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WASHINGTON — President Trump is replacing the inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) several weeks after she issued a report critical of the administration’s efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. In a little-noticed announcement Friday evening, Trump nominated Jason Weida, an assistant U.S. attorney in Boston, for the post. The
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Although approximately 60% to 65% of patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC) ― the type of lung cancer most closely linked to smoking ― respond to first-line platinum-based chemotherapy with etoposide, nearly all patients experience relapse after treatment, and there are very few options for second- or third-line therapy. “Standard second-line therapy for
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to regularly clean frequently touched objects, such as doorknobs and tables, to reduce the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. But many people have been failing to do the most important part of cleaning potentially contaminated surfaces.  People usually spray a disinfectant on objects and
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Here are the coronavirus stories Medscape’s editors around the globe think you need to know about today:  FDA Announces Antibody Test Regulation  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new requirements for COVID-19 antibody tests Monday, altering an earlier policy
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The 24-hour news cycle is just as important to medicine as it is to politics, finance, or sports. At MedPage Today, new information is posted daily, but keeping up can be a challenge. As an aid for our readers and for a little amusement, here is a 10-question quiz based on the news of the
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Researchers have found a new method that could help detect autism spectrum disorder months or even years before symptoms appear. Earlier diagnosis of the condition could help children get interventions earlier and avoid problems like social and communication challenges. The current approach to identify autism mainly relies on behavior. Existing blood or genetic tests in some
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A minimally invasive multicancer blood test used with standard-of-care screening is safe, effective, and feasible for use in routine clinical care, according to interim findings from a large, prospective study. The DETECT-A blood test, an early version of the CancerSEEK test currently in development, effectively guided patient management in real time, in some cases leading
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QT interval prolongation remained a safety concern with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for COVID-19 in reports from Boston and France, highlighting the need for careful monitoring. Risk was particularly elevated when HCQ was administered with azithromycin in both studies, published online in JAMA Cardiology. Both agents have been known to be mechanistically capable of extending the QT
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Here are the coronavirus stories Medscape’s editors around the globe think you need to know about today: Marching (Virtually) for Masks Healthcare professionals led a nationwide “virtual march” today to demand adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). The organizers of
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Per a news release, the Hubble space telescope that has been giving us so many magnificent views of what lies beyond our planet has recently turned 30 years old, having been launched back in 1990. Hubble Celebrates Three Decades Of Operations They weren’t quite aware of it yet, but when the Hubble space telescope launched
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Healthcare professionals helped lead a nationwide “virtual march” today to demand adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). The most urgent demand, say the event organizers, called Need Masks Today, is for the White House to expand use of the Defense
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for remdesivir for the treatment of suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in adults and children hospitalized with severe disease. The investigational antiviral drug, manufactured by Gilead Sciences Inc, was
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A multicancer diagnostic blood test showed early potential as a screen for asymptomatic cancers in women with no history of cancer, according to results of a first-of-its kind prospective study. Of the 10,006 women who participated in the study, 134 had positive results with the blood screening and 26 were eventually found to have cancers.
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s  Coronavirus Resource Center. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrests increased 58% during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak in the hard-hit region of Lombardy, Italy, compared with the same period last year, a new analysis shows. During the first 40 days of the outbreak beginning February 21,
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“Benadryl barely helped me sleep last night,” I groan to my partner. My eyes bloodshot, my head pounding as I recount the number of days I have needed to take a sleep aid this week. He hands me my lunch bag and locks the door to walk with me to work. The sound of my
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The coronavirus may have ushered in the era of social distancing, but in some ways it has brought the global medical community closer together, even if it’s online rather than in person. This week, there is a Facebook tribute to healthcare
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Myocardial injury was common but mild and likely non-ischemic among hospitalized COVID-19 patients in New York City, researchers said. Troponin elevations were observed in approximately 40% of 2,736 patients with lab-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection who had been admitted to one of five hospitals in the Mount Sinai Health System, according to the group led by Anuradha
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