Month: June 2022

The United States on Wednesday announced an agreement with Pfizer and BioNTech for 105 million doses of Covid vaccine for Americans this fall. The $3.2 billion contract, signed between the companies and the US health and defense departments, includes vaccines for babies, young children, teens and adults, and may include Omicron-specific vaccines, which a panel
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Physicians tend to excel in science and math, so it’s a bit surprising that, in a new study, nearly 8 in 10 ― 78% ― committed a gaffe called the conjunction fallacy. Researchers asked doctors to estimate the probability of a sequence of events in a clinical scenario. But most gave answers that were logically
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A new study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia shows a possible association between diabetes, stroke, and heart disease with dementia.1 The study, conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, followed 2,577 seniors over a 12-year period. According to their results, those who had at least 2 cardiometabolic diseases were more likely to develop dementia.1
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About 80% of people in the U.S. have low to moderate cardiovascular health based on the American Heart Association’s new Life’s Essential 8™ checklist according to a new study published today in Circulation, the Association’s flagship, peer-reviewed journal. Life’s Essential 8™, also published today in Circulation, details the Association’s updated guidance to measure cardiovascular health,
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Internet searches on abortion medication spiked to “record national highs” following the leak of the draft Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade, researchers reported. In the 72 hours following the leaked draft on May 2, searches related to abortion medications were 162% (95% CI 149-175) higher than expected, with approximately 350,000 searches for abortion
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is activating its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to the ongoing monkeypox outbreak. The Biden-Harris Administration has also announced plans to offer more vaccines. The CDC has activated the EOC as a part of its “aggressive” response to the monkeypox outbreak, it noted in a news release Tuesday. According
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HIV care suffered setbacks during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Black patients may have been disproportionately affected, according to an analysis by tech company Komodo Health. The company analyzed insurance claims and reported drops in HIV screening, new diagnoses, and new preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prescriptions, as well as changes in PrEP adherence.
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Becerra said the department would work to increase access to medication abortion across the country, work with the department’s Office for Civil Rights to protect patient and provider privacy, examine the department’s authority in protecting the clinical judgment of health care providers in treating pregnant patients, work on training clinicians in family planning, and he
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Outsourcing NHS services to the private sector is associated with reduced quality of patient care and increased rates of deaths from treatable causes, according to an analysis published in The Lancet Public Health journal. Findings from the study suggest increased privatization of health services in England between 2013 and 2020 was linked to higher rates
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Last night, Dame Deborah James’s family announced that she passed away peacefully at home, after living with bowel cancer since 2016. Since her diagnosis, Deborah tirelessly campaigned for bowel cancer awareness as ‘Bowel Babe’. She will be greatly missed, and her legacy will continue long into the future. Michelle Mitchell, chief executive at Cancer Research
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Nordic walking was significantly better at improving functional capacity than moderate- to vigorous-intensity continuous training and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) in a single-center randomized controlled trial. Participants who did Nordic walking saw better improvements in functional capacity, measured using the 6-minute walk test distances, than did individuals doing either of the other exercise strategies (interaction
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Twenty-one voting members of the FDA’s independent committee voted on the question: “Does the committee recommend inclusion of a SARS-CoV-2 Omicron component for COVID-19 booster vaccines in the United States?” Nineteen of the members voted yes, two voted no. “I voted in favor of Omicron because I think it’s important to broaden immunity,” said Dr.
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