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Women less likely to receive CPR in public; Over 500 mass shootings in 2023; COVID boosters aren’t being called boosters - Morning Medical Update


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Women less likely to receive CPR in public

Women are less likely to receive CPR when experiencing a cardiac emergency in public, a new study found. “It could be that people are worried about hurting or touching women, or that they think a woman is less likely to be having a cardiac arrest,” co-author Dr. Alexis Cournoyer said in an interview. Researchers used records of public cardiac arrest data from 2005-2015 and found that 61% of women receive CPR while 68% of men receive it.

Over 500 mass shootings in 2023

There have been 501 mass shootings in the United States so far this year. The Gun Violence Archive classifies a mass shooting as a “shooting where four or more people are shot or killed, not including the shooter.” One in six Americans has seen someone get shot.

COVID boosters aren’t being called boosters

Doctors and health departments have stopped calling COVID boosters boosters. Instead, they’re calling them “updated COVID-19 vaccines” " because they have started to think about COVID like influenza. “It is now the current vaccine for the year,” Dr. Keipp Talbot, a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's committee of vaccine advisers, said in an interview.

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