Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When something goes from being of interest to being a concern, it’s usually taken a turn for the worse. That would apply to a date, something in your refrigerator, and Covid-19 variants and subvariants. On May 12, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reclassified the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants of the Covid-19 coronavirus as variants of concern (VOC), up from being variants of interest (VOI). This shouldn’t be a cause for panic, as public health authorities will rarely say, “OK, everyone, it’s time to panic. Here’s how you should flap your arms.” However, as the label implies, these new variants should indeed be of concern and a reminder to maintain Covid-19 precautions such as wearing face masks while in indoor public areas. This recent leveling up of BA.4 and BA.5 occurred because these two Omicron sub-lineages seem to be spreading more readily and rapidly than earlier versions of the … [Read more...] about European CDC Calls Omicron BA.4, BA.5 Covid-19 Variants Of Concern
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline The Food and Drug Administration on Monday declined to authorize a cheap and widely available antidepressant as a treatment for Covid-19, finding that a study indicating the drug was effective against the disease was severely limited. Key Facts Fluvoxamine maleate —which is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other conditions—also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a possible treatment for Covid-19, which apparently inflicts many of its symptoms through inflammation . The request for an FDA emergency use authorization for fluvoxamine was based mainly on a preliminary study published in January by the Lancet , which indicated that the drug reduced chances of hospitalization or six-hour emergency care visits by 32% among patients at heightened risk of severe Covid-19. However, in a rare statement Monday explaining its decision to reject the … [Read more...] about FDA Rejects Bid To Authorize Cheap Antidepressant As Covid Treatment
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline North Korea reported 15 new Covid-19 deaths along with hundreds of thousands of new patients with “fevers,” as the country pledges to mobilize millions of health and other workers to fight its first officially acknowledged coronavirus outbreak. Key Facts According to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the country reported 296,180 new infections on Sunday, pushing the country’s official case count to 820,620. The staggering surge in new cases has come after North Korea reported its first-ever Covid-19 outbreak on Thursday. Since the start of the current outbreak, North Korea has reported 42 fatalities linked to the coronavirus. The speed of the outbreak has raised concerns of a humanitarian catastrophe in the country as most of its residents are believed to be unvaccinated and its public health system is reportedly in a poor state. To help tackle the outbreak, all … [Read more...] about Covid Rips Through North Korea As 15 More Deaths And Nearly 300,000 New Cases Reported
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline The World Health Organization has recommended Pfizer’s antiviral pill Paxlovid to treat high-risk Covid patients, the agency announced Friday, which it said is safer, easier to administer and better at preventing hospitalizations than other available treatments. Key Facts The WHO’s expert panel endorsed Paxlovid—a combination of nirmatrelvir, which inhibits coronavirus replication, and ritonavir, an HIV inhibitor which also slows the liver’s breakdown of nirmatrelvir—for Covid patients without severe disease who are at high risk of hospitalization. High risk groups include older patients, those with compromised immune systems or chronic illnesses and the unvaccinated, according to the guidelines. The panel cited new data from two clinical trials involving 3,100 patients, which found Paxlovid led to 84 fewer hospital admissions per 1,000 patients treated with little or no risk of severe side effects … [Read more...] about WHO Endorses Pfizer’s Antiviral Pill Paxlovid For High-Risk Covid Patients But Says Benefits ‘Trivial’ For Low-Risk Groups
When Jaelan Phillips came out of his momentary retirement from football in college and decided he would renew his career at the University of Miami in 2019, he had a lot of work to do on his body. The time away from the game, due to multiple injuries and concussions sustained while at UCLA, caused him to lose muscle. The edge defender was down to 225 pounds after playing at around 250 when he became the nation’s No. 1-rated recruit in high school. He talked about that before his breakthrough 2020 season with the Hurricanes that eventually led him to become a 2021 first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins. In the year and a half’s time from arriving at UM to training camp before that stellar college season, he worked his weight up 45 pounds to 270, mostly muscle gained, as he maintained his speed rush at the new weight. In his first full offseason as a pro, Phillips actually now has reversed course to get leaner heading into his second NFL season. He said recently he trimmed five … [Read more...] about Dolphins’ Jaelan Phillips got leaner in offseason as he looks to grow into all-around outside linebacker
