HealthNews RoundUp - 4th Week of June 2022
Less Long CoVid With Omicron
Vidcast: Less Long CoVid With Omicron
Your chances of developing Long Covid after an Omicron infection is anywhere from 20% to 50% less than following a Delta infection. Investigators at King’s College, London studied more than 56,000 UK adults who tested CoVid positive during 11 weeks from late December 2020 to early March 2021 when 70% of UK cases were due to the original Omicron subvariants.
For Delta, 10.8% of those infected developed at least one Long CoVid symptoms compared with only 4.5% of those falling victim to Omicron. The differential risk of Long CoVid after Omicron vs. Delta was least for those who were vaccinated 3 to greater than 6 months before infection and that risk was 24 to 26%. Those vaccinated less than 3 months before infection did better and were 50% less likely to get Long CoVid after Omicron than after Delta.
The catch-22 here is that this study offers no information about the risks of Long CoVid from our latest batch of Omicron sub-variants including BA.2, BA.2.12.1, or the very latest BA.4 and BA.5. Stay tuned as the story continues to unravel.
#CoVid #longcovid #omicron #delta
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High Intensity Ultrasound A New Prostate Cancer Treatment Option
Zapping intermediate risk prostate cancer with high intensity ultrasound using real-time MRI imaging for aiming offers a way to get rid of smaller tumors without the risks of either radiation or surgery. Urologists at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center now report the result of their phase 2 clinical trial using this technique for 101 men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer.
The outpatient procedure lasts about 2 hours. The men, in half-body MRI devices for imaging and mapping the prostatic tumors, were anesthetized and received focused ultrasound beams from several directions sufficient to cook the tumor and a rim of surrounding normal tissue at 140 to 160˚ F. When the tumor zones were biopsied at 24 months following therapy, 88% of the patients had no evidence of cancer remaining. The best news: ultrasonic therapy produced none of the urinary incontinence or bowel problems that often follow surgery or radiation therapy.
More studies were underway, but focused ultrasound appears to be an excellent option for men with select prostate cancers.
#ultrasound #prostatecancer #MRI #surgery #radiationtherapy
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Beer Improves Men’s Gut Bacteria
Drinking 11 ounces of beer a day for a month significantly improves the diversity of gastrointestinal bacteria in men. Portuguese researchers report this finding following their pilot study of 19 healthy men.
Half the group drank beer with 5.2.% alcohol and the other half consumed non-alcoholic beer. Both groups enjoyed a beneficial increase in gut bacterial diversity as well as better intestinal barrier function. And both groups of men failed to increase their body weights, fat masses, or adverse cardiometabolic indicators.
Beer, alcoholic or not, contains polyphenols as well as microorganisms as by products of the fermentation process. Polyphenols, also found in plant foods including fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, tea, dark chocolate, and wine, are antioxidants that block cell damaging and mutating effects of free radicals. So ingesting polyphenols is beneficial. Do so by consuming the foods that contain them.
#beer #alcohol #polyphenols
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Long CoVid Brain Fog Lingers In The Unvaccinated
Two-thirds of those who develop ongoing neurological symptoms after even a mild to moderate CoVid infection continue to suffer from them 6 months following that infection. This the worrisome conclusion of an ongoing UC-San Diego study of 40 CoVid long haulers with a mean age of 50 and two-thirds women. All were recruited between October 2020 and October 2021 and nearly all were unvaccinated. None of these study participants had any previous history of of neurological issues.
At study entry 90% had fatigue, 83% had headaches, 70% couldn’t sleep, two-thirds had memory problems, and 60% couldn’t concentrate. A full 80% complained that their symptoms interfered with their lives.
Nineteen participants have already had their 6 month followup evaluations. A full 85% still had symptoms that reduced their quality of life and one-third of them had no severity improvement at all. Specifically, 44% had persisting fatigue, 36% had headaches, 40% couldn’t sleep, 55% had continuing memory problems, and 50% still couldn’t concentrate. Most noted some severity improvement but nearly 30% had none.
This study is ongoing, but even now the results are troubling. The bottom line: get vaccinated and appropriately boosted and do EVERYTHING you can to avoid contracting CoVid. Right now that includes: constant masking with n95 masks indoors in public places, masking outdoors in crowds even if the wind is blowing, and avoiding indoor restaurant dining. Oh yes, use that hand sanitizer.
