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30Nov
2022

Shortages of Antibiotics, Antivirals Are Making a Tough Illness Season Worse

Shortages of Antibiotics, Antivirals Are Making a Tough Illness Season WorseWEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- An early surge in cold and flu cases has created shortages in key antiviral and antibiotic drugs needed for the annual “sick season,” pharmacists report.The antiviral flu drug Tamiflu is in short supply for both adults and children, in both its brand name formulation as well as the generic version, said Michael Ganio, senior director of pharmacy practice and quality with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.In addition, shortages are occurring in the pediatric versions of amoxicillin and Augmentin, two antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections that often follow flu, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) or COVID in children, said Brigid Groves, senior director of practice and professional affairs with the American...

Exposure to Zika Virus in Womb Might Alter Kids' Development

30 November 2022
Exposure to Zika Virus in Womb Might Alter Kids` DevelopmentWEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to the Zika virus may need more support as they start school, even if they were not diagnosed with Zika-related birth defects and congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), a new study suggests.Children may still have differences in brain development, including those in thinking skills, mood and mobility, though researchers said some identified in the study may have been a measure of parents' worry rather than actual differences."There are still many unanswered questions about the long-term impacts of Zika on children exposed in utero," said first author Dr. Sarah Mulkey, a prenatal-neonatal neurologist at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C. "These findings are another piece of the puzzle that provides insight into the...

Many U.S. Seniors Get Needless, Pricey Cervical Cancer...

30 November 2022
Many U.S. Seniors Get Needless, Pricey Cervical Cancer ScreeningsWEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers warn that high rates of cervical cancer screening in women over 65 suggest that some older Americans are being unnecessarily screened.More health data on these screenings in older women is needed to prevent potential harm and unnecessary costs, said the team from University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The team analyzed cervical cancer screenings in women over age 65 using Medicare claims data from 1999 to 2019. In 2019, more than 1.3 million women over 65 had received a Pap test, colposcopy or other cervical procedure, at a total cost of $83 million.“Cervical cancer screening and other preventive services are among our most...

High Deductibles Keep Some Women From Follow-Up After...

29 November 2022
High Deductibles Keep Some Women From Follow-Up After Troubling MammogramTUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Out-of-pocket costs may make as many as 1 in 5 women forgo additional screening when an initial mammogram finds an abnormality, a new U.S. study finds. The Affordable Care Act improved access to mammograms, but high-deductible insurance plans appear to keep women from important follow-ups, according to the findings."The ACA removed out-of-pocket costs for screening mammograms under most health plans to encourage women to partake in this important preventative health care measure," said study lead author Dr. Michael Ngo, a radiology resident at Boston Medical Center. "However, the screening mammogram is only the first step in detecting breast cancer," he explained. "If the radiologist detects an abnormal finding on the screening image, then...

COVID in Pregnancy Can Vary — Get Vaccinated to Stay Safe

28 November 2022
COVID in Pregnancy Can Vary — Get Vaccinated to Stay SafeMONDAY, Nov. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When pregnant women contract COVID-19, one in 10 will have moderate, severe or even critical symptoms, a new study finds.So it’s important they get their COVID vaccines, experts say.“Given that patients in all trimesters of pregnancy are susceptible to infection and severe respiratory illness from COVID-19, these findings add urgency to the need for vaccination of all pregnant individuals,” said study co-author Dr. Rachel Schell. She's an assistant instructor in obstetrics and gynecology at UT Southwestern in Dallas. An estimated 182,000 pregnant women have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the United States during the pandemic to this point. Past research has shown they have an increased risk of severe and critical disease compared to...
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