Policy

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

September 22nd 2021, 3:31pm

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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

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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.

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

September 21st 2021, 1:00pm

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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.

What We’re Reading: Pfizer Underscores Vaccine Safety; COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Updated; Democrats Push Health Care Reforms

September 20th 2021, 1:46pm

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Pfizer says a newly formulated dose of its vaccine is safe and effective in children; CDC data underscore the efficacy of the 3 COVID-19 vaccines; Biden aims to reform health care with trillion-dollar package.

Contributor: The Price of Mental Wellness

September 19th 2021, 1:00pm

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Considering the personal, societal, and economic toll of treatment-resistant depression, we must make it easier to access medicines and care that provide value, both for the patient and for the health care system.

States Late to Adopt PrEP Risk Falling Further Behind

September 18th 2021, 3:00pm

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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.

FDA Committee Votes Against COVID-19 Vaccine Booster for General Population

September 17th 2021, 8:35pm

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The advisory committee voted against COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for individuals 16 years and older, but unanimously voted for booster shots for people 65 years and older or who are at high risk of severe COVID-19.

Dr Joseph Alvarnas on the Speakers, Sessions to Watch at PCOC 2021

September 15th 2021, 6:00pm

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Looking forward to the 10th anniversary of the Patient-Centered Oncology Care® (PCOC) conference, taking place in a hybrid format September 23-24, 2021, Joseph Alvarnas, MD, of City of Hope, editor-in-chief of Evidence-Based Oncology™, and co-chair of the meeting, discusses the takeaways that attendees can expect to hear about in the areas of patient care, payment and quality, and multidisciplinary collaboration among specialists.

Could Psychedelics Ease Mental Health Toll From COVID-19, Other Crises?

September 15th 2021, 4:40pm

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The fallout from COVID-19 has spotlighted the limitations of US mental health care, prompting the question if alternative treatments—like psychedelics—could help address current and impending crises.

What We’re Reading: Billions Spent on Preventable COVID-19 Hospitalizations; US Seeks to Bar Texas Abortion Law; States Limit Public Health Officials

September 15th 2021, 3:59pm

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COVID-19 hospitalizations among the unvaccinated cost billions between June and August; the Department of Justice called for a temporary block on the Texas abortion law; legislators limited the power of public health officials in at least 26 states, a report shows.