#CoVid #longcovid #brainfog #headache #memory #fatigue #vaccination
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Asthma Being Mismanaged
At least one-quarter of asthmatics are mismanaging their disease overusing short-acting bronchodilators. So say British pulmonologists following their case reviews of some 30,694 London residents from 5 to 80 years of age with diagnosed active asthma.
The data reveals that 26% of these patients were consistently prescribed more than six short-acting beta-agonist inhalers per year. Furthermore, 25% of those patients using this inappropriate abundance of bronchodilators were underusing the recommended continuing therapy for asthma which is inhaled corticosteroids. More inappropriate overprescribing was occurring for those patients with more severe asthma.
Apparently, these patterns of inappropriate asthma management are replicated in other countries, notably in Sweden and Germany. The same may well be true for the United States. To be clear, the recommended ongoing preventive therapy for asthma is the prescription of inhaled steroids with or without bronchodilators. The prescription of bronchodilators alone is not appropriate for most patients.
#asthma #inhaledsteroids #bronchodilators #shortactingbetaagonists
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Coffee Triggers Excessive Shopping
Those drinking coffee prior to shopping in stores spend 50% more money and purchases 30% more items than non-coffee drinkers. Academic marketing investigators at the University of South Florida studied 300 subjects shopping in stores in France and in Spain.
One-half of the shoppers were provided a free cup of coffee containing 100 mg of caffeine. The others were offered either decaf coffee or water. Those drinking caffeine not only bought more items in total but the extra items were non-essential or impulse items. Un-caffeinated shoppers bought the same numbers of essential items as those drinking caffeine.
In a side experiment looking at online shopping, the researchers followed 200 business school students who, by habit, drank caffeinated beverages or didn’t. Analysis of their purchases revealed that the caffeinated shoppers bought more impulse than essential items.
#shopping #caffeine #impulse
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Short Shorts for 4th Week of June, 2022
Here are the quickie reports about cutting edge medical and healthcare discoveries this 4th week of June, 2022.
New technology may not only show the brain blood vessel pathology that caused a stroke but also exactly when the stroke occurred. Canadian and Australian researchers have been able to employ mid-infrared spectromicroscopy to date and time stamp brain tissue oxidative damage. This vital information guides clinicians in their application of therapeutic clot-busting and other measures to help minimize brain damage and improve recovery speed and completeness following the stroke.
Besides triggering guilt-free kissing during the holidays, mistletoe may be the source of an advanced superglue that capably fuses tissues. German biomaterial engineers have taken the mistletoe berry’s gummy substance called viscin containing tiny flexible fibers and processed it into thin sheets with powerful adhesive properties. This material may one day be capable of closing wounds and covering skin gaps.
Future drug capsules may be capable of being electrically-controlled to release medication at optimal times for therapeutic effectiveness and individual patient preference. The capsules are constructed of an electrically-controlled polymer that can trap or release biomolecules at the touch of a button. The Swedish biochemical engineers perfecting this polymer also foresee its usefulness as a means of separating proteins and other biologic substances with results better than chromatography. Pardon me while I flip on my aspirin.
And finally…. Speaking of pills, collaborators at Baylor College of Medicine and Stanford University have discovered a molecule produced during exercise that can stunt appetite and drive weight loss. That molecule, a modified amino acid Lac-Phe, is the combination of lactate and phenylalanine. When administered to obese, overeater mice, their food intake dropped by over 50%. Someday soon we could be seeing Lac-Phe pills though you’re better off making your own with vigorous exercise.
There you have the latest health reveals for the 4th week of June, 2022. When additional information about these developments becomes available, I’ll pass it on to you.
#stroke #imaging #glue #viscin #mistletoe #capsules #chromatography #obesity #exercise #lacphe
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HEALTH BUSINESS SHORTS
Healthcare Business News. 4th week of June, 2022
Here is some notable healthcare-related business news for this 4th week of June, 2022
The Northside Hospital, headquartered in Sandy Springs metro Atlanta, has been fined $1 million by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for violating hospital price transparency rules. The feds dictate that every hospital must provide a consumer-friendly price list of 300 medical and surgical procedures. Northside Hospital failed to fulfill this obligation for two of its sites. Northside isn’t alone either since a national study showed that 51% of all US hospitals failed to do so. Shame on the hospitals for hiding the truth and shame on the government for not enforcing the law.
United Healthcare is offering the artificial intelligence-driven Kaia Health app to offer virtual physical therapy to its subscribers with musculoskeletal problems. The app provides coaching with individualized feedback based on its analysis of the users motion in real-time using the a smartphone camera’s monitoring. The app also provides user access to human coaches for additional counseling and therapeutic help.
