- Given budget problems, insufficient domestic manufacturing and supply chain bottlenecks, the Strategic National Stockpile lacks critical supplies to combat the surge in COVID cases across the nation, Monika Evstatieva writes ~ A Revamped Strategic National Stockpile Still Can’t Match The Pandemic’s Latest Surge (NPR)
- Some doctors and medical practices have begun relying on urgent care clinics and hospitals to care for sick pediatric patients, Kristy P. Kennedy writes ~ Parents Complain That Pediatricians, Wary of COVID, Shift Sick Kids to Urgent Care (Kaiser Health News)
- Ipsit V. Vahia, MD, and colleagues review recent evidence suggesting that older adults may be more resilient to the anxiety and stress of the pandemic compared to their younger peers ~ Older Adults and the Mental Health Effects of COVID-19 (JAMA)
- “The systemic change required to make trans patients welcome in all health care settings and to ensure that they are treated with dignity and receive the care they need remains elusive,” write Sula Malina, BA, Sarah Warbelow, JD, and Asa E. Radix, MD, PhD, reflecting on the Health and Human Services’ decision to end certain health protections for transgender Americans ~ Two Steps Back — Rescinding Transgender Health Protections in Risky Times (New England Journal of Medicine)
- In a recent analysis, Aaron P. Mitchell, MD, MPH, and colleagues highlight the influence drug industry funding has on physician prescribing practices ~ Are Financial Payments From the Pharmaceutical Industry Associated With Physician Prescribing? (Annals of Internal Medicine)
- Mark A. Oldham, MD, and colleagues review the psychological costs of the pandemic and how clinicians can try to meet the growing mental health needs of vulnerable populations ~ Mental Health, COVID-19, and the Invisible Pandemic on the Horizon (Mayo Clinic Proceedings)
Fred N. Pelzman, MD, of Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates and weekly blogger for MedPage Today, follows what’s going on in the world of primary care medicine. Pelzman’s Picks is a compilation of links to blogs, articles, tweets, journal studies, opinion pieces, and news briefs related to primary care that caught his eye.