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Urgent Updates are highlights of guidelines from other groups, reviewed by Urgent Care physicians. These highlights represent the actual intent of these articles and how they relate to the practice of Urgent Care medicine.

 

Urgent Updates | June 27, 2024

Association of Daily Sitting Time and Coffee Consumption with the Risk of All-Cause and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Among U.S. Adults In this prospective cohort multivariable models, researchers showed that sitting more than eight hours a day was associated with higher risks of all-cause mortality compared with those sitting for less...

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Urgent Updates | June 20, 2024

CDC Clinical Guidelines on the Use of Doxycycline Postexposure Prophylaxis for Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention, United States, 2024 On June 4, 2024, the CDC released the first national guidelines for doxycycline post-exposure prophylaxis (doxy PEP). The CDC recommendations are for clinicians to: (1) provide counseling about the risks and...

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Urgent Updates | June 13, 2024

Heat Waves Associated with Increased Risk of Preterm Birth in The U.S. A new investigation confirmed the link to early deliveries at a massive scale, in a large cohort study capturing over half of the births that occurred in the United States between 1993 and 2017. In this cohort study,...

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Urgent Updates | June 6, 2024

Clotrimazole-Betamethasone Dipropionate Prescribing for Nonfungal Skin Conditions Consistent with prior studies, clotrimazole-betamethasone prescriptions were more frequently associated with non-dermatologist visits, potentially reflecting the lack of awareness that it contains a high-potency corticosteroid and poses potential harms associated with indiscriminate use, including adverse effects and resistance selection pressure. For confirmed fungal...

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Urgent Updates | May 30, 2024

Burden of Disease Scenarios For 204 Countries and Territories, 2022–2050: A Forecasting Analysis for The Global Burden Of Disease Study 2021 Mostly due to growth and ageing of populations, the number of deaths and DALYs due to all causes combined will generally increase. Researchers predict Life expectancy around the world...

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Urgent Updates | May 23, 2024

CDC Releases Guidance for Preventing Spread of Infections in Schools to Keep Children Healthy and Learning CDC released guidance for preventing the spread of infections in K-12 schools. The guidance includes everyday actions that schools can take to prevent and control the spread of respiratory and stomach viruses, such as...

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Urgent Updates | May 16, 2024

Same-Day Start Contraception Common, Tied to Low Pregnancy Risk Researchers obtained information on contraceptive method and oral emergency contraception use from clinical electronic health records. More than 70% of participants initiated a new method of contraception on the same day they presented for care. Same-day start contraception resulted in a...

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Urgent Updates | May 9, 2024

As Drug Shortages Reach Record Highs, Regulators Weigh Next Steps Drug shortages hit a new high in the first quarter of 2024, forcing patients and doctors to scramble to secure medications. Drug manufacturing quotas only rose by 10%, an amount that may not be sufficient to solve shortage concerns. Full...

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Urgent Updates | April 22, 2024

FDA Grants Emergency Use of Pemgarda for Preexposure Prophylaxis of COVID-19 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to Pemgarda™ (pemivibart), a long-acting monoclonal antibody, for the preexposure prophylaxis of COVID-19 in adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older weighing at least 40...

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Urgent Updates | April 15, 2024

FDA Warns Consumers to Avoid Certain Topical Pain Relief Products Due to Potential for Dangerous Health Effects The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use certain over-the-counter analgesic (pain relief) products that are marketed for topical use to relieve pain before, during or after certain cosmetic...

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Urgent Updates | April 8, 2024

Promotion of Influenza Vaccination in the Emergency Department This three-group, prospective, cluster-randomized controlled trial compared two interventions with a control group in noncritically ill, adult patients in the emergency department who were not vaccinated for influenza in the current vaccine season. Implementation of influenza vaccine messaging platforms (video clips, printed...

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Urgent Updates | March 21, 2024

Measles Outbreak Threatens US Status Of ‘Eliminating’ Virus The rash of measles outbreaks around the country has sparked concerns that the U.S. risks losing its status as a country where the disease has been eliminated, a distinction held since 2000. The CDC recommends people without immunity to measles should isolate...

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Urgent Updates | March 14, 2024

Stay Alert for Measles Cases – CDC Clinician Outreach and Community Activity! Between December 1, 2023, and January 23, 2024, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was notified of 23 confirmed U.S. cases of measles, including seven direct importations of measles by international travelers and two outbreaks with...

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Urgent Updates | March 7, 2024

Study IDs Immune Abnormality Possibly Causing Long COVID  Swiss scientists have identified immune system abnormalities in patients with long COVID-19 that might open the door to new diagnostic tests and treatments. The researchers found that a group of proteins in the blood that are part of the body’s immune response...

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Urgent Updates | February 8, 2024

Respiratory Virus Surge: Diagnosing COVID-19 vs RSV, Flu Amid the current wave of winter respiratory virus cases, influenza (types A and B) leads the way with the highest number of emergency room visits, followed closely by COVID-19, thanks to the JN.1 variant, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Physicians should remain diligent in...

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Urgent Updates | February 1, 2024

Excess Mortality Following a First and Subsequent Osteoporotic Fracture: A Danish Nationwide Register-Based Cohort Study on The Mediating Effects of Comorbidities The highest mortality risk was found in the month immediately following both index and subsequent fracture. The combination of index and subsequent fractures at different skeletal sites had a...

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Urgent Updates | February 29, 2024

Paxlovid is Effective but Underused—Here’s What the Latest Research Says About Rebound and More Approximately 33 000 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the US during the week ending January 13, a period in which 1 in 25 US deaths were due to the disease. One likely reason: relatively few eligible...

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Urgent Updates | February 15, 2024

Gabapentinoids Increase Exacerbation in COPD In patients with COPD, gabapentinoid use was associated with increased risk for severe exacerbation. This cohort study supports the warnings from regulatory agencies and highlights the importance of considering this potential risk when prescribing gabapentin and pregabalin to patients with COPD. Full Access: Annals of...

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