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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Federal advisers on Thursday overwhelmingly recommended an emergency clearance to Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine, while noting concerns about potential allergic reactions and the challenges of continued testing of this medicine. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put Moderna’s application before its
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The FDA went shopping online recently, looking for male enhancement and weight loss products. What it found, according to a press release issued today, is that at least 46 contain ingredients, many requiring a prescription, that aren’t listed on labels and could endanger the user’s health.  “All 26 of the products the FDA purchased on
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Despite its potential to reduce mortality, perioperative biomarker screening to reduce the risk of myocardial injury after noncardiac surgery (MINS) is underutilized, according to a new study. Investigators analyzed data on close to 60,000 patients who had undergone noncardiac surgery in Alberta, Canada, between January 2013 and December 2017. They found that only about 7%
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If the UK’s CBD industry exploded in 2020, it’s only going to get bigger in 2021. The full spectrum of CBD products, such as CBD gummies, CBD capsules, CBD oil tinctures, and CBD vaping has spread everywhere in the United Kingdom. Consumers are turning to the choice of wellness supplements, particularly CBD oil, because of
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The FDA announced AvKARE issued a voluntary recall of the depression drug trazodone (100 mg tablets) and the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil (100 mg tablets) due to a possible mix-up. Novo Nordisk initiated a phase IIIa trial to assess the GLP-1 receptor agonist semaglutide (Ozempic) as a possible early Alzheimer’s disease treatment. (Reuters) Could a
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A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee lit a long-standing fuse, recommending that evidence from the controversial TOPCAT trial can be used to support a new indication for spironolactone. The generic aldosterone blocker is already approved for the treatment of HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF).  Hopes that it could be the first
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Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. If the initial success of the Pfizer/BioNTech rollout continues, and emergency use authorization (EAU) is granted to Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in development, Operation Warp Speed officials expect to have 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to distribute across the United States
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At-home tests are convenient; ask anyone who has used an over-the-counter pregnancy test. Until now, all Covid-19 testing has been done by a medical practitioner. But, the days of queuing in car lines or at urgent care centers may be over. The FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorization for an at-home testing kit.   The test
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Over the past 4 decades, the incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) has increased in the U.S. in individuals younger than 50, according to a large population-based study. From 1975 to 2015, the annual percentage increase was 2.9% (95% CI 1.4-4.4), reported Prasad G. Iyer, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues. As
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In gastroenterology and beyond, virtual reality (VR) is beginning to augment traditional therapies, including those intended to alleviate pain and anxiety. Brennan Spiegel Brennan Spiegel, MD, director of Health Services Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, told Medscape Medical News, “There are now over 200 hospitals around the US using VR in some
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For some of us, it is eggnog, for others, it’s Grandma’s famous gingerbread. Who hasn’t got a favorite holiday food? In the state of Wisconsin, where cheese, dairy cows and cold (average high in winter, 23 degreees) reign, some just go for the meat.  And it’s raw. While this might be a regional treat, most people
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Two new studies suggest that low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) may be not the main driver of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). The findings instead implicate remnant cholesterol (remnant-C) and very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol in the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and myocardial infarction (MI). The PREDIMED study, conducted in Spain, examined the association of triglycerides
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Federal officials gave an update Monday morning on the progress of shipments of Pfizer’s and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, saying that 145 shipments would be delivered by 2:00 PM local time around the United States. Gen. Gustave Perna, the chief operating officer
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For parents of children who Still Believe, don’t be surprised if the reality of Covid-19 prompts questions, concerns, tears. Will he be safe? Will he still be able to travel if people are supposed to stay home?  Most of these don’t have answers, and some children may end up asking the ultimate question, “Does Santa
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Global cognitive scores fell faster among middle-age and older adults who had hypertension or pre-hypertension than those who didn’t, a longitudinal study suggested. In people both younger and older than age 55, both hypertension and pre-hypertension (systolic blood pressure between 121-139 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure between 81-89 mm Hg) were linked with declining
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“The frontline worker” occupies the number-one slot in Modern Healthcare’ s 2020 list of the 100 most influential people in healthcare. Those frontline workers include physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, environmental service workers, and administrators, according to the list’s companion article. Modern Healthcare praises the healthcare workers for their selfless labor under dangerous conditions during the
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Dietary interventions may help in the overall management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but caution is required when interpreting the available data on this, according to Peter Gibson, MD, of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. “This is a very exciting area because there has been a profusion of recent publications on diet and IBD,” he
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The first shipments of Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine will “start rolling” on Sunday, with initial shipments moving into the distribution chain by Monday, said a federal official who has helped coordinate the preparation for an expected rapid introduction of this product. But federal officials already are planning ahead in case of hitches with production and distribution,
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The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for Covid-19 was finally granted Emergency Use Authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration late Friday night for people aged 16 and older. The decision comes following a safety review, months of testing, and intense pressure from the Trump administration, which reportedly told the head of the FDA, Stephen Hahn, MD,
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The U.S. healthcare system has increased its greenhouse gas emissions across the last decade, and remains the greatest polluter of any industrialized healthcare system in the world, according to a new study. Greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. healthcare system rose by 6% across the last decade, with emissions reaching 1,692 kg per capita in
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Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in people 16 years of age and older.  The much-anticipated emergency use authorization (EUA) of this vaccine — the first such approval in the United States — was greeted
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The FDA publicized a voluntary recall this week of two types of medication that ended up in the same bottles. The pharmaceutical company AvKARE issued the recall after the pills, one currently used for erectile dysfunction and the other, an antidepressant, had been used off label for the same problem, got packaged together by accident.  AvKARE Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall
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The humble potato chip requires a fairly simple recipe — potatoes, oil and salt. The flavored potato chips? Less humble and at times, more complicated. Last month the FDA issued a warning letter to Frito-Lay, makers of Lays, Doritos, Fritos, Cheetos, Tostitos and Sun Chips after inspecting a manufacturing plant in California. The FDA’s action
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