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U.S. Nurse Workforce Bounces Back After Pandemic Shortage Fears

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024 8:02 AM Despite fears that the COVID-19 pandemic would devastate the American registered nurse (RN) workforce for years to come, a new study found that nurse employment has actually grown in the past 2 years, according to a new study.

Do We Simply Not Care About Old People?

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024 6:12 AM The COVID-19 pandemic would be a wake-up call for America, advocates for the elderly predicted: incontrovertible proof that the nation wasn't doing enough to care for vulnerable older adults.

CDC May Recommend Spring COVID Booster for At-Risk Groups

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024 7:59 AM A CDC advisory committee will meet this month to decide whether to recommend a spring COVID booster for vulnerable groups such as the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

It's Risky to Mix Paxlovid With Immunosuppressants

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Friday, February 16, 2024 8:02 AM Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a reminder to healthcare professionals regarding the potential serious adverse reactions associated with Paxlovid when administered in combination with specific immunosuppressants.

COVID's Latest Adaptation: It Has Lulled us to Sleep

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Friday, February 16, 2024 6:09 AM I'm an 83-year-old retired physician. I let my medical license expire over a decade ago and have put my medical care into the hands of very capable people paid for by Medicare—just like most people my age. Generally, I have been happy with this arrangement and enjoy good health.

Soaring Rates of Healthcare Use After COVID

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024 8:02 AM Welcome to Impact Factor, your weekly dose of commentary on a new medical study. I'm Dr F. Perry Wilson of the Yale School of Medicine. By February 2024, 1.2 million people in the United States had died of COVID — a loss of life that exceeds what we saw in World War II, the so-called "Spanish" flu of 1918, the Civil War, and the entire AIDS epidemic.
But this story is not about the people who died.

Virus and Booster Apathy Could Be Fueling Long COVID

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024 8:02 AM Maria Maio wasn't the only person in her workplace battling COVID-19 in early December 2023. But while everyone else she knows got better, she got long COVID.

CDC May Be Changing COVID Isolation Recommendations

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024 6:09 AM The Washington Post is reporting that new CDC guidance will recommend that Americans testing positive for COVID-19 no longer need to isolate for 5 days.

Mild COVID-19 Can Cause Sleep Problems, Study Finds

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Monday, February 12, 2024 7:59 AM Even a mild case of COVID-19 can cause people to have trouble sleeping, according to new research.

New Evidence Suggests Long COVID Could Be a Brain Injury

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Friday, February 9, 2024 8:02 AM Brain fog is one of the most common, persistent complaints in patients with long COVID. It affects as many as 46% of patients who also deal with other cognitive concerns like memory loss and difficulty concentrating.

Fauci Will Reflect on Long Government Career in Upcoming Book

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Friday, February 9, 2024 6:09 AM Anthony Fauci, MD, has a memoir coming out in June, a look back at his long career as an infectious disease expert and the many outbreaks he contended with, from HIV/AIDS to the COVID-19 pandemic that made him famous.

Long COVID: Another Great Pretender

By Staff
Thursday, February 8, 2024 8:02 AM Has COVID replaced syphilis as the great imitator? At the turn of the 20th century, Sir William Osler was quoted as saying, "He who knows syphilis knows medicine."

Bivalent Vaccines Protect Even Kids Who've Had COVID

By Staff
Wednesday, February 7, 2024 8:02 AM It was only 3 years ago when we called the pathogen we now refer to as the coronavirus "nCOV-19." It was, in many ways, more descriptive than what we have today. The little "n" there stood for "novel"—and it was really that little "n" that caused us all the trouble.

More Evidence Maternal COVID Vaccination Is Safe for Newborns

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024 6:09 AM Newborns whose mothers received at least one mRNA COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy had no worse outcomes than those whose mothers didn't get the vaccine during pregnancy, a large cohort study from Sweden and Norway found.

Cognitive Slowing May Be a Hallmark of Long COVID

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024 6:09 AM Pronounced cognitive slowing distinguished people with long COVID from others, a cross-sectional study showed.