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About half of US adults very likely' to get COVID-19 vaccine

Survey results showed that slightly more than half of adults in the United States were very likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine, researchers wrote in the Journal of Community Health. Jagdish Khubchandani, MPH, MD, PhD, a professor of public health at New Mexico State University, and colleagues developed and distributed an online survey with about 50 questions. The survey assessed respondents sociodemographic data, likelihood of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and potential exposure to SARS-CoV-2. Of t...

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Communication, comfort help allay fear of cataract surgery

The prospect of cataract surgery is a frightening one for many patients, but open lines of communication and patient education can allow ophthalmologists to guide wary patients through the process. What I always tell my patients is that you would be crazy not to be afraid because its your eyes, its your body, its your most precious sense, Jack S. Parker, MD, PhD, told Healio/OSN. Parker, who co-authored the book What I Say: Conversations That Improve the Physician-Patient Relationship with Rober...

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Doomsday Clock remains at 100 seconds to midnight

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced today that the Doomsday Clock remains as close to midnight as ever -- 100 seconds to midnight -- in part because of the lack of preparedness and leadership from politicians in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The symbolic Doomsday Clock was first set to 100 seconds to midnight in 2020. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board sets the clock each year as a way to update the public on the whether humanity is safer or in gr...

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New guide provides path for myopia control from monitoring to treatment

Johnson & Johnson Vision released a new guide for eye care professionals and patients with research-based recommendations for assessing, monitoring and treating myopia, especially in children. The guide -- Managing Myopia: A Clinical Response to the Growing Epidemic -- is the result of a 1-year collaboration among optometric organizations, including the American Optometric Association (AOA), American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and the Singapore O...

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FDA grants fast track designation to gene therapy candidate for achromatopsia

The FDA has granted fast track designation to AAV-CNGA3, a gene therapy candidate for the treatment of achromatopsia, according to a press release from MeiraGTx. AAV-CNGA3, designed to restore cone receptor function via subretinal injection, is currently undergoing a phase 1/2 clinical trial in patients with achromatopsia (ACHM) due to CNGA3 gene mutations. We are very pleased to have received fast track designation for AAV-CNGA3 and that the FDA has recognized a significant need exists to quick...

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Number of filled prescriptions dropped considerably' in early days of COVID-19 pandemic

The number of individuals filling prescriptions for all medications decreased considerably in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers wrote in JAMA Internal Medicine. However, the number of individuals who filled prescriptions for buprenorphine plateaued but did not decrease during this period, they added. Americans with opioid use disorder are a vulnerable population during the COVID-19 pandemic, with recent data suggesting a substantial increase in overdoses, Thuy D. Nguyen, PhD, ...

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COVID-19 lockdowns may negatively affect myopia progression in young children

There may be an association between home confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a myopic shift in children aged 6 to 8 years in China, according to a study. The prevalence of myopia increased 1.4 to 3 times in 2020 compared with the previous 5 years as a result of home confinement due to COVID-19. The refractive status of younger children (6 to 8 years of age) may be more sensitive to environmental changes than older children, Xuehan Qian, MD, PhD, co-author of the prospective cross-sectio...

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