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US Panel Backs COVID-19 Boosters Only for Seniors, High-Risk
"September twentieth was supposed to be an important date an approval from the food and drug administration. The cdc's committee of outside experts will be ready to start. These booster's booster program. During the week of september twenty weeks ago. The white house told us that starting september twentieth today americans would likely be able to sign up for a co vaccine. Booster shots visor. Certainly thinks it's vaccine needs a booster. The drug maker itself suggested after six months it's vaccine efficacy could wayne so on friday. Fda advisors met to discuss the idea of boosters but they emerged with a surprise recommendation of their own vote did not have. The majority voted no rather than agreeing with a vaccine maker rather than agreeing with some of the top scientists and the biden administration the fda advisory panel announced. That booster shots should be available soon but only for senior citizens and other select groups some important distinctions. Here let's break it down with. Abc's aimed flaherty who covers federal agencies. And and what is the actual recommendation here like. Who's going to be able to get a booster shot and win right. So i think it's important to remember. The fda actually hasn't decided yet. This is an advisory panel that was looking at the data and they were only looking at data that related to pfizer. So this is the first vaccine that rolled out. It rolled out mostly to nursing homes and health care workers more than nine months ago and what they did was. They looked at a lot of data. That was coming out of israel to determine whether or not people need a booster thaw back. The booster do improved protection by tenfold against confirmed infection and for elderly against superior kobe. Nineteen day said. They don't think boosters for all makes sense they think seniors and people who are at high risk of severe covet those two groups they think should have to go back and get an extra booster and they also said that they support people who are at serious risk because of their job so frontline workers healthcare workers even teachers. They mentioned they think those people might wanna consider getting extra
The Ongoing Health Costs Associated With 9/11
"To federal funds established after the attacks of september eleven. Two thousand and one have paid around twelve billion dollars over the years. The money went to first responders. The families of those who died or people have gotten sick as a result of the terrorist carnage. Medical claims have been increasing in recent years. Many from people with cancer marketplace's samantha fields reports on the ongoing health costs connected to that day twenty years ago this weekend. Michael o'connell responded to the world trade center as a firefighter on nine eleven and spent the next few weeks working at ground zero five years later he got sick. I know the exact date. It was december thirty first. Two thousand six new year's eve. He went to bed that night filling healthy but when he woke up the next morning i literally had swollen limbs swollen ankles all my joints were inflamed by body kind of blew up to like twice the size. It was a pulmonologist figured out that he had a rare autoimmune disease called sarcoidosis that was attacking his skin and joints and told him he'd gotten it from breathing in toxins. The material that responders and survivors were exposed to when the towers collapsed was quite toxic. Dr michael crane treats a lot of nine eleven first responders through the world trade center health program clinic at mount sinai so huge huge burning buildings collapsing. Everything inside is burning and it collapses down into a pile and then an enormous. Dust cloud a lot of firefighters. Police officers and others at ground zero started getting sick almost immediately. I with what they called the world trade center cough then. Ptsd and depression. And eventually years later cancers this exposure has a really really long tail anyone who develops any kind of illness linked to nine eleven can get free healthcare through the world trade center health program but michael bearish a lawyer for nine eleven survivors says there are likely a lot of people dealing with nine eleven related health problems. Who don't know they're
Idaho Begins Rationing Health Care as COVID-19 Surge Crushes Hospitals
"How the front page today of the times news. In twin falls idaho top story above the fold says quote. Hospital rationing begins northern idaho hospitals under crisis standards of care last night. I mentioned at the top of the show. That idaho has now had to do something no state ever wants to have to. They announced that they are implementing crisis standards of care for ten hospitals and medical centers in north idaho due to the overwhelming cova search. There this is the first time idaho's history that the state has ever had to take stuff like this. Here savvy p. describes what this announcement means in practical terms quote those deemed in most need of care and most likely to benefit from it are put on priority lists for scarce. Resources like icu. Bits others in dire need but with lower chances of surviving will be given comfort care to help keep them pain-free whether they succumb to their businesses or recover other patients with serious but not life. Threatening medical problems will face delays in receiving care until resources are
U.S. Judge Approves Deal Dissolving Purdue Pharma in Opioid Saga
