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Fewer than 100 ICU beds available in Colorado

Colorado Governor Jared Polis and health leaders gave a COVID-19 update on November 5 that included the following details. Fewer than 100 ICU beds available 1,267 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 (highest peak of the pandemic was 1,847) 80% of those currently hospitalized are unvaccinated 10 of the last 14 days have had an upward […]

“Natural” immunity protection and variants

Epidemiologist Katelyn Jetelina gives four reasons why you should still get the vaccine if you’ve recovered from COVID-19 at https://yourlocalepidemiologist.substack.com/p/natural-immunity-protection-and-variants.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Myth Versus Fact

“Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of infection prevention, and Gabor Kelen, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response, review some common myths circulating about the vaccine and clear up confusion with reliable facts.” MYTH: The COVID-19 vaccine can affect women’s fertility. MYTH: If I’ve already had COVID-19, I […]

Disposing of Household Needles and Sharps

“Disposing of unwanted household chemicals and other products at a household hazardous waste collection event or facility is always the preferred option, but that option isn’t available everywhere.” Read more about safely disposing of medical waste at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

FDA says stop using over-the-counter benzocaine products on teething infants

The FDA has issued a warning against over-the-counter teething products containing benzocaine, saying they pose a “serious risk to infants and children” and lack benefit, as well. Read the full article at USA Today.

FDA Pulls Over-the-Counter Antibacterial Soaps

“Over-the-counter antibacterial soaps containing any of 19 specific active ingredients can no longer be marketed, the FDA announced Friday, including those with triclosan and triclocarban. The rule does not affect antibacterial products used in healthcare settings, FDA said in a release, nor does it apply to OTC alcohol handrubs or wipes.” Read full article at […]

Vaccine Refusal Tied to Increased Risk of Measles and Pertussis

“Recent research suggests delaying or skipping childhood vaccinations is contributing to U.S. outbreaks of measles and pertussis.” Read full article at Reuters.

Healthy Lifestyle Cuts Risk of MI by 86% in Swedish Cohort Study

“A healthy diet, moderate alcohol consumption, a smaller waist circumference, and not smoking were each independently associated with a lower risk of MI in a large cohort of healthy Swedish men. When these four lifestyle behaviors were combined with physical activity, individuals who adhered to all five healthy practices had an 86% lower risk of […]

Number of measles cases increasing at a rate not seen in nearly two decades

“Two major television networks, major newspapers and consumer health media outlets covered a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the April 25 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showing that measles is on the upswing in the US.” Read the bulletin at BulletinHealthcare.

Voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention

“Medical male circumcision reduces the risk of female-to-male sexual transmission of HIV by approximately 60%.” Read the fact sheet about medical male circumcision at the World Health Organization.

Obesity and Related Conditions

By Dr. Kenneth Hahn Obesity is an epidemic in this country and Colorado is no exception, although it does have one of the lowest rates of obesity in the country. Mississippi has one of the highest prevalence rates where 34% of adults are obese. Colorado has approximately 3.7 million adults of which 36% are considered […]

Breast is best: New WHI data extend CV benefits of breast-feeding to mom

“Women who breast-fed for a year or more were less likely to develop hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and cardiovascular disease when postmenopausal than women who were pregnant but never breast-fed.” Read the full article at Medscape.

Medicare Cutbacks a Disaster

Dr. Philip J. Rosenblum wrote an op-ed for the Denver Post about a bill intended to block severe cuts in Medicare physician payments. Read the full article at The Denver Post.