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The Med & Mic™ 03.24.22

The Med & Mic™ 03.24.22

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Moderna Requests COVID Vaccine EUA for Young Children

Moderna will be asking the FDA for emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 6 months to 6 years. Currently there is no vaccine authorized for children younger than 5. In clinical trials, the Moderna vaccine in this age group worked as well as in adults 18 to 25 at generating a response from the immune system. Of note, the clinical trial took place during the Omicron wave. The two-dose vaccine did not do as well at preventing infection with symptoms, but there were no severe cases, hospitalizations, or deaths. More from STAT News.

Health Information Breaches in 49 States

Last year, 50 million Americans had their health information breached. Health organizations in every state except South Dakota reported breaches in 2021. Breaches included hacking and data theft. HIPAA requires reporting of breaches that affect 500 or more people. Hacked data is sold on the dark web or used for fraud. More from The Hill.

Statins and a Reduced Risk for Parkinsonism

Older adults using cholesterol-lowering medicines called statins may have a reduced risk of parkinsonism. Parkinsonism is any type of movement abnormality that can be seen with Parkinson’s disease, such as tremor, slowness of movement, impaired speech, or stiffness. This is thought to be related to decreased fat in brain blood vessels. Researchers included nearly 3,000 participants. Of these, 1,400 developed parkinsonism over 6 years. Statin use from the beginning of the study was associated with a 16% reduced risk for parkinsonism. Also, 1,000 participants died during the study, and autopsies showed a lower odds of atherosclerosis in those taking statins compared to those not taking statins. More in HeathDay and Healio.

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