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Back Door cheap diflucan pills to Extra Help with Part D MSPs Automatically Waive Late Enrollment Penalties for Part B - and allow enrollment in Part B year-round outside of the short Annual Enrollment Period No Medicaid Lien on Estate to Recover Payment of Expenses Paid by MSP Food Stamps/SNAP not reduced by Decreased Medical Expenses when Enroll in MSP - at least temporarily 5. Enrolling in an MSP - Automatic Enrollment &. Applications for People who Have Medicare What is Application Process?.

6 cheap diflucan pills. Enrolling in an MSP for People age 65+ who Do Not Qualify for Free Medicare Part A - the "Part A Buy-In Program" 7. What Happens After MSP Approved - How Part B Premium is Paid 8 Special Rules for QMBs - How Medicare Cost-Sharing Works 1.

NO cheap diflucan pills ASSET LIMIT!. Since April 1, 2008, none of the three MSP programs have resource limits in New York -- which means many Medicare beneficiaries who might not qualify for Medicaid because of excess resources can qualify for an MSP. 1.A.

SUMMARY CHART OF MSP BENEFITS QMB SLIMB QI-1 Eligibility ASSET LIMIT NO LIMIT IN NEW YORK STATE INCOME cheap diflucan pills LIMIT (2020) Single Couple Single Couple Single Couple $1,064 $1,437 $1,276 $1,724 $1,436 $1,940 Federal Poverty Level 100% FPL 100 – 120% FPL 120 – 135% FPL Benefits Pays Monthly Part B premium?. YES, and also Part A premium if did not have enough work quarters and meets citizenship requirement. See “Part A Buy-In” YES YES Pays Part A &.

B deductibles cheap diflucan pills &. Co-insurance YES - with limitations NO NO Retroactive to Filing of Application?. Yes - Benefits begin the month after the month of the MSP application.

18 NYCRR §360-7.8(b)(5) Yes – Retroactive to 3rd month before month cheap diflucan pills of application, if eligible in prior months Yes – may be retroactive to 3rd month before month of applica-tion, but only within the current calendar year. (No retro for January application). See GIS 07 MA 027.

Can Enroll in MSP and Medicaid at Same cheap diflucan pills Time?. YES YES NO!. Must choose between QI-1 and Medicaid.

Cannot have cheap diflucan pills both, not even Medicaid with a spend-down. 2. INCOME LIMITS and RULES Each of the three MSP programs has different income eligibility requirements and provides different benefits.

The income limits are tied to the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) cheap diflucan pills. 2019 FPL levels were released by NYS DOH in GIS 20 MA/02 - 2020 Federal Poverty Levels -- Attachment II and have been posted by Medicaid.gov and the National Council on Aging and are in the chart below. NOTE.

There is usually a lag in time of several weeks, or even months, from January 1st cheap diflucan pills of each year until the new FPLs are release, and then before the new MSP income limits are officially implemented. During this lag period, local Medicaid offices should continue to use the previous year's FPLs AND count the person's Social Security benefit amount from the previous year - do NOT factor in the Social Security COLA (cost of living adjustment). Once the updated guidelines are released, districts will use the new FPLs and go ahead and factor in any COLA.

See 2019 Fact Sheet on MSP in NYS by Medicare Rights Center ENGLISH SPANISH Income is determined by the same methodology as is used for determining in eligibility for SSI cheap diflucan pills The rules for counting income for SSI-related (Aged 65+, Blind, or Disabled) Medicaid recipients, borrowed from the SSI program, apply to the MSP program, except for the new rules about counting household size for married couples. N.Y. Soc.

Serv. L. 367-a(3)(c)(2), NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7, 89-ADM-7 p.7.

Gross income is counted, although there are certain types of income that are disregarded. The most common income disregards, also known as deductions, include. (a) The first $20 of your &.

Your spouse's monthly income, earned or unearned ($20 per couple max). (b) SSI EARNED INCOME DISREGARDS. * The first $65 of monthly wages of you and your spouse, * One-half of the remaining monthly wages (after the $65 is deducted).

* Other work incentives including PASS plans, impairment related work expenses (IRWEs), blind work expenses, etc. For information on these deductions, see The Medicaid Buy-In for Working People with Disabilities (MBI-WPD) and other guides in this article -- though written for the MBI-WPD, the work incentives apply to all Medicaid programs, including MSP, for people age 65+, disabled or blind. (c) monthly cost of any health insurance premiums but NOT the Part B premium, since Medicaid will now pay this premium (may deduct Medigap supplemental policies, vision, dental, or long term care insurance premiums, and the Part D premium but only to the extent the premium exceeds the Extra Help benchmark amount) (d) Food stamps not counted.

You can get a more comprehensive listing of the SSI-related income disregards on the Medicaid income disregards chart. As for all benefit programs based on financial need, it is usually advantageous to be considered a larger household, because the income limit is higher. The above chart shows that Households of TWO have a higher income limit than households of ONE.

The MSP programs use the same rules as Medicaid does for the Disabled, Aged and Blind (DAB) which are borrowed from the SSI program for Medicaid recipients in the “SSI-related category.” Under these rules, a household can be only ONE or TWO. 18 NYCRR 360-4.2. See DAB Household Size Chart.

Married persons can sometimes be ONE or TWO depending on arcane rules, which can force a Medicare beneficiary to be limited to the income limit for ONE person even though his spouse who is under 65 and not disabled has no income, and is supported by the client applying for an MSP. EXAMPLE. Bob's Social Security is $1300/month.

He is age 67 and has Medicare. His wife, Nancy, is age 62 and is not disabled and does not work. Under the old rule, Bob was not eligible for an MSP because his income was above the Income limit for One, even though it was well under the Couple limit.

In 2010, NYS DOH modified its rules so that all married individuals will be considered a household size of TWO. DOH GIS 10 MA 10 Medicare Savings Program Household Size, June 4, 2010. This rule for household size is an exception to the rule applying SSI budgeting rules to the MSP program.

Under these rules, Bob is now eligible for an MSP. When is One Better than Two?. Of course, there may be couples where the non-applying spouse's income is too high, and disqualifies the applying spouse from an MSP.

In such cases, "spousal refusal" may be used SSL 366.3(a). (Link is to NYC HRA form, can be adapted for other counties). 3.

The Three Medicare Savings Programs - what are they and how are they different?. 1. Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB).

The QMB program provides the most comprehensive benefits. Available to those with incomes at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), the QMB program covers virtually all Medicare cost-sharing obligations. Part B premiums, Part A premiums, if there are any, and any and all deductibles and co-insurance.

QMB coverage is not retroactive. The program’s benefits will begin the month after the month in which your client is found eligible. ** See special rules about cost-sharing for QMBs below - updated with new CMS directive issued January 2012 ** See NYC HRA QMB Recertification form ** Even if you do not have Part A automatically, because you did not have enough wages, you may be able to enroll in the Part A Buy-In Program, in which people eligible for QMB who do not otherwise have Medicare Part A may enroll, with Medicaid paying the Part A premium (Materials by the Medicare Rights Center).

2. Specifiedl Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB). For those with incomes between 100% and 120% FPL, the SLMB program will cover Part B premiums only.

SLMB is retroactive, however, providing coverage for three months prior to the month of application, as long as your client was eligible during those months. 3. Qualified Individual (QI-1).

For those with incomes between 120% and 135% FPL, and not receiving Medicaid, the QI-1 program will cover Medicare Part B premiums only. QI-1 is also retroactive, providing coverage for three months prior to the month of application, as long as your client was eligible during those months. However, QI-1 retroactive coverage can only be provided within the current calendar year.

(GIS 07 MA 027) So if you apply in January, you get no retroactive coverage. Q-I-1 recipients would be eligible for Medicaid with a spend-down, but if they want the Part B premium paid, they must choose between enrolling in QI-1 or Medicaid. They cannot be in both.

In contrast, one may receive Medicaid and either QMB or SLIMB. 4. Four Special Benefits of MSPs (in addition to NO ASSET TEST).

Benefit 1. Back Door to Medicare Part D "Extra Help" or Low Income Subsidy -- All MSP recipients are automatically enrolled in Extra Help, the subsidy that makes Part D affordable. They have no Part D deductible or doughnut hole, the premium is subsidized, and they pay very low copayments.

Once they are enrolled in Extra Help by virtue of enrollment in an MSP, they retain Extra Help for the entire calendar year, even if they lose MSP eligibility during that year. The "Full" Extra Help subsidy has the same income limit as QI-1 - 135% FPL. However, many people may be eligible for QI-1 but not Extra Help because QI-1 and the other MSPs have no asset limit.

People applying to the Social Security Administration for Extra Help might be rejected for this reason. Recent (2009-10) changes to federal law called "MIPPA" requires the Social Security Administration (SSA) to share eligibility data with NYSDOH on all persons who apply for Extra Help/ the Low Income Subsidy. Data sent to NYSDOH from SSA will enable NYSDOH to open MSP cases on many clients.

The effective date of the MSP application must be the same date as the Extra Help application. Signatures will not be required from clients. In cases where the SSA data is incomplete, NYSDOH will forward what is collected to the local district for completion of an MSP application.

The State implementing procedures are in DOH 2010 ADM-03. Also see CMS "Dear State Medicaid Director" letter dated Feb. 18, 2010 Benefit 2.

MSPs Automatically Waive Late Enrollment Penalties for Part B Generally one must enroll in Part B within the strict enrollment periods after turning age 65 or after 24 months of Social Security Disability. An exception is if you or your spouse are still working and insured under an employer sponsored group health plan, or if you have End Stage Renal Disease, and other factors, see this from Medicare Rights Center. If you fail to enroll within those short periods, you might have to pay higher Part B premiums for life as a Late Enrollment Penalty (LEP).

Also, you may only enroll in Part B during the Annual Enrollment Period from January 1 - March 31st each year, with Part B not effective until the following July. Enrollment in an MSP automatically eliminates such penalties... For life..

Even if one later ceases to be eligible for the MSP. AND enrolling in an MSP will automatically result in becoming enrolled in Part B if you didn't already have it and only had Part A. See Medicare Rights Center flyer.

Benefit 3. No Medicaid Lien on Estate to Recover MSP Benefits Paid Generally speaking, states may place liens on the Estates of deceased Medicaid recipients to recover the cost of Medicaid services that were provided after the recipient reached the age of 55. Since 2002, states have not been allowed to recover the cost of Medicare premiums paid under MSPs.

In 2010, Congress expanded protection for MSP benefits. Beginning on January 1, 2010, states may not place liens on the Estates of Medicaid recipients who died after January 1, 2010 to recover costs for co-insurance paid under the QMB MSP program for services rendered after January 1, 2010. The federal government made this change in order to eliminate barriers to enrollment in MSPs.

See NYS DOH GIS 10-MA-008 - Medicare Savings Program Changes in Estate Recovery The GIS clarifies that a client who receives both QMB and full Medicaid is exempt from estate recovery for these Medicare cost-sharing expenses. Benefit 4. SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits not reduced despite increased income from MSP - at least temporarily Many people receive both SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits and MSP.

Income for purposes of SNAP/Food Stamps is reduced by a deduction for medical expenses, which includes payment of the Part B premium. Since approval for an MSP means that the client no longer pays for the Part B premium, his/her SNAP/Food Stamps income goes up, so their SNAP/Food Stamps go down. Here are some protections.

Do these individuals have to report to their SNAP worker that their out of pocket medical costs have decreased?. And will the household see a reduction in their SNAP benefits, since the decrease in medical expenses will increase their countable income?. The good news is that MSP households do NOT have to report the decrease in their medical expenses to the SNAP/Food Stamp office until their next SNAP/Food Stamp recertification.

Even if they do report the change, or the local district finds out because the same worker is handling both the MSP and SNAP case, there should be no reduction in the household’s benefit until the next recertification. New York’s SNAP policy per administrative directive 02 ADM-07 is to “freeze” the deduction for medical expenses between certification periods. Increases in medical expenses can be budgeted at the household’s request, but NYS never decreases a household’s medical expense deduction until the next recertification.

Most elderly and disabled households have 24-month SNAP certification periods. Eventually, though, the decrease in medical expenses will need to be reported when the household recertifies for SNAP, and the household should expect to see a decrease in their monthly SNAP benefit. It is really important to stress that the loss in SNAP benefits is NOT dollar for dollar.

A $100 decrease in out of pocket medical expenses would translate roughly into a $30 drop in SNAP benefits. See more info on SNAP/Food Stamp benefits by the Empire Justice Center, and on the State OTDA website. Some clients will be automatically enrolled in an MSP by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) shortly after attaining eligibility for Medicare.

Others need to apply. The 2010 "MIPPA" law introduced some improvements to increase MSP enrollment. See 3rd bullet below.

Also, some people who had Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act before they became eligible for Medicare have special procedures to have their Part B premium paid before they enroll in an MSP. See below. WHO IS AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED IN AN MSP.

Clients receiving even $1.00 of Supplemental Security Income should be automatically enrolled into a Medicare Savings Program (most often QMB) under New York State’s Medicare Savings Program Buy-in Agreement with the federal government once they become eligible for Medicare. They should receive Medicare Parts A and B. Clients who are already eligible for Medicare when they apply for Medicaid should be automatically assessed for MSP eligibility when they apply for Medicaid.

(NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 and GIS 05 MA 033). Clients who apply to the Social Security Administration for Extra Help, but are rejected, should be contacted &. Enrolled into an MSP by the Medicaid program directly under new MIPPA procedures that require data sharing.

Strategy TIP. Since the Extra Help filing date will be assigned to the MSP application, it may help the client to apply online for Extra Help with the SSA, even knowing that this application will be rejected because of excess assets or other reason. SSA processes these requests quickly, and it will be routed to the State for MSP processing.

Since MSP applications take a while, at least the filing date will be retroactive. Note. The above strategy does not work as well for QMB, because the effective date of QMB is the month after the month of application.

As a result, the retroactive effective date of Extra Help will be the month after the failed Extra Help application for those with QMB rather than SLMB/QI-1. Applying for MSP Directly with Local Medicaid Program. Those who do not have Medicaid already must apply for an MSP through their local social services district.

(See more in Section D. Below re those who already have Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act before they became eligible for Medicare. If you are applying for MSP only (not also Medicaid), you can use the simplified MSP application form (theDOH-4328(Rev.

8/2017-- English) (2017 Spanish version not yet available). Either application form can be mailed in -- there is no interview requirement anymore for MSP or Medicaid. See 10 ADM-04.

Applicants will need to submit proof of income, a copy of their Medicare card (front &. Back), and proof of residency/address. See the application form for other instructions.

One who is only eligible for QI-1 because of higher income may ONLY apply for an MSP, not for Medicaid too. One may not receive Medicaid and QI-1 at the same time. If someone only eligible for QI-1 wants Medicaid, s/he may enroll in and deposit excess income into a pooled Supplemental Needs Trust, to bring her countable income down to the Medicaid level, which also qualifies him or her for SLIMB or QMB instead of QI-1.

Advocates in NYC can sign up for a half-day "Deputization Training" conducted by the Medicare Rights Center, at which you'll be trained and authorized to complete an MSP application and to submit it via the Medicare Rights Center, which submits it to HRA without the client having to apply in person. Enrolling in an MSP if you already have Medicaid, but just become eligible for Medicare Those who, prior to becoming enrolled in Medicare, had Medicaid through Affordable Care Act are eligible to have their Part B premiums paid by Medicaid (or the cost reimbursed) during the time it takes for them to transition to a Medicare Savings Program. In 2018, DOH clarified that reimbursement of the Part B premium will be made regardless of whether the individual is still in a Medicaid managed care (MMC) plan.

GIS 18 MA/001 Medicaid Managed Care Transition for Enrollees Gaining Medicare ( PDF) provides, "Due to efforts to transition individuals who gain Medicare eligibility and who require LTSS, individuals may not be disenrolled from MMC upon receipt of Medicare. To facilitate the transition and not disadvantage the recipient, the Medicaid program is approving reimbursement of Part B premiums for enrollees in MMC." The procedure for getting the Part B premium paid is different for those whose Medicaid was administered by the NYS of Health Exchange (Marketplace), as opposed to their local social services district. The procedure is also different for those who obtain Medicare because they turn 65, as opposed to obtaining Medicare based on disability.

Either way, Medicaid recipients who transition onto Medicare should be automatically evaluated for MSP eligibility at their next Medicaid recertification. NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 Individuals can also affirmatively ask to be enrolled in MSP in between recertification periods. IF CLIENT HAD MEDICAID ON THE MARKETPLACE (NYS of Health Exchange) before obtaining Medicare.

IF they obtain Medicare because they turn age 65, they will receive a letter from their local district asking them to "renew" Medicaid through their local district. See 2014 LCM-02. Now, their Medicaid income limit will be lower than the MAGI limits ($842/ mo reduced from $1387/month) and they now will have an asset test.

For this reason, some individuals may lose full Medicaid eligibility when they begin receiving Medicare. People over age 65 who obtain Medicare do NOT keep "Marketplace Medicaid" for 12 months (continuous eligibility) See GIS 15 MA/022 - Continuous Coverage for MAGI Individuals. Since MSP has NO ASSET limit.

Some individuals may be enrolled in the MSP even if they lose Medicaid, or if they now have a Medicaid spend-down. If a Medicare/Medicaid recipient reports income that exceeds the Medicaid level, districts must evaluate the person’s eligibility for MSP. 08 OHIP/ADM-4 ​If you became eligible for Medicare based on disability and you are UNDER AGE 65, you are entitled to keep MAGI Medicaid for 12 months from the month it was last authorized, even if you now have income normally above the MAGI limit, and even though you now have Medicare.

This is called Continuous Eligibility. EXAMPLE. Sam, age 60, was last authorized for Medicaid on the Marketplace in June 2016.

He became enrolled in Medicare based on disability in August 2016, and started receiving Social Security in the same month (he won a hearing approving Social Security disability benefits retroactively, after first being denied disability). Even though his Social Security is too high, he can keep Medicaid for 12 months beginning June 2016. Sam has to pay for his Part B premium - it is deducted from his Social Security check.

He may call the Marketplace and request a refund. This will continue until the end of his 12 months of continues MAGI Medicaid eligibility. He will be reimbursed regardless of whether he is in a Medicaid managed care plan.

See GIS 18 MA/001 Medicaid Managed Care Transition for Enrollees Gaining Medicare (PDF) When that ends, he will renew Medicaid and apply for MSP with his local district. Individuals who are eligible for Medicaid with a spenddown can opt whether or not to receive MSP. (Medicaid Reference Guide (MRG) p.

19). Obtaining MSP may increase their spenddown. MIPPA - Outreach by Social Security Administration -- Under MIPPA, the SSA sends a form letter to people who may be eligible for a Medicare Savings Program or Extra Help (Low Income Subsidy - LIS) that they may apply.

The letters are. · Beneficiary has Extra Help (LIS), but not MSP · Beneficiary has no Extra Help (LIS) or MSP 6. Enrolling in MSP for People Age 65+ who do Not have Free Medicare Part A - the "Part A Buy-In Program" Seniors WITHOUT MEDICARE PART A or B -- They may be able to enroll in the Part A Buy-In program, in which people eligible for QMB who are age 65+ who do not otherwise have Medicare Part A may enroll in Part A, with Medicaid paying the Part A premium.

See Step-by-Step Guide by the Medicare Rights Center). This guide explains the various steps in "conditionally enrolling" in Part A at the SSA office, which must be done before applying for QMB at the Medicaid office, which will then pay the Part A premium. See also GIS 04 MA/013.

In June, 2018, the SSA revised the POMS manual procedures for the Part A Buy-In to to address inconsistencies and confusion in SSA field offices and help smooth the path for QMB enrollment. The procedures are in the POMS Section HI 00801.140 "Premium-Free Part A Enrollments for Qualified Medicare BenefiIaries." It includes important clarifications, such as. SSA Field Offices should explain the QMB program and conditional enrollment process if an individual lacks premium-free Part A and appears to meet QMB requirements.

SSA field offices can add notes to the “Remarks” section of the application and provide a screen shot to the individual so the individual can provide proof of conditional Part A enrollment when applying for QMB through the state Medicaid program. Beneficiaries are allowed to complete the conditional application even if they owe Medicare premiums. In Part A Buy-in states like NYS, SSA should process conditional applications on a rolling basis (without regard to enrollment periods), even if the application coincides with the General Enrollment Period.

