The Most Exciting New Advances in Managing COPD
The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, or GOLD, is the world’s preeminent COPD research and advocacy organization. Founded in 1997 in collaboration with the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization, one of GOLD’s stated aims is to “improve prevention and treatment of this lung disease.” In its 2023 global strategy report, GOLD changed its definition of COPD—which many in the profession viewed as overdue. Specifically, the new definition emphasized the heterogeneity of COPD in terms of its underlying drivers and long-term disease course. [ti...
Source: TIME: Health - March 18, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized freelance Source Type: news

European Commission approves Pfizer & #039;s PREVENAR 20 ® to help protect infants and children against pneumococcal disease
Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) today announced that the European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorization for the company's 20-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, marketed in the European Union under the brand name PREVENAR 20®, for active immunization for the prevention of invasive disease, pneumonia and acute otitis media caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae in infants, children and adolescents from 6 weeks to less than 18 years of age. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - March 13, 2024 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Pfizer Business and Industry Source Type: news

From COVID-19 to Measles, Florida ’ s War on Public Health
The culture of public health and medicine rests on open discussions in which different points of view are considered for the betterment of patient care and health. This process depends on psychological safety so individuals feel free and safe to speak and openly disagree. These factors collectively create a just culture, which improves systems and organizations and is being widely implemented in healthcare nationwide. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] However, in the face of politicized anti-science and anti-expert sentiment and attacks, we need to ask if just culture is being restricted in public health. Fo...
Source: TIME: Health - February 27, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott A. Rivkees Tags: Uncategorized freelance Source Type: news

Holiday Gatherings and a New Variant Are Fueling COVID-19 Deaths, WHO Says
GENEVA — The head of the U.N. health agency said Wednesday holiday gatherings and the spread of the most prominent variant globally led to increased transmission of COVID-19 last month. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said nearly 10,000 deaths were reported in December, while hospital admissions during the month jumped 42% in nearly 50 countries—mostly in Europe and the Americas—that shared such trend information. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] “Although 10,000 deaths a month is far less than the peak of the pandemic, this level of preventable deaths is not acceptable,” the Wor...
Source: TIME: Health - January 11, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate wire Source Type: news

When Should We Consider A Rickettsial Disease?
Discussion Rickettsioses are “small, obligate intracellular, gram-negative, aerobic coccobacillary α-proeobacteria” from the genuses Rickettsia, Anaplasma, Coxiella, Ehrlichia, and Orientia genuses. Often they cause limited health problems but can cause severe disease and death. They present with a fever and other non-specific signs and symptoms, usually with a rash and lymphadenopathy. Other problems can include: Cardiac – endocarditis, myocarditis, pericarditis Gastrointestinal – abdominal pain, acute abdomen, cholecystitis, hepatitis, pancreatitis Heme/Lymph – hemophagocytosis, lymph...
Source: - December 18, 2023 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Getting Sick All the Time? Don ’ t (Necessarily) Blame COVID-19
Respiratory disease season is in full swing, with influenza, RSV, and COVID-19 case counts rising in various parts of the U.S. Hospitals in some states are also reporting upticks in pediatric pneumonia diagnoses, which experts say seems to be unrelated to the recent spike of pneumonias reported in China. On the heels of last year’s severe flu and RSV reason, all this contagion has some people wondering if SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may be to blame. Some studies suggest the virus leaves its mark on the immune system even after an acute illness passes, raising an important question: does having COVI...
Source: TIME: Health - December 7, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Texas Sues Pfizer Over Vax Claims; Dr. Rand Paul to the Rescue; Kid Pneumonia Cases
(MedPage Today) -- Note that some links may require registration or subscription. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued Pfizer over the drugmaker's efficacy claims for its COVID vaccine. (Reuters) Sen. Rand Paul, MD (R-Ky.), rushed to the... (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - December 1, 2023 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: A Cluster of Multi-Strain Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Among Persons Experiencing Homelessness and Use of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine - El Paso County, Colorado, 2022
This report describes cases of invasive pneumococcal disease among people experiencing homelessness in Colorado. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - November 16, 2023 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Source Type: news

