Immediate drainage no better for infected necrotizing pancreatitis

(HealthDay)—For patients with infected necrotizing pancreatitis, immediate catheter drainage is not superior to postponed catheter drainage with regard to reducing complications, according to a study published in the Oct. 7 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Lotte Boxhoorn, M.D., from the University of Amsterdam, and colleagues conducted a randomized superiority trial involving patients with infected necrotizing pancreatitis who […]

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No justifiable link found between exposure to epidural analgesia and autism

(HealthDay)—Exposure to epidural analgesia during labor seems not to be associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children in Denmark, while a slightly increased risk was seen in a second cohort in British Columbia, Canada, according to two studies published in the Sept. 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Anders Pretzmann Mikkelsen, M.D., from Copenhagen University […]

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A history of blood clots is not usually any reason to avoid the AstraZeneca vaccine

As hematologists, we look after many patients who have had blood clots in the past or take blood thinners. They often ask: “should I have the AstraZeneca vaccine?” The answer is usually a definitive “yes.” The blood clots we’ve seen following the AstraZeneca vaccine are completely different to other types of blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis or a […]

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One year later, no recognition for Denver Health union, but members cite progress on safety and pay

A year after some Denver Health employees announced they were forming a union, the hospital hasn’t agreed to bargain with them, but some working conditions have improved, organizers said. Employees involved in organizing in May 2020 said they lacked protective equipment and sick leave, and that the hospital was cutting their pay while rewarding executives. Paul Paratore, a pharmacist at […]

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No, vaccine side effects don’t tell you how well your immune system will protect you from COVID-19

If someone gets a headache or feels a bit under the weather after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s become common to hear them say something like “Oh, it just means my immune system is really working hard.” On the flip side, when people don’t notice any side effects, they sometimes worry the shot isn’t doing its job or their immune […]

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Baby No. 4? Kourtney Kardashian Reflects on Freezing Her Eggs

Better safe than sorry! While Kourtney Kardashian is uncertain about having more kids, she feels “peace of mind” after freezing her eggs. Planning Ahead! Kenya Moore and More Celebs Open Up About Freezing Embryos “I froze mine and hopefully they’re sitting there OK just for — you never know,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 41, said on the […]

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