This Arthritis Drug Could Rejuvenate Blood In The Elderly, Delay Aging
The rejuvenating effect of the drug could offer several benefits to older adults.
Babies Exposed To TV, Phone Screens For Hours Could Suffer Cognitive Problems Later In Life
Excessive screen time during infancy was linked to lower cognitive skills later in life in a new study.
CDC Warns Against Eye Drops That Possibly Killed 1, Left Others Blind
The public health agency said 50 patients in 11 states suffered a bacterial infection resistant to most antibiotics.
White People Who Take Sleeping Pills 80% More Likely To Develop Dementia: Study
A startling discovery by scientists could convince frequent sleeping pill users to stop taking the medication.
COVID Emergency Orders Ending: What's Next?
It's the end of an era.
Two AI Systems Appear Comparable for Small Colorectal Polyps
Two computer-aided diagnostic systems meet guidelines to implement cost-saving strategies of leave-in-situ and resect-and-discard, study reports. MDedge News
Even Low-Level Air Pollution Ups Depression, Anxiety Risk
Long-term exposure to multiple air pollutants, even at levels below national air quality standards, is associated with increased risk for depression and anxiety, new research suggests.
FIB-4 May Help Select Candidates for Heart Failure Tests
Heart failure and liver stiffness often coexist due to cardio-hepatic interactions. MDedge News
COVID Emergency Orders Ending: What’s Next?
The Biden administration announced Monday that it will be ending the twin emergency declarations of COVID-19, marking the switch from COVID-19 “pandemic” to “endemic” status. Here's what to know.
Acute Hepatic Porphyrias Not as Rare as Previously Thought
Recent treatment advances have improved the outlook for patients with acute hepatic porphyrias. MDedge News
Inflammation and Immunity Troubles Top Long COVID Suspect List
'I think that it's a much more complex picture than just inflammation, or just autoimmunity, or just immune dysregulation,' said Alexander Truong, MD, of Emory University School of Medicine.
Bacterial Outbreak Linked to EzriCare Eyedrops: CDC
A bacterial outbreak linked to eyedrops has caused one death and sickened at least 50 people in 11 states, the CDC says.
Vitamin D Supplementation Linked to Fewer Suicide Attempts
A large retrospective study of US veterans finds those receiving vitamin D2 or D3 had fewer suicide attempts or episodes of intentional self-harm than matched peers who didn't take the vitamin.
Dieters Who Use Scarce Diabetes Drug Ozempic Could Face Side Effects
Side effects from the drug semaglutide can range from nausea and vomiting to premature aging of the face, as well as heart problems.
Vitamin D Linked to Lower Risk of Suicide Attempts, Self-Harm
The use of vitamin D supplements may reduce the risk of suicide attempts and self-harm in U.S. veterans, a new study says. In particular, Black veterans and those with low blood levels of vitamin D had the most significant response to the supplements.
Inflammation and Immunity Troubles Top Long COVID Suspect List
Nonstop inflammation and immune problems top the list of potential causes of long COVID, but doctors say it’s growing clear that more than one factor is to blame for the wide swath of often debilitating symptoms that could last months or even years.
Running Does Not Cause Lasting Cartilage Damage
A single bout of running causes only transient and small changes to the thickness and structure of healthy cartilage in the knee.
Ospemifene and HT Boost Vaginal Microbiome in Vulvovaginal Atrophy
The study sheds microbiological light on the mechanisms of ospemifene and low-dose systemic hormone therapy. MDedge News
Does Immunotherapy Offer Survival Gain in Older NSCLC Patients?
Contrary to clinical trial results, the survival benefit of checkpoint inhibitors in the real-world setting is lower among older people with NSCLC, who make up a large proportion of patients.
More Physicians Are Experiencing Burnout and Depression
Burnout can lead to a cascade of problems for physicians, including disrespect from coworkers and signs of depression, a new Medscape report shows.
Pfizer Sees Steep 2023 Fall in COVID Sales, Aims to Bolster Pipeline
Pfizer on Tuesday forecast a bigger-than-expected drop in sales of its COVID-19 vaccine and treatment for 2023, intensifying investor concerns over demand for the products as governments cut orders and work through inventories.
Using Live Pigs in Residency Training Sparks Heated Debate
Some residency programs use live pig labs to train doctors on complex procedures; opponents say the practice is unethical and lacks clinical validity since the emergence of life-like simulators.
Elevated PCSK9-Psoriasis Link: A New Target for Treatment?
The study suggests that "PCSK9 inhibition is causally associated with reduced risk of psoriasis" and has implications for prevention and possibly treatment of psoriasis, the investigators say. MDedge News
Frequent Visits to Green Spaces Linked to Lower Use of Some Meds
In a study of Finnish city dwellers, those who often visited green spaces, such as parks and community gardens, used fewer psychotropic, antihypertensive, and asthma meds than those who did not.
