In this Week's Issue

  • Second Omicron Booster Authorized
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections Are on the Rise, Warns CDC
  • TexMed 2023 Presents Can't-Miss CME  With New and Improved Schedule
  • FDA Announces Shift to Simplify COVID-19 Vaccines
  • San Antonio Medicine April Issue
  • Weekly News Digest




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Second Omicron Booster Authorized
Certain groups are now eligible for another dose of the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine, and the updated shots have now fully replaced the monovalent shots, the FDA announced. The agency scrapped the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for the monovalent Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccines, and has authorized the bivalent boosters (original plus Omicron BA.4/BA.5 strains) for all doses starting at age 6 months. Read more

Sexually Transmitted Infections Are on the Rise, Warns CDC
Specifically, cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis all rose between 2020 and 2021, totaling more than 2.5 million reported cases, according to CDC surveillance data. From 2020 to 2021, syphilis cases increased from 133,954 to 176,713, the CDC said. The agency pointed out the cases of congenital syphilis rose 32% during the one-year period and resulted in 220 stillbirths and infant deaths. The cases of syphilis reported in 2021 were the highest in 70 years, the data revealed. Read more

TexMed 2023 Presents Can't-Miss CME  With New and Improved Schedule
Physicians at this year's TexMed will have a rich selection of CME to attend, aided by improved scheduling. There will be a number of hot topics on the floor, including some lively panel discussions; physicians have a unique opportunity to stay up to date on a changing medical landscape. In addition to pressing health trends, members can learn about issues such as their own wellness, practice management tips and tricks, applications for technology, care delivery, and more. Continue reading

FDA Announces Shift to Simplify COVID-19 Vaccines
The update recommends that most people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 receive a single dose of the current bivalent vaccine. The agency said it expects to make more decisions about future doses for those who have already received vaccine doses on the fall strain composition at an FDA advisory committee in June. Read more



Upcoming Community Events


Heal Thy Self Through Science and Spirituality
April 29 - 30│Register
A two day stress management workshop that incorporates speakers of lifestyle, integrative and internal medicine, psychiatry, and more.

2023 First Tuesdays at the Capitol
May 2│Register
Join your fellow physicians, medical students and Alliance members from across Texas and make your voice heard at the Texas Capitol. You will visit with our local legislators and discuss issues of importance to medicine.

The Health Cell's 10th Anniversary of State of the Industry
May 11│Register
Come celebrate the State of the Industry's decade long event that celebrates San Antonio's healthcare and bioscience industry every year through stories of local trailblazers and their world-changing work.

2023 Weitzman Institute Symposium: Community Violence, Trauma, and Racial Healing
May 17│Register
Get energized by award-winning social change agent Dr. Gail Christopher, Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, as she shares her approaches to healing from past and present day harms of racism to affect change.

From Surviving to Thriving: Paving Your Way to Wellness
May 18 - 19│Register
CHCS is excited to bring back the 21st Annual Bexar County Behavioral Health & Wellness Conference. This free, two-day conference connects the local community to valuable information and local resources that can help spark their moment of change.

TexMed 2023
May 19 - 20│Register
TexMed is TMA's largest annual conference and is hosted in-person. Network with physician leaders, explore CME tracks, and enjoy two keynote presentations. Attendees can also find an Expo Hall full of the latest technologies, services, and product knowledge.

Pediatrics Now Podcast
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This podcast includes fresh content and also grand rounds. Some episodes are eligible for free CME, MOC and ethics credit.





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