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How Well Do Vaccines Protect Against Long COVID?

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:56 AM New York City veterinarian Erin Kulick used to be a weekend warrior. Only 2½ years ago, the 38-year-old new mother played ultimate Frisbee and flag football with friends. She went for regular 30-minute runs to burn off stress. Now, Kulick is usually so exhausted, she can’t walk nonstop for 15 minutes.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Aug. 1-7, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Aug. 1-7, at a rate of 2 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 11 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 32) when compared with last year, 6 points above the same period in 2020, and 7 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories were up or flat last week when compared with the previous week, ranging from unchanged for exams/refractions to up 5 index points for contact lenses.

Orbis and Alcon to Kick Off Two-Week Training for Caribbean Eyecare Teams to Help Fight Avoidable Blindness in Local Communities

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022 12:18 AM FORT WORTH, Texas—Orbis International, with generous support from Alcon, kicked off on Monday (Aug. 8) its first in-person training project on board the Flying Eye Hospital—a fully accredited ophthalmic teaching hospital on board a plane—since the pandemic began.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Remained Unchanged for the Week of July 25-31, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—For the second week in a row, the national average for gross revenue at ECP locations was unchanged last week, July 25-31, when compared with previous week. That places gross revenue at a level 6 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 31) when compared with last year, 2 points above the same time period in 2020, and 5 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Ultimate Partners: A Special 20/20 and Vision Monday Section Celebrates Readers' Nominations of Outstanding 2022 Business Support Partners

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine asked their readers to share their choices for great business support partners in another challenging business year, via the Ultimate Partners program. Readers were asked to recall when they were facing a critical challenge, in 2021 and into this year, and to salute the business partner who showed up at the right moment to reshape that problem into an opportunity or name which supplier (or representative) came to the rescue with valuable new solutions.

Paxlovid, Rebounds and How It Works

By Staff
Wednesday, August 3, 2022 12:05 AM Last week, President Biden experienced a COVID "rebound," in which he tested positive, tested negative and then tested positive again. This is a rare occurrence linked to Paxlovid, the COVID treatment the President took. So how does Paxlovid work and how do rebounds happen? Head over to NPR to learn more about the safe, effective treatment.

New Boosters to Come

By Staff
Tuesday, August 2, 2022 12:07 PM Reformulated COVID-19 booster shots may be headed our way in September, offering better protection against Omicron subvariants. Head over to WebMD for a rundown of what we know and what we can expect. 

Kering Group Reports Strong Results for First Half 2022

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Friday, July 29, 2022 12:24 AM PARIS—Kering Group, which includes Kering Eyewear, turned in a strong financial performance in the first half of 2022, ending June 30. In the first six months of 2022, the Group’s revenue reached €9,930 million.

After Enduring a Pandemic, Small Businesses Face New Worries

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Thursday, July 28, 2022 2:46 PM We saw pivoting in COVID. Well, what is it now? What’s the new pivot? It’s just been a vise grip of pressure emerging from the pandemic. Is a pivot going to be enough, or does it need to be something more?

Demand for Building Materials Is on the Rise

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Thursday, July 28, 2022 1:58 PM Building materials continue to be in high demand despite a downturn in the number of new homes being built. New data from ReportLinker found that the size of the building materials market was $286 billion in 2021 with growth expected to reach $301 billion in 2022. 

The Building Materials and Market Research Report, which looks at multi-story and single story buildings in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa predicts a continued increase into 2027 totaling $398 billion by 2027. 

Kirby Thompson, chief sales officer at FBM indicated that there would be continued pressure on the building materials industry. “Supply chain issues have not been resolved in all areas. Areas of improvement will be highlighted in the individual product categories to follow. Freight and transportation is an ongoing issue which has been impacted by rising fuel costs and a driver labor shortage in most parts of North America,” he said. 

He said the industry has seen other areas of surprising growth increase demand for ceiling building supplies. Mineral fiber and fiberglass ceilings have increased in price by 17 percent, while grid products have increased 14 percent. 

“In particular, wood products are experiencing extremely elongated lead times,” he said. “We believe these extended lead times will continue throughout the remainder of 2022.”

‘Little Miss’ Memes Can Be Optical, Too

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Thursday, July 28, 2022 8:20 AM NEW YORK—If you’ve spent any time on social media in the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed an influx of “Little Miss” memes, a style of meme based off the series of “Mr Men” and “Little Miss” children’s books by Roger Hargreaves. The general idea of the meme is simple: take a personality trait and tack it onto the end of Little Miss. Then, add one of the Little Miss characters from Hargreaves’ books. Et viola, you’ve made a meme.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Was Unchanged for the Week of July 18-24, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Thursday, July 28, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations was unchanged last week, July 18-24, when compared with the previous week. That places gross revenue at a level 5 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 30) when compared with last year, 4 points above the same time period in 2020, and 8 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories were either flat or up 1 index point last week when compared with the previous week.

Biden 'Feeling Great' and Back to Work in Person After Testing Negative for COVID-19

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022 2:04 PM I got through it with no fear. A very mild discomfort because of these essentials, lifesaving tools. And guess what, I want to remind everybody: They are free. They are convenient, and they are safe, and they work.

More Evidence That COVID-19 Started in Wuhan Marketplace

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022 7:56 AM Many scientists and public health experts have long said the coronavirus that has caused a global pandemic originated in a marketplace in Wuhan, China. Now, two new studies strengthen that argument.

A Talk With Deborah Birx, MD, on the Americans Left Behind

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022 6:03 AM In the third part of this exclusive video, Jeremy Faust, MD, editor-in-chief of MedPage Today, and Deborah Birx, MD, former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, have a candid discussion about her experience in that position and about Birx's new book, Silent Invasion: The Untold Story of the Trump Administration, COVID-19, and Preventing the Next Pandemic Before It's Too Late, which details the American pandemic response from within the White House.