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A Rosetta Stone for Understanding Infectious Drops and Aerosols

By |2021-03-05T10:28:46+00:00March 5th, 2021|

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic confronts the medical and public health professions with the difficult task of controlling the first and maybe the second waves of infection with limited antiviral medications and without vaccines. So, we must rely on nonpharmaceutical interventions as a mainstay of prevention. In this issue of The Journal of Pediatric [...]

Household Transmission of SARS-CoV-2

By |2021-03-05T10:28:43+00:00March 5th, 2021|

Introduction The primary mode of spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)—the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)—is by person-to-person contact via respiratory droplets.1 Given that most virus transmission has occurred in homes,2 we investigated whether home addresses recorded in the electronic medical record could be used to accurately estimate transmission risk and identify [...]

10 Iron Deficiency Treatment Myths

By |2021-03-05T10:28:42+00:00March 5th, 2021|

This happened: I had an iron deficiency for years, perhaps decades before I finally figured it out how to effectively treat it. Iron deficiency treatment is far from perfect and there are many myths about food sources and supplements of iron. Why would a nutritionist not know how to recognize their own iron deficiency?! In hindsight, [...]

Foodborne outbreak illnesses, deaths increase in Europe

By |2021-03-05T10:28:40+00:00March 5th, 2021|

The number of people getting sick and dying in foodborne outbreaks in Europe went up in 2019, based on figures from the annual report on zoonoses. Salmonella was behind the majority of outbreaks followed by norovirus, according to data published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).   Credit: [...]

COVID-19 not transmitted via food: FDA statement

By |2021-03-05T10:28:39+00:00March 5th, 2021|

According to a statement last week from Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Janet Woodcock M.D., there is no credible evidence of food or food packaging associated with or as a likely source of viral transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus causing COVID-19.   Read [...]

Midlife ADHD? Coping strategies that can help

By |2021-03-05T10:28:38+00:00March 5th, 2021|

Trouble staying focused and paying attention are two familiar symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a common health issue among children and teens. When ADHD persists through early adulthood and on into middle age, it presents many of the same challenges it does in childhood: it’s hard to stay organized, start projects, stay on task, and [...]

BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine in a Nationwide Mass Vaccination Setting

By |2021-03-04T10:15:48+00:00March 4th, 2021|

BACKGROUND As mass vaccination campaigns against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) commence worldwide, vaccine effectiveness needs to be assessed for a range of outcomes across diverse populations in a noncontrolled setting. In this study, data from Israel’s largest health care organization were used to evaluate the effectiveness of the BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine.     aleksejplatonov/iStock Read more… [...]

FDA panel recommends J&J COVID vaccine for emergency use

By |2021-03-04T10:15:47+00:00March 4th, 2021|

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) vaccine advisors today recommended that the agency grant emergency use authorization (EUA) for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, which brings the nation one step closer to having a third COVID-19 vaccine. The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) was asked to consider if the benefits outweigh the risks in [...]

Evidence conflicts over efficacy of monoclonal antibodies in severe COVID

By |2021-03-04T10:15:46+00:00March 4th, 2021|

Early treatment with combo may be key The first study, led by researchers at Imperial College London as part of an ongoing international platform trial, involved randomly assigning 803 patients in 113 intensive care units (ICUs) in six countries to receive tocilizumab, sarilumab, or usual care from April (tocilizumab) and June (sarilumab) through November 2020. Median number of [...]

CDC head warns vigilance needed in light of COVID-19 variant B117

By |2021-03-04T10:15:45+00:00March 4th, 2021|

“We may be done with the virus, but clearly the virus is not done with us.” That was the message from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, today during a White House COVID-19 briefing. Citing the rising prevalence of B117 cases across the country, Walensky said that despite positive, downward trends [...]