Health Care – Updated COVID Boosters Against Subvariants

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New data from the CDC found that the bivalent COVID boosters made available last September were no less effective in preventing symptomatic cases caused by the XBB.1.5 strain than previous mutations of the virus.

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CDC: Updated Subvariant Vax Just as Effective

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccine does not lose significant efficacy in preventing symptomatic coronavirus cases caused by the XBB.1.5 omicron subvariant compared to the previous strain.

  • “We did not see reduced vaccine protection against symptomatic disease for XBB and XBB.1.5 compared to other recent BA.5 variants. That’s quite reassuring,” CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes said at a press briefing Wednesday.
  • Data released in the CDC’s most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) suggests that, through comparisons between people who did and did not receive the updated shot, that BAs are likely to prevent symptomatic coronavirus cases. The bivalent booster dose was 52 percent effective. .5 omicron subvariant and 48 percent effective in preventing symptomatic cases caused by XBB and XBB.1.5 subvariant infections.

What does this mean: According to Ruth Link-Giles, CDC epidemiologist and lead author of MMWR, the findings can be interpreted to mean that vaccines currently reduce the risk of symptomatic cases in about half the population.

The CDC also found that the updated boosters provide additional protection against symptomatic coronavirus cases caused by XBB.1.5 for at least three months after vaccination.

To make these determinations, the CDC analyzed national testing data from December 1 through January 13 and looked for symptomatic cases among adults who were not immune-deficient. For the purposes of the CDC’s study, symptomatic cases were defined as having one or more COVID-19 symptoms.

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16M signed up for insurance through ObamaCare

More than 16.3 million people enrolled in a health plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during the most recent open enrollment period, the highest number of enrollments since the program was signed into law 10 years ago.

This record number of enrollments took place between November 1 and January 15 and represents nearly 2 million more people than the number of people enrolled last year. According to the White House, 3.6 million people, or 22 percent of those who signed up this enrollment period, were new to the Marketplace.

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement, “The Biden-Harris administration has made lowering health care costs and increasing access to health insurance a top priority — and these record-breaking numbers show that we, the American people, Giving results for.” ,
  • “We will continue to do everything possible to ensure that more people have the peace of mind that comes with high-quality, affordable health care.”

A White House press release said 92 percent of enrollees had a choice of three or more insurance companies when shopping for plans for this year. Four out of five enrollees were able to find plans that cost $10 or less after the tax credit.

In the last enrollment period, approximately 14.5 million people enrolled in insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act. The number of individuals who have signed up for health plans through HealthCare.gov has now increased by nearly 5 million since 2020, when enrollment rose to nearly 11.5 million.

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New report details workers’ pain from prolonged Covid

Long-term COVID-19 has kept many workers from returning to their jobs and caused many of them to receive prolonged medical treatment, according to a new report released Tuesday by the New York State Insurance Fund.

The report analyzed more than 3,000 workers’ compensation claims related to the coronavirus and found that 31 percent of them suffered from prolonged COVID – a condition characterized by a series of persistent symptoms that mimic those of COVID. -19 follows the infection.

According to the report, nearly 70 per cent of people with long-term Covid were unable to return to work or required medical treatment for at least six months.

Eighteen percent of long-term Covid patients did not return to work for more than a year after initial infection. The report also found that the longer an employee is out of work, the less likely they are to return.

Forty percent of people with prolonged COVID returned to work within 60 days and still continued to receive medical treatment, while about 60 percent did not return to work, according to the report.

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Most children use potentially toxic makeup, face paint: study

Nearly 70 per cent of the parents surveyed said that their children use things like glitter, face paint, nail polish, lip gloss and perfume, which are available in the market for children. ,

The authors said such products often have bright colors, animals and cartoon characters that serve “to attract children’s attention”.

At the same time, he cautioned, research has shown that many of these products contain toxins such as lead, asbestos, phthalates, formaldehyde and per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS), which have been labeled as “forever chemicals.” Also known. Environment and the human body.

“It is important to highlight how makeup and body products are used by children to characterize risk and improve safety,” wrote the authors from Columbia University’s Center for Children’s Environmental Health and the Washington, DC-based group EarthJustice. Used to be.”

The researchers administered a 39-question survey about children’s cosmetic use through social media and by distributing fliers to parents and guardians of children 12 years and younger. Of the 207 survey respondents, 219 of 312 children — or 70 percent — have used such products.

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Abortion pill maker challenges ban in West Virginia

The maker of a generic version of mifepristone, the first of two drugs used in medication abortions, sued West Virginia’s attorney general and a local prosecuting attorney on Wednesday over state restrictions on the drug.

GenBioPro argued that West Virginia’s abortion ban and restrictions have caused it “significant, ongoing economic injury” and are preemptive by federal law.

  • Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) signed legislation in September banning abortions at all stages of pregnancy, with some exceptions for medical emergencies, rape and incest.
  • Prior to the abortion ban, West Virginia had restrictions on medication abortion, such as requiring doctors to wait 24 hours after obtaining a patient’s consent to provide the drug, and prohibiting doctors from prescribing the drug via telemedicine. These restrictions would go back into effect if the state’s abortion ban was overturned.

His reasoning: GenBioPro argued in Wednesday’s filing that both West Virginia’s abortion ban and its previous ban conflict with the authority that Congress has given the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve and regulate access to drugs such as mifepristone. was provided.

“The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs does not displace the roles of Congress and the FDA in protecting the public health by determining whether drugs are safe and effective, by determining what precautions – if any – must be taken to ensure the drug’s safe use.” are necessary to do, and ensure safe and effective medicines are available to the public,” the lawsuit said.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morris (R) responded to the lawsuit in a statement Wednesday, saying he stands ready to “fully defend West Virginia’s new abortion law.”

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what are we studying

  • Is WHO ready to end the global health emergency over Covid? maybe not now (stat)
  • CDC is exploring ‘logistical and legal’ aspects of testing airplane wastewater for coronavirus variants, source says (CNN)
  • A wave of rural nursing home closings mounts amid staffing shortages (Kaiser Health News)

state by state

  • California enacts new abortion law, expects copycats (politician)
  • Nevada’s new governor downplays lobbyist’s influence in COVID lab scandal, then asks them to help with budget (ProPublica)
  • Unmet needs: Critics cite failures in health care for foster children (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

OP-EDS in Pahari

Patent reform and lower drug prices should be bipartisan priorities

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