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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Revokes Emergency Use Authorization for Monoclonal Antibody Bamlanivimab | FDA
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Apr 16th, 2021 - For Immediate Release: April 16, 2021 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revoked the emergency use authorization (EUA) that allowed for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab, when administered alone, to be used for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and certain pediatric patients. Based on its ongoing analysis of emerging scientific data, speci...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: April 16, 2021 | FDA
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Apr 16th, 2021 - For Immediate Release: April 16, 2021 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic: As part of the FDA’s effort to protect consumers, the agency issued a warning letter jointly with the Federal Trade Commission to Trinity Natural Health & Pain Management, Inc. for selling an unapproved product with frau...

EMA Starts Review of GSK's Monoclonal Antibody to Treat COVID-19 Patients
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Apr 15th, 2021 - (Reuters) - The European Medicines Agency said on Thursday it is reviewing available data on the use of GlaxoSmithKline's monoclonal antibody to treat COVID-19 patients. The agency said its review of VIR-7831, which GSK is developing with Vir Biotechnology Inc, will include data from a study comparing its effect with that of a placebo in patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who were at high ...

The Tick Talk for Families and Pediatricians
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Apr 15th, 2021 - Spring 2021 has arrived with summer quickly approaching. It is our second spring and summer during the pandemic. Travel restrictions have minimally eased for vaccinated adults. However, neither domestic nor international leisure travel is encouraged for anyone. Ironically, air travel is increasing. For many families, it is time to make decisions regarding summer activities. Outdoor activities h...

Indian Hospitals Overwhelmed by COVID Surge as Beds, Oxygen Fall Short
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Apr 15th, 2021 - NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Many Indian hospitals were scrambling for beds and oxygen as COVID-19 infections surged to a new daily record on Thursday, with a second wave of infections centred on the rich western state of Maharashtra. India's tally of total infections is second only to the United States, with experts blaming everything from official complacency to aggressive variants. The government h...

Denmark Looking to Share Its Unwanted AstraZeneca Vaccines: WHO
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Apr 15th, 2021 - ZURICH (Reuters) - Denmark is examining options for sharing AstraZeneca's vaccines with other nations after it halted use of the shots over concerns about rare blood clots, the World Health Organization's Europe head said on Thursday. Denmark this week became the first country to stop using AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine altogether, as European officials investigate reports of very rare blood c...

CureVac's COVID-19 Vaccine Attracts Rising Interest
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Apr 15th, 2021 - FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German biotech firm CureVac said it has seen the number of requests for its experimental COVID-19 vaccine increase over the past few days, as concerns over rare side effects have hit some other coronavirus shots. A CureVac spokesman said on Thursday that requests have been coming in from various quarters, including governments and international organisations but he decline...

Two to a Bed in Delhi Hospital as India's COVID Crisis Spirals
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Apr 15th, 2021 - NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Gasping for air, two men wearing oxygen masks share a bed in a government hospital in India's capital New Delhi, victims of the country's growing COVID-19 crisis. From reporting under 10,000 new daily cases earlier this year, daily infections crossed 200,000 on Thursday, according to official data, the highest anywhere in the world. At Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospita...

Virus Variants Inciting India's Second Surge, Epidemiologists Say
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Apr 15th, 2021 - NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The second surge of COVID-19 cases in India has swamped hospitals much faster than the first because mutations in the virus mean each patient is infecting many more people than before, epidemiologists and doctors say. India's daily infections skyrocketed more than 20-fold to more than 200,000 on Thursday since a multi-month-low in early February, though the government has ...

More Exercise Linked to Lower Chance of Severe COVID-19: Study
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Apr 15th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Add another potential benefit to getting the recommended amount of physical activity each week: people who exercised regularly and then tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 were less likely to experience more severe COVID-19 outcomes, a new study shows. Importantly, even people who could not realistic...

Researchers Detail More Cases of Rare Clots Tied to COVID Vaccines
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Apr 15th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. New evidence emerged today tying vaccines for COVID-19 to extremely rare cases of people who develop blood clots and low platelets within weeks of being vaccinated. A team of researchers in the United Kingdom conducted an in-depth investigation of 22 patients who developed serious blood clots co...

Most Antibody Drugs Ineffective Against Brazil Variant
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Apr 15th, 2021 - (Reuters) - The coronavirus variant first identified in Brazil, known as P.1, is resistant to three of the four antibody therapies with emergency use authorization in the United States, according to a laboratory study. Researchers exposed the P.1 variant to various monoclonal antibodies, including the four currently being used to treat U.S. COVID-19 patients - imdevimab and casirivimab from Reg...

Inslee Warns of Fourth COVID-19 Wave in Washington State
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Apr 15th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday warned that Washington state was on the cusp of a fourth COVID-19 wave with case numbers and hospitalizations rising. He urged people to get vaccinated and to socialize and conduct business outside as much as possible to help slow furt...

American Indians Receive $4 Billion to Combat COVID-19
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Apr 15th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The Biden administration will invest more than $4 billion in COVID-19 relief funds to fight the disease among Native Americans and Alaska natives, the White House announced Friday. The CDC reported recently that Native Americans and Alaska's indigenous people were 3.5 times more likely to get CO...

Vaccines Designed for Virus Variants Show Promise in Mice
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Apr 15th, 2021 - (Reuters) - Moderna Inc vaccines designed to protect against the worrisome coronavirus variants identified in South Africa and Brazil have yielded promising results when tested in mice, according to new data. The company tested two new approaches against the variants - a single-dose "booster" for mice vaccinated months earlier with both doses of the original Moderna vaccine, and a separate new ...

Adolescent Substance Use and the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Apr 15th, 2021 - During the past year, adolescents, families, educators, and health care providers have had to press forward through myriad challenges and stressors with flexibility and adaptability. With appropriate concern, we ask ourselves how children and youth are coping emotionally with the unprecedented changes of the past year. Adolescent substance use represents an important area of concern. What has h...

Global Officials Urge Rich Countries to Donate Excess COVID-19 Vaccines, Money to Help End Pandemic
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Apr 15th, 2021 - GENEVA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top U.N., financial and vaccine officials on Thursday urged rich countries to donate excess COVID-19 vaccine doses to a program supplying lower income countries in a bid to end the pandemic and get the global economy back on track. At an event organised by the Gavi Vaccine Alliance to boost support for the COVAX vaccine-sharing initiative, the officials appealed for ...

Mysterious Ailment, Mysterious Relief: Vaccines Help Some COVID Long Haulers
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Apr 15th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. An estimated 10% to 30% of people who get covid-19 suffer from lingering symptoms of the disease, or what's known as "long covid." Judy Dodd, who lives in New York City, is one of them. She spent nearly a year plagued by headaches, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue and problems with her sense...

Pfizer, Moderna Say Booster Shots Probably Needed
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Apr 15th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. People who've received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna coronavirus vaccines will probably need a booster shot this year, top executives for those two pharmaceutical companies said this week. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said people who've gotten both doses would likely need a third shot...

The Impact of COVID-19 on Patients With Schizophrenia
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Apr 15th, 2021 - This transcript has been edited for clarity. Frank Chen, MD: I am Frank Chen. I'm a psychiatrist in the Houston area. I have been the chief medical officer of a hospital locally, called Houston Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, as well as my private practice, Houston Adult Psychiatry. Lorenzo Norris, MD: This is Dr Lorenzo Norris, editor-in-chief of MDedge Psychiatry. Today, we're pleased to have...