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Medical screenings for many conditions have fallen to the wayside during the COVID-19 pandemic, raising concerns from doctors about patients going untreated. One particularly alarming trend is a massive decline in testing for lead poisoning in children. What is lead poisoning? Lead poisoning is caused by buildup of lead in the bloodstream, and usually occurs
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The safety of the healthcare workforce is one of four foundational areas in a new national report on patient safety, highlighting how intertwined the well-being of patients remains with those who care for them, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Safer Together: A National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety , released September 14, took
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People with high blood pressure who contract COVID-19 must be vigilant about watching, and knowing, their readings.   The reason: It seems some patients will need to stop their blood pressure medications if their blood pressure drops dangerously low. When that happens, the condition, called hypotension, can damage kidneys. It also can be fatal.   This finding
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Ask anyone what pain is and you’ll likely get a response like, “an unpleasant sensation” or “a sensation that causes suffering.” And they’d be right. But the medical community constantly re-evaluates how it defines medical conditions to ensure they are as accurate as possible. This year, the word “pain” was tweaked. In 1979, pain was
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A private prison company is accused in a whistleblower complaint of failing to protect detainees and employees at a Georgia Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center from the coronavirus and performed forced hysterectomies on female detainees.  A complaint filed with the Department of Homeland Security inspector general says Louisiana-based LaSalle Corrections did not provide
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So far, no therapies have proven to be safe and effective for children who develop life-threatening complications from COVID-19. That might be changing. Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) published findings last week that suggest convalescent plasma could work as a treatment for pediatric patients with severe cases of the coronavirus. People who
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About half of children and adolescents with initial white coat hypertension (WCH) will have progressed to hypertension or pre-hypertension on follow-up ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) 1 year later, new research suggests. “Initial clinic blood pressure measurements were not associated with follow-up ABPM phenotype, suggesting that longitudinal follow-up with ABPM is indicated in pediatric WCH
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 As of 2020, 33 states have legalized at least one form of cannabis; its use is spreading across all age ranges of adults.  Several studies have shown surprisingly strong uptake by senior citizens across the country, increasing each year. As many as 1 in 20 senior citizens in America are exploring marijuana products. Let’s take
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Can exercise make you smarter? It can, say researchers from Sweden. According to their research, published today in Translational Sports Medicine , “ aerobic, physical exercise before encoding improves learning and memory functions in young adults.”   It’s common for young adults to spend hours sitting through seminars or sifting through documentation with breaks for
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The investigational drug, masitinib (AB Science), which has a completely new mechanism of action for multiple sclerosis (MS), has shown a positive result in slowing disability in patients with primary progressive and secondary progressive forms of the disease and no signs of active inflammation in a phase 2b/3 study. “This is the first time that
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Deutetrabenazine (Austedo) showed maintained efficacy for tardive dyskinesia (TD) symptoms over a 3-year period, researchers reported. In an open-label extension study of two 12-week clinical trials, 73% patients on deutetrabenazine maintained treatment success 3 years after initial dosing based on Clinical Global Impression of Change (CGIC), reported Robert Hauser, MD, MBA, of the University of
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The photos of wildfires in the West are eery. Orange skies in San Francisco and surrounding areas are caused by fires more than 200 miles away as smoke and flames filter out the sunlight. But orange skies aren’t the only thing that can reach beyond the fires – so can smoke and ash as they
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“It is time that the prodromal phase of multiple sclerosis is formally recognized.” That was the conclusion of Helen Tremlett, PhD, delivering the opening plenary session lecture at the 8th Joint European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis-Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS-ACTRIMS) 2020, this year known as MSVirtual2020.
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In a normal year, children might be expected to pick up all kinds of sniffles and colds. But in 2020, parents are also trying to keep their children away from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. The infection can, in turn, cause a new condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C. “MIS-C can be serious, even deadly, but most
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Investigators in Switzerland are testing an application for smartphones that they hope will elucidate subtle signs of disease progression in multiple sclerosis (MS)—beyond what standard imaging and clinical biomarkers can tell them. At the Joint European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis–Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS–ACTRIMS) 2020, this
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Patients on a new insomnia drug fell asleep faster and reported better quality sleep, according to a researcher reported. Among 949 patients with insomnia, the median minutes to sleep onset was significantly reduced from baseline to 6 months with 5-mg lemborexant (-21.81) and with 10-mg lemborexant (-28.21) versus placebo (-11.43), reported Margaret Molene, PhD, of
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After pausing their phase 2/3 study for a COVID-19 vaccine, AstraZenica has resumed the trial in the United Kingdom. According to news reports, the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority in the UK, which overseas clinical trials, recommended the continuation. The trial had been temporarily stopped on September 6 when one volunteer who had received the vaccine
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Stressed? Muscles tight? Got 10 minutes? How about a quick massage? Going for a 60-minute session can seem like a luxury, but it turns out that even a quick 10-minute massage at home may help people who are stressed and need to take some time to relax. Researchers in Germany looked at the effect of
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Anthony Fauci, MD, highlighting the latest COVID-19 developments on Friday, said, “It is now clear that about 40%-45% of infections are asymptomatic.” Asymptomatic carriers can account for a large proportion — up to 50% — of virus transmissions, Fauci, director of
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Orthobullets’ app is a companion to its website and is just as it sounds — key “take-home messages” of all things ortho, including common sports injuries, rare ortho-related tumors, and non-operative and operative management strategies. The app contains question banks, references/core articles, embedded videos/lectures, graphics, tables, and charts throughout, either downloaded or hyperlinked. The content
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Still deciding whether to follow the go-gray trend, and be au naturel? We’re not sure if the following will ease your ambivalence to go gray. Last year, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reported results of the Sister Study, which involved 46,709 women. After reviewing the data, the researchers found that women who reported using
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Dr Raffaello Bonacchi The presence of cardiovascular risk factors in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) is associated with a greater degree of brain atrophy even in young patients who are unlikely to have small vessel disease, a new study has shown. The results were presented by Raffaello Bonacchi, MD, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy,
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