Coronavirus

The backlog in mammograms during the COVID-19 pandemic

The backlog of diagnostic mammograms is not expected to return to regular operations for nearly six months at best, and a lack of early detection will have health implications on cancer management for years to come.

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The Washington Post

Study suggests Pfizer vaccine works against virus variant

Frederic Bushman of the Perelman School of Medicine said there’s no reason to think the COVID-19 vaccines won’t work on new strains of the virus. “A mutation will change one little place, but it’s not going to disrupt binding to all of them,” he said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Could cutting or delaying doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to immunize more people make the pandemic last longer?

Steven Joffe of the Perelman School of Medicine commented on the unknown efficacy of a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which was designed to be given in two doses. “Those unknowns are why some people say, ‘We should stick with what we know. By all means, do the trials to test [varied regimens], but don’t just wing it.’ Others say, ‘We are in a race against the virus.’ I’m not going to come down on one side or the other,” he said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Even for people with severe allergies, the COVID-19 vaccine could be a wise decision, experts say

Pablo Tebas of the Perelman School of Medicine said that in spite of some reports of allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine, the rareness of these events makes it still worth pursuing vaccination. With patients dying daily, “the risk of [getting the vaccine] in a controlled environment is much less, orders of magnitude less, than getting COVID,” he said.

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6ABC.com

Will coronavirus vaccines work against new variant? UPenn doctor weighs in

Susan Weiss of the Perelman School of Medicine said the COVID-19 vaccine should still be effective on new mutations of the novel coronavirus, a theory vaccine-makers are testing now. "It's a good thing to do but I am sure they're pretty confident it's not going to show anything different," she said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

The coronavirus pandemic is killing people with diabetes or Alzheimer’s who didn’t even contract the virus

Lisa Walke of the Perelman School of Medicine said pandemic-related stress has intensified daily life for people with dementia and/or diabetes. “Stress causes your sugars to be less well-controlled and, obviously, this has been a stressful time,” she said.

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The New York Times

I’m a pregnant doctor. Should I get the COVID vaccine?

Michal Elovitz of the Perelman School of Medicine said it’s possible that an mRNA-based vaccine could potentially cause harm to a developing fetus, but that there’s not enough data to know for sure. “To avoid having pregnant people guess, we should be advocating for more preclinical and clinical research focused on pregnant patients,” she said.

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