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The FDA announced voluntary agreements with manufacturers to phase out per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances from food packaging typically used for grease-proofing paper. The phase III OPTIC and OPTIC-X clinical program found that teprotumumab-trbw (Tepezza) — the only medication approved for the treatment of thyroid eye disease — showed long-term durability and was also effective in
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Gyms are reopening but if you’re not comfortable going back yet or your gym hasn’t reopened, there’s no need to fret about losing your hard-earned fitness and endurance. It might be more challenging to stay fit and maintain a healthy weight, but there are many ways you can stay fit at home or outside. Moving
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 Even during this pandemic, we can participate in outdoor activities that also allow for proper social distancing, like sunbathing, swimming and exercising. But don’t forget you still need to use sunscreen to protect your skin, now and for the future. Sunscreen protects the skin against premature aging, primarily caused by hyperpigmentation, (darkened patches of skin) which is why dermatologists stress sunscreen’s importance.  It also
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WASHINGTON — The coronavirus experience at state-run nursing homes for veterans gives a good glimpse into the problems experienced by long term care facilities generally, according to Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee. “At the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts, at least 158 residents of the 278-bed facility —
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By 2032, the United States is predicted to see a shortage of nearly 122,000 physicians, according to the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges). In the continuing nightmare that is the global coronavirus pandemic, how can this be, as it seems now more than ever healthcare (public or private) is arguably the most “essential” industry
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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) today issued a formal apology for past racism and included quotes from board meetings in the 1940s that illustrate the depths of the injustices. Specifically, the AAP apologizes for treatment of the organization’s first black members, Alonzo deGrate Smith, MD, and Roland Boyd Scott, MD, who were initially rejected
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Women with symptomatic uterine fibroids reported significantly better quality of life (QoL) following myomectomy as compared with uterine artery embolization, a randomized trial showed. Both fibroid-specific and health-related QoL improved more with myomectomy, although scores for both treatment groups improved from baseline. Scores related to symptom severity favored myomectomy at 6 months and 2 years.
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By 2032, the United States is predicted to see a shortage of nearly 122,000 physicians, according to the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges). In the continuing nightmare that is the global coronavirus pandemic, how can this be, as it seems now more than ever healthcare (public or private) is arguably the most “essential” industry
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A local mask-wearing campaign, objections to a hospitals name, and a conspiracy theory video takedown are three of the biggest social media stories related to medicine so far this week. Florida Medical Group Takes Over COVID Response on Masks With more
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E-cigarette ads on social media platforms frequented by teenagers and young adults that include cartoons get more “likes” than ads that don’t, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California’s Keck School of Medicine. “The promotions that come out of e-cigarette companies are meant to be appealing to young people using
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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: Testing Falling Short The United States has more COVID-19 testing capacity than most other countries, yet laboratories have been overwhelmed and many patients report
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The mRNA vaccine co-developed by Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) protected both the upper and lower airways of non-human primates against SARS-CoV-2 infection. Rhesus macaques receiving low or high doses of mRNA-1273 vaccine (10 or 100 μg, two injections 4 weeks apart) were then challenged with the virus via
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For the fifth consecutive year, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, claimed the number one spot in the annual honor roll of best hospitals, published today by US News & World. This year’s rankings include special recognition of the “herculean efforts” by the nation’s healthcare professionals in fighting COVID-19, often at great personal risk. “The
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With all the advanced and sophisticated communication devices available today, who would have thought a dated handheld transceiver, a walkie-talkie,  would be the best piece of equipment for COVID-19 patients and their families as they try to connect during the pandemic. Two New York-Presbyterian physicians have launched a new program called VoiceLove Project that aims to
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Further refinement of data from patients hospitalized worldwide for COVID-19 disease showed a 12% prevalence rate of patients with diabetes in this population and a 17% prevalence rate for hypertension. These are lower rates than previously reported for COVID-19 patients with
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Delivery of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) for pancreaticolithiasis by gastroenterologists rather than the more traditional urologist route resulted in higher procedure volumes, more shocks per session, and improved duct clearance, a small retrospective study found. The single-center study of 79 patients also observed more same-day endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and fewer post-procedure hospitalizations among
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Treatment with a long-acting injectable antipsychotic (LAI) in early-phase schizophrenia can significantly delay time to first hospitalization, new research suggests. The Prevention of Relapse in Schizophrenia (PRELAPSE) study, which included more than 200 adult patients with schizophrenia, showed that for the group that received an LAI, the average time to first hospitalization was longer and
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. COVID-19 can mean weeks’ long illness, even in young adults and those without chronic conditions who have mild disease and are treated in outpatient settings, according to survey results in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease
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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. From mid-March to mid-May, heart donor recoveries and heart transplant volume both decreased by 26% nationally, compared with the early part of 2020. COVID-19’s greatest impact on heart transplant activity was seen in the hardest-hit Northeast part of the country, but
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This past Wednesday, the United States recorded 1,100 coronavirus-related deaths within 24 hours for the second consecutive day, according to a Reuters analysis. Reading numbers like this can be disconcerting, but getting this type of information is important because it keeps us informed about the virus and its effect on the U.S. However, there is more to the story than
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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: New Symptom Oral petechial lesions observed in a small number of COVID-19 patients have some dermatologists curious if enanthem, in addition to skin rash
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