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Face Masks

Clinical briefs for Thursday, July 29

Some Florida nursing homes limit visitation as COVID-19 cases triple … More LTC operators require vaccination for staff as new coronavirus variants raise infections rates … CDC’s indoor mask mandate for all applies in COVID-19 hot zones … Federal employees soon to be required to vaccinate or submit to testing … CDC: For some seniors, new technology not a cure for hearing loss … Lowering Medicare age to 60 would reduce racial, ethnic healthcare disparities, Yale study finds

Clinical briefs for Wednesday, July 28

Vaccine reporting requirements overwhelm providers during COVID-19 outbreaks … Delta variant’s spread prompts CDC to re-up indoor mask-wearing recommendation … VA becomes first federal department to mandate some staff vaccinations … Most Americans favor adding dental benefits to Medicare: poll … Nurses face significant burnout risks during pandemic, nursing journal reports … Shoring up U.S. pharma supply chain a tough task for Biden administration: report

Clinical briefs for Friday, July 9

LTC providers missing residents’ hearing problems due to masks, other PPE … U.S. COVID-19 vaccination program prevented nearly 280,000 excess deaths … Tooth loss tied to cognitive decline, but timely denture treatment protective, study finds … Federal report: Rapid drop in cancer deaths led by lung, skin cancer declines … WHO OKs 2 arthritis drugs plus steroids for treating severe COVID … Another plaque-clearing Alzheimer’s drug moves to late-stage clinical trials

Clinical briefs for Thursday, June 10

Operator changes plans, will wait for full FDA approval to enforce COVID vaccination deadline among staff … Colorado drops mask mandate for assisted living communities … FDA panel member resigns over Alzheimer’s drug approval … Trouble falling asleep may predict cognitive decline 14 years later … Comprehensive interventions may help psychotropic meds reduction in nursing homes, review shows … U.S. purchases Merck’s investigational COVID antiviral medicine

Clinical briefs for Tuesday, June 8

People who never wear masks are twice as likely to get COVID, poll shows … CDC: mRNA vaccines found to reduce COVID severity in breakthrough infections among vaccinated people … Knowledge of palliative care low in U.S. population, clinicians can help spread the word … iPhone 12’s charging system may interfere with cardiac implants

Gary Tetz

I’ve just seen a face

I don’t want to put a hex on the situation with a premature celebration, but the downward trajectory of the pandemic makes it appear that long-term care people can finally perhaps maybe start discretely considering the conceivable possibility of potentially mulling over the notion of feasibly working someday in a facility without wearing a mask. …

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