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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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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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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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 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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More than 10 hours of testimony and debate failed to convince a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expert advisory panel that existing evidence reasonably supports a premarket approval (PMA) application for the Neovasc Reducer device. The Reducer is intended for people suffering from refractory angina pectoris despite guideline-directed medical therapy, who are unsuitable for
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Time to enrollment in HIV treatment dropped by 53% when clinicians sent people new to HIV treatment home from intake with a bottle of universal first-line therapy before they even saw a physician. Dr Glory Ruiz Doing so treats HIV like the chronic condition it is and reduces the stigma that can be a barrier
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It took me 47 years to hear those two devastating words, “You’re fired.” It’s not like I didn’t have a slew of jobs before becoming a physician. I cut lawns and raked leaves as an early teen; I worked in a fast-food restaurant when I was 14 using my older brother’s ID, I worked in
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Over the years, the number of children diagnosed with autism has risen drastically. According to a research and advocacy foundation, Autism Speaks, the prevalence of autism increased by 20 times since 1980. This is largely since a whole spectrum of characteristics are considered autistic behavior today, unlike earlier when social isolation and repetitive behavior alone were the main symptoms.
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Eli Lilly announced it will halt its ACTIV-3 trial evaluating the antibody bamlanivimab in combination with remdesivir for people hospitalized with COVID-19, after new evidence regarding efficacy emerged. The new data from the National Institutes of Health suggest that the experimental
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Ten months into 2020, and COVID-19 has cancelled many events – large and small – for most of the year. Friends and family celebrate drive-by birthdays and graduations over Zoom. And now that Halloween is approaching, children wonder if they will be able to go around their neighborhood to show off their Batman and Superwoman
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A new baby formula enriched with pre- and probiotics for babies with milk allergy improves their gut microbiome compared with standard hypoallergenic formula, potentially helping them develop a healthier immune system, similar to the benefits of human breast milk. “This is meant for infants that have a severe cow’s milk allergy,” Harm Wopereis, PhD, of
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There definitely seems to be a lot of good that’s coming from newly being on a unified electronic medical record (EMR) across all of our hospital systems. Until just recently, our hospitalized patients were taken care of on the inpatient services under one EMR, and our outpatient practices used a different one. And all of
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Major thromboembolic complications and adverse cardiovascular events occurred with high frequency in patients with COVID-19, especially in the intensive care setting, despite a high use of thromboprophylaxis, in a new large observational US study. “Despite very high rate of antithrombotic prophylaxis there were a high rate of thromboembolic events suggesting that we are probably not
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Researchers in the United Kingdom, Spain, and the United States found obvious signs of vaccine hesitancy surrounding a potential COVID-19 vaccine, although some countries had high acceptance rates, compared to others. Survey respondents said that trust in the government would affect their acceptance of a vaccine. Global acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines Hundreds of experimental COVID-19
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p>Few patient characteristics of men and women with nonradiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) appear to differ, yet women with the condition have a significantly lower response rate to treatment with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors, according to results from a prospective cohort study. Despite these similarities between the sexes, first author Regula Neuenschwander of the department
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A program of universal face shields for healthcare personnel (HCP) at one Texas hospital was not only tied to fewer COVID-19 infections, but fewer hospital-associated infections (HAI), a researcher said. In the pre-intervention period, from April 17-July, 5, HCP infection rate increased from 0% to 12.9%, but it declined to 2.3% during the intervention period,
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