(The General Enrollment Period is from Jan 1 to March 31st every year, in which anyone eligible may enroll in Medicare Part A or Part B to be effective on July 1st). 7. What happens after the MSP approval - How is Part B premium paid For all three MSP programs, the Medicaid program is now responsible for paying the Part B premiums, even though the MSP enrollee is not necessarily a recipient of Medicaid.

The local Medicaid office (DSS/HRA) transmits the MSP approval to the NYS Department of Health – that information gets shared w/ SSA and CMS SSA stops deducting the Part B premiums out of the beneficiary’s Social Security check. SSA also refunds any amounts owed to the recipient. (Note.

) CMS “deems” the MSP recipient eligible for Part D Extra Help/ Low Income Subsidy (LIS). ​Can the MSP be retroactive like Medicaid, back to 3 months before the application?. ​The answer is different for the 3 MSP programs.

QMB -No Retroactive Eligibility – Benefits begin the month after the month of the MSP application. 18 NYCRR § 360-7.8(b)(5) SLIMB - YES - Retroactive Eligibility up to 3 months before the application, if was eligible This means applicant may be reimbursed for the 3 months of Part B benefits prior to the month of application. QI-1 - YES up to 3 months but only in the same calendar year.

No retroactive eligibility to the previous year. 7. QMBs -Special Rules on Cost-Sharing.

QMB is the only MSP program which pays not only the Part B premium, but also the Medicare co-insurance. However, there are limitations. First, co-insurance will only be paid if the provide accepts Medicaid.

Not all Medicare provides accept Medicaid. Second, under recent changes in New York law, Medicaid will not always pay the Medicare co-insurance, even to a Medicaid provider. But even if the provider does not accept Medicaid, or if Medicaid does not pay the full co-insurance, the provider is banned from "balance billing" the QMB beneficiary for the co-insurance.

Click here for an article that explains all of these rules. This article was authored by the Empire Justice Center.THE PROBLEM. Meet Joe, whose Doctor has Billed him for the Medicare Coinsurance Joe Client is disabled and has SSD, Medicaid and Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB).

His health care is covered by Medicare, and Medicaid and the QMB program pick up his Medicare cost-sharing obligations. Under Medicare Part B, his co-insurance is 20% of the Medicare-approved charge for most outpatient services. He went to the doctor recently and, as with any other Medicare beneficiary, the doctor handed him a bill for his co-pay.

Now Joe has a bill that he can’t pay. Read below to find out -- SHORT ANSWER. QMB or Medicaid will pay the Medicare coinsurance only in limited situations.

First, the provider must be a Medicaid provider. Second, even if the provider accepts Medicaid, under recent legislation in New York enacted in 2015 and 2016, QMB or Medicaid may pay only part of the coinsurance, or none at all. This depends in part on whether the beneficiary has Original Medicare or is in a Medicare Advantage plan, and in part on the type of service.

However, the bottom line is that the provider is barred from "balance billing" a QMB beneficiary for the Medicare coinsurance. Unfortunately, this creates tension between an individual and her doctors, pharmacies dispensing Part B medications, and other providers. Providers may not know they are not allowed to bill a QMB beneficiary for Medicare coinsurance, since they bill other Medicare beneficiaries.

Even those who know may pressure their patients to pay, or simply decline to serve them. These rights and the ramifications of these QMB rules are explained in this article. CMS is doing more education about QMB Rights.

The Medicare Handbook, since 2017, gives information about QMB Protections. Download the 2020 Medicare Handbook here. See pp.

53, 86. 1. To Which Providers will QMB or Medicaid Pay the Medicare Co-Insurance?.

"Providers must enroll as Medicaid providers in order to bill Medicaid for the Medicare coinsurance." CMS Informational Bulletin issued January 6, 2012, titled "Billing for Services Provided to Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs). The CMS bulletin states, "If the provider wants Medicaid to pay the coinsurance, then the provider must register as a Medicaid provider under the state rules." If the provider chooses not to enroll as a Medicaid provider, they still may not "balance bill" the QMB recipient for the coinsurance. 2.

How Does a Provider that DOES accept Medicaid Bill for a QMB Beneficiary?. If beneficiary has Original Medicare -- The provider bills Medicaid - even if the QMB Beneficiary does not also have Medicaid. Medicaid is required to pay the provider for all Medicare Part A and B cost-sharing charges, even if the service is normally not covered by Medicaid (ie, chiropractic, podiatry and clinical social work care).

Whatever reimbursement Medicaid pays the provider constitutes by law payment in full, and the provider cannot bill the beneficiary for any difference remaining. 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(n)(3)(A), NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 If the QMB beneficiary is in a Medicare Advantage plan - The provider bills the Medicare Advantage plan, then bills Medicaid for the balance using a “16” code to get paid.

The provider must include the amount it received from Medicare Advantage plan. 3. For a Provider who accepts Medicaid, How Much of the Medicare Coinsurance will be Paid for a QMB or Medicaid Beneficiary in NYS?.

The answer to this question has changed by laws enacted in 2015 and 2016. In the proposed 2019 State Budget, Gov. Cuomo has proposed to reduce how much Medicaid pays for the Medicare costs even further.

The amount Medicaid pays is different depending on whether the individual has Original Medicare or is a Medicare Advantage plan, with better payment for those in Medicare Advantage plans. The answer also differs based on the type of service. Part A Deductibles and Coinsurance - Medicaid pays the full Part A hospital deductible ($1,408 in 2020) and Skilled Nursing Facility coinsurance ($176/day) for days 20 - 100 of a rehab stay.

Full payment is made for QMB beneficiaries and Medicaid recipients who have no spend-down. Payments are reduced if the beneficiary has a Medicaid spend-down. For in-patient hospital deductible, Medicaid will pay only if six times the monthly spend-down has been met.

For example, if Mary has a $200/month spend down which has not been met otherwise, Medicaid will pay only $164 of the hospital deductible (the amount exceeding 6 x $200). See more on spend-down here. Medicare Part B - Deductible - Currently, Medicaid pays the full Medicare approved charges until the beneficiary has met the annual deductible, which is $198 in 2020.

For example, Dr. John charges $500 for a visit, for which the Medicare approved charge is $198. Medicaid pays the entire $198, meeting the deductible.

If the beneficiary has a spend-down, then the Medicaid payment would be subject to the spend-down. In the 2019 proposed state budget, Gov. Cuomo proposed to reduce the amount Medicaid pays toward the deductible to the same amount paid for coinsurance during the year, described below.

This proposal was REJECTED by the state legislature. Co-Insurance - The amount medicaid pays in NYS is different for Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage. If individual has Original Medicare, QMB/Medicaid will pay the 20% Part B coinsurance only to the extent the total combined payment the provider receives from Medicare and Medicaid is the lesser of the Medicaid or Medicare rate for the service.

For example, if the Medicare rate for a service is $100, the coinsurance is $20. If the Medicaid rate for the same service is only $80 or less, Medicaid would pay nothing, as it would consider the doctor fully paid = the provider has received the full Medicaid rate, which is lesser than the Medicare rate. Exceptions - Medicaid/QMB wil pay the full coinsurance for the following services, regardless of the Medicaid rate.

ambulance and psychologists - The Gov's 2019 proposal to eliminate these exceptions was rejected. hospital outpatient clinic, certain facilities operating under certificates issued under the Mental Hygiene Law for people with developmental disabilities, psychiatric disability, and chemical dependence (Mental Hygiene Law Articles 16, 31 or 32). SSL 367-a, subd.

1(d)(iii)-(v) , as amended 2015 If individual is in a Medicare Advantage plan, 85% of the copayment will be paid to the provider (must be a Medicaid provider), regardless of how low the Medicaid rate is. This limit was enacted in the 2016 State Budget, and is better than what the Governor proposed - which was the same rule used in Original Medicare -- NONE of the copayment or coinsurance would be paid if the Medicaid rate was lower than the Medicare rate for the service, which is usually the case. This would have deterred doctors and other providers from being willing to treat them.

SSL 367-a, subd. 1(d)(iv), added 2016. EXCEPTIONS.

The Medicare Advantage plan must pay the full coinsurance for the following services, regardless of the Medicaid rate. ambulance ) psychologist ) The Gov's proposal in the 2019 budget to eliminate these exceptions was rejected by the legislature Example to illustrate the current rules. The Medicare rate for Mary's specialist visit is $185.

The Medicaid rate for the same service is $120. Current rules (since 2016). Medicare Advantage -- Medicare Advantage plan pays $135 and Mary is charged a copayment of $50 (amount varies by plan).

Medicaid pays the specialist 85% of the $50 copayment, which is $42.50. The doctor is prohibited by federal law from "balance billing" QMB beneficiaries for the balance of that copayment. Since provider is getting $177.50 of the $185 approved rate, provider will hopefully not be deterred from serving Mary or other QMBs/Medicaid recipients.

Original Medicare - The 20% coinsurance is $37. Medicaid pays none of the coinsurance because the Medicaid rate ($120) is lower than the amount the provider already received from Medicare ($148). For both Medicare Advantage and Original Medicare, if the bill was for a ambulance or psychologist, Medicaid would pay the full 20% coinsurance regardless of the Medicaid rate.

The proposal to eliminate this exception was rejected by the legislature in 2019 budget. . 4.

May the Provider 'Balance Bill" a QMB Benficiary for the Coinsurance if Provider Does Not Accept Medicaid, or if Neither the Patient or Medicaid/QMB pays any coinsurance?. No. Balance billing is banned by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

42 U.S.C. § 1396a(n)(3)(A). In an Informational Bulletin issued January 6, 2012, titled "Billing for Services Provided to Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs)," the federal Medicare agency - CMS - clarified that providers MAY NOT BILL QMB recipients for the Medicare coinsurance.

This is true whether or not the provider is registered as a Medicaid provider. If the provider wants Medicaid to pay the coinsurance, then the provider must register as a Medicaid provider under the state rules. This is a change in policy in implementing Section 1902(n)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act (the Act), as modified by section 4714 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which prohibits Medicare providers from balance-billing QMBs for Medicare cost-sharing.

The CMS letter states, "All Medicare physicians, providers, and suppliers who offer services and supplies to QMBs are prohibited from billing QMBs for Medicare cost-sharing, including deductible, coinsurance, and copayments. This section of the Act is available at. CMCS Informational Bulletin http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/ssact/title19/1902.htm.

QMBs have no legal obligation to make further payment to a provider or Medicare managed care plan for Part A or Part B cost sharing. Providers who inappropriately bill QMBs for Medicare cost-sharing are subject to sanctions. Please note that the statute referenced above supersedes CMS State Medicaid Manual, Chapter 3, Eligibility, 3490.14 (b), which is no longer in effect, but may be causing confusion about QMB billing." The same information was sent to providers in this Medicare Learning Network bulletin, last revised in June 26, 2018.

CMS reminded Medicare Advantage plans of the rule against Balance Billing in the 2017 Call Letter for plan renewals. See this excerpt of the 2017 call letter by Justice in Aging - Prohibition on Billing Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees for Medicare Cost Sharing 5. How do QMB Beneficiaries Show a Provider that they have QMB and cannot be Billed for the Coinsurance?.

It can be difficult to show a provider that one is a QMB. It is especially difficult for providers who are not Medicaid providers to identify QMB's, since they do not have access to online Medicaid eligibility systems Consumers can now call 1-800-MEDICARE to verify their QMB Status and report a billing issue. If a consumer reports a balance billng problem to this number, the Customer Service Rep can escalate the complaint to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), which will send a compliance letter to the provider with a copy to the consumer.

See CMS Medicare Learning Network Bulletin effective Dec. 16, 2016. Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs) that Medicare beneficiaries receive every three months state that QMBs have no financial liability for co-insurance for each Medicare-covered service listed on the MSN.

The Remittance Advice (RA) that Medicare sends to providers shows the same information. By spelling out billing protections on a service-by-service basis, the MSNs provide clarity for both the QMB beneficiary and the provider. Justice in Aging has posted samples of what the new MSNs look like here.

They have also updated Justice in Aging’s Improper Billing Toolkit to incorporate references to the MSNs in its model letters that you can use to advocate for clients who have been improperly billed for Medicare-covered services. CMS is implementing systems changes that will notify providers when they process a Medicare claim that the patient is QMB and has no cost-sharing liability. The Medicare Summary Notice sent to the beneficiary will also state that the beneficiary has QMB and no liability.

These changes were scheduled to go into effect in October 2017, but have been delayed. Read more about them in this Justice in Aging Issue Brief on New Strategies in Fighting Improper Billing for QMBs (Feb. 2017).

QMBs are issued a Medicaid benefit card (by mail), even if they do not also receive Medicaid. The card is the mechanism for health care providers to bill the QMB program for the Medicare deductibles and co-pays. Unfortunately, the Medicaid card dos not indicate QMB eligibility.

Not all people who have Medicaid also have QMB (they may have higher incomes and "spend down" to the Medicaid limits. Advocates have asked for a special QMB card, or a notation on the Medicaid card to show that the individual has QMB. See this Report - a National Survey on QMB Identification Practices published by Justice in Aging, authored by Peter Travitsky, NYLAG EFLRP staff attorney.

The Report, published in March 2017, documents how QMB beneficiaries could be better identified in order to ensure providers do not bill them improperly. 6. If you are Billed -​ Strategies Consumers can now call 1-800-MEDICARE to report a billing issue.

If a consumer reports a balance billng problem to this number, the Customer Service Rep can escalate the complaint to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), which will send a compliance letter to the provider with a copy to the consumer. See CMS Medicare Learning Network Bulletin effective Dec. 16, 2016.

Send a letter to the provider, using the Justice In Aging Model model letters to providers to explain QMB rights.​​​ both for Original Medicare (Letters 1-2) and Medicare Advantage (Letters 3-5) - see Overview of model letters. Include a link to the CMS Medicare Learning Network Notice. Prohibition on Balance Billing Dually Eligible Individuals Enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program (revised June 26.

2018) In January 2017, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau issued this guide to QMB billing. A consumer who has a problem with debt collection, may also submit a complaint online or call the CFPB at 1-855-411-2372. TTY/TDD users can call 1-855-729-2372.

Medicare Advantage members should complain to their Medicare Advantage plan. In its 2017 Call Letter, CMS stressed to Medicare Advantage contractors that federal regulations at 42 C.F.R. § 422.504 (g)(1)(iii), require that provider contracts must prohibit collection of deductibles and co-payments from dual eligibles and QMBs.

Toolkit to Help Protect QMB Rights ​​In July 2015, CMS issued a report, "Access to Care Issues Among Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB's)" documenting how pervasive illegal attempts to bill QMBs for the Medicare coinsurance, including those who are members of managed care plans. Justice in Aging, a national advocacy organization, has a project to educate beneficiaries about balance billing and to advocate for stronger protections for QMBs. Links to their webinars and other resources is at this link.

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2015 Central $382 Long Island $1,147 NYC $1,001 Northeastern $440 N. Metropolitan $791 Rochester $388 Western $336 2014 rate -- GIS-14-MA/017 HOW DOES IT WORK?. Here is a sample budget for a single person in NYC with Social Security income of $2,386/month paying a Medigap premium of $261/mo.

Gross monthly income $2,575.50 DEDUCT Health insurance premiums (Medicare Part B) - 135.50 (Medigap) - 261.00 DEDUCT Unearned income disregard - 20 DEDUCT Shelter deduction (NYC—2019) - 1,300 DEDUCT Income limit for single (2019) - 859 Excess income or Spend-down $0 WITH NO SPEND-DOWN, May NOT NEED POOLED TRUST!. HOW TO OBTAIN THE HOUSING DISREGARD. When you are ready to leave the nursing home or adult home, or soon after you leave, you or your MLTC plan must request that your local Medicaid program change your Medicaid budget to give you the Housing Disregard.

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GOVERNMENT DIRECTIVES (beginning with oldest). NYS DOH 12- ADM-05 - Special Income Standard for Housing Expenses for Individuals Discharged from a Nursing Facility who Enroll into the Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) Program Attachment II - OHIP-0057 - Notice of Intent to Change Medicaid Coverage, (Recipient Discharged from a Skilled Nursing Facility and Enrolled in a Managed Long Term Care Plan) Attachment III - Attachment III – OHIP-0058 - Notice of Intent to Change Medicaid Coverage, (Recipient Disenrolled from a Managed Long Term Care Plan, No Special Income Standard) MLTC Policy 13.02. MLTC Housing Disregard NYC HRA Medicaid Alert Special Income Standard for housing expenses NH-MLTC 2-9-2013.pdf 2018-07-28 HRA MICSA ALERT Special Income Standard for Housing Expenses for Individuals Discharged from a Nursing Facility and who Enroll into the MLTC Program - update on previous policy.

References Form MAP-259f (revised 7-31-18)(page 7 of PDF)(Discharge Notice) - NH must file with HRA upon discharge, certifying resident was informed of availability of this disregard. GIS 18 MA/012 - Special Income Standard for Housing Expenses for Certain Managed Long-Term Care Enrollees Who are Discharged from a Nursing Home issued Sept. 28, 2018 - this finally implements the most recent Special Terms &.

Conditions of the CMS 1115 Waiver that governs the MLTC program, dated Jan. 19, 2017. The section on this income standard is at pages 26-27.

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COVID-19 has evolved rapidly buy diflucan one online into a pandemic with global impacts. However, as the pandemic has developed, it has become increasingly evident that the risks of COVID-19, both in terms of infection rates and particularly of severe complications, buy diflucan one online are not equal across all members of society. While general risk factors for hospital admission with COVID-19 infection include age, male sex and specific comorbidities (eg, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes), there is increasing evidence that people identifying with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groupsi have disproportionately higher risks of being adversely affected by COVID-19 in the UK and the USA. The ethnic disparities include overall numbers of cases, as well as the relative numbers of critical care admissions and deaths.1In the area of mental health, for people from BAME groups, even before the current pandemic there were already significant mental health inequalities.2 These inequalities have been increased by the buy diflucan one online pandemic in several ways.

The constraints of quarantine have made access to traditional face-to-face support from mental health services more difficult in general. This difficulty will increase pre-existing inequalities where there buy diflucan one online are challenges to engaging people in care and in providing early access to services. The restrictions may also reduce the flexibility of care offers, given the need for social isolation, limiting non-essential travel and closure of routine clinics. The service impacts are compounded by constraints buy diflucan one online on the use of non-traditional or alternative routes to care and support.In addition, there is growing evidence of specific mental health consequences from significant COVID-19 infection, with increased rates of not only post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, but also specific neuropsychiatric symptoms.3 Given the higher risks of mental illnesses and complex care needs among ethnic minorities and also in deprived inner city areas, COVID-19 seems to deliver a double blow.

Physical and mental health vulnerabilities are inextricably linked, especially as a significant proportion of healthcare workers (including in mental health services) in the UK are from BAME groups.Focusing on mental health, there is very little COVID-19-specific guidance on the needs of patients in the BAME group. The risk to staff in general healthcare (including mental healthcare) is a particular concern, and in response, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and NHS England have produced a report on the impact of COVID-19 on BAME staff in mental healthcare settings, with guidance on assessment and management of risk using an associated risk assessment tool for staff.4 5However, there is little buy diflucan one online formal guidance for the busy clinician in balancing different risks for individual mental health patients and treating appropriately. Thus, for example, an inpatient clinician may want to know whether a patient who is older, has additional comorbidities and is from an ethnic background, should be started on one antipsychotic medication or another, or whether treatments such as vitamin D prophylaxis or treatment and venous thromboembolism prevention should be started earlier in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. While syntheses of the existing guidelines are available about COVID-19 and mental health,6 7 there is nothing specific about the healthcare needs of patients from ethnic minorities during the pandemic.To fill this gap, we propose three core actions that may help:Ensure good information and psychoeducation buy diflucan one online packages are made available to those with English as a second language, and ensure health beliefs and knowledge are based on the best evidence available.

Address culturally grounded explanatory models and illness perceptions to allay fears and worry, and ensure timely access to testing and care if needed.Maintain levels of service, flexibility in care packages, and personal relationships with buy diflucan one online patients and carers from ethnic minority backgrounds in order to continue existing care and to identify changes needed to respond to worsening of mental health.Consider modifications to existing interventions such as psychological therapies and pharmacotherapy. Have a high index of suspicion to take into account emerging physical health problems and the greater risk of serious consequences of COVID-19 in ethnic minority people with pre-existing chronic conditions and vulnerability factors.These actions are based on clinical common sense, but guidance in this area should be provided on the basis of good evidence. There has already been a call for urgent research in the area of COVID-19 and mental health8 and also a clear need buy diflucan one online for specific research focusing on the post-COVID-19 mental health needs of people from the BAME group. Research also needs to recognise the diverse range of different people, with different needs and vulnerabilities, who are grouped under the multidimensional term BAME, including people from different generations, first-time migrants, people from Africa, India, the Caribbean and, more recently, migrants from Eastern Europe.

