Lily AMA Morning Rounds®’ most popular stories in medicine and public health from the week of Sept. 19, 2022 to Sept. 23, 2022.
Helio (9/22, Feller) reports the CDC Data published on Thursday show that “norovirus outbreaks have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels as COVID-19 mitigation measures eased across the country.” The data shows “there were almost triple the outbreaks from August 2021 to July 2022 compared to the same period in 2020-2021. Participating states reported 992 norovirus outbreaks in 2021-22 — nearly the 1,056 reported in 2019-20 — after reporting just 343 in the 2020-2021 surveillance year.
ABC News (9/21, Benadjaoud) reports that “Doctors’ offices and pharmacies now offer seasonal flu shots and updated COVID-19 reminders, experts urge Americans to get both, many say October is the best time”. And while “experts say October can be a great window to boost immunity, they also stress the importance of getting vaccinated, period,” because it’s “safe for people to get both vaccines. during the same visit for convenience, experts say. ”
The New York Times (9/20, Baumgaertner) reports, “On Tuesday, a group of medical experts recommended for the first time that physicians screen all adult patients under 65 for anxiety, advice that highlights levels extraordinary stresses that have plagued the United States since the start of the “COVID-19 pandemic”.
According to Washington Post (9/20, Zimmerman), the goal of the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) draft recommendation statement is to help “primary care clinicians identify early signs of anxiety during routine care, using questionnaires and other screening tools”.
The PA (9/20, Tanner) reports, “The proposal is open to public comment until October 17, but the group generally confirms its draft guidelines. The task force’s “recommendations are based on a review that began before the COVID-19 pandemic, evaluating studies showing the potential benefits and risks of screening.”
CNN (9/20, Thomas) reports, “The task force defines anxiety disorders as ‘characterized by a greater duration or intensity of a stress response relative to everyday events.’ Recognized types of anxiety “include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and agoraphobia. ” In addition, the project to “recommend[s] screening for major depressive disorder in adults, in accordance with the recommendations for screening for depression published in 2016.”
USA today (9/19, Hassanein) reports “a staggering number of maternal deaths in the United States have been deemed preventable, according to” a CDC report which revealed that “more than 80%, or about 4 in 5 maternal deaths” from 2017 to 2019, “were due to preventable causes”. The analysis “also included a section on maternal deaths among Native Americans and Alaska Natives,” which found that “more than 90% of Native maternal deaths were preventable.” The report is “based on figures from maternal mortality review committees” which are “based in 36 states”.
ABC News (9/19, Kekatos) says, “Mental health issues…accounted for the plurality of deaths at 23%, according to the report.” Other “underlying causes of pregnancy-related death included haemorrhage; heart disease; infections; thrombotic embolism… cardiomyopathy… and high blood pressure.
The hill (9/19, Folmar) reports that “leading causes of pregnancy-related death differed by ethnicity,” but “black Americans were disproportionately affected.”
The New York Times (9/18, Healy, Otterman, Qin) reports, “In a jumble of confusion, rush, and vaccine fatigue, America embarked in earnest last week on a sprawling new campaign to put specific boosters to Omicron in the arms of a pandemic weary country.” Millions of doses of bivalent boosters “unceremoniously arrived in pharmacies, nursing homes and clinics across the country, ready to be administered in what health officials now expect to become a ritual of ‘annual inoculation similar to a flu vaccine’. Early data “from states and multiple cities showed what health officials described as a robust early response at a time when vaccination rates have stagnated.”
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