodies following maternal vaccination or maternal COVID-19 infection are present in umbilical cord blood, breast m.

Interferon Injection Cuts COVID Hospitalization Risk in Vaxxed Population

Feb 8th, 2023 - Early treatment with a single dose of pegylated interferon lambda in a highly vaccinated population of COVID-19 outpatients decreased the risk for hospitalization and emergency department (ED) visits lasting more than 6 hours, the phase III TOGETHER trial found. Among nearly 2,000 participants with acute COVID symptoms and a risk factor for severe illness, 2.7% of those who received pegylated i...

Strong core growth offsets dwindling COVID-19 demand for Qiagen

Feb 7th, 2023 - BERLIN, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Medical diagnostics company Qiagen offset a sharp fall in demand for COVID-19 products at the end of the year with a strong performance in its core businesses, the company said, announcing its full-year and fourth quarter results on Tuesday. Fourth quarter revenues came in at $498 million, a 14% fall compared with the same period last year. Revenues from COVID products...

Can pediatricians’ offices be urgent care centers again?
William G. Wilkoff, MD

Feb 7th, 2023 - If you live in a suburban or semirural community you have seen at least one urgent care center open up in the last decade. They now number nearly 12,000 nationwide and are growing in number at a 7% rate.

Keeping physician stress in check
Amy Reyes

Feb 7th, 2023 - Burnout for oncology health care providers has been worse in recent years, but not only for physicians – the entire health care system is under more stress. Fahri Saatcioglu, PhD, and colleagues, whose report was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, described it as a “dire situation” with resolutions needed “urgently” to “mitigate the negative consequences of physician burnout.

Explainer-What ails Canada's healthcare system?

Feb 7th, 2023 - (Reuters) - Canada’s provincial and federal leaders were slated to meet on Tuesday in an attempt to agree upon potential solutions to bolster the country’s stretched public healthcare system. Long a source of pride, Canada’s publicly funded healthcare system has been strained to the breaking point due to factors including the pandemic and staffing shortages. Here are some of the issues facing C...

Why Did Nonventilator-Associated HAP Peak During the Pandemic?
Jan Dyer

Feb 7th, 2023 - Cases of nonventilator-associated hospital-acquired pneumonia (NV-HAP) declined by 32% between 2015 and 2020. Then, of course, COVID-19 changed the trajectory and rates began to rise.

FDA Roundup: February 7, 2023 | FDA

Feb 7th, 2023 - For Immediate Release: February 07, 2023 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is providing an at-a-glance summary of news from around the agency: On Monday, the FDA updated its easy step-by-step guide to include information about reporting your over-the-counter (OTC) at-home COVID-19 test result to MakeMyTestCount.org. The FDA encourages you to voluntarily and anonymously report your po...

Long-course radiation therapy better at organ-sparing in rectal cancer than short-term therapy
Randy Dotinga

Feb 7th, 2023 - Long-course radiation therapy for rectal cancer is more likely to spare organs than short-course therapy, including when chemotherapy is provided first as part of a total neoadjuvant therapy (TNT) strategy, shows new research presented at the ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium 2023. “When we looked at the 2-year organ preservation rates, they were numerically higher in the long-course grou.

After decade of effort, AGA welcomes change to colonoscopy coverage
Thomas R. Collins, MDedge News

Feb 7th, 2023 - When the Affordable Care Act was signed in 2010, patients became eligible for coverage of screening examinations, which was good news for gastroenterologists and their patients in the fight to prevent colorectal cancer. But there was a problem: While noninvasive stool tests – measuring microscopic amounts of blood or key DNA mutations, both tip-offs to increased colorectal cancer risk – were co.

Fruit Bats and the Next Pandemic; Mysterious Meningitis Outbreak; Listeria Warning

Feb 7th, 2023 - Note that some links may require subscriptions. Researchers are hopeful that fruit bats may help prevent the next pandemic. (Kaiser Health News) This winter's tripledemic of flu, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) affected nearly 40 percent of U.S. households but wasn't a major concern for most, according to a new KFF survey. New York City Mayor Eric Adams said city workers will no ...

ASL - When to Get Medical Care for COVID-19

When to Get Medical Care for COVID-19 in American Sign Language This video can also be viewed at https://www.cdc.gov/video/socialmedia/316132-D_ParentsSupportingChildren_COVID19_ASL.mp4

Primary care providers are increasingly addressing mental health concerns
Will Pass

Feb 6th, 2023 - Since before the COVID-19 pandemic, primary care providers (PCPs) have been addressing an increasing frequency of mental health concerns, particularly anxiety and stress-related diagnoses, based on a recent study. These findings point to a sizable gap in psychiatric care that has likely been exacerbated by the pandemic, reported lead author Lisa S.

Despite limits, COVID vaccines protect CLL patients
Randy Dotinga

Feb 6th, 2023 - While it’s well known that COVID-19 vaccines are less effective in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who take immunity-lowering drugs, a new study offers fresh insight into what’s happening inside the body. In these patients, the vaccines often don’t boost B cells, which produce antibodies, but they do strengthen T cells, potentially providing crucial protection against severe il.

Healthy Lifestyle Before Infection Linked to Lower Long COVID Risk

Feb 6th, 2023 - A healthy lifestyle before COVID-19 infection was associated with a substantially lower risk of a post-COVID condition (PCC), or long COVID, a prospective cohort study suggested. Over 19 months of follow-up, women in the Nurses' Health Study II cohort who self-reported five to six healthy lifestyle factors -- healthy body mass index (BMI), never smoking, high-quality diet, moderate alcohol inta...

Lower Excess Mortality Seen for Physicians vs General Public During COVID Pandemic

Feb 6th, 2023 - Physicians had substantially lower excess mortality compared with the general population during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers found. From March 2020 through December 2021, there were 4,511 deaths among a monthly mean of 785,631 physicians ages 45 to 84, representing 622 more deaths than expected (95% CI 476-769), reported Mathew Kiang, ScD, MPH, of Stanford University School of Medicine in...

Tyre Nichols' 19-Minute Wait; Judge Uses ChatGPT in Ruling; WHO Report Angers Russia

Feb 6th, 2023 - Note that some links may require subscriptions. Nineteen minutes. That's how long two emergency medical technicians waited before providing care to Tyre Nichols after he was beaten by Memphis police. (New York Times) Declared dead at an Alzheimer's care center in Iowa, a 66-year-old woman was found by funeral home workers gasping for air in a body bag. (New York Times) A massive earthquake that...

Psychological factors and oral health during initial outbreak of COVID-19 in China: A c...
The Journal of International Medical Research; Sun Q, Ren H et. al.

Feb 6th, 2023 - To investigate associations between oral health and psychological factors (i.e., depression, anxiety, and resilience) in a group of Chinese individuals who had sought an intervention online during the COVID-19 pandemic. For this cross-sectional study, online questionnaires were created using online survey software from set items of instruments commonly used to assess depression, anxiety, and re...

Health-related quality of life in seven European countries throughout the course of the...
Quality of Life Research : an International Journal of Qu... König HH, Neumann-Böhme S et. al.

Feb 6th, 2023 - To investigate health-related quality of life (HRQoL) over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in seven European countries and its association with selected sociodemographic as well as COVID-19-related variables. We used longitudinal data from nine quarterly waves collected between April 2020 and January 2022 (sample size per wave ranging from N = 7025 to 7300) of the European COvid Survey (ECO...