• COVID-19 tied to higher risk of digestive diseases

    Patients who have survived a COVID-19 infection may be at a greater risk of developing digestive diseases, according to research published Jan. 10 in BMC Medicine.
  • Philadelphia measles outbreak touches another hospital

    Between 20 and 30 individuals were possibly exposed to measles at Nemours Children's Hospital in Wilmington, Del., CBS News reported Jan. 11. It is the latest in a series of exposure warnings and transmissions of the infection from an index case that originated at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and resulted in eight confirmed cases.
  • JN.1 now accounts for 62% of COVID cases: 3 updates on the strain

    The JN.1 COVID-19 variant is now the most prevalent strain both globally and in the U.S., where it accounts for an estimated 62% of cases. 
  • Some teens turn to 'budget Ozempic'

    Nearly 1 in 10 adolescents have used nonprescription weight loss products in their lifetimes that are ineffective and potentially harmful, according to a study published Jan. 10 in Jama Network Open.
  • Mass Gen, YouTube create first aid videos

    YouTube is taking a dive into the healthcare industry by partnering with Mass General Brigham to produce step-by-step, explainer videos on first aid topics. 
  • Number of states reporting 'very high' virus levels rises alongside admissions

    Twenty-one states reported "very high" levels of respiratory virus activity — a measure of outpatient and emergency department visits — for the week ending Dec. 30, up from 13 that reported the same a week earlier.  
  • Immunity's role in COVID-19 test result lags

    COVID-19 tests used to be able to detect a positive case within the first 48 hours, but many results are now delayed until four days after symptoms appear, according to the LA Times.
  • 2 COVID variants might be more severe than thought

    Two COVID-19 omicron subvariants that emerged in 2023, BA.2.86 and JN.1, may be more severe than previously thought, according to research published Jan. 8 in the journal Cell.
  • Philadelphia hospitals named epicenter of measles outbreak

    Philadelphia officials have named five hospitals, two healthcare facilities and one day care as potential exposure sites to a measles outbreak.
  • COVID admissions jump 20% as JN.1 spreads: 5 virus updates

    Hospitalizations for respiratory viruses are on the rise nationwide following a holiday season marked by extensive travel and indoor gatherings.
  • The cost of respiratory virus season in 7 numbers

    Upticks in respiratory virus activity, especially hospitalizations, are taxing to the nation's healthcare system in terms of both costs and resources. 
  • Philadelphia officials warn of growing measles outbreak

    Officials from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health are reporting a cluster of measles cases in unvaccinated individuals, according to a Jan. 5 news release. 
  • Don't blame COVID uptick on seasonality, experts say

    Nearly 35,000 COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospitals across the country in the week ending Dec. 30 — a 20% jump from the week prior. In the same week, more than 20,000 flu patients were hospitalized, according to the latest updates from the CDC. 
  • Florida surgeon general calls for halt of COVID vaccines, FDA fires back

    Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, MD, PhD, has called for a halt to the administration of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines over concerns about what he calls nucleic acid contaminants, the office shared in a Jan. 3 news release. The move contradicts national guidelines from the CDC and FDA. 
  • Intermountain's blueprint for reshaping respiratory virus care in 2024

    Despite rising respiratory infections nationwide, Kim Bennion, the enterprise director of research and respiratory care at Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, is optimistic about what 2024 may hold for respiratory care, thanks in-part to advances in technology like artificial intelligence. The advancements promise to streamline pulmonary care and could eventually be used to also monitor more acute respiratory conditions like COVID-19 or the flu. 
  • Iowa hospitals treat multiple victims from school shooting; 1 dead, 5 injured

    Multiple victims from a mass shooting at Perry High School in Perry, Iowa, the morning of Jan. 4 have been taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center and MercyOne in Des Moines, a spokesperson for the hospitals confirmed to Becker's.
  • Cost of treating COVID patients has risen 26% since 2020

    When the pandemic began in 2020, providing care to hospitalized COVID-19 patients cost hospitals around $10,394 per patient. Since then, the price to provide the same inpatient care climbed by 26% to $13,072 in just two years, according to the research published Jan. 3 in JAMA. 
  • New York health officials report rise in whooping cough cases

    New York state health officials are reporting a rise in cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough. 
  • 13 states with 'very high' respiratory virus levels

    COVID-19 and flu admissions continue to climb across the country, with the majority of states now reporting high levels of respiratory virus activity. 
  • 4 states where mask mandates have returned as virus counts climb

    As hospitalizations and case counts increase for COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus nationwide following the holiday season, some places have brought back mask policies to curb the spike.

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