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States Claim Sackler Family Members Are Abusing Bankruptcy Process

Settlement was reached in thousands of lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma for its role in opioid epidemic


Thursday, December 2, 2021

First U.S. Omicron Case Reported in California

Patient was a traveler, apparently from the San Francisco area, who returned from South Africa on Nov. 22


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

First Overdose Prevention Centers in the Nation Open in NYC

Cities and states nationwide have pushed for overdose prevention sites in recent years


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

CDC to Toughen COVID-19 Testing for International Travelers

Not clear whether the new, tougher rule will require an antigen or rapid PCR test


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Giving Nivolumab/Ipilimumab First Ups Overall Survival in Melanoma

Two-year overall survival 72 percent for those starting with N/I, 52 percent for those starting with dabrafenib/trametinib


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Almost One-Third of Mumps Cases in U.S. Occur in Children, Teens

Median of 87 percent of the pediatric patients each year had previously received one or more MMR vaccine dose


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Simulation Can Improve Time to First Shock in IHCA

Online education and code simulation improves performance of intensive care unit nurses when responding to in-hospital cardiac arrests


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Days of Extreme Heat Linked to Increased Risk for ED Visits

Risk increased for emergency department visits for any cause and for heat-related illness, renal disease, mental disorders


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

AI-Augmented System Aids Classification of Colorectal Polyps

Compared with standard microscopic assessment, AI-augmented digital system improves accuracy of classification of polyps by pathologists


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Most Immunosuppressive Meds Not Tied to Worse COVID-19 Outcomes

Except for rituximab, no increased risk seen for in-hospital death or mechanical ventilation for those on long-term immunosuppressive therapy


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Concurrent Zoster, Flu Vaccines Tied to Lower Subsequent Flu Vaccine Uptake

Patients may misattribute adverse effects commonly caused by the zoster vaccine to the influenza vaccine


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

PSA Testing Rates Up in the U.S. After Change in Guidance

Prostate-specific antigen testing rates increased for men aged 40 to 89 years following 2017 revision of USPSTF recommendation on screening


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Many Hospitals Lack All-Trans Retinoic Acid for Treating Leukemia

Only 14 percent of hospitals that referred patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia had ATRA readily available


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Old Spice, Secret Antiperspirants Recalled Due to Benzene

Proctor & Gamble said that it has not received any reports of harm from the recalled products


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Omicron Variant Spurs New York Officials to Recommend Masking Indoors

So far, there are no confirmed cases of the omicron variant in New York City, according to the health commissioner


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Pfizer to Seek FDA Approval of Boosters for Teens Ages 16 to 17

Move to expand booster availability comes as President Joe Biden tries to keep Americans calm about omicron


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Telehealth Programs Benefit Obese Adults With Knee OA

Education and exercise program, with and without dietary intervention, better than education only for knee osteoarthritis


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Smartphone Wound Follow-Up Increases Odds of Early SSI Diagnosis

Patients in smartphone group had reduced community care attendance, better experiences accessing care after abdominal surgery


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Colchicine No Benefit Over Supportive Care for COVID-19

No significant reduction reported in mortality, ventilatory support, ICU admission, length of stay, serious adverse events; increase seen in adverse events, diarrhea


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

AAV Gene Transfer Feasible for the Treatment of Hemophilia A

In a phase 1-2 trial, 16 of 18 men had sustained expression of factor VIII after gene transfer with adeno-associated viral vector (SPK-8011)


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

ATS: Consider FEɴᴏ Test for Optimizing Asthma Treatment

The use of FENO testing in addition to usual care is suggested for patients with asthma in whom treatment is being considered


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Hospitals Lag in Sexual Harassment Policies

Findings reveal few of the top U.S. medical centers have policies addressing harassment of physicians and staff by patients


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Colorectal Cancer Risk Up for Patients With Psoriasis

In subgroup analysis according to sex, increased risk for CRC seen for female, but not male psoriasis patients