Application of a race equality impact assessment to all research questions and methodology has recently been proposed as a first step buy diflucan one online in this process.2 At this early stage, the guidance for assessing risks of COVID-19 for health professionals is also useful for patients, until more refined decision support and prediction tools are developed. A recent Public Health England report on ethnic minorities and COVID-199 recommends better recording of ethnicity data in health and social care, and goes further to suggest this should also apply to death certificates. Furthermore, the report recommends more participatory and experience-based research to understand causes and consequences of pre-existing multimorbidity and COVID-19 infection, integrated care systems that work well for susceptible and marginalised groups, culturally competent health promotion, prevention and occupational risk assessments, and recovery strategies to mitigate the risks of widening inequalities as we come out of restrictions.Primary data collection will need to cover not only hospital admissions but also data from primary care, linking information on mental health, buy diflucan one online COVID-19 and ethnicity. We already have research and specific guidance emerging on other risk factors, such as age and gender.

Now we also need to focus on an buy diflucan one online equally important aspect of vulnerability. As clinicians, we need to balance the relative risks for each of our patients, so that we can act promptly and proactively in response to their individual needs.10 For this, we need evidence-based guidance to ensure we are balancing every risk appropriately and without bias.Footnotei While we have used the term ‘people identifying with BAME groups’, we recognise that this is a multidimensional group and includes vast differences in culture, identity, heritage and histories contained within this abbreviated term..

COVID-19 has evolved rapidly into a pandemic with cheap diflucan pills global impacts. However, as the pandemic has developed, it has become increasingly cheap diflucan pills evident that the risks of COVID-19, both in terms of infection rates and particularly of severe complications, are not equal across all members of society. While general risk factors for hospital admission with COVID-19 infection include age, male sex and specific comorbidities (eg, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes), there is increasing evidence that people identifying with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groupsi have disproportionately higher risks of being adversely affected by COVID-19 in the UK and the USA.

The ethnic disparities include overall numbers of cases, as well cheap diflucan pills as the relative numbers of critical care admissions and deaths.1In the area of mental health, for people from BAME groups, even before the current pandemic there were already significant mental health inequalities.2 These inequalities have been increased by the pandemic in several ways. The constraints of quarantine have made access to traditional face-to-face support from mental health services more difficult in general. This difficulty will increase pre-existing inequalities where there are challenges cheap diflucan pills to engaging people in care and in providing early access to services.

The restrictions may also reduce the flexibility of care offers, given the need for social isolation, limiting non-essential travel and closure of routine clinics. The service impacts are compounded by constraints on the use of non-traditional or alternative routes to care and support.In addition, there is growing evidence of specific mental health consequences from significant COVID-19 infection, with cheap diflucan pills increased rates of not only post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, but also specific neuropsychiatric symptoms.3 Given the higher risks of mental illnesses and complex care needs among ethnic minorities and also in deprived inner city areas, COVID-19 seems to deliver a double blow. Physical and mental health vulnerabilities are inextricably linked, especially as a significant proportion of healthcare workers (including in mental health services) in the UK are from BAME groups.Focusing on mental health, there is very little COVID-19-specific guidance on the needs of patients in the BAME group.

The risk to staff in general healthcare (including cheap diflucan pills mental healthcare) is a particular concern, and in response, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and NHS England have produced a report on the impact of COVID-19 on BAME staff in mental healthcare settings, with guidance on assessment and management of risk using an associated risk assessment tool for staff.4 5However, there is little formal guidance for the busy clinician in balancing different risks for individual mental health patients and treating appropriately. Thus, for example, an inpatient clinician may want to know whether a patient who is older, has additional comorbidities and is from an ethnic background, should be started on one antipsychotic medication or another, or whether treatments such as vitamin D prophylaxis or treatment and venous thromboembolism prevention should be started earlier in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. While syntheses of the existing guidelines are available about COVID-19 and mental health,6 7 there is nothing specific about the healthcare needs of patients from ethnic minorities during the pandemic.To fill this gap, we propose three core actions that may help:Ensure good information and psychoeducation packages are made available to those with English as a second language, cheap diflucan pills and ensure health beliefs and knowledge are based on the best evidence available.

Address culturally grounded explanatory models and illness perceptions to allay fears and worry, and ensure timely access to testing and care if needed.Maintain levels of service, flexibility in care packages, and personal relationships with patients and cheap diflucan pills carers from ethnic minority backgrounds in order to continue existing care and to identify changes needed to respond to worsening of mental health.Consider modifications to existing interventions such as psychological therapies and pharmacotherapy. Have a high index of suspicion to take into account emerging physical health problems and the greater risk of serious consequences of COVID-19 in ethnic minority people with pre-existing chronic conditions and vulnerability factors.These actions are based on clinical common sense, but guidance in this area should be provided on the basis of good evidence. There has already been a call for urgent research in the area of COVID-19 and mental health8 and also a clear need for specific research focusing on the post-COVID-19 mental health needs of cheap diflucan pills people from the BAME group.

Research also needs to recognise the diverse range of different people, with different needs and vulnerabilities, who are grouped under the multidimensional term BAME, including people from different generations, first-time migrants, people from Africa, India, the Caribbean and, more recently, migrants from Eastern Europe. Application of a race equality impact assessment to all research questions and methodology has recently been proposed as a first step in this process.2 cheap diflucan pills At this early stage, the guidance for assessing risks of COVID-19 for health professionals is also useful for patients, until more refined decision support and prediction tools are developed. A recent Public Health England report on ethnic minorities and COVID-199 recommends better recording of ethnicity data in health and social care, and goes further to suggest this should also apply to death certificates.

Furthermore, the cheap diflucan pills report recommends more participatory and experience-based research to understand causes and consequences of pre-existing multimorbidity and COVID-19 infection, integrated care systems that work well for susceptible and marginalised groups, culturally competent health promotion, prevention and occupational risk assessments, and recovery strategies to mitigate the risks of widening inequalities as we come out of restrictions.Primary data collection will need to cover not only hospital admissions but also data from primary care, linking information on mental health, COVID-19 and ethnicity. We already have research and specific guidance emerging on other risk factors, such as age and gender. Now we also need to focus cheap diflucan pills on an equally important aspect of vulnerability.

As clinicians, we need to balance the relative risks for each of our patients, so that we can act promptly and proactively in response to their individual needs.10 For this, we need evidence-based guidance to ensure we are balancing every risk appropriately and without bias.Footnotei While we have used the term ‘people identifying with BAME groups’, we recognise that this is a multidimensional group and includes vast differences in culture, identity, heritage and histories contained within this abbreviated term..

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After watching a parent succumb to the deleterious effects of Alzheimer's disease, it's only natural to wonder if you might be can you take azo yeast with diflucan doomed to the same fate. The good news?. That's can you take azo yeast with diflucan not necessarily the case.

The bad news, however, is that the disease is so prevalent your overall risk is still relatively high — especially as you age. At 65, can you take azo yeast with diflucan you have a roughly 3 percent chance of contracting Alzheimer's disease each year. This bumps up to a 17 percent chance after your 75th birthday, and increases to a roughly one in three chance you'll develop Alzheimer's after the age of 85.

Experts agree that family history elevates the risk, particularly if you have more than one parent or sibling with the disease, but they disagree on how much. Some studies indicate the risk hovers at around 30 percent, while others estimate an up to two or four times increased risk can you take azo yeast with diflucan. Early onset Alzheimer's — which typically strikes individuals between the ages of 40 and 65 — has a more easily understood genetic link, with a 50 percent chance the child of an Alzheimer's patient will also be diagnosed with the disease.

Read More:Why Do Women Get can you take azo yeast with diflucan Alzheimer’s More Than Men?. How Did Alzheimer's Disease Get Its Name?. Are We Close to Curing Alzheimer’s Disease?.

However, a combination of can you take azo yeast with diflucan genetic and environmental factors come into play for the more common late-onset variation, says Rita Guerreiro, a neurogeneticist at the Van Andel Institute. Which makes things even more difficult to predict. €œMany people can you take azo yeast with diflucan who have relatives with [Alzheimer's] never develop the disease, and many without a family history of the disease do develop it,” says Guerreiro.Interested in tipping the odds in your favor?.

Some scientists think keeping your mind active, consuming a diet low in red meat and sugar and exercising regularly could help keep the memory-zapping disease at bay.Late fall and early winter typically mean a flurry of holiday travel and get-togethers for a lot of people. But this year will be anything but normal. Making plans is more than a matter of shopping around for flight prices or car rental can you take azo yeast with diflucan fees.

Many of us are probably also asking ourselves whether to stay home or see loved ones, and how to stay safe at holiday gatherings. For the lowest risk can you take azo yeast with diflucan of spreading or becoming sick with COVID-19, not traveling is the way to go. However, there might be loved ones who desperately need companionship in the coming months.

€œThere are situations where people will choose, and choose correctly, to go and support those family members,” says Lin H. Chen, director of can you take azo yeast with diflucan the Travel Medicine Center at Mount Auburn Hospital and president of the International Society of Travel Medicine. No matter if you’re going cross-country to see siblings or staying at home with your dog, experts say, remember two things.

Plan ahead and stay flexible.Tackle Logistics FirstFor those interested in interstate travel, first assess whether or not those plans are can you take azo yeast with diflucan feasible. The states you’re going to (and coming back to) might have rules about isolating yourself for two weeks once you arrive. If you live in one of those states but a two-week isolation period isn’t feasible — because you have to go to work or send kids to school, for example — then traveling for the holidays won’t work for you, says Gabriela Andujar Vazquez, can you take azo yeast with diflucan an infectious disease doctor at Tufts Medical Center.

Some states say that isolation requirements don’t apply if you get a negative COVID test. But testing you or your whole family may lie outside your budget if the exams aren’t covered by insurance, Andujar Vazquez says. Factor those financial decisions into your travel plans, can you take azo yeast with diflucan too.If you do decide to travel, choose driving over flying if you can.

Busy rest stops might mean confronting crowds of other highway travelers, Chen says. However, compared to the entire process of flying — getting can you take azo yeast with diflucan to an airport and waiting in lines repeatedly — driving likely means fewer crowds overall. €œThink about precautions through this journey,” Chen says, “not just on the plane, train, bus or car.”Airplanes themselves receive a lot of attention as potential virus spreaders.

But Chen says there are three instances of infected individuals spreading the disease to two or more people on a flight. Those transmissions happened before any airline can you take azo yeast with diflucan required passengers to wear masks. Since then, other interventions like leaving seats open, disinfecting often and updated air filtration have been introduced on airplanes, too.

Though there’s no data yet on how effective these combined intervention strategies are, “the fact that we haven’t heard about masked can you take azo yeast with diflucan transmission on recent flights is also reassuring,” Chen says. On the Big DayOdds are you’re debating travel plans for the sake of a big family meal. Or even if you’re staying local, you might try and work something out with friends and relatives nearby.

Both Chen and Andujar Vazquez emphasize that no matter which you choose, keep up the COVID-19 precautions once can you take azo yeast with diflucan you’re all together. Generally, the smaller the gathering (and the fewer number of households), the better. Keep activities can you take azo yeast with diflucan outdoors if you can, seat groups apart, and keep masks on while not eating.

You might also consider new ways to keep everyone fed. The typical buffet serving style can mean a lot of utensil sharing, so maybe opt for single-serving portioning or have everyone wash or sanitize hands before and after touching communal dishes. And as fun as it might be to play bartender, maybe choose a BYOB policy can you take azo yeast with diflucan as well.

Oh, and “no one should be coming sick,” Andujar Vazquez says. €œYou cannot say that enough.”These might sound like a lot of holiday modifications, which is why it’s important to discuss what can you take azo yeast with diflucan the situation will look like before coming together. €œPeople have to feel comfortable talking about these things, because it’s part of our daily life now,” Andujar Vazquez says.

€œHave that conversation before the event happens so people don’t have unexpected surprises or feel unsafe with some sort of behavior.”At the same time, acknowledge that even the most careful planning might fall apart. Your destination can you take azo yeast with diflucan might become a COVID-19 hotspot days before you’re set to arrive, or you or someone in your gathering might start feeling unwell ahead of time. Though it’s easier said than done, accept that plans will change whether you want them to or not — and that celebrations in the coming months will look different than they used to.

€œRealistically, this holiday season is going to be difficult for a lot of people,” says Jonathan Kanter, psychologist and director of the Center for the Science of can you take azo yeast with diflucan Social Connection at the University of Washington. In individuals coping with significant life changes, one of the best predictors of depression is whether or not people can leave former goals behind and adopt new ones, Kanter says. Letting go of old expectations — like how you normally gather with family, for example — can involve can you take azo yeast with diflucan a kind of grieving process.

But recalibrating what you want to get out of a situation is an essential coping skill. €œYou won’t be able to get there unless you breathe and accept that you’re in a new context,” Kanter says. €œWith that can you take azo yeast with diflucan acceptance, hopefully there's a lot of creativity and innovation and grace about how to make it as successful as possible.” The prospect of not seeing loved ones in the coming months might make some people nervous, for themselves and for others.

What's important to remember is that it's possible to make it through — and that future holidays will get better.As flu season creeps up on the Northern Hemisphere, cold and flu relief medications will inevitably fly off store shelves. A natural remedy that shoppers might reach for is elderberry, a small, blackish-purple fruit that companies turn into syrups, lozenges can you take azo yeast with diflucan and gummies. Though therapeutic uses of the berry date back centuries, Michael Macknin, a pediatrician at the Cleveland Clinic, hadn’t heard of using elderberry to treat the flu until a patient’s mother asked him about it.

Some industry-sponsored research claims that the herbal remedy could cut the length of the symptoms by up to four days. For a comparison, Tamiflu, can you take azo yeast with diflucan an FDA-approved treatment, only reduces flu duration by about a single day. €œI said, 'Gee, if that’s really true [about elderberry], it would be a huge benefit,'” Macknin says.

But the effectiveness can you take azo yeast with diflucan and safety of elderberry is still fairly unclear. Unlike the over-the-counter medicines at your local pharmacy, elderberry hasn't been through rigorous FDA testing and approval. However, Macknin and his team recently published a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, which found that elderberry treatments did nothing for flu patients.

This prompts a need for further studies into the remedy — work that unfortunately stands a low chance of can you take azo yeast with diflucan happening in the future, Macknin says. Looking For ProofElderberries are full of chemicals that could be good for your health. Like similar fruits, the berries contain high levels of antioxidants, compounds that shut down can you take azo yeast with diflucan reactions in our bodies that damage cells.

But whether or not elderberry's properties also help immune systems fend off a virus is murky. There are only a handful of studies that have examined if elderberries reduced the severity or duration of the flu. And though some of the work prior to Macknin’s can you take azo yeast with diflucan was well-designed and supported this herbal remedy as a helpful flu aid, at least some — and potentially all — of those studies were funded by elderberry treatment manufacturers.Macknin says an elderberry supplement company provided his team with their products and a placebo version for free, but that the company wasn’t involved in the research beyond that.

Macknin's study is the largest one conducted on elderberry to date, with 87 influenza patients completing the entire treatment course. Participants in the study were also welcome to take Tamiflu, for ethical reasons, as the team didn’t want to exclude anyone from taking a proven can you take azo yeast with diflucan flu therapy. Additionally, each participant took home either a bottle of elderberry syrup or the placebo with instructions on when and how to take it.

The research team called participants every day for a symptom check and to remind them to take their medication.By chance, it turned out that a higher percentage of the patients given elderberry syrup had gotten their flu shot and also chose to take Tamiflu. Since the vaccination can reduce the severity of infection in recipients who can you take azo yeast with diflucan still come down with the flu, the study coincidentally operated in favor of those who took the herbal remedy, Macknin says. Those patients could have dealt with a shorter, less-intense illness because of the Tamiflu and vaccination.

€œEverything was stacked to can you take azo yeast with diflucan have it turn out better [for the elderberry group],” Macknin says, “and it turned out the same.” The researchers found no difference in illness duration or severity between the elderberry and placebo groups. While analyzing the data, the team also found that those on the herbal treatment might have actually fared worse than those on the placebo. The potential for this intervention to actually harm instead of help influenza patients explains why Macknin thinks the therapy needs further research.But, don't expect that work to can you take azo yeast with diflucan happen any time soon.

Researchers are faced with a number of challenges when it comes to studying the efficacy of herbal remedies. For starters, there's little financial incentive to investigate if they actually work. Plant products are challenging to patent, making them less lucrative prospects for pharmaceutical can you take azo yeast with diflucan companies or research organizations to investigate.

Additionally, investigations that try and prove a proposed therapy as an effective drug — like the one Macknin and his team accomplished — are expensive, Macknin says. Those projects need FDA oversight and additional paperwork, components that drive can you take azo yeast with diflucan up study costs. €œIt’s extraordinarily expensive and there’s no money in it for anybody,” Macknin says.Talk To Your DoctorUltimately, research on elderberry therapies for flu patients is a mixed bag, and deserves more attention from scientists.

However, if you still want to discuss elderberry treatments for the flu with your doctor, that’s a conversation you should feel comfortable having, says Erica McIntyre, an expert focused on health and environmental psychology in the School of Public Health at the University of Technology Sydney. Navigating what research says about a particular herbal medicine is challenging for patients and health can you take azo yeast with diflucan practitioners alike. The process is made more complex by the range of similar-sounding products on the market that lack standardized ingredients, McIntyre says.

But when doctors judge or shame patients for asking about non-conventional healthcare interventions, the response can can you take azo yeast with diflucan distance people and push them closer to potentially unproven treatments. Even worse, those individuals might start to keep their herbal remedies a secret. €œIt is that fear about being judged for use of that medication,” McIntyre says, that drives up to 50 percent of people taking herbal treatments to withhold that information from healthcare practitioners.

That’s a dangerous choice, as some herbal and traditional medications can interact and cause health problems.If a physician shames someone for asking about alternative medicines, it’s likely time to find a can you take azo yeast with diflucan new doctor, McIntyre says. Look for someone who will listen to your concerns — whether it's that you feel traditional treatments haven’t worked for you, or that you didn’t like the side effects, the two common reasons people pursue herbal treatments in the first place. €œYou’re not necessarily looking for a doctor that will let you do whatever you want,” McIntyre says, “but that they actually consider you as a patient, can you take azo yeast with diflucan your treatment choices and your treatment priorities, and communicate in a way that’s supportive.” And if a doctor suggests that you avoid a treatment you’re interested in, ask why.

They generally have a good reason, McIntyre says.For now, know that even if your doctor doesn’t support you taking elderberry, there are other proven preventative measures that are worth your while — like the flu shot. Anyone six months or older should get it, Macknin says, and stick to the protocols we’re used to following to prevent COVID-19 infections, like social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing. Those measures also help prevent flu transmission, too — something, so far, no elderberry supplement package can claim.The yearly influenza season threatens to make the COVID-19 pandemic doubly deadly, but can you take azo yeast with diflucan I believe that this isn’t inevitable.There are two commonly given vaccines – the pneumococcal vaccine and the Hib vaccine – that protect against bacterial pneumonias.

These bacteria complicate both influenza and COVID-19, often leading to death. My examination of disease trends and vaccination rates leads me to believe that broader use of the pneumococcal and Hib vaccines could guard against the worst effects of a COVID-19 illness.I am an immunologist and can you take azo yeast with diflucan physiologist interested in the effects of combined infections on immunity. I have reached my insight by juxtaposing two seemingly unrelated puzzles.

Infants and children get SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, but very rarely become hospitalized or die. And case numbers and death rates from COVID-19 began varying greatly from nation to nation and city to city can you take azo yeast with diflucan even before lockdowns began. I wondered why.One night I woke up with a possible answer.

Vaccination rates can you take azo yeast with diflucan. Most children, beginning at age two months, are vaccinated against numerous diseases. Adults less so can you take azo yeast with diflucan.

And, both infant and adult vaccination rates vary widely across the world. Could differences in the rates of vaccination against one or more diseases account for differences in COVID-19 risks?. As someone who had previously investigated other pandemics such as the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918-19 and AIDS, and who has worked with vaccines, I had a strong background for tracking down the relevant data to can you take azo yeast with diflucan test my hypothesis.Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates Correlate With Lower COVID-19 Cases and DeathsI gathered national and some local data on vaccination rates against influenza, polio, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP), tuberculosis (BCG), pneumococci and Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib).

