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High Altitudes Mess With CPR Skills in Trained EMS Personnel

Dec 3rd, 2021 - High altitude hurt the quality of chest compressions from trained rescuers without them realizing it, experiments showed. At simulated altitudes of 200, 3,000, or 5,000 meters in a hypobaric chamber, helicopter EMS personnel started out with optimal chest compressions on manikins, but gradually lost both the depth in their compressions and the proper pacing of effective compressions over time, ...

UPDATE: The FDA Reminds Patients and Health Care Providers of the Importance of At Leas...
MedWatch; FDA

Dec 1st, 2021 - November 8, 2021 UPDATE: On November 2, 2021, the FDA convened a public meeting of the CDRH Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee to share information and perspectives from interested parties on the benefit-risk profile of the Endologix AFX endovascular graft system focused on the risk of Type III endoleaks. The FDA is reviewing the Panel’s recommendations a...

Certain Philips Respironics Ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP Machines Recalled Due to Poten...
MedWatch; FDA

Dec 1st, 2021 - Date Issued: June 30, 2021 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting people who use Philips Respironics ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP machines and their health care providers that Philips Respironics has recalled certain devices (see table below) due to potential health risks. The polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam, which is used to reduce sound and vibratio...

Canada to require people arriving by air to take COVID-19 tests; measure excludes U.S. flights

Nov 30th, 2021 - OTTAWA (Reuters) -Canada, seeking to halt the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, will require people arriving by air from all nations except the United States to take a COVID-19 test, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said on Tuesday. Ottawa is also expanding a ban on travelers from southern Africa to cover three more nations, bringing the total to 10. Canada has identified six people wi...

Brazil health regulator reports two cases of Omicron variant

Nov 30th, 2021 - RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Brazilian health regulator Anvisa said on Tuesday that preliminary laboratory analysis had found two Brazilian cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. Anvisa said one of the people had traveled from South Africa. The samples will be sent for final analysis, the regulator said. (Reporting by Pedro Fonseca Writing by Stephen Eisenhammer Editing by Brad Haynes)

U.S. CDC urges Americans to avoid travel to Niger, Poland over COVID-19

Nov 30th, 2021 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday advised Americans against travel to Niger, Papua New Guinea, Poland, and Trinidad and Tobago, citing COVID-19 concerns. On Saturday, the CDC added seven southern African countries to its “Level 4: Very High” classification after the White House announced new travel restrictions in response to the new Omi...

Factbox-Countries weigh need for booster COVID-19 shots

Nov 30th, 2021 - (Reuters) - Many countries are rolling out COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, but there is no consensus among scientists that they are necessary and the World Health Organization wants the most vulnerable people worldwide to be fully vaccinated first. Concern over the Omicron coronavirus variant has led some countries to expand their booster programmes. Here are some of the options countries and r...

BioNTech CEO says current vaccine likely to protect against severe COVID from Omicron

Nov 30th, 2021 - FRANKFURT, Nov 30 (Reuters) - BioNTech and Pfizer’s established COVID-19 vaccine will likely offer strong protection against any severe disease from the new Omicron virus variant, BioNTech’s Chief Executive told Reuters, even as the biotech firm protectively makes a bolt for an adapted version of the shot. Lab tests are currently underway over the next two weeks analysing the blood of people wh...

Vaccine under development by Spain's Hipra could be booster against variants, minister says

Nov 30th, 2021 - MADRID, Nov 30 (Reuters) - A COVID-19 vaccine currently under development by Spanish pharmaceutical firm Hipra could be effective as a booster against new variants of the virus, Spain’s Science Minister Diana Morant said on Tuesday. Spain’s medicines regulator two weeks ago authorised Hipra to carry out Phase II trials of its vaccine, which uses a recombinant protein like that of U.S. based dru...

