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The Med & Mic™ 03.01.22

The Med & Mic™ 03.01.22

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Pfizer’s COVID vaccine less effective in kids 5 to 11

New data from New York show the Pfizer vaccine did not prevent infection and hospitalization in children 5 to 11 as well as it did in those 12 to 17. Protection for the younger group dropped off quickly and dramatically against infection (68% to 12%), and a less steep decline against hospitalization (100% to 48%). Children in the younger age group received a third of the dose the older kids got. The New York State Department of Health examined health records for COVID cases in children and teens from December 13, 2021 to January 30, 2022 during the Omicron wave. The study has not yet been peer-reviewed. More in STAT News.

Breast Cancer Overdiagnosis in 1 out of 7

In breast cancer screening for older women, one in seven will be overdiagnosed. That is when a mammogram shows tumors that would have led to less harm if they had remained undetected. Researchers analyzed information from 36,000 women 50 to 74 years old who had screening mammograms between 2000 to 2018. The researchers determined an overdiagnosis rate of 15%, which is lower than the widely cited figure of 30%. Mammograms can catch breast cancer early when it is easier to treat. However, the study authors are quoted in an article from Healio, “The risk of labeling millions of persons as having disease without improving outcomes is very real.”


Researchers in Canada have found a case of human COVID thought to be acquired from a hunted deer. As part of the study, the researchers analyzed nasal swabs and lymph nodes of deer in southwestern Ontario, and identified a new and highly divergent lineage of coronavirus. They compared this to human samples from the area. They found one individual, who had contact with deer, with a coronavirus similar to the lineage in deer. Scientists have been concerned that the virus could mutate in animals and infect people. More from the Guardian.

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