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Vaccine Equity Is ‘North Star,’ Feds Say, and Clinics Are Key to Fair Distribution

Vaccine Equity Is ‘North Star,’ Feds Say, and Clinics Are Key to Fair Distribution

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Patients at a community health center in Nashville wait for their vaccine appointments on a recent morning. This clinic, part of Neighborhood Health, started receiving doses from the state of Tennessee before the Biden administration's announcement that similar community health centers will start getting direct shipments. (Blake Farmer/WPLN News) Mary Barnett is one of about…
Teen drug abuse: Help your teen avoid drugs

Teen drug abuse: Help your teen avoid drugs

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Teen drug abuse: Help your teen avoid drugsTeen drug abuse can have a major impact on your child's life. Find out how to help your teen make healthy choices and avoid using drugs.By Mayo Clinic Staff Teens who experiment with drugs put their health and safety at risk. Help prevent teen drug abuse by talking…
NYC Officials Downplay Concern Over New Coronavirus Variant

NYC Officials Downplay Concern Over New Coronavirus Variant

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mayor Bill de Blasio's chief medical adviser on Thursday downplayed the results of two studies that may suggest a new coronavirus variant found in New York City in November will be more resistant to vaccines now being administered. Dr. Jay Varma said it was premature to infer from laboratory results how…
Video: Heart and circulatory system

Video: Heart and circulatory system

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Your heart is a pump. It's a muscular organ about the size of your fist and located slightly left of center in your chest. Together, your heart and blood vessels make up your cardiovascular system, which circulates blood and oxygen around your body. Your heart is divided into four chambers. These include two on the…
Over 200 million vaccine doses administered globally

Over 200 million vaccine doses administered globally

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Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain More than 200 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered in at least 107 countries and territories, according to an AFP count based on official sources Saturday. In total 201,042,149 doses had been given worldwide by 1000 GMT—a figure that does not include the latest data from China and Russia, who…
Common antidepressant may reduce deadly COVID-19 complications

Common antidepressant may reduce deadly COVID-19 complications

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Credit: CC0 Public Domain As mental health professionals are grappling with a wave of pandemic-related anxiety and depression, a physician-researcher at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences is studying whether a commonly prescribed antidepressant might actually fight the effects of the coronavirus itself. Better known by consumers under the brand name…
Guidelines in the Works as ‘Long-Haul’ Patterns Emerge in COVID

Guidelines in the Works as ‘Long-Haul’ Patterns Emerge in COVID

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Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Long-term COVID-19 recovery, aka COVID "long-hauler" syndrome, continues to challenge both clinicians and patients, with evidence on how best to manage the most common symptoms based primarily on cross-sectional studies and anecdotal reports. Until a clearer picture emerges from larger, prospective, and multicenter studies,…
Experts underestimated EHRs’ impact on burnout after HITECH Act

Experts underestimated EHRs’ impact on burnout after HITECH Act

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A study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that policy experts underestimated the impact of widespread electronic health record use on clinician burnout at the time of the HITECH Act's passage in 2009.   The retrospective look examined the discussions at the AMIA's 2009 Annual Health Policy Meeting,…
CDC Says Schools Can Safely Reopen, but Will They?

CDC Says Schools Can Safely Reopen, but Will They?

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Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The CDC on Friday released long-awaited guidance for how public K-12 schools in the United States should reopen, and advice on what to do to stay that way. The 35-page document makes clear the Biden administration's position: "It is critical for…
Every Presidents’ Day Sale That’s Worth Shopping This Long Weekend

Every Presidents’ Day Sale That’s Worth Shopping This Long Weekend

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One of the tiny blessings that 2021 has bestowed upon us is that Presidents' Day, Lunar New Year, and Valentine's Day fall on the same long weekend. For those of you who are coupled up, that means you get to make plans and do cute things for longer. And for single people, you have an…