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Ohio Surgeon Who Wrote His Own Colorful Obituary Dead at 48
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950540

May 4th, 2021 - The family of Ohio surgeon Thomas Lee Flanigan, 48, who died last week, made public the obituary he wrote himself, self-eulogizing his "shocking and unexpected, yet fabulous, exit." Flanigan, who referred to himself as the "Ginger God of Surgery and Shenanigans," wrote, "Yes, I have joined the likes of Princess Diana, John Belushi, and Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter in leaving while still at ...

Female Physicians More Likely Than Other Women to Delay Childbearing
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950436

May 4th, 2021 - (Reuters Health) - Compared to women in the general public, female physicians in Canada are less likely to have children overall, less likely to have babies when they are in their twenties, and far more likely to delay childbearing until they are in their late thirties, a new study finds. An analysis of data from 5,328 female doctors and 26,640 non-physician women revealed that the physicians w...

Corticosteroid Bursts May Increase GI Bleeding, Sepsis Risk in Children
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950567

May 4th, 2021 - Oral corticosteroid bursts are associated with an increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, sepsis, and pneumonia during the month after treatment initiation, according to a nationwide cohort study of children in Taiwan. The adverse events are rare, and the risk attenuates in subsequent months, the analysis shows. Still, the study "provides evidence that corticosteroid bursts are not innocuo...

Marijuana Vaping More Common Among Hispanic Teens
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950571

May 4th, 2021 - Hispanic adolescents were more likely to use e-cigarettes to vape marijuana than were their Black and White counterparts in 2020, according to a recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers found that 25. 6% of Hispanic students reported vaping marijuana, compared to 19 "We are probably missing access to some of the kids ...

Peloton, Feds Agree to Treadmill Recall
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950587

May 4th, 2021 - Exercise giant Peloton has agreed to recall its popular and pricey treadmill after at least one child was killed after becoming caught underneath the machine's belt. Peloton has also agreed to recall its limited-edition Tread, after 18 reports of the touchscreen loosening and six reports of the screen detaching and falling off. No injuries have been reported for the Tread Among the 72 reports o...

Biden Wants 70% of the US Vaccinated by July 4
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950597

May 4th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. President Joe Biden has announced new strategies for the national COVID-19 vaccination program as demand for vaccinations drops. He also set a new goal for getting shots into people's arms. "Our goal by July Fourth is to have 70% of adult Americans with at least one shot and 160 million American...

Pfizer Bets on COVID-19 Vaccine Demand for Years, Sees Sales of $26 Bln in 2021
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950462

May 4th, 2021 - (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc on Tuesday raised its forecast for 2021 COVID-19 vaccine sales by more than 70% to $26 billion and said demand from governments around the world trying to halt the pandemic could contribute to its growth for years to come. The company said it expects by the end of this month to file for full approval of the vaccine for people over the age of 16 in the United States, where...

FDA Set to OK Pfizer Vaccine in Younger Teens
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950430

May 3rd, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The FDA could expand the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to teens early next week, The New York Times and CNN reported, both citing unnamed officials familiar with the agency's plans. In late March, Pfizer submitted data to the FDA showing its mRNA vaccine was 100% effective at preventing COV...

Parental Attitudes to Kids' Sexual Orientation: Unexpected Findings
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950344

May 2nd, 2021 - For gay and lesbian individuals, consistency in parents' attitudes toward their child's sexual orientation, even when they are negative, is an important factor in positive mental health outcomes, new research shows. Matthew Verdun Study investigator Matthew Verdun, MS, a licensed marriage and family therapist and doctoral student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles, ...

CBD Oil for Epilepsy Linked to Early Onset of Puberty in 2-Year-Old
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950260

May 2nd, 2021 - NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Researchers from the U.K. are reporting a case of early puberty in a 2-year-old boy who was given cannabidiol (CBD) oil his mother purchased online to help control epileptic seizures. The start of puberty before the age of 9 in boys (precocious puberty) is attributed to premature activation of the hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis. Studies on the impact of CBD...