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

FDA Approves Imaging Drug That Can Help Surgeons Spot Ovarian Cancers

Drug is designed to improve surgeon's ability to detect ovarian cancer while operating on a patient


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Bariatric Surgery Cuts Hepatic Steatosis in Obesity and T2DM

Similar decline in liver fat fraction seen for sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass from surgery to one-year follow-up


Monday, November 29, 2021

Merck's COVID-19 Pill Appears Effective, but May Pose Pregnancy Risks: FDA

Given safety concerns, FDA scientists said Merck has agreed the drug will not be used in children.


Monday, November 29, 2021

Biden Pushes Vaccines, Masks as Best Defense Against Omicron Variant

News reports out of South Africa noted that COVID-19 cases from omicron have resulted in mostly mild symptoms


Monday, November 29, 2021

Vaccine Makers Already Testing Their Shots Against Omicron Variant

So far, existing vaccines have proven effective against prior coronavirus variants, including the delta variant


Monday, November 29, 2021

Thanksgiving Weekend Brought New COVID-19 Concerns: the Omicron Variant

On Saturday, the CDC issued a statement stressing that 'no cases of this variant have been identified in the U.S. to date'


Monday, November 29, 2021

Cervical Cancer Deaths Down Following HPV Vaccine Introduction

Reductions in cervical cancer incidence, mortality in the U.S. greater for those aged 15 to 24 years than those aged 25 to 29, 30 to 39 years


Monday, November 29, 2021

Decline in Infectious Conjunctivitis During COVID-19 Pandemic

Decrease in emergency department encounters for nonallergic conjunctivitis after adoption of public health measures to curb COVID-19


Monday, November 29, 2021

SARS-CoV-2 Infection Up >90 Days Since Second BNT162b2 Dose

Individuals who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 had significantly longer time elapsed since vaccine injection


Monday, November 29, 2021

FDA Approves Livtencity for Posttransplant Cytomegalovirus

Livtencity is indicated for posttransplant CMV that does not respond to available antiviral treatments


Monday, November 29, 2021

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Enterovirus D68 Detections Lower Than Expected in 2020

382 EV-D68 detections in respiratory specimens from patients <18 in 2018, number dropped to six in 2019, 30 in 2020


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

CVS Health, Walmart, and Walgreens Played Role in Opioid Crisis: Ohio Jury

Case is the first time the retail side of the drug industry has been held accountable in the U.S. opioid crisis


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Six Proteins Upregulated Years Before Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosis

Inflammatory proteins predicted ulcerative colitis; four of these proteins significantly up-regulated in healthy twin siblings


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Pandemic Had Greater Effect on Work-Life Balance for Female Physicians

A sizable gender gap evident for risk of depression and anxiety


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

RSNA: CT Imaging for Cancer Down During COVID-19 Peak in 2020

In post-COVID-19 peak period in 2020, CT volume still down for cancer screening and initial workup with inconsistent recovery for active cancer


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Caregivers of Childhood Cancer Survivors Concerned About COVID-19 Vaccines

Concerns, expressed early in the rollout, included lack of safety and efficacy data, particularly in children with cancer


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Sulfur Microbial Diet May Increase Risk for Colorectal Cancer

Sulfur microbial diet features high intakes of low-calorie drinks, red meats, processed meats and low intakes of fruits, vegetables, whole grains


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Risk for Psoriasis Reduced After Tonsillectomy

Among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the risk for psoriasis was increased after tonsillectomy


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Prevalence of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis in IBD Explored

Prevalence of primary sclerosing cholangitis in patients with inflammatory bowel disease is about 2 percent


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Incidence of Atrial Fibrillation Up After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Breast cancer stage strongly linked to development of AF; new-onset AF after breast cancer diagnosis linked to increased cardiovascular mortality


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

U.S. COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations on the Rise Just Before Thanksgiving

