Prevalence of Multiple Chronic Conditions Up Among Veterans
TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2021 -- The prevalence of multiple chronic conditions (MCC) is higher for male and female veterans versus nonveterans, according to a study published online Feb. 23 in the National Health Statistics Reports, a publication from the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA Warns Not to Rely on Pulse Oximetry for Diagnosis, Treatment Decisions
TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2021 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning against reliance on pulse oximeters for diagnosis and treatment decisions for COVID-19 and other conditions. In a safety communication released Friday, the agency said that... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Transplant Recipient Dies After Receiving COVID-19-Infected Lungs
TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2021 -- A Michigan woman died of COVID-19 after receiving a double-lung transplant from a donor infected with the new coronavirus, a newly published case study says. It may be the first confirmed time in the United States that the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Trial of Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease Halted
TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2021 -- A clinical trial of a new gene therapy for sickle cell disease that has shown promise has been halted after two participants were diagnosed with cancer. Therapy developer Bluebird Bio said a patient who was treated five... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccines Adapted to Fight Variants Will Not Require Long Clinical Trials: FDA
TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2021 -- Long clinical trials will not be needed to prove the effectiveness of approved COVID-19 vaccines that have been adapted to protect against variants of the new coronavirus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis Reduced for Patients With T2DM
TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2021 -- Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) have a reduced risk for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which may be due to statin use, according to a study published online Feb. 16 in Rheumatology. Dawit T. Zemedikun, Ph.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Cocaine Use, HIV Affect Coronary Plaque Morphology
TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2021 -- Cocaine use and HIV infection are associated with radiomic features quantified for coronary plaque morphology, according to a study published online Feb. 16 in Radiology. Márton Kolossváry, M.D., Ph.D., from... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Amoxicillin-Clavulanate Effective for Outpatients With Diverticulitis
TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2021 -- For immunocompetent patients with diverticulitis in the outpatient setting, amoxicillin-clavulanate is as effective as metronidazole with fluoroquinolone, according to a study published online Feb. 23 in the Annals of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Deceased Organ Donation Rose Among Blacks but Still Lags
TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2021 -- Deceased organ donation increased among some racial groups, particularly among Black people, from 1999 to 2017, but substantial racial and ethnic differences remain, according to a study published online Feb. 10 in JAMA... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Fecal Transplant May Counter Anti-PD-1 Resistance in Melanoma
TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2021 -- Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) together with anti-programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) therapy possibly may alter the gut microbiome and overcome resistance to anti-PD-1 in some patients with melanoma, according... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Children Conceived by ART Are Shorter, Lighter at Birth
TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2021 -- Children conceived by assisted reproduction technology (ART) are shorter and lighter at birth than those conceived naturally, but have similar height and weight by age 17 years, according to a study published online Feb. 17... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Predictors of Death, Discharge ID'd for Diabetes Patients With COVID-19
TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2021 -- About 20 percent of patients with diabetes hospitalized with COVID-19 die within 28 days and about 50 percent are discharged, and predictors of death and discharge have been identified, according to a study published online... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Text Message System Useful for Monitoring Postoperative Opioid Use
TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2021 -- A text message system can monitor postoperative opioid use and shows that many prescribed opioid tablets are unused, according to a case study published in the March issue of NEJM Catalyst. Anish K. Agarwal, M.D., M.P.H.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA: New Variants Mean COVID-19 Vaccines, Tests May Need Tweaking
TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2021 -- The emergence of new severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants could require a quick pivot on the part of pharmaceutical and medical device companies to help stay one step ahead of COVID-19. The... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Vascular Deaths Down for Diabetes Patients in the U.K.
TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2021 -- There has been a decline in vascular deaths among patients with diabetes, making cancer now the leading cause of death for these patients, according to a U.K. study published in the March 1 issue of The Lancet Diabetes... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Bone Cancer Survivor Selected for SpaceX Flight
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 -- Bone cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux says her battle with the disease helped prepare her to serve as crew medical officer on a SpaceX flight later this year that is being used as a charitable fundraiser for St. Jude... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Prevalence Data Suggest Increasing Trend of Psoriasis With Age
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 -- A clear bimodal age pattern exists in psoriasis onset, and prevalence shows an increasing trend with age until 60 or 70 years, according to a review published in the February issue of the British Journal of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Listeria Outbreak Spurs Recall of Queso Fresco Cheeses
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 -- All Queso Fresco cheeses made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc. have been recalled after being linked to a Listeria outbreak in four states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. There have been seven illnesses so far... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

