The White House issued a statement April 1 detailing actions the administration plans to take in its first year to control the opioid epidemic, and the measures align with ADA priorities, ADA News reports. The priorities include making evidence-based treatment more accessible, striving for racial equity as part of policy-making and curbing youth substance use through support of evidence-based prevention programs. ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention member Brooke Fukuoka, D.M.D., who is also a member of the Council's prevention subcommittee, said the plan recognizes the role of mental health in substance use disorders and the importance of mental health to overall health. "While unmet needs in dental health can lead to infection, pain and tooth loss, unmet needs in mental health can lead to self-harm, harm to others, and substance misuse," she said.
The Biden administration rejected calls from state officials and health experts to change its population-based COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy and give more doses to states seeing spikes in cases and hospitalizations, The Hill reports. "[T]he fair and equitable way to distribute the vaccine is based on the adult population by state, tribe and territory. That's how it's been done, and we will continue to do so," said Jeff Zients, the administration's COVID-19 response coordinator.
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While several medical groups, including the ACR and the Society of Breast Imaging, have released guidance on how providers can avoid unneeded costs and procedures, "widespread patient education regarding vaccine-induced lymphadenopathy is needed, especially as this may be mistaken as a sign of malignancy," experts wrote in Radiology: Imaging Cancer. They suggested infographics to educate patients about the side effects of COVID-19 vaccine and to ensure that those with lymphadenopathy and with cancer follow their medical follow-up schedules.
The average for new COVID-19 cases totaled 68,000 per day over the past week, marking the third consecutive week of increase, while infections and emergency department visits rose. About 20% of the American population has been fully vaccinated to date, according to the CDC, but a model from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation predicts that COVID-19 fatalities will increase to 697,573 by Aug. 1 if fully vaccinated individuals return to pre-pandemic mobility levels.
A study in Bone showed how a deep learning algorithm was able to detect abdominal aortic calcification in vertebral fracture assessment images taken using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, which could help in predicting cardiovascular disease. Researchers found that the convolutional neural network model yielded a weighted average accuracy of 88.1%, a sensitivity of 80.9% and a specificity of 91.9%.
April 11 to 17 is AVMA's Dog Bite Prevention Week, co-sponsored by the AVMA and State Farm Insurance. Most dog bites can be prevented by paying attention to dogs' body language and health and by desensitizing dogs to certain external stimuli, says AVMA President Dr. Douglas Kratt. Any dog can bite, Dr. Kratt says, and Heather Paul, a State Farm spokesperson, says reducing dog bites is good for people and pets, but refusing to offer homeowner's insurance coverage based on the breed of dog in the home is not the way to reduce dog bites.
Bird feeders and baths should be cleaned regularly with soapy water and a 10% bleach solution to kill salmonella, says Louisiana state wildlife veterinarian Jim LaCour. Wild birds can pick up and spread the bacteria when they congregate at feeders and baths, so Dr. LaCour recommends storing clean feeders and baths for two months and discarding potentially contaminated feed to break the cycle.
Thirty-five percent of pet-owning households in the US adopted a pet in the 12 months ending in February, according to market research firm Packaged Facts, and many of those newly adopted pets are unaccustomed to being left alone. AVMA President Dr. Douglas Kratt advises introducing pets to alone-time gradually, and other experts suggest hiring a pet-sitter or dog-walker, giving pets mentally stimulating toys and puzzle feeders, and reinforcing human-animal bonds.
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