Vitamin D May Reduce Recurrence of Positional Vertigo

Daily supplementation with vitamin D and calcium carbonate significantly reduced recurrence of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), especially in patients with low serum vitamin D, results of a randomized trial show. Previously, canalith repositioning maneuvers had been the only verified treatments of BPPV. Supplementation with vitamin D and calcium may be the first medical treatment that prevents recurrence, investigators note. …

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Cardiac Device Interference Risk ‘Low’ With Smartphones, Watches

The risk for electromagnetic interference (EMI) of smartphones and smartwatches with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) is low, new research suggests. Investigators tested CIEDs in 148 patients to see if smartphones and smartwatches produced EMI that might affect the CIEDs. Tests included all possible activation of the smartphones and smartwatches, including standby, dialing, and connecting mode. Of all the testing …

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Facebook Live: Brian Williams, MD

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, MedPage Today interviewed Brian Williams, MD, associate professor of trauma and acute care surgery at the University of Chicago, about the impact Floyd’s death had on him personally and on his colleagues, during a Facebook Live event on June 19, 2020 — Juneteenth. Williams has his own story too. His life changed dramatically …

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How Will Future Generations Remember COVID-19?

When my son was in third grade, his class took a field trip to the Spanish Military Hospital Museum in St. Augustine, Florida. This was a military facility that operated in the late 18th century. It operated at a time when St. Augustine changed hands from Spain to England and then back to Spain. The museum provides tours that recreate …

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Coronavirus: England’s contact-tracing app readies for launch

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The app should log when two people have been within 2m of each other for more than 15 minutes A second attempt at a Covid-19 contact-tracing app for England will soon be tested by members of the public. Officials hope to confirm the date for the limited roll-out within a few days. It could …

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COVID Antigen Tests: Coming to Case Counts Near You?

Revised guidance on COVID-19 tests from the Council on State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) expected next week could pave the way for dramatically expanded statewide COVID-19 case counts across the country. The group will emphasize that positive rapid antigen tests should be counted in daily tallies, which many states such as Texas and California currently do not include. They can …

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Most of the coronavirus tests the U.S. does are worthless. But there’s a solution that could actually work — and stop the spread.

To stop its raging coronavirus outbreak, which is currently spreading at a rate of about 60,000 new cases per day, the United States can do one of two things.  Either it can lock everybody down completely. Or it can test everybody constantly. The lockdown approach works because if infected people can’t get close to noninfected people, the chain of transmission …

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Should racism be treated as a public health crisis?

“The 360” shows you diverse perspectives on the day’s top stories and debates. What’s happening Across the country, more than 80 city and county governments have declared racism a public health emergency. The overwhelming majority have come in the past two months, amid a widespread push to address systemic racism prompted by protests sparked by the police killing of George …

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COVID-19 Impacts Families’ Mental and Behavioral Health

(MedPage Today) — Study Authors: Stephen W. Patrick, Laura E. Henkhaus, et al. Target Audience and Goal Statement: Pediatricians, infectious disease specialists, psychiatrists The goal of this study was to examine the well-being of parents and… Source link : https://www.medpagetoday.org/pediatrics/generalpediatrics/87931 Author : Publish date : 2020-08-06 15:00:00 Copyright for syndicated content belongs to the linked Source.

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New Topicals for Excessive Sweating Are in Sight

Safe and effective new prescription topical therapies for primary axillary hyperhidrosis took a giant step closer to reaching clinical practice following positive reports from two phase 3, randomized, controlled trials of novel agents presented at the virtual annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. Both investigational topical anticholinergic agents — 5% sofpironium bromide (SPB) gel and 1% glycopyrronium bromide (GPB) cream …

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Hydroxychloroquine being ‘discarded prematurely’, say scientists

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug which has become hugely controversial. A trial investigating the drug hydroxychloroquine as a preventative treatment against Covid-19 may never find out if it’s effective, say scientists involved. Controversy around the drug – touted by President Trump and the subject of online misinformation – is stopping completion of the trial, they …

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Finding the Will to Live; More Evidence for HPV Vax; Relearning How to Talk

Finding a way to reconnect with family during COVID-19 restrictions helped a seriously ill patient regain his will to live. (ASCO Connection) In a bid to become the world leader in cancer care solutions, Germany-based Siemens Healthineers acquired U.S.-based Varian Medical Systems for $16.4 billion. (Reuters) Subcutaneous daratumumab (Darzalex) plus pomalidomide (Pomalyst) and dexamethasone significantly improved progression-free survival versus pomalidomide …

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FDA OKs Anti-BCMA Drug for Multiple Myeloma

The FDA granted accelerated approval to belantamab mafodotin (Blenrep) on Wednesday in heavily pretreated multiple myeloma. Belantamab mafodotin is the first approved therapy that targets B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA), and is indicated for patients that failed a minimum of four prior agents, including an immunomodulatory agent, an anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody, and a proteasome inhibitor. Support for the anti-BCMA drug’s approval …

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‘Numbers Don’t Lie’; NYC’s Quarantine Checkpoints; What’s Your Risk?

Note that some links may require registration or subscription. Asked whether he thought the U.S. has the world’s worst COVID-19 situation, Anthony Fauci, MD, agreed: “The numbers don’t lie.”(CNBC) As of 8:00 a.m. ET Thursday, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the U.S. totalled 4,824,175 cases and 158,268 deaths — up 52,329 and 1,429 respectively, from this time Wednesday. California’s coronavirus …

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How Can the Common Cold Help Protect Against COVID-19?

By E.J. MundellHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2020 Since the pandemic began, it’s been known that the severity of coronavirus illness varies widely between people. Could the common cold be the reason why? It’s still just a theory, but researchers in California suspect that if you’ve recently had a cold — many of which are also caused by coronaviruses — …

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U.S. Grandparents Are Raising Millions of Kids, and It’s Tough

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) Nearly 3 million children in the United States are being raised by grandparents, and life has placed these kids on a rocky road toward adulthood, a new study reports. These children are much more likely to have experienced traumatic events that will influence their development, according to the report published …

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Study Casts Doubt on Value of Cholesterol Drugs

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) Hundreds of millions of people worldwide take cholesterol-lowering drugs, like statins, but now a new review suggests that many folks don’t benefit from these medications. The researchers said the review of 35 randomized controlled trials failed to show a consistent benefit in lowering the risk of heart attack or stroke, …

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12-Year-Old Is on Pacemaker No. 3

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (American Heart Association News) Jennifer and Patrick Tallquist were resting peacefully with their 1-day-old daughter, Abrielle, when a nurse entered their hospital room to give the newborn a test. The nurse hooked up 6-pound “Abbi” to a monitor that checked her heartbeat. Minutes later, the lab called the nurse. “You can see that already?” she said …

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Vitamin D Won’t Reduce Risk of Depression

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) For those battling debilitating depression, a new study delivers some bad news: Vitamin D supplements won’t make a dent in improving mood. While the “sunshine vitamin” is often touted as an alternative way to protect against depression, vitamin D’s efficacy has remained unknown, the researchers said. But “there was no significant benefit from the …

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Coronavirus: Safety concerns halt use of 50 million NHS masks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption FFP2 respirator masks such as these are used by healthcare workers Fifty million face masks bought by the government in April will not be used in the NHS because of safety concerns. The government says the masks, which use ear-loop fastenings rather than head loops, may not fit tightly enough. They were bought for …

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