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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The study covered in this summary was published in medRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer-reviewed. Key Takeaways Medication prescribing and dispensing in the United Kingdom were hampered during the COVID-19 pandemic and have not recovered to prepandemic
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In a meta-analysis of more than 1 million mothers, those who breastfed their children had an 11% to 17% lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), coronary heart disease (CHD), or stroke, and of dying from CVD, in later life than mothers who did not. On average, the women had two children and had breastfed for
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An adult brain contains about 86 billion neurons and even more supercomputing power to closely monitor the entire human brain. All those neurons have trillions of synapses — or connection points — that make up the circuitry the brain uses to control everything we do from reasoning to breathing to walking. And scientists with the
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After looking closely at the drug-drug interactions listed for Pfizer’s new oral COVID-19 drug ritonavir-nirmatrelvir (Paxlovid), I realized that a large percentage of my patients are taking medications on the list. The antiviral was granted FDA emergency use authorization in late December for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in patients at high risk of severe
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When it comes to antidepressant prescribing, less may be more, new research suggests. A new review suggests antidepressants are overprescribed and that the efficacy of these agents is questionable, leading researchers to recommend that when physicians prescribe these medications, it should be for shorter periods. “Antidepressants have never been shown to have a clinically significant
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Commercial and Medicare Advantage insurers are spending an estimated $129.7 million annually on ivermectin prescriptions for COVID-19, even though the antiparasitic drug has not been shown to be effective against the virus, according to a new JAMA study. The researchers analyzed
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The Isotretinoin Products Manufacturers Group (IPMG) reports that most users of the iPLEDGE Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) should now have access to their accounts, one month after a modified program was launched, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Jan. 14. The IPMG has “created a new tool within the system to help resolve account access
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The Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 14 approved two oral JAK-1 inhibitors for patients with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (AD) — upadacitinib and abrocitinib — making them the first oral JAK inhibitors available for this indication in the United States. “It’s big news because a few years ago we didn’t have any systemic treatments that are safer
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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted unanimously to support a recommendation of no change to the physician fee schedule for fiscal year 2023 on Thursday, provoking immediate backlash from the American Medical Association (AMA) and other medical groups. A combination of inflation plus lost revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic sparked concern. Under current law,
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Providing detailed informed consent does not appear to improve patients’ comprehension, according to a study published on researchsquare.com as a preprint and not yet peer reviewed. Key Takeaway Patients with cancer are equally likely to understand their treatment when provided long, involved informed consent forms designed for clinical trials and shorter, less comprehensive forms used
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Reaction to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed decision to restrict coverage of the controversial and expensive Alzheimer’s disease (AD) drug aducanumab (Aduhelm) has been swift and polarized. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the drug on June 7 set off a firestorm of controversy, including a federal investigation
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Flu vaccines prevented the majority of critical and life-threatening influenza cases among children during the 2019-2020 season, a case-control study found. Vaccine effectiveness was 63% (95% CI 38-78%) against “critical influenza” and 75% (95% CI 49-88%) against “life-threatening influenza,” reported Manish Patel, MD, of the CDC, and colleagues in Clinical Infectious Diseases. CDC Director Rochelle
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Many people nowadays turn to CBD products to help them cope with different aspects in life. Some people take these products to manage pain, while others take them to relax or sleep better. But what exactly is CBD? What is CBD? Cannabidiol or CBD is a chemical compound found in the cannabis sativa plant that
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. As COVID cases in the United States have skyrocketed to what seems like new records every other day — mostly due to Omicron — speculation is rising among some experts and scientific novices alike that infection for many seems unavoidable. In
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