The Med & Mic™ 01.19.22
Medical and Health News Updates
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Kansas To Stop Contact Tracing
On February 1, Kansas will stop contact tracing for COVID, due to cases increasing and the lack of cooperation by the public. People who test positive will be responsible for notifying their close contacts. “This step is a move toward managing COVID as an endemic disease,” says acting secretary of the health department, Janet Stanek, in a report from the AP.
Two Drugs for Atopic Dermatitis Advance
The FDA approved a pill for moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis that has not responded to other treatments. In clinical trials, the new drug, Cibingo, worked well at clearing the skin and relieving itchiness. The FDA also expanded the indications for Rinvoq for those 12 and older with treatment-resistant, moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis. Both of these medications interfere with proteins involved with inflammation. The green light comes after nearly a year’s delay. There had been some concern with this class of drugs regarding blood clots, heart-related deaths, and cancer. “This is a key reason for the wavering confidence,” says pharma analyst Ramla Salad in a post from Fierce Pharma. Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema, is a chronic, dry, red and itchy skin condition. It can have periodic flares. Typical treatment includes avoiding harsh soaps, moisturizing regularly, and medicated creams and ointments.
Cervical Cancer Screenings Fall Behind
In a study of 20,000 participants, the percentage of women not up to date on screening for cervical cancer increased from 14.4% in 2005 to 23.0% in 2019. Around half of those not getting screened said they did not know it was needed. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends average-risk women ages 21 to 29 get screened every three years, and those ages 30 to 65, every 5 years. Screening involves taking a sample of cells from the opening of the womb. In a lab, these cells are analyzed for any cancerous changes. More in MedPage Today.
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