Covid-19

Texts about COVID-19 vaccines increase uptake

Sending follow-up text message reminders about receiving a COVID-19 vaccination improved appointment scheduling and vaccination rates in the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Health system, according to a Nature study yesterday. The randomized, controlled trial included 93,354 Californians who were eligible in early 2021 (ie, those above 65 or at high risk for poor …

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China’s Delta-driven COVID-19 clusters expand

A COVID-19 flare-up in the Chinese city of Nanjing has spread to more cities and provinces, including Wuhan, where officials ordered mass testing for nearly 12 million of the city’s residents. China is among several Asian nations battling a virus resurgence, along with Japan, where one of the country’s top doctors called for government officials …

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Study: Severe COVID, higher viral loads, immune response linked to obesity

Among US Military Health System (MHS) beneficiaries diagnosed as having COVID-19, obesity was independently and strongly associated with hospitalization, need for oxygen therapy, higher viral load, and an altered immune response, according to a prospective study late last week in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. A team led by researchers from the Uniformed Services University …

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Florida and Texas lead US COVID-19 surge

Over the weekend, COVID-19 cases continued to surge across the country with Florida experiencing record daily highs of new cases and hospitalizations. The current surge of virus activity is due to the highly transmissible Delta (B1617.2) variant. Yesterday the country reported 25,141 new COVID-19 cases, and 71 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker. In …

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The Role of Statins in COVID-19, With a Focus on Patients With Cardiovascular Risk Factors – Medical Bag

A recent study suggests that patients taking statin medications have a significantly lower risk for in-hospital death from COVID-19. The findings, published in PLOS ONE, demonstrated that the use of statins prior to admission was associated with a 41% reduction of in-hospital death and a greater than 25% reduction in risk of developing a severe …

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Studies: COVID tied to persistent cognitive deficits in seniors

New studies show an association between COVID-19 and cognitive impairment in older patients, with one reporting memory problems and worse physical health 8 months after diagnosis and others finding cognitive decline and accelerated Alzheimer’s disease symptoms as long as 6 months after infection. Memory problems, worse physical health University of Oslo researchers led the first …

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Biden: Federal workers must get COVID-19 vaccine

President Joe Biden today announced all civilian federal workers and contractors need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, or face regular testing, mandatory mask wearing, and limits on travel. The president also announced a new incentive program that calls on states and territories to give the newly vaccinated $100 when they get the shot.  “It’s time …

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