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CDC Signs Off on COVID Boosters in Children Ages 5-11

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, signed off today on an advisory panel’s recommendation that children ages 5 to 11 years should receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster dose at least 5 months after completion of the primary series. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 11:1 Thursday …

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RSV Kills 100,000 Kids Under Age 5 a Year Worldwide

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) caused more than 100,000 deaths in children under age 5 years globally in 2019, according to an analysis published online May 19 in The Lancet. Researchers, led by You Li, PhD, of the School of Public Health, Nanjing Medical University in Nanjing, China, found that nearly half of those (more than …

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Genomic Risk Score Predicts Intracerebral Hemorrhage Risk

The study covered in this summary was published in medRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaway When added to clinical risk factors, a validated genomic risk score can predict the lifetime risk of intracerebral hemorrhage in individuals of European ancestry. Why This Matters Prediction for intracerebral hemorrhage could be …

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Biden Uses Defense Production Act to Address Baby Formula Shortage

President Joe Biden took steps on Wednesday to deal with the nationwide shortage of powdered baby formula.  He used the Defense Production Act to require suppliers to direct resources to baby formula makers before other customers, the White House said in a fact sheet. “Directing firms to prioritize and allocate the production of key infant …

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Number of US Child Hepatitis Cases Rises to 180

The CDC says 180 children in the United States have been diagnosed with unexplained acute hepatitis, up from 109 cases 2 weeks ago. Most of those newly counted cases were “retrospective” patients, the CDC said in a Wednesday update on the outbreak. “Since CDC’s investigation looks at patients reported back to October of 2021, most …

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COVID Burnout? Turn Off Your Mind, Relax, and Float Downstream

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. SAN FRANCISCO — Along with first responders, healthcare workers in pulmonary and critical care have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s not surprising that a large proportion have suffered from burnout, a syndrome characterized by chronic workplace stress, …

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JenaValve Trilogy Takes Another Step Forward in Severe AR

Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) using the JenaValve Trilogy system met its primary safety and efficacy endpoints in the first real-world test of the novel valve in high-risk patients with severe aortic regurgitation (AR). Technical success, defined as a mean gradient less than 20 mm Hg and a greater than 1 grade reduction in AR, …

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