There has been an 18 percent increase in the seven-day average of reported COVID-19 infections in the United States


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

As Vaccine Deadline Passes, 95 Percent of Federal Workers Have Gotten Shots

Only about 59 percent of the general population are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Biden Plan Will Spend $1.5 Billion to Boost Health Worker Supply

The pandemic has exacerbated health care disparities for minorities and underserved communities


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

American Heart Association, Nov. 13-15

The American Heart Association Scientific Session 2021


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

RSNA: Changes on Breast MRI Suggest Systemic Effects of LNG-IUD Use

Higher ACR category on dynamic contrast-enhanced breast MRI seen in 23 of 48 women with versus without intrauterine device in place


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Recurrent VTE Rate Higher Than Expected for Subsegmental PE

Prospective cohort study restricted to patients with low-risk subsegmental pulmonary embolism managed without anticoagulation


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Exposure to 17-OHPC in Utero Linked to Cancer Risk in Offspring

Risk for any cancer increased in association with first-trimester exposure; risk increased with number of injections


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Risk for Stillbirth Elevated for Deliveries With COVID-19

Adjusted relative risk for stillbirth higher in deliveries with COVID-19 in pre-delta and delta periods, with stronger link during delta period


Monday, November 22, 2021

30 Percent of Hospital-Based Health Care Personnel Unvaccinated

COVID-19 vaccination coverage increased from 36.1 to 60.2 percent from January to April 2021, then slowed, reaching 70.0 percent as of Sept. 15


Monday, November 22, 2021

Annual Mammography Not Cost-Effective Beyond 75 Years

Extending biennial mammography from age 75 to 80 years is cost-effective, but the absolute number of deaths averted is small


Monday, November 22, 2021

Pfizer Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine Provides Full Protection to Adolescents

Pfizer will submit these new data to the FDA as it seeks full approval of the vaccine for youth ages 12 to 15 years


Monday, November 22, 2021

Blacks, Hispanics Still Underrepresented in Cancer Clinical Trials

Odds of participation up for Blacks, Hispanics in breast, lung, prostate cancer trials in 2015 to 2019 compared with 2000 to 2004


Monday, November 22, 2021

Growing Evidence Links Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium, Maculopathy

Specific retinal conditions proportionately more common for PPS users versus users of other interstitial cystitis, bladder pain drugs


Monday, November 22, 2021

Use of Technology Assistance Rising for Total Knee Arthroplasties

Odds of complications at 90 days requiring readmission lower with computer-assisted navigation, robotic-assistance TKAs


Monday, November 22, 2021

Structured Exercise Aids Recovery From Breast Cancer Surgery

U.K. study shows upper-limb disability at one year reduced with exercise versus usual care after nonreconstructive breast cancer surgery


Monday, November 22, 2021

Very Low-Energy Diets With Meal Replacements Effective for T2DM Weight Management

Low-carbohydrate no better for weight loss than higher-carbohydrate, low-fat diets; no difference seen for high-protein, Mediterranean diets


Monday, November 22, 2021

American Academy of Ophthalmology, Nov. 12-15

AAO 2021


Monday, November 22, 2021

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, November 19, 2021

American College of Rheumatology, Nov. 3-9

ACR Convergence 2021


Friday, November 19, 2021

FDA Approves Both Pfizer, Moderna Boosters for All Adults

Any adult who received a second dose of either vaccine at least six months earlier should be able to get a booster as soon as this weekend


Friday, November 19, 2021

ICU Bed Occupancy During COVID-19 Linked to Increase in Excess Deaths

If ICU bed use reached 75 percent capacity nationwide, an excess of 12,000 deaths would be expected two weeks later


Friday, November 19, 2021

Access to Care Disrupted for Young Adults With Diabetes in COVID-19

Young adults with diabetes also report lower intention of receiving COVID-19 vaccination compared with those 60 years or older


