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We believe in the educational merits of Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM), which includes podcasts, blogs, articles on PubMed Central, conferences streamed for free and more. As a result, we would like to encourage others to move beyond quoting podcasts and into the realm of tying “cutting edge” FOAM to the core content. We’ll provide some review and references for listeners to go read. Why, indeed, should we FOAM it alone when FOAM can inspire us to go, read, think, and be excellent?

    COVID Vaccine and Variants

    COVID Vaccine and Variants

    As vaccinations role out, the news of SARS-CoV-2 variants with mutations to the spike protein have dominated news cycles. One unanswered question has been - do the current vaccines protect against these variants?
    We tackle this issue and look at a new paper [pre-print] by Wu et al. 

    • 7 min
    COVIDcast: Convalescent Plasma in Older Outpatients with Mild COVID-19

    COVIDcast: Convalescent Plasma in Older Outpatients with Mild COVID-19

    Prior randomized trials of convalescent plasma in COVID-19 have had disappointing results. However, these trials included patients with severe illness who were many days (if not weeks) into the course of their illness. To date, it was hypothesized, but unknown, that the benefit would be in patients very early in the course of their illness. We cover an RCT by Libster et al in NEJM on convalescent plasma in older patients with mild COVID-19.
    Show notes/references: FOAMcast.org

    Thanks for listening!
    Lauren Westafer and Jeremy Faust

    • 5 min
    Gonococcal Infection Treatment Update

    Gonococcal Infection Treatment Update

    In this quick literature update we review the new recommendations from the CDC for the treatment of gonococcal infections which include:

    Higher dose ceftriaxone (500 mg IM) or 1 gm IM if ≥150 kg patient
    No routine azithromycin
    Preference for doxycycline for co-treatment of presumed chlamydial infection

    • 8 min
    Racial Bias in Pulse Oximetry

    Racial Bias in Pulse Oximetry

    For years studies have questioned whether pulse oximeters perform as well in non-White patients as in White patients. This is particularly important now as disposition decisions in patients with COVID-19 are often made based on pulse oximetry readings.
    We discussed an article by Sjoding et al in NEJM 
    Show notes at FOAMcast.org
    Thanks for listening!
    Lauren Westafer and Jeremy Faust

    • 8 min
    COVIDcast- SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccines and Pregnancy

    COVIDcast- SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccines and Pregnancy

    Despite multiple Phase II/III vaccine trials of >30,000 participants, pregnant patients or those who are lactating have been largely excluded. In this podcast, we cover what we know (and what we don't know thus far).
    The Pfizer BNT162b2 trial data submitted for FDA Emergency Use Authorization does include information on a minuscule number of patients who were immunized and became pregnant.
    The Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine has released statements on vaccines in SARS-CoV-2.
    In the United Kingdom, Public Health England has released guidance for their population on vaccination in pregnancy and breastfeeding which are rooted in the lack of data.
    Shownotes: FOAMcast.org
    Thanks for listening!
    Jeremy Faust and Lauren Westafer

    • 14 min
    COVIDcast: SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Update

    COVIDcast: SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Update

    We interrupt our normal FOAMcast episodes to bring you updates from COVID-19. *Our understanding of COVID-19 is rapidly developing and this may be out of date in days/weeks. So, check back for updates/fact check what you hear*
    Vaccines for SARS-CoV-2 have been in development for only a few months, but several have published early results from Phase III efficacy trials in press releases. In this episode, we review these vaccines and what we know about them, and what we know about  them
    Show notes (references/graphics): FOAMcast.org
    Thanks for listening,
    Lauren Westafer and Jeremy Faust

    • 25 min

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