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Younger MS patients feel worst effect of pandemic-related mental health

Younger people, those with existing psychological symptoms, and those with a progressive diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis have experienced clear negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting their mental health, new research shows. In a paper published in Neurology and Therapy today, researchers from the University of Reading have surveyed 324 Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients from […]

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FDA Approves Sarclisa (isatuximab-irfc) in Combination with Carfilzomib and Dexamethasone for Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

PARIS, March 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Sarclisa (isatuximab-irfc) in combination with carfilzomib and dexamethasone (Kd), for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM) who have received one to three prior lines of therapy. “In the Phase 3 IKEMA study, the addition […]

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COVID-19 patients can be categorized into three groups

In a new study, researchers identify three clinical COVID-19 phenotypes, reflecting patient populations with different comorbidities, complications and clinical outcomes. The three phenotypes are described in a paper published this week in the open-access journal PLOS ONE 1st authors Elizabeth Lusczek and Nicholas Ingraham of University of Minnesota Medical School, US, and colleagues. COVID-19 has […]

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Choose life: Why patients in China refuse standard treatment for a type of heart attack

ST segment-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is a particularly severe type of heart attack associated with a high risk of mortality or long-term disability. Clinicians can reduce a patient’s chances of unfavorable outcomes by performing a procedure known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which combines coronary angioplasty—in which a balloon is inserted into a blocked artery […]

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Aspirin use may decrease ventilation, ICU admission and death in COVID-19 patients

George Washington University researchers found low dose aspirin may reduce the need for mechanical ventilation, ICU admission and in-hospital mortality in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Final results indicating the lung protective effects of aspirin were published today in Anesthesia & Analgesia. “As we learned about the connection between blood clots and COVID-19, we knew that aspirin—used […]

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Certain HIV meds have patients packing on pounds

(HealthDay)—A commonly prescribed component of the life-saving antiretroviral drug cocktails used to treat HIV may trigger weight gain, new research warns. The concern stems from tracking patients taking antiretroviral therapy (ART). Since the mid-1990s, the therapy has relied on various drug combinations to essentially outwit HIV, controlling viral loads and turning a once-deadly infection into […]

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First study to use AI to find indicators of pain in patients’ vital signs data

A research team led by Northwestern University faculty and alumni has found it’s possible to understand a patient’s pain level by examining data from vital signs. In a new study, the team developed and applied artificial intelligence (A.I.), or machine-learning, algorithms to physiological data—including respiratory rate, blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature and oxygen levels—from […]