Prime information tales from AMA Morning Rounds®: Week of Feb. 22, 2021

Learn AMA Morning Rounds®’ hottest tales in drugs and public well being from the week of Feb. 22, 2021 – Feb. 26, 2021.

NBC Information (2/21, Arkin) stories, “The U.S. loss of life toll from the coronavirus topped 500,000 on Sunday, in response to an NBC Information tally – a milestone that underscores the grave risk the virus nonetheless poses nationwide at the same time as extra Individuals get vaccinated.” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated, “We’re nonetheless at about 100,000 instances a day. We’re nonetheless at round 1,500 to three,500 deaths per day. The instances are extra 2½-fold instances what we noticed over the summer time.”

A Washington Publish (2/21, Galocha, Berkowitz) interactive options 3 ways to visualise the coronavirus loss of life toll.

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The New York Instances (2/22, Liptak) stories the Supreme Court docket introduced it will hear a case difficult a former administration coverage, typically often called the “gag rule,” that restricted Title X funding for some reproductive well being providers. The case is predicted to be argued within the fall, but it surely “could also be moot then, as President Biden has signaled that his Administration is reconsidering” the coverage.

Reuters (2/22, Hurley) stories the AMA is one in every of many teams difficult the coverage.

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HCPlive (2/23, Kaltwasser) stories, “Collaboration amongst [health care] suppliers within the major care setting results in markedly higher affected person outcomes in sufferers with hypertension and diabetes,” investigators concluded in a scientific assessment and meta-analysis that “targeted on the idea of interprofessional collaborative follow…which the World Well being Group defines as when ‘a number of well being staff from totally different skilled backgrounds work along with sufferers, households, carers, and communities to ship the best high quality of care.’” The findings had been revealed on-line in JAMA Community Open.

The AP (2/24, Miller, Superville) stories that President Biden “plans to distribute hundreds of thousands of face masks to Individuals in communities hard-hit the coronavirus starting subsequent month as a part of his efforts to make sure ‘fairness’ within the authorities’s response to the pandemic.” Biden, who “thought of sending masks to all Individuals, is as a substitute adopting a extra conservative method, aiming to succeed in underserved communities and people bearing the brunt of the outbreak.”

Reuters (2/24, Brice, Chiacu) stories the federal government “will ship the masks to greater than 1,300 neighborhood well being facilities and 60,000 meals pantries and soup kitchens between March and Might, the White Home stated.” The masks “are anticipated to succeed in between 12 million and 15 million Individuals, it stated.” The White Home “stated two-thirds of the individuals served neighborhood well being facilities stay in poverty, 60% are racial and/or ethnic minorities, and almost 1.four million are homeless.”

The New York Instances (2/25, A1, Conlen, Mervosh, Ivory) stories that “for the primary time because the American” COVID-19 “outbreak started roughly a yr in the past…the risk inside nursing houses might have lastly reached a turning level.” Since vaccines arrived, “new instances and deaths in nursing houses, a big subset of long-term care amenities, have fallen steeply, outpacing nationwide declines, in response to a New York Instances evaluation of federal knowledge.” Between late December and “early February, new instances amongst nursing house residents fell greater than 80%, almost double the speed of enchancment within the normal inhabitants.”

Forbes (2/25, McEvoy) stories “the variety of weekly deaths in nursing houses has decreased 66% since vaccination efforts started, in comparison with an total enhance in deaths among the many normal inhabitants throughout the identical time interval.” Nursing house fatalities “started a gentle lower in the course of the week vaccinations in long-term care amenities started, and that charge of decline ‘seems to have accelerated in current weeks, as extra…residents acquired absolutely vaccinated,’ [a] Kaiser Household Basis evaluation discovered.”

The Hill (2/25, Jenkins) stories “the distribution of coronavirus vaccines throughout the nation has been largely credited consultants for the numerous lower in COVID-19 instances amongst nursing houses, the [New York] Instances reported.”

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