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Thursday, 30 June 2022

Study examines data transparency, health equity in US COVID-19 response

State governments varied widely in mitigation measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic such as school and workplace closings, travel restrictions, stay-at-home orders, and restrictions on public gatherings. More specifically, states varied in how they defined and reported key metrics, such as testing data, cases, hospitalizations and deaths. For example, during…

Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy Rise in US, Especially in Asians and Hispanics

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – De novo hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) are on the rise in the U.S. in all major racial and ethnic groups and subgroups, but with significant heterogeneity, researchers said. The largest rate increases have occurred in Asian and Hispanic/Latinx populations, the researchers found. Dr. Nilay…

Staffing shortages have US nursing homes in crisis

There’s a shortage of nursing home beds for the elderly in America due to a severe staffing crisis that has caused long-term care facilities to cut back on new admissions, new research shows. Three out of five nursing homes (61%) have limited new admissions due to staffing shortages, according to…

Opioid poisoning on the rise in Switzerland

Researchers at ETH have shown that cases of opioid poisoning and the prescription of opioids have increased sharply in Switzerland over the past 20 years. Although the situation is not as serious as in North America, the risk should not be underestimated. Since the early 2000s the U.S. has been…

Determining the ideal COVID-19 vaccine type and timing during pregnancy

Although pregnant individuals and newborns may face elevated risks of developing more severe cases of COVID-19 following SARS-CoV-2 infection, data indicate that COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy can help to protect both the mother and child. New research collaboratively led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s…

For Common Surgeries, Children’s Hospitals Cost More but Offer No Outcome Benefit

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When it comes to common surgical procedures, children’s hospitals offer no outcome benefits over other hospitals, yet cost more, a new study suggests. An analysis of data from nearly 400,000 pediatric patients who underwent a common surgical procedure revealed that outcomes at children’s hospitals were…