Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of Jan. 17 to 21, 2022. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal studies and other trusted sources that is most likely to affect clinical practice.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Patients aged younger than 18 years with diagnosed COVID-19 have an increased risk for newly diagnosed diabetes >30 days after acute infection, according to research published in the Jan. 14 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Prolonged television watching increases the risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published online Jan. 20 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- There was increased use of telemedicine for surgical consults among some historically underrepresented patient groups during the second phase of the pandemic, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Shortages of both supplies and workers are wreaking havoc on the efforts of COVID-19 at-home test makers to deliver enough of the tests to Americans, even as the federal government pledges to provide 500 million free, at-home kits.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The risk for hospitalization for COVID-19 among older Americans is far higher for those who are unvaccinated than for those who are fully vaccinated and have had a booster shot, new government data show.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Your heart is in an incredibly vulnerable state if you've suffered a heart attack or are fighting heart failure, and cardiac rehabilitation could be an important part of your recovery.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- One less excuse to avoid that COVID vaccine: The shots don't affect fertility in either men or women, new research shows, but coronavirus infection could cause short-term fertility problems in men.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A delay of five or more hours to admission from the emergency department is associated with increased all-cause 30-day mortality, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in the Emergency Medicine Journal.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Among adults with overweight or obesity, once-weekly subcutaneous semaglutide plus counseling for diet and physical activity results in significantly greater weight loss at 68 weeks than once-daily subcutaneous liraglutide, according to a study published in the Jan. 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in three pregnant women have reported elevated symptoms of mental health distress and a negative impact on health behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Affective Disorders Reports.

FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic COVID-19 decreases by 20 weeks after the second dose of BNT162b2 or CHAdOx1-S, but limited waning is seen against COVID-19-related hospitalization and death, according to a study published online Jan. 12 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Biosimilar drugs could drive down prices for biologic drugs and generate savings of about $38.4 billion between 2021 and 2025, according to a study published online Jan. 3 in the American Journal of Managed Care.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Shortages of both supplies and workers are wreaking havoc on the efforts of COVID at-home test makers to deliver enough of the tests to Americans, even as the federal government pledges to provide 500 million free, at-home kits.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Some recreational pot shops are using tricks from the old playbooks of alcohol and tobacco companies to target underage users on social media, a new study reports.

FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 among older Americans is far higher for those who are unvaccinated than for those who are fully vaccinated and have had a booster shot, new government data shows.

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Pot vendors are aiming their ads at kids. Some recreational pot shops are using tricks from the old playbooks of alcohol and tobacco companies to target underage users on social media, a new s…