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Throat Swab on Rapid Testing Chokes in Omicron-Era Study
https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/96778

Jan 20th, 2022 - Rapid antigen testing using a nasal swab with the BinaxNOW test was able to detect the Omicron variant at an urban community testing site, whereas other swabbing routes did not perform as well, researchers found. Sensitivity of the BinaxNOW assay for detecting PCR-positive cases within a cycle threshold (Ct) of <30, indicating a higher viral load, was 74% (95% CI 53.7-88.9%) using a throat swab...

Five things you should know about ‘free’ at-home COVID tests
https://www.mdedge.com/familymedicine/article/250984/covid-19-updates/five-things-you-should-know-about-free-home-covid
Damon Darlin, Kaiser Health News

Jan 20th, 2022 - Americans keep hearing that it is important to test frequently for COVID-19 at home. But just try to find an “at-home” rapid COVID test in a store and at a price that makes frequent tests affordable.

COVID-19 Vaccines Not Linked to Trouble Conceiving
https://www.medpagetoday.com/obgyn/pregnancy/96777

Jan 20th, 2022 - Couples who were vaccinated against COVID-19 did not have a lower likelihood of getting pregnant, but previous infection with SARS-CoV-2 could affect male fertility, according to a prospective study. Both female and male partners who had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose did not face lower chances of getting pregnant than unvaccinated patients (female fecundability ratio [FR] 1.08, 95% CI 0.95...

Signs of Lingering Cardiac Dysfunction After Severe COVID
https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/96774

Jan 20th, 2022 - Patients recovering from COVID-19 showed cardiac dysfunction on transthoracic echocardiography 3 to 4 months after hospital discharge, according to a Norwegian study. Compared with matched controls, 204 COVID patients had worse right ventricular longitudinal strain (RVLS; adjusted estimated mean difference 1.5 percentage points, 95% CI 0.5-2.6), lower tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion ...

'Brain Fog' Persists After Mild COVID-19
https://www.medpagetoday.com/neurology/generalneurology/96775

Jan 20th, 2022 - Young adults performed worse on memory and attention tests several months after an acute case of mild COVID-19, according to a small study that may support the "brain fog" reported by many. Most cognitive abilities tested -- including working memory, executive function, and planning -- were normal, but COVID-19 patients displayed significantly worse episodic memory for up to 6 months after infe...

Are Jam-Packed Days for Hospitalists Bad for Older Patients?
https://www.medpagetoday.com/hospitalbasedmedicine/hospitalists/96767

Jan 20th, 2022 - Outcomes for older patients were similar regardless of whether or not hospitalists were having their busiest days, a large national study using data from 2018 found. Among older Medicare recipients (mean age 80), those admitted on hospitalists' busiest days did not experience any "meaningful differences" in outcomes for common conditions, compared to those that were admitted during less busy da...

Pro-Vax Fla. Official Put on Leave; Blood Sample Tube Shortage; 1M Superbug Deaths
https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/96763

Jan 20th, 2022 - Note that some links may require registration or subscription. A top Florida health official was placed on leave after encouraging his colleagues to get vaccinated against COVID-19. (Washington Post) NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD, suggested that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine could be authorized for kids under 5 as soon as next month. (Fortune) Due to the Omicron variant, updated NIH COVID guidel...

Knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of COVID-19 vaccine and refusal to receive COVID-...
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BMC Public Health; Adane M, Ademas A et. al.

Jan 20th, 2022 - Major efforts are being made to control the spread and impacts of the coronavirus pandemic using vaccines. Ethiopia began on March 13, 2021, to vaccinate healthcare workers (HCWs) for COVID-19 with the AstraZeneca vaccine. However, willingness to be vaccinated depends to a large extent on factors beyond the availability of vaccines. This study aimed to determine the rate of intention to refuse ...

'You just really have to assert yourself:' social work, nursing, and rehabilitation cou...
https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-022-07465-w
BMC Health Services Research; Alessi EJ, Caldwell B et. al.

Jan 20th, 2022 - Educators who train healthcare students to provide behavioral health services in primary care settings frequently encounter challenges as they work to ensure that students acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively function on interprofessional practice teams. This has become increasingly important during COVID-19, as interprofessional collaborative practice is needed more than ever to add...

Examining COVID-19 vaccine uptake and attitudes among 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homel...
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BMC Public Health; Abramovich A, Pang N et. al.

Jan 20th, 2022 - The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. Little is known about vaccine attitudes and uptake among this population. To address this, the objectives of this study were to explore this group's COVID-19 vaccine attitudes, and facilitators and barriers impacting vaccine uptake. 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness in the Greater Toronto Area...

