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IMPACT May 2024

May 29, 2024

Focus Feature: Investigating the barriers to saving lives through colonoscopies

Study shows some patients take 2nd at-home fecal test to delay colonoscopy

A study of 316,443 patients showed that 7.4% of them repeated fecal testing rather than proceeding directly to colonoscopy as guidelines recommend. Of  those who repeated home tests, over half did not have a colonoscopy within one year.


R&E News and Features

  • Study sheds light on needs of young people who survive cancer

    Emergency department use was common for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors within 5 years of a cancer diagnosis, and differences in use were associated with social and demographic factors and cancer type.

  • Moderna bivalent COVID-19 vaccine protection wanes over time

    Moderna BA.4/BA.5 bivalent vaccine effectiveness against infection, emergency department and urgent care visits, and hospitalization with BA.4/BA.5-related and XBB-related sublineages waned over time and differed by infecting variant. 

  • Pfizer COVID bivalent booster protects well against hospitalization

    Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 BA.4/5 bivalent mRNA vaccine helped protect against a range of COVID symptoms and was effective against the COVID XBB strain sublineages. 

In the News

Five questions...

for Dr. Huong Nguyen

Huong Q. Nguyen, PhD, RN, focuses her research on the care of older adults with chronic and serious illnesses. Read here about her journey from nursing to research.