Sudden loss of smell (anosmia) and taste (ageusia) are becoming increasingly common symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the agent responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic that started in December 2019. The virus causes atypical and severe pneumonia in infected individuals, with symptoms ranging from asymptomatic and mild
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Treatment for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder FDA Advisory Committee Votes in Support of ALKS 3831 for the Treatment of Schizophrenia and Bipolar I Disorder DUBLIN, Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Alkermes plc (Nasdaq: ALKS) today announced positive voting outcomes from the joint meeting of the Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee, appointed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The
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Patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who reported using marijuana had less risk of in-hospital mortality and pneumonia than non-users, according to a nationwide population-based study. Use of marijuana was associated with a 37.6% reduction in the odds of dying in the hospital (OR 0.624, 95% CI 0.407-0.958, P=0.0309) among patients diagnosed with
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A meta-analysis of 39 randomized clinical trials concluded pharmacotherapy plus manualized psychotherapy — cognitive behavioral therapy, family/conjoint therapy, interpersonal therapy, or psychoeducational therapy — was better than pharmacotherapy alone for treating bipolar disorder. (JAMA Psychiatry) With winter looming and COVID-19 surging again, prevalence of seasonal affective disorder could reach an all-time high in the coming
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An optimized gene-editing tool holds promise for preventing inherited hearing loss, other genetic diseases. Learn more: https://hms.harvard.edu/news-events/multimedia/saving-beethoven
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ACURATE neo’s (Boston Scientific) place in the treatment of severe aortic stenosis is unclear after failing to show noninferiority in a head-to-head comparison with another self-expanding, supra-annular transcatheter valve and reporting lackluster outcomes at 1 year in the SCOPE I trial. The valve stumbled last year in SCOPE I when it did not establish noninferiority
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The National Institutes of Health has announced a new initiative to fight opioid use disorder (OUD) in the U.S. The HEALing Communities Study will test a comprehensive prevention and treatment model aimed at communities hit hard by the opioid crisis. The model includes evidence-based practices to lower deaths linked to opioid overdose. Researchers recently published
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October 16, 2020 — The National Institutes of Health has launched an adaptive Phase 3 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of three immune modulator drugs in hospitalized adults with COVID-19. Some COVID-19 patients experience an immune response in which the immune system unleashes excessive amounts of proteins that trigger inflammation — called
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 19 2020 Like a cold front that moves in, setting the stage for severe weather, coronavirus infection triggers showers of infection-fighting immune molecules – showers that sometimes escalate into a chaotic immune response known as a cytokine storm. About 20 to 30 percent of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 develop severe
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I have a lot of energy. I have been going and going and going for so long. And today, it hit me. I’m tired. I began this pursuit of medicine in 1983 when I decided to be a zoology major. I worked and went to medical school. And I went to medical school and worked.
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October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Taking care of your mouth is an important part of your health, so we’ve reached out to experts in the field and brought together top tips, straight from the source. Read on and learn how to keep a healthy mouth and a killer smile. Protecting Your Teeth Protects Your
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The incidence of stroke following a transient ischemic attack (TIA) has decreased somewhat over the past 50 years but hardly at all during the past decade, a new meta-analysis shows. “This systematic review and meta-analysis found that transient ischemic attack continues to be associated with a high risk of early stroke. However, the rate of
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Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute for National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, originally had a big part in the daily White House news briefings about COVID-19. After a few months, he fell out of favor with the administration when he publically disagreed with President Trump over issues such as wearing masks
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A new study finds 1 in 4 women have tried cannabis to manage menopause symptoms. Laura Hamilton is one of them. She’s used pot recreationally since she was in college, but was surprised when she realized it was helping ease her menopause symptoms, which included insomnia, mood changes, vaginal dryness, and hot flashes. “It really
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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to intensive scientific efforts to bring about an effective vaccine for global distribution. Many different vaccine design approaches are underway. A recent study published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases in October 2020 reports a potentially successful inactivated virus vaccine against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The
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pacritinib Treatment for Myelofibrosis CTI BioPharma Initiates Rolling Submission of New Drug Application (NDA) for Pacritinib in Myelofibrosis Patients with Severe Thrombocytopenia SEATTLE, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – CTI BioPharma Corp. (Nasdaq: CTIC) today announced that it has commenced a rolling New Drug Application (NDA) submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA” or “the Agency”) seeking approval of pacritinib
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President Donald Trump on Monday said the government’s top pandemic fighter, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is a “disaster” — and possibly an “idiot” — as he claimed that Americans are “tired of” Covid-19, even as the number of coronavirus cases continued spiking in much of the United States. “People are tired of Covid,” Trump said in
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 19 2020 A multisite study led by UC Davis Health found that two prominent early intervention models for autism had a similar impact. The researchers compared developmental and symptom improvements in toddlers with autism who received one year of one-on-one intervention sessions using either the Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI)
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A 37-year-old man presents to an emergency department in Doha, Qatar. He reports that he has had a minor fever on and off for the past 4 days and notes that a day ago he developed a headache, had 3-4 episodes of nonbilious vomiting, loose stools, and stomach cramps. He also reports a red rash
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When deciding on a specialty, we often think about clinical interests, the bread and butter, and lifestyle. But there are several more often overlooked qualities that make up an important component in your long term happiness and career satisfaction. Here is what you shouldn’t overlook when considering a specialty as a medical student and future
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Pediatric Ophthalmologist Jade Price of Wills Eye Hospital examines a teenage patient. Courtesy: Wills Eye Hospital With so many schools resorting to remote learning during the pandemic, some experts are warning that increased screen time paired with a lack of in-school eye exams should keep parents on the alert regarding their children‘s vision. “Parents should definitely make sure their
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There are gender differences among patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) in terms of when the disease is diagnosed, how it is treated, and the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol attained, suggest data from a large multinational registry. Moreover, less than 40% of children with HeFH are receiving lipid-lowering medication, and those who are
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