DECEMBER 10, 2020
COVID cases hit daily Georgia and U.S. records
Georgia Health News
Georgia shattered its record for single-day increases of new COVID cases, with 6,601 reported Friday. | READ MORE
Hospitals, nursing homes first in line as COVID vaccine coming soon
Georgia Health News
Georgia expects to receive several hundred thousand doses of COVID vaccines this month for its initial distribution, the state public health commissioner said Tuesday. | READ MORE
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine faces last hurdle before U.S. decision
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine faces one final hurdle as it races to become the first shot greenlighted in the U.S.: a panel of experts who will scrutinize the company’s data for any red flags. | READ MORE
High court will hear appeal over Medicaid work requirements
Associated Press
In the midst of a pandemic, the Supreme Court said Friday it will take up the Trump administration’s stalled plan to allow states to require low-income people to work to receive health care under Medicaid. | READ MORE
In Becerra, an HHS nominee with political skill but no front-line health experience
Kaiser Health News
Xavier Becerra, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services, is set to be a pandemic-era secretary with no public health experience. Whether that matters depends on whom you ask. | READ MORE
Fewer Black kids getting flu shots, worrying CDC officials
Associated Press
More Americans have been getting flu shots this year, apparently heeding the advice of health officials fearful of a flu and coronavirus double pandemic, public health officials said Wednesday. But the flu vaccination rate for Black children is down, fueling worries that Black Americans may be turning away from shots. | READ MORE
How to take an LGBTQ-inclusive social history to improve care
AMA Wire
Health inequities prevail among LGBTQ youth, making them more prone to depression and suicidality, substance-use disorder, and altered body image, among other mental health issues. | READ MORE
Two studies highlight roadblocks to equity and inclusion in medicine
MedPage Today
According to two recent studies, achieving excellence through equity, diversity, and inclusion remains an aspirational goal amid roadblocks. | READ MORE
[Study finds] Youth vaping rates have plunged during lockdown
Vaping among teens and young adults has decreased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, with two-thirds of e-cigarette users reporting that they've either cut back or quit, a new study says. | READ MORE
IRS doubles down on non-deductibility of PPP-funded expenses
Journal of Accountancy
In guidance issued late on Wednesday, the IRS reiterated its position that taxpayers cannot claim a deduction for any otherwise deductible expense if the payment of the expense results in forgiveness of a Paycheck Protection Program loan because the income associated with the forgiveness is excluded from gross income under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. | READ MORE
'Fauci Effect' drives record number of medical school applications
The number of [medical school] applicants is up 18 percent this year over last year, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, or AAMC, driven by the example of medical workers and public health figures such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. | READ MORE
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