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Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of Jan. 24 to 28, 2022. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal studies and other trusted sources that is most likely to affect clinical practice.

ALA Report Cites Progress Made in Reducing Tobacco Use

FRIDAY, Jan. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Although progress has been made in reducing tobacco use, new tobacco products are threatening this progress, according to the "State of Tobacco Control" report published by the American Lung Association.

Anxiety in Middle Age Linked to Increased Cardiometabolic Risk

FRIDAY, Jan. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged men who are anxious and worry have increased cardiometabolic risk (CMR), which is maintained into older ages, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Postop Anxiety During Care Transitions Reduced With Peer Mentoring

FRIDAY, Jan. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Mentoring programs can help improve patients' transition from hospital to home by reducing their postoperative anxiety following a transplant, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in the Journal of Operations Management.

Three mRNA Vaccine Doses Protective Against Delta, Omicron

FRIDAY, Jan. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Receipt of three doses of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is associated with protection against delta and omicron compared with being unvaccinated and receipt of two doses, according to a study published online Jan. 21 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

As Johnson waits, UK police seek cuts to 'partygate' report

LONDON (AP) — Doubt about the content and release of a key report into lockdown-breaching parties within the British government deepened Friday, when police said they wanted parts of it to remain unpublished until they finish a criminal investigation.

Clarification: Virus Outbreak-Asylum story

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. (AP) — In a story about asylum seekers crossing the Canadian border published Jan. 24, 2022, The Associated Press reported that the migrants traveled to a dead-end dirt road in upstate New York. The story should have made clear that much of Roxham Road is paved, but it turns to dirt close to the border.

Neutralization Titers Against Omicron Up With mRNA-1273 Boost

FRIDAY, Jan. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Neutralization titers against the omicron variant are lower than those against the D614G variant following the primary two-dose series of the mRNA-1273 vaccine, but a booster dose of mRNA-1273 vaccine substantially increases them, according to a letter to the editor published online Jan. 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine.