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#norovirus #COVID #RSV #vaccines #IVF #cancer #tattoos #nurses #comedians The Med & Mic™ 2.26.24 – 3.1.24

#Doctor, did you speak to the #media about any of these topics this week? How did it go? 

>> Viruses and shots

>> Implications for young cancer patients

>> What’s in your tattoo?

>> Will there be nurses?

The Med & Mic™ 2.26.24 – 3.1.24

A medical news blog post

from the author of “Scoop, MD”

This Week In Medical News

  • In infectious diseases news…

Norovirus Making a Splash

The CDC says that norovirus cases are on the rise. Cases are particularly high in the Northeast, followed by the West. The virus causes vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain. Outbreaks are most common in the late fall, winter, and early spring. (CNN, A. Sealy, 2.24.24)

  • In vaccine news…

COVID Shot for Older Americans

The CDC recommends a COVID booster this spring for people 65 and older. Over the past four years, there has been a winter and summer wave of COVID with peaks in January and August. The additional dose should be given at least four months after a previous dose. (NBC News, E. Edwards, 2.28.24)

Cases of Neurological Illness with RSV Vaccine

Fewer than two dozen cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome have been noted among nearly 10-million vaccine recipients. Two-thirds of the cases occurred in people who received the Pfizer vaccine, Abrysvo. However, officials are also doing follow-up tracking in people who got the GSK vaccine, Arexvy. With Guillain-Barre syndrome, people develop paralysis because of immune system damage to the nerves. Most people fully recover. (AP, M. Stobbe, 2.29.24) 

  • In reproductive health news…

Alabama Embryo Decision Could Affect People with Cancer

For people with cancer who wish to preserve their fertility, a recent change in the medicolegal landscape may impede their efforts to start a family with IVF after cancer treatment. Many IVF treatments in Alabama are on pause after the state’s Supreme Court ruled that embryos are to be protected as if they are children. According to Jane Adams, the Government Relations Director of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in Alabama, more than two third of newly diagnosed adolescents and young adults seek fertility preservation care. Egg retrieval, which occurs prior to IVF, is proceeding normally at UAB Hospital. (CBS 42, S. Spencer, 2.28.24)

  • In assorted medical news…


Vision Impairment Linked to Depression

People with impaired vision have higher odds of depression, anxiety, and social isolation. The researchers say research about enhancing the health and inclusion of people with vision impairment should be prioritized. (Healio, K. Young, 2.23.24)

Additives in Tattoo Ink

Researchers studied nine common brands of tattoo ink in the U.S. Of 54 inks, 45 contained unlisted additives and pigments. These could pose allergic reactions and other problems. The researchers call for more accurate labeling. (Analytical Chemistry, K. Moseman, A. Ahmed, A. Ruhren, J. Swierk, 2.22.24)

Nurses Plan to Leave

Close to a third of hospital nurse leaders plan to leave their jobs next year. Burnout is the leading reason. (AMN Healthcare press release, 2.27.24)

  • In celebrity news…

Amy Schumer Has Cushing Syndrome

Comedian Amy Schumer has revealed that she has exogenous Cushing Syndrome, brought on by steroid injections. The condition can lead to weight gain, fatigue, headaches, and a roundness of the face. (CNN, M. Thomas, 2.24.24)

Richard Lewis Dies

Comedian Richard Lewis died at home of a heart attack at age 76. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2023. (AP, M. Kennedy, 2.28.24)

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Remember: this post is for informational purposes only and may not be the best fit for you and your personal situation. It shall not be construed as medical advice. The information and education provided here is not intended or implied to supplement or replace professional medical treatment, advice, and/or diagnosis, or the advice of your own physician. Always check with your own physician or medical professional before trying or implementing any information read here.

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