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Nirmatrelvir/ritonavir vs. molnupiravir: How do they stack up against Omicron?
The use of nirmatrelvir-ritonavir (Paxlovid) and molnupiravir (Lagevrio) were associated with reductions in death during the COVID-19 Omicron era, according to a large retrospective study from the Cleveland Clinic ...
Thrombocytopenia linked to elemental mercury poisoning in siblings
Two siblings from Connecticut, ages 5 and 15 years, experienced severe thrombocytopenia after elemental mercury vapor exposure. Infectious and hematologic etiologies were considered before the toxic exposure was recognized. Both children required chelation therapy, and the younger child had severe, protracted thrombocytopenia that required multiple medical interventions. Tap for more info ...
Zebra of the Week: Nipah virus
Nipah virus (NiV) is a zoonotic virus whose animal reservoir is the fruit bat, also known as a flying fox. NiV is also known to cause illness in pigs and people. Infection with NiV is associated with encephalitis and can lead to mild to severe illness and even death. Outbreaks occur almost annually in parts of Asia, primarily Bangladesh and India. Infection prevention requires avoiding exposure to sick pigs and bats in areas where the virus is present, and not drinking raw date palm sap which can be contaminated by an infected bat.
Plastic wrap choking hazard prompts recall of Kraft Cheese Singles
Late last week Kraft Heinz announced a voluntary recall of ∼83,800 cases of individually wrapped Kraft Singles American processed cheese slices. The voluntary recall occurred as a precaution after a temporary issue developed with one of the company's wrapping machines, making it possible for a thin strip of the individual film to remain on the slice after the wrapper has been removed. The piece of retained film could be unpleasant and potentially cause a gagging or choking hazard. Tap for more info on which packages are affected ...
The Grapefruit Challenge: Which drugs interact with grapefruit juice?
Grapefruit juice and grapefruit can affect the way medications work, and this food-drug interaction can be a concern. The FDA requires that some prescription and OTC drugs generally taken by mouth include warnings against drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit while taking the drug. Do you know which common drugs may be impacted by this interaction? Take the quiz now.
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Free COVID test kits available to order at COVIDTests.gov
Americans can once again order four free COVID-19 tests with the reopening of the Biden administration's at-home testing program. The program's relaunch comes as COVID hospitalizations surpassed 20,000 for the first time since March this month, according to CDC data.
CDC recommends new vaccine to help protect newborns from severe RSV illness
On Friday, CDC recommended Pfizer’s bivalent RSVpreF vaccine (Abrysvo) for pregnant people to protect their newborns from severe RSV illness. This new vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of RSV hospitalization for babies by 57% in the first six months after birth. To maximize protection for newborns, CDC recommends seasonal administration of one dose of RSV vaccine for pregnant people during weeks 32 through 36 of pregnancy. Tap to read more ...
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