One year since pandemic hit New York, new strain emerges in upper Manhattan

WASHINGTON — A new strain of the coronavirus, known as B.1.526, is proliferating vigorously across New York City, after having originated in February in a part of upper Manhattan known as Washington Heights. “I am concerned about its immune escape,” Dr. Eric Topol told Yahoo News, a reference to the strain’s heightened ability to evade the body’s antiviral armaments, including …

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COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Cause Infertility

Share on PinterestExperts say there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility. Halfpoint Images/Getty Images Experts are dispelling myths that COVID-19 vaccinations cause infertility. They also say there is no evidence yet that the vaccinations cause any health issues for pregnant women. They note that the dangers of COVID-19 should outweigh any hesitation about getting vaccinated. Some younger women …

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Post-MI Outcomes Worse in RA

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were at risk for long-term poor outcomes after myocardial infarction (MI), Finnish researchers found. The cumulative all-cause mortality during 14 years of follow-up after MI among RA patients was 80.4% compared with 72.3% among matched controls, for a hazard ratio of 1.25 (95% CI 1.16-1.35, P

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AF Screening in Asymptomatic Older Individuals Shows Promise

A new randomized trial provides more evidence in support of screening for atrial fibrillation (AF) in asymptomatic older individuals. The SCREEN-AF trial, conducted in persons aged 75 years or older who had hypertension but without known AF, showed that the use of a wearable continuous electrocardiography (ECG) monitor was well tolerated and increased AF detection tenfold compared to standard care. …

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Pushback on Texas Relaxation; Vax Help for Seniors; Crisis in Brazil

Note that some links may require registration or subscription. Major employers including Hyatt, Target, Starbucks, and CVS are keeping mask requirements in Texas despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to lift safety restrictions next week. (Wall Street Journal) Following criticism of this plan, Abbott blamed infections in Texas on recently paroled migrants. (Forbes) A new pilot program involving more than a …

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Social Media, Binge Eating Often Go Together for Kids

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) Could endless hours spent scrolling through social media and watching TV trigger binge eating in preteens? Apparently so, new research suggests. “Children may be more prone to overeating while distracted in front of screens. They may also be exposed to more food advertisements on television,” said study author Dr. Jason Nagata. He is an …

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2021 NRMP Specialty Match Sees Record Numbers

The number of applicants to the Specialties Matching Service (SMS) of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) continued to grow this year, as did the number of fellowship positions, according to the latest NRMP report. “The total number of active applicants in the SMS has grown more than 24% since 2017, and graduates from DO-granting medical schools have increased by …

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Op-Ed: When Is It Safe (and Ethical) to Travel Again?

Messaging from the CDC and health departments throughout the pandemic have consistently underscored the importance of avoiding travel due to the very nature of travel increasing exposure to others, in turn increasing one’s risk of becoming infected, having an adverse health outcome, and also increasing the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others both during and for some time after returning. …

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MRI With Targeted Biopsy Matches Current Standard for ID’ing Prostate Cancer

(MedPage Today) — Study Authors: Laurence Klotz, Joseph Chin, et al.; Olivier Rouvière Target Audience and Goal Statement: Oncologists, urologists, radiologists The goal of this study was to determine whether MRI with only targeted biopsy… Source link : https://www.medpagetoday.org/hematologyoncology/prostatecancer/91467 Author : Publish date : 2021-03-03 19:00:00 Copyright for syndicated content belongs to the linked Source.

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‘Fatigue is winning,’ CDC warns as pandemic restrictions are lifted across the nation

WASHINGTON — The American people are ready for spring. And the coronavirus may be ready for a spring surge. With those two realities on a seeming collision course, the Biden administration is warning that plenty of challenges remain in the weeks and months ahead, even as it announced new efforts to vaccinate vulnerable seniors and accelerate vaccine production overall. “Stamina …

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Op-Ed: Criminal Confessions, Forensic Bias

The public defender was worried. “If I show you my client’s confession, would you be able to tell me if what he is saying is correct?” This is not an unusual request. Suspects frequently make damaging statements, whether they committed a crime or not. The police rely on videotaped interrogation and Miranda warnings to get confessions admitted as evidence at …

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Benefits of microdosing psychedelic drugs may be due to placebo effect

By Clare Wilson Can microdosing LSD make you more creative? Maybe, if you believe it can Panther Media GmbH/Alamy Claims that microdoses of psychedelic drugs like LSD or the active ingredient of magic mushrooms bring mental benefits may be due to the placebo effect. Microdosing is a term for when people regularly take small amounts of drugs such as LSD. …

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Prison for Opioid Scripts; One Medical in Hot Water; How Docs Paid for Warp Speed

Welcome to the latest edition of Investigative Roundup, highlighting some of the best investigative reporting on healthcare each week. Docs to Prison for Opioid Overprescribing Several physicians were recently sentenced to jail time for illegally distributing controlled substances, particularly opioids. Myron Rodos, DO, was sentenced to 5 years in prison and fined $300,000 for running a “pill mill” in North …

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Why Skipping Even One Mammogram Can Be Dangerous for Your Health

Share on PinterestGetting regularly scheduled mammograms became more difficult during the pandemic. choja/Getty Images A new study finds skipping one scheduled mammogram can greatly increase a person’s risk of death. During the COVID-19 pandemic many people fell behind on regular mammograms due to access or concern about COVID-19. Experts say if you missed a scheduled mammogram now is a good …

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For Some Young Drivers, Smartphone Use Is One of Many Bad Habits

Latest Prevention & Wellness News By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) Young drivers who cruise down the highway with a cellphone in hand probably exhibit other risky behind-the-wheel behaviors, a new study suggests. Talking or texting on a smartphone while driving correlates with a whole range of dangerous driving practices for many young, novice drivers …

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California Students Could Be Back in Classrooms by April

TUESDAY, March 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) — New legislation could have many California’s public school students returning to classrooms by April. The plan announced Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders provides $2 billion to pay school districts that return select groups of students into schools by the end of the month, the Associated Press reported. Due to the …

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