The Med & Mic™ 01.10.22
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Post-COVID Diabetes in Children
Children and teens with COVID are 30% to 166% more likely than children and teens with non-COVID respiratory infections to be diagnosed with diabetes a month after having COVID. These findings are consistent with previous research showing a similar association in adults. The CDC examined two large insurance claim databases of millions of children from March 2020 to June 2021. It’s possible the virus attacks pancreatic cells, but further research is needed. Whether the diabetes is transient or chronic is not known yet. The study did not distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes and did not control for obesity. However, the researchers urge doctors to screen for diabetes in the months following a COVID infection. Symptoms include increased hunger or thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. More in New Atlas.
About one in four U.S. hospitals is dealing with a critical staff shortage. The shortages are aggravated by the loss of available health care workers because of COVID infection or exposure. To safeguard hospital capacity, some facilities are ceasing certain
elective operations because of low bed capacity. More from CNN.
Moderna Booster Interval Shortens
The FDA reduced the time people must wait to schedule a Moderna booster from six months to five months after their second dose. This is in line with the Pfizer schedule, which was also recently decreased from six months to five months. Adults 18 and older may get the Moderna vaccine. More in AP.
Experimental Blood Test for Lung Cancer Screening
In a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, an investigational blood test for four protein biomarkers combined with a smoker’s risk profile did a better job at finding people who would benefit from chest CT scans for screening. The current United States Preventive Services Task Force guidelines are based on smoking history and age. More in News Medical.
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