Friday, November 19, 2021

Caregivers More Likely to Have Subjective Cognitive Decline

Caregivers with SCD more likely than caregivers without SCD to report frequent mental distress, history of depression


Friday, November 19, 2021

Concerns Raised About COVID-19 Chronic Olfactory Dysfunction

Research needed on how to treat olfactory dysfunction lasting six months or longer as a symptom of long-term COVID-19


Friday, November 19, 2021

AHA: Oral Milvexian Promising for Prevention of VTE

In patients undergoing knee arthroplasty, postoperative incidence of venous thromboembolism lower with milvexian versus enoxaparin


Friday, November 19, 2021

AHA: Risk-Benefit of Mitral Valve Surgery Plus Tricuspid Annuloplasty Studied

For mitral valve surgery plus TA, risk for primary end-point event lower at two years, but risk for permanent pacemaker implantation higher


Friday, November 19, 2021

American Society of Nephrology, Nov. 4 to 7

Kidney Week 2021


Friday, November 19, 2021

Nearly 10 Percent of Younger Children Have Gotten First COVID-19 Vaccine Dose

Children who get their first shot by the end of the week and their second one three weeks after will be fully vaccinated by Christmas


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Moderna Asks FDA to Approve Its Booster Shot for All Adults

Moderna booster is half the dose of the initial vaccination series: 50 mcg versus 100 mcg


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Strong Opioids No Better for Pain After Surgery for Fracture

No difference seen in Numerical Pain Rating Scale mean pain score for patients receiving strong versus mild opioids


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Atopic Dermatitis Linked to Shorter Stature in Early Childhood

Associations of atopic dermatitis with height and BMI decreased by age 14 and 5.5 years, respectively


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Bariatric Surgery May Cut Risk for Adverse Outcomes in NASH

Risk for adverse liver and cardiovascular outcomes lower among patients with obesity and advanced fatty liver who undergo bariatric surgery


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Number of Elderly on U.S. Liver Transplant List Rising

Outcomes for elderly patients receiving liver transplants also improving


Thursday, November 18, 2021

New Symptoms ID'd That May Indicate Pancreatic Cancer

Additional symptoms can be used to update QCancer, a risk prediction model that helps physicians identify patients at high risk for cancer


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Fewer Deaths Reported With Enrollment in COVID-19 Remote Monitoring

Remote monitoring service, COVID Watch, reduced deaths at 30 and 60 days and was associated with presentation to emergency department sooner


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Only Half of Teens Receive Minimum Standards for Sex Education

Disparities exist in receipt of information by gender, race, and location of instruction


Thursday, November 18, 2021

White House to Spend Billions to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Supply

The goal of the plan is to produce at least 1 billion doses a year beginning in the second half of 2022


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

FDA Could Approve Pfizer Booster Shots for All Adults This Week

More than 30 million Americans have already gotten booster shots


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

FDA Approves Virtual Reality System to Ease Back Pain

EaseVRx system uses number of cognitive behavioral therapy methods to achieve pain relief


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Effects of Fasting-Mimicking Diet Studied in Cancer Patients

Fasting-mimicking diets induce metabolic and immunologic changes that might enhance the effects of standard antineoplastic therapy


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Most Teens, Young Adults Knowledgeable About Sun Protection

While most report sunscreen use, substantial number also report having had sunburns


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Minorities Less Likely to Undergo MRI After Elevated PSA Test

Disparities in subsequent MRIs more pronounced at higher PSA thresholds


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Prior Bariatric Surgery May Protect Against Severe COVID-19 Outcomes

Among COVID-19-positive adults, outcomes better for those with prior bariatric surgery versus those eligible for bariatric surgery


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Review Profiles Open-Access Datasets With Skin Cancer Images

Darker skin types underrepresented among publicly available skin image datasets used to inform skin cancer diagnosis


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

9.6 Percent of People of All Ages Uninsured in First Half of 2021

Among adults aged 18 to 64 years, 14.0 percent were uninsured, 21.6 percent had public coverage, 66.3 percent had private health coverage


