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‘You’re Still Doing WHAT After Lung Cancer Surgery?!’

‘You’re Still Doing WHAT After Lung Cancer Surgery?!’

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It's worth taking every opportunity to push smoking cessation even to the most dyed-in-the-wool smokers, a researcher suggested. In a retrospective study involving nearly 7,500 patients in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system listed as current or former smokers just before undergoing surgery for stage I lung cancer, a solid 43% were still smoking --…
FDA Releases Proposed Rule for Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

FDA Releases Proposed Rule for Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

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WASHINGTON -- The FDA on Tuesday issued a proposed rule to implement the sale of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids to patients with mild-to-moderate hearing loss, with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra saying the rule "takes us another step closer to the goal of making hearing aids more accessible and affordable." "For some…
Miami School Tells Parents to Keep Vaccinated Kids at Home

Miami School Tells Parents to Keep Vaccinated Kids at Home

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Earlier this year, Centner Academy in Miami said that it would not allow teachers vaccinated against COVID-19 in its classrooms, citing the "vaccine-shedding" myth as the main reason. Now, the private institution -- whose classrooms currently range from preschool to middle school -- is telling parents of vaccinated students to keep their children at home.…
Tread Carefully in Choosing the Next FDA Leader

Tread Carefully in Choosing the Next FDA Leader

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Last week, a number of news outlets reported that Robert Califf, MD, may again be nominated to serve as FDA commissioner. Califf's prior term as FDA commissioner was brief; he was nominated during the final year of the Obama administration, serving from February 2016 to January 2017. During that time, he made one decision of…
CDC: Pfizer Vax Kept Teens Out of the Hospital for COVID

CDC: Pfizer Vax Kept Teens Out of the Hospital for COVID

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Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty) was 93% effective among adolescents at preventing hospitalization, even during the Delta surge, researchers found. Among 179 patients ages 12-18 with COVID-19, 173 were unvaccinated, including 77 patients admitted to the ICU, 29 patients who were critically ill, and two that died, reported Samantha Olson, MPH, of the CDC, and colleagues,…
Higher Mortality With ECMO in Second COVID-19 Wave

Higher Mortality With ECMO in Second COVID-19 Wave

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The risk of dying while being treated for acute respiratory distress syndrome due to COVID-19 with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) -- often a last resort -- more than doubled during the second wave of the pandemic, researchers reported. Of 28 patients placed on ECMO from April through September 2020, nine (32%) died. Among the 13…
A Better Option for Preserving Fertility in Gynecologic Cancer Patients?

A Better Option for Preserving Fertility in Gynecologic Cancer Patients?

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In vitro maturation of immature eggs may be an effective method of fertility preservation for patients with gynecologic cancers, according to a prospective observational study. In a cohort of 76 women with ovarian, cervical, or endometrial cancers, among others, cumulus-oocyte complexes -- or immature eggs -- were retrieved in 82%, with an average maturation rate…
Eradication of Malaria Is Within Reach

Eradication of Malaria Is Within Reach

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It is now possible to conceptualize in our lifetime the eradication of malaria. That's because the World Health Organization (WHO) is "recommending widespread use of the RTS,S/AS01 (RTS,S) malaria vaccine among children in sub-Saharan Africa" and other regions affected by the deadly, mosquito-borne parasite. Ensuring that happens, however, will take as much global coordination as…
Let’s Focus More on What We Eat, Not How Much

Let’s Focus More on What We Eat, Not How Much

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The First Law of Thermodynamics, formulated in the 1800s, says that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. For the human body, this principle of physics means that if you consume more calories than you burn (or excrete), the excess is stored in the body (mainly as fat). Variations on this "energy balance" principle form…
Invasive Surgery for Tubal Ectopic Pregnancy More Common in Women of Color

Invasive Surgery for Tubal Ectopic Pregnancy More Common in Women of Color

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Over the past decade, Black and Hispanic patients were consistently more likely to receive invasive surgical procedures to manage a tubal ectopic pregnancy than white patients, according to a retrospective cohort study. In fact, from 2010 to 2019, these women of color were nearly twice as likely to receive open surgery for a tubal ectopic…