I correlated them with COVID-19 case rates and death rates for 24 nations that had experienced their COVID-19 outbreaks at about the same time. I controlled can you take azo yeast with diflucan for factors such as percentage of the population who were obese, diabetic or elderly.I found that only pneumococcal vaccines afforded statistically significant protection against COVID-19. Nations such as Spain, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Peru and Chile that have the highest COVID-19 rates per million have the poorest pneumococcal vaccination rates among both infants and adults.

Nations with the lowest rates of COVID-19 – Japan, Korea, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand – have the highest rates of pneumococcal vaccination among both infants and adults.A recent preprint study (not yet peer-reviewed) from researchers at the Mayo Clinic has also reported very strong associations between pneumococcal vaccination and protection against COVID-19. This is can you take azo yeast with diflucan especially true among minority patients who are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. The report also suggests that other vaccines, or combinations of vaccines, such as Hib and MMR may also provide protection.These results are important because in the U.S., childhood vaccination against pneumococci – which protects against Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria – varies by state from 74% to 92%.

Although the CDC recommends that all adults 18-64 in high risk groups for COVID-19 and all adults over the age of 65 get a pneumococcal vaccination, only 23% of high-risk adults and 64% of those over the can you take azo yeast with diflucan age of 65 do so.Similarly, although the CDC recommends at all infants and some high-risk adults be vaccinated against Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), only 80.7% of children in the U.S. And a handful of immunologically compromised adults have been. Pneumococcal and Hib vaccination rates are significantly lower in minority populations in the U.S.

And in countries that can you take azo yeast with diflucan have been hit harder by COVID-19 than the U.S.Based on these data, I advocate universal pneumococcal and Hib vaccination among children, at-risk adults and all adults over 65 to prevent serious COVID-19 disease.Left. Combined rates of childhood and adult (over 65) pneumococcal vaccination (out of a possible 200). Right.

Cases (per million) population of COVID-19 at about 90 days into the pandemic for 24 nations. Nations with high pneumococcal vaccination rates have low COVID-19 case rates. (Credit.

CC BY-SA)How Pneumococcal Vaccination Protects Against COVID-19Protection against serious COVID-19 disease by pneumococcal and Hib vaccines makes sense for several reasons. First, recent studies reveal that the majority of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, and in some studies nearly all, are infected with streptococci, which causes pneumococcal pneumonias, Hib or other pneumonia-causing bacteria. Pneumococcal and Hib vaccinations should protect coronavirus patients from these infections and thus significantly cut the risk of serious pneumonia.I also found that pneumococcal, Hib and possibly rubella vaccines may confer specific protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 by means of “molecular mimicry.”Molecular mimicry occurs when the immune system thinks one microbe looks like another.

In this case, proteins found in pneumococcal vaccines and, to a lesser degree, ones found in Hib and rubella vaccines as well look like several proteins produced by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.Two of these proteins found in pneumococcal vaccines mimic the spike and membrane proteins that permit the virus to infect cells. This suggests pneumococcal vaccination may prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection. Two other mimics are the nucleoprotein and replicase that control virus replication.

These proteins are made after viral infection, in which case pneumococcal vaccination may control, but not prevent, SARS-CoV-2 replication.Either way, these vaccines may provide proxy protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection that we can implement right now, even before we have a specific virus vaccine. Such protection may not be complete. People might still suffer a weakened version of COVID-19 but, like most infants and children, be protected against the worst effects of the infection.Fighting Influenza-related Pneumonias During the COVID-19 PandemicWhile the specific protection these other vaccines confer against COVID-19 has not yet been tested in a clinical trial, I advocate broader implementation of pneumococcal and Hib vaccination for one additional, well-validated reason.Pneumococcal and Hib pneumonias – both caused by bacteria – are the major causes of death following viral influenza.

The influenza virus rarely causes death directly. Most often, the virus makes the lungs more susceptible to bacterial pneumonias, which are deadly. Dozens of studies around the world have demonstrated that increasing rates of pneumococcal and Hib vaccination dramatically lowers influenza-related pneumonias.Similar studies demonstrate that the price of using these vaccines is balanced by savings due to lower rates of influenza-related hospitalizations, intensive care unit admissions and deaths.

In the context of COVID-19, lowering rates of influenza-related hospitalizations and ICU admissions would free up resources to fight the coronavirus, independent of any effect these vaccines might have on SARS-CoV-2 itself. In my opinion, that is a winning scenario.In short, we need not wait for a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to slow down COVID-19.I believe that we can and should act now by fighting the coronavirus with all the tools at our disposal, including influenza, Hib, pneumococcal and perhaps rubella vaccinations.Preventing pneumococcal and Hib complications of influenza and COVID-19, and perhaps proxy-vaccinating against SARS-CoV-2 itself, helps everyone. Administering these already available and well-tested pneumococcal and Hib vaccines to people will save money by freeing up hospital beds and ICUs.

It will also improve public health by reducing the spread of multiple infections and boost the economy by nurturing a healthier population.Robert Root-Bernstein is a Professor of Physiology at Michigan State University. This article was originally published on The Conversation under a Creative Commons liscense Read the original here.This story appeared in the November 2020 issue as "Bacteria and the Brain." Subscribe to Discover magazine for more stories like this.It’s not always easy to convince people that the human gut is a sublime and wondrous place worthy of special attention. Sarkis Mazmanian discovered that soon after arriving at Caltech for his first faculty job 14 years ago, when he explained to a local artist what he had in mind for the walls outside his new office.The resulting mural greets visitors to the Mazmanian Lab today.

A vaguely psychedelic, 40-foot-long, tube-shaped colon that’s pink, purple and red snakes down the hallway. In a panel next to it, fluorescent yellow and green bacteria explode out of a deeply inflamed section of the intestinal tract, like radioactive lava from outer space.The mural is modest compared with what the scientist has been working on since. Over the last decade or so, Mazmanian has been a leading proponent of the idea that the flora of the human digestive tract has a far more powerful effect on the human body and mind than we thought — a scientific effort that earned him a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant” in 2012.

Since then, Mazmanian and a small but growing cadre of fellow microbiologists have amassed a tantalizing body of evidence on the microbiome’s role in all kinds of brain disorders, including schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and depression.But the results they’ve seen in autism could, in the end, prove the most transformative. Autism affects about 1 in 59 children in the U.S., and involves profound social withdrawal, communication problems, and sometimes anxiety and aggression. The causes of the brain disorder have remained speculative.

Now, Mazmanian and other researchers are finding that autism may be inextricably linked to — or even caused by — irregularities in the gut microbiome.A Biology StoryAt 47, Mazmanian — with his shaved head, flannel shirt and skinny jeans — resembles a young, urban hipster on his way to write at the local café. Originally, literary life was his plan. Born in Lebanon to two Armenian refugees, neither of whom had more than a first-grade education, Mazmanian landed in the class of an energetic high school English teacher in California’s San Fernando Valley, where his family first settled.

The teacher recognized his gift for language and encouraged him to pursue a career in literature. Mazmanian enrolled at UCLA in 1990, planning to major in English.Everything changed when he took his first biology class. Hunched over his new, thick textbook in the library, reading about basic biological concepts like photosynthesis, Mazmanian felt a vast new world opening up to him.Sarkis Mazmanian, shown in front of a mural that celebrates the human gut, is part of a group of microbiologists researching the effects of the digestive tract on a range of disorders.

(Credit. Caltech)“For the first time in my life, I wanted to turn the page and see where the story was going to go,” he says. €œI think I decided that minute to become a scientist.”Mazmanian was most fascinated by the idea that tiny organisms, invisible to the naked eye, could function as powerful, self-contained machines — powerful enough to take over and destroy the human body.

After graduating with a degree in microbiology, Mazmanian joined a UCLA infectious diseases lab and began studying bacteria that cause staph infections.As his dissertation defense approached, Mazmanian read a one-page commentary penned by a prominent microbiologist, highlighting the fact that our intestines are teeming with hundreds, if not thousands, of different species of bacteria. But it was still largely unknown what they are and how they affect the human body.When Mazmanian dug further, he found that no one had yet answered what seemed to him to be the most obvious question. Why would the human immune system, designed to attack and destroy foreign invaders, allow hundreds of species of bacteria to live and thrive in our guts unmolested?.

To him, the bacteria’s survival implied that we had evolved to coexist with them. And if that were so, he reasoned, there must be some benefit to both the microbes and the human body — a symbiotic relationship. But what was it?.

Gut InvadersMazmanian set out to study the link between gut microbes and the immune system. As a postdoctoral researcher, he joined the lab of Harvard University infectious disease specialist Dennis Kasper.To start, Mazmanian examined how the immune systems of germ-free mice — lab mice completely protected, starting at birth, from all microbes — differed from those of mice with either few or normal levels of microbes. He expected this initial census would be just a first step in a long and arduous quest for scientific pay dirt.

But when he went to examine a printout of his results in the lab, he realized immediately he might already be onto something big. The germ-free mice had a 30 to 40 percent reduction in a specific type of immune cell known as helper T-cells.This colorized close-up of a mouse’s gut reveals the tight relationship between the gut microbe Bacteroides fragilis (red) and the epithelial surface of the colon (blue). (Credit.

Caltech)Since helper T-cells play a key role in coordinating attacks against invading pathogens, the finding suggested that the immune systems of the germ-free mice were far less robust than those found in peers with normal levels of microbes.“That was exciting, right?. € Mazmanian recalls. €œObviously I repeated it and tested it in a number of different ways.

Then I asked the next question. €˜Can I restore the [immune] function in an adult animal?. €™â€‰â€Mazmanian colonized the guts of the immunocompromised, germ-free mice with microbes from standard lab mice.

After receiving the fecal transplant, their T-cell counts shot up. Within a month, their numbers were identical to mice raised outside the germ-free bubble.Resolving to identify the microorganisms causing this transformation, Mazmanian resorted to trial and error. One by one, he added strains of bacteria found in the guts of mice to the guts of germ-free mice.He got nowhere with the first five or six species he examined.

Then, simply because it was convenient, he decided to test one more that was readily available in his lab. Mazmanian’s adviser, Kasper, had been studying a gut microbe called Bacteroides fragilis. When Mazmanian implanted one of Kasper’s specimens into the gut of his germ-free mice, the results were dramatic.

The T-cell numbers spiked to normal. Eventually, Mazmanian demonstrated he could reproduce this effect simply by adding a single molecule that these bacteria produce, called polysaccharide A, to their guts.“There was no logic in the choice whatsoever,” Mazmanian recalls. €œ[B.

Fragilis] was available, it came from the gut.” In other words, he got lucky.Mazmanian dug deeper and discovered that the biggest impact B. Fragilis had was on the population of a subtype of helper T-cells called regulatory, or suppressor, T-cells. These cells play a key role in preventing the immune system from attacking its host body, protecting against autoimmune or inflammatory diseases.

It was the first time any scientist had demonstrated that a single compound from a single microbe could reverse a specific problem with the immune system.To Mazmanian, the finding, published in 2005 in the journal Cell, alluded to new approaches to treating a wide array of autoimmune, inflammatory and allergic disorders. What if it were possible to help a faulty immune system by tweaking a patient’s microbiome?. It was with this exploration in mind that he arrived in Pasadena in 2006 to set up his lab at Caltech.A Convenient CollaborationA few years later, Mazmanian was having lunch on campus with neuroscientist and colleague Paul Patterson.

Patterson had been preoccupied with a mystery that had, for years, confounded those studying autism in humans. When pregnant mothers have a severe infection in the second trimester, their babies are much more likely to develop autism.As Mazmanian tells it, Patterson was a man of few words, and at lunch Mazmanian was “going on and on” about his own work.“You know,” Patterson interjected thoughtfully, “I think kids with autism have GI issues.”Patterson recalled reading that something like 60 percent of children with autism had some form of clinical GI problem, such as bloating, constipation, flatulence or diarrhea. Was it possible, he wondered, that there was a microbiome connection?.

As they talked, Mazmanian’s excitement grew.A few years earlier, Patterson had discovered that when he exposed pregnant mice to pathogens like the influenza virus, they gave birth to pups that grew up more likely to be startled by loud noises, to shy away from social contact and to groom themselves repetitively — symptoms that resemble those of autism. Patterson was in the process of comparing the brains of these autism-mimicking mice with their neurotypical cousins to see if he could detect any differences that might explain how the maternal immune system was somehow interfering with the pups’ brain development.Mazmanian had a suggestion. The next time Patterson sacrificed one of his autistic mice to study their brains, what if he set the intestines aside for his colleague down the hall?.

When the guts arrived in Mazmanian’s lab, he found that the intestines of the neurotypical mice looked normal. But the guts of the autism-mimicking offspring were almost uniformly inflamed. Could it be that the microbiome was the cause of this inflammation?.

And could that, in turn, be somehow connected to the behavioral symptoms?. Throughout the winter and spring of 2012, Mazmanian and Patterson continued their conversation. Mazmanian found distinct differences in the microbiomes of the mice.

And, they noticed, the mice with the features of autism had leaky gut syndrome, an increased permeability of the gut lining that can allow pathogens and allergens to leach out. This condition had also been reported in children with autism.So Mazmanian and Patterson turned their attention outside the gut. They took blood samples to see if any gut microbes, or the compounds they produce, were circulating in the rest of the body.

They homed in on one molecule in particular, called 4-ethylphenyl sulfate, which was roughly 45 times as abundant in the mice that had symptoms of autism. And it looked familiar. Structurally, it was almost identical to a molecule recently found to be significantly elevated in human children with autism.It was enough to take the next step.

Every day for three weeks, Mazmanian injected the molecule, harvested from the mice with autism-like symptoms, directly into the bloodstream of 5-week-old normal lab mice (the age at which the autistic mice normally developed leaky gut). Then Mazmanian and his team gave them a series of behavioral tests. The mice were far more easily startled and were less comfortable in large empty spaces than their untreated peers, indications of an increase in anxiety-related behaviors commonly seen in the mice with autism-like symptoms.

The researchers published their results in Cell in 2013.Though surprising, the data made sense in some ways. Many drug companies rely on small-molecule drugs that can be taken orally, but still manage to cross the blood-brain barrier and affect behavior. It seemed entirely possible that small molecules, created by bacteria in the gut, could enter the bloodstream and reach the brain.

And they don’t even have to leak out of the gut to do so.Of Mice and MenPatterson died in 2014, at age 70, just six months after the publication of the duo’s groundbreaking Cell paper. Around the same time, a series of parallel experiments in a clinic hundreds of miles away was already paving the way forward. While Patterson and Mazmanian had been working in mice, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, a microbiologist at Arizona State University, had teamed up with Jim Adams, who directs the university’s autism and Asperger’s research program, to study humans.The researchers were conducting a detailed analysis of the microbiome of human autism patients and found that the bacteria were far less diverse in the children with autism.

Notably, several important species involved in the digestion of carbohydrates were severely depleted.Krajmalnik-Brown and Adams launched a preliminary trial to test the effects of fecal transplants on 18 children between the ages of 7 and 16 with severe autism, who also had severe GI issues. The researchers administered powerful antibiotics to kill off the microbiomes of the children and followed them with a bowel cleanse. They then replaced the microbes with transplanted flora taken from the guts of healthy neurotypical adult volunteers.The results were better than anyone could have expected.

The procedure resulted in a large reduction in GI symptoms and increased the diversity of bacteria in the children’s guts. But more significantly, their neurological symptoms were reduced. At the onset of the study in 2017, an independent evaluator found 83 percent of participants had severe autism.

Two years after the initial trial, only 17 percent were rated as severely autistic. And 44 percent were no longer on the autism scale.“[My child] did a complete 180,” says Dana Woods, whose then-7-year-old son Ethan enrolled in the initial study five years ago. €œHis ability to communicate is so much different now.

He’s just so much more present. He’s so much more aware. He’s no longer in occupational therapy.

He’s no longer in speech therapy. After the study, he tested two points away from a neurotypical child.”In their first report on the trial in 2017, the team highlighted a number of distinct changes in the microbiome after the transplants, in particular a surge in the populations of three types of bacteria. Among them was a four-fold increase in Bifidobacterium, a probiotic organism that seems to play a key role in the maintenance of a healthy gut.But figuring out what was happening on a cellular level — to really look inside some guts — would require another vehicle.

The ASU team needed Mazmanian’s mice.“At the end of the day, what we care about is healing people and how the microbiome affects people,” explains Krajmalnik-Brown. €œThat’s why we work with people. But with mice you can do things that are more mechanistic.”The Great Mouse Detective(Credit.

Caltech)Together, Krajmalnik-Brown, Mazmanian and their collaborators would uncover some tantalizing new insights that go a long way to solving the mystery. In May 2019, the team published another high-profile paper in Cell, after they transplanted stool samples from Krajmalnik-Brown’s severely autistic patients into the guts of Mazmanian’s germ-free mice. The offspring of these mice showed the autism-like symptoms, such as repetitive and compulsive behavior.This time, the team dug even deeper into the biochemical processes playing out in the brain, looking not just at behavior but at the chemicals involved in creating it.

The mice that developed autism-like behaviors had measurably lower levels of two substances called taurine and 5-aminovaleric acid (5AV). When they dug into the literature, the team learned that these two substances are known to mimic activity of a key signaling agent in the brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) — a neurotransmitter that other studies have found is deficient in the brains of children with autism.What’s more, some have speculated that the tendency of children with autism to experience sensory overstimulation may stem from the inability to tamp down overexcited neurons. A lack of GABA could lead to just that.The scientists next orally administered high levels of taurine and 5AV to pregnant mice with the autistic children’s microbiomes.

When their pups were born, the researchers continued to feed the young the substances until they reached adulthood. Compared with untreated animals, the second-generation mice had significantly fewer behavioral symptoms. Taurine reduced repetitive behavior, as measured by marble burying, increased the level of social interaction, and relieved anxiety.

Mice administered 5AV were more active and social.“We healed humans with behavioral problems,” says Krajmalnik-Brown. €œ[And we] transferred some of those deficits and behaviors to mice — basically the opposite. It’s huge.”Mazmanian hopes to take the next step in the months ahead.“I can flip a switch, turn on a light, I know that switch turns on that light.

I don’t know the circuit, I don’t know where the wire is,” Mazmanian says. €œExactly how that’s happening … we just don’t understand that.”This most recent study, by itself, hardly proves that dysregulated microbiomes cause the brain disorder — a point that plenty of other scientists skeptical of Mazmanian’s work are happy to make.“The paper made a big splash, but trying to model psychiatric-related human conditions in mice, in my view, is a little bit of a stretch,” says Sangram Sisodia, a neurobiologist at the University of Chicago who studies the microbiome. €œA mouse with autism?.

€Nor was that the only criticism. Several researchers have suggested that the group didn’t give proper attention to one of their tests ­— one whose results conflicted with their thesis ­— while others found flaws in the statistical methods they used to assess their results. Mazmanian downplays these criticisms, but agrees the work is not yet conclusive.Meanwhile, the ASU trial has also engendered skepticism, mainly due to its tiny sample size, the lack of a control group and the methods by which the children were assessed for autism severity.

Krajmalnik-Brown and Adams say they stand by their results, but agree more research is needed. In recent months, they have launched two new studies that will address these issues.Adams insists the work is already changing lives. €œWe followed up with every one of our 18 participants,” he says, referring to the children who received fecal transplants.

€œSure enough, we found that most of the GI benefits had remained. And family after family said their child just slowly, steadily continued making more improvement.” They published the update in Scientific Reports in spring 2019.“I’m not ready to say the case is closed,” says Mazmanian. €œHealthy skepticism is a good thing.

I believe the preclinical data, I believe the mouse data. But there’s a lot of studies that still need to be done.” A Healthy Gut, A New OutlookEthan Woods had GI issues and symptoms of autism until researchers introduced new microbes to his gut. His mother says the treatment changed everything.

(Credit. Dana Woods)Prior to his fecal transplant at age 7, Ethan Woods suffered from chronic and severe diarrhea, constipation and cramping, symptoms so extreme that to his mother, Dana, he sounded like “a bit like a woman in labor when he was trying to have a bowel movement.” “It was just awful watching your child go through this,” she says, explaining that when she enrolled her autistic son in the Arizona State study, her “only goal was to fix his gut.”Remarkably, Ethan’s agony began to disappear just a few weeks into the trial. But that was not the most dramatic difference.

