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WASHINGTON — The FDA should be doing more to stop kids from getting addicted to e-cigarettes, House members told FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock, MD, at a hearing on youth vaping on Wednesday. “I just want to make sure America understands, you have the authority to commit today to preventing millions of kids from becoming
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A key molecular mechanism underpinning the anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and neuroprotective effects of omega-3 fatty acids has been identified.   In findings that could lead to the development of new treatments for depression, the research provides the “first evidence” that hippocampal neurons are able to produce two key lipid metabolites of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. It is safe for patients with migraine to receive any of the COVID-19 vaccines without concern about the vaccination interfering with their migraine medications or the medications reducing an immune response to the vaccine, according to a presentation at the American
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Like many primary care practices, after a hasty transition to a year of phone calls and video visits, my practice is slowly transitioning back to “normal,” meaning that we are now seeing more patients in person than by video. However, as I reflect on the past year, I wonder how central this notion of the
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Patients with schizophrenia and parkinsonism show distinctive patterns of cortical surface markers compared with their counterparts without parkinsonism and with healthy controls, results of a multimodal magnetic resonance imaging study suggest. Dr Robert Christian Wolf Sensorimotor abnormalities are common in schizophrenia patients, however, “the neurobiological mechanisms underlying parkinsonism in [schizophrenia], which in treated samples represents
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A workplace showdown may be brewing over mandating vaccinations. Employers would love the sense of certainty that comes with a vaccinated workforce. Workers can be brought back sooner than later, there’s no need for physical distancing in the office and there will be less worry about employees falling ill from COVID-19. And polls suggest many
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Clinicians more often use a strict age cutoff for stopping colon cancer screening than they do for stopping breast and prostate cancer screening, new data suggest. Whether to continue screening and how to make that decision are “not necessarily consistent between clinicians or…cancer types,” study author Justine P. Enns, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University,
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Antihypertensive medications that cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) may be linked with less memory decline, compared with other drugs for high blood pressure, suggest the findings of a meta-analysis. Over a 3-year period, cognitively normal older adults taking BBB-crossing antihypertensives demonstrated superior verbal memory, compared with similar individuals receiving non–BBB-crossing antihypertensives, reported lead author Jean K.
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Patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), particularly those with heterozygous FH, see their low-density-lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels slashed with evolocumab (Repatha) and maintained out to 2 years, suggests data from the HEYMANS real-world analysis. However, the results, in more than 800 patients with FH, showed that around half were not already on background statin therapy when
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“We call this ‘scope-a-dope.'” — Ray Callas, MD, a Texas Medical Association delegate at the American Medical Association’s annual meeting, discussing the American Academy of PAs announcement that it’s changing the name of the profession from physician assistant to physician associate. “Get vaccinated. Good for your health. Good for your sex life.” — Bradley Anawalt,
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. More people need to get vaccinated if the United States wants to prevent the spread of deadly variants this winter, says a top vaccine expert. “Vaccines are our only way out of this,” Paul Offit, MD, a member of the FDA
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A new study from researchers in the United Kingdom has found that the coronavirus may cause long-term brain loss and could be the reason some COVID-19 patients lose their sense of smell and taste.   “In short, the study suggests that there could be some long-term loss of brain tissue from COVID, and that would
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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a substance found in marijuana plants. There are various CBD health benefits such as treating and alleviating skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis. For those who want to try unconventional skin treatment options, there are a lot of CBD skincare products that are now available. These have numerous skin benefits due to CBD’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.  Acne
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Many Americans are relaxing precautions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic and resuming everyday activities, even as some worry that coronavirus-related restrictions were hastily lifted, a new poll shows. The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public
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Palpitations due to premature beats, either ventricular contractions (PVCs) or atrial contractions (PACs), can be extremely vexing even when we know they are benign. For many individuals, these extra-systoles come in waves that are seemingly random and inexplicable. This unpredictability can add to the anxiety they create. A reader recently shared his attempt to sort
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Sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium — these are electrolytes that are important for muscle contraction, hydration and blood pressure. Hence, there’s an abundance of sports drinks that contain electrolytes. But did you know that electrolytes also play an important role in your overall health even if you’re not an athlete? Here’s what you need to know about how
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all hospitalists, especially those who are parents of young children. For hospitalist moms who are also immigrants working on temporary H1-B visas, this stress is exacerbated. Though each story is unique, the underlying themes
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