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COVID-19 Update: Blood Test, Lingering Symptoms, Bypassing CDC
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
These are the coronavirus stories you need to know about today. Medscape Medical News
Psychiatry Trainees Subjected to High Levels of Abuse From Patients
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Psychiatry trainees in Europe are experiencing an "alarming" level of physical, sexual, and verbal assault that is often going unreported despite causing an emotional toll, new research suggests. Medscape Medical News
The Wheels on the Bus Take Lung Cancer Screening to Rural Areas
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
A commercial bus, modified to carry a mobile CT screening unit, has been reaching high-risk individuals in rural areas who may have otherwise been overlooked. Medscape Medical News
Blood Test Could Signal More Severe COVID-19 Risk
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Lymphocytopenia could help physicians predict which people hospitalized with COVID-19 are at increased risk for worse outcomes. Medscape Medical News
PCI or Not, Mortality Climbs After Post-ACS Bleeding
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Prevention of bleeding after ACS, whether managed medically or with PCI, should get as much attention as prevention of later ischemic events, say researchers, based on their study. Medscape Medical News
CDC Revises COVID-19 Risks During Pregnancy as Research Lags
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Experts say a new CDC study on COVID-19 in pregnancy has startling data gaps that endanger pregnant women and babies. Undark
Less REM Sleep Tied to Higher Mortality
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Less REM sleep has been tied to an increased risk for death, and though a new study does not prove cause and effect, it does suggest that the quantity of REM sleep may be an important health indicator. Medscape Medical News
Topical PDE-4 Inhibitor for Psoriasis Effective in Phase 2b Trial
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Topical roflumilast brought marked improvement in signs and symptoms of chronic plaque psoriasis in a phase 2b trial. "Roflumilast cream could really be a game changer," said a trial investigator. Medscape Medical News
Easy Access to PrEP Reduces Rates of HIV Acquisition
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
A community-based approach to the prescription of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in East Africa led to a significant decrease in new cases of HIV, and could work in the United States. Medscape Medical News
Most Family Medicine Residents Remain in Specialty
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
It is good to see an increasing diversity in the composition of physicians graduating from family medicine residency programs. Most importantly, women now account for over half of graduates. Medscape Medical News
Cardiac CT Scans Can Be Used for Osteoporosis Screening
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
The CT scans can evaluate fracture rate through the bone mineral density of thoracic vertebrae. Danish investigators found that study participants with very low BMD had a greater rate of any fracture. Medscape Medical News
Top-Line Results: Finerenone Delays Progression in CKD With Diabetes
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
When added to standard of care, the investigational drug finerenone delayed disease progression in patients with type 2 diabetes and kidney disease compared with placebo. Medscape Medical News
Guidance Addresses Elders With Diabetes During COVID-19
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Two geriatricians from the Joslin Diabetes Center offer advice for navigating the challenges associated with helping these vulnerable adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Medscape Medical News
FDA Expands Dysport Use for Cerebral Palsy-Related Spasticity
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) has been approved for expanded use to treat upper- and lower-limb spasticity, including that caused by cerebral palsy, for patients 2 and older. FDA Approvals
Payment Problems as Patients Lose Coverage due to COVID
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Patient visits are back, but many have lost insurance or have a lesser plan. Here's what physicians can do to increase their revenue in this situation. Medscape Medical News
Stress Relief a 'Crucial Component of Diabetes Management'
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
'Finding ways to lower stress levels is important to everyone's overall health, especially for those with type 2 diabetes,' says the senior author of a new study linking cortisol and glucose levels. Medscape Medical News
Lies and Desperation: 'Professional Study Subjects' Skew Research
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Motivated by money or increasing their odds of receiving free treatment, 'professional study subjects' lie about their health status and use other forms of deception to get into clinical trials. Medscape Medical News
Smoking Reduced Significantly by Plain Packaging, New Tax
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Smoking, the leading preventable cause of cancer in the world, was reduced significantly by measures taken in the UK, which should ultimately save lives, say the researchers. Medscape Medical News
COVID-19 Tied to Higher Risk of Barotrauma in Ventilated Patients
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
COVID-19 infection is associated with a higher risk of barotrauma during invasive mechanical ventilation, according to a retrospective study. Reuters Health Information
Predicted Albumin-Creatinine Ratio Performs Well for CKD Screening, Staging, and Prognosis
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Researchers with the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium have developed equations to predict urine albumin-creatinine ratio from urine protein-creatinine ratio and dipstick protein. Reuters Health Information