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Two Doses of 10 μg BNT162b2 Safe, Efficacious in 5- to 11-Year-Olds

BNT162b2 vaccine had favorable safety profile in 5- to 11-year-olds similar to that seen in other age groups


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

CDC Warns of E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Baby Spinach

Illness reported in Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota; two hospitalizations but no deaths reported


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Salami Sticks Rises to 31 Cases in 10 States

There have been six hospitalizations reported, but no deaths


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Flu Vaccine Coverage Suboptimal for Medicare Beneficiaries

Uptake of vaccination higher among beneficiaries with versus without high-risk conditions; missed opportunities for vaccination are common


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Progress Made in Reducing Depression During Internship

Increases in sleep hours and use of mental health services, decrease in work hours occurred in parallel to decrease in depressive symptoms


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Liver Transplant Outcomes Worse for Nonoverweight NAFLD Patients

Outcomes worse before and after liver transplant for nonoverweight versus overweight/obese adults with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Some Cirrhosis Patients Given Opioid Rx at Outpatient Visits

Authors say primary care providers in particular need more education on the potential harms of opioids in patients with liver disease


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Higher Serum Iron May Up Liver Cancer Risk in NAFLD Patients

Increased risk for hepatocellular carcinoma also seen with higher transferrin saturation levels in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

ASN: Steroids Best Placebo in High-Risk IgA Nephropathy

But dose reduced because of increased incidence of serious adverse events with full-dose methylprednisolone


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

ASN: Ellipsys Percutaneous Fistula Durable for Hemodialysis Access

High rate of fistula use, low rates of secondary procedures and complications seen at five years


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

ACR: Risk Factors ID'd for Hydroxychloroquine-Related Retinopathy

Independent risk factors for HCQ retinopathy include higher doses, longer duration of use, chronic kidney disease, and Asian race


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Nov. 4-8

The 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

ACR: Lupus Patients Can Have Low Immune Response to COVID-19 Vaccines

However, overall disease activity does not appear to change after vaccination


Monday, November 15, 2021

Prior SARS-CoV-2 Infection Ups Protection for Vaccinated

Prior infection linked to lower risk for breakthrough infection among individuals vaccinated with BNT162b2 or mRNA-1273


Monday, November 15, 2021

Bilateral Oophorectomy Before Menopause Linked to MCI

In cross-sectional study, bilateral oophorectomy before age 46 linked to poorer performance on cognitive tests 30 years later


Monday, November 15, 2021

Federal Court Backs Stay on COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Large Businesses

Legal challenges against the mandate have been filed by at least 27 states in at least six federal appeals courts


Monday, November 15, 2021

ACR: Total Hip Arthroplasty Up for Those Under Age 21

Frequency of THA for osteonecrosis increased, while frequency of THA for inflammatory arthritis decreased from 2000 to 2016


Monday, November 15, 2021

QFR-Guided Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Improves Outcomes

One-year clinical outcomes improved with quantitative flow ratio for lesion selection versus standard angiography guidance


Monday, November 15, 2021

ASN: PPI Use May Up Risk for AKI After Cardiac Surgery

Adults receiving proton pump inhibitors have increased risk for acute kidney injury requiring dialysis following cardiac surgery


Monday, November 15, 2021

ASN: Model Predicts Benefit of SGLT2 Inhibitors for Adults With T1DM

Steno Type 1 Risk Engine predicts substantial reduction in risks for CVD, ESKD with SGLT2i as adjunct therapy for type 1 diabetes


Monday, November 15, 2021

ACAAI: Many Parents Unaware of Guidelines to Prevent Peanut Allergy

Less than half of parents and caregivers report being told by a physician to introduce child to peanut-containing foods by 11 months of age


Monday, November 15, 2021

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, November 12, 2021

Many Adults Unaware of Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

Additionally, survey shows many U.S. adults suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms without seeking care


