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Patient Gets Six COVID-19 Vaccine Doses in a Single Shot

May 10th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. A nurse in Italy accidentally administered six doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a patient as a single shot, according to CBS News.

Moderate Alcohol Tied to Lower Stress-Related Brain Activity, MACE

May 10th, 2021 - Previously reported benefits of alcohol intake for patients with cardiovascular disease appear to be partially mediated through modulation of stress-associated brain activity, a new study suggests. The researchers found two J-shaped relationships: one between alcohol intake and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE), and another between alcohol intake and stress-associated amygdalar metabol...

Latest Trends in the Management of Pulmonary Embolism

May 10th, 2021 - One of the newest trends in pulmonary embolism management is treatment of cancer associated venous thromboembolism (VTE) which encompasses deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and PE. Following the clinical management of cancer-associated venous thromboembolism in the hospital, direct oral anticoagulant therapy at discharge is your starting point, except in cases of intact luminal cancers, Scott Kaatz, D...

Why I Chose Neurology

May 10th, 2021 - Oliver Sacks, at least in part, owed his entire career to migraine headaches. The famed neurologist and author, who passed away in 2015, attributed his early fascination with the brain to the visual auras he experienced during his periodic headache episodes. As I grew older, I began to appreciate my grandmother's curiosity about the world. After being raised on a rural South Dakota farm — where...

'Calcium Imbalance' Linked to Bipolar Severity

May 10th, 2021 - Calcium homeostasis may play a role in bipolar disorder (BD) severity, with raised serum vitamin D and parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels linked to worse clinical outcomes and high psychological burden, new research suggests. After measuring serum PTH, vitamin D, and calcium levels in patients with type I or type II BD, investigators found that the number of hospitalizations and prior psychiatric...

ADHD in Preschool Kids: Adrenergic Agonists May Be a Better Fit

May 10th, 2021 - A new study finds that α2-adrenergic agonists may be of benefit and have fewer side effects than stimulant medications for the treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in preschool-age children. The study was published online May 4 in JAMA. "While our study focused on how well medications work and how well they are tolerated when used to treat preschool-age children with ADH...

Novavax Delays COVID-19 Vaccine Production Timeline, Sees Filing for Authorization in 3rd Qtr

May 10th, 2021 - (Reuters) - Novavax Inc said on Monday production of its COVID-19 vaccine will ramp up at a slower pace than it had previously anticipated and it does not expect to file for regulatory authorization in the United States, Britain or Europe until the third quarter of 2021. Novavax said it does not expect to hit its production target of 150 million shots per month until the fourth quarter of 2021,...

Small Increase Seen in New COVID-19 Cases Among Children

May 10th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. After 2 consecutive weeks of declines, the number of new COVID-19 cases in children rose slightly, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

States Ready Plans to Get Pfizer COVID Vaccine to Younger Teens

May 10th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. State health officials today shared plans to distribute Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to 12- to 15-year-olds after the FDA authorized its use in this age group late Monday. Maine is readying four types of distribution sites for the vaccines: primary care offices, Walgreen's and CVS pharmacies, mass ...

'Black Fungus' Complication Adds to India's COVID Woes

May 10th, 2021 - BENGALURU (Reuters) - The Indian government has told doctors to look out for signs of mucormycosis or "black fungus" in COVID-19 patients as hospitals report a rise in cases of the rare but potentially fatal infection. The state-run Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said at the weekend that doctors treating COVID-19 patients, diabetics and those with compromised immune systems should wa...

Third-Generation Quinolones May Be Safer for Tendons

May 10th, 2021 - Third-generation fluoroquinolones may not pose the same risk to tendon health as earlier-generation agents, the findings of a new study suggest. If confirmed, this will be good news for patients who are allergic to beta-lactam antibiotics and others in whom fluoroquinolones are the antibiotics of choice because of their favorable pharmacokinetic properties and broad-spectrum activity, according...

Soft, Flexible Sensors Can Wirelessly Monitor Pregnant Women and Their Fetuses

May 10th, 2021 - (Reuters Health) - An interdisciplinary team of scientists has developed a wireless network of three soft, flexible sensors that can measure the vital signs of a laboring mother and her fetus, as well as provide data on contractions, according to a new report. The monitoring system was run through its paces in a study with 91 U. S

Focus on Youth Concerns at Well Visits

May 10th, 2021 - Taking teens' strengths, values, and dreams, into account through a previsit questionnaire was acceptable to them and may promote discussions with providers, based on data from 91 adolescents. The American Academy of Pediatrics' Bright Futures initiative recommends the use of a strength-based approach for adolescent well visits, but the extensive positive psychology inventories to identify teen...

Less Care for Young Women With Chest Pain in the Emergency Room?

May 10th, 2021 - For those up to age 55 who go to hospital emergency departments with chest pain in the United States, women are less likely than men to be triaged as urgent, receive an electrocardiogram (ECG), or be seen by a consultant, according to a new study. Further, women waited 10 minutes longer than men to see a cinician and were 40% less likely to be admitted to the hospital, results showed. "Although...

Neurologic Complications in Hospitalized COVID Patients Common, Deadly

May 10th, 2021 - Eight in 10 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 develop neurologic complications, and these patients are much more likely to die in hospital compared with their counterparts without neurologic complications, a global study shows. Findings from the Global Consortium Study of Neurologic Dysfunction in COVID-19 (GCS-NeuroCOVID) reveal 82% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients had neurologic manifestat...

Blame Game in Spain After Street Parties Break Out as Restrictions Ease

May 10th, 2021 - MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government and opposition blamed each other on Monday after crowds of mostly maskless youths partied in the streets of Madrid and Barcelona when a state of emergency imposed to curb the pandemic ended at the weekend. Imposed last October amid an alarming second wave of infections, the state of emergency allowed the temporary suspension of some civil liberties, inc...

Pandemic Took a Cut of Cosmetic Procedures in 2020

May 10th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The decline in the number of cosmetic procedures performed in 2020, compared with 2019, very closely matched the amount of the time lost to physicians because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

New Clues Show How the Immune System Fights COVID-19

May 10th, 2021 - When the immune system detects an invading virus like COVID-19, it sends swarms of antibodies to latch on to it, blocking its ability to attach to cells and marking it for destruction by other cells. Now, new research shows in striking detail how that process works in people who have successfully recovered from COVID-19 and offers new insights to help others. So far, scientists have focused on ...

Pulsed Field Ablation Effective Against Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation

May 10th, 2021 - NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pulsed field ablation (PFA), a new nonthermal ablation approach that preferentially ablates myocardial tissue, results in durable pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) and a low rate of recurrence of atrial arrhythmia, according to one-year outcomes of three clinical trials. "We previously demonstrated that pulsed field ablation can safely isolate pulmonary veins to treat p...

Europe Dares to Reopen as 200 Millionth Vaccine Dose Delivered

May 10th, 2021 - MADRID/LONDON (Reuters) - As its vaccination drive reaches a third of adults and COVID-19 infections ease, Europe is starting to reopen cities and beaches, raising hopes that this summer's holiday season can be saved before it is too late. Exhilarated Spaniards chanting "freedom" danced in the streets as a COVID-19 curfew ended in most of the country at the weekend, while Greece reopened public...