Health System

What We’re Reading: US Set to Increase Vaccine Donation; Home Births Increase; Aduhelm Sales Slower Than Expected

September 22nd 2021, 3:31pm


President Joe Biden reportedly will increase global COVID-19 vaccine donations; the pandemic may have led to an increase in home births; use of Biogen’s Adulhelm, an Alzheimer disease drug, does not hit initial projections.

A Timeline of COVID-19 Vaccine Developments for the Second Half of 2021

September 21st 2021, 6:15pm


As the second half of 2021 ended and Americans hoped for a summer of freedom from social distancing, a new threat was emerging due to lagging vaccination rates despite the widespread availability of 3 vaccines for COVID-19.

Study Finds Inverse Relationship Between OSA, Male Testosterone Levels

September 21st 2021, 6:00pm


An inverse relationship between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and serum testosterone was found in men, in which those with severe cases of OSA exhibited significantly reduced levels of testosterone.

Spotlighting Pandemic-Related Challenges, Data-Driven Solutions for Payers

September 21st 2021, 3:30pm


On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we address how delays in routine care and other aspects of the pandemic are affecting payer organizations today, and how technology innovations like natural language processing can work to empower key initiatives in population health and beyond.

What We're Reading: Supreme Court Sets Abortion Case Date; Workplace Safety Rule for Extreme Heat; Rehab and Stroke Recovery

September 21st 2021, 2:50pm


The Supreme Court announces it will hear arguments for Mississippi’s case to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade decision on December 1; the Biden administration aims to address extreme heat conditions in the workplace; rehab timing may affect stroke recovery.

PCOS Estimated to Cost $8 Billion in Immediate, Long-term Health Issues

September 21st 2021, 1:00pm


An updated report shows that the long-term cost of treating the health effects of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)—$4.3 billion—is even higher than $3.7 billion it takes to diagnose and treat immediate issues that present for women who are of reproductive age.

Development of Myopia Found to Accelerate in Young Schoolchildren Amid Pandemic

September 20th 2021, 6:00pm


Incidence and risk of myopia development were found to rise significantly among young Chinese schoolchildren who were exposed to environmental changes caused by COVID-19 between grades 2 to 3.

Dr Colleen R. Kelly on the Lack of Evidence to Support Probiotics for C difficile 

September 18th 2021, 8:30pm


Clinicians are finding that there really is no basis to recommend probiotics for patients with Clostridioides difficile infection, that instead they may cause harm, said Colleen R. Kelly, MD, FACG, gastroenterologist and associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Study Reinforces Effectiveness of HD-Trivalent Influenza Vaccines

September 18th 2021, 3:40pm


High-dose trivalent flu vaccine was associated with a reduced risk of hospitalization and emergency department visits for pneumonia or influenza in adults aged 65 and above, according to a recent study.

States Late to Adopt PrEP Risk Falling Further Behind

September 18th 2021, 3:00pm


A new analysis of 2014-2018 data among all states plus Washington, DC, for those who have either indications for preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or current prescriptions for the preventive treatment, shows a widening gap in PrEP uptake, with states considered early adopters pulling ahead of those considered late adopters.