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The Med & Mic™ 03.23.22

The Med & Mic™ 03.23.22

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Diabetes After COVID

People who have had COVID are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes in the year following their infection. A study from a review of Veterans Affairs databases shows that among 181,000 veterans who tested positive, there was a 40% higher risk of diabetes after their illness, and an 85% higher risk of needing a blood sugar lowering medication. This was in comparison to a group that did not have COVID. The researchers say diabetes should be considered a component of long COVID. More in MedPage Today.

BA.2 Rise In Check

The Omicron subvariant BA.2 now accounts for one in three cases of COVID in the U.S. However, cases continue to decline. Public health officials have been watching the wave of BA.2 in Europe, as the U.S. tends to follow trends there by a few weeks. There is optimism, though, based on wastewater surveillance. “There’s no evidence for a wave,” says sewage analysis Chief Executive Mariana Matus in an article from Reuters, “The level of virus in the wastewater was rising about 100-fold faster during the first Omicron wave in December as compared to now.”

Blood Pressure Medication Recall

Some lots of the blood pressure medicine Accuretic and less expensive versions of the drug are under recall due to elevated levels of nitrosamine, a potential cancer-causing impurity. So far, the drug's manufacturer, Pfizer, has not received any reports of bad outcomes. Accuretic contains hydrochlorothiazide and quinapril. Nitrosamines are found in cured and grilled meats, as well as dairy products, vegetables, and water. Long-term exposure at higher than acceptable levels can increase the risk of cancer. People taking this medicine should consult with their doctor. More from Reuters.

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