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Not having health insurance is riskier and more costly than investing in one. You may be healthy and free from medical conditions now, but what about when an unexpected situation strikes? As not everyone can easily afford health insurance, at least you now have the option to apply for a short-term health insurance plan instead. What is Short-Term
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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) has suffered from underdiagnosis, in part because not enough clinicians know how to handle patients with BPD. “They don’t have the tools to know how to manage these situations effectively,” Lois W. Choi-Kain, MEd, MD, director of the Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Mass., said in an interview. As
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Note that some links may require registration or subscription. Johnson & Johnson said a booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine given 2 months after the first dose improved efficacy against symptomatic illness to 94%. In November, the Biden administration will lift restrictions on international travelers from 33 countries who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (New
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. COVID-19 has now killed at least 675,000 Americans, a death toll that has surpassed the estimates of the number of Americans who died during the 1918 influenza pandemic, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. Although the raw numbers match,
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The delta variant of the novel coronavirus has brought forth massive spikes in COVID-19 transmissions in the country and across the globe. And though children are also seeing a surge in cases, there is no cause for alarm among the younger population.  COVID-19 In Kids In the U.S., transmissions involving children under 12 have soared
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A majority of patients with Parkinson disease (PD) experiencing “off” episodes  successfully tolerated titration to an effective and tolerable dose of sublingual apomorphine film (SL-apo; Kynmobi, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals) without the use of antiemetic medication, new research shows. “The bottom line was that the majority of patients did not have dose-limiting nausea or vomiting,” co-investigator William
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Adjuvant pembrolizumab (Keytruda) following complete melanoma resection could soon move to an earlier stage in the management of high-risk disease, suggest results from KEYNOTE 716. However, the results raise many questions, says an expert invited to discuss the new data. Adjuvant pembrolizumab is already approved in the USA for use in patients with melanoma with
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The visual disorder amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye,” can be impossible to treat once children reach adolescence. Now, a new Israel study links cases in older teenagers to higher rates of poverty, below-average cognitive scores, immigrant status, and obesity.   The research suggests that poorer children need more visual screening, especially in the United States
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Details of what works, and what doesn’t, in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) come from long-term follow-up of the phase 3 randomized BrighTNess trial. The initial improvement that was seen in pathologic complete response (pCR) rates with the addition of carboplatin to paclitaxel and standard neoadjuvant chemotherapy translated into improved event-free survival (EFS) rates in patients
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On September 1, Texas Senate Bill 8 went into effect. While the law’s stated goal is to severely limit a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion in Texas, it also designates private citizens to sue not just abortion providers, but anyone “aiding and abetting” a woman seeking to obtain an abortion after 6 weeks of
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New evidence suggesting that the benefit of ticagrelor outweighs the risk when added to aspirin for 30 days after a mild-to-moderate ischemic stroke or high-risk transient ischemic attack (TIA) has been reported from a secondary analysis of the THALES trial. The new analysis was presented at the recent European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC) and published
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Latest figures have shown that obesity cases are on the rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Did the global health crisis play a role in the surge in obesity cases in sixteen states?  The Latest Figures The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Wednesday that there has been an increase in the number of
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Subclinical or preclinical interstitial lung disease in patients with connective tissue diseases is not a benign entity, and many patients may experience progression of lung fibrosis before a diagnosis of ILD is made, investigators caution. Dr Anna-Maria Hoffmann-Vold Among patients with connective tissue disease assessed with baseline and follow-up high-resolution CT scans for ILD, nearly
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The largest nonprofit health system in Texas has secured a temporary restraining order against cardiologist Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH, a COVID-19 vaccine skeptic who allegedly continued to claim an affiliation with Baylor Scott & White Health months after he entered
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A new study is shedding more light on what could be causing severe COVID-19 infection in SARS-CoV-2 patients.  Stanford researchers revealed this week their interesting discovery upon examining a number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. In a press release published on Stanford Medicine’s website Tuesday, the team indicated that they found self-attacking antibodies in 1 in
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Muscle symptoms, such as cramps, pain, and other discomfort many patients blame on their recently prescribed statin, usually aren’t caused by the drug at all, but by the expectation of such adverse effects, conclude researchers behind the randomized SAMSON trial, now fully published. It’s common for patients to stop taking their statin because of muscle
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An artificial intelligence-based system missed fewer adenomas and found more first-pass adenomas per colonoscopy than high-definition white light (HDWL) colonoscopies, a multicenter randomized trial found. In an analysis of 223 patients, the adenoma miss rate among those who initially underwent a computer aided detection (CADe) colonoscopy was significantly lower than those who initially underwent HDWL
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  Surfing the web today, you may have noticed that the Google Doodle is a nurse, a Latin American one at that. In keeping with the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the tech giant today honored Panamanian American nurse and educator Ildaura Murillo-Rohde, who helped start the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). According
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It seems like everywhere you turn at the grocery store or your favorite fast-food restaurant, new plant-based products are popping up. This is not a real surprise, given the growth in popularity of plant-based eating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plant-based food sales were up 27% in 2020, topping $7 billion, according to the Plant Based Foods Association.
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“Are there specific ways empathy will be tested in the standardized patient exam?” a medical school classmate of mine earnestly asked following a lecture years ago. I laughed, thinking that teaching empathy was impossible. As an optimistic and naive medical student, I had thought of myself as naturally empathetic. During those days, I was able
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The Chief Executive Officer of a high-volume national nurse staffing firm based in Overland Park, Kansas, has stepped down after questions were raised about his support of an antimask group reportedly started by his 19-year-old son. Brian Cleary had been CEO
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