Blacks Less Likely to Receive Opioids for Advanced Cancer
Older Black patients with advanced cancer are less likely than White patients to receive opioids for pain relief yet are more likely to receive drug screenings in the last weeks of life.
Canadian Province Tries Decriminalizing Drugs to Fight Overdose Crisis
The western Canadian province of British Columbia on Tuesday began a 3-year pilot program to stop prosecuting people for carrying small amounts of heroin, meth, ecstasy, or crack cocaine, as part of an effort to fight a drug overdose crisis.
Eating Potatoes Is Healthy
Contrary to common belief, potatoes do not have a negative effect on blood glucose levels and can actually help people lose weight. Quick Take
Medical Board Sanctions Doctor for Spreading COVID Misinformation
The Washington state medical board investigated a pathologist after complaints from the American Board of Pathology and several physicians.
Novel Ultrasound Technique Releases Hidden Neurodegenerative Markers In Blood
The method is being touted as the first non-invasive and targeted diagnosis and monitoring of neurodegenerative disorders using ultrasound technique.
Innovative Contact Lenses To Prevent Dry Eye Syndrome
CLIDE is mainly caused by the restricted flow of tears from the contact lens's outer surface to the surface isolated behind the lens.
Winter Skin: Dermatologist Warns About These 3 Dry Skin Conditions
Raynaud’s phenomenon is caused by a major constriction of blood vessels in the digits due to exposure to cold weather.
Study Narrows Down Long COVID Symptoms To Just 7
The list of reported long COVID symptoms is extensive. But a new study narrowed it down to just seven.
Depressed Young Adults Likely To Develop Heart Disease And Vice-Versa
Research has found a link between depression and increased heart disease risk in young adults.
Obesity Found To Cause Alzheimer’s-Like Condition; Weight Loss Reduces Risk
A new study discovered a correlation between an Alzheimer’s-like condition and obesity.
More Women Are Dying From 'Preventable' Cervical Cancer: Study
Researchers encourage women to have adequate screening and follow-up in response to their findings.
Black Hairdressers May Be at High Risk From Toxic Chemicals
Researchers found that compared with women of color in office jobs, hair stylists had higher levels of various chemicals in their urine.
Marriage Could Be a 'Buffer' Against Dementia
A new study suggests people who stay married for the long haul may gain some protection from dementia.
People With Autism May Feel Pain More Intensely: Study
New research suggests.people who have autism feel pain at a higher intensity than others, which is the opposite of what many believe to be true.
New Book Explores Why Trust Is Vital For Doctors, Patients
In How Medicine Works and When It Doesn't, F. Perry Wilson, MD, guides readers through the murky and often treacherous landscape of modern medicine.
First-Of-Its-Kind $1 Glove Can Detect Fetal Positions To Aid Precarious Births
A boon for low-resource regions, the low-cost glove can provide real-time data during vaginal examinations.
Seafood Fraud: Study Finds Threatened Sharks Being Served In Fish Fillets
"Among the diverse types of seafood fraud, mislabelling and species substitution is common, and have potential implications on human health, the economy, and species conservation,” the researchers wrote.
Coffee With Milk Has Strong Anti-Inflammatory Effect: Study
The study found that the antioxidants from coffee combine with proteins from milk leading to a doubling of the anti-inflammatory properties of immune cells.
This Is How Many Adult Americans Are Addicted To Junk Food
A poll found that 1 in 8 older adults has symptoms of food addiction.
U.S. Parents Face Big Disparities in Access to Autism Care Services
New research shows autism services are harder to find in many of the places where Black, Hispanic and Native American families live.
Troubling Signs TB Is Gaining Resistance Against Combo Antibiotics
Doctors currently use a regimen of three antibiotics to treat TB of the lungs. A new study showed that is not effective in treating TB meningitis.
Biden to End COVID Emergencies in May
Doing so will have many effects, including the end of free vaccines and health services to fight the pandemic. The public health emergency has been renewed every 90 days since it was declared by the Trump administration in January 2020.
Fauci Q&A: On Masking, Vaccines, and What Keeps Him Up at Night
The adviser to seven presidents reflects on his career, the highs and lows, and offers advice for staying safe 3 years into the COVID-19 pandemic.
FDA Revokes Emergency Use Authorization Of Covid Drug Ineffective Against New Variants
Evusheld does not neutralize several omicron subvariants including BQ.1, BQ.1.1, BF.7, BF.11, BA.5.2.6, BA.4.6, BA.2.75.2, XBB and XBB.1.5, the FDA said in a press release.
Learn This Acronym To Spot A Stroke And Save Lives
Strokes can be prevented and treated, especially if the person having a stroke is provided with quick and efficient medical care.
