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MS Hospital Visits Increase in Warmer Weather

Individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) seek additional acute medical care during periods of unusually warm weather, a new study has found, raising concerns about possible increased symptoms and healthcare usage over the long-term because of global warming. “Our study suggests that warming trends could have serious implications over the long term for people living with […]

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Use of Comfort Care Increasing After Stroke, May Reduce Costs

The administration of comfort care intervention (CCI) to patients with acute ischemic stroke has increased in the United States, regardless of the type of acute treatment these patients receive, a new study suggests. But researchers did find gender-, race-, and region-based disparities in the administration of CCI. In addition, patients who received thrombolysis or thrombectomy […]

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Black Physicians to AMA: ‘Get to Work’

A coalition of Black physicians met with American Medical Association (AMA) leaders this to week to discuss the urgent need for antiracism initiatives in medicine ― a move to hold the association accountable after its top medical journal released a now-deleted podcast labeled by many as racist and misinformed. Dr Brittani James “I walked in […]

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‘Like a War Zone’: One Nephrologist’s COVID-19 Experience

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. This past January, cases of COVID-19 spiked in Orange County, California, leaving hospitals scrambling to obtain enough continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) and dialysis machines. “Nearly half of our regular hospital beds had been converted into ICU beds, and we had […]

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Brazil Struggles With Lack of ICU Doctors as Pandemic Worsens

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO (Reuters) – As Brazil’s coronavirus outbreak spirals out of control, the country is facing a dangerous new shortage, threatening to drive fatalities even higher: a lack of staff in intensive care units. Some medical professionals are burned out after months of grueling, soul-sapping work. Others are simply unable to keep up […]

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Cannabinoids May Pose Death Risk for Older Patients With COPD

Older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who began using synthetic cannabinoids showed a 64% increase in all-cause mortality, compared with nonusers, findings from a large study have shown. Synthetic cannabinoids drugs, such as nabilone and dronabinol, have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. But their […]

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Antibiotics May Have Been Overused in COVID-19 Patients: US Study

(Reuters) – A majority of COVID-19 patients that were admitted to U.S. hospitals during the first few months of the pandemic were prescribed antibiotics even before a bacterial infection had been confirmed, according to a report released on Wednesday. The study by Pew Charitable Trusts suggests that such drugs were over-prescribed from February through July […]

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Testosterone Decline After Steroid Abuse Revealed With Biomarker

Levels of insulinlike factor 3 (INSL3) drop noticeably in men who have abused anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS), even well after stoppage. The results suggest that the effects of AAS use on testosterone-producing Leydig cells may be long-lasting, as some clinicians have suspected. Although there is some variation of INSL3 levels among AAS users, the metric […]

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New Online Tool Calculates COVID-19 Progression Risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Researchers have developed an online tool to help clinicians predict which COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital are likely to progress to severe disease. The tool, Severe COVID-19 Adaptive Risk Predictor (SCARP), is available at https://bit.ly/3btwEWS. “Clinicians need to have measurements of vital signs and a few basic labs to […]

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COVID-19 Complicates Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Hospital

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The clinical course and prognosis of individuals hospitalized with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) are considerably worse among those who have COVID-19, new data show. In-hospital death was sixfold greater among patients with DKA who had COVID-19 compared with those who did not, […]