Before the transplant, Ethan’s speech was drawn out and slow, his language skills rudimentary. He seemed to live in his own bubble. He had frequent outbursts.

For as long as Dana could remember, her mornings with Ethan had been marked by arguing, fighting, pushing and anger. But then one morning, something shocking happened.“He woke me up one morning with his face right in my face with this big smile and he said, ‘Morning, Mom!. €™â€‰â€ she recalls.

€œAnd he was just excited and happy and ready to go about his day with this big smile. It choked me up to the point where I teared up because I had never experienced a happy kid in the morning.”Later, Ethan carried over an iPad and opened an app with a talking cat that repeats back the words children speak aloud. He played back a video recording of himself from just a few weeks earlier.“[He] looks me in the eye and says, ‘Mom, why did I talk like that?.

What is wrong with me?. €™ And as soon as he did that, I caught my breath. I had to compose myself and say, ‘I don’t know.

But do you feel better?. Do you feel different?. Why do you think?.

€™â€‰â€Ethan’s communication skills had already begun to improve. Within a year of the study, his speech therapist graduated him from speech therapy because he had met all his goals.“He went from one end of the rainbow all the way to the other end of the rainbow,” she says. €œPrior to the study, I was very afraid.

My biggest fear was ‘how is he going to navigate the world when I’m not here?. €™ And I think I have a lot of hope now that he is going to be OK now on his own.”.

After watching a parent succumb to the deleterious effects of Alzheimer's disease, it's only cheap diflucan pills natural to wonder if you might be doomed to the same fate. The good news?. That's not necessarily the cheap diflucan pills case.

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Experts agree that family history elevates the risk, particularly if you have more than one parent or sibling with the disease, but they disagree on how much. Some studies indicate the risk cheap diflucan pills hovers at around 30 percent, while others estimate an up to two or four times increased risk. Early onset Alzheimer's — which typically strikes individuals between the ages of 40 and 65 — has a more easily understood genetic link, with a 50 percent chance the child of an Alzheimer's patient will also be diagnosed with the disease.

Read More:Why cheap diflucan pills Do Women Get Alzheimer’s More Than Men?. How Did Alzheimer's Disease Get Its Name?. Are We Close to Curing Alzheimer’s Disease?.

However, a combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play for the more common late-onset variation, says Rita Guerreiro, a neurogeneticist cheap diflucan pills at the Van Andel Institute. Which makes things even more difficult to predict. €œMany people who have relatives with [Alzheimer's] never develop the disease, and many without a family cheap diflucan pills history of the disease do develop it,” says Guerreiro.Interested in tipping the odds in your favor?.

Some scientists think keeping your mind active, consuming a diet low in red meat and sugar and exercising regularly could help keep the memory-zapping disease at bay.Late fall and early winter typically mean a flurry of holiday travel and get-togethers for a lot of people. But this year will be anything but normal. Making plans is cheap diflucan pills more than a matter of shopping around for flight prices or car rental fees.

Many of us are probably also asking ourselves whether to stay home or see loved ones, and how to stay safe at holiday gatherings. For the lowest risk of spreading or becoming sick with cheap diflucan pills COVID-19, not traveling is the way to go. However, there might be loved ones who desperately need companionship in the coming months.

€œThere are situations where people will choose, and choose correctly, to go and support those family members,” says Lin H. Chen, director of the Travel Medicine Center at Mount Auburn Hospital cheap diflucan pills and president of the International Society of Travel Medicine. No matter if you’re going cross-country to see siblings or staying at home with your dog, experts say, remember two things.

Plan ahead cheap diflucan pills and stay flexible.Tackle Logistics FirstFor those interested in interstate travel, first assess whether or not those plans are feasible. The states you’re going to (and coming back to) might have rules about isolating yourself for two weeks once you arrive. If you cheap diflucan pills live in one of those states but a two-week isolation period isn’t feasible — because you have to go to work or send kids to school, for example — then traveling for the holidays won’t work for you, says Gabriela Andujar Vazquez, an infectious disease doctor at Tufts Medical Center.

Some states say that isolation requirements don’t apply if you get a negative COVID test. But testing you or your whole family may lie outside your budget if the exams aren’t covered by insurance, Andujar Vazquez says. Factor those financial decisions into your travel cheap diflucan pills plans, too.If you do decide to travel, choose driving over flying if you can.

Busy rest stops might mean confronting crowds of other highway travelers, Chen says. However, compared to the entire process of flying cheap diflucan pills — getting to an airport and waiting in lines repeatedly — driving likely means fewer crowds overall. €œThink about precautions through this journey,” Chen says, “not just on the plane, train, bus or car.”Airplanes themselves receive a lot of attention as potential virus spreaders.

But Chen says there are three instances of infected individuals spreading the disease to two or more people on a flight. Those transmissions happened cheap diflucan pills before any airline required passengers to wear masks. Since then, other interventions like leaving seats open, disinfecting often and updated air filtration have been introduced on airplanes, too.

Though there’s no data yet on how effective these combined intervention strategies are, “the cheap diflucan pills fact that we haven’t heard about masked transmission on recent flights is also reassuring,” Chen says. On the Big DayOdds are you’re debating travel plans for the sake of a big family meal. Or even if you’re staying local, you might try and work something out with friends and relatives nearby.

Both Chen and Andujar Vazquez emphasize that no matter which you choose, keep up the COVID-19 precautions once you’re all cheap diflucan pills together. Generally, the smaller the gathering (and the fewer number of households), the better. Keep activities cheap diflucan pills outdoors if you can, seat groups apart, and keep masks on while not eating.

You might also consider new ways to keep everyone fed. The typical buffet serving style can mean a lot of utensil sharing, so maybe opt for single-serving portioning or have everyone wash or sanitize hands before and after touching communal dishes. And as fun as it might be to play bartender, maybe choose a BYOB policy cheap diflucan pills as well.

Oh, and “no one should be coming sick,” Andujar Vazquez says. €œYou cannot say that enough.”These might sound cheap diflucan pills like a lot of holiday modifications, which is why it’s important to discuss what the situation will look like before coming together. €œPeople have to feel comfortable talking about these things, because it’s part of our daily life now,” Andujar Vazquez says.

€œHave that conversation before the event happens so people don’t have unexpected surprises or feel unsafe with some sort of behavior.”At the same time, acknowledge that even the most careful planning might fall apart. Your destination might become a COVID-19 hotspot days before you’re set to arrive, or you or someone in your gathering might cheap diflucan pills start feeling unwell ahead of time. Though it’s easier said than done, accept that plans will change whether you want them to or not — and that celebrations in the coming months will look different than they used to.

€œRealistically, this holiday season is going to be difficult for a lot of people,” says cheap diflucan pills Jonathan Kanter, psychologist and director of the Center for the Science of Social Connection at the University of Washington. In individuals coping with significant life changes, one of the best predictors of depression is whether or not people can leave former goals behind and adopt new ones, Kanter says. Letting go of old expectations — like how you cheap diflucan pills normally gather with family, for example — can involve a kind of grieving process.

But recalibrating what you want to get out of a situation is an essential coping skill. €œYou won’t be able to get there unless you breathe and accept that you’re in a new context,” Kanter says. €œWith that acceptance, hopefully there's a lot of creativity and innovation and grace cheap diflucan pills about how to make it as successful as possible.” The prospect of not seeing loved ones in the coming months might make some people nervous, for themselves and for others.

What's important to remember is that it's possible to make it through — and that future holidays will get better.As flu season creeps up on the Northern Hemisphere, cold and flu relief medications will inevitably fly off store shelves. A natural remedy that shoppers might reach for is elderberry, a small, blackish-purple fruit that companies turn into syrups, lozenges cheap diflucan pills and gummies. Though therapeutic uses of the berry date back centuries, Michael Macknin, a pediatrician at the Cleveland Clinic, hadn’t heard of using elderberry to treat the flu until a patient’s mother asked him about it.

Some industry-sponsored research claims that the herbal remedy could cut the length of the symptoms by up to four days. For a comparison, Tamiflu, an FDA-approved treatment, cheap diflucan pills only reduces flu duration by about a single day. €œI said, 'Gee, if that’s really true [about elderberry], it would be a huge benefit,'” Macknin says.

But the effectiveness and safety of elderberry is still fairly cheap diflucan pills unclear. Unlike the over-the-counter medicines at your local pharmacy, elderberry hasn't been through rigorous FDA testing and approval. However, Macknin and his team recently published a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, which found that elderberry treatments did nothing for flu patients.

This prompts a need for further studies into the remedy — work that unfortunately stands a low chance of happening in the future, Macknin cheap diflucan pills says. Looking For ProofElderberries are full of chemicals that could be good for your health. Like similar fruits, the berries contain cheap diflucan pills high levels of antioxidants, compounds that shut down reactions in our bodies that damage cells.

But whether or not elderberry's properties also help immune systems fend off a virus is murky. There are only a handful of studies that have examined if elderberries reduced the severity or duration of the flu. And though some of the work prior to Macknin’s was well-designed and supported this herbal remedy as a helpful flu aid, at least some — and potentially all — of those studies were funded by elderberry treatment manufacturers.Macknin says an elderberry supplement company provided cheap diflucan pills his team with their products and a placebo version for free, but that the company wasn’t involved in the research beyond that.

Macknin's study is the largest one conducted on elderberry to date, with 87 influenza patients completing the entire treatment course. Participants in the study were also welcome to take Tamiflu, for ethical reasons, as the team didn’t want to exclude anyone from taking a proven flu therapy cheap diflucan pills. Additionally, each participant took home either a bottle of elderberry syrup or the placebo with instructions on when and how to take it.

The research team called participants every day for a symptom check and to remind them to take their medication.By chance, it turned out that a higher percentage of the patients given elderberry syrup had gotten their flu shot and also chose to take Tamiflu. Since the vaccination can reduce the severity cheap diflucan pills of infection in recipients who still come down with the flu, the study coincidentally operated in favor of those who took the herbal remedy, Macknin says. Those patients could have dealt with a shorter, less-intense illness because of the Tamiflu and vaccination.

€œEverything was stacked to have it turn out better [for the elderberry group],” Macknin says, “and it turned out the same.” cheap diflucan pills The researchers found no difference in illness duration or severity between the elderberry and placebo groups. While analyzing the data, the team also found that those on the herbal treatment might have actually fared worse than those on the placebo. The potential for this intervention to actually harm instead cheap diflucan pills of help influenza patients explains why Macknin thinks the therapy needs further research.But, don't expect that work to happen any time soon.

Researchers are faced with a number of challenges when it comes to studying the efficacy of herbal remedies. For starters, there's little financial incentive to investigate if they actually work. Plant products are challenging to patent, making them less cheap diflucan pills lucrative prospects for pharmaceutical companies or research organizations to investigate.

Additionally, investigations that try and prove a proposed therapy as an effective drug — like the one Macknin and his team accomplished — are expensive, Macknin says. Those projects cheap diflucan pills need FDA oversight and additional paperwork, components that drive up study costs. €œIt’s extraordinarily expensive and there’s no money in it for anybody,” Macknin says.Talk To Your DoctorUltimately, research on elderberry therapies for flu patients is a mixed bag, and deserves more attention from scientists.

However, if you still want to discuss elderberry treatments for the flu with your doctor, that’s a conversation you should feel comfortable having, says Erica McIntyre, an expert focused on health and environmental psychology in the School of Public Health at the University of Technology Sydney. Navigating what research says about a particular herbal medicine is cheap diflucan pills challenging for patients and health practitioners alike. The process is made more complex by the range of similar-sounding products on the market that lack standardized ingredients, McIntyre says.

But when doctors judge or shame patients for asking about non-conventional healthcare interventions, the response can cheap diflucan pills distance people and push them closer to potentially unproven treatments. Even worse, those individuals might start to keep their herbal remedies a secret. €œIt is that fear about being judged for use of that medication,” McIntyre says, that drives up to 50 percent of people taking herbal treatments to withhold that information from healthcare practitioners.

That’s a dangerous choice, as some herbal and traditional medications can interact and cause health problems.If a physician shames someone for asking about alternative medicines, it’s likely time to find a new doctor, McIntyre cheap diflucan pills says. Look for someone who will listen to your concerns — whether it's that you feel traditional treatments haven’t worked for you, or that you didn’t like the side effects, the two common reasons people pursue herbal treatments in the first place. €œYou’re not necessarily looking for a doctor that will let you do whatever cheap diflucan pills you want,” McIntyre says, “but that they actually consider you as a patient, your treatment choices and your treatment priorities, and communicate in a way that’s supportive.” And if a doctor suggests that you avoid a treatment you’re interested in, ask why.

They generally have a good reason, McIntyre says.For now, know that even if your doctor doesn’t support you taking elderberry, there are other proven preventative measures that are worth your while — like the flu shot. Anyone six months or older should get it, Macknin says, and stick to the protocols we’re used to following to prevent COVID-19 infections, like social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing. Those measures also cheap diflucan pills help prevent flu transmission, too — something, so far, no elderberry supplement package can claim.The yearly influenza season threatens to make the COVID-19 pandemic doubly deadly, but I believe that this isn’t inevitable.There are two commonly given vaccines – the pneumococcal vaccine and the Hib vaccine – that protect against bacterial pneumonias.

These bacteria complicate both influenza and COVID-19, often leading to death. My examination of disease trends and vaccination rates leads me to believe that broader use of the pneumococcal and Hib vaccines could guard against the worst effects of a COVID-19 cheap diflucan pills illness.I am an immunologist and physiologist interested in the effects of combined infections on immunity. I have reached my insight by juxtaposing two seemingly unrelated puzzles.

Infants and children get SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, but very rarely become hospitalized or die. And case numbers cheap diflucan pills and death rates from COVID-19 began varying greatly from nation to nation and city to city even before lockdowns began. I wondered why.One night I woke up with a possible answer.

Vaccination rates cheap diflucan pills. Most children, beginning at age two months, are vaccinated against numerous diseases. Adults less cheap diflucan pills so.

And, both infant and adult vaccination rates vary widely across the world. Could differences in the rates of vaccination against one or more diseases account for differences in COVID-19 risks?. As someone who had previously investigated other pandemics such as the Great Flu cheap diflucan pills Pandemic of 1918-19 and AIDS, and who has worked with vaccines, I had a strong background for tracking down the relevant data to test my hypothesis.Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates Correlate With Lower COVID-19 Cases and DeathsI gathered national and some local data on vaccination rates against influenza, polio, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP), tuberculosis (BCG), pneumococci and Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib).

I correlated them with COVID-19 case rates and death rates for 24 nations that had experienced their COVID-19 outbreaks at about the same time. I controlled for cheap diflucan pills factors such as percentage of the population who were obese, diabetic or elderly.I found that only pneumococcal vaccines afforded statistically significant protection against COVID-19. Nations such as Spain, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Peru and Chile that have the highest COVID-19 rates per million have the poorest pneumococcal vaccination rates among both infants and adults.

Nations with the lowest rates of COVID-19 – Japan, Korea, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand – have the highest rates of pneumococcal vaccination among both infants and adults.A recent preprint study (not yet peer-reviewed) from researchers at the Mayo Clinic has also reported very strong associations between pneumococcal vaccination and protection against COVID-19. This is cheap diflucan pills especially true among minority patients who are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. The report also suggests that other vaccines, or combinations of vaccines, such as Hib and MMR may also provide protection.These results are important because in the U.S., childhood vaccination against pneumococci – which protects against Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria – varies by state from 74% to 92%.

Although the CDC recommends that all adults 18-64 in high risk groups for COVID-19 and all adults over the age of 65 get a pneumococcal vaccination, only 23% of high-risk adults and 64% of those over the age of 65 do so.Similarly, although the CDC recommends at all infants and some high-risk adults be vaccinated against Haemophilus influenzae cheap diflucan pills type B (Hib), only 80.7% of children in the U.S. And a handful of immunologically compromised adults have been. Pneumococcal and Hib vaccination rates are significantly lower in minority populations in the U.S.

And in countries that have been hit harder by COVID-19 than the U.S.Based on these data, I advocate universal pneumococcal and Hib vaccination among children, at-risk adults and all adults over 65 to prevent serious COVID-19 cheap diflucan pills disease.Left. Combined rates of childhood and adult (over 65) pneumococcal vaccination (out of a possible 200). Right.

Cases (per million) population of COVID-19 at about 90 days into the pandemic for 24 nations. Nations with high pneumococcal vaccination rates have low COVID-19 case rates. (Credit.

CC BY-SA)How Pneumococcal Vaccination Protects Against COVID-19Protection against serious COVID-19 disease by pneumococcal and Hib vaccines makes sense for several reasons. First, recent studies reveal that the majority of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, and in some studies nearly all, are infected with streptococci, which causes pneumococcal pneumonias, Hib or other pneumonia-causing bacteria. Pneumococcal and Hib vaccinations should protect coronavirus patients from these infections and thus significantly cut the risk of serious pneumonia.I also found that pneumococcal, Hib and possibly rubella vaccines may confer specific protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 by means of “molecular mimicry.”Molecular mimicry occurs when the immune system thinks one microbe looks like another.

In this case, proteins found in pneumococcal vaccines and, to a lesser degree, ones found in Hib and rubella vaccines as well look like several proteins produced by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.Two of these proteins found in pneumococcal vaccines mimic the spike and membrane proteins that permit the virus to infect cells. This suggests pneumococcal vaccination may prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection. Two other mimics are the nucleoprotein and replicase that control virus replication.

These proteins are made after viral infection, in which case pneumococcal vaccination may control, but not prevent, SARS-CoV-2 replication.Either way, these vaccines may provide proxy protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection that we can implement right now, even before we have a specific virus vaccine. Such protection may not be complete. People might still suffer a weakened version of COVID-19 but, like most infants and children, be protected against the worst effects of the infection.Fighting Influenza-related Pneumonias During the COVID-19 PandemicWhile the specific protection these other vaccines confer against COVID-19 has not yet been tested in a clinical trial, I advocate broader implementation of pneumococcal and Hib vaccination for one additional, well-validated reason.Pneumococcal and Hib pneumonias – both caused by bacteria – are the major causes of death following viral influenza.

The influenza virus rarely causes death directly. Most often, the virus makes the lungs more susceptible to bacterial pneumonias, which are deadly. Dozens of studies around the world have demonstrated that increasing rates of pneumococcal and Hib vaccination dramatically lowers influenza-related pneumonias.Similar studies demonstrate that the price of using these vaccines is balanced by savings due to lower rates of influenza-related hospitalizations, intensive care unit admissions and deaths.

In the context of COVID-19, lowering rates of influenza-related hospitalizations and ICU admissions would free up resources to fight the coronavirus, independent of any effect these vaccines might have on SARS-CoV-2 itself. In my opinion, that is a winning scenario.In short, we need not wait for a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to slow down COVID-19.I believe that we can and should act now by fighting the coronavirus with all the tools at our disposal, including influenza, Hib, pneumococcal and perhaps rubella vaccinations.Preventing pneumococcal and Hib complications of influenza and COVID-19, and perhaps proxy-vaccinating against SARS-CoV-2 itself, helps everyone. Administering these already available and well-tested pneumococcal and Hib vaccines to people will save money by freeing up hospital beds and ICUs.

It will also improve public health by reducing the spread of multiple infections and boost the economy by nurturing a healthier population.Robert Root-Bernstein is a Professor of Physiology at Michigan State University. This article was originally published on The Conversation under a Creative Commons liscense Read the original here.This story appeared in the November 2020 issue as "Bacteria and the Brain." Subscribe to Discover magazine for more stories like this.It’s not always easy to convince people that the human gut is a sublime and wondrous place worthy of special attention. Sarkis Mazmanian discovered that soon after arriving at Caltech for his first faculty job 14 years ago, when he explained to a local artist what he had in mind for the walls outside his new office.The resulting mural greets visitors to the Mazmanian Lab today.

A vaguely psychedelic, 40-foot-long, tube-shaped colon that’s pink, purple and red snakes down the hallway. In a panel next to it, fluorescent yellow and green bacteria explode out of a deeply inflamed section of the intestinal tract, like radioactive lava from outer space.The mural is modest compared with what the scientist has been working on since. Over the last decade or so, Mazmanian has been a leading proponent of the idea that the flora of the human digestive tract has a far more powerful effect on the human body and mind than we thought — a scientific effort that earned him a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant” in 2012.

