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China confirms first human case of H10N3 bird flu strain

China confirms first human case of H10N3 bird flu strain

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Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain China reported the world's first human infection of the H10N3 bird flu strain on Tuesday but said the risk of it spreading widely among people was low. A 41-year-old man was admitted to hospital with fever symptoms in the eastern city of Zhenjiang on April 28 and was diagnosed with H10N3…
Jesse Tyler Ferguson Reveals He Had a ‘Bit of Skin Cancer’ Removed

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Reveals He Had a ‘Bit of Skin Cancer’ Removed

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson is reminding people to keep up with their skin cancer screenings and sun protection after a skin cancer scare. In a new Instagram post, the actor shared a photo of himself at the office of his dermatologist after getting a cancerous mole removed. “Reminder to stay up to date on your dermatology checks…especially…
Covid Was a Tipping Point for Telehealth. If Some Have Their Way, Virtual Visits Are Here to Stay.

Covid Was a Tipping Point for Telehealth. If Some Have Their Way, Virtual Visits...

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By Noam N. Levey June 7, 2021 We encourage organizations to republish our content, free of charge. Here’s what we ask: You must credit us as the original publisher, with a hyperlink to our khn.org site. If possible, please include the original author(s) and “Kaiser Health News” in the byline. Please preserve the hyperlinks in…
Sleep Disorders Tied to Dementia in Patients With TBI

Sleep Disorders Tied to Dementia in Patients With TBI

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Patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who also had a sleep disorder had an increased risk of developing dementia, a longitudinal analysis showed. Over more than 4 years, TBI patients with a diagnosed sleep disorder were 25% more likely to develop dementia than TBI patients without a sleep disorder (HR 1.25, 95% CI 1.15-1.36), reported…
Make the Diagnosis: When the Pantry is Empty

Make the Diagnosis: When the Pantry is Empty

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Presentation A 50-year-old woman went to urgent care because she hadn’t been feeling well for several weeks. A widespread rash of hyperkeratotic follicular papules or, as she said, “rough skin,” had developed. She was also experiencing ocular pain, significant night blindness, and chronic diarrhea. She lamented that being on disability, she hadn’t been able to…
Drug Overdose Deaths Up 30% in Pandemic Year, Government Data Show

Drug Overdose Deaths Up 30% in Pandemic Year, Government Data Show

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Mortality from all types of drug overdoses increased by a whopping 30% over a 1-year period, Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), reported at the FDA Science Forum. Data from the National Center for Health Statistics from October 2019 to October 2020 shows that mortality from overdoses from all…
Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial Still Sees No Death Reduction

Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial Still Sees No Death Reduction

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Long-term follow-up of a huge randomized trial found that ovarian cancer screening with transvaginal ultrasound alone or in combination with CA125 blood testing did not reduce mortality from the disease compared with no screening, though use of CA125 detected cancers at an earlier stage. At a median follow-up of 16.3 years, incidence of ovarian or…
Zooming Into the Statehouse: Nursing Home Residents Use New Digital Skills to Push for Changes

Zooming Into the Statehouse: Nursing Home Residents Use New Digital Skills to Push for...

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Patty Bausch testified remotely before a Connecticut state legislative hearing on Feb. 23, 2021. (Connecticut General Assembly Aging Committee public hearing via YouTube) Patty Bausch isn’t a Medicaid expert, lawyer or medical professional. But she still thinks Connecticut legislators need her input when they consider bills affecting people like her — the roughly 18,000 residents…
New World, New Interns, New Hope

New World, New Interns, New Hope

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Well, it's that time of year again. Or is it? As happens every year, the new class of interns is arriving to begin their week-long orientation. Next week they start on their clinical rotations -- on the hospital wards or in outpatient clinics. This is a rite of passage that has happened year after year,…
‘We Stared at the Data for a Long Time Partly in Disbelief’: What We Heard This Week

‘We Stared at the Data for a Long Time Partly in Disbelief’: What We...

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"We stared at the data for a long time partly in disbelief." -- Douglas Mann, MD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, on how sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto) didn't appear to help patients with advanced heart failure when compared with an angiotensin receptor blocker alone. "I think asking people to just sort of go…