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New Zealand’s largest city back in lockdown as COVID lingers

New Zealand’s largest city back in lockdown as COVID lingers

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Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered New Zealand's largest city back into lockdown on Saturday as COVID-19 cases continued to be detected in the community. The latest restrictions in Auckland will last at least seven days and come less than two weeks after a three-day shutdown in the city. Ardern said a…
Czechs impose the tightest lockdown amid UK variant surge

Czechs impose the tightest lockdown amid UK variant surge

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An elderly woman receives Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a sports hall in Ricany, Czech Republic, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. With new infections soaring due to a highly contagious coronavirus variant and hospitals filling up, one of the hardest-hit countries in the European Union is facing inevitable: a tighter lockdown. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) With new…
US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

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This September 2020, file photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows a pharmacist preparing to give an experimental COVID-19 vaccine. The nation is poised to get a third vaccine against COVID-19, but health officials are concerned that at first glance the Johnson & Johnson shot may not be seen as equal to other options from…
German commission may do U-turn on AstraZeneca jab for elderly

German commission may do U-turn on AstraZeneca jab for elderly

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Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Germany's vaccine commission is considering reversing course and recommending AstraZeneca's COVID-19 jab for those over 65 after a study showed it to be effective among the elderly, its chairman has said. "It is possible and we will do it," Thomas Mertens, who heads the commission known as STIKO, told public television…
FDA Grants Emergency Use to Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

FDA Grants Emergency Use to Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

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Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. And then there were three. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today granted emergency use authorization (EUA) to the Ad26.COV2.S vaccine from Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (J&J) for people 18 and older after reviewing its safety and efficacy data. More vaccine…
Masks Don’t Affect Oxygen Saturation in People With Asthma

Masks Don’t Affect Oxygen Saturation in People With Asthma

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Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Wearing a mask to protect against transmission of COVID-19 does not decrease oxygen saturation, according to a new study. Oxygen saturation did not decline in more than 200 mask-wearing individuals attending an asthma and allergy clinic, regardless of the type of…
NYC Officials Downplay Concern Over New Coronavirus Variant

NYC Officials Downplay Concern Over New Coronavirus Variant

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mayor Bill de Blasio's chief medical adviser on Thursday downplayed the results of two studies that may suggest a new coronavirus variant found in New York City in November will be more resistant to vaccines now being administered. Dr. Jay Varma said it was premature to infer from laboratory results how…
Dr. Rachel Levine faces Senate committee questions on telehealth, transgender issues

Dr. Rachel Levine faces Senate committee questions on telehealth, transgender issues

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During a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, Dr. Rachel Levine expressed her support for telemedicine, emphasized the importance of addressing young people's mental health needs and described her strategy for combating the ongoing opioid crisis amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.   President Joe Biden nominated Levine for the position of assistant secretary of the U.S. Department…
The M*A*S*H model of care and pushing IT to the limit – lessons from a tough 12 months

The M*A*S*H model of care and pushing IT to the limit – lessons from...

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The past year has been like no other for healthcare provider organization executives. They have been put to the test, and the successful have survived intact, with many lessons learned along the way. Today, Healthcare IT News presents the latest in its feature story series speaking with healthcare C-suite officers and other health IT leaders…
Spitting up in babies: What’s normal, what’s not

Spitting up in babies: What’s normal, what’s not

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Spitting up in babies: What's normal, what's notSpitting up is a rite of passage for many babies. Here's what's behind spitting up — and when it might signal a more serious problem.By Mayo Clinic Staff You've just fed your baby breast milk or formula only to watch him or her spit up what seems like…