Access to vital health services fell during COVID, particularly for poorer Americans
Americans ’ use of common outpatient health services dipped sharply at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, then rebounded to near-normal levels by the end of 2020, only to decline again during the second surge in January–February 2021, according to a new UCLA-led study.But the 2020 recovery in care wasn ’t equal for all, researchers found. Some of the most socioeconomically disadvantaged patients — those with Medicaid or Medicare-Medicaid dual eligibility insurance — were far less likely than those with other insurance plans to return to using outpatient services at rates approaching normal, pre-pandemic levels....
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - January 22, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

To Get Kids Vaccinated, Schools Offer Money and More
In Anderson, S.C., high school students received $100 if they got vaccinated against COVID-19. In Phoenix, school leaders are giving out $100 gift cards. In Los Angeles, students have the chance to win gift cards or free prom and homecoming tickets if they get the jab. And in the nation’s largest school district, New York City, children as young as 5 could get paid for getting a COVID-19 vaccination, another example of the lengths to which schools are going as they strive for normalcy after nearly two years of pandemic-disrupted education. Like everything involving schools during the pandemic, from mask mandates to r...
Source: TIME: Health - November 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Reilly Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Education nationpod Source Type: news

Why Schools Are Offering Money, and More, to Get Kids Vaccinated
In Anderson, S.C., high school students received $100 if they got vaccinated against COVID-19. In Phoenix, school leaders are giving out $100 gift cards. In Los Angeles, students have the chance to win gift cards or free prom and homecoming tickets if they get the jab. And in the nation’s largest school district, New York City, children as young as 5 could get paid for getting a COVID-19 vaccination, another example of the lengths to which schools are going as they strive for normalcy after nearly two years of pandemic-disrupted education. Like everything involving schools during the pandemic, from mask mandates to r...
Source: TIME: Health - November 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Reilly Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Education nationpod Source Type: news

Caring for the Caregivers Post-Pandemic
Since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic was first officially declared, doctors, nurses and other clinicians have stepped up and shouldered burdens they never anticipated. They rose to the challenge magnificently, caring for the ill while protecting themselves and their families. But their commitment to helping others has come, in many cases, at no small cost to themselves. Even many of those who didn’t contract the coronavirus have changed forever. For those who continue to treat patients with ever more virulent strains of the virus, the deluge of need seems unrelenting. And that constant pressure to provide car...
Source: TIME: Health - September 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elaine K. Howley Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Stop Use of Ivermectin for COVID-19: AMA, Pharmacist Groups
THURSDAY, Sept. 2, 2021 -- The prescribing, dispensing, and use of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 outside of clinical trials must end immediately, the American Medical Association, American Pharmacists Association, and American Society of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 2, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Stop Use of Ivermectin for COVID-19: AMA, Pharmacist Groups
THURSDAY, Sept. 2, 2021 -- The prescribing, dispensing and use of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 outside of clinical trials must end immediately, the American Medical Association, American Pharmacists Association and American Society of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 2, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Telehealth Took Off During the Pandemic. Now, Battles Over State Lines and Licensing Threaten Patients ’ Options
Televisits for medical care took off during the worst days of the pandemic, quickly becoming commonplace. Throughout, it’s probably seemed like it doesn’t matter what state the provider of these telehealth services is located. But that’s only because most states, along with the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, temporarily waived rules requiring licensed clinicians to hold a valid license in the state where their patient is located. Now states are rolling back many of those pandemic workarounds—meaning the ability to conduct certain virtual appointments may be nearing an end. Johns ...
Source: TIME: Health - August 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julie Appleby / Kaiser Health News Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Doctors look to tech for the future but need assurance it will work
Jesse Ehrenfeld, former chair of the board of trustees for the American Medical Association, discusses  the evolution of digital health adoption over time at HIMSS21.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - August 10, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

J & J Facing Scrutiny from Congress, Black Women ’s Organization
Plaintiff attorneys and congressional leaders have renewed their push against Johnson & Johnson and its allegedly toxic, talc-based powder products, questioning motives and demanding answers, according to various media outlets. A committee of attorneys filed a restraining order in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Delaware, July 27, hoping to prevent J&J’s potential plan to unload its talc-related liabilities on a new subsidiary that would subsequently file for bankruptcy. The next day, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform delivered a letter to J&J’s chief executive dem...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 2, 2021 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Source Type: news

Despite AMA plea, Milwaukee-area health systems aren't mandating employee Covid-19 vaccines
Despite Covid-19 hospitalizations in Wisconsin doubling in a 17-day period, southeast Wisconsin health care systems say they ’re not ready to mandate employee vaccinations as urged by the American Medical Association and other medical groups. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 26, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rich Kirchen Source Type: news

Azithromycin no more effective against COVID-19 than placebo: Study
The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, included 263 participants who all tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, within seven days before entering the study. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cytisine Not Noninferior to Varenicline for Smoking Cessation
THURSDAY, July 8, 2021 -- Cytisine treatment fails to demonstrate noninferiority to varenicline treatment for smoking cessation, according to a study published in the July 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Ryan J.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 8, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

AMA approves radiology-specific AI CPT code for Zebra Medical algorithm
The American Medical Association (AMA) has approved a current procedural terminolog...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Zebra gets FDA nod for AI bone measurement software Canon, Zebra partner to expand AI image offerings FDA clears Zebra's mammography AI Zebra secures fifth FDA clearance for vertebral AI Zebra unveils new software algorithm (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 8, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

AMA approves radiology-specific AI CPT code
The American Medical Association (AMA) has approved a current procedural terminolog...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Zebra gets FDA nod for AI bone measurement software Canon, Zebra partner to expand AI image offerings FDA clears Zebra's mammography AI Zebra secures fifth FDA clearance for vertebral AI Zebra unveils new software algorithm (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 7, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Interleukin-6 antagonists improve outcomes in hospitalised COVID-19 patients
Findings from a study published today [6 July] in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) have prompted new World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations to use interleukin-6 antagonists in patients with severe or critical COVID-19 along with corticosteroids. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - July 6, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Alumni, Health, International, Postgraduate, Public engagement, Publications, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, Faculty of Health Sciences, Population Health Sciences; Press Release Source Type: news