App Reduces Hearing Loss, Tinnitus Using Sound Therapy
"Over 70% of the people that we treated with our sound therapy had an increase in their ability to hear by 10 decibels," co-founder Chris Ellis said.
FDA Proposes Gay-Friendly Blood Donation Policy
The proposal would allow more men who have sex with men to donate blood.
Heart Disease Named No. 1 Killer In 2020, Not COVID-19
A new statistical report revealed that the first year of the pandemic witnessed a steep rise in deaths associated with cardiovascular disease.
CDC's New COVID-19 Prevention Guide Amid Omicron Sublineages Spread
The public health agency released the new guidance following the report that XBB.1.5 has become the dominant strain in the United States.
Weight Loss Surgery Reduces Premature Death Risk, 40-Year Study Reveals
The procedure reduces the risk of premature death.
FDA OKs Elacestrant for ESR1+ Advanced, Metastatic Breast Cancer
The phase 3 data showed a 2-month progression-free survival benefit with elacestrant versus fulvestrant or an aromatase inhibitor.
FDA Approves Pirtobrutinib for R/R Mantle Cell Lymphoma
This drug is the first BTK inhibitor approved to treat mantle cell lymphoma in this setting. Approval was based on overall response rates and duration of response in the phase 1/2 BRUIN trial.
Even One Head Injury Boosts All-Cause Mortality Risk
Sustaining even a single head injury is linked to a significantly increased risk for all-cause mortality, new research shows.
CV Deaths Jumped in 2020, Reflecting Pandemic Toll
The American Heart Association 2020 Statistical Update offers lessons for addressing structural issues that drive health disparities.
Multiple Myeloma: How Do Disparities Affect Outcomes?
Multiple myeloma and race: Find out how disparities can affect diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes.
New Imaging Score May Predict Chemo Benefit in Early OPSCC
If validated, this scoring system could help identify patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma who can skip chemo. The study was published as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. First Look
Long COVID Affecting More Than 33% of College Students, Faculty
The median age of participants was 23 years. The study is unique for evaluating mostly healthy, young adults and for its rare look at long COVID in a university community.
FDA to Ease Blood Donation Restrictions for Gay, Bisexual Men
The proposed guidance would evaluate all potential donors on the basis of their individual risks of HIV infection.
'Kafkaesque Nightmare': Judge Wants Researcher Reinstated
Judge Block emphasized that one of the world's leading molecular biologists disagreed with the investigation committee's conclusion that Dr Blain committed research misconduct. Retraction Watch
Proof Lacking for Dual-Targeted Therapy Benefit in IBD
Questions remain unanswered about the effectiveness of combination biologic treatment for inflammatory bowel disease. MDedge News
How Should PRAME Be Used to Evaluate Melanocytic Lesions?
One potential pitfall with the test is that sun-damaged melanocytes may express PRAME, according to Cora Humberson, MD. MDedge News
Long COVID Affecting More Than One Third of College Students, Faculty
Almost 36% of students and faculty at George Washington University with a history of COVID-19 reported symptoms consistent with long COVID in a new study.
Female Doctors Have Higher Infertility Rates: What Can Be Done?
Data show female physicians have higher risks for infertility and pregnancy loss than the general public. What can be done in a rigorous medical culture that challenges the term 'family friendly?'
Pediatricians, Specialists Largely Agree on ASD Diagnoses
General pediatricians and a multidisciplinary team of specialists agreed most of the time on which children should be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. MDedge News
Food Additives May Exacerbate IBD
Emulsifiers and thickeners added to food in processing may contribute to inflammation and changes in gut microbiota. MDedge News
Novavax Needs 6 Months to Produce Annual COVID Shots That Match New Variants
Novavax said on Thursday it would require 6 months to produce a COVID-19 vaccine designed to match whichever coronavirus variants are circulating for an annual immunization program each fall season in the US.
Which Populations Should Be Screened for Cervical Cancer?
Lesbians, many transgender men, and women who are not sexually active are at risk for cervical cancer and are recommended to undergo screening.
Disparities in Breast Cancer Deaths, MRI Screening Persist
Even after ACA expansion, the use of advanced breast MRI still lags in Black women, who are disproportionately affected by more aggressive breast cancers.
Income Could Plunge for Out-of-Network Doctors
It has become increasingly difficult for doctors to boost their earnings by dropping insurance contracts.
Biosimilar Equal to Natalizumab for Relapsing-Remitting MS
A novel biosimilar matches natalizumab in terms of efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis, results from a new phase 3 trial show.
Three Teenagers With Influenza Die After Secondary Infection
The deaths indicate an increase in serious diseases caused by secondary bacterial infections following an influenza A infection, according to the Robert Koch Institute.
'Smart' Skin Patch the Future of Early Alzheimer's Diagnosis?
