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Many Tune in for First VM Leadership Summit 2021 Broadcast: VirtualEYZE!, Exploring Telehealth's Expansion and Eyecare's Expanding Boundaries

By Staff
Thursday, June 24, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Many leading retail execs, eyecare professionals, key opinion leaders and suppliers tuned in yesterday afternoon to the first virtual session of this year's VM Leadership Summit. Yesterday's session, titled VirtualEYZE!, examined the opportunities for telehealth to expand eyecare's boundaries and featured updates sharing the ophthalmic perspective from an ocular telehealth expert at the American Telemedicine Association, two experienced reimbursement executives and a first-of-its-kind discussion with a mix of eyecare practitioners and execs sharing their own experience with remote, comprehensive eye exams before, during and in the current stage of the pandemic.

Survey Finds There Are Pandemic-Life Silver Linings Tied to Health Care

By Staff
Friday, June 18, 2021 11:57 AM NEW YORK—According to new research from healthinsurance.com, many Americans are now ready to acknowledge that there are some pandemic-life silver linings. The national survey of 1,000 U.S. adults found that, because of the pandemic, 80 percent of respondents said they have been more focused on their health, while 73 percent said they worked toward improving their self-care.

It seems clear, according to healthinsurance.com, that living through the pandemic put a spotlight on self-care.

The survey also found that 73 percent of Americans say their self-care has improved since the start of the pandemic, which is an 81 percent increase from the healthinsurance.com June 2020 survey.

Respondents also are more self-aware and acting on it. Last month, 55 percent of respondents said they had packed on some "pandemic pounds," and now 49 percent say they are dieting for this summer season. The past 15 months of pandemic life have also taken a toll. Among respondents, 51 percent feel like they need some time off from work, which is a 22 percent increase from this time last year.

CooperVision’s Jerry Warner Talks About Myopia Management, Independent ODs and More

By Mark Tosh
Friday, June 18, 2021 10:33 AM VMAIL Weekend recently sat down with CooperVision’s Jerry Warner, Executive Vice President – President Americas & Global Commercial Functions, for an update on various efforts the company is pursuing. Warner, who was interviewed at the recent Vision Expo East meeting, spoke about independent ODs and their resilience during the pandemic, the proposed joint venture with EssilorLuxottica that is working to develop a spectacle lens for myopia and the launch of the MiSight 1 day lens for myopia management.

Varied COVID Vaccination Rates May Lead to 'Two Americas'

By Staff
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:29 PM Will differences in COVID vaccination rates across the country ultimately divide America? The highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus is on the rise in the U.S., leading the CDC to predict that this concerning strain will soon predominate.

U.S. Scientist Finds Deleted Coronavirus Genetic Data

By Staff
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:27 PM A scientist in Seattle found genetic data about the coronavirus that was stored on a National Institutes of Health archive and later deleted, according to The Washington Post.

Students Sue University Over COVID Vaccine Mandate

By Staff
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:26 PM Several students who want to attend in-person classes at Indiana University in the fall have filed a lawsuit that says the school’s COVID-19 vaccine policy is unconstitutional. The policy requires students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated or receive an exemption for religious or medical reasons before the fall term starts in August, according to CNN. Eight students filed the lawsuit on Monday in a district court in Indiana to ask a judge to prevent the university from enforcing the policy.

More Evidence Doctors' Work Hours Dropped During the Pandemic

By Staff
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:24 PM Physicians' weekly work hours decreased significantly after COVID-19 emerged in the United States, according to a research letter published online June 23 in JAMA Network Open. Researchers also found a decline in the percentage of physicians working full time and a rise in the percentage who were laid off.

Delta Variant Drives Huge COVID Spike in U.K.

By Staff
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:23 PM The number of people infected with the coronavirus in England has increased rapidly, with most infections happening in children and young adults who have not received a vaccine, according to new research.

COVID May Cause Long-Term Brain Loss, Study Says

By Staff
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:21 PM A new study from researchers in the United Kingdom has found that the coronavirus may cause long-term brain loss and could be the reason some COVID-19 patients lose their sense of smell and taste.

Combining COVID, Flu Shots Appears Safe and Effective

By Staff
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:20 PM Giving a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as a seasonal flu vaccine appears safe and effective, according to a new study. Overall, the Novavax vaccine (Novavax) has shown 89.8 percent efficacy in an ongoing, placebo-controlled phase III study, the first to test how people react to getting both shots simultaneously.

Why Do Communities of Color Still Face Health Inequities?

By Staff
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:17 PM Karyne Jones talks with WebMD's John Whyte, MD, about the impact of discrimination and racism on COVID care and vaccinations for Black people. Check out the video, which is part of WebMD’s Coronavirus in Context video series.

COVID-19 Global Weekly Highlights From Medscape

By Staff
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:15 PM In the U.K., Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a 4-week delay to the next step in easing England's lockdown from next Monday to July 19. His plans were blown off course by the rise in Delta variant cases, now found to be rising "exponentially."

U.S. Passes 600,000 Deaths as COVID Restrictions Ease

By Staff
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:14 PM The U.S. passed more than 600,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, marking another pandemic milestone on the same day that major states such as California and New York lifted their remaining restrictions.

CDC: Delta Variant From India a 'Variant of Concern'

By Staff
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:12 PM The CDC has officially classified the delta variant of the coronavirus as a "variant of concern" to monitor in the U.S. The variant, which was first identified in India and is also known as B.1.617.2, now accounts for 10 percent of cases in the U.S. and is spreading quickly. The variant led to a surge in cases in India and is prevalent across the U.K., which has led to a delay in reopening.