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The Med & Mic™ 05.02.22

>> A viral rebound after treatment

>> Implanted device warning

>> Passengers rule

>> Risk for pregnancy-related death

The Med & Mic™ 05.02.22

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COVID After Paxlovid

The government plans to examine how often COVID recurs after treatment with Paxlovid (an antiviral therapy taken early in the course of illness), who is at risk, and why this happens. The only case in the medical literature is from the VA Boston Healthcare System. The case report has not yet been published. It involved a 71-year-old man who recovered quickly on Paxlovid (a five-day course) and then had a surge in viral levels on the ninth day after his positive test. Similar cases have been mentioned on Twitter and in blogs. Longer dosing is a consideration. More from Bloomberg.

Defect in Heart Pump

The FDA warns that a welding defect in the internal pump of Medtronic’s ventricular assist device could cause clots and malfunction. The company received three complaints of patients with suspected pump clots. An investigation revealed a malfunctioning internal pump. Pump exchanges were performed in all three, but two patients died after the procedure. Some of the warning signs include a grinding sound, alarms, abnormal blood tests, and dizziness and lightheadedness. More from Healio.

Masks Are Back On the BART

The Bay Area Rapid Transit decided to follow the federal court ruling to drop the mask requirement, but riders expressed their unease. “We started to immediately hear from riders in phone calls, emails, tweets, that they felt unsafe on the train if there was not a mask mandate,” says the BART’s Alicia Trost in an AP article. The BART’s board of directors has made masks mandatory until at least July 18.

High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Affects 1 in 7 Deliveries

The CDC says hypertensive disorders of pregnancy affected one in seven deliveries between 2017 and 2019. This is one of the top causes of pregnancy-related death in the U.S. The prevalence was highest among women 35 and older with the lowest median household income and who were hospitalized for delivery in the South or Midwest. More from Healio.

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