Vitamin D, also called the sunshine vitamin, is an essential nutrient. Unfortunately, not everyone gets enough and this can contribute to some illnesses. So we have put together a short Q&A about vitamin D and what it does. What is vitamin D? Vitamin D is a nutrient found in fish oils, dairy products, egg yolks
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The State Medical Board of Ohio issued an alert this week warning physicians about an extortion scam that has resurfaced regarding suspension of medical licenses. Several other states have posted similar warnings. According to the Ohio board’s press release, scammers who claim to be from the US Department of Justice call or fax prescribers, telling
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 30 2020 The same biochemical triggers that spur a “fight or flight” response when we encounter threats may help tumor cells to thrive. A team of researchers from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is looking at ways to disrupt that dynamic so that cancer treatments can be more effective. Their
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KENILWORTH, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE) October 15, 2020 — Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expanded label for Keytruda, Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, as monotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL). The
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Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned that the United States is only “at the beginning of the steep part of the epidemic” as the number of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations across the country break grim records. In an interview on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” on Friday, the former FDA chief said, “You’ll see cases start
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 30 2020 Five research projects with exceptional promise to deliver new life-changing and health-altering therapies have received the inaugural Blavatnik Therapeutics Challenge Awards (BTCA) at Harvard Medical School. The projects, which target a diverse range of conditions–type 1 diabetes, asthma, frontotemporal dementia, deadly cancer-associated blood clots, and a rare congenital
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At nearly every pediatrics visit, I make sure to review the child’s growth charts with the parents/caregivers. Most of the time, my nursing staff and the EMR make this relatively routine. But what about a preterm infant? Should I use the WHO or CDC charts? Is their blood pressure normal? What if they have Down’s
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A multidisciplinary cardio-obstetrics team-based care model may help improve cardiovascular care for pregnant women with cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a recent study. “We sought to describe clinical characteristics, maternal and fetal outcomes, and cardiovascular readmissions in a cohort of pregnant women with underlying CVD followed by a cardio-obstetrics team,” wrote Ella Magun, MD, of Columbia University,
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The first blood test to detect the presence of amyloid, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), is now available for clinical use, the company behind the test’s development, C2N Diagnostics, has announced. The availability of the noninvasive, easily administered test is being called a milestone in the early detection and diagnosis of AD. The blood
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SARASOTA, Fla. and NOVATO, Calif., Oct. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GeneTx Biotherapeutics LLC and Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ: RARE), companies partnered in the development of intrathecally administered GTX-102, an investigational treatment for Angelman syndrome, today announced positive interim data from the Phase 1/2 study of GTX-102. Preliminary results from the first five patients treated
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South San Francisco, CA — October 16, 2020 — Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted full approval of Venclexta (venetoclax) in combination with azacitidine, or decitabine, or low-dose cytarabine (LDAC) for the treatment of newly diagnosed acute myeloid
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Performer Marc Anthony wanted the Trump administration to agree — in writing — that it wouldn’t use his comments for a public service campaign on the coronavirus to be used for President Donald Trump’s reelection. Actor Dennis Quaid and singers CeCe Winans and Shulem Lemmer taped their PSAs before withdrawing their consent to participate. Rapper
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During this past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down and changed not just the way we live and work but also how we think and behave. Every part of the world has been affected, and every aspect of life has been impacted. Our everyday routines were brought to a stop, and
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Spooky Season has already swept across the country. We see 12-foot skeletons in yards, pumpkin-flavored drinks on menus, and TV public service announcements (PSAs) with a Halloween theme. Zombies may be an odd choice to publicize healthcare. But it’s one way to get people’s attention. Besides, it is all in fun – isn’t it? “Humor
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Wages for registered nurses (RNs) remain stagnant and COVID-19 has prompted somewhat of an exodus, voluntary and involuntary, from the nursing profession, according to the Medscape RN/LPN Compensation Report 2020 . Nearly one fourth of nurses not currently employed in nursing cited COVID-19 as the reason for leaving the profession, with 18% retiring earlier than
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Can snacking on kiwifruit keep you regular? According to a presentation at the American College of Gastroenterology virtual meeting, yes, kiwi can help people with chronic constipation as much as prunes and psyllium, a bulk-forming laxative, can do. But kiwis, unlike prunes and psyllium, are easier on the gas production.  The study findings mirrored the results of
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer hopes to have safety data on a potential coronavirus vaccine by the third week in November, eliminating the possibility the company could apply for emergency use authorization (EUA) before the Nov. 3 election, CEO Albert Bourla said Tuesday
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Nations around the world have enacted unprecedented travel restrictions and lockdowns in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. These measures ranged from movement restrictions on a local level to regional and international travel restrictions. These restrictions are put in place to contain the spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)
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October 28, 2020 Audience: Consumer, Patient, Health Professional, Pharmacy Sunstar Americas, Inc. (SAI) is voluntarily recalling Paroex® Chlorhexidine Gluconate Oral Rinse USP, 0.12% products bearing an expiration date from 6/30/22 – 9/30/22 (see specific lots below) to the consumer level. This product may be contaminated with the bacteria Burkholderia lata. Use of the defective product
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A lab technician inspects filled vials of investigational coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug remdesivir at a Gilead Sciences facility in La Verne, California. Gilead Sciences Inc | Reuters Gilead Sciences reported stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings on Wednesday with revenue rising 17% from a year earlier, driven by sales of coronavirus treatment remdesivir. Gilead’s antiviral drug remdesivir,
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 Enough time has past since the pandemic began that scientists are evaluating the protective levels of cloth masks down to the nitty-gritty. Is a cotton mask better than one made from cotton and silk?  What about thin, cloth-made masks vs thick ones? How do they rank in the current collection of protective face wear? Some experts say
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