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>> CDC Warns About Paralytic Illness in Children

>> Community Spread of Polio in a Major City

>> Get on Track to Reduce Your Dementia Risk

The Med & Mic™ 09.12.22

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Polio-like Illness Could Be on the Rise

The CDC has issued an alert that the virus that causes a polio-like illness has contributed to an increase in hospitalizations last month among kids with respiratory infections. Also, the virus seems to be outpacing other microbes that cause colds. Typically, the enterovirus called EV-D68 causes only a cold, but occasionally, children who get infected will develop acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), characterized by limb weakness and progressive paralysis. Cases had been down because of the pandemic, but the virus appears to be raging back. Health officials are concerned more cases of AFM are ahead. (Source: STAT News, A. Joseph and H. Branswell, 9.12.22)

Poliovirus Detected in NYC Wastewater

Poliovirus has been detected in a wastewater sample from Nassau County on Long Island, east of New York City. The first case of polio in the United States was over the summer in Rockland County, north of NYC, in a young unvaccinated adult. The sewage sample is a genetic match, indicating community spread. New York Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a state disaster emergency that allows EMS, midwives, and pharmacists to administer polio vaccines and allows doctors to issue standing orders for the vaccine. It is possible hundreds of people have been infected who never developed symptoms. People who are infected can spread the virus for days or weeks. (CBS News, AP, 9.9.22)

Steps to Reducing Dementia Risk

In a study in JAMA Neurology, researchers found the number and intensity of daily steps was linked to a lower risk of dementia. Study participants who walked 9,800 steps a day had a 50% reduction in risk. With 3,826 steps a day, the risk went down 25%. The study involved data from the UK Biobank. Researchers tracked more than 78,000 participants for almost seven years. Participants wore an accelerometer on their dominant wrist 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the step counts were collected from these devices. A randomized, controlled study would add more information. (Source: Medical News Today, K. Lang, 9.12.22)

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