Since then, Mazmanian and a small but growing cadre of fellow microbiologists have amassed a tantalizing body of evidence on the microbiome’s role in all kinds of brain disorders, including schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and depression.But the results they’ve seen in autism could, in the end, prove the most transformative. Autism affects about 1 in 59 children in the U.S., and involves profound social withdrawal, communication problems, and sometimes anxiety and aggression. The causes of the brain disorder have remained speculative.

Now, Mazmanian and other researchers are finding that autism may be inextricably linked to — or even caused by — irregularities in the gut microbiome.A Biology StoryAt 47, Mazmanian — with his shaved head, flannel shirt and skinny jeans — resembles a young, urban hipster on his way to write at the local café. Originally, literary life was his plan. Born in Lebanon to two Armenian refugees, neither of whom had more than a first-grade education, Mazmanian landed in the class of an energetic high school English teacher in California’s San Fernando Valley, where his family first settled.

The teacher recognized his gift for language and encouraged him to pursue a career in literature. Mazmanian enrolled at UCLA in 1990, planning to major in English.Everything changed when he took his first biology class. Hunched over his new, thick textbook in the library, reading about basic biological concepts like photosynthesis, Mazmanian felt a vast new world opening up to him.Sarkis Mazmanian, shown in front of a mural that celebrates the human gut, is part of a group of microbiologists researching the effects of the digestive tract on a range of disorders.

(Credit. Caltech)“For the first time in my life, I wanted to turn the page and see where the story was going to go,” he says. €œI think I decided that minute to become a scientist.”Mazmanian was most fascinated by the idea that tiny organisms, invisible to the naked eye, could function as powerful, self-contained machines — powerful enough to take over and destroy the human body.

After graduating with a degree in microbiology, Mazmanian joined a UCLA infectious diseases lab and began studying bacteria that cause staph infections.As his dissertation defense approached, Mazmanian read a one-page commentary penned by a prominent microbiologist, highlighting the fact that our intestines are teeming with hundreds, if not thousands, of different species of bacteria. But it was still largely unknown what they are and how they affect the human body.When Mazmanian dug further, he found that no one had yet answered what seemed to him to be the most obvious question. Why would the human immune system, designed to attack and destroy foreign invaders, allow hundreds of species of bacteria to live and thrive in our guts unmolested?.

To him, the bacteria’s survival implied that we had evolved to coexist with them. And if that were so, he reasoned, there must be some benefit to both the microbes and the human body — a symbiotic relationship. But what was it?.

Gut InvadersMazmanian set out to study the link between gut microbes and the immune system. As a postdoctoral researcher, he joined the lab of Harvard University infectious disease specialist Dennis Kasper.To start, Mazmanian examined how the immune systems of germ-free mice — lab mice completely protected, starting at birth, from all microbes — differed from those of mice with either few or normal levels of microbes. He expected this initial census would be just a first step in a long and arduous quest for scientific pay dirt.

But when he went to examine a printout of his results in the lab, he realized immediately he might already be onto something big. The germ-free mice had a 30 to 40 percent reduction in a specific type of immune cell known as helper T-cells.This colorized close-up of a mouse’s gut reveals the tight relationship between the gut microbe Bacteroides fragilis (red) and the epithelial surface of the colon (blue). (Credit.

Caltech)Since helper T-cells play a key role in coordinating attacks against invading pathogens, the finding suggested that the immune systems of the germ-free mice were far less robust than those found in peers with normal levels of microbes.“That was exciting, right?. € Mazmanian recalls. €œObviously I repeated it and tested it in a number of different ways.

Then I asked the next question. €˜Can I restore the [immune] function in an adult animal?. €™â€‰â€Mazmanian colonized the guts of the immunocompromised, germ-free mice with microbes from standard lab mice.

After receiving the fecal transplant, their T-cell counts shot up. Within a month, their numbers were identical to mice raised outside the germ-free bubble.Resolving to identify the microorganisms causing this transformation, Mazmanian resorted to trial and error. One by one, he added strains of bacteria found in the guts of mice to the guts of germ-free mice.He got nowhere with the first five or six species he examined.

Then, simply because it was convenient, he decided to test one more that was readily available in his lab. Mazmanian’s adviser, Kasper, had been studying a gut microbe called Bacteroides fragilis. When Mazmanian implanted one of Kasper’s specimens into the gut of his germ-free mice, the results were dramatic.

The T-cell numbers spiked to normal. Eventually, Mazmanian demonstrated he could reproduce this effect simply by adding a single molecule that these bacteria produce, called polysaccharide A, to their guts.“There was no logic in the choice whatsoever,” Mazmanian recalls. €œ[B.

Fragilis] was available, it came from the gut.” In other words, he got lucky.Mazmanian dug deeper and discovered that the biggest impact B. Fragilis had was on the population of a subtype of helper T-cells called regulatory, or suppressor, T-cells. These cells play a key role in preventing the immune system from attacking its host body, protecting against autoimmune or inflammatory diseases.

It was the first time any scientist had demonstrated that a single compound from a single microbe could reverse a specific problem with the immune system.To Mazmanian, the finding, published in 2005 in the journal Cell, alluded to new approaches to treating a wide array of autoimmune, inflammatory and allergic disorders. What if it were possible to help a faulty immune system by tweaking a patient’s microbiome?. It was with this exploration in mind that he arrived in Pasadena in 2006 to set up his lab at Caltech.A Convenient CollaborationA few years later, Mazmanian was having lunch on campus with neuroscientist and colleague Paul Patterson.

Patterson had been preoccupied with a mystery that had, for years, confounded those studying autism in humans. When pregnant mothers have a severe infection in the second trimester, their babies are much more likely to develop autism.As Mazmanian tells it, Patterson was a man of few words, and at lunch Mazmanian was “going on and on” about his own work.“You know,” Patterson interjected thoughtfully, “I think kids with autism have GI issues.”Patterson recalled reading that something like 60 percent of children with autism had some form of clinical GI problem, such as bloating, constipation, flatulence or diarrhea. Was it possible, he wondered, that there was a microbiome connection?.

As they talked, Mazmanian’s excitement grew.A few years earlier, Patterson had discovered that when he exposed pregnant mice to pathogens like the influenza virus, they gave birth to pups that grew up more likely to be startled by loud noises, to shy away from social contact and to groom themselves repetitively — symptoms that resemble those of autism. Patterson was in the process of comparing the brains of these autism-mimicking mice with their neurotypical cousins to see if he could detect any differences that might explain how the maternal immune system was somehow interfering with the pups’ brain development.Mazmanian had a suggestion. The next time Patterson sacrificed one of his autistic mice to study their brains, what if he set the intestines aside for his colleague down the hall?.

When the guts arrived in Mazmanian’s lab, he found that the intestines of the neurotypical mice looked normal. But the guts of the autism-mimicking offspring were almost uniformly inflamed. Could it be that the microbiome was the cause of this inflammation?.

And could that, in turn, be somehow connected to the behavioral symptoms?. Throughout the winter and spring of 2012, Mazmanian and Patterson continued their conversation. Mazmanian found distinct differences in the microbiomes of the mice.

And, they noticed, the mice with the features of autism had leaky gut syndrome, an increased permeability of the gut lining that can allow pathogens and allergens to leach out. This condition had also been reported in children with autism.So Mazmanian and Patterson turned their attention outside the gut. They took blood samples to see if any gut microbes, or the compounds they produce, were circulating in the rest of the body.

They homed in on one molecule in particular, called 4-ethylphenyl sulfate, which was roughly 45 times as abundant in the mice that had symptoms of autism. And it looked familiar. Structurally, it was almost identical to a molecule recently found to be significantly elevated in human children with autism.It was enough to take the next step.

Every day for three weeks, Mazmanian injected the molecule, harvested from the mice with autism-like symptoms, directly into the bloodstream of 5-week-old normal lab mice (the age at which the autistic mice normally developed leaky gut). Then Mazmanian and his team gave them a series of behavioral tests. The mice were far more easily startled and were less comfortable in large empty spaces than their untreated peers, indications of an increase in anxiety-related behaviors commonly seen in the mice with autism-like symptoms.

The researchers published their results in Cell in 2013.Though surprising, the data made sense in some ways. Many drug companies rely on small-molecule drugs that can be taken orally, but still manage to cross the blood-brain barrier and affect behavior. It seemed entirely possible that small molecules, created by bacteria in the gut, could enter the bloodstream and reach the brain.

And they don’t even have to leak out of the gut to do so.Of Mice and MenPatterson died in 2014, at age 70, just six months after the publication of the duo’s groundbreaking Cell paper. Around the same time, a series of parallel experiments in a clinic hundreds of miles away was already paving the way forward. While Patterson and Mazmanian had been working in mice, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, a microbiologist at Arizona State University, had teamed up with Jim Adams, who directs the university’s autism and Asperger’s research program, to study humans.The researchers were conducting a detailed analysis of the microbiome of human autism patients and found that the bacteria were far less diverse in the children with autism.

Notably, several important species involved in the digestion of carbohydrates were severely depleted.Krajmalnik-Brown and Adams launched a preliminary trial to test the effects of fecal transplants on 18 children between the ages of 7 and 16 with severe autism, who also had severe GI issues. The researchers administered powerful antibiotics to kill off the microbiomes of the children and followed them with a bowel cleanse. They then replaced the microbes with transplanted flora taken from the guts of healthy neurotypical adult volunteers.The results were better than anyone could have expected.

The procedure resulted in a large reduction in GI symptoms and increased the diversity of bacteria in the children’s guts. But more significantly, their neurological symptoms were reduced. At the onset of the study in 2017, an independent evaluator found 83 percent of participants had severe autism.

Two years after the initial trial, only 17 percent were rated as severely autistic. And 44 percent were no longer on the autism scale.“[My child] did a complete 180,” says Dana Woods, whose then-7-year-old son Ethan enrolled in the initial study five years ago. €œHis ability to communicate is so much different now.

He’s just so much more present. He’s so much more aware. He’s no longer in occupational therapy.

He’s no longer in speech therapy. After the study, he tested two points away from a neurotypical child.”In their first report on the trial in 2017, the team highlighted a number of distinct changes in the microbiome after the transplants, in particular a surge in the populations of three types of bacteria. Among them was a four-fold increase in Bifidobacterium, a probiotic organism that seems to play a key role in the maintenance of a healthy gut.But figuring out what was happening on a cellular level — to really look inside some guts — would require another vehicle.

The ASU team needed Mazmanian’s mice.“At the end of the day, what we care about is healing people and how the microbiome affects people,” explains Krajmalnik-Brown. €œThat’s why we work with people. But with mice you can do things that are more mechanistic.”The Great Mouse Detective(Credit.

Caltech)Together, Krajmalnik-Brown, Mazmanian and their collaborators would uncover some tantalizing new insights that go a long way to solving the mystery. In May 2019, the team published another high-profile paper in Cell, after they transplanted stool samples from Krajmalnik-Brown’s severely autistic patients into the guts of Mazmanian’s germ-free mice. The offspring of these mice showed the autism-like symptoms, such as repetitive and compulsive behavior.This time, the team dug even deeper into the biochemical processes playing out in the brain, looking not just at behavior but at the chemicals involved in creating it.

The mice that developed autism-like behaviors had measurably lower levels of two substances called taurine and 5-aminovaleric acid (5AV). When they dug into the literature, the team learned that these two substances are known to mimic activity of a key signaling agent in the brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) — a neurotransmitter that other studies have found is deficient in the brains of children with autism.What’s more, some have speculated that the tendency of children with autism to experience sensory overstimulation may stem from the inability to tamp down overexcited neurons. A lack of GABA could lead to just that.The scientists next orally administered high levels of taurine and 5AV to pregnant mice with the autistic children’s microbiomes.

When their pups were born, the researchers continued to feed the young the substances until they reached adulthood. Compared with untreated animals, the second-generation mice had significantly fewer behavioral symptoms. Taurine reduced repetitive behavior, as measured by marble burying, increased the level of social interaction, and relieved anxiety.

Mice administered 5AV were more active and social.“We healed humans with behavioral problems,” says Krajmalnik-Brown. €œ[And we] transferred some of those deficits and behaviors to mice — basically the opposite. It’s huge.”Mazmanian hopes to take the next step in the months ahead.“I can flip a switch, turn on a light, I know that switch turns on that light.

I don’t know the circuit, I don’t know where the wire is,” Mazmanian says. €œExactly how that’s happening … we just don’t understand that.”This most recent study, by itself, hardly proves that dysregulated microbiomes cause the brain disorder — a point that plenty of other scientists skeptical of Mazmanian’s work are happy to make.“The paper made a big splash, but trying to model psychiatric-related human conditions in mice, in my view, is a little bit of a stretch,” says Sangram Sisodia, a neurobiologist at the University of Chicago who studies the microbiome. €œA mouse with autism?.

€Nor was that the only criticism. Several researchers have suggested that the group didn’t give proper attention to one of their tests ­— one whose results conflicted with their thesis ­— while others found flaws in the statistical methods they used to assess their results. Mazmanian downplays these criticisms, but agrees the work is not yet conclusive.Meanwhile, the ASU trial has also engendered skepticism, mainly due to its tiny sample size, the lack of a control group and the methods by which the children were assessed for autism severity.

Krajmalnik-Brown and Adams say they stand by their results, but agree more research is needed. In recent months, they have launched two new studies that will address these issues.Adams insists the work is already changing lives. €œWe followed up with every one of our 18 participants,” he says, referring to the children who received fecal transplants.

€œSure enough, we found that most of the GI benefits had remained. And family after family said their child just slowly, steadily continued making more improvement.” They published the update in Scientific Reports in spring 2019.“I’m not ready to say the case is closed,” says Mazmanian. €œHealthy skepticism is a good thing.

I believe the preclinical data, I believe the mouse data. But there’s a lot of studies that still need to be done.” A Healthy Gut, A New OutlookEthan Woods had GI issues and symptoms of autism until researchers introduced new microbes to his gut. His mother says the treatment changed everything.

(Credit. Dana Woods)Prior to his fecal transplant at age 7, Ethan Woods suffered from chronic and severe diarrhea, constipation and cramping, symptoms so extreme that to his mother, Dana, he sounded like “a bit like a woman in labor when he was trying to have a bowel movement.” “It was just awful watching your child go through this,” she says, explaining that when she enrolled her autistic son in the Arizona State study, her “only goal was to fix his gut.”Remarkably, Ethan’s agony began to disappear just a few weeks into the trial. But that was not the most dramatic difference.

Before the transplant, Ethan’s speech was drawn out and slow, his language skills rudimentary. He seemed to live in his own bubble. He had frequent outbursts.

For as long as Dana could remember, her mornings with Ethan had been marked by arguing, fighting, pushing and anger. But then one morning, something shocking happened.“He woke me up one morning with his face right in my face with this big smile and he said, ‘Morning, Mom!. €™â€‰â€ she recalls.

€œAnd he was just excited and happy and ready to go about his day with this big smile. It choked me up to the point where I teared up because I had never experienced a happy kid in the morning.”Later, Ethan carried over an iPad and opened an app with a talking cat that repeats back the words children speak aloud. He played back a video recording of himself from just a few weeks earlier.“[He] looks me in the eye and says, ‘Mom, why did I talk like that?.

What is wrong with me?. €™ And as soon as he did that, I caught my breath. I had to compose myself and say, ‘I don’t know.

But do you feel better?. Do you feel different?. Why do you think?.

€™â€‰â€Ethan’s communication skills had already begun to improve. Within a year of the study, his speech therapist graduated him from speech therapy because he had met all his goals.“He went from one end of the rainbow all the way to the other end of the rainbow,” she says. €œPrior to the study, I was very afraid.

My biggest fear was ‘how is he going to navigate the world when I’m not here?. €™ And I think I have a lot of hope now that he is going to be OK now on his own.”.

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€.Las escuelas juegan un papel fundamental en los esfuerzos de vacunación en los Estados Unidos. Las leyes requieren que los niños tengan ciertas vacunas para inscribirse y asistir a clases.Pero para evitar que COVID-19 no siguiera propagándose, muchos distritos escolares han optado por comenzar el año académico en internet.La decisión neutraliza en muchos casos el impulso de los padres por vacunar a sus hijos para el regreso a la escuela, dijo el doctor Nathaniel Beers, miembro del Consejo de Salud Escolar de la Academia Americana de Pediatría.Beers, quien también ocupó varios roles en el sistema de Escuelas Públicas del Distrito de Columbia, agregó que can i take diflucan on my period si la educación no es en persona, “es más difícil de hacer cumplir los requisitos”.Los funcionarios de salud pública han confiado en las escuelas como un medio para controlar las enfermedades prevenibles por vacunas durante más de un siglo. Las leyes de vacunación surgieron por primera vez en la década de 1850 en Massachusetts como un medio para controlar la viruela, según cuentan los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC).Todos los estados requieren que los niños reciban ciertas vacunas contra enfermedades como la poliomielitis, las paperas y el sarampión antes de empezar el año escolar o al jardín de infantes, al menos que el niño tenga una exención médica.Algunos estados permiten a las personas optar por no vacunar a los niños por razones religiosas o filosóficas, aunque estas exenciones se han asociado con brotes de enfermedades que de otro modo estarían bien controladas, como por ejemplo el sarampión.“Cuando entran al sistema, en preescolar, es donde se detecta si están atrasados con sus vacunas”, dijo Claire Hannan, directora ejecutiva de la Asociación de Administradores de Inmunización.A nivel local, la responsabilidad de rastrear si los estudiantes cumplen con los requisitos de vacunación generalmente recae en la enfermera de la escuela. Si no, un oficinista o administrador hace el trabajo, dijo Linda can i take diflucan on my period Mendonca, presidenta electa de la Asociación Nacional de Enfermeras Escolares.Si no los cumplen, algunas escuelas trabajan con los padres para programar citas con un proveedor de salud. Otras aíslan a los niños en el aula, y otras son tan estrictas que “ni siquiera puedes cruzar la puerta a menos que estés debidamente inmunizado”, dijo Beers.La pandemia de COVID-19 ha provocado una baja dramática en la vacunación.

En mayo, un informe de los CDC mostró una fuerte caída en la cantidad de pedidos al programa Vaccines For Children, una iniciativa federal que compra vacunas para la mitad can i take diflucan on my period de los niños del país.Un segundo comunicado reveló tendencias similares. La cobertura de vacunación en Michigan disminuyó entre todas las edades, con la excepción de las vacunas que se administran al nacer, que generalmente se dan en el hospital.En Pennsylvania, por ejemplo, el Departamento de Salud estatal suspendió en julio los requisitos de vacunas durante dos meses después del inicio del año escolar.“El departamento no puede enfatizar más que hay que vacunarse lo antes posible”, dijo Nate Wardle, secretario de prensa del departamento de salud de ese estado, en una declaración escrita. Sin embargo, la orden de permanecer en casa por COVID hizo que durante meses los consultorios pediátricos no hicieran citas con niños sanos.Beers reconoció que el cierre de las escuelas, entre otras acciones como restringir los viajes y cerrar grandes espacios de reunión, hace que los niños sean menos propensos can i take diflucan on my period a contraer o propagar enfermedades que generalmente se incuban en las aulas. Por ejemplo, según los datos de los CDC, el sarampión prácticamente ha desaparecido. Se habían reportado 12 casos hasta el 19 de agosto de este año, en comparación con 1,282 en 2019.“Lo que sería una gran vergüenza es que las escuelas vuelvan a abrir en persona can i take diflucan on my period y los niños vuelvan a estar juntos y empecemos a tener brotes de otras enfermedades que se pueden prevenir con vacunas”, agregó.Los centros de salud de las escuelas de Nueva York se están comunicando activamente con los padres sobre las vacunas.

En Cooperstown, Kjolhede se acercó a todos los superintendentes poco después del cierre en marzo para preguntar si la clínica podía permanecer abierta. Todos menos uno dijeron que no.Luego, el personal concertó citas de telesalud y llamó a los estudiantes que necesitaban atención en persona para concertar visitas, incluidos aquellos que necesitaban una vacuna antes del comienzo can i take diflucan on my period de este año escolar, dijo. Afortunadamente, el centro de salud que permaneció abierto tenía una puerta que permitía a los pacientes ingresar a la clínica sin caminar por la escuela.A varias horas de distancia, la doctora Lisa Handwerker está lidiando con la forma de abordar el problema de que cientos de estudiantes en sus seis clínicas de salud en las escuelas de la ciudad de Nueva York no han recibido vacunas mandatorias.El departamento de salud de la ciudad le dio una lista de estudiantes bajo su cuidado que necesitaban vacunas adicionales, dijo. A más de can i take diflucan on my period 400 niños les faltaba la segunda dosis para prevenir la meningitis meningocócica, que generalmente se administra a adolescentes y adultos jóvenes de 16 a 23 años. Debido a que el departamento usó datos del último año académico para compilar la lista, Handwerker no tiene información sobre nuevos estudiantes.

