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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Men with prostate cancer should be routinely tested for COVID-19, say a team of urologists from New York City in a review paper that focuses on the two diseases. The article was published July 8 in Nature Communications Biology. “The particular
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News stories of COVID-19 often show images of people on ventilators in intensive care units (ICUs). The infection, which affects the lungs, can cause a serious complication: pneumonia. When pneumonia severe enough, patients may need to be placed on a ventilator to help them breathe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its
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Daily supplementation with vitamin D and calcium carbonate significantly reduced recurrence of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), especially in patients with low serum vitamin D, results of a randomized trial show. Previously, canalith repositioning maneuvers had been the only verified treatments of BPPV. Supplementation with vitamin D and calcium may be the first medical treatment
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Revised guidance on COVID-19 tests from the Council on State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) expected next week could pave the way for dramatically expanded statewide COVID-19 case counts across the country. The group will emphasize that positive rapid antigen tests should be counted in daily tallies, which many states such as Texas and California currently
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It seems that more people are using cannabidiol (CBD) for medical purposes and if you have chronic pain, you might be wondering you should add it to your own pain management routine. Research is still emerging and CBD hasn’t yet been approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a pain reliever, but
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Safe and effective new prescription topical therapies for primary axillary hyperhidrosis took a giant step closer to reaching clinical practice following positive reports from two phase 3, randomized, controlled trials of novel agents presented at the virtual annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. Both investigational topical anticholinergic agents — 5% sofpironium bromide (SPB) gel and
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Mental health is an ever growing concern in the United States. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five American adults experiences mental illness every year. That is roughly 47 million people. Most generalized mental health conditions like panic disorder, depression, anxiety order, and post-traumatic stress disorder are treated with SSRIs (serotonin
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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:  Docs Fight Back Against Conspiracy Theories Last week, a self-branded collection of “America’s Frontline Doctors” held a “White Coat Summit” in front of the
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Certain types of rashes in severe COVID-19 patients may be “a clinical clue” to an underlying thrombotic state, researchers said. Four patients with severe illness at two New York City academic medical centers had livedoid and purpuric rashes, all associated with elevated D-dimer levels and suspected pulmonary emboli, reported Joanna Harp, MD, of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell
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Improving hand hygiene, optimizing antibiotic order sets, and removing catheters sooner were among the interventions associated with a decreased risk of infections after hysterectomy, according to research presented at the virtual annual scientific meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. “Implementation of bundled interventions and an institutional focus on reducing infection can successfully reduce the
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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. Monoclonal Antibodies Two clinical trials that will examine an investigational monoclonal antibody for the treatment of COVID-19 are launching, officials from the National Institutes
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Disclaimer: This post is adapted from GomerBlog, a satirical site about healthcare. With so many elective procedures cancelled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many pieces of hospital equipment have started gathering dust. But one radiologist had different plans for the mammogram machine in the basement. “I was sitting there eating my sandwich and
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A drug interaction between canagliflozin (Invokana) and rosuvastatin (Crestor) was thought to cause liver and muscle toxicity in a woman in Canada, according to a case report. The 76-year-old woman had been on rosuvastatin 40 mg daily for more than 5 years. Fifteen days after starting treatment with canagliflozin 100 mg daily, she presented to
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. When officials closed US schools in March to limit the spread of COVID-19, they may have prevented more than 1 million cases over a 26-day period, a new estimate published online this week in JAMA suggests. But school closures also left
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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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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Physicians are the most likely group of healthcare professionals to get a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available, according to a new Medscape poll. More than 7000 healthcare professionals, including clinicians, medical students, and administrators, responded to the poll. US physicians
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High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a silent disease that can damage your heart, cause strokes and contribute to other health issues. Nearly half of all adults in the United States have hypertension, but only a quarter have it under control, the CDC says.  When Numbers Change Your Life’s Story You feel fine, you might be a
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There’s something funny happening on Twitter, and doctors are a big part of it. One-liner jokes about medicine have shown up in abundance, with doctors around the globe participating. The jokes are mostly in the format of “I have a joke about [medical specialty]…” followed by word play relating to the field. Take Dr Cassra
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The 24-hour news cycle is just as important to medicine as it is to politics, finance, or sports. At MedPage Today, new information is posted daily, but keeping up can be a challenge. As an aid for our readers and for a little amusement, here is a 10-question quiz based on the news of the
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When an otherwise healthy young person goes to the emergency room complaining of nausea, pain, and uncontrollable vomiting, doctors might assume the worst. But if these patients use cannabis, it may not be. They may be experiencing cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), a medical condition resulting from chronic marijuana use. Normally, THC, the chemical in cannabis that
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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: PPIs and COVID-19 Risk: A Closer Look at the Data An online survey of more than 50,000 Americans has suggested that taking proton pump
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Despite studies and real life experience pointing to the serious effects of concussions, high school athletes are still sustaining brain injuries and in increasing numbers, according to a new study published in the journal Orthopedics. The researchers also found that young athletes who get concussions need longer recovery periods – at least a month. A concussion is a type
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