"Drugmaker behind the highly addictive prescription. Painkiller oxycontin is formerly shutting down. We're talking about purdue pharma. Instead of selling opioids the company's resources will be put toward addressing the opioid epidemic mainly with addiction treatment and prevention programs. It will also compensate people and families who have been hurt by purdue products that was just one of the terms laid out in a wide ranging bankruptcy settlement. Judge approved this week. It also says the company's owners the sackler family will have to pay four and a half billion dollars to settle thousands of opioid related lawsuits. Without though this actors will be immune from any more lawsuits about opioids. And they'll still be one of the richest families in the world. They're worth about eleven billion dollars. A lot of states support. This plan saying it's the best way to help pay for a problem. That's only gotten worse. During the pandemic but others like connecticut. In washington planned to appeal saying the settlement shields. The sackler is too much from liability. They say the sackler is downplayed. How addictive opioids are while they aggressively marketed. Those drugs purdue pharma as a company has pleaded guilty twice for that but the sackler is have not been charged with crimes. At least not yet and they say they did nothing illegal or
New York Times Slams Hospital Price Variation After Price Transparency Rule
"So there's been this deep dive investigative report done by the new york times that i talked about one of the wall street journal back during the early part is summer and now there's this new one from the new york times finding that hospitals are not complying with the law at all like they should on disclosure of prices when you are going to be a patient in the hospital. It is an absolute national scandal. That hospitals have decided. It's better not to comply with the law even if they have to pay the fines then for you to have access to pricing data. Now the crazy thing is this was something that is fully bipartisan. It was originally proposed by the trump administration adopted fully by the biden administration. And there's great support for price transparency on hospital bills and hospital charges from everybody except the hospitals and the nation's health insurance companies. Why because they just flat out don't want you and me as consumers or employers that buy health coverage for their employees to have the information. Well let me tell you the information that the new york times dug up is explosive because they found over and over again that the same procedure could be a completely different price depending on who was paying which ensure was paying or listen to this one. This is crazy. So here's one from a hospital in milwaukee aurora. Saint luke's so an mri. If you have united hmo a thousand dollars and change if you have united's ppo four thousand dollars and change
Johnson & Johnson Says Booster Shot of Its COVID-19 Vaccine Increases Immunity
"Johnson and Johnson says research shows the second dose of its covid vaccine generates a strong immune response, justifying a booster shot after eight months in a study J and J. Says recipients who got a booster generated virus fighting antibodies nine times higher than those seen about a month after a single dose, CBS News Medical Contributor Dr David Agus. Initially there was slightly less ImmuLogic response to the vaccine. Seeing the Moderna advisor. But what was seen in a small study was that the antibody response did not go down over six months as it had with Pfizer and Moderna. But what they also showed is giving a booster six months later increased significantly almost nine fold The antibody response, which is a surrogate for the overall immunity provided for the vaccine. The study looked at binding antibodies, which tagged the virus for destruction by the immune system. Being looked at J. And J says it's talking with the FDA and other health authorities about recommending a
Most Americans Prefer to Work From Home, Survey Says
"A new report shows most Americans prefer to work from home. Brian Shook has the details. The survey conducted by background check platform good higher, asked 3500 People ages 21 to 59 about their working preferences. It found that 68% of respondents said they would rather work from home and 45. Percent would be willing to quit or look for a remote job if they were forced to come back into the office. The survey also found that 70% of workers would be willing to give up benefits to keep working from home, including health insurance paid time off and retirement
Navigating Hormone Replacement Therapy as a Trans Person
"The us healthcare system can be extremely difficult for trans folks. A lot of transpeople face medical discrimination. A lot of trans people can live in places where they don't have access to affirming providers or might not have insurance. Some trans people might have insurance. But it's might not be able to get procedures covered even if they have quote unquote good insurance. And that's an unfortunate reality. Even finding information about trans healthcare can be a challenge. You know just a lot of reporting on trans stuff. Tends to be by says people and this isn't always the case but a lot of the times that means like from the get go. It's kind of being portrayed in this light. That isn't actually geared towards transpeople. But is really more about centering. Says people that's james factoria a trance journalist who covers queer and trans news culture and health and they recently wrote a piece for vice called a beginner's guide to hormone replacement therapy gender affirming hormone therapy or hormone replacement therapy or each. Rt is basically just when you take hormones by any variety of delivery methods that can mean a shot or like a pill or a gel for example to align what you look like what you sound like to be more aligned with who you already know. You are and More colloquially a lot of trans people refer to it as a second.
