The rollout could begin 24 hours after Pfizer’s drug is vetted on Dec. 10, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday. CVS Health expects to bring the shots to nursing homes within 48 hours of FDA authorization, he added.
The Food and Drug Administration has expanded the use of the antiviral drug Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) for use in preventing influenza after exposure to an ill person.
After a day of total isolation, the sight of people having fun together activates the same brain region that lights up when a hungry person sees food, an MRI study has found.
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The Yale School of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine have formed a coalition to address infection prevention in long-term care facilities. Industry leaders are invited to take part in a December summit.
The vaccine was most protective — at 90% efficacy — when participants received an initial half dose and then a full dose a month apart, the U.K. drugmaker says.
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Nursing home residents who had Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment significantly increased the likelihood that their treatment preferences were documented in their medical record, a statewide facility study has shown.
Almost a third of older emergency department patients who were subsequently diagnosed with COVID had delirium at admission, investigators say. And many had no other COVID symptoms, such as cough or fever.
The Mediterranean diet reduces diabetes risk by 30% in women who are considered clinically overweight or obese, a new analysis of long-term data finds.
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As of Oct. 15, 22% of assisted living communities in 39 states reported cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff members. Rates ranged widely, from 1.3% of communities in Iowa to 93% of Connecticut facilities.
Patient engagement using low-tech tools is tied to fewer falls and a 48% reduction in fall-related injuries among patients over 65 years old, a nurse-led hospital trial has found.
The experimental vaccine was safe and well-tolerated among all 560 trial participants, including adults aged 70 and older, the company said Thursday.
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Fully 99% of skilled nursing facilities nationwide have signed on with the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program vaccine delivery initiative, HHS says. The news arrived just as Pfizer announced that its COVID vaccine protects 94% of adults over 65 years old.
A high-dose, trivalent influenza vaccine was no more effective at preventing heart- and lung-related death and hospitalization than a standard-dose quadrivalent vaccine, the researchers say.
Participants experienced task-specific improvements in physical and cognitive functions, and enhanced well-being, investigators report.
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