Month: December 2021

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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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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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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The current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), has resulted in approximately 5.42 million deaths and over 286 million confirmed cases. The first instances of COVID-19 were reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019, with the majority of those affected having worked in a seafood and animal
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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 US is experiencing a boom in epilepsy care, with new data showing a significant increase in dedicated centers. Data from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) show the number of accredited epilepsy centers increased by nearly 60% — from 161 in 2012 to 256 in 2019, with the largest increases occurring among centers
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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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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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HSE academics joined researchers from the Turner Scientific Research Institute for Children’s Orthopaedics to study how the brains of children with arthrogryposis control elbow flexion after muscle transplantation. They found that in such patients, more motor neuron activity occurs, which means that the start of a new movement requires more effort from the brain. The
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Radical prostatectomy after confirmation of cancer via two advanced imaging techniques without biopsy is feasible, according to a retrospective study of 25 patients who refused biopsies. “Results of our case series may trigger the discussion about [radical prostatectomy] without prior biopsy as a possible option in well-selected patients,” Valentin H. Meissner, MD, and colleagues at
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At this point in the COVID vaccination campaign, nearly all American adults who want the vaccine have gotten it and are gratefully snapping up their boosters too. Those who decline vaccination are largely impervious to public service announcements, community pressure, and case counts turbocharged by the Omicron variant. Public health experts emphasize that primary care
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Two years after it was first detected in Wuhan, China, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2) has caused over 282 million infections worldwide. SARS-CoV-2 is a betacoronavirus that arose by zoonotic transmission from an animal reservoir, most likely the horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus), through an intermediate host. As the virus has spread throughout society, it
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Healthcare workers prepare Covid-19 tests at a Nomi Health testing site in Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Dan Brouillette | Bloomberg | Getty Images An investigation into a cluster of omicron infections in Nebraska suggests the heavily mutated variant has a shorter incubation period and causes similar or milder symptoms compared to past
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The concept of gamification is increasingly gaining popularity-;tourists frequently traveling overseas earn frequent flier points from their preferred airline; customers purchasing apparel from their favorite fashion outlet accumulate customer loyalty points. Both of these examples involve gamification: the inclusion of game-like features (points) to increase the odds of a desired outcome (a future purchase). Although
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Teachers don’t get enough credit. They work incredibly hard to educate the next generation and are notoriously underpaid. For grade-school teachers, they really have to be a Jack-of-all-trades, since education encompasses so many subjects. Teachers are leaders, artists, scholars, and apparently, athletes. Take Kathleen Fitzpatrick, for example. She’s a third-grade teacher at the Holy Trinity
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