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The Med & Mic™ 05.11.22

>> Parents scramble to feed their babies

>> Why miscarriage care could suffer

>> How to tell COVID from allergies

The Med & Mic™ 05.11.22

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Baby Formula Shortage

A safety recall and supply chain disruptions have curtailed the stock of baby formula at pharmacies and supermarkets in the U.S. Pediatricians are urging parents who can’t find formula to contact food banks or doctors’ offices. They advise parents against watering down the powdered breast milk alternative to extend the supply or using online recipes to make their own. More from the AP.

Limited Miscarriage Care

A Texas law passed last year bars two drugs, misoprostol and mifepristone, to induce abortion after the seventh week of pregnancy. However, these drugs are also used to treat patients after an early pregnancy loss. The other miscarriage treatment is a surgical uterine evacuation, the same approach as for a surgical abortion. “The challenge is that the treatment for an abortion and the treatment for a miscarriage are exactly the same,” says Dr. Sarah Prager in a report from NPR. Some miscarriages do not require medical intervention, but in some instances, doctors need to provide care to stop bleeding and to make sure no pregnancy tissue remains. Retained tissue can increase the risk of infection.

COVID vs. Allergies

This is the third spring allergy season in the time of COVID. A test is the most efficient way to tell whether your sneezing and runny nose are because of coronavirus, rather than pollen. But there are other ways to tell, too. “Probably the symptom that would pretty much rule out allergies would be fever,” says allergist Dr. Janna Tuck in an article from Scientific American. Fever and loss of smell (though less common with Omicron) point to COVID, whereas watery eyes and puffy eyelids point to allergies.

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