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Patients with Class I Obesity Still Benefit from Weight-Loss Surgery

Patients with Class I Obesity Still Benefit from Weight-Loss Surgery

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People with class I obesity, who are generally not eligible for bariatric surgery, saw gains from weight-loss surgery, a researcher reported. Patients with BMI 30-35 lost up to 20% of their initial BMI, and were 45% more likely to be in remission from type 2 diabetes, 2 years after either gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy,…
Let’s Recognize Childhood COVID as the Crisis It Is

Let’s Recognize Childhood COVID as the Crisis It Is

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COVID-19 demonstrates that infectious diseases needn't be extraordinarily lethal to be devastating to public health. With some exception, in any given child, the most probable outcome of COVID-19 is, thankfully, a complete and uncomplicated recovery. But the calculus of risk changes drastically when considered from a public health lens, especially with considerations unique to children.…
‘Stand Up for What’s Right’ –Button Issues

‘Stand Up for What’s Right’ –Button Issues

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The opening session of the Special Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates virtual meeting began with a moment of silence, along with an image of the names of the many physicians who died during the pandemic appearing on-screen. "No one has shouldered more in this pandemic than our courageous colleagues on…
Bariatric Surgery Tied to Decreased Stroke Risk Out to 5 Years

Bariatric Surgery Tied to Decreased Stroke Risk Out to 5 Years

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Individuals with obesity who opted for bariatric surgery to reduce their weight appeared to get an added benefit of a markedly reduced risk of stroke, a difference that can be measured as early as a year after undergoing the procedure, researchers reported. Using Mariner, a national all-payer claims database, Amin Andalib, MD, of McGill University/Montreal…
COVID Takes Heavy Toll on International Med School Grads

COVID Takes Heavy Toll on International Med School Grads

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Graduates of international medical schools practicing in the U.S. were more likely to die of COVID-19 than their numbers in the physician workforce would suggest, according to a study that relied partly on data collected by MedPage Today. Among 132 physicians believed to have died from COVID-19 during the pandemic, 59 were international medical graduates…
Cancer Patients See High Seroconversion Rates After COVID Vax

Cancer Patients See High Seroconversion Rates After COVID Vax

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Patients with cancer who were vaccinated against COVID-19 achieved high seroconversion rates, a single-center study found. The rate of seroconversion was especially high among patients with solid tumors (98%). However, patients with hematological malignancies achieved lower rates (85%), particularly those who had undergone highly immunosuppressive therapies, reported Balazs Halmos, MD, MS, of Montefiore Medical Center…
Clinical Challenge: HER2-Positive Breast Cancer in Older Women

Clinical Challenge: HER2-Positive Breast Cancer in Older Women

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The median age at breast cancer diagnosis is 63, with about 20% of new cases occurring in women older than 75. HER2-positive breast cancer is less common in older women compared with younger women, but still occurs in about 10% to 15% of these patients, said Erin Roesch, MD, of Cleveland Clinic. The use of…
Tweaking Maintenance Options in Metastatic CRC

Tweaking Maintenance Options in Metastatic CRC

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Two maintenance strategies for metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) reduced the risk of disease progression or death following first-line chemotherapy, a pair of randomized trials from Europe found. In the German PANAMA study, adding panitumumab (Vectibix) to maintenance treatment with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) plus leucovorin improved median progression-free survival (PFS) from 5.7 months to 8.8 months in…
Blue Star Trading Recalls Children’s Fishing Toy Games Due to Violation of Federal Lead Content Ban; Lead Poisoning Hazard; Sold Exclusively on Amazon.com (Recall Alert)

Blue Star Trading Recalls Children’s Fishing Toy Games Due to Violation of Federal Lead...

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Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the remedies identified in recall press releases may not be available at this time. Consumers should check with recalling firms for further details. It is important to remember that CPSC and recalling firms urge consumers not to use recalled products. Recalled Fishing Hero toy gameModel number…
BRP Recalls All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) Due to Crash Hazard (Recall Alert)

BRP Recalls All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) Due to Crash Hazard (Recall Alert)

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Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the remedies identified in recall press releases may not be available at this time. Consumers should check with recalling firms for further details. It is important to remember that CPSC and recalling firms urge consumers not to use recalled products. Recalled 2021 Can-Am Outlander 450Recalled 2021…