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Viruses spreading; CKD and primary care; COVID-19 and vaping – Morning Medical Update


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Two viruses spreading

Norovirus illness is surging in the northeast and a cluster of measles has emerged in Florida. The illnesses are different, but “measles is the most contagious and easily transmittable virus we know,” said one expert. ContagionLive, a sister publication of Medical Economics, has more.

Kidney disease and primary care

Evidence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) relies largely on hospital research, with limited applicability in the community primary care setting. Danish researchers want to change that as CKD increases worldwide due to metabolic and cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

Vaping and COVID-19

Electronic cigarettes may be a helpful substitute for people quitting use of tobacco products. But the chemical mix in e-cigarettes may make some users more susceptible to infection by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a new study and accompanying news release.

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