FDA: Pfizer Vaccine Not for Off-Label Use in Young Kids
Overweight Adults Should Be Screened for Diabetes at 35, Experts Say
"Epidemic in our country, is behind a call for earlier. Screenings. New national guidelines suggest overweight Americans start getting checked for the condition at 35 instead of 40. The government says three out of four U. S. Adults are too heavy, which increases the risk of type two diabetes. 14% of adults aged 18 and older have been diagnosed with it. 33% have been diagnosed with prediabetes. The guidance comes from the U. S Preventive Services Task Force and was published online in the Journal of the American Medalists Medical Association. It is a
OxyContin Maker's Lawyer Warns of Long, Expensive Litigation
"Lawyer for Purdue Pharma says the company's settlement plan is the only way to avoid long and expensive litigation. He made his case Monday to a bankruptcy judge is expected to rule this week on whether to accept OxyContin makers that reorganization plan. It calls for using the company's future profits and more than four billion from members of the Sackler family, who own it to abate the opioid crisis and pay individual victims. Members of the Sackler family would also get protection from lawsuits over opioids. Judge Robert Drain. It will also consider the views he's read in letters from people who lost loved ones to opioid
Biden: Full FDA Approval of Pfizer Vaccine 'a Key Milestone' in COVID-19 Fight
The FDA Is Reminding Americans They Are Not Livestock
"All We are not livestock. The agency sent out a tweet Saturday, saying Just that, after reports that 70% of recent calls to Mississippi's poison control center came from people who took ivermectin and anti parasite drug for livestock reporter Mark Mayfield says health officials are fighting rumors. It's an effective treatment for Covid. They say the drug can be lethal in large enough doses. Gwinnett County
Maven Clinic: First U.S. ‘Unicorn’ Dedicated to Women’s and Family Health
"And tasha we are going to start with maven which is around that you're fascinated by a company fascinated by and it's Kind of founded by women and invested in by women. Yeah i mean. It's a women lead company working on women's health that just raised around led by a woman. And it's the first unicorn and the family and children's health space. They work on creating a women's health clinic that sells to employers and kind of embeds in their benefits systems. And the woman can kind of get care anything between preconception to postpartum to even like their kids. Primary care up till ten years old so seeing that billion dollar valuation was a huge win for the women's health space this week. I'm surprised you didn't happen sooner. I mean just thinking about how big the market is that you just described. I mean healthcare in america is worth like forty eight trillion dollars a year and women and children through the asia. Ten is a good chunk of the population. I'm almost shocked that we didn't have the story ten years ago. Yes oh chrissy far. Who reported on the rise of digital health before it was even a beat that we could cover she's now at omar's ventures she hasn't invested in maven but when i talked to her about the round would it compared to when she was covering the company as a reporter. She was saying that she would often hear. Critics say that really horrible line of that women's health tunisia and she feels like it's kind of ironic now to see maven get into a space with new capital where it can actually help navigate through all the fragmented options with women's health. We've gotten to a stage that there are so many point solutions fertility for postpartum depression and now maven is hoping to be the place that brings them together and helps employers. Offer them all at one point. So we've definitely seen like that whole arc happen.
No Booster Shot in Sight for Johnson & Johnson Recipients
"Peter Seymour Katie Airness, You'll probably have to wait a few more months to get a booster shot if you got the Johnson and Johnson Covid 19 vaccine, and that's even if you're immuno compromised. There's not a recommendation for you to now get another dose of that vaccine or to switch over and get an extra dose of one of the other vaccines. Dr. Melanie Swift leads the Mayo Clinic's vaccination program, She says boosters are only approved for immuno compromised individuals. Who got two shots of the
COVID-19 Booster Shots Are Recommended as Immunity Decreases Over Time
"Emergency rooms in parts of the South and west are overloaded again with covid patients as the delta variant surges, health officials say it's time for Americans to get covid booster shots. The AP saga Amangani has this officials say it's clear protection drops over time. At CDC Cheaper show. Wollensky says the plans call for an extra dose eight months after people get their second shot of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to maximize vaccine induced protection. Those who got the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will likely need a booster too, though officials are waiting for more data.
