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What abbreviations for pill types are there, and what do they mean?

Since I am assuming that you are obtaining generic drugs, the word after tab or cap is the brand that made the drug. Auro is Aurobindo, Shir is Shire, Sand is Sandoz, and Solc is Solco. Sunp/Sun is ...
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How does Pfizer vaccine affect covid test?

This question is clearly answered by the CDC's "Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines" Will getting a COVID-19 vaccine cause me to test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test? No. None of ...
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The number of new cases of COVID

As noted in the comments by @BryanKrause, the percentage of cases stratified by vaccination status should not be used as a metric of vaccine effectiveness. If you are interested in vaccine ...
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Why has the number of medication errors increased by 463% between 2010 and 2016 in the US?

The USA Today article you linked to provides two potential explanations: The FDA said the spike is because of improvements made to its reporting system over the last two years. Pharmacy industry ...
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Is it safe to eat raw flour in Europe?

The FDA's guidance on raw flour comes after an E. coli outbreak was traced to raw flour. Other outbreaks have been noticed since, in the US and Canada. The UK has the same guidance to not eat raw ...
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What is the delay in ILINet case reporting?

The data is collected over a week long period of people presenting with influenza like symptoms and reported once a week by fax or internet. Clearly there will be a delay of some type if reporting is ...
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What is the principal goal in pooled COVID-19 testing?

The principal goal of pooled testing is to rapidly clear many cases in low prevalence (or incidence) situations. Long version: Disclaimer: I'm analytical chemist, i.e. someone who could by profession ...
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What would it be like to participate in a (coronavirus) challenge trial, in the US?

You would want to talk to the staff who are recruiting patients; I'm not aware of any such trials that have started anywhere yet. I would expect you would have access to most of those things depending ...
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What is the authoritative US document that delineates concrete standards for vaccine approval?

There is no "authoritative document" like you ask for. The FDA doesn't set concrete standards for efficacy and safety; rather, they review applications for vaccines and other drugs on a case-...
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USA: What is the correct way to code and bill for diabetic foot exams in claims data?

The correct way to bill Medicare patients for a diabetic foot exam performed on the same calendar day as other service is no additional codes. From the American Academy of Family Physicians: Medicare ...
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What information is a US healthcare provider required to provide access to under the 21st Century Cures Act?

The regulations define two phases of expanding definitions of what information must not be blocked. Before October 6, 2022 The first phase is described in the Office of the National Coordinator for ...
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Can a medical doctor write a prescription which has not gone through a formal diagnosis to identify as needed?

Writing a script for someone so you can "get physical" with them is, of course, an ethical problem. As far as prescribing off the cuff for family and close friends, that depends. It may be quite ...
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COVID19 Vaccine Clinical Trials

For the results you are interested in you need the full text of the publications. For Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine (BNT162b2 mRNA): N Engl J Med 2020; 383:2603-2615 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2034577 Clinical ...
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What is the principal goal in pooled COVID-19 testing?

There are several use cases. But the main reason is always to operate in a situation where the number of tests is a bottleneck or constraint. In the USA, this is usually because of limited test ...
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Is there a graph over time of Covid-19 test positivity rate in the US?

From your link, The Atlantic has its data tracking project at https://covidtracking.com/data If you go there you can drill down by state, the number of cumulative positive and negative results. They ...
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Research paper published SARS-CoV-2 persistence and durability

The paper is here https://www.scribd.com/document/456897616/DHSST#fullscreen&from_embed It doesn't say but I presume that the Department of Homeland Security knows what sunlight is.
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Why does the CDC say there are an order of magnitude more COVID-19 deaths than COVID-19+Pneumonia?

Dr. Chiu is (roughly) correct. To add a bit more detail to this: those are also two different CDC reporting mechanisms "owned" by two different parts of the CDC. The one that reports Covid deaths+...
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Why does the CDC say there are an order of magnitude more COVID-19 deaths than COVID-19+Pneumonia?

Your first link says the delays are due to manual processing Provisional counts of deaths are underestimated relative to final counts. This is due to the many steps involved in reporting death ...
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What is the expected false positives/negatives for COVID-19 tests?

See long answer for How accurate are coronavirus tests? With the "worst-case numbers" from there which I take from the minimum performance requirements the FDA currently uses with an emergency ...
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Has the calorie content of soda (in US) increased over the years?

I am satisfied that the calorie content of soda has been fairly constant over the past few decades. A 1992 newspaper article says "a 12-ounce can of 7-Up, Sprite or Coca-Cola contains 150 calories". I ...
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