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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel narrowly voted 13 to 10 today to recommend emergency use authorization for the antiviral pill molnupiravir from Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics to treat COVID-19. According to the panel of experts, the drug may
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Over the last decade, global coffee production nearly doubled, making coffee one of the most popular beverages in modern society. Given its popularity, any health advantages could have a significant impact on public health. According to a recent study, 16 percent of Americans are aware of the benefits of coffee use, while 66 percent limit their
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Adding anti-inflammatory corticosteroids to antibiotics for certain pediatric throat and ocular infections may have some benefit, according to results from two recent database studies, but their benefit remains unclear. Using steroids in this setting is a practice many pediatricians consider, although no clear guidance exists. Drawing on data from a registry of 51 free-standing children’s
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Saliva samples are easy to obtain and useful for measuring antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in children, which could facilitate epidemiological surveillance in school settings. The study, a collaboration between the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by “la Caixa” Foundation, and the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu (HSJD), followed over 1,500 children who
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Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs), firefighters, and other first responders are at an increased risk of contracting severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, even more so than first-line workers like healthcare professionals. However, the former groups have a relatively low coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine uptake. Study: High Burden of COVID-19 among Unvaccinated Law
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Spot the signs, and address gambling addiction before it gets out of hand The gambling industry in the UK is colossal, with The Gambling Commission’s most recent published statistics showing that gambling companies had a total gross yield of £5.9 billion between April and September 2020. The feeling of winning is pleasurable and addictive, something
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Now that the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified omicron as a variant of concern, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is strongly encouraging everyone to follow its prevention strategies to hamper the possible spread of the virus in the country.  Variant Of Concern After carefully assessing the specific mutations and behavior of the
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When skies were blue and air pollution was reduced during stay-at-home lockdowns in the United States at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer ST-elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMI) occurred, a new study suggests. The researchers examined the link between air pollution and STEMI in 29 US states from January 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020,
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George Q. Daley will assume leadership role at HMS on Jan. 1 Read the full story at http://hms.harvard.edu/news/new-dean-faculty-medicine Like Harvard Medical School on Facebook: https://goo.gl/4dwXyZ Follow on Twitter: https://goo.gl/GbrmQM Follow on Instagram: https://goo.gl/s1w4up Follow on LinkedIn: https://goo.gl/04vRgY
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President Joe Biden said Monday he is directing federal agencies to be prepared to move as quickly as possible to approve additional vaccines or boosters tailored to shield against the new omicron coronavirus variant. The current Covid vaccines are believed to provide at least some protection from the heavily mutated omicron strain, and booster shots
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There are a ton of different mattresses in today’s market, so it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that you feel a little overwhelmed by the multitude of choices out there. Regardless of what kind of sleeper you are, though – a side sleeper, a back sleeper, a stomach sleeper, or a combo sleeper – The BitBag team has
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An ongoing remote digital care program to manage hypertension and hypercholesterolemia delivered by non-physicians can be effective, results from the first 10,000 patients demonstrate. Lead investigator Alexander J. Blood, MD, reported these study findings in a late-breaking session at the virtual American Heart Association (AHA) 2021 Scientific Sessions. Researchers delivered promising interim results in 5000
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A team of UK-based scientists has recently evaluated the effectiveness of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines in preventing household transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in England. Their findings indicate that the vaccines effectively reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2 alpha and delta variants from breakthrough infections in the household setting, despite having reduced
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Our Flame of Hope Awards are an annual celebration of our most dedicated volunteers and supporters, many of whom have powerful personal reasons for going above and beyond to support our pioneering science. In this article, we hear from this year’s Philanthropy category award winners, who tell us why they’ve devoted time, effort and millions
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The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has demanded a lot from public health authorities in terms of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions to prevent severe disease, hospitalization, and death. While these interventions have proven immensely useful in keeping the general public aware of the consequences and adverse effects of not adhering to existing protocols, the immigrant communities
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They’ve been making our lives easier all year, and now is our opportunity to give back to those in the service industry It’s the season of giving, and also a time to reflect on the things that we are most grateful for. Throughout the year, there are people who make our everyday lives run a
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The mind and body are closely connected. Studies show there is a link between physical and mental health. Stress, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders have been associated with heart conditions, immune deficiencies, and numerous other conditions. Credits: Lead Image: Dreamstime Medscape Reader Polls © 2021  Cite this: Do You Discuss Mental Health With Your Patients? - Medscape - Nov 24, 2021.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies during the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing titled Next Steps: The Road Ahead for the COVID-19 Response, in Dirksen Building on Thursday, November 4, 2021. Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images Americans need to be
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