Month: December 2021

My oh my, we are on the cusp of a new year! That can bring so many feelings for patients, families, staff. Some are relieved the last year is over, some are anxious about the new year, and still, others are eager for a new year of life. It can be a time of ‘resolutions’
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The FDA is expected to broaden eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots on Monday, allowing ages 12-15 to get third doses of the Pfizer vaccine, according to The New York Times. In addition, the FDA plans to allow both adults and
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To run, play tag, and try the sport of basketball; those are the new activities a girl from Nigeria is looking forward to most, after a life-changing trip to Mayo Clinic. “She is very happy, and we are too quite frankly,” says pediatric orthopedic surgeon Todd Milbrandt, M.D. “She’s just a phenomenal young woman and
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The CDC released two studies on Thursday that showed vaccine safety for ages 5-11 and emphasized the importance of vaccinating children against the coronavirus to prevent serious illness and hospitalization. In one study, researchers found that serious problems were rare among
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As vaccine effectiveness wanes over time, it is generally estimated using a standard Cox or Poisson model that assumes constant vaccine effectiveness over time. However, this is less precise over short time periods, and it indicates the effectiveness of vaccines fairly slowly. Researchers from the University of North Carolina, University of Washington, and the US
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In this article JBLU JetBlue Airways Airbus A320 passenger aircraft landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Nik Oiko | LightRocket | Getty Images JetBlue Airways is cutting close to 1,300 flights from its schedule from Thursday through mid-January in anticipation of more Covid-19 infections among pilots and flight attendants. New
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Children and staff who repeatedly test negative for COVID-19 after contact with someone who has the illness can safely remain in school if universal masking programs are in place, according to a new “test-to-stay” study report from the ABC Science Collaborative. The finding provides a safe alternative to quarantining people who have been exposed to
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In this video, Katie Boston-Leary, PhD, director of nursing programs for the American Nurses Association (ANA), discusses criticisms of the CDC’s new policy shortening quarantine periods for positive individuals and shares concerns about its effect on healthcare professionals. The following is a transcript of her remarks: The ANA’s criticisms of the guidance for healthcare workers
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We explore the impact of brushing aside emotions, and not accepting the full range of our feelings. You’re sitting in a café with a friend, sipping on lattes while talking about your recent break up that’s left you devastated. You saw a future with them, and now they’re suddenly gone. You’re on the verge of
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The severe acute respiratory distress syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) enters human cells with the help of its spike protein that binds the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor of the host. The spike protein-host membrane reaction depends on proteolytic cleavage, as well as activation of viral envelope glycoproteins, by host cell proteases. Notable proteases in this regard
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A Covid-19 rapid PCR test site sign at Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town, South Africa, on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Dwayne Senior | Bloomberg | Getty Images The World Health Organization on Wednesday cautioned that omicron has not spread widely among the populations most at risk, making it difficult to determine whether or
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As of December 28, 2021, over 282 million people have been infected with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) worldwide, of which over 5.4 million have died. In children, SARS-CoV-2 infection is usually asymptomatic or mild, which is in contrast to older individuals, who are associated with a greater risk of hospitalization and
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A growing body of data further strengthened the case for Omicron being a less severe variant than Delta, said Anthony Fauci, MD, chief medical advisor to President Biden, during a White House COVID-19 Response Team phone briefing on Wednesday. Given certain caveats, “all indications point to a lesser severity of Omicron versus Delta,” Fauci said.
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