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The Med & Mic™ 04.01.22

The Med & Mic™ 04.01.22

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Mental Health Among Adolescents

The CDC warns more than four in ten teens report feeling persistently sad or hopeless. One in five has thought about suicide. These were responses on a survey of nearly 8,000 high school students in early 2021. The survey also shows 55% suffered emotional abuse from a parent or another adult in the home, and 11% said they suffered physical abuse. More in the Washington Post.

Winding Down the Pandemic

The American healthcare system could be facing bumps ahead as it transitions out of measures put in place during the pandemic. “The flexibilities granted through the public health emergency have helped people stay covered and get access to care,” says Jilette Cubanski of the Kaiser Family Foundation in an article from the AP.

Challenges ahead:

  • Finding new coverage for 15 million Medicaid recipients,

  • preserving telehealth options for people on Medicare,

  • government reimbursements to hospitals, insurers, and doctors for COVID care,

  • and handling the emergency use authorizations for COVID treatments.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

The hepatitis B vaccine should be given to adults 19 to 59, and to those 60 and older with risk factors for HepB. The recommendation comes after the CDC reviewed 263 studies. Half of the new infections occurred in people 30 to 49, plus infections rose for people 40 to 59 between 2011 and 2019. Some risk factors include receiving blood transfusions, using contaminated needles, getting acupuncture, piercings, and tattoos, having a transplant, and sex with someone with HepB. More in HealthDay.

Human COVID Challenge Yields Insights

Three dozen human volunteers took part in a study in which they were deliberately given the original version of SARS-COV2 so that the effects could be observed. Eighteen developed COVID-19. Researchers also found out a single droplet is enough to make someone sick. It takes two days for the virus to be present in a person’s cough or sneeze. The highest amount of virus can be spread before symptoms develop. The contagious period can be six to 12 days, and rapid at-home tests work well at determining when someone is contagious. More from CNN.

Human genome sequence completed

While the entire human genetic blueprint was assembled nearly two decades ago, scientists have finally put together the missing pieces. Technology 20 years ago could not read 8% of the genome. These bits were the genes that make humans human. Having the entire sequence in place could aid in understanding aging, neurodegenerative conditions, cancer, and heart disease. More from the AP.

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