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Child Mental Health Emergency; Lybalvi Hits Shelves; Vanessa Bryant Psych Eval

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 3:00pm
(MedPage Today) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children's Hospital Association have joined forces to declare a national emergency in children's mental health, largely due...

Take Doctors Off the 'Fee-for-Service Treadmill,' Senator Says

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 2:30pm
(MedPage Today) -- WASHINGTON -- Doctors need to be taken off the "fee-for-service treadmill" so they can give patients better care, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said Wednesday at a hearing held by the Senate Finance Committee on the role...

ACIP Streamlines Pneumococcal Vaccine Recs

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 2:15pm
(MedPage Today) -- Streamlined pneumococcal vaccine recommendations, and recombinant zoster vaccine (Shingrix) for immunocompromised adults, were endorsed by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) in unanimous votes on Wednesday...

Analysis Confirms Benefits of CDK4/6 Inhibition in Early Breast Cancer

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 2:00pm
(MedPage Today) -- Adding a CDK4/6 inhibitor to adjuvant endocrine therapy significantly improved invasive disease-free survival (IDFS) and decreased the risk of distant relapse in early hormone receptor (HR)-positive/HER2-negative breast cancer...

What to Know About the New Delta Sublineage

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 1:45pm
(MedPage Today) -- As the now ubiquitous Delta variant continues to mutate, it's spawned a new descendant that's spread in the U.K. and made its way to the U.S. The Delta sublineage, known as AY.4.2, is characterized by two "S-gene mutations...

FDA Greenlights 'Mix and Match' COVID Boosters

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 1:40pm
(MedPage Today) -- The FDA authorized booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccines and also authorized a "mix and match" or heterologous approach to boosters for all three available vaccines (including Pfizer's) in the...

LGBTQ+ Surgery Residents Say Mistreatment Is Common

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 1:30pm
(MedPage Today) -- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ+) residents in general surgery training programs across the U.S. reported more instances of mistreatment than their non-LGBTQ+ colleagues...

Advanced Fibrosis Tied to Most Severe Outcomes in NAFLD

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 1:00pm
(MedPage Today) -- In patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), advanced fibrosis was associated with a greater risk for liver decompensation and all-cause mortality compared to those with lower stages of fibrosis, a prospective...

Ivermectin for COVID-19 Linked to Severe Toxicity in Small Study

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 1:00pm
(MedPage Today) -- Ivermectin taken to prevent or treat COVID-19 led to toxic effects, including severe episodes of confusion, ataxia, seizures, and hypotension, a small observational study showed. Of 21 callers to the Oregon Poison Center in...

Donor Kidneys Further Out of Reach for Kids Regardless of Race

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 1:00pm
(MedPage Today) -- The revamped U.S. kidney prioritization system appeared to better even the field in pediatric kidney transplant wait times -- by making organs similarly harder to get for children across races and ethnicities, according to...

Common Gene Variant May Predict Peritoneal Dialysis Outcomes

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 1:00pm
(MedPage Today) -- A common genetic variant predicted poor outcomes from peritoneal dialysis, suggesting a potential factor for patient selection and treatment, researchers found. Variants in AQP1, the gene that encodes for a key water transport...

Pan-PPAR Agonist 'Promising' for NASH Patients

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 1:00pm
(MedPage Today) -- Patients with active nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) who received the investigational oral drug lanifibranor (IVA337) showed greater reduction in disease activity compared to placebo, a randomized phase IIb trial found....

What Do COVID Antibody Levels Really Mean?

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 12:30pm
(MedPage Today) -- As more people are considering COVID-19 booster shots, some have turned to commercially available antibody tests to help guide their decisions -- but many don't know what to make of the values on their readouts. Even in the...

National Nurses Union Wants to Fight Back

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 12:00pm
(MedPage Today) -- Deep into a pandemic that has drained, harmed, and even killed many of their workforce, a national nurses union is resolving to start fighting back. National Nurses United (NNU) drafted resolutions calling for Medicare for All...

Azithromycin Thwarts Exacerbations in Asthma Patients

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 11:30am
(MedPage Today) -- Exacerbations were eliminated in about one-third of adult asthma patients treated prophylactically with the macrolide azithromycin, a researcher reported. In the real-world study presented at CHEST 2021, the American College...

Focus on the Patient, Not Only the Disease

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 11:00am
(MedPage Today) -- From a young age, we knew that doctors saved lives. As pre-meds, we were able to shadow physicians and appreciate how they used their knowledge to cure disease. During the pre-clinical years, we dove deep into the medical literature...

White House Preps COVID Vaccine Rollout for Younger Kids

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 10:30am
(MedPage Today) -- The Biden administration is moving full-steam ahead to prepare the nation to give the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty) to children ages 5 to 11, in anticipation of an FDA decision in the coming weeks, the White House...

Longer Overall Survival in Metastatic TNBC With Pembrolizumab

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 10:00am
(MedPage Today) -- Pembrolizumab (Keytruda) added to first-line chemotherapy significantly improved overall survival (OS) for patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) whose tumors express a certain level of PD-L1, researchers...

IDH2 Inhibitor Combo Boosts Response Rates in Newly Diagnosed AML

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 9:30am
(MedPage Today) -- Adding an isocitrate dehydrogenase 2 (IDH2) inhibitor to azacitidine significantly improved response rates for patients with newly diagnosed IDH2-mutant acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who were ineligible for intensive chemotherapy...

Sexual Assault Tied to Infertility Risk Among Veterans

Med Page Today - October 20, 2021 - 9:00am
(MedPage Today) -- Among U.S. military veterans, experiences of sexual violence may be tied to infertility later on in life, according to a retrospective cohort study. In women, 15.5% of those experiencing a sexual assault throughout their life...
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