Association between COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and generalized trust, depression, gener...
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BMC Public Health; Sekizawa Y, Hashimoto S et. al.

Jan 20th, 2022 - Although numerous studies have been published on the predictors of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, some possible predictors remain underexplored. In this study, we explored the associations of unwillingness and indecisiveness regarding COVID-19 vaccination with generalized trust, mental health conditions such as depression and generalized anxiety, and fear of COVID-19. Data of wave 1 (from October ...

Impact of COVID-19 on acute trauma and orthopaedic referrals and surgery in the UK duri...
https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-054919
BMJ Open; Sugand K, Aframian A et. al.

Jan 20th, 2022 - This is the first British multicentre study observing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on orthopaedic trauma with respect to referrals, operative caseload and mortality during its peak. A longitudinal, multicentre, retrospective, observational, cohort study was conducted during the peak 6 weeks of the first wave from 17 March 2020 compared with the same period in 2019. Hospitals from six maj...

Covid-19: Lateral flow tests in children fail minimum performance standards, study finds.
https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o132
BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.); Mahase E

Jan 20th, 2022 - Covid-19: Lateral flow tests in children fail minimum performance standards, study finds.|2022|Mahase E,|

Diagnostic accuracy of rapid point-of-care tests for diagnosis of current SARS-CoV-2 in...
https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjebm-2021-111828
BMJ Evidence-based Medicine; Fujita-Rohwerder N, Beckmann L et. al.

Jan 20th, 2022 - To systematically assess the diagnostic accuracy of rapid point-of-care tests for diagnosis of current SARS-CoV-2 infections in children under real-life conditions. Systematic review and meta-analysis. MEDLINE, Embase, Cochrane Database for Systematic Reviews, INAHTA HTA database, preprint servers (via Europe PMC), ClinicalTrials.gov, WHO ICTRP from 1 January 2020 to 7 May 2021; NICE Evidence S...

Politicians polarize and experts depolarize public support for COVID-19 management poli...
https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2117543119
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the Un... Flores A, Cole JC et. al.

Jan 20th, 2022 - Political polarization impeded public support for policies to reduce the spread of COVID-19, much as polarization hinders responses to other contemporary challenges. Unlike previous theory and research that focused on the United States, the present research examined the effects of political elite cues and affective polarization on support for policies to manage the COVID-19 pandemic in seven co...

Alterations in cortisol and interleukin-6 secretion in patients with COVID-19 suggestiv...
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12020-021-02968-8
Endocrine Yavropoulou MP, Filippa MG et. al.

Jan 20th, 2022 - The beneficial effect of glucocorticoids in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is established, but whether adrenal cortisol secretion is impaired in COVID-19 is not fully elucidated. In this case-control study, we investigated the diurnal free bioavailable salivary cortisol secretion in COVID-19 patients. Fifty-two consecutive COVID-19 patients-before dexamethasone treatment in cases required-recru...

Empowering dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccines.
https://doi.org/10.1111/jphd.12502
Journal of Public Health Dentistry; Rojas-Ramirez MV, DeVito DM et. al.

Jan 20th, 2022 - To detail how the scope of practice of dentistry was expanded in Kentucky allowing dentists to be rapidly mobilize and join a mass vaccination campaign and administer COVID-19 vaccines to the community. The processes involving policy change, an emergency administrative regulation, provider training and community action are detailed. In just 21 days from state authorization, dentists from the Un...

Subclinical myocardial dysfunction in patients following coronavirus disease 2019 infec...
https://doi.org/10.1002/jcu.23101
Journal of Clinical Ultrasound : JCU; Saeed S, Rajani R

Jan 20th, 2022 - Subclinical myocardial dysfunction in patients following coronavirus disease 2019 infection.|2022|Saeed S,Rajani R,|

Influence of COVID-19 on the next generation of nurses in the United States.
https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.16202
Journal of Clinical Nursing; Kells M, Jennings Mathis K

Jan 20th, 2022 - Examine the affective state (anxiety, depression), life satisfaction, stress and worry, media consumption and perceptions of pursuing a career in nursing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Nursing students worldwide have reported increased stress, fear and anxiety amidst challenges and risks associated with COVID-19. It remains unclear what impact COVID-19 will have on nursing students in the United...

Factors associated with telemedicine utilization among post-transplant patients at a Un...
https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.14578
Clinical Transplantation; Wei TR, Berner ES et. al.

Jan 20th, 2022 - Telemedicine has become prevalent during the novel-coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The study explored patient factors associated with telemedicine utilization among post- kidney and pancreas transplant patients at a university center. After analyzing 2,801 patients and their visits using chi-square test and logistic regression, we found that government-insured (p<0.0001) post-kidn...