Two distinct types of COVID-19-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome identified

Approximately one in four patients hospitalized for the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) associated with severe COVID-19 infections may have a distinct phenotype (disease presentation) or biochemical profile associated with organ dysfunction, blood-clotting abnormalities and greater risk of death than patients with other, seemingly similar forms of the disease, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found. Among 263 patients […]

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Ohio Can Enforce Ban on Down Syndrome Abortions: US Appeals Court

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Ohio can enforce a 2017 law banning abortions when medical tests show that a fetus has Down syndrome. In a 9-7 decision, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said the law did not create a substantial obstacle to obtaining abortions, was reasonably related to Ohio’s legitimate interests, […]

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COVID-19 in Children: New Cases on the Rise Again

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The number of new COVID-19 cases in children rose for the third time in the last 4 weeks, reaching the highest point since mid-February, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.   Just over 73,000 cases were reported […]

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J&J COVID-19 vaccine in limbo as U.S. panel delays vote on resuming shots

(Reuters) -Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine remained in limbo on Wednesday as a U.S. health panel called for more data before making a decision on how and whether to resume use of the one-dose shot, putting off a vote for a week or more.FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, “COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only” and a medical […]

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U.S. advisory panel wants more data before ending pause on J&J COVID-19 vaccine

FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, “COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only” and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic(Reuters) – A U.S. health panel on Wednesday agreed they wanted more data before voting to resume vaccinations with Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 […]

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‘Magic mushroom’ compound may work just as well as antidepressants, small study finds

Psilocybin, the hallucinogen found in “magic mushrooms,” may work just as well as a common antidepressant drug at treating symptoms of depression, a small new study suggests. The study found that people who took psilocybin twice under the supervision of psychiatrists showed similar reductions in depression symptoms — based on scores on a survey — compared with people who took […]

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A panel of independent experts advising the C.D.C. will vote on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause.

By The New York Times An advisory committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet on Wednesday afternoon to discuss whether the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine should remain paused while a possible link to rare blood clots is investigated. The emergency meeting follows the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement on Tuesday that it was studying six […]

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Has Texas achieved herd immunity? “There is no way on God’s green earth,” an expert says.

By Denise Grady Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas may have been overly optimistic on Sunday when he said on Fox News that his state could be “very close” to herd immunity — the point where so much of the population is immune to Covid-19, either from being vaccinated or previously infected, that the virus can no longer spread. “When you […]

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