U.S. To Begin Offering COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots
"Going to be needed for the covid vaccine with the nine o'clock for pulling up, right, copes breaking now, just remember Simple room rule. Eight months after your second shot. Get a booster shot people who receive the Mader to our fighter shots going to need a third. President Biden says the government's working out plans now to provide boosters FDA approval, The free shots will be made available. As showing reduced protection against mild and moderate covid illness in vaccinated adults over time. I don't know yet if there will be mass vaccination sites in the tri state to give those booster shots like there were when the vaccine first came out. Health experts say it may not be necessary since there are so many different providers locally now administering the vaccine.
How to Recognise the Signs of Alzheimer's Disease
"We start with the, the warning signs of Alzheimer's. What's what's an actual warning sign? And what is actual related to normal aging? Which is actually having this conversation with our friends. Last night, really good friend has a tendency to do about 15 things at once, and can't seem to remember what she's doing. And I think I know for because it hasn't changed in fifteen years that that's just life is and not paying attention. So we're can we start there? Sure. So, you know, there's certainly as we get older and our brain shrinks, we start off some capacity, some cognitive capacity that is, you know, considered the normal aging process, but you know, in today's day and age, we really give very little leeway for that just to remind people, you know, our grandparents, you know, in the 1960s, 70s 80s as they got older, they became senile and that word is really fallen out of favor. So we don't really talk so much about senility as the diagnosis or excuse for having, you know, poor memory or or function. It's not to say that the dog. Not any change that occurs with aging but we really won't get towards. Is there more of a problem. And when we start thinking about dementia, which is the big umbrella term that we think about and, and Alzheimer's disease being the most, common one, there has to be memory loss. So that's a that's, that's a symptom and assigned really, that has to be there. And then there has to be some sort of dysfunction in other what we call spheres of cognition, and probably the easiest one that to talk about is something called executive functioning. So when you go see a neurologist Thursday, we are you know, you're going to be asked questions about who does the who does the bills at home? What are what are the what are the what's the capacity to pay the bills and somebody who may be paid bills forever in their adult life? And all of a sudden now a spouse or a child has to double-check. There's late payments. There's overdrawn on a checking accounts things like that is the ability to sort of have this high-level executive wage. Ocean is a is really a sign that there's something perhaps going on, much more than just. Oh, I can't remember that
Medical Bills Largest Source of U.S. Debt, Study Says
"Doubt Covid has been in the news and not just covid. But believe it or not, People are getting sick in other ways as well. And it's really hampering most of Americans. I think we've all been down that road where we get that medical bill, and we're like, Are you kidding me? It's like, how am I going to afford this? Well, the cost of getting sick in the U. S. Is now drowning Americans in debt. A recent study says, medical bills or the largest source of debt in the U. S from 2009 to 2000 and 20. It's a big problem. CBS is Anna Warner takes a look. Florida resident Chad Kisses medical debt story began with severe pain from herniated discs in his neck last year. I really couldn't get out of bed for more than a few minutes. Doctors told the 39 year old who runs his own small pest control business, that he would need surgery. So we check to make sure his insurance would cover it. Then went ahead. The pain was excruciating. That was probably the most pain I've ever And through, but afterwards he got stuck with a bill for a facility charge. He says the insurance company refused to pay $145,000. He says the hospital then demanded payments of $1500 a month. Right? Told them that can't happen. Can we go with something lower? And they said No. So I just stopped answering their calls. When he couldn't pay. The hospital sued him. Is this one of those things that it hits you in the gut? And you're like, Oh, boy. You know now, what do I do? Um You know, And why is it happening to me?