Epic, the giant electronic medical records enterprise, will be signing on with the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement that will permit its 2,000 hospitals and 45,000 clinics greater information exchange and interoperability with clinical entities on other EMRs. The Epic network will become part of the Sequoia Project to more toward better interchange of health data. That means, if you are admitted emergently to a hospital in another state, your medical records will be available. That could be lifesaving.
And finally……To make its patient’s episodes of care as frictionless as possible, Missouri’s Columbia Orthopedic Group has hired Force Therapeutics to implement its digital care management platform in 22 of their 27 ambulatory surgery centers. This wrap around electronic system uses a patient’s clinical data to implement and monitor their journey through the system including pre-op patient education, pain control during and after the procedure, and appropriate rehabilitative measures following surgery. The system also provides fail-safe communications between patients and their provider teams.
There you have the latest healthcare-related business news for this 4th week of June, 2022
#hospital #prices #unitedhealthcare #physicaltherapy #epic #tefca #sequoia #forcetherapeutics #patientjourney
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In upcoming editions of SAW IT ON TV, I’ll review the healthcare products that you see advertised on TV.
Walmart’s Richie House Children’s Robes Could Ignite
The CPSC and Ritchie House now recall Ritchie House “A Memory In” children’s robes. These garments fail to meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear and create a risk of burn injuries to children. About 480 of these robes were sold at Walmart.co. If you bought one of these for your child, don’t permit the child to wear it. Destroy the robe by cutting it in half. Before you toss it, take a photo of the cut robe showing the garment’s side seam label. Email the photo to email@example.com for your refund. For more information, contact Richie House at 1-855-748-6862.
#walmart #ritchiehouse #childrobe #flammable #burns #recall
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Troy-Bilt Lawn Mowers Leak Fuel
The CPSC and MTD Products are recalling Troy-Bilt SpaceSavr Walk-Behind Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers. These mowers leak fuel when stored in an upright, vertical position. About 1774 mowers were sold at Menards and other home and hardware stores nationwide and online at Menards.com. If you bought one of these, don’t store it vertically. Contact the place of purchase or Troy-Bilt at 1-888 848-6038 for return instructions and a refund.
#troybilt #mower #fuelleak #fire #burns #explosion #recall
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FLEXIMOUNTS Overhead Garage Storage Racks May Fall
The CPSC and Loktek now recall FLEXIMOUNTS Overhead Garage Storage Racks. The U-shaped buckles on the supporting cables may fail allowing the rack to fall creating injury hazards for the owner or bystanders. About 17,500 of these racks were sold online at amazon.com, fleximounts.com, wayfair.com, ebay.com, walmart.com, home depot.com and at Home Depot stores nationwide. If you bought and installed one of these racks, immediately and carefully unload it. Contact Loctek at 1-855-585-5618 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a free repair kit and a link to an online installation video.
#fleximounts #garagerack #crash #injury #recall
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Coda Pendant Light Fixtures Could Drop
The CPSC and Tech Lighting have recalled Coda pendant light fixtures. The fixture may detach from the suspending electrical cord allowing the fixture to suddenly drop creating injury hazards for building occupants. About 670 of these pendant fixtures were sold in the US and about 11 were sold in Canada. Until the fixture is repaired, avoid walking beneath it. Contact Tech Lighting at 1-888-475-1136 or via the email email@example.com to receive a free repair kit. Arrange for the fixture repair and reinstallation by a certified electrician, and Tech Lighting will reimburse you for the cost.
#coda #pendantlight #fall #injury #recall
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SunVilla Solar LED Market Umbrellas Have Battery Dangers
The CPSC and SunVilla have recalled SunVilla Solar LED Market Umbrellas. The lithium-ion batteries in these umbellas’ solar panels may overheat leading to burns and fires. About 400,00 of these umbrellas were sold in the US and about 33,000 were sold in Canada at Costco and online at Costco.com. If you have one of these umbrellas, remove the solar panel puck containing a lithium-ion battery from the top of the umbrella, store the puck out of the sun and away from combustible material, and do not charge the puck with the AC adapter. Return the umbrella and solar puck to any Costco store for a full refund. For more information, call SunVilla at 1-866-600-3133 or via email at LEDRecall@sunvilla.com.
