Month: February 2021

A majority of women with uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) received inappropriate antibiotics or continued treatment beyond the recommended duration, a review of almost 700,000 cases showed. Overall, 46.7% of patients received prescriptions for inappropriate antibiotics and 76.1% had inappropriately long duration of treatment. The frequency of inappropriate antibiotic agents was similar between urban and
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Feb. 26, 2021 — After several weeks of declining, COVID-19 numbers are back on the rise and new variants continue to emerge, according to White House officials — just as states begin to lift restrictions and open doors to restaurants and businesses. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, reported during a Friday COVID-19 briefing that coronavirus cases and
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COVID-19, the disease caused by the pandemic coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, is primarily regarded as a respiratory infection. Yet the virus has also become known for affecting other parts of the body in ways not as well understood, sometimes with longer-term consequences, such as heart arrhythmia, fatigue and “brain fog.” Researchers at University of California San Diego
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Every year on the last day of February, the world recognizes rare diseases—a day now known as Rare Disease Day. Rare diseases affect approximately 25 million to 30 million people in the United States each year. The purpose of Rare Disease Day is to educate the public and raise awareness among decision-makers about the impact of
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Extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infants with moderate to large patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) may benefit from transcatheter PDA closure (TCPC) in the first four weeks of life, according to research published by Le Bonheur Cardiologist Ranjit Philip, MD, and Medical Director of Interventional Cardiac Imaging and Interventional Catheterization Laboratory Shyam Sathanandam, MD. Early PDA
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FDA Approves Amondys 45 (casimersen) Injection for the Treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) in Patients Amenable to Skipping Exon 45 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRPT), the leader in precision genetic medicine for rare diseases, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Amondys
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Empty vials that contained a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus lie on a table as South Africa proceeds with its inoculation campaign at the Klerksdorp Hospital on February 18, 2021. Phill Magakoe | AFP | Getty Images Two people suffered severe allergic reactions shortly after getting Johnson & Johnson‘s
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Researchers at the Lady Davis Institute (LDI) at the Jewish General Hospital have discovered that increased levels of the protein OAS1 are associated with reduced mortality and less severe disease requiring ventilation among patients with COVID-19. Using drugs that boost OAS1 levels could be explored to try to improve these outcomes. The findings are published
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New York, NY and Mainz, Germany, February 17, 2021 — Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) today announced results from an in vitro study that provides additional data on the capability of sera from individuals immunized with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (BNT162b2) to neutralize SARS-CoV-2 with the South African variant spike protein.
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What does it mean to be mentally healthy, or to experience psychological wellbeing? Oftentimes, clinical psychology and psychiatry appear to be focused only on mental illness. From describing the different types of mental illnesses, such as mood disorders and substance use disorders, to determining the relationship between physical health problems and mental health conditions, and
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Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) has seen a surge in cases trailing the winter wave of COVID-19 in adults, but the treatment and recognition of it are better than in the earlier waves, clinicians and researchers say. Over the last 30 days, there have been around 11 cases of this SARS-CoV-2 infection-linked syndrome at
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This content originally appeared on Beyond Type 1. Republished with permission. By Lala Jackson We now have two FDA-approved and safe COVID-19 vaccines in the US! So as a person with type 1 diabetes, you may be wondering when you can get yours. The answer? Unclear. It’s all a bit of a logistical mess right now,
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Satjit Bhusri, MD, is worried about heart health, his own, and yours. A long-time New York City cardiologist, he is now treating the aftereffects of Covid-19. “What’s unusual about COVID…is that it is extremely inflammatory. That means the body attacks [the virus], and [the immune system] kind of goes overboard,” he said. What is unnerving
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While the amazing regenerative power of the liver has been known since ancient times, the cells responsible for maintaining and replenishing the liver have remained a mystery. Now, research from the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) has identified the cells responsible for liver maintenance and regeneration while also pinpointing where they
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Patient advocates seem to give off this impression of being fearless, great speakers and always knowing the right thing to say. I often looked patient advocates and admired their confidence and strength for the work they do. I still do. It has only been in the last few years that I have really identified as
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Ahead of Rare Disease Day (28 February), four leading children’s research institutions on three continents are joining forces to decipher pediatric illnesses, including rare diseases, and find better treatments. The four pediatric hospitals — Boston Children’s Hospital; UCL Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital (London); the Murdoch Children’s Research
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Researchers have developed a tool to identify security and privacy risks associated with COVID-19 contact tracing apps. COVIDGuardian, the first automated security, and privacy assessment tool, tests contact tracing apps for potential threats such as malware, embedded trackers, and private information leakage. Using the COVIDGuardian tool, cybersecurity experts assessed 40 COVID-19 contact tracing apps that
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INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Tirzepatide led to significant A1C and body weight reductions from baseline in adults with type 2 diabetes in Eli Lilly and Company’s (NYSE: LLY) SURPASS-3 and SURPASS-5 phase 3 clinical trials after 52 weeks and 40 weeks, respectively. In topline results, the primary and all key secondary endpoints were met for both
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Oftentimes, I find myself standing in front of the pantry looking for something small and healthy that I could take on the go. As someone living with type 1 diabetes, “grabbing something” takes more thought than you’d like, as you want this snack to be kind to your blood sugars…and your waistline. Since NRG bites
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Formal exams have been cancelled in favour of teacher-led assessments The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the education system in a big way, with various attempts made by the government to soften the blow to those taking exams. Last year, the approach was described by many as chaotic as a controversial algorithm was initially used to
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