All British Adults Should Have First COVID-19 Shot by July 31: Government
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 -- Every adult in Britain should get a first COVID-19 vaccination by the end of July, instead of the previous target of September, the British government said Sunday. It also said everyone aged 50 years and older and people... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Higher With Three-Month Interval Between Doses
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 -- A three-month interval between the first and second doses of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 Oxford vaccine results in higher vaccine efficacy than a six-week interval, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in The... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 Rates Decreased After One Vaccine Dose
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 -- Substantial reductions in severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and symptomatic COVID-19 have been reported following administration of one dose of the BNT162b2 COVID-19 vaccine, according to a... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Proinflammatory, Low-Quality Maternal Diet Linked to Adiposity
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 -- A proinflammatory, low-quality maternal diet may be associated with childhood adiposity, according to a study published online Feb. 22 in BMC Medicine. Ling-Wei Chen, Ph.D., from University College Dublin, and colleagues... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

U.S. COVID-19 Hospitalizations at Lowest Level Since November
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 -- The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States late last week was the lowest since early November, data from The COVID Tracking Project show. There were about 59,800 COVID-19 patients in hospitals nationwide... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Persistent Symptoms Reported for About 30 Percent With COVID-19
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 -- About 30 percent of patients with COVID-19 report persistent symptoms for months after illness, including outpatients with mild disease, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in JAMA Network Open. Jennifer K.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Testosterone Therapy Does Not Improve Vascular Function
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 -- For men with low-normal serum testosterone levels, exercise training improves endothelium-dependent vascular function, but testosterone administration does not, according to a study published online Feb. 22 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Aspirin Overused, Statins Underused for CVD Prevention in Seniors
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 -- For older adults, aspirin seems to be overused and statins underused for cardiovascular event prevention, according to a study published online Feb. 17 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Taeho Greg Rhee,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Limiting Resident Shifts Cuts Attentional Failures in PICU
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 -- Resident-physicians have a higher number of attentional failures on an extended-duration work roster (EDWR), with shifts of 24+ hours, than on a rapid cycling work roster (RCWR), which limits shifts to 16 hours, according to... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

GERD Linked to Squamous Cell Cancers of Larynx, Esophagus
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 -- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) appears to be associated with an increased risk for squamous cell cancers of the larynx and esophagus, according to a study published online Feb. 22 in Cancer. Shao-Ming Wang, Ph.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

CDC Report Shows No Evidence of Unexpected Adverse Events With COVID-19 Vaccines
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 -- Initial findings do not indicate evidence of unexpected serious adverse events among individuals receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, according to research published in the Feb. 19 early-release issue... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Greater HbA1c Variability May Raise Risk for CVD in T2DM
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 -- Large visit-to-visit hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) variability is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the January issue of Diabetes,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup
Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of Feb. 16 to 19, 2021. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal studies and other trusted... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

