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FDA Panel Endorses Islet Cell Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes

A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has endorsed a pancreatic islet cell transplant therapy for the treatment of people with type 1 diabetes that can’t be managed with current therapies. On April 15, the FDA’s Cellular, Tissue, and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee voted 12 to 4 in favor of approval of donislecel […]

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UK: Lockdown, Not Vaccines, Behind Drop in COVID Deaths

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Tuesday that the rapid drop in COVID-19 deaths was largely down to a three-month lockdown, not the vaccination programme, and that cases would rise once again as restrictions ease. The United Kingdom launched its inoculation drive in December and has already offered a first shot […]

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Cannabis use disorder linked to increased complications after spinal surgery

For patients undergoing spinal surgery, the diagnosis of cannabis use disorder is associated with higher complication rates, including substantially increased risks of stroke and respiratory complications, reports a study in Spine. “Chronic cannabis use among patients undergoing spine surgery is associated with higher rates of inpatient neurovascular, thromboembolic, and pulmonary complications, and less favorable overall […]

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Bedside Video Oculography-Based Test Tracks Loss of Otolith Function

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A novel bedside test using video oculography detected and tracked loss of otolith function in a case-control study. “Recent advances in video oculography have made it possible to measure vestibulo-ocular function at the bedside,” Dr. Amir Kheradmand of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore told Reuters Health by […]

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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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COVID-19 Virus Reinfections Rare, but Riskiest After Age 65

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The first large study of its kind reveals that SARS-CoV-2 reinfections remain rare, although people older than 65 are at higher risk. When researchers analyzed test results of 4 million people who had been infected with COVID-19 in Denmark, they found […]