Algunas familias abandonaron la ciudad can i take diflucan on my period por la falta de ingresos y recursos provocada por la pandemia.“Tuvimos dificultades con al menos la mitad de los niños en nuestra lista de vacunas”, dijo Handwerker. €œLuego, cuando hablamos a las familias, se mostraron reacias a salir de sus casas”.Ese no fue el caso de Tracey Wolf, una madre de dos hijos que visitó al médico recientemente para vacunar a su hijo Jordan contra el sarampión, las paperas, la rubéola y el VPH antes de comenzar el séptimo grado. Asistirá a la escuela secundaria en Dunedin, Florida, en persona, dijo Wolf, de 38 años.Parecía una tontería mantener a Jordan, de 13 años, can i take diflucan on my period alejado de sus compañeros de clase cuando ya juega béisbol y sale con sus amigos, dijo. Sus calificaciones también bajaron la primavera pasada cuando la amenaza COVID transformó su salón de clases en una computadora.También llevó a su hijo de 6 meses a recibir sus vacunas. Cuando se le preguntó si tenía miedo de ir al consultorio de su médico, can i take diflucan on my period respondió.

€œNo más que ir al supermercado”.Independientemente de si un niño comienza la escuela en casa o en el aula, los expertos en inmunización enfatizaron la importancia de vacunar siguiendo el calendario de inmunizaciones. Esas fechas tienen en cuenta la etapa de desarrollo del niño para maximizar la eficacia de can i take diflucan on my period la vacuna. Dicho esto, es preferible que los niños reciban las vacunas de su médico habitual para evitar la pérdida de los registros de vacunación y las vacunas adicionales, completó Beers.Sin embargo, el 19 de agosto, el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS) emitió una declaración que permite a los farmacéuticos administrar vacunas infantiles a niños y adolescents de 3 a 18 años. Carmen Heredia can i take diflucan on my period Rodriguez. CarmenH@kff.org, @ByCHRodriguez Related Topics Noticias En Español Public Health Children's Health COVID-19 VaccinesAlthough the coronavirus pandemic shut down many organizations and businesses across the nation, KHN has never been busier ― and health coverage has never been more vital.

We’ve revamped our Behind the Byline YouTube series and brought it to Instagram TV.Journalists and producers from across KHN’s newsrooms take you behind the scenes in these bite-size videos to show the ways they are following the story, connecting with sources and sorting through facts — all while staying safe.Heidi de Marco — “At Least I Got the Shot” Photojournalist Heidi de Marco’s stunning images transport viewers to two California hospitals near the U.S.-Mexico border where the influx of patients with COVID-19 overwhelmed local intensive care units can i take diflucan on my period in late May. To capture these scenes at El Centro Regional Medical Center in Imperial County and Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista in San Diego County, de Marco donned personal protective equipment and followed each facility’s safety guidelines. Still, she acknowledges, the work increased her can i take diflucan on my period risk of exposure to the coronavirus. She also risked bringing the virus home to her family. For her it was worth the risk, in order to give readers a window on health care in the can i take diflucan on my period midst of a pandemic — and to share her work with the world.

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But you’re not alone with this stuff, and knowledge can i take diflucan on my period is power. €œAn Arm and a Leg” is a podcast about these issues, and its second season is co-produced by KHN. Barbara Faubion’s boss, an insurance broker, used to can i take diflucan on my period tell clients. €œListen, you don’t need to be on the phone for four hours with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Let us can i take diflucan on my period do that.

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Are you kidding me?. €™â€She was not kidding. Faubion loved to win — and she was really, really good at untangling other people’s health insurance problems.Now she’s going to teach us some of what she knows.So why doesn’t every health insurance broker have someone like Faubion on staff?. ProPublica reporter Marshall Allen has that answer. There are big clues in his 2019 story about industry commissions and bonuses.“An Arm and a Leg” is a co-production of Kaiser Health News and Public Road Productions.To keep in touch with “An Arm and a Leg,” subscribe to the newsletter.

You can also follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. And if you’ve got stories to tell about the health care system, the producers would love to hear from you.To hear all Kaiser Health News podcasts, click here.And subscribe to “An Arm and a Leg” on iTunes, Pocket Casts, Google Play or Spotify. Related Topics Cost and Quality Health Care Costs Health Industry Insurance Multimedia An Arm and a Leg Podcasts.

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€.Las escuelas juegan un papel fundamental en los esfuerzos de vacunación en los Estados Unidos. Las leyes requieren que los niños tengan ciertas vacunas para inscribirse y asistir a clases.Pero para evitar que COVID-19 no siguiera propagándose, muchos distritos escolares han optado por comenzar el año académico en internet.La decisión neutraliza en muchos casos el impulso de los padres por vacunar a sus hijos para el regreso a la escuela, dijo el doctor Nathaniel Beers, miembro del Consejo de Salud Escolar de la Academia Americana de Pediatría.Beers, quien también ocupó varios roles en el sistema de Escuelas Públicas del Distrito de Columbia, agregó que si la educación no es en persona, “es más difícil de hacer cumplir los requisitos”.Los funcionarios de salud pública han confiado en cheap diflucan pills las escuelas como un medio para controlar las enfermedades prevenibles por vacunas durante más de un siglo. Las leyes de vacunación surgieron por primera vez en la década de 1850 en Massachusetts como un medio para controlar la viruela, según cuentan los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC).Todos los estados requieren que los niños reciban ciertas vacunas contra enfermedades como la poliomielitis, las paperas y el sarampión antes de empezar el año escolar o al jardín de infantes, al menos que el niño tenga una exención médica.Algunos estados permiten a las personas optar por no vacunar a los niños por razones religiosas o filosóficas, aunque estas exenciones se han asociado con brotes de enfermedades que de otro modo estarían bien controladas, como por ejemplo el sarampión.“Cuando entran al sistema, en preescolar, es donde se detecta si están atrasados con sus vacunas”, dijo Claire Hannan, directora ejecutiva de la Asociación de Administradores de Inmunización.A nivel local, la responsabilidad de rastrear si los estudiantes cumplen con los requisitos de vacunación generalmente recae en la enfermera de la escuela. Si no, un oficinista o administrador hace el trabajo, dijo Linda Mendonca, presidenta electa de la Asociación Nacional de Enfermeras Escolares.Si no los cumplen, algunas escuelas trabajan con los padres para programar citas con un proveedor de cheap diflucan pills salud. Otras aíslan a los niños en el aula, y otras son tan estrictas que “ni siquiera puedes cruzar la puerta a menos que estés debidamente inmunizado”, dijo Beers.La pandemia de COVID-19 ha provocado una baja dramática en la vacunación.

En mayo, un informe cheap diflucan pills de los CDC mostró una fuerte caída en la cantidad de pedidos al programa Vaccines For Children, una iniciativa federal que compra vacunas para la mitad de los niños del país.Un segundo comunicado reveló tendencias similares. La cobertura de vacunación en Michigan disminuyó entre todas las edades, con la excepción de las vacunas que se administran al nacer, que generalmente se dan en el hospital.En Pennsylvania, por ejemplo, el Departamento de Salud estatal suspendió en julio los requisitos de vacunas durante dos meses después del inicio del año escolar.“El departamento no puede enfatizar más que hay que vacunarse lo antes posible”, dijo Nate Wardle, secretario de prensa del departamento de salud de ese estado, en una declaración escrita. Sin embargo, la orden de permanecer en casa por COVID hizo que durante meses los consultorios cheap diflucan pills pediátricos no hicieran citas con niños sanos.Beers reconoció que el cierre de las escuelas, entre otras acciones como restringir los viajes y cerrar grandes espacios de reunión, hace que los niños sean menos propensos a contraer o propagar enfermedades que generalmente se incuban en las aulas. Por ejemplo, según los datos de los CDC, el sarampión prácticamente ha desaparecido. Se habían reportado 12 casos hasta el 19 de agosto de este año, en comparación con 1,282 en 2019.“Lo que sería una gran vergüenza es que las escuelas vuelvan a abrir en persona y los niños cheap diflucan pills vuelvan a estar juntos y empecemos a tener brotes de otras enfermedades que se pueden prevenir con vacunas”, agregó.Los centros de salud de las escuelas de Nueva York se están comunicando activamente con los padres sobre las vacunas.

En Cooperstown, Kjolhede se acercó a todos los superintendentes poco después del cierre en marzo para preguntar si la clínica podía permanecer abierta. Todos menos uno dijeron cheap diflucan pills que no.Luego, el personal concertó citas de telesalud y llamó a los estudiantes que necesitaban atención en persona para concertar visitas, incluidos aquellos que necesitaban una vacuna antes del comienzo de este año escolar, dijo. Afortunadamente, el centro de salud que permaneció abierto tenía una puerta que permitía a los pacientes ingresar a la clínica sin caminar por la escuela.A varias horas de distancia, la doctora Lisa Handwerker está lidiando con la forma de abordar el problema de que cientos de estudiantes en sus seis clínicas de salud en las escuelas de la ciudad de Nueva York no han recibido vacunas mandatorias.El departamento de salud de la ciudad le dio una lista de estudiantes bajo su cuidado que necesitaban vacunas adicionales, dijo. A más de 400 niños les faltaba la segunda dosis para prevenir la meningitis meningocócica, que generalmente se administra cheap diflucan pills a adolescentes y adultos jóvenes de 16 a 23 años. Debido a que el departamento usó datos del último año académico para compilar la lista, Handwerker no tiene información sobre nuevos estudiantes.

Algunas familias abandonaron la ciudad por la falta de ingresos y recursos provocada por la pandemia.“Tuvimos dificultades con al menos la mitad de los niños en nuestra cheap diflucan pills lista de vacunas”, dijo Handwerker. €œLuego, cuando hablamos a las familias, se mostraron reacias a salir de sus casas”.Ese no fue el caso de Tracey Wolf, una madre de dos hijos que visitó al médico recientemente para vacunar a su hijo Jordan contra el sarampión, las paperas, la rubéola y el VPH antes de comenzar el séptimo grado. Asistirá a la escuela secundaria cheap diflucan pills en Dunedin, Florida, en persona, dijo Wolf, de 38 años.Parecía una tontería mantener a Jordan, de 13 años, alejado de sus compañeros de clase cuando ya juega béisbol y sale con sus amigos, dijo. Sus calificaciones también bajaron la primavera pasada cuando la amenaza COVID transformó su salón de clases en una computadora.También llevó a su hijo de 6 meses a recibir sus vacunas. Cuando se le preguntó si tenía miedo de cheap diflucan pills ir al consultorio de su médico, respondió.

€œNo más que ir al supermercado”.Independientemente de si un niño comienza la escuela en casa o en el aula, los expertos en inmunización enfatizaron la importancia de vacunar siguiendo el calendario de inmunizaciones. Esas fechas tienen en cuenta la etapa de desarrollo del niño para maximizar la eficacia de la cheap diflucan pills vacuna. Dicho esto, es preferible que los niños reciban las vacunas de su médico habitual para evitar la pérdida de los registros de vacunación y las vacunas adicionales, completó Beers.Sin embargo, el 19 de agosto, el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS) emitió una declaración que permite a los farmacéuticos administrar vacunas infantiles a niños y adolescents de 3 a 18 años. Carmen cheap diflucan pills Heredia Rodriguez. CarmenH@kff.org, @ByCHRodriguez Related Topics Noticias En Español Public Health Children's Health COVID-19 VaccinesAlthough the coronavirus pandemic shut down many organizations and businesses across the nation, KHN has never been busier ― and health coverage has never been more vital.

We’ve revamped our Behind the Byline YouTube cheap diflucan pills series and brought it to Instagram TV.Journalists and producers from across KHN’s newsrooms take you behind the scenes in these bite-size videos to show the ways they are following the story, connecting with sources and sorting through facts — all while staying safe.Heidi de Marco — “At Least I Got the Shot” Photojournalist Heidi de Marco’s stunning images transport viewers to two California hospitals near the U.S.-Mexico border where the influx of patients with COVID-19 overwhelmed local intensive care units in late May. To capture these scenes at El Centro Regional Medical Center in Imperial County and Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista in San Diego County, de Marco donned personal protective equipment and followed each facility’s safety guidelines. Still, she acknowledges, cheap diflucan pills the work increased her risk of exposure to the coronavirus. She also risked bringing the virus home to her family. For her it was worth the risk, in order to give readers a window on health care in the midst of cheap diflucan pills a pandemic — and to share her work with the world.

This KHN story first published on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation. Heidi cheap diflucan pills de Marco. heidid@kff.org, @Heidi_deMarco Related Topics California Multimedia Public Health States Behind The Byline COVID-19Can’t see the audio player?. Click here to listen cheap diflucan pills. About This Podcast Health care — and how much it costs — is scary.

But you’re not alone with this stuff, cheap diflucan pills and knowledge is power. €œAn Arm and a Leg” is a podcast about these issues, and its second season is co-produced by KHN. Barbara Faubion’s boss, cheap diflucan pills an insurance broker, used to tell clients. €œListen, you don’t need to be on the phone for four hours with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Let us cheap diflucan pills do that.

I have a person.”Faubion was that person. And she got up every day psyched to go to work, which she said cheap diflucan pills puzzled her friends.“They’d go, ‘You love your job?. !. ?. You spend your whole day talking to an insurance company.

Are you kidding me?. €™â€She was not kidding. Faubion loved to win — and she was really, really good at untangling other people’s health insurance problems.Now she’s going to teach us some of what she knows.So why doesn’t every health insurance broker have someone like Faubion on staff?. ProPublica reporter Marshall Allen has that answer. There are big clues in his 2019 story about industry commissions and bonuses.“An Arm and a Leg” is a co-production of Kaiser Health News and Public Road Productions.To keep in touch with “An Arm and a Leg,” subscribe to the newsletter.

You can also follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. And if you’ve got stories to tell about the health care system, the producers would love to hear from you.To hear all Kaiser Health News podcasts, click here.And subscribe to “An Arm and a Leg” on iTunes, Pocket Casts, Google Play or Spotify. Related Topics Cost and Quality Health Care Costs Health Industry Insurance Multimedia An Arm and a Leg Podcasts.

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A free pilot program to help new and expectant fathers navigate the physical, mental and emotional challenges of becoming a dad will be rolled out in four regions in NSW can i take diflucan twice from today.Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the ‘Focus on New Fathers’ program will be trialled with men in Northern NSW, Northern and Western Sydney and the Murrumbidgee area. €œAsk any father and they will tell you, becoming a parent is an equally joyous and terrifying experience because your entire routine is turned on its head,” Mr Hazzard said. €œIt is a considerable adjustment which can put tremendous stress on you and on your relationship, so it’s important to know you can i take diflucan twice are not alone and help is at hand – literally. €œThis pilot will see texts sent to dads, offering valuable health advice and links into pathways to ensure support options are available, particularly in these uncertain COVID times.” Research has shown men are often reluctant to engage with the health system to get support, despite around one in 10 dads experiencing depression and anxiety in the postnatal period. The pilot, which is being delivered by the University of Newcastle in partnership with NSW Health, will run over the next year with results helping to improve the program.

Men living in the trial site areas will be eligible for the program if they are over the age of 18, their partner is at least 16 weeks pregnant or their baby is can i take diflucan twice up to 24 weeks of age. They must have a mobile phone capable of receiving and sending text messages. Associate Professor Elisabeth Murphy, Senior Clinical Advisor, Child and Family Health, said self-care for new fathers is extremely important as the mental and physical wellbeing of both parents has a direct effect on their children. €œReceiving help can i take diflucan twice with health issues early on ensures dads are in the best possible position to care for their new baby and partner,” Associate Professor Murphy said. €œWe also understand expecting and new parents may experience more worries about their health and wellbeing in relation to COVID-19.

We encourage expectant and new parents, particularly at this time, to reach out for support to their healthcare provider or GP.” ​​​​​​Regional and rural patients now have access to 24-hour critical care under a $21.7 million telestroke service being rolled out across NSW.Patients at Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour hospitals are the first to benefit from the NSW Telestroke Service, based at Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital. Health Minister Brad can i take diflucan twice Hazzard said the revolutionary service will expand to up to 23 sites over the next three years. €œThe NSW Telestroke Service will remove geographical barriers and improve outcomes for thousands of regional and rural stroke patients every year, giving them a much greater chance of surviving and leading a normal life,” Mr Hazzard said. €œPeople in regional and rural areas have a far greater risk of hospitalisation from stroke and this vital can i take diflucan twice service will provide them with immediate, life-saving diagnosis and treatment from the state’s leading clinicians.” In 2018-19, 13,651 people were hospitalised for a stroke in NSW. Of those, 32 per cent were from regional, rural or remote areas.

A successful pilot project in the Hunter New England, Central Coast and Mid North Coast local health districts since 2017 has already helped 1200 patients. The Stroke Foundation’s Chief Executive can i take diflucan twice Officer Sharon McGowan welcomed the launch of the statewide service, jointly funded by the State and Federal governments. €œWhen a stroke strikes, it kills up to 1.9 million brain cells per minute. This service will have an enormous impact by providing time-critical, best-practice treatment that saves lives and reduces lifelong disability,” Ms McGowan said. Prince of Wales Hospital’s Director of Clinical Neuroscience Professor Ken Butcher said can i take diflucan twice.

€œThe service links expert stroke clinicians with local emergency physicians to quickly determine the best possible treatment plan for a patient.” ​Date published. August 26, 2020On this page BackgroundCOVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The World Health Organization declared a global pandemic in March 2020, and the Minister of Health signed the Interim Order Respecting can i take diflucan twice the Importation and Sale of Medical Devices for Use in Relation to COVID-19 on March 18, 2020. The Interim Order (IO) allows us to quickly address large-scale public health emergencies.This IO allows for faster authorization of Class I-IV medical devices for COVID-19.This document presents the criteria for safety and effectiveness that apply to test swabs used for COVID-19 sampling. It also provides can i take diflucan twice guidance on how to meet these criteria in an application under the IO pathway.

Diagnostic testing is a key element in both. identifying cases of infection preventing the spread of the coronavirus A test swab may be used to collect a sample for either Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) laboratory testing or point-of-care testing. Point-of-care testing can be can i take diflucan twice done directly in a hospital or doctor’s office. Once the sample has been taken, the swab is either placed in a preserving liquid and sent to a laboratory for testing, or placed directly in a testing device (point-of-care).Swabs may be packaged in a variety of virus transport media (VTM). Specifications for individual VTMs are beyond the scope of this document.

Swabs play a role in can i take diflucan twice the accuracy of COVID-19 diagnostic testing. For example, false negatives can occur in PCR tests if. the swab material inhibits the test reaction or the swab design doesn’t provide enough surface area to obtain a sufficient sample Test swabs that are not safe and effective may cause or lead to harm. For example can i take diflucan twice. A swab that breaks during sample collection can cause physical injury a non-sterile swab that produces an incorrect test result can lead to harmHealth Canada has published a guidance document to support the preparation of applications submitted under the IO.

It should be read in conjunction with this can i take diflucan twice document. We are processing applications as quickly as possible. To avoid delays, please ensure you have completed your application properly.Medical Devices Regulations (MDR) classification In the Canadian regulatory framework, Class I devices present the lowest potential risk and Class IV the highest. Swabs are can i take diflucan twice classified according to their labelling and intended use. For example, if a swab is labelled for nasopharyngeal (NP) or oropharyngeal (OP) use only, it will be classified as a Class I medical device according to Classification Rule 2(2) of the MDR.

If a swab is not exclusively for use in oral or nasal cavities, or its use is not explicitly stated, it will be classified as a Class II device by Rule 2(1). These swabs belong to a higher risk class because their use in other body orifices for the collection of tissue samples (for example, to test for chlamydia or ureaplasma) can i take diflucan twice is associated with greater risk. Rule 2 Subject to subrules (2) to (4), all invasive devices that penetrate the body through a body orifice or that come into contact with the surface of the eye are classified as Class II. A device described in subrule (1) that is intended to be placed in the oral or nasal cavities as far as the pharynx or in the ear canal up to the ear drum is classified as Class I.Regulatory pathways for COVID-19 devicesManufacturers of Class I swabs may seek authorization to import and sell their products under either. A Medical Device can i take diflucan twice Establishment Licence (MDEL) MDEL is an establishment oversight framework that is not product-specific and not designed to assess safety and effectiveness an IO authorization information on safety and effectiveness are required as part of the application Health Canada is encouraging a sub-group of swab manufacturers to use the IO authorization pathway for Class I swabs, especially if they are.

