• Sparrow Health, Michigan medical groups respond to MSU shooting

    Three were killed and five injured in a Feb. 13 shooting at Michigan State University in East Lansing — marking the 67th mass shooting in the United States in 2023, according to The New York Times.
  • Long COVID has more neurological effects than previously thought

    Growing bodies of research continue to shed light on the effects of long COVID-19, including some that is leading one University of California Los Angeles physician, William Pittman, MD, to now say the condition is "a neurological disease" just as much as it is "a pulmonary disease."
  • COVID-19 admissions up in 21 states

    COVID-19 admissions are flat or increasing in nearly half of U.S. states, as the highly transmissible omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 now accounts for 4 in 5 infections nationwide, data shows. 
  • Mississippi grapples with 900% increase in infants born with syphilis

    What is being called an "alarming" 900 percent increase in infants being treated for congenital syphilis in Mississippi has health officials concerned, NBC News reported Feb. 11. The increase is also disproportionately affecting Black mothers and infants.
  • Bivalent booster shows higher protection in new study

    Bivalent COVID-19 booster shots have now been directly proven to provide higher levels of protection, according to new information released by the CDC.
  • 3 species of mammals infected by avian flu in Colorado

    Avian flu's continued spread to mammals has health officials paying close attention. Now the H5N1 strain of the virus has been found in three species of mammals in Colorado: a bear, a mountain lion and a skunk, according to Colorado Public Radio.
  • New Yale Public Health Dean Dr. Megan Ranney on gun violence, diversity and the transformation of population health

    Is it possible to be focused on an individual's health as an emergency department physician while also being passionate about population health? The answer is unequivocally yes, according to Megan Ranney, MD, newly appointed dean of the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Conn.
  • 3 major medical groups: Don't forget about COVID-19 vaccines

    As the COVID-19 pandemic transitions out of its crisis era, the American Nurses Association, American Hospital Association and American Medical Association are reminding people of the importance of vaccines in a new public service announcement. 
  • Johns Hopkins to sunset COVID-19 tracker

    The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center plans to shut down March 10, officials told NPR in a Feb. 10 report. 
  • CDC unable to identify source of infection spread in Oklahoma

    Two Oklahoma counties where 53 residents have become infected with Campylobacter and Shiga-toxin producing E. coli still don't have answers, KFOR 4 News reports.
  • XBB.1.5's prevalence jumps to 75%: 6 CDC updates

    The highly transmissible omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 now accounts for about three-fourths of all COVID-19 cases reported nationwide, according to the CDC's COVID-19 data tracker weekly review published Feb. 10.
  • Children's hospital adds new gunshot detection equipment

    Dayton (Ohio) Children's Hospital deployed gunshot detection technology which can activate security measures at a moment's notice, SDM Magazine reported Feb. 9.
  • WHO warns bird flu's risk to humans could increase: 6 updates

    Avian flu has begun to spread to mammals, including minks, otters, foxes and sea lions, and WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, warned that the risk to humans may begin to rise.
  • Chemicals in plastic may heighten the risk of diabetes in some women

    Shower curtains, wallpaper, paints, toys and makeup are just a few of the items in daily life that contain phthalates, a common chemical used in plastics. Now, research suggests that the chemical may be traced to a higher risk of diabetes in white women — who were found to have anywhere between a 30 to 63 percent higher incidence of diabetes, according to the study.
  • Rhinovirus accounted for three-quarters of viral infections for children during the pandemic

    The occurrence of rhinovirus and enterovirus among children rose slightly between 2019 and 2020 — surprising some and revealing new insights for pediatricians. 
  • Where things stand 2 months after tripledemic's peak

    It's been roughly two months since the combined hospitalization rate for flu, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus peaked. The decline, however, has only meant a minor sigh of relief for hospital workers. 
  • Minnesota 1st state to screen all newborns for serious viral infection

    The Minnesota Department of Health announced Feb. 8 that it will begin screening all newborns for a viral infection that is the most common infectious cause of birth defects in the U.S., making it the first state in the nation to do so.
  • Seattle outbreak of Shigella in 2 at-risk groups sparks concern

    Health experts from the University of Washington in Seattle recently released research about growing cases of drug-resistant Shigella among two populations: gay men and homeless individuals.
  • First-of-its-kind fungal vaccine shows promise in animal trials

    Athens-based University of Georgia researchers developed a first-of-its-kind fungal vaccine, and they say it has shown promising results in animal trials.
  • CDC: Surge in severe strep marked return to pre-pandemic trends

    The rise in severe strep A infections that some children's hospitals saw in the last few months of 2022 may mark a return to pre-pandemic levels, the CDC said in a Feb. 2 update. 

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