A new skin patch that incorporates microneedles can detect the proinflammatory cytokine IL-6 in the lab, suggesting it may have the potential to diagnose preclinical Alzheimer's and other diseases.
IVF Treatment Outcome May Depend On Previously Unrecognized Factor Of Male Drinking, Scientists Say
Male alcohol use restricts an embryo from successfully implanting in the uterus, thereby reducing IVF embryo survival rates, the study found.
Residue From Dishwashers Can Damage Gut And Cause Chronic Diseases, Study Shows
“What’s especially alarming is that in many appliances, there’s no additional wash cycle to remove the remaining rinse aid,” Cezmi Akdis, study author and UZH professor of experimental allergology and immunology and director of the SIAF, said.
Decade-Long Study Finds 6 Lifestyle Choices That Slow Down Memory Decline
A healthy diet had the most effect on slowing memory decline. It was followed by cognitive activity and then physical exercise.
Listening To Music Reduces Stress, Boosts Mood: Study
Researchers said listening to music during periods of stress can help one relax.
CDC Investigates Stroke Risk Of Pfizer Bivalent Booster
The public health agency has shared an update on the issue a few weeks after its discovery.
FDA Panel Backs Shift Toward One-Dose COVID Shot
The FDA's vaccine advisers lent support to the agency's plan to try to simplify future COVID shots, with an aim of having many people get just one uniform dose in the fall.
Climbing Back: One Woman's Triumph After Near-Fatal Injury
After a near-fatal accident left Melissa Strong's fingers a mangled, charred mess, the climber was told her days on the rock were over. Her story is a testament to determination in the face of grievous injury, and the importance of physical activity and
Despite Challenges, Experts Optimistic About MS Therapy's Future
Since the emergence of the first therapy, more than 20 agents with moderate to high efficacy have come to market for relapsing multiple sclerosis – but experts say that's both a blessing and problem. MDedge News
EMR Screening in Emergency Department Tags Undiagnosed Diabetes
Missed diabetes diagnoses identified by EMR screening were especially common in racial and ethnic minorities. MDedge News
Medical Debt Persists, but Declines in the United States
An updated report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a slight decrease in the percentage of families struggling to pay medical bills.
Promising Cancer Survival Trends Seen in Nordic Countries
Across 23 types of solid cancer, 5-year survival reached between 50% and 100% for 17, and there was even marked improvement for the six most fatal types.
More Californians Are Dying at Home. Another COVID 'New Normal'?
The proportion of Californians dying at home, rather than in a hospital or nursing home, accelerated during the pandemic, a trend that has outlasted the rigid lockdowns linked to the initial shift.
FDA Clears Spinal Cord Stimulator for Diabetic Neuropathy
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Abbott's Proclaim XR spinal cord stimulation system for the treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, the company announced.
AI Bot ChatGPT Passes US Medical Licensing Exams
When queried, ChatGPT says it's no substitute for "the rigorous training and education required to become a licensed physician."
Managing Uncertainty in the Practice of Medicine
Sharing uncertainty and taking a patient-centered approach to decision-making are strategies that help to create open and trusting relationships with patients, according to one clinician.
Florida Gov. Falsely Claims Bivalent Booster Boosts Odds of COVID
Fewer than 11% of eligible Floridians have received an updated booster vaccine, according to the CDC. Research into the efficacy of the bivalent booster in preventing infection continues.
Spanish Consensus Document on Severe Adult Asthma Updated
Severe asthma requires a multidisciplinary approach that involves treatment with multiple drugs at high doses, according to pulmonologists.
Workers' Compensation Claims Point to Long COVID's Toll
The dollar figures are just part of an emerging picture of how the illness is impacting not just patients, but their employers and the wider labor market.
Has the Move to Online Primary Care Visits Raised ED Visits?
Additional studies should focus on long-term outcomes of virtual care as its popularity grows, according to researchers.
Palliative Radiotherapy Reduces End-Stage Liver Cancer Pain
Most patients with end-stage hepatocellular carcinoma experience pain; a new study shows that low-dose radiotherapy can relieve pain and even improve survival. MDedge News
Off Their Pricey CML Meds, Many Thrive
Over the last few years, physicians have experimented with taking patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) off their drugs entirely, and the results are promising. MDedge News
Don't Cross the Friends Line With Patients
While most physicians' organizations advise against befriending patients, doctors walk a fine line between providing warm, empathic care and hanging out with them.
More Type 2 Diabetes Deaths From Cancer Than Heart Disease
In people with type 2 diabetes, cancer screening should get at least as much attention as CVD prevention. Greater efforts should be focused on smokers, socioeconomically deprived, and older people.
Something in Breast Milk Helps Protect Babies Against Allergies
Tiny molecules of microribonucleic acids (miRNAs) found in breast milk can help protect babies from developing allergic conditions like atopic dermatitis and food allergies. Quick Take
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