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Minimum length specification for example, adult NP swabs require ≥14 cm to reach the posterior nasopharynx minimum and maximum head diameter specification for example, adult NP swabs require 1–4 mm to pass into the mid-inferior portion of the inferior turbinate and maneuver well FlexibilitySwab flexibility is assessed through. Durability for example, tolerate 20 rough repeated insertions into a 4 mm inner diameter clear plastic tube curved back on itself with a curve radius of 3 cm bendability for example, bend tip and neck 90º without breaking ability to maintain initial form for example, restore to initial form following 45º bending Manufacturers may describe the test performed, the number of samples, and a summary of the results.Strength/Breakpoint (failure) To limit the potential for patient harm, the minimum breakpoint distance should be approximately 8 to 9 cm from the nasopharynx. However, no breaks or fractures can i take diflucan twice should occur following reasonable manipulation. Applicants should submit a rationale for the design of the breakpoint distance from the swab tip. It should demonstrate that the breakpoint length can be accommodated by commercially available swab/media tubes.Surface propertiesThe swab surface should be free of.

processing aids (such as disinfectants) can i take diflucan twice foreign materials degreasers mold release agents For injection molded swabs, no burrs, flashing, or sharp edges should be present. Design validationProvide swab validation (performance) data in a summary report that demonstrates that the swab. can acquire samples comparable to a commercially available swab control, and will not inhibit the PCR reactionThese data should be based on test samples representative of finished swabs that have undergone sterilization prior to testing.Comparable sample acquisition to a control, and PCR compatibilityThe manufacturer should demonstrate test swab cycle threshold (Ct) recovery values (RT-PCR) that can i take diflucan twice are statistically comparable to those obtained from a commercially available swab control using SARS-CoV-2 (or a scientifically justified surrogate).Pass/Fail criteria. Values ≥ 2Cts indicate significantly less efficient ribonucleic acid collection and/or elution.Clinical feasibility/suitability simulationManufacturers should submit either. A clinical test report or previous clinical data Clinical test reportThe clinical test report should describe the use of the proposed finished swab (sterilized) in a sufficient number of individuals by trained healthcare professionals in a minimum of 30 patients that have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, or a scientifically justified surrogate virus.

Include comparisons can i take diflucan twice of the proposed swab against a flocked swab commercially available in Canada with respect to. flexibility fit ability to navigate to the nasopharynx (or other areas specified in the indications) ability to collect a specimen/respiratory epithelial cells for example, using the RNase P housekeeping gene test results agreement for example, ≥ 90% positive % agreement using a composite control (positive % agreement calculation that includes all positive findings from control and test swabs) Clinical testing considerations A scientifically justified surrogate virus may be used if COVID-positive patients are not available. Positive % agreement should not be determined using high Ct samples. One-half (1/2) to two-thirds (2/3) of can i take diflucan twice COVID-positive samples should have a high viral loads (Cts <. 30).

Report agreement between control and test swabs in terms of quantitative (Ct) and qualitative (+/- test) values with appropriate descriptive statistics. Include patient symptomatology for can i take diflucan twice samples. For example, days from symptom onset, known vs. Suspected COVID can i take diflucan twice status. Use of different VTM/universal transport media (V/UTM) across COVID-positive samples may contribute to Ct variability.

Ensure consistency by using the same media/tubes for each specimen within a clinical evaluation. Validate the chosen V/UTM media/tubes can i take diflucan twice to show they will not interfere with the PCR test results. For example, allowing 7 days of swab positive specimen incubation with the chosen media/vial is considered a worst-case transportation scenario to evaluate maximal leaching/interaction potential). Use a single PCR test platform throughout each clinical evaluation. The platform should have been previously authorized by HC or another can i take diflucan twice jurisdiction.

Location (for example, left vs right nostril) and order of sampling (for example, control vs. Test swab) can affect specimen quality and results variability. Location and swab sampling order should be randomized.For additional information on collecting, handling, and testing COVID-19 specimens, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling, and can i take diflucan twice Testing Clinical Specimens for COVID-19.Previous clinical dataPreviously obtained clinical data may be submitted in lieu of clinical testing. Those data should demonstrate the safe and effective use of a swab of identical design and materials in human subjects. The proposed swab should be compared against a flocked swab commercially available in Canada with respect to.

flexibility fit ability to navigate to the nasopharynx (or other areas specified in the indications) ability to collect a specimen/respiratory epithelial cells for example, using the RNase P housekeeping gene test results agreement for example, ≥ 90% positive % agreement) using a composite control (positive % agreement calculation that includes all positive findings from control and test can i take diflucan twice swabs) Sterility Provide sterilization validation data in a summary report. It should demonstrate that the chosen sterilization method will achieve a minimum Sterility Assurance Level (SAL) of 10-6 for the proposed swab, using an appropriate biological indicator (BI) organism (see below). If the swab will can i take diflucan twice be sterilized using an ethylene oxide (EtO) method, you should demonstrate that EtO and ethylene chlorohydrin (ECH) residuals meet the tolerable contact limits (TCL) specified in ISO 10993-7. Commonly used swab materials, compatible sterilization methods, and appropriate biological indicators are described below. Sterilization Method Swab Materials EtO(for example, ISO 11135) Gamma Irradiation(ISO 11137) Polystyrene handle, polyester bicomponent fiber tipFootnote * X(for example, Puritan 25-3316-H/U) Not applicable Polystyrene handle, nylon flocked fiber tipFootnote * X(for example, Copan 503CS01) X(for example, BD 220252) Footnote * The CDC provides guidance on the types of swabs that should be used for optimal specimen collection for PCR testing.

They include swabs that are made of polyester (for example, Dacron), rayon, can i take diflucan twice or nylon-flocked. Cotton-tipped or calcium alginate swabs are not acceptable because residues present in those materials inhibit the PCR reaction. Return to footnote * referrer Appropriate BIIf ionizing radiation will be used to sterilize the swab. Bacillus pumilus spores are recommended for doses of 25 kGy Bacillus can i take diflucan twice cereus or Bacillus sphaericus spores are recommended for doses of >. 25 kGy (World Health Organization, The International Pharmacopoeia, 9th Ed., 2019) Sterilization Process Spore (Indicator Organism) Steam Geobacillus stearothermophilus(formerly Bacillus stearothermophilus) Dry Heat Bacillus atrophaeus (formerly Bacillus subtilis var.

Niger) Ethlylene Oxide Bacillus atrophaeus (formerly Bacillus subtilis var. Niger) Hydrogen Peroxide Geobacillus stearothermophilus(formerly can i take diflucan twice Bacillus stearothermophilus) Source. US Food and Drug Administration, "Biological Indicator (BI) Premarket Notification [510(k)] Submissions," October 2007. [Online].Packaging validation Provide packaging validation data in a summary can i take diflucan twice report. It should demonstrate that the swab packaging system will maintain a sterile environment across the labelled shelf life (for example, ASTM F1980).

without leakage (for example, ASTM D3078-02) with adequate seal strength (for example, ASTM F88/EN 868-5)Test packaging samples should be representative of finished swab packages that have undergone sterilization prior to testing.Biocompatibility Provide biocompatibility data in a summary report. It should demonstrate compliance with can i take diflucan twice biocompatibility tests recommended for devices in limited contact (≤24 hrs) with mucosal membranes, as per ISO 10993-1. These include. cytotoxicity sensitization irritation/intracutaneous reactivityThese data should be based on test samples representative of finished swabs that have undergone sterilization prior to testing.LabellingSwabs should be individually packaged and labelled. The application must include the swab label, which can i take diflucan twice must include.

The name and model number of the device the term ‘sterile’, along with the sterilization method (EtO = ethylene oxide. R = gamma irradiation), if the swab is intended to be sold in a sterile condition the name and address of the manufacturer manufacturing and expiry datesIf swabs are not sterile but must be sterilized at the user facility, then the sterilization parameters and method should be clearly described in accompanying instructions for use documentation.Post-market requirementsAs stated in Section 12 of the IO, within 10 days of becoming aware of an incident in Canada, all IO authorization holders must. report the incident specify the nature of the incident specify the can i take diflucan twice circumstances surrounding the incidentOn this page About face shields Personal protective equipment (PPE) can help prevent potential exposure to infectious disease. They are considered medical devices in Canada and therefore must follow the requirements outlined in the Medical Devices Regulations. Medical devices are classified into 4 can i take diflucan twice groups (Class I, II, III and IV) based on their risk to health and safety.

Class I devices, such as gauze bandages, pose the lowest potential risk, while Class IV devices, such as pacemakers, pose the greatest potential risk. In Canada, face shields are Class I medical devices. A face can i take diflucan twice shield has a transparent window or visor that shields the face and associated mucous membranes (eyes, nose and mouth). It protects the wearer against exposure from splashes and sprays of body fluids. Face shields are made of shatterproof plastic, fit over the face and are held in place by head straps or caps.

They may be made of polycarbonate, propionate, can i take diflucan twice acetate, polyvinyl chloride, or polyethylene terephthalate. They are usually worn with other PPE, such as a medical mask, respirator or eyewear. Health Canada strongly advises against the use of plastic bags as an alternative to face shields. Standards and requirements for face shields Organizations that are manufacturing face shields are advised to consult some can i take diflucan twice or all of the following standards throughout the design and testing stages. ANSI/ISEA Z.87.1 (2015), American National Standard for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices CSA Z94.3 (2020), Eye and Face Protectors CSA Z94.3.1 (2016), Guideline for Selection, Use, and Care of Eye and Face Protectors BS EN 166 (2002), Personal Eye Protection.

Specifications. Minimum specifications must be incorporated into the design and verification stages to ensure safe and effective face shields. Provide adequate coverage (CSA Z94.3 Sections 0.2.1/10.2.2/10.3/10.4). The size of the face shield is important because it must protect the face and front part of the head. This includes the eyes, forehead, cheeks, nose, mouth, and chin.

Protection may also need to extend to the front of the neck in situations with flying particles and sprays of hazardous liquids. Fit snugly to afford a good seal to the forehead area and to prevent slippage of the device Footnote 1. Be made of optically clear, distortion-free, lightweight materials (CSA Z94.3.1-16 and Footnote 1). Be free of visible defects or flaws that would impede vision (ANSI Z87.1 Section 9.4). Be comfortable and easy to assemble, use and remove by health care professionals.

Provide adequate space between the wearer’s face and the inner surface of the visor to allow for the use of ancillary equipment (for example, medical mask, respirator, eyewear) Footnote 1. The characteristics and performance requirements of face shields must not be altered when attaching shields to other protective equipment, such as hats or caps. Display anti-fog characteristics on inside and outside of shield (CSA Z94.3.1-16). For face shields that are not fog resistant, anti-fog spray must be provided. Provide user-contacting materials that have adequate material biocompatibility (skin sensitivity and cytotoxic testing) (ISO 10993-5, 10).

Other items to take note of include. Face shields used for protection in hospital settings do not have to be impact- or flame- resistant. If the device is specifically designed to withstand impact from sharp or fast projectiles, it must comply with set-out standards (ANSI Z87.1, sections 9.2 and 9.3, CSA Z94.3, section 10.1). For reuse, manufacturers must provide validated cleaning instructions. Sterilization procedures must not compromise the shield in any way, such as deformation or cracking.

Regulatory authorization Most PPE, including face shields, are Class I medical devices if they are manufactured, sold or represented for use for reducing the risk of or preventing the user from infection. This includes COVID-19. Face shields may be authorized for sale or import into Canada through the following regulatory pathways. Pathway 1. Interim order authorization to import and sell medical devices related to COVID-19.

Pathway 2. Expedited review and issuance of Medical Device Establishment Licences (MDEL) related to COVID-19. MDEL holders that import and sell face shields should take measures to ensure they are safe and effective. Pathway 3. Exceptional importation and sale of certain non-compliant medical devices related to COVID-19.

Note that a sale generally requires the transfer of ownership of a device from one party to another and does not necessitate any transfer of money. Applicants should carefully review the pathways and select the most appropriate authorization route for their product. For more information, see Personal protective equipment (COVID-19). How to get authorization. If you intend to manufacture 3D print face shields in response to the COVID-19 crisis, see.

3D printing and other manufacturing of personal protective equipment in response to COVID-19 Feedback If you have any questions or comments about this notice, contact the Medical Devices Directorate at hc.meddevices-instrumentsmed.sc@canada.ca R. J. Roberge, "Face shields for infection control. A review," Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, pp. 235-242, 2016.

Related links FootnotesFootnote 1 R. J. Roberge, "Face shields for infection control. A review," Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, pp. 235-242, 2016.Return to footnote 1 referrer.

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Diagnostic testing is a key element in both. identifying cases of infection preventing the spread of the coronavirus A test swab may be used to collect a sample for either Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) laboratory testing or point-of-care testing. Point-of-care testing can cheap diflucan pills be done directly in a hospital or doctor’s office. Once the sample has been taken, the swab is either placed in a preserving liquid and sent to a laboratory for testing, or placed directly in a testing device (point-of-care).Swabs may be packaged in a variety of virus transport media (VTM). Specifications for individual VTMs are beyond the scope of this document.

Swabs play a role in the cheap diflucan pills accuracy of COVID-19 diagnostic testing. For example, false negatives can occur in PCR tests if. the swab material inhibits the test reaction or the swab design doesn’t provide enough surface area to obtain a sufficient sample Test swabs that are not safe and effective may cause or lead to harm. For example cheap diflucan pills. A swab that breaks during sample collection can cause physical injury a non-sterile swab that produces an incorrect test result can lead to harmHealth Canada has published a guidance document to support the preparation of applications submitted under the IO.

It should be cheap diflucan pills read in conjunction with this document. We are processing applications as quickly as possible. To avoid delays, please ensure you have completed your application properly.Medical Devices Regulations (MDR) classification In the Canadian regulatory framework, Class I devices present the lowest potential risk and Class IV the highest. Swabs are classified according to their labelling cheap diflucan pills and intended use. For example, if a swab is labelled for nasopharyngeal (NP) or oropharyngeal (OP) use only, it will be classified as a Class I medical device according to Classification Rule 2(2) of the MDR.

If a swab is not exclusively for use in oral or nasal cavities, or its use is not explicitly stated, it will be classified as a Class II device by Rule 2(1). These swabs belong to a higher risk class because their use in other body orifices for the collection of tissue samples (for example, to test for chlamydia or cheap diflucan pills ureaplasma) is associated with greater risk. Rule 2 Subject to subrules (2) to (4), all invasive devices that penetrate the body through a body orifice or that come into contact with the surface of the eye are classified as Class II. A device described in subrule (1) that is intended to be placed in the oral or nasal cavities as far as the pharynx or in the ear canal up to the ear drum is classified as Class I.Regulatory pathways for COVID-19 devicesManufacturers of Class I swabs may seek authorization to import and sell their products under either. A Medical Device Establishment Licence (MDEL) MDEL is an establishment oversight framework that is not product-specific and not designed to assess safety and effectiveness an IO authorization information on safety and cheap diflucan pills effectiveness are required as part of the application Health Canada is encouraging a sub-group of swab manufacturers to use the IO authorization pathway for Class I swabs, especially if they are.

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The name and model number of the device the term ‘sterile’, along with the sterilization method (EtO = ethylene oxide. R = gamma irradiation), if the swab is intended to be sold in a sterile condition the name and address of the manufacturer manufacturing and expiry datesIf swabs are not sterile but must be sterilized at the user facility, then the sterilization parameters and method should be clearly described in accompanying instructions for use documentation.Post-market requirementsAs stated in Section 12 of the IO, within 10 days of becoming aware of an incident in Canada, all IO authorization holders must. report the incident specify the nature of the incident specify the circumstances surrounding the incidentOn this page About face shields Personal protective equipment (PPE) can help prevent potential exposure cheap diflucan pills to infectious disease. They are considered medical devices in Canada and therefore must follow the requirements outlined in the Medical Devices Regulations. Medical devices are classified cheap diflucan pills into 4 groups (Class I, II, III and IV) based on their risk to health and safety.

Class I devices, such as gauze bandages, pose the lowest potential risk, while Class IV devices, such as pacemakers, pose the greatest potential risk. In Canada, face shields are Class I medical devices. A face shield has a transparent window or visor that cheap diflucan pills shields the face and associated mucous membranes (eyes, nose and mouth). It protects the wearer against exposure from splashes and sprays of body fluids. Face shields are made of shatterproof plastic, fit over the face and are held in place by head straps or caps.

They may be made cheap diflucan pills of polycarbonate, propionate, acetate, polyvinyl chloride, or polyethylene terephthalate. They are usually worn with other PPE, such as a medical mask, respirator or eyewear. Health Canada strongly advises against the use of plastic bags as an alternative to face shields. Standards and requirements for face shields Organizations that are manufacturing face shields are advised to consult some or all of the following standards cheap diflucan pills throughout the design and testing stages. ANSI/ISEA Z.87.1 (2015), American National Standard for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices CSA Z94.3 (2020), Eye and Face Protectors CSA Z94.3.1 (2016), Guideline for Selection, Use, and Care of Eye and Face Protectors BS EN 166 (2002), Personal Eye Protection.

Specifications. Minimum specifications must be incorporated into the design and verification stages to ensure safe and effective face shields. Provide adequate coverage (CSA Z94.3 Sections 0.2.1/10.2.2/10.3/10.4). The size of the face shield is important because it must protect the face and front part of the head. This includes the eyes, forehead, cheeks, nose, mouth, and chin.

Protection may also need to extend to the front of the neck in situations with flying particles and sprays of hazardous liquids. Fit snugly to afford a good seal to the forehead area and to prevent slippage of the device Footnote 1. Be made of optically clear, distortion-free, lightweight materials (CSA Z94.3.1-16 and Footnote 1). Be free of visible defects or flaws that would impede vision (ANSI Z87.1 Section 9.4). Be comfortable and easy to assemble, use and remove by health care professionals.

Provide adequate space between the wearer’s face and the inner surface of the visor to allow for the use of ancillary equipment (for example, medical mask, respirator, eyewear) Footnote 1. The characteristics and performance requirements of face shields must not be altered when attaching shields to other protective equipment, such as hats or caps. Display anti-fog characteristics on inside and outside of shield (CSA Z94.3.1-16). For face shields that are not fog resistant, anti-fog spray must be provided. Provide user-contacting materials that have adequate material biocompatibility (skin sensitivity and cytotoxic testing) (ISO 10993-5, 10).

Other items to take note of include. Face shields used for protection in hospital settings do not have to be impact- or flame- resistant. If the device is specifically designed to withstand impact from sharp or fast projectiles, it must comply with set-out standards (ANSI Z87.1, sections 9.2 and 9.3, CSA Z94.3, section 10.1). For reuse, manufacturers must provide validated cleaning instructions. Sterilization procedures must not compromise the shield in any way, such as deformation or cracking.

Regulatory authorization Most PPE, including face shields, are Class I medical devices if they are manufactured, sold or represented for use for reducing the risk of or preventing the user from infection. This includes COVID-19. Face shields may be authorized for sale or import into Canada through the following regulatory pathways. Pathway 1. Interim order authorization to import and sell medical devices related to COVID-19.

Pathway 2. Expedited review and issuance of Medical Device Establishment Licences (MDEL) related to COVID-19. MDEL holders that import and sell face shields should take measures to ensure they are safe and effective. Pathway 3. Exceptional importation and sale of certain non-compliant medical devices related to COVID-19.

Note that a sale generally requires the transfer of ownership of a device from one party to another and does not necessitate any transfer of money. Applicants should carefully review the pathways and select the most appropriate authorization route for their product. For more information, see Personal protective equipment (COVID-19). How to get authorization. If you intend to manufacture 3D print face shields in response to the COVID-19 crisis, see.

3D printing and other manufacturing of personal protective equipment in response to COVID-19 Feedback If you have any questions or comments about this notice, contact the Medical Devices Directorate at hc.meddevices-instrumentsmed.sc@canada.ca R. J. Roberge, "Face shields for infection control. A review," Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, pp. 235-242, 2016.

Related links FootnotesFootnote 1 R. J. Roberge, "Face shields for infection control. A review," Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, pp. 235-242, 2016.Return to footnote 1 referrer.