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Clinical briefs for Friday, March 19

New HHS Secretary Becerra considered ‘friend of long-term care causes’ … U.K. nursing home staff passed B117 COVID variants to residents in early winter, study finds … 1 in 3 older thyroid disease patients take meds that interfere with thyroid function tests … Recommended osteoporosis treatment after hip fracture rarely followed, researchers say … Allergists update guidance to recommend screening prior to COVID vaccination

Clinical briefs for Thursday, March 18

Feds invest $255 million more in COVID tests for long-term care, but some say vaccines, funding are more urgent needs … PharmaCorr spin-off to expand post-acute, LTC services … FDA approves Melinta’s Kimrysa, a one-hour infusion for skin infections in adults … Aspirin use may decrease ventilation, ICU admission and death in COVID patients … High-speed-air hand dryers spread contamination more than paper towels, study finds

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