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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COVID patients on SSRI antidepressants are less likely to die, study finds

A large analysis of health records from 87 health care centers across the United States found that people taking a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), particularly fluoxetine, were significantly less likely to die of COVID-19 than a matched control group. The results add to a body of evidence indicating that SSRIs may have beneficial effects against […]

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Patients with severe COVID-19 could benefit from higher doses of corticosteroids

A large international study in hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19 has shown that while a higher dose of steroids did not significantly reduce mortality, there was a trend towards benefit without increased side effects. Published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study compared the standard 6mg dose of the steroid dexamethasone with 12mg in patients requiring […]

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British patients risk missing out on cutting-edge drugs, leaders warn

British patients risk missing out on cutting-edge drugs following a collapse in the number of new clinical trials, industry leaders warn UK initiated more trials for Covid treatments than any other European country But trials for investigating other disease conditions have plummeted Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry has said Britain must do more  British patients risk missing out on […]

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Sleep apnea patients struggle as common CPAP machine is recalled

Millions of U.S. sleep apnea patients are scrambling to find ways to protect their nightly slumber, following a voluntary recall from one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of CPAP breathing machines. Philips Respironics agreed to a voluntary recall of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines in late June, over concerns that noise-dampening foam inside the devices might degrade and produce […]

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Married patients experience better outcomes following total joint arthroplasty with increased psychosocial support

A recent study, “Effect of Marital Status on Outcomes Following Total Joint Arthroplasty,” looked at contributing factors toward the best and safest environment for a patient to recuperate following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) or total hip arthroplasty (THA). The study, presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), found that, overall, married patients or […]

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India virus patients suffocate from low oxygen amid surge

Authorities scrambled anew Saturday to supply medical oxygen to Indian hospitals where COVID-19 patients were suffocating amid low supplies as the country with the world’s worst coronavirus surge set a new global daily record of infections for the third straight day. The 346,786 infections over the past day brought India’s total past 16 million, behind only the United States. The […]

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Microglia, Stockholm syndrome and miraculous cures in glioblastoma patients

Despite access to some of the best possible medical care in the world, Senators John McCain and Edward Kennedy both died within 18 months of their diagnosis of glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. While this deadly outcome typifies the nature of this disease, some glioblastoma patients see exceptional benefits from chemotherapy and survive beyond expectations. Why this happens […]

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Study reveals cancer immunotherapy patients at most risk of life-threatening side effects

Many patients with cancer receive immune checkpoint inhibitors that strengthen their immune response against tumor cells. While the medications can be life-saving, they can also cause potentially life-threatening side effects in internal organs. This double-edged sword makes it challenging for clinicians to decide who should be considered candidates for treatment. A new analysis led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital […]

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