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EU Health Regulator Backs Using AstraZeneca COVID Shot as Booster
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974272

May 20th, 2022 - LONDON (Reuters) - The European health regulator on Thursday endorsed the use of AstraZeneca's COVID vaccine, Vaxzevria, as a booster. The recommendation, made by a committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), encompasses adults who have either been previously vaccinated by Vaxzevria or an mRNA vaccine, such as the ones made by Pfizer and BioNTech or Moderna. The recommendation comes weeks...

Famotidine Aids in COVID-19 by Helping Limit Inflammation
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974316

May 20th, 2022 - (Reuters) - Researchers have discovered just how the antacid famotidine, commonly sold as Pepcid by a Johnson & Johnson unit, was able to help alleviate COVID-19 symptoms in clinical trials. In studies in mice, they found that famotidine stimulates the vagus nerve, which controls the immune system and other involuntary body functions. When the vagus nerve is stimulated, it can send out signals ...

Desktop 'Air Curtains' May Deflect Virus Particles
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974315

May 20th, 2022 - (Reuters) - When people cannot maintain a safe distance to avoid the spread of COVID-19, a newly designed desktop "air curtain" can block aerosols in exhaled air, researchers found. Air-curtains - artificially created streams of moving air - are often used to protect patients in operating rooms. At Nagoya University in Japan, researchers tested their new desktop device by simulating a blood col...

Post-Infection Vaccination May Reduce Long COVID Symptoms on Population Level
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974317

May 20th, 2022 - (Reuters) - Vaccination after infection with SARS-CoV-2 may contribute to a reduction in the burden of long COVID symptoms in the population, a new study suggests. Researchers tracked 6,729 volunteers ages 18 to 69, who got two shots of either AstraZeneca's viral vector vaccine or an mRNA vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna after recovering from an infection with the coronavirus and who rep...

SARS-CoV-2 Could Be at Root of Mysterious Hepatitis in Kids
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974318

May 20th, 2022 - (Reuters) - A chain of events possibly triggered by unrecognized infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus could be causing the mysterious cases of severe hepatitis reported in hundreds of young children around the world, researchers suggest. Children with COVID-19 are at significantly increased risk for liver dysfunction afterward, according to a report posted on Saturday on medRxiv ahead of p...

Mental Health of Most Kids With Autism Declined in Pandemic
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974352

May 20th, 2022 - More than half of children and youth with autism experienced pandemic-related declines in mental health between May and December 2020, according to a large Canadian cohort study. The study, based on surveys with parents of 230 children and youth with autism, showed that 141 (61%) of these children had mental health deterioration, and 37 (14%) accessed acute mental health services. The researche...

CDC Says COVID Hospitalizations to Rise in Most States
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974366

May 20th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. As U.S. COVID-19 cases reach the highest levels since mid-February, hospital admissions and deaths are projected to increase during the next four weeks, according to a new update from the CDC. The forecast, which includes 32 different models across the country, predicts that nearly every U.S. st...

How to Manage Drug Interactions With Paxlovid for COVID
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974399

May 20th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Misinformation about nirmatrelvir/ritonavir (Paxlovid, Pfizer) for treating mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in patients at high risk for severe disease is feeding misunderstanding among prescribers and patients, two experts from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) said on Friday. They br...

Rapid Review Quiz: Alcohol Use and Abuse
https://reference.medscape.com/viewarticle/973580

May 20th, 2022 - Alcohol use and abuse is on the rise and is related to a host of acute and chronic health issues. Research indicates that alcohol use disorder is both widespread and undertreated, despite the availability of effective options. Recent research has explored connections between alcohol and dementia, atrial fibrillation (AF), and mortality. Do you know the latest key findings? Test yourself with th...

