Loneliness and Alzheimer’s Disease

Angie Szumlinski News

Loneliness has been linked to Alzheimer’s pathology and cognitive function among older adults, but little research has looked at loneliness as a dementia risk factor for younger people. In a study conducted at the Boston School of Medicine, being persistently lonely during midlife (ages 45-64) appears to make people more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) later in …

Nurse Work Schedules and Outcomes

Angie Szumlinski News

To manage nurse shortages and fluctuations in patient censuses, nurses often work overtime. This increase nurses’ work hours and causes them to have fewer breaks. Such extended work schedules, long shift length, long weekly work hours, and insufficient breaks can be considered adverse nurse work schedules. Understanding how these adverse nurse work schedules affect patient outcomes is important to ensure …

FDA News Release – Multiple Sclerosis

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

On March 26, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the marketing of a new device indicated for use as a short-term treatment of gait deficit due to mild to moderate symptoms from multiple sclerosis (MS). The device is intended to be used by prescription only as an adjunct to a supervised therapeutic exercise program in patients 22 years …

Effectiveness of BNT162b2 mRNA Vaccine

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

As mass vaccination campaigns against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) commence worldwide, vaccine effectiveness needs to be assessed for a range of outcomes across diverse populations in a non-controlled setting. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine cited data from Israel’s largest health care organization to evaluate the effectiveness of the BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine. The study evaluated the …

Freshman 15 or COVID 19?

Angie Szumlinski News

Weight is a clinically relevant health outcome that is independently associated with all-causemortality. It is also a helpful proxy for physical activity, another measurement associated withall-cause mortality. In analyzing weight trends around initial “stay in place” (SIP) orders, therewas a significant increase in weight over the post-SIP period at a rate of roughly a pound and ahalf weight gain per …

Herd Immunity

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Herd immunity is the point where there’s enough people that have been either infected or vaccinated that you basically can’t sustain transmission in the community and if one case leads to less than one new infection, then eventually it can’t be sustained. Estimates vary on how much of the population needs to have immunity to reach that goal. Dr. Anthony …

Seropositive Antibody Test – Reinfection

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Limited research has shown that the majority of patients who clear their infections of SARS-CoV-2 develop serum antibodies against the virus that last for at least several months but may decline over time. Although it has been speculated that the development of antibodies may be associated with a decreased risk of reinfection, the evidence for this hypothesis is limited and …

PPE Disposal – Be Safe

Angie Szumlinski Health

I recently spent a few days circling a University hospital where a family member was being treated. Visitation was limited to one person, the same person, daily. As I walked around the beautiful campus and across the street to a public park/playscape, I noticed something disturbing, facemasks and gloves disposed of in the public area, hanging from trees, settled into …

Vaccine Hesitancy

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Each of us is a unique individual with unique beliefs and needs. In this age of uncertainty, many people have listened to the experts, read the reports, looked at the numbers, and at the end of the day have decided not to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This is individual choice, right or wrong; we as Americans make choices to fit …

Frailty Outweighs Polypharmacy

Angie Szumlinski News

A study was done to investigate the association between different combined statuses of frailty and polypharmacy on risks of adverse outcomes. The subjects were aged 65-100 years old and were identified from an Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. Frailty was categorized into fit, mild, moderate, and severe frailty based on the multimorbidity frailty index. The use of 5-9 and over …