Friday, November 12, 2021

Ambient Temperatures Linked to Hospitalization for Renal Diseases

For each 1-degree Celsius increase in daily mean temperature, estimated risk for hospitalization for renal diseases increased by 0.9 percent


Friday, November 12, 2021

American College of Surgeons, Oct. 23-27

The 106th Annual American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress


Friday, November 12, 2021

Biden to Nominate Former FDA Head Robert Califf to Lead Agency Again

If confirmed by the Senate, Califf will direct an agency responsible for more than $2.8 trillion worth of food, medical products, and tobacco


Friday, November 12, 2021

ASN: Daprodustat Noninferior to ESAs for Treating Anemia in CKD

Randomized, open-label, phase 3 trials conducted in patients with chronic kidney disease undergoing, not undergoing dialysis


Friday, November 12, 2021

ASN: Chlorthalidone Aids BP Control in Patients With CKD and HTN

For patients with stage 4 chronic kidney disease and poorly controlled hypertension, addition of low dose of chlorthalidone improves BP control


Friday, November 12, 2021

Therapeutic Heparin May Benefit Moderately Ill COVID-19 Inpatients

Among those with increased D-dimer levels, no reduction seen in primary composite outcome at 28 days, but odds of death decreased


Friday, November 12, 2021

American College of Chest Physicians, Oct. 17-20

The 87th Annual Meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians


Friday, November 12, 2021

Wealthier Parents More Likely to Get COVID-19 Vaccines for Young Children

47 percent with annual incomes ≥$100,000 willing to get their child vaccinated versus only 34 percent of those with incomes less than $50,000


Friday, November 12, 2021

Federal Judge Overturns Texas Ban on School Mask Mandates

Judge said ban violated the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act because it put children with disabilities at risk


Friday, November 12, 2021

More Than 2 Million COVID-19 Home Test Kits Recalled Due to False-Positive Results

35 reports of false-positive results sent to the FDA, but no deaths have been reported


Friday, November 12, 2021

Biden Announces New Lung Health Program for U.S. Veterans

Program will begin with a focus on lung and breathing problems but will expand as science identifies potential new connections


Friday, November 12, 2021

2000 to 2019 Saw Decline in Sepsis-Related Death Rates for ≥65s

Increase in sepsis-related death rates with age, with rate about five times higher for adults aged 85 years or older versus 65 to 74 years


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Nearly 900,000 U.S. Children Under 12 Have Gotten Their First COVID-19 Shot

But some experts say that demand could begin to recede in only a matter of weeks


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Oklahoma Supreme Court Overturns $465 Million J&J Opioid Ruling

It is not clear how the decision will affect similar cases nationwide, since most public nuisance laws are state-specific


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Pfizer Asks FDA to Approve Booster Shots for All U.S. Adults

With its application, the company included early results of a study that involved 10,000 people


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

CPAP, HFNO Not Tied to Greater SARS-CoV-2 Air, Surface Contamination

Another small study suggests cough poses higher risk for aerosol emission from the respiratory tract than CPAP, HFNO


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Patient Blood Management Program May Reduce Use of Transfusions

Absolute risk reduction of 6 percent seen for transfusions in hospitalized adults after implementation of PBM at large academic medical center


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Longitudinal Analysis of PRISm Conducted in Large Adult Population

Preserved ratio impaired spirometry associated with increased risks for breathlessness and cardiovascular disease


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Physical Activity Not Tied to Development of Knee Osteoarthritis

No association found for measurement of physiological energy expenditure or time spent in recreational physical activity with risk for knee OA


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Prenatal Perfluoroalkyl Substances Tied to Risk for Preeclampsia

Maternal exposure to PFDA and PFOS tied to higher odds of late-onset preeclampsia; findings not significant for early-onset preeclampsia


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Depressive Symptoms Increased During Migraine Headache