Regeneron says COVID-19 drug could be less effective against Omicron variant

Nov 30th, 2021 - Nov 30 (Reuters) - Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday prior analyses suggested its COVID-19 antibody drug could have reduced activity against the Omicron coronavirus variant. (Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

U.S. FDA panel to weigh Merck's COVID-19 antiviral drug

Nov 30th, 2021 - Nov 30 (Reuters) - A panel of expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will vote later on Tuesday on whether to recommend authorization of Merck & Co’s antiviral pill to treat COVID-19. The U.S. drugmaker reported on Friday that the oral medicine’s efficacy in reducing hospitalizations and deaths had dropped to 30% with data available from over 1,400 patients in its late-stage s...

Threatened by Omicron, EU states urged to test more as some lag

Nov 30th, 2021 - BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s health commissioner has urged governments to boost efforts to detect coronavirus mutations, as some lag behind even as the new Omicron variant is detected around the bloc. The variant first found in southern Africa has now been identified in several European countries, but it is hard to track its spread as various countries do not carry out sufficient g...

Inditex founder's daughter Marta Ortega to become chairwoman, CEO steps down

Nov 30th, 2021 - MADRID, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Spanish fashion retailer giant Inditex said on Tuesday Marta Ortega, the daughter of its founder Amancio, will take over as chairwoman of the group in April as a last step of a generational handover started a decade ago. She will replace Pablo Isla, who took over from her father Amancio Ortega, Spain’s wealthiest man, in 2011 as chairman. Isla was deputy chairman sinc...

Singapore to restrict arrivals from South Africa, nearby states over COVID-19 variant

Nov 26th, 2021 - SINGAPORE, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Singapore will restrict arrivals from south Africa and countries nearby in an effort to keep out a new COVID-19 variant, its health ministry said on Friday. All non-Singaporean or non-permanent residents with recent travel history to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe will be denied entry or transit through Singapore, it sa...

How's That Vaccine Mandate Working for the Federal Government?

Nov 24th, 2021 - The Biden administration's "vaccine or test" mandate for federal workers appears to be a success, with over 90% of workers receiving at least one dose of the vaccine, according to an agency-by-agency breakdown released by the White House on Wednesday. As of November 23, approximately 92% of the 3.5 million federal workers in the U.S. have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. In addit...

FEATURE-Lesbian and trans Spaniards celebrate IVF equality

Nov 22nd, 2021 - * Spain grants lesbians, trans people equal IVF rights * ‘Anti-discrimination principle’ hailed as European model * Move could push other nations to ease access - activists Nov 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Civil servant Carmen Gonzalez and her wife have always wanted to have children, but the high cost of private fertility treatment made it seem an impossible dream for the Spanish lesbian ...

Germany in talks with Pfizer and others on COVID medicines - minister

Nov 19th, 2021 - BERLIN, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Germany is in negotiations with Pfizer about possibly buying its experimental antiviral pill to treat COVID-19, and is also talking to other companies that are developing promising medicines, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Friday. “We’re in talks with Pfizer, with MSD, also with all the others ... all those who have promising medicines,” Spahn told a news conferen...

Evaluation of Early Warning, Alert and Response System for Ebola Virus Disease, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2018–2020

Nov 19th, 2021 - Early case detection is important to control and prevent infectious disease outbreaks (1). The 5 identified purposes for early detection surveillance are detecting the first case of the disease in a population previously free, detecting new cases in an area already infected, early detection of an abnormal increase in the level of a disease normally present at a base level, screening for individ...

Potential Use for Serosurveillance of Feral Swine to Map Risk for Anthrax Exposure, Texas, USA

Nov 19th, 2021 - Anthrax, caused by Bacillus anthracis, is a zoonotic disease of global importance because of its ecologic effects on wildlife and free-ranging livestock and resulting economic impact on farmers and herders, its worldwide distribution, and its ability to cause disease even after decades of lying dormant in the environment. Known risks of exposure, considered together with unconfirmed environment...

Hospitalists helped plan COVID-19 field hospitals
Larry Beresford

Nov 18th, 2021 - At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic’s terrifying first wave in the spring of 2020, dozens of hospitals in high-incidence areas either planned or opened temporary, emergency field hospitals to cover anticipated demand for beds beyond the capacity of local permanent hospitals. Chastened by images of overwhelmed health care systems in Northern Italy and other hard-hit areas,1 the planners used.