The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its travel guidance Friday for fully vaccinated people to reflect the latest evidence and science. Given recent studies evaluating the real-world effects of vaccination, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves. A person is considered fullyContinue Reading

Lakeland based supermarket chain, Publix, announced Thursday that the Publix Pharmacy administered its 1 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Florida. More than 140,000 additional doses have been administered at Publix locations in Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia. “When Publix was approached to assist in administering these life-saving vaccines, weContinue Reading

On Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that CVS Health will administer COVID-19 vaccines at 76 additional CVS Pharmacy locations across Florida. The additional 76 retail locations announced are in addition to the 81 stores previously announced–bringing the total number of CVS Health vaccination sites to 157. “I’m pleased toContinue Reading

Beginning today, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital & Clinics (JAHVH) will begin offering COVID-19 vaccine to all Veterans who are patients of the JAHVH system of care, regardless of age or medical condition. Vaccines are free and will be available by appointment only, as supply allows, at the main hospital andContinue Reading

A survey by a Boston University researcher of nearly 33,000 college students across the country reveals the prevalence of depression and anxiety in young people continues to increase, now reaching its highest levels, a sign of the mounting stress factors due to the coronavirus pandemic, political unrest, and systemic racismContinue Reading

A new study led by Flinders University has found that treating obstructive sleep apnea with CPAP therapy increased self-reported physical activity in adults with a history of heart disease. During a mean follow-up period of 3.7 years, the group treated with CPAP therapy reported approximately 20% higher levels of moderate physical activityContinue Reading

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized marketing of a new prescription only device intended to reduce snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea. Unlike devices used while patients sleep, this is the first device used while awake that is intended to improve tongue muscle function, which in time can helpContinue Reading

In this Outbreak NewsBites podcast, I look briefly at new research from the University of South Florida (USF) on Zika virus vertical transmission. See the paper here: Zika Virus–Infected Decidual Cells Elicit a Gestational Age–Dependent Innate Immune Response and Exaggerate Trophoblast Zika Permissiveness: Implication for Vertical Transmission  Continue Reading

The wealthiest countries in Europe have higher death rates from atrial fibrillation than the least wealthy and these death rates are increasing more rapidly than incidence rates, according to the first analysis of its kind published in the European Heart Journal  Tuesday. The study also found that women who developed theContinue Reading

On Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that by February 1st, the COVID-19 vaccine will have been offered to every resident and staff member to Florida’s nearly 700 nursing homes and over 3,000 assisted living facilities. This encouraging announcement follows another the Governor made late last week concerning vaccines andContinue Reading

Rachel Levine, MD, the transgender doctor who totally flubbed the COVID-19 response as the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, has been nominated to be President Joe Biden’s Assistant Secretary for Health. While PA health secretary, Levine did a horrible job and was responsible for a large number of COVID-19 cases andContinue Reading

In a Twitter string Saturday, the Great Barrington Declaration expressed concerns over messaging about the COVID-19 variant strain in light of UK PM Boris Johnson’s recent press conference: Government messaging has become progressively hyperbolic and confusing. Balance and perspective is in short supply. As a result, the information we receiveContinue Reading