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Europe’s stuttering vaccine rollout faced multiple hurdles on Friday as EU regulators said they were reviewing side effects of the Johnson & Johnson shot and France further limited its use of the AstraZeneca jab. The US drugs regulator said it had not found a “causal” link between the J&J vaccine and blood clots, but that
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The use of telehealth may have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it also exposed a digital divide, speaker after speaker said during a panel discussion at the Society for Pediatric Dermatology (SPD) pre-AAD meeting. “We have seen large numbers of children struggle with access to school and access to health care because of lack of
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Adding the immune checkpoint inhibitor nivolumab (Opdivo) to neoadjuvant chemotherapy dramatically increased pathologic complete response (pCR) in patients with operable lung cancer, a randomized trial showed. The pCR rate increased from 2.2% with chemotherapy alone to 24.0% with the addition of nivolumab. The between-group difference increased in an analysis limited to patients who had complete
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Several vaccine sites across the U.S. paused administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this week after adverse reactions were reported, according to The Associated Press. On Thursday, three vaccination sites in North Carolina closed temporarily after several people had
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Loss of smell, loss of taste, dyspnea, and fatigue are the four most common symptoms that healthcare professionals in Sweden report 8 months after mild COVID-19 illness, new evidence reveals. Approximately one in 10 healthcare workers experience one or more moderate-to-severe
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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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Regardless of how you feed your baby, watching that little body so intent on taking in nourishment, all while nestled in the crook of your arm is a sight that will disappear all too soon. Even if you are nursing, the time will come when your baby will need a bottle.  We found in our
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced its first-ever approval of an artificial intelligence device to help find colon lesions during colonoscopy. The GI Genius (Cosmo Artificial Intelligence) identifies areas of the colon where a colorectal polyp or tumor might be located. Clinicians then follow up with a closer examination and possible
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A proportion of chronic pain patients on prescribed opioids took chances with their medications over time, such as seeking early refills or giving pills to others — but such behaviors were intermittent, not persistent, according to data from the Australian POINT study. In a group of about 1,500 people with chronic noncancer pain surveyed every
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Last month, we reported on an FDA safety warning that connected Real Water-brand alkaline water to outbreaks of hepatitis. Since then the story has taken crime-novel-like twists and turns including disappearing personnel, roadblocks to keep investigators at bay, and the filing of a lawsuit or two. Outbreak and recall The investigation began when the FDA
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday declared racism a serious public health threat and outlined steps it will take to address it. “[I]t affects the health of our entire nation,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, said in a statement. The CDC is the largest public health group to make that
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Here’s our best toy pick for 2-year-olds and up. Photo by Melissa & Doug By the time your child hits 2, buying toys will likely mean finding those that are both safe and open-ended. A toy that only has one use won’t leave a lot of room for learning, let alone allow the child to
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The early halt of a phase 3 trial of avelumab (Bavencio) plus chemoradiotherapy for the treatment of squamous cell head and neck cancer raises a question: does combining a checkpoint inhibitor with radiotherapy hurt patients? The JAVELIN Head and Neck 100 trial randomly assigned 697 patients who had already undergone chemoradiotherapy for locally advanced, untreated
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While pregnant women have been warned about their potential for more severe COVID-19 illness, a few early reports have suggested one positive finding for this population — that pandemic lockdown restrictions may have coincided with a decrease in preterm births. Early studies have observed a decline in preterm birth rates during the lockdowns, highlighting a
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In December, with two vaccines approved for emergency use, inoculations began in this country.  In mid-March, a few states began relaxing their pandemic-related restrictions, including Maryland, Texas, Mississippi, Connecticut, Arizona, West Virginia and Wyoming. Recently other states including Pennsylvania and Indiana, did the same.  On Jan.5, the number of daily cases reported was 235,027 By
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Separation anxiety plays a substantial role in suicidality in patients with mood and anxiety disorders, new research suggests. Results of a study that included 500 outpatients with mood or anxiety disorders showed adult separation anxiety disorder (ASAD) was more frequent in patients with suicidal thoughts vs those who did not have the disorder. In addition,
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Telehealth is safe and effective in treating and managing acutely ill psychiatric patients in a partial hospital program and may be superior to in-person treatment in regard to patient retention and reducing suicidality, new research suggests. Results of the study, which was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, showed that telehealth was equally efficacious as in-person
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Primary care physicians (PCPs) can be key players in the movement to building confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine, according to panelists at a Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and GTMRx Institute webinar. Since last November, CVS Caremark has surveyed thousands of Americans about their intentions regarding the COVID vaccine, explained Sree Chaguturu, MD, CVS Caremark chief
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In the days before baby monitors,  bedtime and naptime were (and still are) deserved respites for parents. But they didn’t necessarily relax during these periods. Leaving baby alone on the second floor of the house or way down a hall usually prompted a few visits to the nursery to see if all was well. But
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Adults under 30 years of age will be offered an alternative vaccine to the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine as a preference and where this is available, according to Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer, speaking at today’s update by the United
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In a large cohort of insured working adults with severe obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), among those who underwent bariatric surgery, the rate of incident cancer was lower during a 10-month median follow-up period. The rate was especially lower with regard to obesity-related cancers. The risk reduction was greater among patients with cirrhosis. Among
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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This question always confounded me when people would ask me this as a child. What is this “growing up” you speak of? And why do I have to be something? I’m so content with my LEGOs, books, and video games. I was born in the
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