2021 TT HealthWatch Archive

TT HealthWatch - Friday, February 26, 2021

This week's topics include intervals for COVID-19 vaccines, COVID-19 transmission in schools, mental health impact of the pandemic, and occupational impact on COVID-19 infection.

0:40 Transmission of COVID-19 among schoolchildren
1:40 Almost 2,200 contacts
2:37 Infection differences in younger versus older children
3:11 Occupations and COVID-19 mortality risk
4:11 36% increase in Latinos
5:12 Treat their lives as essential
6:00 Mental health issues in the pandemic
7:01 Disorders highly prevalent in 18-24-year-olds
8:01 Need to be creative in providing services
9:01 First time with a disruption like the pandemic
10:00 Update on the AstraZeneca vaccine and interval
11:00 Initially was supposed to be a single dose
12:02 Antibodies against more of the spike protein
12:58 End

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TT HealthWatch - Friday, February 19, 2021

This week's topics include exercise for knee osteoarthritis, tocilizumab for COVID-19, gut flora and their role in health and disease, and heparin and COVID-19 infection.

0:41 Tocilizumab and Covid
1:46 All needed oxygen
2:48 How expensive?
3:18 Exercise and knee osteoarthritis
4:18 High or low intensity strength training
5:18 Very comprehensive study
6:18 Keeping people in the study for 18 months
6:38 Heparin for reducing blood clots in COVID-19
7:40 Subcutaneous injection
8:41 Study coming shortly
9:10 Human gut microbiome and health
10:10 Driven by healthy and plant based foods
11:10 Less of one bug in the gut may be associated with CVD
12:10 Is it a cause or an effect?
13:15 End

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TT HealthWatch - Friday, February 12, 2021

This week's topics include the benefits of masking for reducing hospitalizations, COVID-19 transmission in daycare centers, prediabetes in older adults, and COVID-19 misinformation and immunization.

0:40 Benefits of masking in reducing hospitalizations
1:40 99 counties in 14 states
2:40 Most older individuals wear masks already
3:30 Transmission of Sars-CoV2 in daycare centers
4:35 Overall seroprevalence examined
5:35 Kids transmission would be rampant
6:30 Most kids got it from home
6:40 Misinformation and vaccine hesitancy
7:40 54% in U.K. said they would take it before
8:40 What is a free press?
9:41 Prediabetes in older folks
10:41 HbA1c and progression examined
11:41 Didn't impact overall mortality
13:04 End

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TT HealthWatch - Friday, February 5, 2021

This week's topics include the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, the AstraZeneca vaccine update, long-term consequences of COVID-19 infection, and maternal fetal transmission of COVID-19 antibodies.

0:58 Russian vaccine
1:58 Robust T cell response
2:58 Prominent in mRNA also
3:13 AstraZeneca vaccine
4:13 Report efficacy of 66.7% overall
5:13 Natural experiment data
6:10 Do get additional antibody after second dose
6:50 Maternal fetal transmission of COVID-19 antibodies
7:50 More antibodies than the mother
8:50 Benefits outweigh risk
9:10 Long term sequelae of COVID-19
10:10 Diabetes at 4% in this study
11:12 Symptoms after acute phase
12:07 End

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TT HealthWatch - Friday, January 29, 2021

This week's topics include IUDs for emergency contraception, cardiovascular death after withdrawal of care, COVID-19 transmission in schools, and allergic reactions to the Moderna vaccine.

0:40 Potential for allergic reactions after Moderna vaccine
1:39 Previous history of allergic reaction
2:41 Resuscitation with epinephrine
3:40 Over 23 million doses so far
4:01 Two IUDs for emergency contraception
5:01 Non-inferiority trial
6:01 As effective as copper IUD
6:30 COVID-19 transmission in schools
7:31 Compared with community transmission
8:28 Could kids be safer in school?
9:16 Resumption of cardiac activity after life-support withdrawal
10:17 Incidence and timing of resumption
11:15 Some cardiac activity in 14%
12:15 All electrical activity ceases
13:15 Neurological definition of death
14:04 End

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TT HealthWatch - Friday, January 22, 2021

This week's topics include the impact of masks for interrupting COVID-19 transmission, oxygen levels in acute respiratory failure, smoking cessation update, and whether some blood pressure medicines should be stopped when someone has COVID-19.

0:41 The impact of masks
1:42 Usage varied across the U.S.
2:41 Targeted control measures
3:05 Oxygen targets in people with acute respiratory failure
4:05 Should we target lower or higher oxygen?
5:05 In COVID-19 does it inform?
5:45 Blood pressure medicines and COVID-19
6:45 Discontinuing did not improve outcome
7:31 Smoking cessation and USPSTF update
8:31 Need to use medicines
9:31 National survey shows only 1/3 used aids to quit
11:00 End

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TT HealthWatch - Friday, January 15, 2021

This week's topics include treatment for methamphetamine use disorder, symptoms six months after hospitalization for COVID-19, saliva versus nasopharyngeal swabs for COVID-19 diagnosis and antibodies against variants of SARS-CoV2.

0:48 Persistent symptoms following hospitalization for COVID-19
1:48 Lung problems seen
2:48 Give us opportunity to continue follow up
3:11 Saliva versus nasopharyngeal swab for COVID-19
4:15 Almost eight percentage points lower with saliva
5:15 Could be a false negative
6:18 Bring up secretions from respiratory tract
7:15 Antibodies to variant of SARS-CoV2 from vaccination
8:17 Laboratory generated variant
9:15 mRNA technology can be rapidly adjusted
9:36 Methamphetamine use disorder
10:36 First stage half treated
11:36 Stimulant-like medicine
12:27 It's a 12-week study
13:08 End

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TT HealthWatch - Friday, January 8, 2021

This week's topics include convalescent plasma for early COVID-19, new dietary guidelines, a diabetes drug for graft versus host disease, and parsing COVID-19 vaccines.

0:45 Dietary guidelines
1:45 A lifespan approach
2:45 Make every bite count
3:44 Make easily remembered recommendations
4:00 Using convalescent plasma in early COVID-19
5:00 What are the barriers to using this?
6:01 This study sheds light
7:00 Avoiding graft versus host disease
8:01 Gave sitagliptin
9:01 An example of a beneficial side effect
9:16 Can we modify the COVID-19 vaccine dosing?
10:15 Still end up with better pandemic control
11:15 Getting more vaccine isn't the problem now
12:15 Protecting more people
13:14 End

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TT HealthWatch - Friday, January 1, 2021

This week's topics include the impact of taxing and not taxing sugary beverages, who is using telemedicine, how often those with antibodies get reinfected with SARS-CoV2, and health outcomes for wealthier Americans.

0:48 Do antibodies protect against COVID-19?
1:50 Reduction of about 90%
2:53 Second variant
3:22 Health outcomes of privileged U.S. citizens
4:24 Compared with 12 other developed countries
5:24 Can't buy our way out of subpar outcomes
6:26 Outcomes may not always be better
7:26 Patient characteristics associated with telemedicine access
8:28 Only half of scheduled visits completed
9:29 Historically for movement disorders
10:22 Beverage tax imposed and repealed
11:22 Public education needed
12:28 Tied to health consequences
13:50 End

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