Month: August 2020

The World Health Organization urged countries Monday to continue implementing safety measures to control the spread of the coronavirus, such as limiting public gatherings and protecting vulnerable groups as they try to reopen businesses and services.  “The more control countries have over the virus, the more they can open up. Opening up without having control
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HCA Healthcare hospitals require nurses to work while positive for COVID-19, fail to notify or test workers when they’ve been exposed, and don’t routinely test exposed workers unless they’re symptomatic, according to a complaint filed with the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration by National Nurses United (NNU). The NNU complaint, which accuses the for-profit
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Across the United States, at least 36 states have reported positive cases at colleges and universities, adding more than 8,700 cases to the country’s tally. Almost 6 million infections have been recorded in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Since classes started on August 19, 1,200 students at the University of
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A first-year resident who was fired in 2018 from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio after her anti-Semitic tweets were discovered has now permanently lost her ability to practice medicine. Lara Kollab Lara Kollab posted anti-Semitic hate speech, referred to Jewish people as dogs, downplayed the Holocaust, and threatened to “purposely give all the yahood [sic]
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Despite denials from e-cigarette manufacturers, teens are attracted to vaping because of the ease of use, kid-friendly flavors and advertising tactics that make vaping look cool. They also may believe that vaping is safer than smoking traditional cigarettes – something they’ve been warned against for years. Vaping isn’t trouble-free though, even if e-cigarettes don’t contain
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Add patients with chronic kidney disease with or without diabetes to the growing list of people who get proven benefit from treatment with an SGLT2 inhibitor. In the DAPA-CKD trial, treatment with the sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor dapagliflozin (Farxiga, AstraZeneca) cut the incidence of substantially worsened chronic kidney disease (CKD) by an average of 39%
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Print this page FOSTER CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 28, 2020– Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) enabling use of the investigational antiviral Veklury® (remdesivir) to treat all hospitalized patients with COVID-19, in addition to the previous authorization for patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19. The expanded EUA is
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Patients who were cured of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) still faced a risk for liver cancer, researchers said, but new surveillance models seemed to help manage that risk. In one study, researchers followed 2,326 patients with chronic HCV, who had advanced cirrhosis or liver fibrosis, and applied a scoring system to them. Despite HCV
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It’s been in the news for years now: opioids are addictive, even when prescribed for legitimate reasons. But a new study shows that even for a relatively simple surgery, the pain-leveling power bestowed in a script is still there. As is the potential for addiction. In the 1990s, when doctors began to prescribe opioids to help their
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Initiation of rhythm control with antiarrhythmic drugs and/or ablation in patients with early, recently diagnosed atrial fibrillation led to a significantly lower risk for major adverse cardiovascular outcomes, compared with a rate control strategy, during more than 5 years of follow-up. The results, from the large randomized EAST-AFNET 4 trial, were presented by Paulus Kirchhof,
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Anorexia nervosa may stunt the growth and impact the future height of teenage girls, according to data from 255 adolescents. Illness and malnutrition during critical child and adolescent growth periods may limit adult height, but the effect of anorexia nervosa (AN) on growth impairment and adult height has not been well studied, wrote Dalit Modan-Moses,
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that a public meeting of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will be held on CutOct. 22, 2020, to discuss the general matter of the development, authorization, and/or licensure of vaccines indicated to prevent COVID-19. The FDA has scheduled a meeting of its Vaccines and Related
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A Detroit resident is tested for free for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and antibodies at the Sheffield Center in Detroit, Michigan, April 28, 2020. Rebecca Cook | Reuters Coronavirus cases in the Midwest are beginning to increase following warnings from top U.S. health officials that the country’s heartland could be vulnerable to new outbreaks.  Coronavirus
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For patients with early atrial fibrillation (Afib) and cardiovascular (CV) conditions, early rhythm-control therapy was tied to a lower risk of CV outcomes than usual care, a researcher reported. The EAST-AFNET 4 trial was stopped after a median of 5.1 years in favor of efficacy when it was determined that the strategy of early-rhythm control
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There’s a new category to consider if you ever plan to relocate: what the locals pay for their prescription drugs. Folks in San Francisco pay 18% above the national average; folks in Denver pay 33.8% below. Think about that – it’s close to a 52% range. (Yes, that’s what we said, too.) These data, compiled by the
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Pulsed field ablation (PFA) targeting areas beyond the pulmonary vein appeared to provide short-term lesion control without esophageal injury in persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) in the single-arm PersAFOne study. Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is often insufficient for persistent AF but more extensive ablation is an area of controversy. Trials of posterior wall ablation have yielded
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Given that the risk for COVID-19 could be elevated for adults with cancer, the threshold for treatment initiation should be high in patients with indolent lymphomas, including Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia (WM), two sets of expert recommendations advise. “Watchful waiting should be the
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