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The Med & Mic™ 03.07.22

The Med & Mic™ 03.07.22

How busy doctors keep up on the medical news of the day – and get $1 CME!*

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Post-pandemic plans


A report from public health experts outlines how to navigate going forward in a world with COVID. The report points to a strategy that would focus on more than just COVID, but other respiratory viruses, too, such as the flu. In the report, the experts estimate 15,000 to 30,000 deaths annually in a good case scenario with COVID, where immunity holds up and the virus doesn;t mutate. At the other end of the spectrum, with waning immunity and new mutations, deaths could be ten times higher. Several measures will have to be addressed including 1) better surveillance for COVID and other viral illnesses, 2) monitoring hospital capacity, 3) improved air quality in buildings, 4) more antiviral drugs, 5) greater vaccines, and 6) access to testing and rapid treatment. More in STAT News.




Sleep apnea and joint pain in women


With menopause, the incidence of sleep apnea and join pain is higher. Sleep apnea may be triggered by a decrease in the level of sex hormones. Musculoskeletal joint pain is also linked to hormonal changes. A new study published in the journal Menopause suggests a link between higher respiratory distress scores and join pain severity. One possible reason is that joint tissues have estrogen receptors. Estrogen plays a role in maintaining cartilage, ligaments, and muscles. The researchers urge doctors to look for symptoms of sleep apnea in post-menopausal women with severe joint pain. More in U.S. News & World Report.




Telehealth Remains Popular


In 2021, 38% of healthcare visits were virtual. This is down from 48% in 2020. However, the option remains popular. In a Jones Lang LaSalle survey of 4,000 Americans in January, half of the respondents had a virtual visit in the second half of 2021. Also, 76% would like to continue to receive care in a telehealth setting. The researchers concluded that accessibility and convenience are critical factors for patients when deciding where to get care. More in mHealth Intelligence.





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