The Association of Thai Travel Agents is urging the government to postpone the implementation of a new tourism fee until the sector has fully recovered. Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn says Thailand has averaged around 3,000 – 4,000 foreign tourists per day, since re-opening on November 1. According to a Bangkok Post report, he says confidence is low ahead of the coming high season as many target market countries are battling new waves of Covid-19. Added to this is the high cost of PCR testing on arrival. Sisdivachr says the cost in Thailand is often much higher than in countries tourists are arriving from, citing India as an example, where a PCR test costs between 250 and 400 baht. He says the high price Thailand is charging risks deterring tourists. Meanwhile, his colleague, Adith Chairattananon, says tourism operators want more clarity around how the tourism fund will be managed and who will benefit from it. Adith says that to ensure transparency, the government should … [Read more...] about Travel agents call for tourism fee to be postponed until industry recovers
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When the Covid-19 pandemic first hit, in March of 2020, colleges everywhere (including Johns Hopkins University, where I teach and conduct research) shut down and sent everyone home. Within two weeks, we switched all of our classes to Zoom. It was a remarkable pivot, and necessary at the time. But we’re now more than two years into the pandemic, and many colleges and universities are still holding classes on Zoom, or offering a Zoom option for students who want it. This has become, to put it bluntly, a disaster for students. The Chronicle of Higher Education published a lengthy article in April that surveyed faculty all over the country. It paints a grim picture: students are reporting mental health problems in record numbers, grades are low, and attendance is even lower. Depression is widespread. College life, it seems, is not good. Most universities returned to in-person classes this past fall, and some … [Read more...] about Zoom Is Crushing Students’ Spirits. It’s Time To Come Back To Class.
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The numbers are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two out of every five adult Americans are obese. The CDC defines obesity as having a body mass index (BMI) of>30. To put this into perspective, a 5’9” male weighing 203 pounds or a 5’6” woman weighing 186 pounds has a BMI in excess of 30. Forty percent of us exceed this threshold. Unfortunately, this is an under-appreciated health crisis. Obesity drives blood pressure higher and impacts atherosclerosis resulting in heart attacks, strokes and heart failure. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Obesity can lead to type 2 diabetes, which itself can cause kidney disease, amputations and blindness. Thanks to obesity, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in states like West Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana is now an astounding 15%. If these metabolic effects … [Read more...] about When Will We Get Serious About Obesity?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin More patients than ever before are waiting for elective procedures in England, with the number in line for treatment hitting 6.36 million according to the latest figures. The data , which represents the size of the waiting list for surgeries and other planned treatments in March, is an increase of 180,000 on February's results . The overall waiting list has grown every month since May 2020, when it stood at 3.85 million. That figure isn't a perfect representation of the number of people waiting for treatments, as some patients will be counted more than once if they're on the list for multiple procedures. Planned care — which covers all manner of procedures from cataract surgery to hip replacements — continues to be hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Hospitals across the country have been forced to pause and reconfigure elective care during times of particular pressure. But despite continued growth in the … [Read more...] about England’s Hospital Waiting List Grows Again To 6.36 Million
Ever since the Covid-19 outbreak began more than two years ago, people have had to learn to live with the disease. Finally, the national committee on communicable disease is preparing the country for what it hopes will be a painless transition to endemic status. Dr Kiattiphum Wongrajit, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, said that people have learnt to protect themselves from infection through measures including frequent hand washing, social distancing and mask-wearing. A high vaccination rate also helps and should also give the government confidence to move forward. At present, a significant majority of the population, 81.2%, has had their first dose while 74.7% have had a second shot and 38.9% a third. "We have lived with the disease for a while now and been forced to become accustomed to it. The medical profession now has few problems when treating the disease and over 99% of the Thai population has a right to free medical treatment under the government's … [Read more...] about Govt seeks ‘painless’ transition