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#omicron #booster #IVF #preeclampsia #Ebola

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

>> Omicron booster EUA for certain groups

>> IVF and high blood pressure in pregnancy

>> Ebola spreads

The Med & Mic™ 09.26.22

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Omicron-inclusive Booster for Kids

Pfizer has applied for emergency use authorization for its COVID booster designed to cover Omicron for children, ages 5 to 11. Three days ago, Moderna sought EUA for its own Omicron-inclusive booster for children 6 to 11. The CDC has said it expects these bivalent COVID boosters, which target BA.4 and BA.5, to be available for some children by mid-October. (Source: Reuters, 9.26.22)

Frozen Embryos and the Risk of Preeclampsia

Placing frozen embryos from in vitro fertilization into the womb is linked to a greater risk of potentially deadly high blood pressure problems during pregnancy, such as preeclampsia. The findings come from a Norwegian study that includes millions of pregnant women. The study is the largest to date to examine this issue.

Overall, the risk was low.

  • 7.4% with frozen embryos

  • 5.6% with fresh embryos

  • 4.3% with natural conception

However, after adjusting for age, existing high blood pressure, and obesity, the risk was 74% higher with frozen embryos.

About 1 in 12 women in the U.S. have high blood pressure during pregnancy, and 1 in 25 develop preeclampsia, with signs of kidney or liver damage. (Source: NBC News, K. Sullivan, 9.26.22)

Ebola Outbreak Grows

In Uganda, 16 people now have Ebola, and 18 more are susected of having the disease. The ministry of health in Uganda tweeted that there are 4 confirmed deaths and 17 other deaths suspected to be from the viral disease. The outbreak has spread to three districts all in central Uganda. There is no vaccine for the Sudan strain, to which the current outbreak is attributed. (Source: Reuters, 9.25.22)

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