#costco #sunvilla #solarledumbrella #lithiumionlbattery #overheating #fire #burns
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Baby Boy Rompers Are A Choking Hazard
The CPSC and The Children's Place are recalling Baby Boy Dino Rompers and Baby Boy Camo Rompers. The metal snaps on these garments may detach and create a choking hazard for young children. About 10,850 were sold in the US and about 550 were sold in Canada at The Children’s Place and online at childrensplace.com. Stop your child from wearing these rompers and return the garment to The Children’s Place for a refund. If you require more information, call The Children's Place at 877-752-2387.
#thechildrensplace #rompers #children #foreignbodies #choking #recall
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Walgreen’s Acetaminophen Not Child-safe
The CPSC and Aurohealth are recalling Walgreens Pain Reliever Acetaminophen, 150 count bottles. The container is not child-proof, and the federal Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA) requires that acetaminophen, the generic for Tylenol, be sold in containers that children cannot open and swallow the contents. About 137,000 of these containers were sold at Walgreen’s. If you have one of them, you can return the product to your nearest Walgreen’s store or place it out of reach of your kids. For more information, call Aurohealth at 1-888-504-2014.
#Walgreens #acetaminophen #packaging #poisoning #children #recall
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Kroger Aspirin and Acetaminophen Are Risky For Kids
The CPSC and Kroger are recalling Kroger aspirin 81 mg delayed-release enteric coated tablets and Kroger Acetaminophen 650mg, 225 count bottles. These containers are not child-proof, and the federal Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA) requires that aspirin and acetaminophen, the generic for Tylenol, must be sold in containers that children cannot open and swallow the contents. About 209,430 of the acetaminophen containers and 25,660 of the aspirin containers were sold by Kroger at a variety of retail outlets including: Baker's, City Market, Dillons, Dillons Marketplace, Food 4 Less, FoodsCo, Fred Meyer, Fry's Food And Drug, Fry's Marketplace, Fry's Mercado, Gerbes, JayC, JayC Food Plus, King Soopers, King Soopers Fresh Fare, King Soopers Marketplace, Kroger, Kroger Fresh Fare, Kroger Marketplace, Mariano's, Metro Market, Payless Super Market, Pick 'n Save, Pick 'n Save Marketplace, Smith's, and Smith's Marketplace stores nationwide from August 2021 through March 2022. If you have one of these products, you can return it to your nearest Kroger store or place it out of reach of your kids. For more information, call Kroger at 1-800-576-4377.
#kroger #aspirin #acetaminophen #packaging #poisoning #children #recall
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TJX Egg Chairs May Dumpty Your Humpty
The CPSC and TJX subsidiaries including Marshalls, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, and HomeSense have recalled their Tommy Bahama and Martha Stewart-branded Nest Swing Egg Chairs. These chairs may tip over or collapse with a user in them creating falls and injuries. About 30,600 chairs were sold at the various TJX outlets. Immediately stop using these chairs and return them to any Marshalls, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, and HomeSense store for a choice of a refund or a store gift card. For more information and how to dispose of the chair and get a refund or gift card, contact TJX at 1-508-390-1000.
#tjx #marthastewart #tommybahama #eggchair #fall #injury #recall
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LouLou Lollipop Children’s Pajamas Might Burn
The CPSC and LouLou Lollipop have recalled LouLou Lollipop Tight-fitting Children’s Pajamas. These garments fail to meet federal flammability standards for tight-fitting children’s sleepwear and create a risk of burn injuries to children wearing them. About 1300 of these pajamas were sold online at louloulollipop.com and at various children’s boutiques nationwide. Don’t permit your children to continue wearing these pajamas. Cut them in half, take a photo of the destroyed garment showing the neck label, and email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive a refund or a store gift card. For more information, contact LouLou Lollipop via this same email or by phone at 1-833-456-8568.
#louloulollipop #tightfittingpajams #children #flammable #burns #recall
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Square D Electric Panels Overheat
The CPSC and Schneider Electric Technical have recalled Square™ D QO™ Plug-on-Neutral Load Centers, which are known as Load Centers, Breaker Boxes, Electrical Panels. These defective electric breaker load centers overheat leading to burn and fire hazards. About 1.4 million of these gray boxes have been sold in the US and about 289,000 were sold in Canada. They have date codes between 200561 and 220233, were manufactured between February 2020 and January 2022. They were sold at authorized Schneider Electric distributors and home improvement and hardware stores nationwide and online including Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Menard’s. They were installed in homes, recreational vehicles, and commercial establishments including restaurants, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, commercial lighting, and in other locations. If you recently had an electric panel installed, check the inside panel door for the date code. If your unit may be recalled or if you are uncertain, contact Schneider Electric at 1-888-778-2733 moo arrange for an inspection of the panel by trained electricians to determine whether repair or replacement is required.
