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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. American children gained a lot of weight in the last year, setting a dangerous trajectory towards metabolic disease that requires urgent policy change, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Our nation’s safety net is fragile, outdated,
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Dear recent graduates, I would be remiss if I didn’t begin by congratulating you on everything you have accomplished so far. Surviving medical school and applying for residency should be celebrated. Often, we glide by without a second thought, and it’s a shame. In the words below I will share a few insights into applying
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s attorney general said Friday that he won’t seek disciplinary action against doctors who prescribe controversial, off-label drugs to treat and prevent coronavirus infections, as long as they get informed consent from patients and don’t engage in misconduct. The office of Attorney General Doug Peterson released a legal opinion saying it
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After going through a divorce and a six-year break from the music industry, the famous singer surprised everyone with a slimmer figure in fall of 2019. But what exactly is Adele’s weight loss diet? Here’s how the Brit singer slimmed down. Adele’s Weight Loss Transformation After going through a long hiatus, the 15-time Grammy Award winner is ready to
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Brent Blue, MD, the coroner of Teton County, Wyoming, gave a press conference on Tuesday updating his office’s findings in the Gabrielle Petito death investigation. About a month ago, he announced the manner of death as a homicide and said that determination of the cause of death was pending additional investigation following the completion of
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If you train regularly or you want to become an athlete, then you’ve probably heard of workout supplements and how these can benefit you. Made especially to help athletes and people with active lifestyles, sports and workout supplements help maintain your level of performance so you can reach your fitness goals sooner. You can add muscle by simply eating right
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Lupin Pharmaceuticals is recalling all batches of irbesartan tablets USP 75 mg, 150 mg, and 300 mg and irbesartan and hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) tablets USP 150 mg/12.5 mg and 300 mg/12.5 mg because of the potential presence of the N-nitrosoirbesartan impurity. “As part of Lupin’s ongoing assessment, analysis revealed that certain tested active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) batches
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In a “Clinical Challenges” series on metastatic breast cancer, MedPage Today reviewed current recommendations and strategies for starting end-of-life care discussion, surgery for de novo metastatic disease, and the role and future of checkpoint inhibitors in this setting. Test your knowledge on each aspect of the series with the following three-question quiz. Correct answers and
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Researchers have proposed the use of ratios, in addition to in vitro allergy testing, to provide more accurate diagnosis of allergy. The concept is outlined in an article published in Clinical and Translational Allergy. “Determination of sIgE [serum-specific IgE] to a whole extract or to a single component might not be sufficient to make an accurate
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Sometimes, no matter how much we take care of ourselves, we still get sick out of nowhere. The same goes for our pet dogs, but unlike us, they suffer in silence as they are unable to say if something’s wrong. As dog owners, we must be aware of which conditions, illnesses and diseases are most likely to affect our beloved pets. It’s our responsibility to
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The plasma D-dimer assay has been used, along with clinical prediction scores, to rule out pulmonary embolism (PE) in critically ill patients for decades, but a new study suggests it may not be the right test to use in hospitalized COVID-19
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SAN ANTONIO — The bispecific antibody faricimab performed at least as well as standard anti-VEGF therapy for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic macular edema (DME) with increased durability, data from four randomized trials showed. The dual-targeted agent achieved noninferiority to aflibercept (Eylea) for best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and reduction in central subfield thickness (CST)
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SAN ANTONIO — Unexpected, severe, vision-threatening adverse events have quashed hopes for a safe and effective gene therapy for diabetic retinal disease. Three patients with diabetic macular edema (DME) developed hypotony requiring surgical treatment, followed by severe, progressive decline in vision. Additionally, intraocular inflammation (IOI), sometimes severe, occurred in almost all patients treated with ADVM-022,
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As the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, medical experts and scientists are pushing for booster shots to ensure optimum protection against SARS-CoV-2. But so far, only Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine has been approved for the third dose, leaving millions of Americans wondering about the length of time it would take for the Moderna and
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SAN ANTONIO — When everyone in the room wears face masks, patients may be less likely to get endophthalmitis during intravitreal injections, researchers say. “We can’t eliminate the risk, but we can reduce it,” said Sunir Garg, MD, a professor of ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Though physicians and
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The monoclonal antibody cocktail AZD7442 (tixagevimab and cilgavimab) reduced the risk of severe COVID-19 and death in high-risk patients by half, becoming the first long-acting monoclonal antibody to show effectiveness at both treating and preventing COVID, manufacturer AstraZeneca said Monday. Topline results of the phase III TACKLE trial found that the cocktail reduced risk of
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A first-line thrombectomy approach that combines contact aspiration and stent retrieval techniques does not significantly improve the reperfusion rate compared to stent retrieval alone in patients with acute ischemic stroke and large-vessel occlusion, a newly published study shows. Dr Bertrand Lapergue However, the trial was likely underpowered, so the question of whether the combined approach
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Hypochlorous acid causes less pain than povidone iodine when used as a disinfectant prior to intravitreal injections, researchers say. Povidone iodine is the standard of care, but hypochlorous acid could offer a viable alternative, at least in patients who find povidone iodine unbearable, said Robert L. Avery, MD, of California Retina
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The prognosis for future influenza seasons is always uncertain — but this year, it is even more uncertain than usual. While influenza seasons have varied in the past, there were generally some predictable factors. For example, the influenza season typically peaks in the U.S. between December and March. However, the intensity of the influenza season
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The likelihood that a child will survive a near-drowning without long-term damage is substantially greater if a bystander attempts a rescue, even if that person doesn’t perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), according to new research presented October 10 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2021 National Conference. “The extent to which bystander rescue is associated with
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Black patients get less visual acuity improvement than White patients when treated with ranibizumab for diabetic macular edema, according to the available data from clinical trials. The difference between the races disappears when the statistics are adjusted for such factors as HbA1c levels. But the findings raise questions that highlight the lack of data on
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Back in April 2020, after evaluating a number of diverse data sources including bench studies, clinical trials, and epidemiologic investigations pertaining to the effects of nitric oxide (NO) upon coronaviruses, I appealed to the medical literature and research community to investigate the potential utility of arginine (ARG) supplementation in the prevention of severe COVID-19. At
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A comparison of long-term survival between patients who either did or did not undergo permanent pacemaker implantation (PPI) after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) revealed no differences, according to results of the SWEDEHEART observational study. The nationwide population-based cohort study included all patients who underwent transfemoral TAVR in Sweden from 2008 to 2018. Most Frequent
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