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October 2022
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Funding for pandemic prevention, preparedness, response established

Editor's Note  The Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) Governing Board established the new FIF for pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response (PPR) at its inaugural meeting from September 8-9, World Health Organization (WHO) September 9 reports. The goal is to provide long-term financing to strengthen PPR capabilities in low- and middle-income countries…

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By: Lauren McCaffrey
September 12, 2022
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COVID-19-associated hospitalizations among vaccinated, unvaccinated adults

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that COVID-19 vaccines are strongly associated with preventing serious illness. Analyzing data from 192,509 hospitalizations in 250 US hospitals: monthly COVID-19 associated hospitalization rates ranged from 3.5 to 17.7 times higher in unvaccinated…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 12, 2022
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FDA: Reports of squamous cell carcinomas, lymphomas in breast implant scar tissue

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 8 issued a Safety Communication informing the public about reports of cancers, including squamous cell carcinomas and various lymphomas in the scar tissue that forms around breast implants. The various lymphomas are not the same as the lymphomas reported in…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 12, 2022
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FDA alerts patients, providers of Philips Respironics masks recall

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication alert on September 6 informing patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers that Philips Respironics (Philips) has recalled certain masks used with bilevel positive airway pressure (Bilevel PAP, BiPAP, or BPAP) machines and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines due…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
September 8, 2022
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Racial disparity worsens in monkeypox infections as cases decline

Editor's Note White House officials said on Wednesday, September 7, that despite worsening racial disparities in reported monkeypox cases, they are optimistic about the decline in cases and the increase in vaccinations. Dr Demetre Daskalakis, deputy coordinator of the White House national monkeypox response, said vaccination will be offered in…

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By: Lauren McCaffrey
September 8, 2022
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Study finds link between mental health and long COVID-19

Editor's Note A new Harvard study published Wednesday, September 7, in JAMA Psychiatry finds that people who felt stressed, anxious, lonely, depressed or worried about getting infected with COVID-19 were at higher risk of developing long-term symptoms, NBC September 8 reports. The study looked at survey responses from nearly 55,000…

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By: Lauren McCaffrey
September 8, 2022
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Travel nurses are not returning to former jobs as demand decreases

Editor's Note Some travel nurses are choosing to leave nursing instead of returning to their former hospital jobs “as demand for travel nurses comes back down from unprecedented highs during the pandemic,” Becker’s Hospital Review September 6 reports. According to Becker’s, there were about 50,000 travel nurses in the US…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
September 7, 2022
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COVID-19 vaccines to become annual shot, say White House officials

Editor's Note On Tuesday, White House officials said COVID-19 vaccinations will likely become an annual affair, similar to flu shots, NBC News September 6 reports. "In the absence of a dramatically different variants, we likely are moving towards a path with a vaccination cadence similar to that of the annual…

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By: Lauren McCaffrey
September 7, 2022
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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Editor's Note September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, with National Suicide Prevention Week taking place from September 4 to 10. The American Hospital Association (AHA) highlights resources available to individuals in an effort to reduce the occurrence of suicide and destigmatize the conversations around it. Throughout the month, AHA will…

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By: Lauren McCaffrey
September 7, 2022
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New HHS fund, center to address social media and mental health

Editor's Note In an effort to address the National Mental Health Crisis, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), granted the American Academy of Pediatrics $2 million in funding to establish a National Center of Excellence on Social…

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By: Lauren McCaffrey
September 6, 2022
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