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I stared at the black, ulcerated foot before me and two thoughts ran through my mind: undocumented immigrant and minimal healthcare access. “Why did you not come to the clinic earlier? You have diabetes, it’s dangerous to let this kind of wound fester.” Diabetes doesn’t play nice with foot wounds, and those that go untreated
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. For Christina Nester, the pandemic lull in Massachusetts lasted about three months through summer into early fall. In late June, St. Vincent Hospital had resumed elective surgeries, and the unit the 48-year-old nurse works on switched back from taking care of
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If an apple a day can keep the doctor away — well, imagine what a kiwi can do. Kiwifruit do not get the attention they deserve. These sweet, furry little fruits are a nutrient-dense fruit with many health benefits.  One raw green kiwifruit has about 61 calories, 15 grams total carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber
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Financial payments from the pharmaceutical industry to US physicians were associated with increased prescribing of the paying manufacturer’s drug, concludes a review of 36 recent studies. It also found evidence of “a temporal association and dose-response [that] suggest a causal relationship.” The review was published November 24 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “The large
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With most Americans in favor of legalized marijuana — and a growing number of states making the drug legal — how long before recreational pot becomes available across the US? Making marijuana legal has been a grassroots effort. Support has come from the ground up, and the laws have generally changed, not in the state
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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost everyone, whether directly, through the loss of loved ones, or the impact on job security. Business has slowed down in many sectors and has been put to a standstill. It became clear that things we thought were imperative to our lives and functionality as human beings were “non-essential,” and
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When an 86-year-old male patient presented to Nishi Chandrasekaran, MBBS, at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, he initially complained of impaired memory and concentration as well as some olfactory and gait problems “Initially that was it. So we talked about these issues together and I suggested a few treatments, but
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Getting caught without a pad or a tampon outside the home is par for the course for lots of women. Ducking into a pharmacy or other store to get what’s needed is also run of the mill for them. But for women without financial resources, access to sanitary products isn’t always possible. At Target, for
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Three specific symptoms may help clinicians identify patients with borderline personality disorders (BPD) at highest risk for suicide. Results of a large longitudinal study show patients with BPD are at considerably higher risk of suicide attempts compared to patients with other personality disorders including schizotypal, avoidant, and obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). Furthermore, among DSM-5
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One reason glioblastoma — an aggressive brain cancer that affects more than 13,000 new people a year in the US — is so deadly is that no tests are available to guide treatment or predict its outcome. However, researchers at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) have developed a new laboratory test that can “accurately pinpoint, capture
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Everyone from children to older adults can benefit from some exercise and a limit on sedentary behavior, according to updated guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO). Adults should have 150-300 minutes of moderate exercise, 750-150 minutes of vigorous exercise, or some combination of the two per week, whenever possible. These recommended ranges marked a
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted accelerated approval for a new drug for certain patients with neuroblastoma based on response rate results in small open-label trials. The drug is naxitamab (Danyelza, Y-mAbs Therapeutics), a humanized monoclonal antibody that targets GD2 3F8, a disialoganglioside highly expressed on neuroblastomas. The product was originally developed at the
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With three drug companies on the verge of a breakthrough vaccine against Covid-19, vaccinations could begin by the end of December, said Anthony Fauci, MD, yesterday in a live interview with the Washington Post. And while the first shots will go to high-risk and priority populations, Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy
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Ladies, some advice on online dating: the old real estate adage of location, location, location, applies.  “If you’re a woman, you probably want to start on Match.com because it is a little bit like Target,” said Andrea McGinty, matchmaker and owner of 33,000Dates.com. “It has everything, from a high end, upscale group of professionals to everything imaginable.”
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When the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine becomes available, it will go to states based on the total number of adults living in each state, officials from Operation Warp Speed said, according to National Public Radio.  Once the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives regulatory clearance, the federal government said that it will ship out
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Although Thanksgiving, and the holidays that follow, might be billed as a time of indulgence — with creamy pumpkin pie, buttery rolls and plenty of egg nog — a little indulgence might not be a bad idea. Instead of trying to lose weight or being “good” this year, experts suggest taking care of yourself, even
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The holidays are approaching just as COVID-19 case rates nationwide are increasing at a record-breaking pace, leading to dire warnings from public health experts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued cautions and updated guidelines related to family gatherings. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a White House coronavirus adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy
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Heart failure could be reversed with a new treatment that combines medication with the temporary use of an artificial heart pump, said researchers at the University of Utah Health.  The therapy, which involves implantation of a left ventricular assist device ( LVAD ), could: help reverse structural damage to the heart, eliminate the need for
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Immunotherapy with pembrolizumab holds promise for improving the generally dismal outlook in patients with leptomeningeal metastases, a phase 2 trial suggests. Results from the trial were reported at the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer’s 35th Anniversary Annual Meeting. “Unfortunately, when patients present with leptomeningeal disease, they usually have a poor prognosis. Their median survival is
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Healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities may be first in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine, followed by essential workers and then adults with high-risk medical conditions and older adults, members of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) agreed during a Monday meeting. These new groups would be phase 1a, phase
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