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Aging and Eyesight

Written by Melody Huang, O.D. | Source: Vision Center  Updated on May 3, 2022  Many changes take place in our eyes as we get older. Many of these changes are normal, while others are serious eye diseases that require medical attention. While we are not able to stop or reverse the aging process, most of these eye conditions are treatable.  Beginning at age 40, ophthalmologists recommend getting regular eye exams every year (even if you have healthy eyes) in order to maintain eye health and detect any age-related vision problems. Presbyopia Presbyopia means losing the ability ...

COVID-19 Medications Are Available for You to Prescribe to Your Patients: Update from the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department

Prescribe the Oral Antiviral Paxlovid to Your Patients  · When given early in the course of infection, medications like Paxlovid can reduce the likelihood of severe symptoms, hospitalization, and death.  · The National Institute of Health COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines recommends Paxlovid, an oral antiviral, and Remdesivir, an intravenous antiviral, as preferential therapeutics based on their efficacy and convenience of use.   · If neither Paxlovid nor Remdesivir are available or clinically appropriate, the NIH recommends providers use the following alternative therapies: Molnupiravir, an oral antiviral, or Bebtelovimab, a monoclonal antibody treatment.    Prescribe Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ...

Health Update: New STD Legislation and Updated CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention

HEALTH UPDATE County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Health Officer 976 Lenzen Avenue, 2nd Floor San Jose, CA 95126 HEALTH UPDATE: New STD Legislation and Updated CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention DATE: January 25, 2022 TO: All Healthcare Providers FROM: Sarah L. Rudman, MD, MPH STD/HIV Controller Young people and adults in Santa Clara County continue to be affected by sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more challenging for many communities to access care. This increases the need to ramp up screening, testing, and linkage to care ...

CalAIM: Why It’s So Much More Than Another New Health Program

For decades, the state’s Medi-Cal program has delivered essential health services to millions of Californians, and it’s rightfully earned extremely strong public support from Californians as a result. Still, the idea of Medi-Cal as a single program is a bit of a misnomer. It is a patchwork of different health programs among an even greater patchwork of social programs. Having such siloed and disconnected services has made it harder and harder for Californians to access the kinds of people-centered care that evidence shows is most effective and is also fundamental to building ...

The Work of Family Caregiving: Invisible, Costly, and Taxing

  Laura’s 78-year-old mother fell off a health cliff, spiraling downward in a decline that’s not uncommon among older adults. “She went from normal cognition to thinking it was her wedding day and that I was her mother,” Laura told Vox journalist Anne Helen Petersen. “She didn’t know how to walk and didn’t remember what had happened to her.” Laura, whose last name and location were withheld to protect her privacy, spent the next few years caring for her parents. Like many other Americans who become full-time caretakers, she had limited options. Medicare doesn’t cover ...