Latest Emollient Data Discouraging for Atopic Dermatitis Prevention
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950331

May 2nd, 2021 - Emollients don't prevent atopic dermatitis (AD), but they might have untapped potential as treatment, two new studies suggest. The results of a prevention study, in which parents slathered their babies with petrolatum, are particularly discouraging. Earlier studies had led researchers to hope this approach could stop not only AD but perhaps other related allergic conditions. Instead, the babies...

National Poll Shows 'Concerning' Impact of COVID on Americans' Mental Health
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950359

May 2nd, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Concern and anxiety around COVID-19 remains high among Americans, with more people reporting mental health effects from the pandemic this year than last, and parents concerned about the mental health of their children, results of a new poll by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) show.   A...

BioNTech Expects Vaccine Trial Results for Babies by September
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950183

Apr 29th, 2021 - BERLIN (Reuters) - BioNTech expects results by September from trials testing the COVID-19 vaccine that it and Pfizer have developed in babies as young as six months old, German magazine Spiegel cited the company's CEO as saying. "In July, the first results could be available for the five to 12 year olds, in September for the younger children," BioNTech Chief Executive Ugur Sahin told Spiegel. H...

Can One Person 'Force' Another to Have a Child?
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/948682

Apr 29th, 2021 - This transcript has been edited for clarity. Hi. I'm Art Caplan at the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University's Grossman School of Medicine. Should you ever be forced to reproduce against your will? Should somebody be able to use your sperm, your egg, or an embryo that you created and have a child, even if you don't want to have a child using your reproductive materials and you don't...

US Military Pressed to Act on Wave of Child Injuries in Housing
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950198

Apr 29th, 2021 - (Reuters) - Last April, Kate Needham's one-year-old son Robbie pushed through a screen and plunged from a second story window in the family's rental home near Naval Base San Diego. Robbie landed head first on the ground, suffering a life-threatening head injury that required a $30,000 hospital stay. On a warm day, Needham and her Navy-enlisted husband had cracked open a window in the home that ...

Challenges Persist in Adolescents With Rheumatic Disease Transitioning to Adult Care
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950296

Apr 29th, 2021 - The inadequacies and challenges of transitioning pediatric rheumatology patients to adult care were highlighted in several research studies shared at the annual scientific meeting of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance. Dr Rebecca Sadun "Not surprisingly, these studies demonstrate that transition challenges remain pervasive," Rebecca Sadun, MD, PhD, who was not involved i...

Most Kids With Type 1 Diabetes and COVID-19 in US Fared Well
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950277

Apr 29th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The majority of children with type 1 diabetes who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 were cared for at home and did well, according to the first report of outcomes of pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes and COVID-19 from the United States. Most children who were hospitalized had diabetic ketoaci...

New York Opens Probe Into Toxic Metals in Baby Food
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950228

Apr 29th, 2021 - NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's attorney general said on Thursday she has opened a probe into whether baby food contains arsenic and other toxic metals, and asked four manufacturers to provide information on whether their infant rice cereal products are safe. In letters to Nestle's Gerber, Beech-Nut Nutrition, Earth's Best Organic maker Hain Celestial Group and Happy Family Organics maker Nurtu...

Motor Abnormalities in Kids a Harbinger of Serious Mental Illness?
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950320

Apr 29th, 2021 - Motor problems in children may be a harbinger of serious mental illness, new research suggests. Investigators found that motor abnormalities were twice as common among those who develop psychosis or depression compared to their counterparts in the general population, suggesting that these abnormalities may help predict vulnerability and provide an opportunity for early intervention. "We have le...

New Model May Simplify Hyperbilirubinemia Risk Estimation
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950085

Apr 28th, 2021 - NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Researchers have developed a more precise and simpler method to determine when a newborn requires outpatient follow-up for jaundice. Their method had "excellent ability to predict postdischarge total serum bilirubin (TSB) above phototherapy thresholds and may be simpler to use than the Bhutani Nomogram," Dr. Michael Kuzniewicz, with Kaiser Permanente Division of Rese...