U.S. to Provide $4 Billion for International COVID-19 Vaccine Program
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- The United States will soon start providing $4 billion for COVAX, an international program to buy and distribute COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries. White House officials said President Joe Biden will make the announcement... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Water Problems Plague Texas Hospitals After Storm
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- Some hospitals in Texas are struggling with water problems and have moved patients to other facilities due to power outages caused by deadly winter weather that slammed the state this week. In a statement to CBS News on... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Pediatric Inpatient Admissions Down During Pandemic
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- Inpatient pediatric admissions were down across a wide range of diagnoses during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published online Feb. 12 in JAMA Network Open. Jonathan H. Pelletier, M.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Factors Associated With Fracture Risk in Middle Age ID'd
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- Several factors have been identified that increase the likelihood of experiencing a fracture in middle age, including female sex and a low level of leisure-time physical activity, according to a study published online Feb.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Pfizer to Begin Clinical Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnant Women
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- The first U.S. participants in a large-scale clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women have received their shots, the company announced Thursday. The goal is to enroll... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Among Blacks, Late-Stage HIV Diagnosis Varies by Rurality
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- The percentage of Black people with late-stage HIV diagnosis varies according to population area of residence and is higher in rural than urban and metropolitan areas, according to research published in the Feb. 19 issue of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Age-Adjusted Suicide Rates Decreased From 2018 to 2019 in U.S.
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- From 1999 through 2018, there was an increase in age-adjusted suicide rates, followed by a significant decrease from 2018 to 2019, according to a February data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Mortality Highest  for Asians, Hispanic/Latinos With Lupus
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- Standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) of observed-to-expected deaths are increased for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and are especially high for Asians and Hispanic/Latinos, according to research published... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Socioeconomic Status Tied to Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- Low socioeconomic status (SES), high social vulnerability index (SVI), and racial/ethnic minority are associated with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), according to a study published online Feb. 18 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Lenvatinib Plus Pembrolizumab Tops Sunitinib in Advanced RCC
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- For first-line treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma, progression-free and overall survival are significantly longer with lenvatinib plus pembrolizumab versus sunitinib, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Genetic Mutations May Add to Racial Disparity in Child B-ALL
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- Hispanic/Latino (H/L) children with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) have an increased incidence of IKZF1 deletion and IGH-CRLF2 translocation, according to a letter to the editor published online Feb. 2 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Scoring Tool Predicts Seven-Day Stroke Risk After TIA
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- The Canadian Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Score effectively stratifies seven-day stroke risk among emergency department patients with TIA, according to a study published online Feb. 4 in The BMJ. Jeffrey J. Perry, M.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

COVID-19 Death Count Varies With Race of Nursing Home Residents
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- Nursing homes with the lowest proportion of White residents experience higher COVID-19 death counts, according to a study published online Feb. 10 in JAMA Network Open. Rebecca J. Gorges, Ph.D., and R. Tamara Konetzka,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

T2DM in Middle Age Ups Mortality Risk in COVID-19 Infection
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- Mortality risk from infection with COVID-19 among middle-aged adults with type 2 diabetes is elevated compared with adults without diabetes and is the equivalent of adding 20 years of chronological age to assessing overall... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Discharge to Survival After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Lower for Women
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- For patients successfully resuscitated from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, discharge to survival is significantly lower among women, according to a study published in the Feb. 16 issue of Circulation. Purav Mody, M.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

White Matter Hyperintensities Characterized in Dementia
THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2021 -- Volumes of white matter hyperintensities (WMH) are larger in behavioral-variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) than in Alzheimer disease (AD), and larger volumes are associated with disease severity in bvFTD, according to... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 18, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Mortality Lower for Veterans Receiving Posttransplant Care in VA
THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2021 -- Veterans who receive all their post-kidney transplant care within the Veterans Health Administration have reduced mortality, according to a study published online Feb. 18 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 18, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Many U.S. Troops Refusing COVID-19 Vaccination
THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2021 -- Thousands of U.S. military personnel are refusing or delaying COVID-19 vaccination, even as service members are being deployed to help give shots at vaccination centers nationwide. Up to two-thirds of troops who were... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 18, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Millions of Counterfeit N95 Masks Seized
THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2021 -- More than 10 million counterfeit N95 masks have been confiscated by U.S. officials in recent weeks. The seizures were made under an ongoing investigation into bogus masks sold in at least five states to hospitals, medical... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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