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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Hopefully, summer won’t end the way it began. Memorial Day celebrations helped set off a wave of coronavirus infections across much of the South and West. Gatherings around the Fourth of July seemed to keep those hot spots aflame. And now
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The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has recommended revoking marketing authorization of ulipristal acetate (Esmya, Gedeon Richter, and generic medicines) for uterine fibroids after an evidence review confirmed the risk of liver injury. Ulipristal acetate reduces the size of uterine fibroids in women who have not yet started menopause by blocking the
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The American Heart Association (AHA) has been considered the standard of care for guideline development for resuscitation from neonates to adults for decades. Virtually all providers are required to obtain at least basic CPR certification and others, depending on their specialty/location of work, may require advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) for adults, children, and/or neonates
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It’s definitely not the most romantic thing to do, but Canada’s top doctor, Theresa Tam, MD, has advised the public to skip the kissing and wear a mask if you plan on having sex with a new partner. As Dr. Tam said during a press conference in Ottawa, there’s not much concern the COVID-19 virus
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Gerald Maguire has stuttered since childhood, but you might not guess it from talking to him. For the past 25 years, Maguire — a psychiatrist at the University of California, Riverside — has been treating his disorder with antipsychotic medications not officially approved for the condition. Only with careful attention might you discern his occasional
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In March, concerns over the coronavirus surviving on surfaces fueled a disinfectant shopping frenzy that left store shelves bare of hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes. A video featuring a Michigan doctor sanitizing his groceries one by one captured more than 26 million views on YouTube. With no signs of the coronavirus pandemic letting up, protecting yourself from germs is as important
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As the COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the globe, companies are working hard to develop innovative solutions to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Chinese companies such as Alibaba have led the way using artificial intelligence, data science, and technology. Startups are teaming up with clinicians, engineers, and government entities to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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Pregnant women, get a flu shot, say researchers from Sweden. New research shows that getting influenza while pregnant is worse than not getting the flu vaccine, and the vaccines are a part of promoting safe and healthy pregnancies. It is already known that flu shots do not harm pregnant women. They don’t cause an increased
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When peripheral artery disease (PAD) is known to accompany coronary artery disease (CAD) in people with diabetes, their already elevated risk of peripheral ischemic events rises even further. But so does the degree of protection conferred by addition of the antiplatelet drug ticagrelor (Brilinta, AstraZeneca) to daily low-dose aspirin, suggests a subanalysis of the THEMIS
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Robots, once the center of science fiction, are now helping surgeons in the operating room with good success. They don’t actually do the surgery, but they’re an advanced tool that helps surgeons be more precise and efficient. Robot assisted surgery (RAS) is used in various specialties and now, patients with early stage cancers of the
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Administering steroids to people critically ill with COVID-19 appears beneficial and could be lifesaving for some, a new meta-analysis and multiple related studies suggest. Critically ill patients who received systemic corticosteroids were 34% less likely to die over 28 days, for
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[embedded content] The internet lit up recently over COVID-19 death statistics from the CDC. In this video, ZdoggMD explains what they actually show. Following is a transcript of his remarks: Hey everybody, Dr. Z. OK, I came here for this live broadcast back today because so many people are talking about this CDC data that
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The Trump administration has said it won’t join the worldwide effort to develop, manufacture and distribute a coronavirus vaccine, partly because the WHO is involved, according to The Washington Post. More than 170 countries are poised to join the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility, or COVAX, the WHO reported last week. The collaboration is meant
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Do you feel stressed? Worried about something in the future or about the repercussions of the past? Much of the time, anxiety is a natural, automatic response to stressful stimuli, and is perfectly normal. That said, there are varying intensities of anxiety and sometimes it can be debilitating.  There are systems in the human body
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Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his title role as King T’Challa in the movie “Black Panther,” died last weekend at the age of 43 from colon cancer. An Instagram post on his account by his family read: “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled with it these last 4
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Chronic pain can affect every aspect of your life, from sleeping soundly at night to completing everyday tasks. If you have chronic pain, you may have tried multiple things to get rid of it, from traditional medications and therapies, to complementary ones like acupuncture or massage. But if none of those worked, have you considered
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Shorter sleep duration, more wakefulness, and changes in the sleep cycle brought on by microgravity make it tough for astronauts to get a good night’s sleep while they’re in outer space, a new study shows. In research that has implications for earthlings as well as astronauts, scientists found that the “significant sleep changes induced by
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The anti-inflammatory drug colchicine picked up new support as secondary prevention in chronic coronary disease, cutting the risk of cardiovascular events by one third when added to standard prevention therapies in the double-blind LoDoCo2 study. Across a median follow up of 29 months in more than 5000 patients, almost 1 in 10 patients assigned to placebo
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Women with early breast cancer had similar long-term outcomes whether they had focused or whole-breast irradiation (WBI), an Italian study showed. The 10-year incidence of in-breast tumor recurrence (IBTR) was 2.5% with WBI and 3.7% with accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI), a difference that did not reach statistical significance. Patients in both arms had a
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Magnetic seizure therapy (MST) appears to be a viable alternative to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in reducing suicide risk in patients with treatment resistant depression (TRD), early research suggests. In a single-center, open-label study, MST produced complete remission from suicidality in almost half of the patients who received the treatment. “The results are promising,” lead author
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Digoxin now deserves to be considered first-line therapy for long-term heart rate control in older patients with permanent atrial fibrillation and symptoms of heart failure, investigators on a new study conclude. Dipak Kotecha, MBChB, PhD, MSc, presented the 12-month results of the Rate Control Therapy Evaluation in Permanent Atrial Fibrillation (RATE-AF) trial at the virtual
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In chronic kidney disease (CKD), dapagliflozin (Farxiga) reduced renal events and substantially improved overall survival, regardless of diabetes status, the DAPA-CKD trial showed. The SGLT2 drug reduced by a relative 39% the primary endpoint of worsening kidney function (more than 50% sustained decline in estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] or onset of end-stage kidney disease)
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