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China Estimates 37M Infected With COVID in One Day, Stoking Global Fears New Variant on Horizon – New York Post

Read article – Features Daniel Lucey, a clinical professor of medicine, in an article about COVID infections in China. “There will certainly be more omicron subvariants developing in China in the coming days, weeks, and months, but what the world must anticipate in order to recognize it early and take rapid action is a completely new variant of concern,” Lucey said. (Lucey’s comments originally appeared in Bloomberg. Similar coverage in The Free Press Journal and others.)

China’s COVID Wave Spurs New Variant Worry as Sequencing Falls – Bloomberg

Read article – Features Daniel Lucey, a clinical professor of medicine, in an article about concern over a new COVID-19 variant in China. “There will certainly be more omicron subvariants developing in China in the coming days, weeks, and months, but what the world must anticipate in order to recognize it early and take rapid action is a completely new variant of concern,” Lucey said. “It could be more contagious, more deadly, or evade drugs, vaccines, and detection from existing diagnostics.”

Telemedicine for Opioid Addiction Saves Lives. Let’s Make Sure It Continues – AAMC

Read article – Luke Archibald, an assistant professor of psychiatry, writes an opinion piece about the use of telemedicine for opioid addiction during the pandemic, and the need for it to continue. “Telehealth expands treatment to people who struggle to access an in-person appointment for various reasons, including the need to travel long distances. In the United States, nearly 90% of large rural counties lack a sufficient number of opioid treatment facilities,” Archibald writes.

New Report Questioning Booster Mandates for Students Not Swaying Local Universities – CommonWealth Magazine

Read article – Features Cody Meissner, a professor of pediatrics and of medicine, in an article about COVID-19 vaccine booster mandates. “I think that’s a reflection that people have lost confidence in vaccines. I’ve spent my whole life working on vaccines, so it breaks my heart.,” Meissner said of low rates of influenza vaccination rates this year.

Hospice Care Needs Saving – STAT

Read article – Ira Byock, a professor emeritus of medicine and of community and family medicine, writes an opinion piece about the need to save hospice care in the U.S. “At its best, this kind of care is nearly magical in its ability to restore seriously ill people to a sense of living in the midst of dying,” Byock writes.

New Approach to Organ Procurement Has Created an Ethical Conundrum for Hospital Neurointensivists – NeurologyToday

Read article – Features comments by James Bernat, an emeritus professor of neurology, in an article about the ethics of normothermic regional perfusion, a new approach to establishing criteria for organ donation after circulatory determination of death. Given that the new approach to organ procurement challenges the notion of what it means to be declared dead, Bernat said “it’s important that there be a general understanding of what’s going on and a general agreement on what’s acceptable,” in the eyes of the many stakeholders.

14 Charts This Year That Helped Us Better Understand COVID’S Impact on Students, Teachers and Schools – The 74

Read article – Features comments by Douglas Staiger, a professor of economics and of the Dartmouth Institute, about a study he co-authored that projected how much potential income could be lost due to diminished math learning among eighth graders since schools transitioned to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. “When there are improvements in scores, those kids coming out of school are going to have better outcomes later in life,” said Staiger. “And we can infer from this recent decline that all the cohorts in school now are going to do a bit worse than we expected.”

Jonathan Skinner: Aging by the Numbers – Next Avenue

Read article – A profile piece on Jonathan Skinner, a professor of the Dartmouth Institute, about his research into health care productivity and the effects of an aging population. “A lot of people arrive at retirement kind of not really having a good sense for either how they’re going to support themselves or how to move into a sustainable level of spending,” Skinner said.