Lindsay Parks: An Osteopathic Family Physician's Perspective on Healthcare
"What does quality healthcare mean to you. Well that's a great question. and quality initiatives are being studied and enforce by many of the Third party payers They are actually rating their physicians and physicians have to now maintain A number of items of quality or they may not be able to stay with the organization so they base quality mostly on outcomes but along the way towards outcomes. There are many many things that have to be checked. Many boxes that have to be checked To make sure that each patient for each diagnosis is being given the very best medical care that nothing is being missed and that all bases are being covered so quality has taken on a really bigger new meaning over the last ten or fifteen years okay. I'm curious to get your your opinion on this. If quality is based on outcomes sometimes there are. It's not going to be a good outcome. If somebody is diagnosed with a terminal illness the the outcome is obviously going to be there passing on. How can we. What's your opinion on how to judge the quality of healthcare that the person is receiving that when you don't you know when sometimes the outcomes aren't good or that sometimes for example for someone like me who acquired a disability. That's not the desired outcome. You would like to be able to walk into do all those kind of things. How do you judge quality healthcare when it comes to not the most desirable outcomes. That's a great question going into the care of patient There are realistic expectations. That should be set between the physician and the patient and i viewed it that it was always a team. approach that I could never force anything on a patient if they did not want it Certainly in a terminal illness there still are quality of care issues. You wanna make sure that the patient is being cared for socially and emotionally and spiritually as well as physically and in a terminal care case You wanna make sure they get the best care heading into the terminology because every once in a while you have the great joy of seeing it turned around
3rd Dose of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Helps Protect Transplant Patients
"Drug regulators are set to approve a third dose of coronavirus vaccines. Let's get the latest live with Bloomberg's Renita Young. Good Morning. Renee to Good morning. Karen. A study in the New England Journal shows a third dose of Moderna's vaccine significantly raised antibody levels against the coronavirus in transplant patients. Bloomberg News has learned that the FDA could give clearance as soon as today for both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines that would allow people with compromised immune systems to get a third shot. Now, people with weak immune systems often do not get adequate responses to their first vaccine course. The same group is at the top of the list for getting potential covid 19 boosters. CDC Advisory committee is scheduled to discuss booster shots for immune compromised people tomorrow in New York. I'm rainy day
CDC Now Recommends Pregnant People Get Vaccinated
"Updated guidance urging pregnant people to get vaccinated against with nineteen referencing new safety data. That found no increased risk of miscarriage among people who received the vaccine within the first twenty weeks of decision though. There isn't much data on birth outcomes since the vaccine is only been available since december of last year researchers argue that the risks of cova during pregnancy outweigh the theoretical prenatal. Risks of the vaccine
Missouri Judge Says Medicaid Expansion Must Be Allowed
"Missouri judge says Republican governor Mike Parson can no longer deny Medicaid benefits to thousands of newly eligible adults. The ruling is a victory for Missouri voters who approved a constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid coverage. Last month, the state's highest court upheld the expansion program and ordered the lower court decide with three women who sued for
Democratizing Access to Hospital-Grade Disinfection with Eli Harris, President of R-Zero
"Talk to us a little bit about our zero. What is it that you guys are doing. how are you adding value to the healthcare ecosystem. Yes so it was almost sixteen months ago. Now with the academic. I started a a ticket hold. I got in touch with the two mentors in mind. Both entrepreneurs who i've known for about a decade and the three of us started talking about how there's certain events throughout history that just create everlasting societal and infrastructural changes in a dork way. We kinda like in what was happening of the pandemic to nine eleven. How after nine eleven. We have the department of homeland security. You have. tsa fourteen thousand agents. You still can't take a water bottle of where shoes through the airport. You go to a ballgame. You walk through a metal detector. These are all new standards that were created and adopted post nine eleven in some of these psychological star tissue after that event accelerated decrease adoption of those standards. But we never arrest fundamentally the world took on a new posture around security in all shared spaces at our thesis. Fear was at this event of the pandemic was going to broaden that word security to biosecurity to biosafety and in the standards that all organizations are gonna fold as they regard a human health in the safety of their staff their patrons of their communities at large so what we did. Kind of unpacking the disinfection industry. And we've learned quickly that this is a massive industry. Hundreds of billions of dollars market cap governed by these goliath players. Ecolab clorox se. johnson diversey. All of these companies are extremely old. Some over a hundred years old and more or less all pushing commodity chemicals and our response to the pandemic was to go around and host buildings down the chemicals. And that's what we did in. This industry has not evolved with the technology that is becoming become commonplace in almost every other industry. It's extremely antiquated in what we're doing with chemicals. I mean there's there's a lot of limitations there one is. They're not always that effective. There's a lot of human error and how they're applied there's a massive labor cost a massive op ex chemical costs at. It's horrible for the environment. So we got in touch with. Dr richard wade and dr wade actually ran cal osha for fifteen years. He taught at harvard oxford. Uc irvine. We like to call him. The michael jordan's disinfection. He's he's forgotten more about this industry than most of us will ever learn. And he's quite special but he let us on a study to really understand. What are the best tools that exist in infection prevention today. And why have we not democratized access to those