Tag: COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccinations prevented 20M deaths in their first year

Editor's Note Almost two thirds of the world’s population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine since December 2020. Vaccinations prevented 19.8 million out of a potential 31.4 million deaths related to COVID-19 worldwide in their first year, according to September 2022 findings published in The Lancet…

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By: Brita Belli
October 24, 2023
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Total body PET scans show body’s immune response to COVID-19

Editor's Note Scientists from UC Davis used dynamic total-body positron emission tomography (PET) to show the body's immune response to COVID-19 in recovering patients, Science Advances October 12 reports. The research article, titled "First-in-human immunoPET imaging of COVID-19 convalescent patients using dynamic total-body PET and a CD8-targeted minibody," was published…

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By: Brita Belli
October 20, 2023
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New agreement between HHS, Pfizer to ensure access to Paxlovid

Editor's Note The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Pfizer have announced an agreement to extend patient access to the COVID-19 drug Paxlovid, Healthcare Purchasing News October 16 reports. According to the article, Pfizer is readying the drug for more availability in the commercial market in November…

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By: Brita Belli
October 19, 2023
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Higher performing ICUs had significantly lower mortality rates during pandemic

Editor's Note High-performance intensive care units (ICUs) may have better patient outcomes during health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new findings published by the journal CHEST. The study, titled "The association between pre-pandemic ICU performance and mortality variation in COVID-19: A multicenter cohort study of 35,619 critically…

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By: Brita Belli
October 18, 2023
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Refreshed outlook for addressing healthcare’s staffing crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified existing personnel shortages in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers (ASC), which are anticipated to persist. Before the pandemic, nursing supply and demand were already affected negatively by several factors, including approximately 70,000 Baby Boomer RNs retiring per year. As the remaining Baby Boomer RNs retire over…

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By: John Young and Holly Moore
October 10, 2023
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Physician burnout increasing in US, COVID-19 one of many factors

Editor's Note An October 2023 investigative study published by JAMA Network looked at physician burnout among US physicians over the past 5 years and found that burnout is increasing, JAMA October 6 reports. According to the study, burnout is a threat to the US healthcare system and physicians' ability to…

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By: Brita Belli
October 9, 2023
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Nursing schools are denying qualified applicants due to staffing shortages

Editor's Note Due to staffing shortages, thousands of qualified applicants were turned away from nursing schools last year, despite the nationwide shortage of nurses, CNN Business October 5 reports. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nearly 78,200 qualified applications were denied by nursing schools in 2022. Nearly 66,300…

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By: Brita Belli
October 6, 2023
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RSV vaccine with added boost proves effective against new variants

Editor's Note A new vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has been found to be effective against a range of variants, according to an August 2023 Science Translational Medicine research article titled, "The RSVPreF3-AS01 vaccine elicits broad neutralization of contemporary and antigenically distant respiratory syncytial virus strains." This research was…

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By: Brita Belli
October 3, 2023
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Study reveals significant benefits of antiviral COVID-19 drugs

Editor's Note This new study from the Cleveland Clinic found that use of COVID-19 antiviral drugs Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir) and Lagevrio (molnupiravir) reduces risk of hospitalization and death in high-risk patients with mild disease, even against Omicron subvariants. The findings were published in JAMA Network on September 21. The study included…

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By: Brita Belli
October 1, 2023
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Comparing COVID-19 booster shots–and whether to wait

Editor's Note With COVID-19 rates rising again, and winter cold and flu season around the corner, it is time for healthcare personnel to get a COVID-19 booster shot to help protect against illness–and recommend patients to do the same. In a September 2023 TIME Magazine article, doctors weigh in on…

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By: Brita Belli
September 28, 2023
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