Provider Knowledge of Pneumococcal Vaccine Recommendations Provider Knowledge of Pneumococcal Vaccine Recommendations
Pneumococcal vaccine coverage remains low. This survey found that many health care providers are confused about the nuances surrounding recommendations for pneumococcal vaccine for adult patients.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - November 15, 2023 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Here ’s How the CDC Will Track Viruses Over the Holiday Travel Season
If you’ve traveled overseas recently, you might have been greeted upon your return by people in a handful of airport terminals in the U.S. recruiting passengers to get tested for the COVID-19 virus. It’s been a surprisingly productive way to keep track of how much COVID-19 might be entering the country, via travelers, as well as which variants they are bringing in. Just in time for the busy holiday travel season, the program’s operators, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Concentric by Ginkgo Bioworks (a Boston-based biotech firm), and XpresCheck, which recruits and tests the passeng...
Source: TIME: Health - November 6, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

First malaria vaccine slashes early childhood deaths
In a major analysis in Africa, the first vaccine approved to fight malaria cut deaths among young children by 13% over nearly 4 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported last week. The huge evaluation of a pilot rollout of the vaccine, called RTS,S or Mosquirix and made by GlaxoSmithKline, also showed a 22% reduction in severe malaria in kids young enough to receive a three-shot series. Hundreds of thousands of children are born annually in the parts of Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi included in the analysis, for which WHO revealed the final data on 20 October at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical M...
Source: ScienceNOW - October 24, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news

COVID-19 AI model boosts disease detection by radiologists
A deep-learning (DL) AI algorithm designed to help clinicians diagnose COVID-19 has been validated in a study by radiologists who interpreted x-rays with and without the model, according to a study published October 16 in Scientific Reports.A team led by Takamichi Murakami, MD, PhD, of Kobe University in Kobe, Japan, found that the DL model was more accurate than six of eight radiologist readers and that the accuracy of the readers improved when they used the AI.“This DL model of CXRs may be useful, especially in areas where medical resources are limited,” the group wrote.While the development of vaccines and measures ...
Source: Headlines - October 18, 2023 Category: Radiology Authors: Will Morton Tags: Digital X-Ray Artificial Intelligence Source Type: news

How seniors can access 4 key vaccines this fall — for COVID, flu, pneumonia, and RSV
COVID-19, influenza, pneumococcal, and — for the first time — respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccines will all be available this fall for older adults. But medical experts warn high costs and patchwork rollouts could be barriers for seniors trying to protect themselves. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 7, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Should you pick Novavax ’s COVID-19 shot over mRNA options?
For cardiologist Eric Topol, this week’s vaccine news presented a personal dilemma. Topol, who directs the Scripps Research Translational Institute and is a popular commenter on COVID-19 research, had hoped to get an updated COVID-19 vaccine from Novavax, rather than a messenger RNA (mRNA) shot from Pfizer or Moderna. Novavax relies on an older, protein-based approach that has shown long-lasting effects against other pathogens, and Topol wondered whether it might produce more durable protection. On Tuesday, it seemed he might get his chance: a drugstore he visited for an mRNA vaccine ran out of doses, and hours later the...
Source: ScienceNOW - October 6, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news

Immunity-enhancing cocktail protects mice against multiple hospital germs
Some people in hospital die not from the illness or accident that got them admitted but from germs they catch once there. In the United States alone, there are hundreds of thousands of hospital-acquired infections each year, leading to tens of thousands of deaths. Seeking to lower this toll, researchers have now come up with an immune-boosting cocktail that increases the survival of mice exposed to the microbes responsible. The three-compound formulation, which the researchers unusually refer to as a vaccine, provided up to 28 days of protection from the notorious hospital bacterium Pseudomonas aerugin...
Source: ScienceNOW - October 4, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news