As Virus Cases Rise, Another Contagion Spreads Among the Vaccinated: Anger

As coronavirus cases resurge across the country, many inoculated Americans are losing patience with vaccine holdouts who, they say, are neglecting a civic duty or clinging to conspiracy theories and misinformation even as new patients arrive in emergency rooms and the nation renews mask advisories. The country seemed to be exiting the pandemic; barely a month ago, a sense of […]

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Moderate drinking associated with lower risk of heart attack and death in those with CVD

Drinking up to 105 grams of alcohol per week—equivalent to 13 UK units of alcohol, less than six pints of medium-strength beer or just over a bottle of wine—may be associated with a decreased risk of heart attack, stroke, angina or death among those with cardiovascular disease (CVD). The findings are published in the open access journal BMC Medicine. Chengyi […]

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With virus surge, U.S. to keep travel restrictions for now

WASHINGTON — The United States served notice Monday that it will keep existing COVID-19 restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant. It was the latest sign that the White House is having to recalibrate its thinking around the coronavirus pandemic as the more infectious variant surges […]

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Wearable Warning Device Reduces Collisions for the Blind and Visually Impaired

(Reuters Health) – A wearable computerized vision device may reduce collisions among blind and visually impaired people who use a long cane and/or guide dog, a new study suggests. In a monthlong trial involving 31 adults with severe visual impairment, the electronic collision-avoidance device reduced contacts with hazards by 37%, according to the report in JAMA Ophthalmology. “The study shows […]

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Louisianas COVID-19 Surge Starts to Stall Other Surgeries

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — One of Louisiana’s largest hospitals announced Monday it has temporarily stopped taking inpatients for nonemergency surgeries, as it grapples with a steadily increasing influx of COVID-19 patients amid the state’s latest spike in cases. Baton Rouge-based Our Lady of the Lake […]

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Boosting the prevalence and power of female health IT executives

Women make up 80 percent of all healthcare buying decisions and compose 65 percent of the U.S. healthcare workforce. Even so, only 25-30% percent of healthcare executives – and just 13% of CEOs – are female. The numbers suggest a persistent lack of female representation at the top levels of healthcare organizations, but there are changes in motion, backed by […]

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Onsite Contraceptive Services Curb Unintended Pregnancies in Women With Opioid Use Disorder

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For women with opioid use disorder (OUD) at risk for unintended pregnancy, onsite contraceptive services are likely more effective than usual care, but adding incentives to such services is the most cost-effective and beneficial intervention, researchers say. “Clinicians should be aware that many women with OUD are interested in more effective contraceptive methods, including long-acting […]

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Medical groups call for mandatory vaccination of U.S. health care workers.

A group of nearly 60 major medical organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association, called on Monday for mandatory vaccination of health care workers. As the highly contagious Delta variant drives a new surge of coronavirus cases, vaccination is an ethical obligation for health care workers, the groups said in a joint statement. “Due to the […]

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WHO Urges Collaboration on Virus Origin After China Rejects Inquiry Plan

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Friday for all countries to work together to investigate the origins of the coronavirus that caused COVID-19, a day after China rejected plans for more checks on labs and markets in its territory. The first human cases of COVID-19 were reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December […]

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