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The Med & Mic™ 02.25.22

The Med & Mic™ 02.25.22

Medical and Health News of the Day

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Mask Guidelines Loosening

The CDC is announcing new metrics for mask guidelines, including caseloads, hospitalizations, and local hospital capacity. Based on current data, most Americans will no longer be in areas where indoor masking is recommended. The AP shared CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s tweet,” At @CDCgov, we have been analyzing our #COVID19 data and shifting our focus to preventing the most severe outcomes and minimizing healthcare strain.”

Longer Interval Between Shots Could Decrease Risks, Improve Benefits

Waiting eight weeks, instead of four weeks, between mRNA COVID-19 shots may reduce the risk of vaccine-associated heart inflammation for people 12 to 39. Data also shows increased effectiveness against illness with symptoms with a longer interval between injections. This could be related to certain cells in the immune system expanding long-term memory. More from MedPage Today.

BMI Linked to Hand Arthritis Pain

A higher body mass index is linked to higher hand pain in people with hand osteoarthritis. This is thought to be due to a higher level of leptin, a fat and inflammatory hormone. Also, high sensitivity C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation, could play a role. Researcher Dr. Marthe Gløersen is quoted in medwireNews from the Arthritis & Rheumatology study, “The systemic effects of obesity pain are more important in hands than in lower extremities, where the biomechanical effects of obesity may play a more important role.”

Possible High Blood Pressure Medicine Benefit for Pancreatic Cancer

Commonly prescribed medications for high blood pressure may increase survival in people with pancreatic cancer. Researchers analyzed the medical records of 8,000 people with pancreatic cancer between 2003 and 2011 in northern Italy. People taking angiotensin receptor blockers had a 20% lower risk of dying, and those taking angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors had a 13% lower risk of dying compared to those not taking these medicines. Of the 8,000 people, 7,027 (86%) died by the end of 2012. More in HealthDay.

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