Some People Still Prefer Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Share on PinterestThe “one and done” aspect of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine makes it appealing to some people. Dimensions/Getty Images After last month’s pause of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine, polls show some increased hesitancy about getting the inoculation. However, experts say the J&J vaccine is appealing to a segment of the population because it requires …

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Some People Still Prefer Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Share on PinterestThe “one and done” aspect of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine makes it appealing to some people. Dimensions/Getty Images After last month’s pause of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine, polls show some increased hesitancy about getting the inoculation. However, experts say the J&J vaccine is appealing to a segment of the population because it requires …

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Is the CDC Leading on COVID or Leading From Behind?

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Minutes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its new guidance Thursday that those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can now (mostly) ditch their masks both indoors and out, Twitter and other social media lit up with reaction. Some people posted closeups of their …

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Radiotracer Use Boosts Prostate Cancer Outcomes

The inclusion of 18F- fluciclovine PET/CT to guide post-prostatectomy salvage radiotherapy improved outcomes, researchers reported. Results from the EMPIRE-1 trial showed that when the radiotracer was used to guide final radiotherapy treatment decisions, patients had an approximately 12% absolute improvement in event-free survival (EFS) at 3 years compared with patients who underwent therapy guided by conventional imaging, according to Ashesh …

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Impressive Disease Control in Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

An investigational antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) achieved disease control in all but one patient with advanced or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer, results of a preliminary clinical study showed. Nine of 21 evaluable patients had objective responses and 11 had stable disease when treated with datopotamab deruxtecan (Dato-DXd). The study population had a median treatment history of four prior systemic regimens, and …

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How COVID-19 Is Impacting People of Color Differently

In a new survey, Healthline examined how COVID-19 impacts the mental and physical health of different people by ethnicity. Here’s how our findings highlighted the variety of health inequities experienced during the pandemic. Share on PinterestPeople of Color have are experiencing a wide range of health inequities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kupicoo/Getty Images Healthline recently conducted a survey that reveals …

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Obesity in Teens, Higher Risk of Stroke Before 50

By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) Strokes are on the rise among people younger than 50, and new research suggests that packing on the pounds during the teen years is a big reason why. The more overweight you were from ages 16 to 20, the greater your risk of having a stroke before age 50, …

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Pandemic Drinking Took Swift Toll on the Gut, Liver

Inpatient consults for alcohol-related GI and liver diseases surged after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and remained elevated, researchers found. The proportion of inpatients requiring endoscopic interventions for their alcohol-related GI and liver diseases also increased, suggesting a worsening trend in severity, according to data presented at a pre-meeting press conference for the virtual Digestive Disease Week …

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Among Asymptomatic, 2% May Harbor 90% of Community’s Viral Load

About 2% of asymptomatic college students carried 90% of COVID-19 viral load levels on a Colorado campus last year, new research reveals. Furthermore, the viral loads in these students were as elevated as those seen in hospitalized patients. “College campuses were one of the few places where people without any symptoms or suspicions of exposure were being screened for the …

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‘You can shed your mask’

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday that people who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear masks in many indoor situations. The new guidance reflects evidence that vaccines are highly effective in preventing serious and critical cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in …

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Op-Ed: Is Social Media Helping Women Get Ahead in Medicine?

Maylyn Martinez, MD, recently rejoined Twitter to post about her first peer-reviewed publication and shared the advice one of us gave her: “@FutureDocs warned: as a Hispanic woman researcher, it’s KEY to have a platform to amplify my work, making it more impactful, helping career/promotions.” We are not the only ones with this advice. A New England Journal of Medicine …

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New Insights Into Treating Mild Head Injuries

TUESDAY, May 11, 2021 (HealthDay News) It may be possible to treat the thinking problems that result from repeated hits to the head, a new laboratory study suggests. The new experiments with mice are the first to offer a molecular analysis of what happens in the brain after repetitive but mild blows to the head, said researcher Mark Burns. He …

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What to Know About ‘COVID Nails’

Share on PinterestSome people have reported lines on their nails after developing COVID-19. Rg Studio/Getty Images People have reported many symptoms following a COVID-19 infection. The latest one identified is the appearance of lines and grooves in the fingernails, which people are calling “COVID nails.” The condition is also called “Beau’s lines,” and experts say the condition isn’t exclusively associated …

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Finerenone Scores 2nd Pivotal-Trial Success in DKD

Finerenone, an investigational agent from a new drug class, just scored a second pivotal-trial win after showing significant benefit for slowing progression of diabetic kidney disease in patients with type 2 diabetes in the FIDELIO-DKD pivotal trial with more than 5700 patients. Top-line results from FIGARO-DKD showed significant benefit for the primary endpoint of cardiovascular death and nonfatal cardiovascular disease …

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Chemo-Free Regimen Shows Promise in High-Risk Early Breast Cancer

A chemotherapy-free neoadjuvant regimen led to similar breast cancer outcomes, while allowing a majority of patients with high-risk early-stage disease to avoid adjuvant cytotoxic therapy, according to updated results from a randomized trial. Progression-free survival (PFS) at 40 months was 87% for patients who received chemotherapy or the hormonal agent letrozole plus the CDK4/6 inhibitor palbociclib (Ibrance). Of 11 disease-progression …

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No More ‘Grateful Patient’ Bonuses; Med School Cheating Saga; Junk Insurance Fallout

Welcome to the latest edition of Investigative Roundup, highlighting some of the best investigative reporting on healthcare each week. Docs Won’t Get Bonuses for Fundraiser Referrals Jefferson Health has changed course when it comes to a policy that linked some doctors’ bonuses to their referrals of patients to the health system’s fundraising office, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Grateful patient fundraising, …

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California and Florida Took a Different Approach In Reopening

Share on PinterestMany people in California hit the beach during the pandemic. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images As the pandemic seems to be on the decline in the United States, we looked at two states that had very different approaches to reopening. California has slowly been dropping restrictions on indoor eating and gatherings. Florida Gov. Ron De Santis lifted restrictions last fall, …

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