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#COVID #biosecurity #insulin #diabetes #hearingaids

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> Lab-made coronavirus in U.S.

>> Stretching a Drug Because of Expense

>> A Common Device Goes Non-prescription

The Med & Mic™ 10.18.22

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Scientists Create Lab Version of Coronavirus

Researchers in a biosecurity level 3 lab at Boston University have created a hybrid version of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID. They were able to fuse the spike protein of an Omicron variant to a Wuhan strain virus. The hybrid form killed 80% of the mice it infected, which was more than Omicron, but less than Wuhan, which killed 100%. The goal of the research was to figure out if the mutations in the spike protein caused Omicron to outwit existing immunity, or whether the mutations made Omicron less severe. The results were more consistent with the former. The research has been posted online in pre-print. (Source: STAT News, H. Branswell, 10.17.22)

Insulin Rationing

Because of the expense, people with diabetes skip insulin doses and delay purchase. A study of 982 insulin users shows that 17% report some rationing of the drug. When the figure is applied to all Americans with diabetes, more than a million people could be conserving the medication. Taking the medicine improperly can lead to bad outcomes. Insulin can average $1,000 a month. (Source: MedPage Today, J. Minerd, 10.17.22)

Hearing Aids OTC

People will be able to buy hearing aids without a prescription starting Monday. Traditional prescription hearing aids can cost $2,000 per ear. The over-the-counter products are expected to be less expensive. Experts recommend 1) getting a hearing test before buying a device, 2) knowing what the return policy is and whether you can get a loaner during repairs, 3) and understanding that a prescription hearing aid may still be needed with more severe hearing loss. (Source: CNN, R. Charles, 10.17.22)

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