Prime information tales from AMA Morning Rounds®: Week of Oct. 3, 2022

October 7, 2022

Learn AMA Morning Rounds®’ hottest tales in drugs and public well being from the week of Oct. 3, 2022–Oct. 7, 2022.

The Washington Publish (10/6, McGinley) reviews that “greater than 2.5 million adolescents have been present e-cigarette customers in 2022, with the bulk selecting flavored, disposable merchandise, in accordance with a” federal examine. These “findings, from the Nationwide Youth Tobacco Survey performed by the” FDA and CDC, and printed within the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, “present greater than 14% of high-schoolers and three.3% of middle-schoolers have been present customers, outlined as those that used e-cigarettes not less than someday previously month.”

The New York Occasions (10/6, Jewett) reviews the examine “confirmed that 85% of adolescent e-cigarette customers favored vapes in fruit, dessert and sweet flavors.” The findings additionally revealed that “one in 4 of the highschool college students who have been e-cigarette customers reported vaping daily.”

CNN (10/5, Howard) reviews, “COVID-19 vaccinations might save 1000’s of lives and billions of {dollars} this winter.” An evaluation by The Commonwealth Fund discovered that “if 80% of eligible individuals obtain their booster dose…it might forestall about 90,000 deaths and greater than 936,000 hospitalizations and forestall $56 billion in medical prices within the subsequent six months in contrast with the baseline state of affairs.” However, “if booster vaccinations stay at their present tempo, the researchers discovered, a possible COVID-19 winter surge might carry a peak of about 16,000 hospitalizations and 1,200 deaths per day by March.”

The Hill (10/4, Gans) reviews that “half of U.S. adults plan to get the flu shot this 12 months as scientists warn of a doubtlessly extreme upcoming flu season, in accordance with a survey” from the Nationwide Basis for Infectious Ailments (NFID). The outcomes revealed that “49% of respondents stated they plan to get a flu shot in the course of the 2022-23 flu season, though nearly 7 in 10 stated they acknowledged {that a} flu vaccine is the most effective measure to take in opposition to flu-related hospitalization and loss of life.”

Healio (10/4, Stulpin) reviews these “who stated they didn’t plan on getting vaccinated cited not considering influenza vaccines work very effectively (41%), issues over negative effects (39%), by no means getting influenza (28%) and issues over getting influenza from the vaccine (24%) as their prime causes.”

CNN (10/3, LaMotte) reviews, “A prognosis of dementia greater than doubles the danger of suicide within the first three months after a affected person is instructed the information,” investigators concluded in a examine that “adopted almost 600,000 English individuals for 18 years.”

MedPage As we speak (10/3, George) reviews, “Suicide danger was larger in individuals lately recognized with dementia, particularly youthful sufferers,” investigators concluded in a examine revealing that “in contrast with individuals who didn’t have dementia, suicides rose in individuals who obtained a dementia prognosis previously three months.” Additionally, “for individuals below age 65, suicide danger inside three months of prognosis was 6.69 instances…larger than in sufferers with out dementia.” The findings have been printed on-line Oct. 3 in JAMA Neurology.

The New York Occasions (9/30, Hoffman) reported federal authorities approved the up to date bivalent COVID-19 boosters “on the finish of August, however by mid- to late September, almost half of adults had heard little or nothing about it, in accordance with a report by the Kaiser Household Basis, primarily based on the newest of its month-to-month surveys about attitudes towards the COVID vaccines.” Folks aged 65 and older “displayed the broadest consciousness of the brand new booster, the survey discovered, with nearly half reporting both having already obtained the brand new dose or aiming to get it ‘as quickly as attainable.’”

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Reuters (9/30, Erman) reported that “round two-thirds of adults in the USA don’t plan to get” the up to date boosters, whereas “solely a 3rd of adults polled stated they both already obtained the up to date pictures or plan to get the booster as quickly as attainable, the ballot discovered.”

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