Month: September 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of clinics pushing unproven stem cell procedures caught a big break from the U.S. government in 2017: They would have three years to show that their questionable treatments were safe and worked before regulators started cracking down. But when the Food and Drug Administration’s grace period expired in late May —
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There may soon be a vaccine available that blocks the addictive euphoric and harmful effects of opioid use. The vaccine is entering a phase I clinical trial, the first human-tested clinical trial of this type of vaccine.1 Developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota, the vaccine may help alleviate the opioid overdose crisis; in
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In this article PFE Lalain Reyeg administers a COVID-19 booster vaccine and an influenza vaccine to Army veteran Gary Nasakaitis at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital on September 24, 2021 in Hines, Illinois. Scott Olson | Getty Images Massachusetts resident Preston Alexander, 66, was elated when he found out last week he was eligible
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The presence of greenspaces near homes and schools is strongly associated with improved physical activity and mental health outcomes in kids, according to a massive review of data from nearly 300 studies. Published online Sept. 29 in the journal Pediatrics, the review conducted by Washington State University and University of Washington scientists highlights the important
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Use of atezolizumab (Tecentriq) as part of neoadjuvant therapy and again as maintenance met predetermined safety criteria for patients with resectable pleural mesothelioma, according to trial results presented at the virtual World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC). Study author Boris Sepesi, MD, of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, points out that this was
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Gua Sha: FAB A favourite on social media, the gua sha is a traditional Chinese medicine tool made out of semi precious stones such as rose quartz, jade, and crystalline, used for facial massage. Used by applying medium pressure and ‘scraping’ the skin on your face in specific patterns, you may have come across videos
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Our weather has been more than a little unpredictable, but autumn is coming. Soon the weather will be cooler more often!!  The world will literally look different as the trees shed their leaves and provide a new cover for the earth.  I read a marvelous description of this change the other day by  Sarah Addison
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The HIV pandemic hit the LGBTQI+ community particularly early: people who were already stigmatized. This stigmatization prevented the lessons of the HIV pandemic from being adopted by broader parts of society—with consequences for dealing with the Covid 19 pandemic, argue researchers from the School of Public Health at Bielefeld University. In the journal Science, they
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Many people are confused — patients and healthcare providers alike — in the wake of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcements about who is authorized to get a third or ‘booster’
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In this article PFE Aidan Mohl, 13, is inoculated with Pfizer’s vaccine by Registered Medical Assistant Melissa Dalton at Dekalb Pediatric Center in Decatur, Georgia, May 11, 2021. Christopher Aluka Berry | Reuters Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Wednesday it is still possible the Food and Drug Administration will approve Pfizer and BioNTech‘s Covid-19
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The following quiz tests one aspect from each article in a three-part MedPage Today Clinical Challenges series on acute myeloid leukemia (AML) that covered optimizing infection prophylaxis, timely testing for genetic mutations, and overcoming obstacles for treating secondary AML. Correct answers and explanations will appear after completing the quiz. Diana Swift is a freelance medical
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In today’s world, there are endless options for the same or similar services – even when it comes to healthcare. We understand that it can be difficult to decide which allergy skin test option is best for you, or to know who or what to trust when it comes to diagnosing your allergies. Dr. Mary
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A hospital in Elgin, Illinois, lost its designation as a Level II trauma center after terminating a contract with their long-standing anesthesia provider. This disruption in anesthesiologist services has led the health facility to divert emergency cases to other hospitals and reschedule elective surgeries. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) alerted the region’s emergency
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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded approximately $36.3 million to three academic institutions to conduct research to develop vaccines to protect against multiple types of coronaviruses and viral variants. The awards are intended to fuel vaccine research for a diverse family of coronaviruses,
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Weekly COVID-19 cases in children dropped again, but the count remained above 200,000 for the fifth consecutive week, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. Over that 5-week span since the end of August, in fact,
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A patient receives her booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine during an Oakland County Health Department vaccination clinic at the Southfield Pavilion on August 24, 2021 in Southfield, Michigan. Emily Elconin | Getty Images The divide in attitudes on Covid-19 vaccines between people who’ve gotten or not gotten the shots hasn’t changed with
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When people think of DNA, they visualize a string-like double helix structure. In reality, the DNA double helix in cells is supercoiled and constrained into loops. This supercoiling and looping are known to influence every aspect of DNA activity, but how this happens has not been clear. Published in the journal Nature Communications, a study
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Significant advances in the field of lung cancer continue with some very promising data recently presented at the virtual European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) meeting. In this exclusive MedPage Today video, ESMO Scientific Co-Chair Pasi A. Jänne, MD, PhD, director of the Chen-Huang Center for EGFR-Mutant Lung Cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston,
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It’s time to shine a light on this serious mental illness, to shed the stigma, and ensure that no one has to struggle with postpartum psychosis alone In 2018, after the birth of my son, I experienced a severe and debilitating mental illness called postpartum psychosis, PP for short – and don’t worry, I’d never
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