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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Researchers in Madrid may have found a clue to the pathogenesis of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in patients with COVID-19; it might also offer a therapeutic target to counter the hypercoagulability seen with COVID-19. In a case series of five
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  What happens to the gifts you get? I’m not talking about the ones that you really adore. I mean the rest of them – the ones you can’t or don’t want to use, or even hate. The problem doesn’t end when you’ve awkwardly thanked someone and thrown away the wrapping paper. In my case,
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Note that some links may require registration or subscription. Republican Congressman-elect Luke Letlow (R-La.), age 41, died after being hospitalized with COVID-19, the first member or member-elect of Congress to die from complications related to the coronavirus. (Politico) As of 8:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the U.S. reached 19,516,148 cases
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In the treatment of vitreous hemorrhage from proliferative diabetic retinopathy, intraocular injection with anti–vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) shows similar efficacy to that of vitrectomy with photocoagulation; however, patients commonly require both treatments, new research shows. “For patients who are experiencing visual loss from bleeding due to proliferative diabetic retinopathy, these strategies are both excellent
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Smell loss – called anosmia – is a common symptom of COVID-19. For the past nine months, the two of us – a sensory scientist and an infectious disease epidemiologist – have applied our respective expertise to develop smell-based screening and testing programs as part of a response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. In early October,
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Florida and Texas are providing coronavirus vaccines to residents who are ages 65 and older, according to Business Insider. CDC guidelines recommend that the first doses go to health care workers and people in nursing homes, followed by people ages 75
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Buried within the nearly 6,000-page Combined COVID-19 Relief and Omnibus Spending Bill signed by President Trump on Sunday is some unexpected but welcome news: the “No Surprises Act.” This law protects patients from being billed for services they did not expect or want, such as getting a sky-high bill because the emergency department physician who
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Now that the first COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out, Operation Warp Speed, the FDA, and the CDC have recommended that governors proceed first with vaccinating two groups: healthcare workers and residents in nursing homes. But what about after that? Planning has started in all the states and territories regarding who will get the vaccine
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It’s always a good day when a new treatment, especially one for lung cancer, becomes available. It’s even better when the drug trial was stopped early because the results were so clear. Though overshadowed in the headlines because the FDA approved it and gave emergency use authorization to Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine on the same day,
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Even as vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are being administered, other vaccines are in development or in clinical trials. The biopharmaceutical company Novavax is recruiting people for a phase 3 trial of its vaccine offering against Covid-19.  According to the NIH, the trial is only for adults and will include 30,000 people spread across 115 sites in the United States
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Welcome to this week’s edition of Healthcare Career Insights. This weekly roundup highlights healthcare career-related articles culled from across the Web to help you learn what’s next. Lisa Grabl is president of the locum tenens division of CompHealth, the nation’s largest locum tenens physician staffing company and a leader in permanent and temporary allied healthcare
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The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued the first national plan to address the exploding rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It is calling for an integrated approach that addresses health disparities, social determinants of health, and other factors that often occur in tandem, such as substance use disorders. The Sexually
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The Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) evaluated Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine as highly effective with a favorable safety profile, based on interim data from an ongoing phase 3 trial. The panel acknowledged that further studies will be required post issuance of an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to collect additional data on
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At the American Society of Hematology (ASH) virtual meeting, a number of important chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) trial updates were presented. MedPage Today brought together three expert leaders in their field: Moderator Susan O’Brien, MD, of Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California Irvine Health, is joined by Jennifer R. Brown, MD, director of
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. After a new, potentially more easily transmissible genetic variant of SARS-CoV-2 was reported in the United Kingdom, several scientists have said that current vaccines are likely to protect against the new variant, and vaccine manufacturers are running tests to make sure.
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Focused ultrasound for ablation of the subthalamic nucleus in one hemisphere improved motor features in a selected group of patients with markedly asymmetric Parkinson’s disease, but was associated with a high rate of adverse events, including dyskinesias and other neurologic complications, in a new randomized sham-controlled trial. “Longer-term and larger trials are needed to determine
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Personal ECG devices like Apple Watch and KardiaMobile are wonderful for most people at recording a single-lead ECG and determining cardiac rhythm. With both devices, however, it is not uncommon to get an inconclusive (Apple’s term) or unclassified (AliveCor’s term) reading at times. I’ve discussed some fixes for KardiaMobile here. Often recordings can be drastically
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Yet another study has linked the consumption of ultraprocessed, or “junk,” foods to bad health outcomes. In a longitudinal analysis of more than 22,000 men and women from southern Italy, those who consumed the most ultraprocessed food (UPF) had the highest risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality, likely mediated through a diet high
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Gambling’s origins can be traced back centuries, contributing to the very fabric of countless civilisations over time.​ And this age-old pastime continues to play a prominent cultural and social part today, enjoyed by millions of people the world over in both a live and online setting.​ The vast majority of us are able to wager
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A pedestrian wears a face mask while walking past a car exiting a COVID-19 testing site in San Francisco. LOS ANGELES (AP) — California became the first state to record 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases, reaching the milestone on Christmas Eve
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For most people across the globe, the wait for Covid-19 vaccination is approaching a finish line.  But vaccine development, including tests for safety and efficacy, is only part of the story. The vaccine still needs to be produced and shipped out. A question remains: what kind of safety checks happen at the plants manufacturing the
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Here is a roundup of some of the best medical apps we loved and found useful during the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year — in no particular order. Happy downloading and stay safe! COVID Protocols: The Brigham Hospital’s Approach to COVID The Brigham and Women’s Hospital released a comprehensive app of all of their
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