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Heart Failure Highlights From AHA 2021
https://www.mdedge.com/cardiology/article/249173/heart-failure/heart-failure-highlights-aha-2021
Javed Butler, MD

Dec 8th, 2021 - Dr Javed Butler, from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, reports on key presentations on heart failure from the 2021 annual meeting of the American Heart Association. Dr Butler starts with the EMPULSE trial, which looked at the use of empagliflozin in hospitalized patients with acute heart failure.

Study suggests Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine may only partially protect against Omicron
https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-pfizer-variant/update-1-pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-partially-protective-against-omicron-bloomberg-news-idUSL4N2SS3RZ

Dec 8th, 2021 - (Reuters) -The Omicron variant of the coronavirus can partially evade the protection from two doses of Pfizer Inc and partner BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, the research head of a laboratory at the Africa Health Research Institute in South Africa said on Tuesday. Still, the study showed that blood from people who had received two doses of the vaccine and had a prior infection were mostly able to ...

Up to 1 million COVID vaccines wasted in Nigeria last month
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-nigeria-vaccines/exclusive-up-to-1-million-covid-vaccines-wasted-in-nigeria-last-month-idUSKBN2IM29Z

Dec 8th, 2021 - DAKAR (Reuters) - Up to one million COVID-19 vaccines are estimated to have expired in Nigeria last month without being used, two sources told Reuters, one of the biggest single losses of doses that shows the difficulty African nations have getting shots in arms. Governments on the continent of over one billion people have been pushing for more vaccine deliveries as inoculation rates lag richer...

Bolsonaro dismisses vaccination requirement for entry into Brazil
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-brazil/bolsonaro-dismisses-vaccination-requirement-for-entry-into-brazil-idUSKBN2IM28D

Dec 7th, 2021 - BRASILIA (Reuters) -Brazil will require that unvaccinated travelers entering the country go on a five-day quarantine followed by a COVID-19 test, its health minister said on Tuesday, after its president said he opposed the use of a vaccine passport. President Jair Bolsonaro criticized Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa for proposing the vaccination passport be required for arriving travelers to h...

Intent to vaccinate kids against COVID higher among vaccinated parents
https://www.mdedge.com/familymedicine/article/249616/covid-19-updates/intent-vaccinate-kids-against-covid-higher-among
Jennifer Garcia

Dec 7th, 2021 - The intention to vaccinate children against COVID-19 was lower among vaccine-hesitant parents when compared with parents who were willing to or had already received the COVID vaccine, a new survey finds. “Parental vaccine hesitancy is a major issue for schools resuming in-person instruction, potentially requiring regular testing, strict mask wearing, and physical distancing for safe operation,”.

CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall Street closes higher with Nasdaq boosted by tech rally
https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-stocks/us-stocks-wall-street-closes-higher-with-nasdaq-boosted-by-tech-rally-idUSL1N2SS2JB

Dec 7th, 2021 - (Corrects paragraphs 12 and 13 to reflect that the airline index and American Airlines closed lower, not higher) * Adds preliminary closing prices, commentary Dec 7 (Reuters) - Wall Street’s main indexes finished Tuesday’s session with strong gains as investors shook off some anxiety about the latest virus variant and investors piled into technology stocks that boosted Nasdaq. Intel’s announcem...

Don’t give up on relentless youth depression
https://www.mdedge.com/pediatrics/article/249605/mental-health/dont-give-relentless-youth-depression
Barbara J. Howard, MD

Dec 7th, 2021 - As pediatricians, we are acutely aware of the increase in depression in our teen patients. Lifetime prevalence is now approaching 20%, and we are doing our best to help.

U.S. EPA may make electric cars eligible for renewable fuel credits, official says
https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-biofuels-electric-cars/u-s-epa-may-make-electric-cars-eligible-for-renewable-fuel-credits-official-says-idUSL1N2SS2IR

Dec 7th, 2021 - Dec 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering making electric vehicle power generation eligible for renewable fuel credits when it unveils its 2023 biofuel blending mandates next year, a top official told Reuters on Tuesday. The White House has directed here the agency to study how using renewable fuels to power electric vehicle charging could generate tradeable cred...

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine partially protective against Omicron - Bloomberg News
https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-pfizer-variant/pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-partially-protective-against-omicron-bloomberg-news-idUSL4N2SS3RV

Dec 7th, 2021 - Dec 7 (Reuters) - The Omicron variant of the coronavirus can partially evade the protection from Pfizer Inc and partner BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, citing the research head of a laboratory at Africa Health Research Institute in South Africa. Its evasion is not complete and a booster shot could provide additional protection, according to the report bloom.bg/3...

