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Prompt diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is essential to reduce mortality, and improving education of primary care providers can help, suggests a new white paper. The nonspecific nature of the symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) especially in early stages, and the relative rarity of IPF compared with other conditions that have similar symptoms, may
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When it comes to long COVID in children, physicians should focus on mitigating symptoms and encouraging multidisciplinary rehabilitation designed to improve age-appropriate development, according to new clinical guidance from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R). Long COVID can present differently in children, so standard practices for managing the condition in adults should
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. New COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions in children continue to decline, while the slow pace of vaccinations has not deterred manufacturers from seeking new emergency authorizations. There were just over 55,000 new cases reported during the week of Sept. 16-22, marking
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Stress can affect how people behave in a relationship, but how does it impact the way individuals see their significant others? Stressful life experiences may make someone more attuned to their partner’s negative behaviors, researchers have found. For their new study, published Monday in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, the researchers looked at the impact
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Advancing health equity continues to be a key initiative for the executive branch, as the Biden administration recently evidenced through initiation of its Equity Action Plans, which outline over 300 strategies for addressing systemic barriers that negatively impact underrepresented communities. Prioritizing effective change to include consideration of equitable healthcare for minorities is also a goal
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A look at the top cardiovascular disease (CVD) diagnoses in US emergency departments (EDs) suggests that many heart-related emergencies are due to poorly controlled high blood pressure. In a study of more than 20 million ED visits, about one third of CVD-related ED visits in the United States were for hypertension-related conditions. Overall, 13% of ED
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Risks Arise When Physicians Befriend Patients Physicians sometimes befriend patients, socialize with them, and become close. But professionals caution that such relationships raise ethical issues and could affect patient care. Friendships between physicians and patients are not unusual: 29% of 1600 physician respondents to Medscape’s 2022 Physician Friendships: The Joys and Challenges survey said that they
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There’s been growing concern on how COVID-19 could have significantly increased the risk of children developing type 1 diabetes.  Based on new research that analyzed electronic health records of over 1 million patients aged 18 and below, children infected with SARS-CoV-2 showed a higher risk for type 1 diabetes.  “Incidence of new-onset type 1 diabetes
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Despite a promising start, extended follow-up from the SUGAR trial found that the Cre8 EVO drug-eluting stent could not maintain superiority over the Resolute Onyx DES at 2 years in patients with diabetes undergoing revascularization for coronary artery disease. The Cre8 EVO stent (Alvimedica) is not available in the US but, as previously reported, caused
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Multiple drug companies have recently withdrawn their respective PARP inhibitors for heavily pretreated ovarian cancer patients, citing data showing an increased risk for death. In a September 14 letter to healthcare professionals, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced the voluntary withdrawal of niraparib (Zejula) for fourth-line treatment in adults with advanced ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer
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An important message for former smokers: You can overcome a history of vice through virtue. People with a history of smoking who exercise regularly, eat nutritious foods, and maintain a healthy weight can reduce their risk for premature death by almost 30% compared with those who don’t adopt such good habits, researchers have found.  “Engaging
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said this week that based on the latest data on pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S., about 80% of the cases were actually preventable.  The public health agency published Monday the data on 1,018 pregnancy-related deaths among residents of 36 states from 2017-2019 collected through the Maternal Mortality
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Using artificial intelligence (AI), researchers have developed an algorithm that can help improve the prediction of colorectal cancer (CRC) recurrence. The QuantCRC algorithm can identify patients with CRC who might be able to skip chemotherapy, given a low probability of recurrence, and identify those patients at high risk for recurrence who may benefit from more
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