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Black patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) or neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) may respond differently to common MS treatment compared to their White peers, new research suggests. In a study of almost 200 patients, Black participants with MS or NMOSD showed significantly more rapid B-cell repopulation 6 to 12 months after receiving anti-CD20 infusion therapy
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It’s been a year since Covid-19 reached American shores, but frontline workers are still struggling to find proper protection. Despite increases in production and drastic measures to expand the supply, shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) haven’t disappeared. If anything, the situation has become more confusing as emergency rules linger, counterfeits litter the market, and
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Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s  Coronavirus Resource Center . Add another potential benefit to getting the recommended amount of physical activity each week — people who exercised regularly and then tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 were less likely to experience more severe COVID-19 outcomes, a new study shows. Importantly, even people who
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“Discard your misperceptions. Stop being jerked like a puppet. Limit yourself to the present. Understand what happens – to you, to others. Analyze what exists, break it all down: material and cause. Anticipate your final hours. Other people’s mistakes? Leave them to their makers.” — Emperor Marcus Aurelius, The Meditations I live on a pond.
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. New evidence emerged today tying vaccines for COVID-19 to extremely rare cases of people who develop blood clots and low platelets within weeks of being vaccinated. A team of researchers in the UK conducted an in-depth investigation of 22 patients who
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Lawmakers on Wednesday discussed ways to remove barriers to accessing treatment for substance use disorder during a hearing of the Health Subcommittee for the Committee on Energy and Commerce. From eliminating the training requirements for buprenorphine prescribing, to take-home doses of methadone, there was no shortage of ideas, albeit controversial ones. The subcommittee also examined
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The US Food and Drug Administration has declared Medtronic’s recent recall of batteries, power, and data link cables and other peripheral equipment for its Heartware Ventricular Assist Device (HVAD) System as class I, the most serious category of safety alert, agency announced today. The recall, which the company announced to affected healthcare providers and patients
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In January 2021, the Consumer Protection Safety Commission* released a report on the number of accidents involving a piece of furniture or a television falling on someone. Of the 571 fatalities, 469 were children under 18 years. The report covered the years between 2000 through 2019. In January 2018,** the CPSC released a similar report,
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Two recent articles in the medical literature provide new information on mucocutaneous manifestations of COVID-19 in children, which may help guide dermatologists in making accurate diagnoses and stratifying children at risk for serious, systemic illness due to the virus. In a
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Coronaviruses range from the common cold to more severe infections such as SARS (SARS-CoV) and MERS (MERS-CoV) and the current Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2). As yet there is no FDA-approved vaccine to prevent coronavirus infections.  These both have FDA emergency use authorization. Two of the Covid-19 vaccines available in the US use messenger RNA technology to prevent
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) decided Wednesday at the end of an emergency meeting that it did not have adequate information to change the current paused status of the Johnson & Johnson
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The Food and Drug Administration has lifted in-person dispensing requirements for mifepristone when used for medical termination of early pregnancy. In an April 12, 2021, letter to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, acting commissioner of food and drugs Janet Woodcock stated that the FDA would exercise discretion
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Thanks to Amerisleep, we know why Tom Hanks’ character was “Sleepless in Seattle” – he had exploding head syndrome. Saying huh? Read on.  Using Google’s Keyword Planner, Amerisleep, a memory-foam mattress maker, analyzed four years of sleep-related queries in Google to learn what makes Americans toss and turn at night. For instance, Californians worry about
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Early use of tocilizumab (Actemra) does not reduce myocardial infarct size but modestly increases myocardial salvage in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), results of the ASSAIL-MI trial suggest. “We’re among the first to show that you can actually affect the reperfusion injury through anti-inflammatory treatment — it’s sort of a new attack
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Europe’s stuttering vaccine rollout faced multiple hurdles on Friday as EU regulators said they were reviewing side effects of the Johnson & Johnson shot and France further limited its use of the AstraZeneca jab. The US drugs regulator said it had not found a “causal” link between the J&J vaccine and blood clots, but that
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