Prospective diary study shows no evidence of acute depressive symptomatology as an early warning sign for upcoming migraine attack


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Psychoneurological Distress Up With Nasal Septum Deviation

Patients with NSD from Korean Health Insurance Service database have increased incidence of anxiety, depression, migraine


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Smoking, Alcohol Intake Tied to Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Findings based on mendelian randomization for genetically predicted smoking initiation, alcohol intake


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Biden Administration Presses Schools to Provide COVID-19 Shots to Children

White House also teaming up with AAP to have local physicians provide schools with science-based info about the vaccines


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Pfizer Set to Ask FDA to Approve Booster for Those 18 and Older

Approval would fulfill the Biden administration's plan to provide boosters for all adults and could increase booster rates at a critical point in the pandemic


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Mortality Up for Non-Hispanic American Indians/Alaska Natives

Higher age-specific death rates at most ages, especially younger ages; higher mortality seen for most leading causes of death


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

FFR-Guided PCI Not Noninferior to CABG in Three-Vessel CAD

Findings not consistent with prespecified noninferiority of fractional flow reserve-guided percutaneous coronary intervention


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Adults With IBD Show Antibody Response to mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine

After mRNA COVID-19 vaccination, 99 percent of patients with IBD had detectable antibodies regardless of immunocompromising therapies


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

ACR: Cycling JAK Inhibitors Feasible for Difficult-to-Treat RA

One-year outcomes similar for cycling JAK inhibitors versus switching to a biologic drug


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

American College of Gastroenterology, Oct. 22-27

ACG 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting & Postgraduate Course


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Court Temporarily Blocks Biden's Vaccine Mandate for Big Businesses

Lawsuit questions whether the federal government exceeded its authority in issuing the rule


Monday, November 8, 2021

U.S. Reopens Borders to Vaccinated Foreign Travelers

Visitors will need to show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test taken within three calendar days of travel


Monday, November 8, 2021

App-Based Protocol ID's Delirium in Hospitalized Adults

Overall accuracy of two-step protocol including two-item screen and 3-minute diagnostic assessment was 89, 87 percent for nurses, docs


Monday, November 8, 2021

Single Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Reduces CRC Incidence, Mortality

Reductions seen at median follow-up of 15 years for incidence, 18.8 years for mortality; incidence of CRC reduced for men and women


Monday, November 8, 2021

USPSTF Proposes Strategies to Mitigate Racism in Preventive Care

Proposals include considering opportunities to reduce inequities when selecting new preventive care topics and prioritizing current research


Monday, November 8, 2021

American Society for Radiation Oncology, Oct. 24-27

The 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology


Monday, November 8, 2021

AHA: Outcomes of In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Compared by Setting

Survival to discharge rates for patients in the cardiac cath lab higher than for patients in the ICU, but lower than for patients in the OR


Monday, November 8, 2021

ACAAI: Youth With Asthma Not Prepared for Transition to Adult Care

Half of young adults surveyed did not remember being introduced to concepts of transitioning care by their pediatric provider


Monday, November 8, 2021

Universal School-Based Screening Ups ID of Depression in Teens

Participants undergoing universal screening were also more likely to initiate major depressive disorder treatment


Monday, November 8, 2021

ACAAI: Sensitization to Allergens Not Up for Children With Asthma

From 1999 to 2014, there was no increase seen in prevalence of sensitization to any pollen or allergen


Monday, November 8, 2021

Unemployment Adversely Linked to Recommended Cancer Screening

Lower prevalence of screening for unemployed adults was no longer seen after accounting for health insurance coverage


Monday, November 8, 2021

Most Women Face 6 to 22 Percent Risk of Breast Cancer Metastases

Risk varies by age at diagnosis, decade of diagnosis, and type of breast cancer


Monday, November 8, 2021

Few Aortic Dissection Survivors Receive Long-Term Imaging Surveillance

Yet, ongoing risk for aortic complications, reintervention, and death remains high


