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Consistent education, use of opioid-sparing regimens can reduce misuse among kids having surgery

After a comprehensive literature review, the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) Outcomes and Evidence-Based Practice Committee, along with a panel of health care and opioid stewardship leaders, issued 20 recommendations on perioperative use of opioids in children ages 18 years and younger. In November 2020, JAMA Surgery published the recommendations, which include pre- and postsurgery opioid education for patients and families, limited use of tramadol and codeine in children, and use of nonopioid analgesics for certain procedures.

U.S. government scientists skeptical of one-shot regimen for Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines

U.S. health experts say they cannot get behind proposals to switch to single-dose regimens of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines, which were approved under a two-dose protocol. Seven U.S.

Update to asthma guidelines covers ICS, LAMAs, indoor allergy mitigation, more

In December 2020, the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) Coordinating Committee released a focused update to its 2007 asthma guidelines. The update covers select topics, such as intermittent use of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), the role of long-acting muscarinic antagonists (LAMAs), indoor allergy mitigation, use of immunotherapy, bronchial thermoplasty, and fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) testing. 

One and done: Why people are eager for Johnson & Johnson's vaccine

Many Americans have expressed a preference for Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine, even though its 72% efficacy rate lags that of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are about 95% effective. For recipients, the convenience of a single-dose is worth forfeiting the extra cushion of protection.

Retailers put brakes on Texas and Mississippi move to scrap mask mandates

Texas and Mississippi are getting pushback from major retailers as the governors move ahead with plans to reopen businesses at 100% capacity and drop mask mandates.