For new patients with paralysis, tighter blood pressure management may lead to more mobility

Patients with new spinal cord injuries whose blood pressure is maintained within a newly defined range during surgery may stand a better chance of regaining some mobility and functionality—even in patients with the most devastating injuries—according to a new study by researchers at UC San Francisco. For one patient in particular, a father of two injured in a surfing accident, […]

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Patient economic burden for cancer care $21.1 billon in 2019

(HealthDay)—Patient economic burden associated with cancer care was projected to be $21.1 billion in 2019, according to a report published online Oct. 26 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Y. Robin Yabroff, Ph.D., from the American Cancer Society in Kennesaw, Georgia, and colleagues quantified patient economic burden, including out-of-pocket and patient-time costs, associated with cancer care for the […]

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COVID vaccines for 5 to 11 year olds are inching closer. Here’s what we know so far

Australian children aged five to 11 could begin receiving the Pfizer vaccine by the end of November, with the nation’s regulator currently reviewing the health and safety data. Pfizer submitted a partial application to Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) this week and will supply the remaining data over the next two weeks. The TGA will then review all the information […]

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Mistreatment Common for LGBTQ+ Surgical Residents, Survey Finds

Surgical residents who identity as LGBTQ+ are particularly vulnerable to bullying, sexual harassment, and discrimination, according to a study published October 20 in JAMA Surgery. They are also more likely to consider leaving their residency program than their non-LGBTQ+ peers. Dr Yue-Yung Hu Although these issues are not unique to the surgical specialty, “I think it’s really important to acknowledge, […]

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A new protein treatment for glaucoma?

A Northwestern Medicine study in mice has identified new treatment targets for glaucoma, including preventing a severe pediatric form of glaucoma, as well as uncovering a possible new class of therapy for the most common form of glaucoma in adults. In people with high pressure glaucoma, fluid in the eye doesn’t properly drain and builds up pressure on the optic […]

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New treatments for Alzheimer’s and stroke revealed in several new studies

The results of three new studies indicate there could be new treatments for Alzheimer’s and stroke. One study reveals a possible link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s. Two other studies explore how the substance sovateltide shows promise for treating neurodegenerative disorders. The research data will be presented virtually October 4–7 at the Seventeenth International Conference on Endothelin (ET-17), hosted and […]

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EMS ketamine use for agitated patients on cocaine increases intubation 5.75-fold

Patients with excited delirium who are combative, aggressive or agitated before being transported to the hospital or in an emergency department setting require immediate treatment for their safety and others. In the past, physical restraint was the predominant method used to control a patient during transport. However, due to safety issues, prehospital ketamine—a powerful sedative—is now commonly used to restrain […]

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Sydney gets ‘blueprint for freedom’ as virus cases fall

Vaccinated Sydney residents will finally emerge from a lengthy COVID lockdown by mid-October, Australian officials said Monday, outlining a three-stage “blueprint for freedom” as case numbers fell in the city. Stay-at-home orders are set to be lifted in Sydney and surrounding New South Wales when the double-dose vaccination rate hits 70 percent, with state premier Gladys Berejiklian saying “quite confidently” […]

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Patient mortality lower for hospitalists working more days

(HealthDay)—Hospitalized Medicare patients treated by physicians who work more clinical days have lower 30-day mortality, according to a study published online Sept. 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Hirotaka Kato, Ph.D., from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles, and colleagues examined the association between the number of days worked clinically per year by […]

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