Monday, November 8, 2021

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, November 5, 2021

New U.S. COVID-19 Vaccinations Climb for the Longest Stretch in Months

However, at least some of the recent surge in first doses could also be from incorrectly reported booster shots


Friday, November 5, 2021

Patient Economic Burden for Cancer Care $21.1 Billon in 2019

Annualized net out-of-pocket costs were highest in the initial and end-of-life phases, lowest in continuing care phase


Friday, November 5, 2021

Cervical Cancer, CIN3 in Young Women Plummeted After HPV Vaccination

Fewer than expected cervical cancers, CIN3 cases seen among vaccinated cohorts after introduction of HPV immunization program in England


Friday, November 5, 2021

Economic Impacts of Obesity Substantial Across Countries

Estimated costs comparable to 1.8 percent of GDP across eight countries in 2019; economic impact projected to increase to 3.6 percent by 2060


Friday, November 5, 2021

Coffee-Linked Metabolites Tied to Incident Chronic Kidney Disease

Associations identified for glycochenodeoxycholate, O-methylcatechol sulfate, and 3-methyl catechol sulfate


Friday, November 5, 2021

Third BNT162b2 Vaccine Dose May Cut Severe COVID-19 Outcomes

Fewer hospital admissions, cases of severe disease, COVID-19-related deaths seen with third dose versus two doses received five months ago


Friday, November 5, 2021

Anticipated Increase in Acute Flaccid Myelitis Not Seen in 2020

Cases reported in 2019 and 2020 occurred in older children, were less often associated with upper-limb involvement


Thursday, November 4, 2021

Medical Product Industry Has Sizable Network of Ties to Health Care

Map derived through synthesis of 538 articles from 37 countries showed extensive network within health care ecosystem


Thursday, November 4, 2021

Hepatitis B Shots Advised for All U.S. Adults Younger Than 60 Years

Until now, the shots were recommended only for certain groups of adults


Thursday, November 4, 2021

White House Sets Jan. 4 Deadline for Large, Private U.S. Companies to Mandate Vaccines

Companies must give workers paid time off to get vaccinated and sick leave if they have any side effects


Thursday, November 4, 2021

mRNA COVID-19 Efficacy Lower for Immunocompromised Adults

Vaccine effectiveness of two doses of mRNA vaccine lower against COVID-19-associated hospitalization, with variation by condition


Thursday, November 4, 2021

Age-Related Disease Risks Up for Younger B-NHL Survivors

Relative risks for acute renal failure, pneumonia, and nutritional deficiencies increased for survivors younger than 65 years versus 65 years of age or older


Thursday, November 4, 2021

Urine Biomarker May Help Determine Prognosis in Prostate Cancer

Strong correlation seen between amount of Gleason Pattern 4 tumor and PUR-4 signature in nine prostatectomy samples


Thursday, November 4, 2021

Cervical Cancer Screening Uptake, Adherence Poor for Young Women

Among U.S. women aged 21 to 29 years, cervical cancer screening uptake and adherence poor, particularly among those not vaccinated for HPV


Thursday, November 4, 2021

Epidural in Labor Not Linked to Adverse Outcomes in Offspring

Epidural analgesia during labor not associated with either immediate or longer-term adverse neonatal or childhood outcomes


Thursday, November 4, 2021

Allergy History May Up Risk for Reactions to mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine

Risk for allergic reactions within three days of vaccination higher for those with history of high-risk allergy, but most completed the two-dose regimen


Thursday, November 4, 2021

Medicare Could Negotiate Drug Prices Under Democrat Proposal

For the first time, the measure would enable the federal government to negotiate prices for medications covered by Medicare


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

California Judge Sides With Drug Companies in Opioid Lawsuit

In a tentative ruling, plaintiffs' claims that companies used deceptive marketing to increase unnecessary prescriptions was rejected


Wednesday, November 3, 2021


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