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“One of the most important considerations before switching HIV patients to injectable long-acting cabotegravir/rilpivirine [CAB/RPV LA; Cabenuva, ViiV Healthcare] is for the patient and the clinician to arrive at this decision together,” Elliot DeHaan, MD, told Medscape Medical News. “This therapy is not necessarily for everyone.” DeHaan is lead author of the newly released clinical
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If you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, maybe you figured you no longer need to worry about contracting the coronavirus. But along with the rising number of new COVID-19 cases globally and growing concern about highly transmissible strains like the delta variant come reports of fully vaccinated people testing positive for COVID-19. Members of the
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Overdose deaths involving opioids, including prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids (like fentanyl), have increased over six times since 1999 and have soared nearly 30% in 2020. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the nation was struggling with escalating drug overdose deaths. Now, there are some who are convinced that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to further
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. After SARS-CoV-2 spread at a sleepaway camp in Georgia last summer, researchers described the efficient spread and high attack rates at camp. In a report published online in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that campers spread COVID to
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“We need a lot of humility.” — Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, of University of California San Francisco, discussing the many unknowns surrounding whether one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine provides sufficient protection for the previously infected. “You either choose to live with it, or avoid anything that makes life meaningful.” — Alex Myers, DO, a
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. In a campaign to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19, President Joe Biden and the Pentagon have announced new restrictions on unvaccinated federal employees and military personnel. The federal workforce must show proof of vaccination. If an employee chooses not to
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Tackling rhythm control early, with ablation or antiarrhythmic medication in the first year after atrial fibrillation (Afib) diagnosis, helped outcomes in people with heart failure (HF), a prespecified subanalysis of the EAST-AFNET 4 trial showed. The early strategy cut the composite of cardiovascular death, stroke, or hospitalization for worsening HF or for acute coronary syndrome
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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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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. MIAMI (AP) — Hospital admissions of coronavirus patients continue to soar in Florida with at least two areas in the state surpassing the previous peaks of last summer’s surge, prompting calls by local officials for the governor to declare an emergency.
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than 94% of Washington’s recent COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations have been among not fully vaccinated people, according to a new report from the state Department of Health. The data released Wednesday shows that between February
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Some oral contraceptives were associated with greater cardiovascular risk among women with inherited long QT syndrome (LQTS), a registry study showed. Progestin-only oral contraceptive users had a 2.54-fold higher risk (95% CI 1.09-1.51) of a cardiac event compared with LQTS women not on oral contraceptives in multivariate analysis. Beta-blocker use appeared to mitigate that risk,
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. In announcing new guidance on Tuesday, the CDC said vaccinated people should wear face masks in indoor public places with “high” or “substantial” community transmission rates of COVID-19. Data from the CDC shows that designation covers 69.3% of all counties in the United States
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House lawmakers urged the FDA to be more flexible in reviewing potential therapies for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and other neurodegenerative diseases, during a hearing of the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee on Thursday. Members also stressed the need to increase diversity in and improve access to clinical trials. Each year, 50 million people
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Relaxation of nonpharmaceutical interventions once vaccination of the population has reached a tipping point short of herd immunity can increase the probability of the emergence of a resistant strain that natural selection then favors, according to new findings of a modeling
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If you can’t resist snacking on candy, make the healthier choice by opting for keto-friendly candy and vegan candy. You’ll be able to enjoy its sweet taste minus the unnecessary sugar. Is Candy Bad For You? As per statistics, 268.09 million Americans consumed chocolate and other candies in 2020, which shows how accessible sweets are to people like other junk food.
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COVID-19 vaccination rates varied widely among healthcare personnel (HCP) who worked in long-term care facilities (LTCFs), with less than half of aides vaccinated, researchers found. In March 2021, the highest vaccination rates were seen in physicians and advanced practice providers (75%), while the lowest rates occurred in aides (45.6%), reported James T. Lee, MD, of
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The CDC has reported two clusters of Candida auris infections resistant to all anti-fungal medications in long-term care facilities in 2021. Because these pan-resistant infections occurred without any exposure to antifungal drugs, the cases are even more worrisome. These clusters are the first time such nosocomial transmission has been detected. In the District of Columbia,
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Cognitive impairment was correlated with persistent anosmia in older adults recovering from SARS-CoV-2 infection, initial findings from a large international consortium showed. Severity of cognitive impairment was significantly correlated with severity of olfactory dysfunction (χ2=13.82, P=0.003) but not with the severity of acute COVID-19, Gabriel de Erausquin, MD, PhD, MSc, of the University of Texas
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Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you have bad breath, and asking someone to check if it’s fresh can be embarrassing. But thanks to science, there may soon be an easier way to find out. Researchers are now working on a sensor to detect hydrogen sulfide, the gas that makes breath stink. Bad breath can
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Vaccinated people need to mask up again, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On July 27, 2021, the CDC recommended that everyone in areas with high COVID-19 infection rates wear masks in public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. It’s a reversal from the CDC’s May 2021 advice that the fully
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[embedded content] Siobhan Deshauer, MD, recounts the past year and a half, from working in the emergency department and caring for critically ill patients in the ICU, to getting sick with COVID herself, finally getting vaccinated, and giving out vaccinations to others. Deshauer: Hey, guys. I’m Siobhan, a fifth-year medical resident. Now, today’s video is
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A minimally invasive, coin-sized implantable device was effective in treating overactive bladder (OAB) syndrome, researchers found. In a prospective, single-arm, open-label study funded by the device’s manufacturer, the novel, leadless tibial nerve stimulator achieved at least a 50% reduction in urgency urinary incontinence in two-thirds of the patients, reported Alexandra Rogers, MD, of Sansum Clinic
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