In Case You Missed It: MMWR

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) maintains a collection of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which collects and analyzes data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on epidemiology and public health. Each issue of the MMWR is packed with raw and analyzed public health data and scientific studies from some of the top minds in the United States. Below we highlight some of the most current and informative studies included in their weekly reports. 

Here are some important articles you may have missed from Volume 72, Issues 50-53, and Volume 73, Issue 1 of the Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series. 

Dec.15, 2023 / No. 50

Featured Article:

Suicide Rates by Industry and Occupation — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2021

The U.S. working-age population has seen a 33% increase in suicide rates over the last two decades. CDC analyzed 2021 suicide deaths by industry and occupation, identifying elevated rates in sectors such as Mining, Construction, and Arts. This article offers evidence-based guidance for workplaces to integrate preventive measures.

Dec. 22, 2023 / No. 51

Featured Article:

SARS-CoV-2 Rebound With and Without Use of COVID-19 Oral Antivirals

CDC’s review found no “consistent association between treatment and rebound” rates when patients were prescribed early treatment of COVID-19 infections with antiviral therapies. They suggest that doctors should prioritize antiviral treatment in high-risk patients, considering potential rebound risks as secondary to preventing COVID-19 morbidity and mortality.

Jan. 5, 2024 / No. 52-53

Featured Article:

Second Nationwide Tuberculosis Outbreak Caused by Bone Allografts Containing Live Cells — United States, 2023

In July 2023, cases of tuberculosis (TB) and subsequent deaths were reported following spinal surgeries using bone allografts from the same deceased donor. A previous 2021 outbreak was linked to a similar product. This study suggests that improved safety measures are crucial for addressing tissue-transmitted TB risks in the tissue transplant industry.

Jan. 11, 2024 / No. 1

Featured Article:

Topical Antifungal Prescribing for Medicare Part D Beneficiaries — United States, 2021

This article discusses how the misuse of topical antifungals and antifungal-corticosteroid combinations is contributing to the global rise of antimicrobial-resistant fungal infections. The study emphasizes the need for judicious prescribing and patient education to address emerging resistance.

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