When Africans Asked for COVID Shots, They Didn't Get Them. Now They Don't Want Them
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974184

May 19th, 2022 - DAKAR/ACCRA (Reuters) - It's noisy inside the Mamprobi clinic in Accra as kids clamber over their mothers while they wait to get their measles vaccines. Outside, an area reserved for COVID-19 shots is empty. A health worker leans back in his chair and scrolls on a tablet. One woman, waiting to get her daughter inoculated, is fully aware of the dangers of measles: the high fever, the rash, the r...

'Huge' Pressure for Shanghai to Stay COVID-Free as Lockdown End Nears
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974179

May 19th, 2022 - SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Health authorities in Shanghai faced "huge" pressure to keep China's most populous city free of COVID-19 as residents were counting down the days until June 1 when their lockdown is set to end after almost two months of isolation. The commercial hub of 25 million achieved a fourth consecutive day without any new infections in the community, holding on to its prized ...

COVID Is Rising in the Americas, Virus 'Not Going Away Anytime Soon': PAHO
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974204

May 19th, 2022 - SAO PAULO (Reuters) - COVID-19 is on the rise again in the Americas as many countries have abandoned measures like masking and social distancing and many lag in vaccination rates, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday. Cases in the Americas surged 27.2% last week from the prior one, driven primarily by a spike in infections in the United States, according to PAHO. More t...

As COVID Cases Rise, US Health Officials Mull Widening Additional Booster Eligibility
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974206

May 19th, 2022 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health officials are considering extending the eligibility for a second COVID-19 vaccine booster dose to people under 50 amid a steady rise in cases, with the United States seeing a threefold increase over the past month. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had in late March authorized a second booster dose of the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech SE vaccines for people aged ...

Estrogen Treatment Linked to Reduced COVID Mortality
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974267

May 19th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Women who went on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with estrogen within six months of catching COVID-19 had a reduced risk of dying, a new study says. The study, coupled with data showing men have higher hospitalization and mortality rates from COVID than women, provides more evidence that estr...

Japanese Man Gambles Away Town's COVID Relief Funds
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974281

May 19th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. A Japanese man went on a gambling spree after COVID-19 relief funds worth 46.3 million yen — about $358,000 in U.S. dollars — accidentally ended up in his bank account. The 24-year-old man was supposed to receive only 100,000 yen (about $774 in U.S. money), his fair share of money intended for 4...

This Rural, Red Southern County Was a Vaccine Success Story. Not Anymore.
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974284

May 19th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. MEIGS COUNTY, Tenn. — At a glance, it seemed like a Southern pandemic success story in a most unlikely place. A small county northeast of Chattanooga, along the twisting banks of Chickamauga Lake, for much of the past year has reported the highest covid-19 vaccination rate in Tennessee and one o...

Pancreatic Involvement in COVID-19: What Do We Know?
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974291

May 19th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. MADRID — There is increasing evidence of the impact that SARS-CoV-2 infection has on patients with diabetes. It involves the relationship between COVID-19 and new diagnoses of diabetes and blood glucose disorders, among others, in the post–COVID-19 period. These topics were addressed at the XXXI...

CDC Signs Off on COVID Boosters in Children Ages 5-11
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974324

May 19th, 2022 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, signed off today on an advisory panel's recommendation that children ages 5 to 11 years should receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster dose at least 5 months after completion of the primary series. The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 11:1 Thursday afternoon, with one abste...

US to Study Whether Longer Paxlovid Course Needed to Combat Reinfections
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974210

May 19th, 2022 - (Reuters) - The U.S. National Institutes of Health is in talks with Pfizer Inc about studying whether a longer course of the drugmaker's COVID-19 antiviral treatment Paxlovid is needed to prevent infection recurrence, top U.S. infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday. "We're going to be planning what studies we're going to be doing relatively soon, within the next few days...

CDC Calls for One Third of Americans to Mask Up Again
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974280

May 19th, 2022 - Maybe it was inevitable. In light of both COVID-19 cases and hospitalization numbers rising again, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, recommends that about a third of Americans mask up again when indoors, when using public transportation, or if you are at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness. The CDC advice comes the same week the U.S. surpassed 1 million deaths from the pandemic, and experts...