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HCW COVID-19 exposures linked to lapses in eye protection

  Editor's Note In this study, researchers from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, find that the use of eye protection by health care workers (HCWs) is important in preventing patient-to-HCW transmission of COVID-19. Of 345 HCWs who had a significant occupational exposure to patients with COVID-19, nurses accounted for 55.8%,…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 13, 2022
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CDC lifts pre-departure COVID-19 testing for international travelers

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on June 10 announced that it will no longer require international travelers to have a negative COVID-19 test before flying to the US, effective June 12. The CDC continues to recommend that travelers flying to the US get tested as…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 13, 2022
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Analysis: Even small amounts of exercise help lower depression risk

Editor's Note A systematic review and meta-analysis published in JAMA Psychiatry on April 13 shows that even small amounts of low-intensity physical activity can decrease risk of depression among adults, JAMA Network June 7 reports. The analysis included 15 cohort studies comprising 191,130 participants. The researchers estimated that if adults…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 9, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of Medtronic HVAD Pump Implant Kit

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 8 identified the recall by Medtronic of its HeartWare Ventricular Assist Device (HVAD) Pump Implant Kit as Class I, the most serious. The HVAD System is used as a bridge to cardiac transplants. The Kit was recalled because of a…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 9, 2022
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Bill introduced to protect HCWs like airline staff

Editor's Note US Representatives Madeleine Dean (D-Pa) and Larry Bucshon, MD, (R-Ind) on June 7 introduced a Bill to protect healthcare workers (HCWs) from violence that is modeled after protections for airline workers, the June 8 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. The Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees Act would criminalize…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 9, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of Philips Respironics V60, V60 Plus Ventilators

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration on June 3 identified the recall by Philips Respironics of all V60 and V60 Plus Ventilators as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because an internal power fluctuation may cause the ventilator to shut down unintentionally with or without any…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 8, 2022
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Association of COVID-19 booster and Omicron in the NBA

Editor's Note This study, led by researchers at IQVIA, Durham, North Carolina, finds that in a young, healthy, highly vaccinated cohort of players and staff in the National Basketball Association (NBA), booster vaccinations were associated with a significant reduction in COVID-19 infections during the Omicron wave. Of 2,613 players and…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 7, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of Atrium Medical’s iCast Covered Stent

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 2 identified the recall by Atrium Medical Corporation of its iCast Covered Stent System as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of increased complaints about the separation of the balloon or catheter hub from the delivery…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 7, 2022
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Changes in cancer screening during COVID-19

Editor's Note  This study from the American Cancer Society, Atlanta, finds that the prevalence of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening decreased during COVID-19. A total of 479,248 patients were included in the analysis for breast cancer screening, 301,453 for cervical cancer screening, and 854,210 for colorectal cancer screening. Between…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 6, 2022
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Healthcare employment up in May

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was up in May to a seasonally adjusted 16,267,900 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on June 3. That’s up 28,300 since April. Hospital employment also was up by 16,300 jobs. The overall unemployment rate for May was 3.6%, for a…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 6, 2022
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