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Moms who are COVID-19 positive when they deliver their babies can still breastfeed, say researchers. Although breastfeeding is highly recommended, mothers with the infection may be worried that nursing may pass the virus on to their child.  But a recent study published in the journal The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health said that if mothers follow correct hygienic practices, they are unlikely
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved viltolarsen (Viltepso, NS Pharma), the second drug therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy in patients with a confirmed mutation amenable to exon 53 skipping. The FDA approved golodirsen (Vyondys 53, Sarepta Therapeutics) for this indication last year, as reported by Medscape Medical News.   “The FDA is
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The investigational, non-stimulant ADHD treatment SPN-812 (viloxazine extended-release capsules) met its primary endpoint in a pivotal phase III study, showing a significant improvement in symptoms in children ages 6 to 11. (Clinical Therapeutics) Although Kundalini yoga appeared to curb anxiety in adults, it wasn’t quite on par with cognitive behavioral therapy in a randomized trial.
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Patients with sarcoidosis have an increased risk of heart failure and other adverse outcomes, including all-cause mortality, according to a decade-long nationwide study of Danish patients with the inflammatory disease. “Although these findings are suggestive of the need for regular monitoring of cardiac manifestations in patients with sarcoidosis, it is important to emphasize that no
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Myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune neurologic disorder, was associated with COVID-19 in three patients in Italy. Symptoms of myasthenia gravis (MG) appeared 5 to 7 days after fever onset in three patients who had no previous neurologic or autoimmune disorders, reported Domenico Restivo, MD, PhS, of Garibaldi Hospital in Catania, and colleagues, in a case report
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Early in the pandemic, countries like  South Korea and Taiwan  deployed contract tracing technologies to successfully contain the spread of COVID-19. This was not the case in the United States and Europe, where privacy concerns and the potential for misuse of personal information made people uncomfortable with mobile device-based technology that tracked their whereabouts, for example. Because of this
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The investigational anti-PD-1 antibody sintilimab (Tyvyt, Innovent Biologics and Eli Lilly) has shown that it improves the efficacy of platinum-based chemotherapy in the first-line treatment of patients with advanced non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in a Chinese phase 3 trial dubbed ORIENT-11. The study was presented at the World Congress on Lung Cancer (WCLC)
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Hospitalizations due to e-cigarette and vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI) likely occurred years before last summer’s widely reported outbreak, new research suggests. A look-back analysis of hospital registry data from 2016 using ICD-10-CM coding guidance for EVALI enacted by the CDC this April, identified six cases that met the definition for the lung disorder, reported Kam
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Cannabidiol (CBD), the chemical found in the Cannabis sativa L plant, seems to be one of the most popular natural remedies on the market right now. Manufacturers are delivering CBD products in many ways, from capsules to lotions and rub-on balms, and a wide variety of edible products. One of the most trusted and dependable
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A new test, the first to combine liquid biopsy and next generation sequencing (NGS), has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in patients with metastatic nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) to identify tumors with specific mutation types of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene. The Guardant360 CDx assay (Guardant
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Dr Gene Sung A group of experts representing various international professional societies has drafted a consensus statement on the determination of brain death or death by neurologic criteria (BD/DNC). The document, a result of the World Brain Death Project, surveys the clinical aspects of this determination, such as clinical testing, apnea testing, and the number
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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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A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends incorporating a rapid diet-screening tool into routine primary care visits to inform dietary counseling and integrating the tool into patients’ electronic health record (EHR) platforms across all healthcare settings. The statement authors evaluated 15 existing screening tools and, although they did not recommend a
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved risdiplam (Evrysdi, Roche and PTC Therapeutics) for the treatment of adults and children at least 2 months old who have spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). This marks the first approval of an oral therapy for the rare and devastating condition. Risdiplam provides “an important treatment option for
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In any other year, August is often a month of pool parties and back-to-school shopping. This August however, parents are instead grappling with whether or not there should be any back-to-school at all. With COVID-19 cases rising in some states, many school districts have elected to start the 2020 school year entirely online. Others are
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Here are the coronavirus stories Medscape’s editors around the globe think you need to know about today: Vaccine Challenge Trials More than 32,000 people have volunteered to participate in challenge trials for COVID-19 vaccines, which would involve intentional exposure to SARS-CoV-2
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