Month: January 2021

The pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges for patient care — difficulties faced each day by clinicians, clinical engineers, IT specialists, supply chain managers, and other healthcare professionals. As a result, ECRI notes in its 14th annual report on the top 10 health technology hazards, that a number of new threats to patient and staff safety
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29 January 2021 — AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine has been granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) in the European Union (EU) for active immunisation to prevent COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2, in individuals 18 years of age and older. Following review of the application, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines
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Dr. Michael Osterholm, Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, announced advances for COVID-19 testing in Minnesota, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in St. Paul, MN. Glen Stubbe | Star Tribune | Getty Images An epidemiologist who advised
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This past week has probably been the most brutal week I have ever experienced in the past 22 years of working in an ICU. Our team looks after two units with six ventilated COVID ICU patients in each. This week we lost: Jasrin (60), Anita (24), Thania (33), Niel (44), Maria (35), Shiela (44), Frank
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The federal government has issued a directive that aims to bolster the COVID-19 vaccination workforce, by letting physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals return to work even if their license has expired, as long as it expired within the past
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If you are in the I-hate-going-to-the-dentist’s camp because you have sensitive teeth, please let us make this suggestion: You can make those visits easier by simply taking care of our own oral health.  And that starts with brushing your teeth twice a day, with the best toothpaste to serve your regular brushing needs. But getting
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A new report combining forecasting and expert prediction data, predicts that 125,000 lives could be saved by the end of 2021 if 50% or more of the U.S. population initiated COVID vaccination by March 1, 2021. “Meta and consensus forecast of COVID-19 targets,” developed by Thomas McAndrew, a computational scientist and faculty member at Lehigh
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Treatment for Migraine Impel NeuroPharma Announces U.S. Food & Drug Administration Acceptance of New Drug Application for INP104 for the Acute Treatment of Migraine SEATTLE, January 20, 2021 — Impel NeuroPharma, a late-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review the company’s 5O5(b)(2) New Drug Application
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Johnson & Johnson board member Dr. Mark McClellan told CNBC Friday that there could be enough vaccinations for the entire U.S. adult population by the summer.  “Assuming all of the close review of the J&J data all pans out, we’re going to have the capacity between Moderna, Pfizer, J&J, to have enough vaccines available by
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After alarming testing results, the FDA has taken unprecedented action against importing hand sanitizers from Mexico. A new import alert, the first ever category-wide alert issued for an entire country, places all hand sanitizers coming from Mexico under increased scrutiny and FDA entry reviews. This news comes hot on the heels of a rubbing alcohol
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Where did I ever get the notion that diet may influence COVID-19 lethality? That the degree to which one’s diet is inflammatory or may not determine if it is a lethal disorder or not? For five years I studied factors in the development of dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders with particular reference to environmental and
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. More people with fever and body aches are turning to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to ease symptoms, but the drugs have come under new scrutiny as investigators work to determine whether they are a safe way to relieve the pain of
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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced results from the Phase 2 cohort of the CodeBreaK 100 clinical study evaluating investigational sotorasib (AMG 510) in 126 patients with KRAS G12C-mutated advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The results will be presented during the Presidential Symposium at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)
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odevixibat Treatment for Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis (PFIC) Albireo Announces U.S. FDA Acceptance of New Drug Application for Odevixibat BOSTON, Jan. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Albireo Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALBO), a clinical-stage rare liver disease company developing novel bile acid modulators, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the Company’s New Drug Application (NDA) for
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January 27, 2021 Audience: Consumer, Patient, Health Professional, Pharmacy January 27, 2021 — Meitheal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Meitheal”), announced today that it is voluntarily recalling one (1) lot of Cisatracurium Besylate Injection, USP 10mg per 5mL to the user level. The decision to recall the product was made after a product complaint revealed that a portion
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Experts are warning that another public health crisis is brewing in this country. Fewer children have been receiving their routine vaccines in 2020, enough so that a possible outbreak, namely of measles, could result. “What we fear is having an epidemic within the pandemic,” explained Angela Shen, ScD, MPH, “you don’t want to have a micro-epidemic
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. COVID-19 adversely impacts several markers of inflammation and oxidative stress in semen, a new prospective longitudinal study from Iran indicates. “We provide the first direct experimental evidence that the male reproductive system could be targeted and damaged by the COVID-19 infection,”
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Once considered an imminent death sentence, HIV has become a more treatable, albeit chronic, disease in recent years. Patients with well-managed HIV can now live long and largely normal lives, if they have stamina. The effort required to keep the virus contained with a daily cocktail of pills has been significant. But that might change: Two
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Schizophrenia spectrum disorder is associated with a significantly increased risked of dying from COVID-19, new research shows. After adjusting for demographic and medical risk factors, investigators found that patients who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia were two to three times more
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