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5/22/2020

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said President Donald Trump still wants Congress to take action to lower prescription drug costs despite the pandemic. Grassley, who co-sponsored drug pricing legislation with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said the economic fallout from the pandemic "lends even more urgency to our efforts to ensure lifesaving cures are affordable."

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The Hill
5/22/2020

The CDC bases coronavirus infection rate estimates on data provided by states, some of which combine figures from both antibody and polymerase chain reaction tests, which skews data on testing, active infection and recovery rates, scientists say. Combining the two types of tests gives a false picture of the number of new infections and the overall positivity rate, and CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said the agency hopes to be able to differentiate data from the two types of test soon.

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National Public Radio
5/22/2020

Vaccination rates have plummeted worldwide amid lockdowns and stay-at-home mandates, putting some 80 million babies at risk for preventable diseases, according to the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Sabin Vaccine Institute, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. "Disruption to immunization programs from the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to unwind decades of progress against vaccine-preventable diseases like measles," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and the WHO will be issuing vaccination guidelines next week.

5/22/2020

Children pick favorites for everything, including parents, says licensed clinical social worker Jaime Bronstein, who advises parents not to take it personally. A child's parental preference may shift over time, depending on interests or who's home more often, for example, she says.

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The Week
5/22/2020

Feline lower urinary tract disease is a common component of various conditions, and cats that display any of a broad range of clinical signs should receive prompt veterinary attention, veterinarian Audrey Cook said. Though signs of FLUTD might dissipate after a few days, an inability to urinate properly is life-threatening and treatment could range from simple dietary changes and medication to surgery, Dr. Cook said.

5/22/2020

It's difficult to ensure the right balance of nutrients in homemade pet foods, and pet owners should always consult with a veterinarian or veterinary nutritionist before feeding pets a homemade diet, says veterinarian Laura Robinson. Balanceit.com, a site that offers guidelines for homemade dog food based on information from veterinary nutritionists, can be a good starting place, Dr. Robinson says.

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5/22/2020

Researchers studied 67 youths who were positive for COVID-19 and found that 28% of admitted youths were admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit, of which 77% had acute respiratory distress syndromes and 58.3% had severe sepsis and septic shock syndromes. The findings in The Journal of Pediatrics also showed that PICU admission was significantly associated with higher platelet counts and higher levels of procalcitonin, C-reactive protein and pro-B type natriuretic peptide.

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5/22/2020

Medical and health policy experts say rural hospitals are not prepared for COVID-19 surges and need help from state governments, community organizations and policymakers. Rural medical centers are more likely to lack the finances, capacity, resources and workforces to handle COVID-19 surges.

5/22/2020

BetterTogether.Health is a coalition of six large nonprofit health systems in Los Angeles County encouraging people to return to hospitals and clinics to receive care when they need it, regardless of the novel coronavirus pandemic. A Commonwealth Fund report found telehealth visits decreased slightly from mid-April to mid-May, and outpatient visits are increasing in some areas of the US.

5/22/2020

EHR templates and triggers can improve breast cancer care, particularly in rural areas, researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Pathways. Integrating evidence-based clinical pathway templates for breast cancer care into an EHR system "revealed subpar compliance with multiple elements" at the participating hospital, and researchers believe EHR-based triggers will improve compliance.

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EHR Intelligence