#schneider #loadcenters #overheating #burns #fires #recall
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Times Tienda Children’s Desks and Chairs Are Poisonous
The CPSC and Times Tienda are recalling Times Tienda Children’s Desks and Chairs. The surface paint on these items contains dangerously high levels of lead and pose a lead poisoning hazard to children or others who might swallow paint chips. Less is extremely toxic especially to a child’s developing neurologic systems. The desk/chair set has a product number of 215836-2 and the desk has a product number of 215836-1. About 700 of these desk sets were sold at the Times Tienda store in Puerto Rico. If you bought this furniture, get it out of your home and return it to the Times Tienda store. For more information, call Times Tienda at 1-787-957-3150 or email the company at email@example.com.
#timestienda #desk #chair #lead #poison #children #recall
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Primark Wooden Xylophone Toys May Poison
The CPSC and Primark US have recalled Primark Wooden Xylophone Toys. The feet of this toy may loosen, fall off, and create a choking hazard for young children. About 450 of these toys were sold at Primark US stores in the Northeast, Chicago, and Florida. If you bought one of these toy xylophones, immediately stop using it and return it to a Primark store for a full refund. For more information, call Primark Us at 1-617-946-3236.
#primark #foreignbodies #choking #children #recall
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CVS Health Magnesium Laxative Has Bacterial Contamination
The FDA and Vi-Jon, LLC are recalling CVS Health Magnesium Citrate Saline Laxative Oral Solution, Lemon Flavor. This laxative product is contaminated with the bacterium Gluconacetobacter liquefaciens. Immunocompromised persons infected with the bacterium can develop serious and life-threatening invasive infections. The affected batch number is 0556808 with an expiration date of 12/2023. Stop using this product and return it to the place of purchase for a refund. For additional information, contact Vi-Jon, LLC via e-mail Recalls@Vijon.com.
#cvs #magnesiumcitrate #laxative #contamination #infection #recall
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Deskins Candies Contain Jif PB
The FDA and Deskins Candies are recalling a series of branded products including: Deskins Candies Peanut Butter Fudge, Deskins Candies Peanut Butter No-Bake, Deskins Candies Peanut Butter Pinwheel, and Deskins Candies Chocolate No-Bake. These products are potentially contaminated with salmonella due to their manufacture with Smucker-Jif peanut butter. This bacterium causes a serious and sometime fatal gastroenteritis and systemic infections in the very young, older persons, and those with weakened immune systems. These candies were sold by: Merchants Distributor Inc Hickory, NC; Kroger Salem, VA; Grants Supermarkets in West Virginia and Virginia; and Goodsons Supermarkets in West Virginia. Don’t consume these candies but return them to the place of purchase for a refund. For more information, contact Deskins Candies at 1-304-324-1938.
#deskins #candies #peanutbutter #jif #salmonella #recall
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Freshpet Chicken Petfood Is Contaminated
The FDA and Freshpet, Inc. announce the recall of Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe. This pet food is contaminated with Salmonella. Dogs consuming this product can develop a gastroenteritis with bloody diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain. These sick animals may spread salmonella to other animals or to humans. The affected product has a sell by date of 10/29/2022 and was sold by Walmart stores in Alabama and Georgia; and Target stores and other select retailers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. If you bought this pet food for your dog, dispose of it immediately. For more information and to ask about refunds, contact Freshpet at 1.800.285.0563.
#freshpet #dogfood #salmonella #infection #recall
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Ho King and Giai Phat Fish and Shrimp Balls and Cakes Are An Allergy Risk
The FDA and the 888 Food Company now recall Ho King Fish Ball, Ho King Fried Fish ball, Giai Phat Fried Fish Loaf, Giai Phat Fried Fish Cake, Giai Phat Fish Ball, Giai Phat Fried Fish Ball, Giai Phat Featherback Fish Ball, Giai Phat Fried Featherback Fish Ball, Giai Phat Shrimp Ball, and Giai Phat Cuttle Fish Ball. These products contain undeclared egg. Those with egg allergies could develop serious or life-threatening allergic reactions after consuming these products. These products were sold in California, Indiana, and Illinois. Return these products to the place of purchase for a refund. For more information call Ho King at 1-626-443- 9888.
#hoking #giaiphat #fish #egg #allergy #recall
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