BRIEF-Pfizer Shot Provides Partial Omicron Shield In South Africa Test - Bloomberg News
https://www.reuters.com/article/brief-pfizer-shot-provides-partial-omicr/brief-pfizer-shot-provides-partial-omicron-shield-in-south-africa-test-bloomberg-news-idUSFWN2SS0UA

Dec 7th, 2021 - Dec 7 (Reuters) - * PFIZER SHOT PROVIDES PARTIAL OMICRON SHIELD IN SOUTH AFRICA TEST - BLOOMBERG NEWS * LAB HEAD AT AFRICA HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTE IN SA ADVOCATES BOOSTER SHOT TO COMBAT OMICRON VARIANT - BLOOMBERG NEWS

GRAINS-U.S. soybean futures drop; corn, wheat rebound from early weakness
https://www.reuters.com/article/global-grains/grains-u-s-soybean-futures-drop-corn-wheat-rebound-from-early-weakness-idUSL1N2SS2FH

Dec 7th, 2021 - (Recasts, updates with closing prices) CHICAGO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. soybean futures fell on Tuesday, pressured by signs of rising competition on the export market that could lead to a domestic supply glut, traders said. Forecasts for improving crop weather in Brazil and Argentina during January also weighed on the market. Corn and wheat futures ended firm after spending much of the day in ne...

Physicians may be overprescribing immunotherapy for unfit cancer patients
https://www.mdedge.com/hematology-oncology/article/249596/gastrointestinal-cancer/physicians-may-be-overprescribing
Katie Robinson

Dec 7th, 2021 - The use of immune checkpoint inhibitors for cancer patients with advanced disease may be contradictory and cause more harm than good, according to a new study in JAMA Oncology. The study, by Ravi B.

Hardest hit German state Saxony to give COVID-19 shot to younger children early
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-germany-youth/hardest-hit-german-state-saxony-to-give-covid-19-shot-to-younger-children-early-idUSKBN2IM1VF

Dec 7th, 2021 - FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The German state of Saxony, among the hardest hit by surging COVID-19 infections, will start vaccinating at-risk children under 12 years of age from Wednesday, even though the approved paediatric shot will not be available before next week. The early launch follows a recommendation by Saxony’s vaccination commission on Dec. 1 to give one third of the 30 microgram dose of t...

Britain reports 45,691 new COVID-19 cases, 180 more deaths
https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-britain-cases/britain-reports-45691-new-covid-19-cases-180-more-deaths-idUSKBN2IM1V4

Dec 7th, 2021 - LONDON (Reuters) - Britain reported 45,691 new COVID-19 cases and 180 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test on Tuesday, government statistics showed. Cases are up 12.1% over the last seven days compared to the previous seven days, with deaths up 3% over the same timeframe.

Children and COVID-19: 7 million cases and still counting
https://www.mdedge.com/pediatrics/article/249593/covid-19-updates/children-and-covid-19-7-million-cases-and-still-counting
Richard Franki

Dec 7th, 2021 - Total COVID-19 cases in children surpassed the 7-million mark as new cases rose slightly after the previous week’s decline, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. The 133,000 new cases reported for the week ending Dec.

Does inadequate sleep increase obesity risk in children?
https://www.mdedge.com/familymedicine/article/249592/sleep-medicine/does-inadequate-sleep-increase-obesity-risk-children
MDedge Family Medicine; Daniela Herzog, MD, Kristin Thai, DO et. al.

Dec 7th, 2021 - Evidence summary Multiple analyses suggest short sleep increases obesity risk Three recent, large systematic reviews of prospective cohort studies with meta-analyses in infants, children, and adolescents all found associations between short sleep at intake and later excessive weight. The largest meta-analysis included 42 prospective studies with 75,499 patients ranging in age from infancy to ad.

Canada to expand COVID-19 mandates, targets banking, telecoms sectors
https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-canada-vaccines/update-2-canada-to-expand-covid-19-mandates-targets-banking-telecoms-sectors-idUSL1N2SS1JG

Dec 7th, 2021 - OTTAWA (Reuters) -Canada will soon crack down on COVID-19 mandates, forcing banks, telecommunications companies and all other federally regulated workspaces to ensure their employees are inoculated, Ottawa said on Tuesday. Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan made the announcement two months after the government said it would oblige the public sector and employees working in the federally regulated a...

Hemostatic Powder on Par for Stopping Acute Upper GI Bleeds
https://www.medpagetoday.com/gastroenterology/generalgastroenterology/96065

Dec 7th, 2021 - A hemostatic powder, TC-325 (Hemospray), worked as well as standard treatment for endoscopic control of acute bleeds from nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal lesions, a randomized trial found. In the study of over 200 patients, 90.1% of those who received TC-325 had their bleeding controlled within 30 days, as compared to 81.4% of those who received standard treatment, meeting criteria for non-i...

U.S. administered 12.5 mln COVID-19 vaccine last week, including 7 mln boosters -White House
https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-usa-boosters/u-s-administered-12-5-mln-covid-19-vaccine-last-week-including-7-mln-boosters-white-house-idUSW1N2RO00X

Dec 7th, 2021 - WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The United States administered 12.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the last week, the highest number of vaccinations since May, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said on Tuesday. Around 7 million of those were booster doses, a daily rate of a million boosters, Zients told reporters at a White House briefing. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Wr...

The road less traveled in gastroenterology and hepatology: Becoming a medical educator
https://www.mdedge.com/gihepnews/article/249582/mixed-topics/road-less-traveled-gastroenterology-and-hepatology-becoming
Adam E. Mikolajczyk, MD

Dec 7th, 2021 - How did you realize medical education was the pathway for you? Near the end of medical school, I recall my friends and I casting predictions about what each person would be doing in twenty years. The projections offered up about my ultimate landing place were unanimous: a clinical researcher leading a gastroenterology division.