A Third of U.S. Should Be Considering Masks, Officials Say
WASHINGTON — COVID-19 cases are increasing in the United States — and could get even worse over the coming months, federal health officials warned Wednesday in urging areas hardest hit to consider reissuing calls for indoor masking. Increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations are putting more of the country under guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that call for masking and other infection precautions. Right now, about a third of the U.S. population lives in areas that are considered at higher risk — mostly in the Northeast and Midwest. Those are are...
Source: TIME: Health - May 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ZEKE MILLER and MIKE STOBBE / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate wire Source Type: news

Building And Sustaining A Winning Culture In Healthcare: Lessons Learned From Harvard ’s Joel Katz
Last week, Dr. Joel Katz announced that he was stepping down after 21 years leading the Brigham and Women ’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School internal medicine residency program. His example offers timeless lessons on building and sustaining a high-performing clinical culture. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 19, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sachin H. Jain, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Decision Maker Content decisionmaker business pharma Source Type: news

New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern tests positive for COVID
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tested positive for COVID-19 but said she still plans to travel to the U.S. later this month for a trade trip and to give the commencement speech at Harvard University (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 14, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

What Paxlovid Rebound Could Mean for Patients
(MedPage Today) -- In this video, Michael Mina, MD, PhD, formerly an epidemiologist at Harvard and now chief science officer of eMed, discusses the cause of viral rebound with ritonavir/nirmatrelvir (Paxlovid), what it could mean for the evolution... (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - May 13, 2022 Category: American Health Source Type: news

DOJ Complaint Flags HCV Drug Denials for People With Addiction DOJ Complaint Flags HCV Drug Denials for People With Addiction
The Harvard Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation and AIDS Alabama allege that Alabama Medicaid has an illegal policy of denying HCV treatment to people who have used illicit drugs or alcohol.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - May 11, 2022 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Muscle Dysmorphia in Men: The Han Swolo Effect
(MedPage Today) -- In this video, Harrison "Skip" Pope Jr., MD, MPH, of Harvard Medical School in Boston, and Katharine Phillips, MD, of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, discuss symptoms, treatments, and social... (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - May 10, 2022 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Here ’s What You Need to Know About Paxlovid
Prescriptions for Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral medication Paxlovid—the first such pill to be authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—have increased tenfold in the past two months. Between late February and April 22, the number of patients using Paxlovid jumped from 8,000 to 80,000, according to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla; the drug is now available at some 33,000 locations, such as pharmacies and outpatient clinics, across the country. On April 26, the White House announced it would step up its efforts to encourage more doctors to prescribe the antiviral medication. As part of this, the Bide...
Source: TIME: Health - May 9, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kyla Mandel Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

The Petri Dish: Harvard spinout brings semiconductors to biotech
A Harvard spinout has raised millions in seed funding, and a dental AI has scored clearance from the FDA. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 5, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rowan Walrath Source Type: news

VideaHealth Dental AI Solution Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance, Establishing Industry-wide Benchmark for Clinical Accuracy
 VideaHealth Dental AI Solution Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance, Establishing Industry-wide Benchmark for Clinical AccuracyCompany ushers in a new era of transparency and efficiency by bringing to market the most diverse AI dental imaging dataset in the industryBOSTON, May 2, 2022–VideaHealth, a dental AI pioneer, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued 510(k) clearance for Videa Caries Assist, an AI-powered dental caries (cavity) detection algorithm. VideaHealth surpassed the FDA ’s exacting efficacy requirements by significantly aiding the analysis of radiographs instantly from the d...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - May 4, 2022 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Affirmative action bans had ‘devastating impact’ on diversity in medical schools, UCLA-led study finds
New UCLA-led research finds that in states with bans on affirmative action programs, the proportion of students from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups in U.S. public medical schools fell by more than one-third by five years after those bans went into effect.The findings are particularly timely given medical schools ’ increasing emphasis on health equity, including a push to ensure greater diversity among physicians in the workforce.The study will be published May 3 in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Internal Medicine.“We know that a more diverse physician workforce leads to better care for racial- ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 2, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Big Pharma Is Hijacking the Information Doctors Need Most
Back in 1982, when I first began my career as a family practitioner in a small town of Boston, I was confident that the care I’d provide would be as effective as the care patients receive anywhere in the world. At the time, the death rate for Americans was lower than that of comparable countries, resulting in 128,000 fewer deaths annually. Although healthcare was expensive—costing 2.3% more of our GDP than the average of 11 other wealthy countries—the rapid growth of HMOs and managed care plans promised to make our healthcare even more effective and efficient. Over the ensuing four decades, however, the o...
Source: TIME: Health - April 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Abramson Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

US economy shrinking at start of 2022 is 'shocking': Harvard economist
Harvard University professor Kenneth Rogoff said that a contraction in the U.S. economy in the first quarter is “shocking.” #contraction #kennethrogoff #economist #harvarduniversity (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What the Science Says About the Health Benefits of Vitamins and Supplements
From multivitamins and melatonin to fiber and fish oil, Americans who are trying to boost their health and immunity have a plethora of supplements to choose from. An estimated 58% of U.S. adults ages 20 and over take dietary supplements, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the supplement industry is valued at more than $30 billion a year. Supplement use has been growing rapidly over the past few decades along with the wellness industry. “The popular belief is that a supplement is going to be helpful for promoting health,” says Fang Fang Zhang, a professor at Tufts University&rs...
Source: TIME: Health - April 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sandeep Ravindran Tags: Uncategorized Diet & Nutrition healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Sleeping less than six hours a night when Covid struck raised risk of mental health problems
Researchers led by Harvard University found those sleeping less than six hours a night were up to 75 per cent more likely to be struggling with the conditions compared to normal sleepers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Harvard Details Its Entanglements With Slavery and Its Plans for Redress
The university is committing $100 million for an endowed “Legacy of Slavery Fund.” Its report carefully avoided treading on direct financial reparations for descendants of enslaved people. #legacyofslaveryfund #descendants (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news