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Progress Stalling on Malaria Elimination
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950546

May 4th, 2021 - In its final report on the E-2020 initiative, the World Health Organization (WHO) touted its progress on its goal of eliminating malaria throughout the world. But critics are charging that progress has stalled. The E-2020 initiative supported the efforts of twenty-one countries in eliminating malaria. In a remarkable achievement, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, eight E-2020 member coun...

Docs Mobilize Help For Indian Colleagues Overwhelmed With COVID-19 Surge
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950603

May 4th, 2021 - Clinicians from across the world are banding together to mobilize help for their colleagues in India, where more than 300,000 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported daily for the past 2 weeks. Some are working hotlines and disseminating critical public health information; others are crowdfunding for equipment, training young doctors, or supporting vaccine registration.  In the last 2 weeks, a...

India Virus Variant Identified in Two Southeast Iowa People
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950600

May 4th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A third coronavirus variant that was first identified in hard-hit India has been uncovered in Iowa, state public health officials said Tuesday. The Iowa Department of Public Health said it has confirmed two cases of the variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617. Health officials are st...

COVID-19 Severity Starts in Normal BMI Range, Especially in Young
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950568

May 4th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The risk of severe outcomes with COVID-19 increases with excess weight in a linear manner beginning in normal body mass index ranges, with the effect apparently independent of obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and stronger among younger people and Black persons, new research shows. Risk ...

Exclusive: Guidance on Talking to Patients About COVID-19 Vaccines
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950569

May 4th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Physicians remain one of the most trusted sources of nonjudgmental information for patients ― including on vaccinations ― and this could come in handy as the daily pace at which people receive COVID-19 vaccines nationwide continues to slow. "Anytime you have a new disease, new procedure, or a ne...

After Hundreds of Interviews, Here's John Whyte's View of COVID
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950180

May 4th, 2021 - This transcript has been edited for clarity. Eric J. Topol, MD: This is Eric Topol for Medscape and the Medicine and the Machine podcast. It is a special privilege for me today to welcome Dr John Whyte, who is the chief medical officer at WebMD. Welcome, John. John Whyte, MD, MPH: Thanks, Eric. It's great to be with you. Topol: We're flipping the script because John has interviewed me several t...

COVID and False Beliefs: How Social Media Exploits Cognitive Bias
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950367

May 4th, 2021 - Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. This transcript has been edited for clarity. Welcome to Impact Factor, your weekly dose of commentary on a new medical study. I'm Dr F. Perry Wilson of the Yale School of Medicine. Medical misinformation is nothing new, but I think we can all agree that the coronavirus pandemic has added fuel to the misinforma...

'Last Resort': Desperate for Oxygen, Indian Hospitals Go to Court
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950439

May 4th, 2021 - NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A court in India's capital New Delhi has become the last hope for many hospitals struggling to get oxygen for COVID-19 patients as supplies run dangerously short while government officials bicker over who is responsible. A two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court has been holding almost daily video conferences to hear petitions from hospitals invoking India's constitutional...

Montana Tribe Gifts Vaccines to Neighbors Across the Border
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950591

May 4th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. BABB, Montana (AP) — On a cloudy spring day, hundreds lined up in their cars on the Canadian side of the border crossing that separates Alberta and Montana. They had driven for hours and camped out in their vehicles in hopes of receiving the season's hottest commodity — a COVID-19 vaccine — from...

COVID Shot in the Arm Not Enough to Keep Pharmacies in Business
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950584

May 4th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Joe Moose, co-owner of Moose Pharmacies in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, is trying to adapt to the changes dealt by COVID. The chain expanded curbside services, hired additional drivers and tripled home deliveries Most pharmacies, he said, saw a decline in prescriptions last year as custo...

Biden Wants 70% of the US Vaccinated by July 4
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950597

May 4th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. President Joe Biden has announced new strategies for the national COVID-19 vaccination program as demand for vaccinations drops. He also set a new goal for getting shots into people's arms. "Our goal by July Fourth is to have 70% of adult Americans with at least one shot and 160 million American...

EU Regulator Begins Real-time Review of First Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950441

May 4th, 2021 - (Reuters) - Europe's medicines regulator said on Tuesday it has started a real-time review of Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine, based on preliminary results from animal and human trials that suggested the vaccine produces an immune response against the coronavirus. Data on the vaccine, COVID-19 Vaccine (Vero Cell) Inactivated, will be assessed as they are made available to help speed up potential app...

UK COVID-19 Update: 'Significant' Pandemic Burden on Female Staff, Porton Down Investment
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950537

May 4th, 2021 - These are the UK coronavirus stories you need to know about today. 'Significant' Pandemic Burden on Female Staff There was a significant worsening in the physical and mental wellbeing of female health and care workers in England during the pandemic, according to 900 responses to an NHS Confederation poll of male and female staff carried out in February and March. More than 80% of female respond...

Greater Risk of Poor COVID-19 Outcomes in Minority Ethnic Groups in England
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950426

May 3rd, 2021 - Minority Ethnic groups had a higher risk of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 and of COVID-19-related hospitalisations, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and death compared with White groups in England, according to an observational cohort study published in  The Lancet. The researchers used the new secure OpenSAFELY data analytics platform to analyse (using adjusted multivariable Cox regressi...

Canada's High-Risk Populations Face COVID-19 Vaccine Barriers
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950414

May 3rd, 2021 - TORONTO (Reuters) - As Canada's vaccination campaign ramps up, people at higher risk of transmitting COVID-19 often lack the resources to navigate labyrinthine booking systems or the documentation that would ease their path to inoculation. Those without provincial health insurance, such as refugee claimants or undocumented workers, often perform front-line jobs or live in neighbourhoods that pu...

FDA Set to OK Pfizer Vaccine in Younger Teens
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950430

May 3rd, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The FDA could expand the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to teens early next week, The New York Times and CNN reported, both citing unnamed officials familiar with the agency's plans. In late March, Pfizer submitted data to the FDA showing its mRNA vaccine was 100% effective at preventing COV...

Higher BMI Associated with Worse COVID-19 Outcomes
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950428

May 3rd, 2021 - Takeaway Body mass index (BMI) demonstrated a J-shaped association with the risk of COVID-19-related hospitalisation and death and a linear association with intensive care unit (ICU) admissions. This risk was more pronounced in younger adults aged <40 years and people of Black ethnicity. Why this matters Findings highlight the association of excess weight with severe COVID-19 outcomes, which ma...

COVID Coaching Program Provides 'Psychological PPE' for HCPs
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950465

May 3rd, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. A novel program that coaches healthcare workers effectively bolsters wellness and resilience in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Investigators found the program they developed successfully reduced the severity of mental health threats in healthcare workers. The pandemic has been "an en...

Venezuela to Begin Clinical Trials of Cuba's Abdala Vaccine Candidate
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950364

May 3rd, 2021 - CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela this month will begin clinical trials of the Cuban coronavirus vaccine candidate Abdala, and plans to produce enough doses locally to vaccinate 4 million people, Health Minister Carlos Alvarado said on Monday. Cuba in March approved late-stage trials of Abdala, named after a poem by the 19th-century Cuban independence hero Jose Marti. The trials of the protein subu...

Chilean Regulator Sees No Clouds Over Sputnik Vaccine Despite Brazilian Rejection
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950339

May 3rd, 2021 - SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The director of Chile's health regulator said he sees no evidence of safety issues with Sputnik V, the COVID-19 vaccine developed in Russia, despite its rejection by the Brazilian health regulator this week over a lack of information about its safety. Heriberto Garcia, the director of Chile's Public Health Institute (ISP), said Chile was seeking clarity from the vaccine's d...