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Welcome to this week’s edition of Healthcare Career Insights. This weekly roundup highlights healthcare career-related articles culled from across the web to help you learn what’s next. Lisa Grabl is president of the locum tenens division of CompHealth, the nation’s largest locum tenens physician staffing company and a leader in permanent and temporary allied healthcare
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Patients with both inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and obesity starting on new biologic therapies do not face an increased risk for hospitalization, IBD-related surgery, or serious infection, reveals a multicenter US study published online in American Journal of Gastroenterology. “Our findings were a bit surprising since prior studies had suggested higher clinical disease activity and
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In a breakthrough, researchers from Rice University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston discovered a potential drug with leukemia-killing compounds. Published in the journal Leukemia, the study stated that while the drug was still years away from being tested in patients with cancer, the breakthrough showed plenty of promise, both in the goal and
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A new study ties the odds of conception to the advantages of the neighborhood a woman lives in. In a cohort of more than 6,000 women who were trying to get pregnant without fertility treatments, the probability of conception was reduced 21%-23% per menstrual cycle when comparing the most disadvantaged neighborhoods with the least disadvantaged.
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In the second part of this interview, Jeremy Faust, MD, editor-in-chief of MedPage Today, and Francis Collins, MD, former director of the NIH, discuss Collins’s book, The Language of God, and why the current conflict between science and faith is “heartbreaking” for him as an evangelical Christian. The following is a transcript of their conversation:
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Lille, France — When it comes to the link between mental health and social networks, be careful of jumping to conclusions. This warning came from Margot Morgiève, PhD, sociology researcher at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research and the Center for Research in Medicine, Science, Health, Mental Health, and Society (Inserm-Cermes 3).
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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, here is a 10-question quiz based on the news of the week. Topics include expired at-home
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Researchers published the study covered in this summary on medRxiv.org as a preprint that has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways Why This Matters In 2002, negative news about the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) estrogen+progestin therapy (EPT) results created lasting fears about hormone therapy (HT), despite later statistical corrections to the negative outcomes and
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As doctors, we have all been guilty of anchoring bias — i.e., putting too much weight on the patient’s first complaint. When a patient presents to the clinic with a complaint that sounds vaguely like a headache due to a sinus infection, we whip out the script pad and write a script for Augmentin. We
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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with accelerated cognitive decline over time, new research suggests. In an analysis of more than 12,000 middle-aged women who had experienced at least one trauma in their lives, those with PTSD symptoms showed an approximately two-fold faster decline in cognition during follow-up compared with those who did not have
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Dermatologists, who recently celebrated the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) approval of the world’s first oral systemic treatment for adults with severe alopecia areata (AA), are now looking ahead to the practicalities of getting the drug to eligible patients. On June 13, the FDA approved baricitinib, a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor (Olumiant, Lilly), for
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After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that the United States already recorded about 300 monkeypox cases, the U.S. government has decided to roll out vaccines to contain the situation as soon as possible.  The Biden administration has already confirmed that it will roll out 296,000 doses of the only monkeypox vaccine
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A new Scandinavian study has confirmed previous data showing increased rates of cerebral venous thrombosis and thrombocytopenia after the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The study also showed higher rates of several thromboembolic and thrombocytopenic outcomes after the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, although these increases were less than the rates observed after the AstraZeneca vaccine, and
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A Listeria outbreak has caused nearly two dozen illnesses, with most of the patients living in or having traveled to Florida. One person died while a pregnant patient experienced “fetal loss.” A total of 23 people have been infected with the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak strain as of Wednesday, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
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[embedded content] In this video, Mikhail Varshavski, DO — who goes by “Dr. Mike” on social media — reacts to dangerous stunt videos. Following is a partial transcript of the video (note that errors are possible): Varshavski: Sometimes incredible videos on TikTok go well. Oh, he did it! And sometimes they go horribly wrong. Someone
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LONDON — Weight loss, lipid reductions, and “robust improvements” in lipid species associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease were achieved in patients who were treated with pemvidutide in a first-in-human, phase 1 clinical trial reported at the annual International Liver Congress, sponsored by the European Association for the Study of the Liver. The presenting study investigator, Stephen A. Harrison,
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Research has found that the fourth dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 60 and above was effective in countering the virus and preventing severe illness.  For the study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the team examined the medical records of 24,088 elderly patients staying at geriatric facilities who received the fourth dose and
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Note that some links may require registration or subscription. Pfizer says the U.S. government is buying more doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in a $3.2 billion deal that would potentially include orders of an adult Omicron-adapted vaccine, pending FDA authorization. BioNTech and Pfizer plan to start testing their universal coronavirus vaccine later this year. (Reuters)
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Neuropathy was associated with masticatory (chewing) dysfunction independent of missing teeth or diabetes severity in a small study in Japan. “We demonstrated that patients with type 2 diabetes who developed diabetic neuropathy had significantly reduced masticatory efficiency,” Yuta Hamamoto, DDS, PhD, and colleagues report in a study published online in PLoS One. The decreased chewing
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The United States on Wednesday announced an agreement with Pfizer and BioNTech for 105 million doses of Covid vaccine for Americans this fall. The $3.2 billion contract, signed between the companies and the US health and defense departments, includes vaccines for babies, young children, teens and adults, and may include Omicron-specific vaccines, which a panel
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Internet searches on abortion medication spiked to “record national highs” following the leak of the draft Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade, researchers reported. In the 72 hours following the leaked draft on May 2, searches related to abortion medications were 162% (95% CI 149-175) higher than expected, with approximately 350,000 searches for abortion
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HIV care suffered setbacks during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Black patients may have been disproportionately affected, according to an analysis by tech company Komodo Health. The company analyzed insurance claims and reported drops in HIV screening, new diagnoses, and new preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prescriptions, as well as changes in PrEP adherence.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is activating its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to the ongoing monkeypox outbreak. The Biden-Harris Administration has also announced plans to offer more vaccines. The CDC has activated the EOC as a part of its “aggressive” response to the monkeypox outbreak, it noted in a news release Tuesday. According
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Individuals with diabetes who experience COVID-19 are at increased risk for long COVID compared to individuals without diabetes, according to data from a literature review of seven studies. Diabetes remains a risk factor for severe COVID-19, but whether it is a
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