Colorado halts use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Colorado public health officials will require COVID-19 vaccine providers across the state to suspend the use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose shot after federal regulators on Tuesday reported rare blood clots in six women after being inoculated. As a result, the state has canceled the use of its mobile vaccination buses, which have administered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, for […]

Read more

Sweden resumes use of AstraZeneca jab for seniors

Sweden’s Public Health Agency on Thursday announced it was resuming use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after it was put on pause over blood clot fears, but limited it to seniors. Following other European countries, Sweden suspended vaccinations with the AstraZeneca jab in mid-March following reports of severe blood clots potentially linked to the vaccine. Last week the EU drugs regulator […]

Read more

First lab-grown mini-thyroids use patients’ own tissue

Hormones produced by the thyroid gland are essential regulators of organ function. The absence of these hormones either through thyroid dysfunction due to, for example, irradiation, thyroid cancer or autoimmune disease or thyroidectomy leads to symptoms like fatigue, feeling cold, constipation, and weight gain. Hypothyroidism is estimated to affect up to 11% of the global population. Although hypothyroidism can be […]

Read more

Aspirin use for cardiovascular disease may reduce likelihood of COVID-19 infection

Aspirin is an established, safe, and low-cost medication in long-standing common use in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, and in the past a pain relief and fever reducing medication. The use of aspirin was very popular during the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic, several decades before in-vitro confirmation of its activity against RNA viruses. Studies showed that aspirin, in addition […]

Read more

Pill testing won’t give people a ‘green light’ to use drugs

New research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has found pill-testing services at Western Australian music festivals would not change people’s intention to take ecstasy if they had not used the drug before, a common argument used by opponents of pill testing. The study also found people who planned to take ecstasy at the festival reported they would not consume more […]

Read more

Financial incentives for hospitals boost rapid changes to opioid use disorder treatment

Hospital emergency departments (EDs) not only care for patients with overdose and other complications from opioid use, but they also serve as vital touch points to engage patients into longer-term treatment. After an overdose, patients are at risk for repeat overdose and death. Pennsylvania is unique in establishing a voluntary incentive program to improve the rate at which patients with […]

Read more

Social media use driven by search for reward, akin to animals seeking food, new study shows

Our use of social media, specifically our efforts to maximize “likes,” follows a pattern of “reward learning,” concludes a new study by an international team of scientists. Our use of social media, specifically our efforts to maximize “likes,” follows a pattern of “reward learning,” concludes a new study by an international team of scientists. Its findings, which appear in the […]

Read more

Few OB-GYNs can prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use

(HealthDay)—Fewer than 2 percent of obstetrician-gynecologists who accept Medicaid are able to prescribe buprenorphine, according to a study published online Dec. 11 in JAMA Network Open. Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako, from the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues assessed the prevalence and geographic distribution of U.S. obstetrician-gynecologists who can prescribe buprenorphine (called X-waivered) in 2019. Data […]

Read more
1 2 3 6