White House Covid-19 Response Team and public health officials hold briefing — 8/5/2021

Angie Szumlinski News

The White House Covid-19 Response Team and federal public health officials hold a press briefing to provide updates on the Covid-19 response effort. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to the president, joins the briefing along with Dr. Vivek Murthy, surgeon general of the U.S., Jeff Zients, White House …

Older Happy Americans

Cognitive Activity and Dementia

Angie Szumlinski Health

You know the old adage, an active body stays active? Well, what about an active mind? Will doing crossword puzzles, playing solitaire, being socially engaged, reading the newspaper, and engaging in activities that require you to “think” keep your mind healthy? According to some researchers, yes! They found that a cognitively active lifestyle in older age may delay the onset …

Multistate Outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia Infections Associated with Contaminated Ultrasound Gel

Angie Szumlinski Health

CDC is assisting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and several state and local health departments with an ongoing investigation of Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) infections in healthcare facilities. Patients have developed Bcc infections, including bloodstream infections, after likely having undergone ultrasound-guided procedures in which MediChoice® M500812 ultrasound gel was used. To read all updates, please click below: CDC Contaminated Ultrasound Gel Update

Closeup of a dog's nose

Sniff Test!

Angie Szumlinski News, Studies

I remember when my children were young and they would pretend to be sick so they didn’t have to go to school, although to this day they deny it! I also remember, this may sound weird but, smelling their breath. Yes, I would smell their breath to see if they had something “cooking” in their throat or sinus. Honestly, 99% …

AHCA, NCAL Letter to HHS Requests Immediate Release of Funds

Angie Szumlinski News

​​COVID-19 and the recent explosion of the Delta variant continue to impact thousands of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities across the country, the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living told Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra in a letter this week. The association is requesting that remaining resources in the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) be …

Connecticut Governor Orders Long-Term Care Facility Staff To Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that in an effort to protect some of the most vulnerable residents of Connecticut from the impact of COVID-19, he has directed an executive order be issued to require employees of all long-term care facilities in the state to be vaccinated against the virus. Executive Order No. 13B, which was filed today and takes effect …

FDA Recalls and Safety Announcements

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

Boston Scientific Recalls INGENIO Family of Pacemakers and CRT-Ps Due to Risk of Transition to Safety Mode SterRx, LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Sodium Bicarbonate in 5% Dextrose Injection 150mEq per 1,000 mL Due to Microbial Contamination Stop Using Lepu Medical Technology SARS-CoV-2 Antigen and Leccurate Antibody Tests: FDA Safety Communication

Autoimmune Disease and COVID

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

When COVID-19 became a worldwide pandemic, many medical experts worked night and day to identify exactly what the virus was, how it was spread, how to prevent the spread, how to treat the virus, and who is most at risk for negative outcomes related to the virus. Without a doubt, frail elderly people were identified as the highest risk and …