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CDC advisory panel’s lone dissenter on why long-term care residents shouldn’t receive Covid-19 vaccine first

By |2020-12-15T19:13:54+00:00December 15th, 2020|

When a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee voted Tuesday to recommend residents of long-term care facilities should be at the front of the line — with health care providers — for Covid-19 vaccines, the lone dissenting voice came from a researcher who studies vaccines in older adults. Helen Keipp Talbot — who is known [...]

Epidemiological Update: Dengue in the context of COVID-19 (3 December 2020)

By |2020-12-15T19:13:53+00:00December 15th, 2020|

Situation Summary Between epidemiological week (EW) 1 and EW 471 of 2020, 2,163,354 dengue cases were reported in the Region of the Americas (incidence rate of 221.6 cases per 100,000 population), including 872 deaths. Of these cases, 963,787 (45%) were confirmed by laboratory criteria and 5,197 (0.2%) were classified as severe dengue. The case fatality [...]

Diabetes drug linked to lower COVID-19 death rate in women

By |2020-12-15T19:13:51+00:00December 15th, 2020|

A Lancet Healthy Longevity study yesterday found that metformin—a common, generic type 2 diabetes medication used to manage blood sugar levels—is associated with significantly lower COVID-19 death risk in women, but not in men. Severe COVID-19 outcomes for people with diabetes have been widely observed, including greater risk of intensive care unit admission, intubation for mechanical ventilation, and [...]

Extremely drug-resistant NDM-9-producing ST147 Klebsiella pneumoniae causing infections in Italy, May 2020 separator

By |2020-12-15T19:13:50+00:00December 15th, 2020|

A large outbreak sustained by New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM)-1-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae sequence type (ST) 147 occurred in Tuscany, Italy in 2018–2019 [1,2]. In 2020, NDM-9-producing K. pneumoniae were isolated in the same geographical area. In this study, comparisons at genomic level of these recent isolates with strains representative of the 2018–2019 outbreak were carried out. The 2020 strains were [...]

Scedosporium Causes Allergic Fungal Rhinosinusitis

By |2020-12-15T19:13:49+00:00December 15th, 2020|

Presentation A 71-year-old male presents to the Emergency Department (ED) with 4 months of headaches and radiating pain on the right side of his face. The patient has a history of sinusitis and was taking antibiotics for 6 months without any resolution of his symptoms. Surgery was performed 2 months prior to this admission which resulted [...]

Why distancing and hand-washing won’t stop the spread of Covid in schools

By |2020-12-15T19:13:44+00:00December 15th, 2020|

Since the start of the pandemic in England, discussions about Covid-19 in children and schools have been fraught. While many parents rejoiced that schools would remain open in England through its second national lockdown, some worried this would limit the effectiveness of new restrictions, while nearly half of teachers reported feeling concerned for their own safety. Although respiratory viruses [...]

Don’t let muscle mass go to waste

By |2020-12-15T19:13:43+00:00December 15th, 2020|

Age-related muscle loss, called sarcopenia, is a natural part of getting older. But after an injury, illness, or any prolonged period of inactivity, muscle loss can occur faster, leading to muscle atrophy. The consequences are greater weakness, poor balance, and even frailty. “People older than age 65 are especially vulnerable to muscle atrophy,” says Jodi Klein, [...]

How aging affects focus

By |2020-12-15T19:13:41+00:00December 15th, 2020|

Just as you may not run as fast or jump as high as you did as a teenager,your brain’s cognitive power—that is, your ability to learn, remember, and solve problems—slows down with age. You may find it harder to summon once familiar facts or divide your attention among two or more activities or sources of [...]

The large scale costs of absenteeism and presenteeism

By |2020-12-13T18:54:38+00:00December 13th, 2020|

Measuring the costs of absenteeism and presenteeism is a challenging task. In fact, there’s no magic formula to do so. As far as absenteeism goes, many people have tried to simplify the process by adding together the wages and administrative expenses associated with the behavior. Along those lines, several companies and experts use the ‘absence rate’ as [...]

Presenteeism: The Elephant In The Room

By |2020-12-13T18:54:37+00:00December 13th, 2020|

Presenteeism’s impact on productivity is 12 times greater than absenteeism but it is still a relatively unknown issue. What exactly is presenteeism and what are the problems it can cause your organization?     Photo by Tranmautritam from Pexels Read more…   The post Presenteeism: The Elephant In The Room appeared first on Healthier Environment [...]