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Suicide – Impact During Pandemic

Angie Szumlinski News

I was recently asked to assist in locating publications, literature, and/or studies on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the rate of suicide in the United States. I was really quite surprised to learn that in fact, the suicide rate actually went down by 6% last year. What really struck me as interesting was that study after study, interview after …

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COVID-19 BMI and Obesity

Angie Szumlinski News

Everyone I talk to is complaining about the weight they have gained during the COVID-19 pandemic. True, if you have experienced some weight gain this past year and a half, you are definitely not alone! Most people who are willing to share, reflect back on their lack of physical activity and enjoying comfort food, while some are recovering from sports …

Podcast: Ep. 24 – Vaccine Mandates, Boosters, and Hesitancy

Angie Szumlinski Podcast

In this episode Angie Szumlinski, Director of Risk Management at HealthCap talks with Dr. Matthew Beacom, M.D. from the University of Nebraska and Heath Boddy, President and CEO at the Nebraska Health Care Association. Listen as they discuss the latest in vaccine mandates, boosters, and vaccine hesitancy in the senior living industry.    

Another Reason to Quit Smoking

Angie Szumlinski Studies

A recent age-adjusted analysis published in medrxiv.org, found that the only risk factors of lower Ab titres, (the titres that help protect from the COVID-19 virus) were being male and smoking cigarettes. The study also found that titres were significantly lower in current smokers than in ex-smokers. Now that over 60% of the population has been fully vaccinated, it might …

COVID-19 and Increased Medication Use

Angie Szumlinski Health, Medication

The pandemic has had a huge impact on all of us, but even more so for residents living in post-acute centers. We have all witnessed the loneliness, isolation, physical and mental declines and if that isn’t troubling enough, a recent study found a significant increase in residents receiving antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, antidepressants, trazodone hydrochloride, anticonvulsants, and opioids. If you think about …

We Are Not There Yet!

Angie Szumlinski Health

The debate rages on, vaccinate, don’t vaccinate, isolate, don’t isolate, quarantine, don’t quarantine and oh, by the way, what’s the difference?! Just as we thought we had turned the corner, bring on Delta and now the newest variant Lambda! The experts are not clear on what impact these new variants will have on life as we know it however one …

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NIH Statement on Casirivimab Plus Imdevimab as PEP

Angie Szumlinski News

Vaccination remains the most effective way to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, despite widespread availability of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, a number of individuals are either not fully vaccinated or cannot mount adequate responses to the vaccine. Some of these people, if infected, are at high risk of progression to serious COVID-19. On July 30, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the …

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Back to School

Angie Szumlinski News

The debate rages on, children getting back to school, some starting as soon as next week, and we still aren’t sure how we are going to manage the mask issue! Some districts are mandating masks for children on buses and inside the school property and are also maintaining a 3-6 feet social distancing rule. Other districts are allowing the parents …

White House Covid-19 Response Team and public health officials hold briefing — 8/5/2021

Angie Szumlinski News

The White House Covid-19 Response Team and federal public health officials hold a press briefing to provide updates on the Covid-19 response effort. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to the president, joins the briefing along with Dr. Vivek Murthy, surgeon general of the U.S., Jeff Zients, White House …