Month: October 2021

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Sharing the stories ‘Behind the Mask’

HCA Healthcare Houston nurses who treat COVID-19 patients were the stars of a multifaceted campaign that won the Best in Show Award in the 2021 Healthcare Marketing Impact Awards.

The 13-hospital system received gold prizes in the print and social media categories, silver in the integrated campaign category, and bronze in video. 

Featuring close-up black-and-white photographs of masked nurses and telling their personal pandemic stories, the “Behind the Mask” campaign sought to support the system’s nurses by showing their day-to-day reality.The campaign targeted external audiences via Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, the statewide Texas Monthly magazine and a YouTube video. The health system’s employees were engaged through a “care recognition” campaign that collected and shared stories about caregiving during a pandemic.

“We wanted to display what’s really motivating them and the support they have to make them successful in taking care of our patients and our communities through this horrible pandemic,”

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Russia imposes nationwide paid holiday to curb COVID

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New coronavirus restrictions came into effect across Russia on Saturday with authorities looking to stem soaring infections and deaths in Europe’s worst hit country by fatalities.

Saturday’s tally recorded 40,251 new cases, the highest figure for new infections since the beginning of the .

President Vladimir Putin last week ordered a paid holiday from Saturday to November 7 in a bid to break a recent chain of records in daily cases and deaths.

Russia has held back on imposing significant nationwide measures since ending a short lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic and instead placed its hopes on the rollout of several homegrown vaccines, including Sputnik V.

Even though several jabs have been freely available for months, just 32.5 percent of the population have been fully vaccinated, according to government statistics Saturday.

The Kremlin this week said epidemiologists had raised “concerns” after polls

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Battling to defeat the misinformation ‘infodemic’

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Meghan Martin, an emergency medicine physician at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, has become a direct marketer. Her audience is anyone with a TikTok account and her product is facts.

In a 51-second video headlined “Stop Doing Dangerous Things,” she displayed a social-media post showing a toddler nebulizing hydrogen peroxide, explained why that is unsafe and closed with a drop-kick: “Listen, if you’re going to do something dangerous and stupid, that’s on you. Leave the kids out of it.”

The TikTok got 1.2 million views, nearly 190,000 “likes” and more than 6,000 comments. It is one of hundreds of short videos that Martin, known as @beachgem10 on TikTok, has produced since she started combating medical misinformation early last year. “A lot of people really wanted to know what was going on, the real information,” she said. “And knowing

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Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children?

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children? Credit: AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children?

Yes, U.S. regulators authorized Pfizer’s vaccine for after millions of 12- to 17-year-olds already safely got the shot, the only one available for children in the country.

Those ages 5 to 11 will get just a third of the dose given to teens and adults. The Food and Drug Administration cleared the kid-size doses Friday, and next the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will recommend who should get them.

A study found kid-size doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were 91% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19. The 5- to 11-year-olds developed virus-fighting antibodies as strong as teens and young adults who got regular doses, with similar or fewer annoying reactions such as sore arms, fever or achiness.

The FDA assessed the safety of the kid-size doses in 3,100 vaccinated youngsters.

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Former Spokane Co. health officer files $1.4M claim over firing

The former Spokane County health officer who believes he was fired last year due to unpopular decisions he made to try to contain COVID-19 has filed a claim with the health district, which could lead to a lawsuit.

The Spokesman-Review reports Dr. Bob Lutz filed the administrative claim on Oct. 8. Robert Carlson, Lutz’s attorney, said the hope is that the district determines Lutz’s claim has merit and will work to resolve the issue out of court.

Lutz is claiming at least $1.4 million in damages for wrongful termination in addition to “defamation, emotional distress, mental anguish and injury to professional reputation” as a result of his firing in October 2020.

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The health district has 60 days to respond to Lutz’s claim, at which point Lutz could proceed with a lawsuit.

The Board of Health Chairwoman Mary Kuney did not respond to

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High school football won’t raise lifetime risk for suicide: Study

(HealthDay)—Some parents may worry about whether playing high school football might put their kids at risk for depression and suicidal thoughts in adulthood, but new research suggests they can relax.

It included more than 2,300 U.S. males who enrolled in the study at average age of 15 and were assessed again at an average age of 29. At the start of the study, about 28% of the participants said they played or intended to play football. As , about 10% of participants said they had been diagnosed with depression at some point during their lives, and nearly 6% said they had over the past year.

But rates of suicidal thoughts and depression were not significantly different for young men who played football as teens. In contrast, the researchers found a strong association between mental health problems during the and suicidal thoughts in young adulthood.

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