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Support for primary care; antiobesity medication use; scanning sewage for viruses – Morning Medical Update


The top news stories in primary care today.

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Feds support primary care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services touted the efforts of President Joe Biden and his administration to bolster primary care across the nation. This fall, high-level officials published the new issue brief on primary health care.

Persistence in fighting obesity

Patients using semaglutide were most likely to be persistent in using the antiobesity medication at one year. But there were dropoff rates of patient use of antiobesity medications at three months, six months and a year’s time, according to a new study of patients in Ohio and Florida.

Sewage surveillance for health

Public health officials tracked COVID-19 viruses in wastewater during the pandemic. A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seeks to determine if the same method could be used to discover spread of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus.

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