• New data on BA.2.86: What to know

    New lab data suggests COVID-19 variant BA.2.86 — a distant omicron relative that has been making headlines over the past few weeks because of its large number of mutations — may not be as transmissible or immune-evasive as experts initially believed, CNN reported Sept. 4.
  • CDC issues health alert on flesh-eating bacteria

    Health officials at the CDC have issued a health advisory warning clinicians to look out for cases of Vibrio vulnificus, a sometimes deadly flesh-eating bacteria. 
  • CDC updates risk assessment on BA.2.86

    The CDC updated its risk assessment on distant omicron relative BA.2.86 on Aug. 30, saying the strain — which has concerned experts over the large number of mutations it carries — has been detected in at least four states. 
  • Patients cancel appointments at Ohio hospital over rumors of Legionnaires' outbreak

    Patients have been canceling appointments at Chillicothe, Ohio-based Adena Regional Medical Center over rumors and concerns about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak, which the health system has since described as "misinformation." 
  • Virginia health officials see 3x jump in meningococcal disease

    Health officials in Virginia are warning clinicians about an outbreak of meningococcal disease, according to an Aug. 30 news release from the state's department of health.
  • Brain-eating amoeba kills one in Texas

    A Texas resident died after being exposed to Naegleria fowleri — the bacteria that causes a brain-eating amoeba infection — from swimming in a lake in Travis County near Austin, Texas, according to an Aug. 30 news release.
  • 3 ways BA.2.86 could play out

    While the COVID-19 variant EG.5 accounts for more than 20 percent of cases across the U.S., according to CDC data, the emergence of a new subvariant, BA.2.86 is drawing close attention from health experts.
  • CDC's new flu shot guidelines: 1 key change to know

    The CDC updated its annual flu shot recommendations Aug. 23, with experts noting one key change: People with egg allergies can now get any flu vaccine, egg-based or non-egg based. 
  • The tie between hurricanes and infectious diseases

    Hurricane Idalia put Florida hospitals on high alert this week, preparing for potential flooding or power outages that could disrupt operations. Clinical leaders and health officials should also be vigilant for a separate threat in the coming weeks: infectious diseases. 
  • COVID-19 admissions up in 37 states: 5 updates

    COVID-19 admissions are increasing in 37 states — with more than half of states reporting a "substantial" jump — as new virus strains circulate nationwide, CDC data shows.
  • Masks come back as admissions rise: 3 COVID-19 updates

    At least eight hospitals in the U.S. have brought back mandatory mask rules as COVID-19 admissions tick up.
  • Some physicians optimistic hospitals won't see 'tripledemic' repeat

    Despite the emergence of the latest COVID-19 mutation-heavy variant, BA.2.86, and a recent uptick in hospital admissions due to the virus, some clinicians are still optimistic that this fall and winter will not become a 'tripledemic' repeat.
  • Where COVID-19 admissions are highest, rising fastest

    More than 12,600 new COVID-19 hospital admissions were reported for the week ending Aug. 12, up nearly 22 percent from the week prior. 
  • 39 hospitals, health systems bringing back mask policies

    COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise week after week, according to the CDC's most recent data. That trend has prompted several hospitals across the country to reinstate mask policies to prevent further spread of respiratory infections.
  • FDA issues warning on more contaminated eye drops

    The FDA on Aug. 22 issued a consumer warning on two eye drop products contaminated with bacteria, fungus or both. 
  • Hospitalizations rise as experts monitor new COVID-19 variant

    COVID-19 hospitalizations have gone up 21.6 percent and deaths have also risen by 8.9 percent from the week prior, according to the CDC's most recent data, which reflects updated numbers as of Aug. 12. 
  • Michael Dowling: Instead of focusing on safety, technology is being exploited to make guns more dangerous

    Rapid advancements in technology have made nearly every facet of our day-to-day lives safer. 
  • Why long COVID-19 clinic care shouldn't depend on a positive test result

    New research from Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine found that 41 percent of long COVID patients initially tested negative for the virus, which may have led to several not getting the care they later needed for persistent symptoms, according to an Aug. 23 news release shared with Becker's.
  • Task force backs new options for HIV prevention

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has expanded its recommendations for HIV prevention, giving three medications its strongest endorsement, according to a policy statement published Aug. 22 in JAMA.
  • COVID-19 immunity may be 'leaky' in high-exposure settings

     Immunity protection from vaccination or prior infection may be "leaky" or less effective in crowded settings where people are exposed to high levels of the virus that causes COVID-19, new research has found. 

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