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  • Human infection with avian influenza A (H5N8) – the Russian Fe...
    Fri, 26 Feb 2021
    On 18 February 2021, the National IHR Focal Point for the Russian Federation notified WHO of detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in seven human clinical specimens. These are the first reported detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in humans. Positive clinical specimens were collected from poultry farm workers who participated in a response operation to contain an avian influenza A(H5N8) outbreak detected in a poultry farm in Astrakhan Oblast in the Russian Federation. The laboratory confirmation of the seven specimens were performed by the State Research Centre for Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR (WHO H5 Reference Laboratory). The age of seven positive cases ranged between 29 to 60 years and five were female.

    Between 3 and 11 December, a total of 101 000 of 900 000 egg laying hens on the farm died. This high mortality rate prompted an investigation. Samples were collected from these birds and an initial detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) was performed by the Russian regional veterinary laboratory. On 11 December, the outbreak was confirmed by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Reference laboratory, and the Federal Centre for Animal Health (FGBI-ARRIAH), in Vladimir, the Russian Federation. Outbreak containment operations started immediately and continued for several days due to the large size of the poultry farm.
  • Ebola virus disease – Guinea...
    Wed, 17 Feb 2021
    On 14 February 2021, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea informed WHO of a cluster of Ebola Virus
  • Rift Valley fever – Kenya...
    Fri, 12 Feb 2021
    Rift Valley fever (RVF) has been reported in Kenya in humans in Isiolo and Mandera counties and in

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  • Waning Immunity against SARS-CoV-2...
    Wed, 08 Dec 2021
    Eric Rubin is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. Lindsey Baden is a Deputy Editor of the Journal. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. E.J. Rubin, L.R. Baden, and S. Morrissey. Audio Interview: Waning Immunity against SARS-CoV-2. N Engl J Med 2021;385:e99.
  • NEJM Interview: Dr. Janine Knudsen on the experience of safety-ne...
    Wed, 08 Dec 2021
    Dr. Janine Knudsen is a medical director in the Office of the Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and a clinical assistant professor at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. J. Knudsen and D.A. Chokshi. Covid-19 and the Safety Net — Moving from Straining to Sustaining. N Engl J Med 2021;385:2209-2211.
  • The Omicron Variant of SARS-CoV-2...
    Wed, 01 Dec 2021
    Eric Rubin is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. Lindsey Baden is a Deputy Editor of the Journal. Salim Abdool Karim is a clinical infectious disease epidemiologist based in Durban, South Africa. His work, particularly with HIV, has earned him many international awards, including most recently the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award. He has led the South African Medical Research Council and is a member of the British Royal Society and the U.S. National Academy of Medicine. He currently heads the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 for the Government of South Africa. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. E.J. Rubin and Others. Audio Interview: The Omicron Variant of SARS-CoV-2. N Engl J Med 2021;385:e96.

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  • Cardiovascular Events with Finerenone in Kidney Disease and Type...
    In this double-blind trial, patients with stage 1 to 4 chronic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to receive finerenone or placebo. Finerenone treatment was superior with regard to the primary composite outcome of death from cardiovascular causes, nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke, or hospitalization...
  • Evaluation of mRNA-1273 SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine in Adolescents ...
    In a trial of mRNA-1273 or placebo involving 3700 adolescents 12 to 17 years of age, two doses of vaccine stimulated high levels of neutralizing antibodies, with a side-effect profile similar to that seen in other age groups. The incidence of Covid-19 in the unvaccinated group was too...
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    To the Editor: The patient described by Pichan et al. (Sept. 2 issue)1 smoked one pack of cigarettes daily and had a 60-pack-year history of smoking tobacco. This history may have contributed to the development of scurvy. In cross-sectional studies, smokers have been shown to have...

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  • Large Field Hospital Study Shows Rapid Covid-19 Test Compares Sol...
    Tue, 07 Dec 2021
    Newswise imageREsearchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, the University of Maryland Medical Center, the University of Maryland School of Medicine and four other collaborators report that a rapid antigen detection test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, proved more effective than expected when compared with virus detection rates using the established standard test, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay.
  • Mouse Study Suggests Manipulation of Certain Nerve Cells Can Help...
    Thu, 02 Dec 2021
    Newswise imageHuman heart muscle cells cease to multiply after birth, making any heart injury later in life a permanent one, reducing function and leading to heart failure. Now, however, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have new evidence from mouse experiments that manipulating certain nerve cells or the genes that control them might trigger the formation of new heart muscle cells and restore heart function after heart attacks and other cardiac disorders.
  • Johns Hopkins Study: Biosensor Barcodes Identify, Detail 'Chattin...
    Tue, 30 Nov 2021
    Newswise imageEver since the first barcode appeared on a pack of chewing gum in 1974, the now-ubiquitous system has enabled manufacturers, retailers and consumers to quickly and effectively identify, characterize, locate and track products and materials. In a paper first posted online Nov. 26, 2021, in the journal Cell, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and The Johns Hopkins University demonstrate how they can do the same thing at the molecular level, studying the ways cancer cells "talk" with one another.

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  • A Collaborative Approach Intended to Reduce the Duration of Shor...
    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the leading cause of nosocomial infections in the United States with the placement of indwelling urinary catheters as the major contributing factor (CAUTI)1. Urinary catheters are placed in 21-50% of hospitalized patients2-5. Common indications for use of urinary catheters include anatomic or functional urinary retention, urinary incontinence with open perianal or sacral wounds, perioperative use in surgical procedures of long duration, urological procedures, intraoperative urinary monitoring, accurate monitoring of urine output, and use for comfort care in terminally ill patients or for patient preference6,7.
  • Retrospective evaluation of the symptom-based work restriction s...
    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which was first reported in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019 and rapidly became a pandemic in 2020 1. Healthcare providers (HCPs) are recognized as a high-risk population to contract COVID-19 2, 3. Therefore, prevention of SARS-CoV-2 infection of healthcare providers (HCPs) while working needs considerable effort, and secondary spread of SARS-CoV-2 from HCPs to patients, or among HCPs should be prevented for patients’ and occupational safety.
  • Contact Tracing as a Measure to Combat COVID-19 and Other Infect...
    Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs), such as facemask wearing, business and school lockdowns, and contact tracing, are effective tools to combat infectious diseases such as COVID-19 that have devastated people's lives around the globe1. When a vaccine is not available, NPIs can help ‘flatten the curve’ which helps gain valuable time to develop, manufacture, and distribute the vaccine. Even after a significant fraction, or even most, of the general population has been vaccinated, breakthrough infection by new variants of the virus among vaccinated people may still pose imminent threats2, and NPIs can play an important role to combat the spread of infections.