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new COVID-19 variants and fall vaccines

A late summer increase in COVID-19-related hospitalizations and the emergence of new coronavirus variants raises concerns about how best to counter infection and who should receive the newly-approved vaccines. Although data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the recent surge of cases remains far beneath peak pandemic-era numbers, worries have circulated about what precautions might be necessary to protect public health.

Lisa M. Lee, a professor of public health at Virginia Tech, answered questions about factors for concern and the importance of vaccination. Lee is an epidemiologist and bioethicist who has worked in public health and ethics for 25 years, including 14 years with CDC.

Q: When will the new COVID vaccine be available and who should get it?

“The newest COVID vaccines were deemed safe and effective by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sept. 11, 2023. On Sept. 12, CDC recommended the vaccinesfor all persons over six months of age.  The new vaccines should be available in less than a week.  The data showed clear benefits of vaccination in reducing serious illness, hospitalizations, and deaths. This is especially important for persons at high risk for severe COVID — young children, older adults, people with chronic conditions including obesity, and people with compromised immune systems. CDC recommends that everyone over six months of age get this year’s new COVID vaccine, as it is effective against the newer variants we are seeing in circulation this year. If you’ve recently had COVID or recently gotten one of the older COVID vaccines, check with your health care provider about the best timing for getting the updated shot.”

Q: Does coronavirus remain a major threat to public health?

“COVID-19 remains a risk this fall and winter season, especially for people with less robust immune systems—people 65

AI chatbots fall short when giving cancer treatment recommendations: ‘Remain cautious’

OpenAI’s ChatGPT has become a popular go-to for quick responses to questions of all types — but a new study in JAMA Oncology suggests that the artificial intelligence chatbot might have some serious shortcomings when it comes to doling out medical advice for cancer treatment.

Researchers from Mass General Brigham, Sloan Kettering and Boston Children’s Hospital put ChatGPT to the test by compiling 104 different prompts and asking the chatbot for recommendations on cancer treatments.

Next, they had a team of four board-certified oncologists review and score the responses using five criteria. 

Overall, ChatGPT scored an underwhelming 61.9%.


Although language learning models (LLMs) have successfully passed the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination, the chatbot underperformed when it came to providing accurate cancer treatment recommendations that align with National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines.

In many cases, the responses were unclear or mixed inaccurate and accurate information. 

Doctor using AI

A new study in JAMA Oncology suggests that the artificial intelligence chatbot might have some serious shortcomings when it comes to doling out medical advice for cancer treatment. (iStock)

Nearly 13% of the responses were “hallucinated,” which means they might have sounded factual, but were completely inaccurate or unrelated to the prompt, according to the researchers’ findings.

“This is a significant concern, as it could lead to misinformation and potentially harmful patient decisions,” said Dr. Harvey Castro, an emergency medicine physician and AI expert in Coppell, Texas.


Castro was not involved in the study but commented on the findings.

“For example, a patient with advanced lung cancer may receive a recommendation for a treatment not recognized by the NCCN guidelines, which could lead to delays in receiving appropriate care.”

Danielle Bitterman, study co-author

COVID precautions recommended for upcoming fall season

With the fall season approaching, more people will be staying indoors, and kids will be returning to school. Area health departments are recommending Mid-Michigan residents use caution during the upcoming flu season for COVID-19. 

“With COVID, it’s something that we’re going to be living with,” Huron County Health Officer Tip MacGuire said. “Just like the flu and (respiratory syncytial virus). We’re coming into school and going back into the fall with people starting to return indoors. It is anticipated that you’re probably going to see an uptick in cases.”

With this being the fourth fall season with COVID-19 as a part of life, MacGuire as well as health officials from both Tuscola and Bay counties say that the new normal is to treat COVID-19 as part of the flu season. The recommendation is for people to still stay home if they are feeling unwell, with five days of remaining isolated at home if one tests positive and then to wear a mask for an additional five days.

“We are still following the same guidelines,” said Donald Derryberry, emergency preparedness officer for the Tuscola County Health Department. “If you are sick, stay home, wash your hands effectively and wear a mask if you are able to and need to.”

As far as cases go, Bay County Health Officer Joel Strasz said, there has been an increase in cases for Bay County as well as across the country, and he expects to see that number rise as kids head back to school and people spend more time indoors. 

“COVID and other viruses tend to start off earlier in the summer amongst hotter climates in the country,” Strasz said. “This is primarily caused by air persons seeking refuge in air-conditioned environments because of heat and humidity, which occurs at higher levels than it

Where Does Uphealth Inc (UPH) Stock Fall in the Health Information Services Field After It Is Higher By 0.49% This Week?

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Tuesday, March 07, 2023 01:23 PM | InvestorsObserver Analysts

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Where Does Uphealth Inc (UPH) Stock Fall in the Health Information Services Field After It Is Higher By 0.49% This Week?

A rating of 47 puts Uphealth Inc (UPH) near the middle of the Health Information Services industry according to InvestorsObserver. Uphealth Inc’s score of 47 means it scores higher than 47% of stocks in the industry. Uphealth Inc also received an overall rating of 40, putting it above 40% of all stocks. Health Information Services is ranked 97 out of the 148 industries.

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Uphealth Inc (UPH) stock is higher by 1% while the S&P 500 is down -1.2% as of 1:03 PM on Tuesday, Mar 7. UPH is higher by $0.02 from the previous closing price of $2.03 on volume of 7,815 shares. Over the past year the S&P 500 is down -4.79% while UPH is down -90.00%. UPH lost -$15.17 per share the over the last

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