Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | California Healthline

CapRadio: Fentanyl continues to kill college students in Sacramento. Here’s how parents and schools are responding.

In the Sacramento neighborhood of Land Park, Jennifer shares the story of her 16-year-old son’s fentanyl use, addiction, and ongoing rehabilitation. “Where to start,” she said, upset, stumbling over a few sentences. There, in the suburb of Rocklin, Laura Didier begins her story at the end of her 17-year-old son’s life. “The last day I saw my son alive was Christmas 2020,” she said, her voice shaking, “and Christmas will never be the same again.” (Prabha, 5/12)

San Francisco Chronicle: SF Drug Crisis: Breed’s Tenderloin Center is closed. And after?

With the controversial Tenderloin Center closing this week, city leaders are closing the book on a flawed experiment in tackling San Francisco’s drug epidemic — a heartbreaking, complicated and costly crisis. When the Mayor of London Breed opened the center in January as an anchor for her emergency Tenderloin initiative, she said she hoped it would help homeless people struggling with addiction find housing and to seek treatment as part of its larger plan to reduce fatal overdoses and outdoor drug use. transaction. (Moench, 12/5)

Los Angeles Blade: Health Organizations Distribute Fentanyl and Narcan Test Strips to WeHo

The Institute for Public Strategies’ West Hollywood Project joined activists and members of health organizations Being Alive Los Angeles, the LGBT Center’s Trans Wellness Center, AHF, The Wall Las Memories APLA Health, Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse (LA CADA) and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health will distribute overdose prevention information and resources as well as fentanyl test strips and naloxone nasal sprays. (12/4)

Stat: Congress got too low on addiction, lawyers accuse

With just weeks left in the current session, Congress appears poised to let Biden’s first two years in office come and go without passing significant reforms to the nation’s drug prevention and treatment system. – a potential missed opportunity that defenders say could cost thousands of lives. (Fasher, 6/12)

Los Angeles Times: Is the next fitness exercise in Los Angeles the next fitness craze?

Morgan English was sitting on the fire escape in her Portland State University apartment, smoking weed, when she felt a pull toward a stationary bike. So she crossed the street to the gym. For the first time in her life, she said, the exercise didn’t feel like a punishment. (Mishkin, 5/12)

The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa): Syphilis on the rise again in Sonoma County after plunging during pandemic

After modest declines during the pandemic, cases of syphilis, a dangerous sexually transmitted infection, are increasing in Sonoma County. (Espinosa, 12/5)

Voice of OC: OC supervisors consider declaring systemic racism and inequality a public health crisis

The Republican-led Orange County Board of Overseers is considering declaring a public health crisis due to systemic racism and inequality. The proposed resolution, which must be approved on Tuesday, claims that “systemic racism” and inequality are the main drivers of discrimination and damage to people’s physical and emotional health. (Gerda, 12/5)

Politico: The pandemic has created two very different kinds of workplaces. This matters especially for women.

Tessa Byars has seen friends cut jobs, switch to part-time jobs and even trade careers in an attempt to juggle childcare and a paycheck. But Byars, 40, never considered whether she should do the same. Her employer, Patagonia, provided 16 weeks of paid maternity leave as well as on-site childcare at her office in Ventura, Calif., where she works in internal communications. These benefits allowed Byars to take the time she needed after giving birth to her two children and, when the time came, to bring them both back to work with her. (Muller, 12/5)

CalMatters: COVID antivirals: supply increases. Use is not

As California braces for a winter of respiratory disease, health officials and providers often point to one encouraging factor: the wider availability of COVID-19 treatments and antivirals like Paxlovid. But many patients do not use them. “We have an alarmingly low rate of outpatient COVID-19 treatment, especially for vulnerable populations,” Dr. Rohan Radhakrishna, director of equity at the California Department of Public Health, told doctors during a online event in November. “We want to remind the provider community that therapeutics are plentiful and most adults have qualifying conditions.” (Ibarra, 12/5)

AP: Pfizer asks FDA to clear COVID shot update for children under 5

Pfizer is asking US regulators to authorize its updated COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 – not as a booster but as part of their first shots. Children aged 6 months to 4 years are already supposed to receive three very small doses of the original Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine – each a tenth of the amount that adults receive – as the first series. If the Food and Drug Administration agrees, a dose of bivalent vaccine targeting Pfizer’s omicron would be replaced with their third injection. (Nergaard, 12/5)

Reuters: Pfizer and BioNTech take on Moderna over COVID-19 vaccine patents

Pfizer Inc and its German partner, BioNTech SE, fired back at Moderna Inc in a patent lawsuit over their rival COVID-19 vaccines on Monday, seeking the dismissal of the lawsuit in federal court in Boston and an order that the patents of Moderna are invalid and not violated. (Brittany, 12/5)

NBC News: Myocarditis after Covid vaccine weak in teens, young adults, new study finds

The incidence of myocarditis and pericarditis after Covid vaccination is low and most patients recover fully, according to a large international study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. (Lovelace Jr., 12/5)

San Francisco Chronicle: Black COVID patients delayed by a single medical device. Why do doctors still use it?

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, East Bay’s Dr. Stephanie Brown began to notice a surprising trend. Many of his black patients were getting worse, even though their oxygen readings said otherwise. Like his fellow ER doctors, Brown relied on pulse oximeters, the standard tool for measuring a patient’s blood oxygen level, to assess a critical threshold determined by the state Centers for Disease Control. -United. Anything below 95% indicated a severe case of COVID-19 and the need for more intensive treatment, while those at 95% and above generally had milder symptoms. (Miolene, 12/5)

CIDRAP: Symptoms of COVID-19 in adolescents may change over time

Symptoms of long COVID in adolescents can change over time, according to a study of nearly 5,100 non-hospitalized young people aged 11 to 17 in the UK published yesterday in The Lancet Regional Health-Europe. … The prevalence of shortness of breath and fatigue in those who reported them at 6 or 12 months appeared to increase at both 6 and 12 months in those who tested positive. But examination of the individual questionnaires showed that the prevalence of these two symptoms had in fact decreased at baseline or at 6 months. The same pattern was also seen in participants who tested negative. (Van Beusekom, 12/5)

MIT tech review: New app aims to help millions living with long Covid

The new app, called Visible, aims to help people manage this process by collecting data every day to understand how their symptoms fluctuate. Users measure their heart rate variability (the variation in time between beats) each morning by placing a finger on the phone’s camera for 60 seconds. This measures the pulse by registering small changes in the color of the user’s skin. (Williams, 12/5)

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