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The Med & Mic™ 02.25.22

The Med & Mic™ 02.25.22

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Oxygen supplies dwindle in Ukraine

Ukraine is running out of medical oxygen for critically ill patients. Trucks are not able to transport the oxygen from plants to hospitals. Some hospitals have run out. Hospitals are also dealing with interrupted power. Ambulances are in danger of getting caught in crossfire. The World Health Organization is seeking safe supply routes via Poland. More from Reuters.

Today is Rare Disease Day

In honor of Rare Disease Day, February 28, a San Antonio teen with phenylketonuria organized an awareness campaign for her school and city. For “Be a Rare Spirit Day” at her school, Abigail Villarreal encouraged students and staff to wear ribbons in the colors representing various rare diseases, and she distributed zebra print ribbons. The zebra is the official animal of the National Organization of Rare Diseases. She was also able to get businesses to light up their buildings in support. “I would get bullied for being different and I realized it’s okay to be rare, I’m happy to be rare,” she says in a report from KENS5. Phenylketonuria is a genetic condition that causes the buildup of an amino acid in her body. In severe cases, people with PKU can have seizures and other neurological problems.

Dose Doubles for Monoclonal Antibody

An authorized monoclonal antibody called Evushield got new dosing recommendations from the FDA. It is given to people who are immunocompromised or who cannot be immunized for medical reasons as pre-exposure COVID prevention. The higher dose is more likely to prevent infection with Omicron. With the increase, supply, distribution, and how to increase awareness are going to be challenges. “We continue to hear that patients with primary immunodeficiency are having trouble accessing the treatment,” says Katherine Lontok of the Immune deficiency Foundation in an email to CNN. “We’re so far from having enough doses at the lower dose,” adds Dr. Vivian Cheung.

Contemplation Corner

The ethical dilemma: How should children with edited genomes via CRISPR be monitored? Read more in Nature.

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