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'3/4/2021 12:56:10 PM'

COVID-19 Testing Sees Decline, but Remains Essential, Experts Say

Despite a drop in the number of COVID-19 tests, at-home testing is expected to grow -- but experts raise concerns about costs and the reporting of positive results. Medscape Medical News

'3/4/2021 12:07:22 PM'

US Boosts Virus Sequencing Efforts as More Variants Emerge

Nearly $200 million has been added to sequencing efforts in the United States as experts monitor mutations and flag major problems from breakthrough infections and other concerns. Medscape Medical News

'3/4/2021 12:06:56 PM'

Public Health Experts Slam States' Moves to Ditch Masks

The Republican governors of Texas and Mississippi announced Tuesday they would lift statewide mask mandates and fully reopen businesses. Medscape Medical News

'3/4/2021 12:00:15 PM'

Incidence of Cardiac Pathology Post-COVID in Pro Athletes < 1%

In a cohort of almost 800 professional athletes with previous COVID infection, routine return-to-play screening showed signs of inflammatory heart disease in only 5. Medscape Medical News

'3/4/2021 11:56:18 AM'

Why COVID-19 May Be More Deadly Than Flu, Other Coronaviruses

Investigators identify why hyperactivation of the immune system can wreak more damage than influenza and other coronaviruses in some people with SARS-CoV-2. Medscape Medical News

'3/4/2021 11:25:41 AM'

Sunosi for Excessive Daytime Sleepiness: 5 Things to Know

Here are five things to know about solriamfetol (Sunosi), the first dual-acting dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor for the treatment of persistent daytime sleepiness in adults. Medscape Medical News

'3/4/2021 11:00:00 AM'

Carving Out a Niche for Low-Dose Edoxaban in Atrial Fibrillation

The higher dose remains the standard, but a new ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 analysis puts the lower dose of the direct oral anticoagulation back in play. Medscape Medical News

'3/4/2021 10:56:53 AM'

Nurse Pleads Guilty to Swapping Saline for Fentanyl

A former Yale fertility nurse admitted to replacing painkillers with saline, knowing it would cause patients harm. Medscape Medical News

'3/4/2021 10:15:31 AM'

COVID-19: Antiplatelet Agents May Reduce Thrombotic Risk

Severe COVID-19 patients have sustained platelet activation, likely contributing to thrombotic issues seen with the infection. Antiplatelet therapy such as aspirin may be of benefit, researchers say. Medscape Medical News

'3/4/2021 10:11:23 AM'

Ex-White House Physician Jackson Harassed Staff, Misused Alcohol: Watchdog

The report finds that Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, MD, created a negative work environment and inappropriately used alcohol. Medscape Medical News

'3/4/2021 9:01:27 AM'

CDC Finalizing Guidance for Activities for Fully Vaccinated People

The CDC is expected to soon release guidelines on safe activities for fully vaccinated people, Politico and other news organizations reported. WebMD Health News

'3/4/2021 8:58:27 AM'

Call to Action on Obesity Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide from COVID-19 could have been avoided if obesity rates were lower; call for people with obesity to be included in priority lists for COVID-19 vaccination. Medscape Medical News

'3/4/2021 8:43:52 AM'

Severe Atopic Dermatitis Often Puts a Dent in Quality of Life

In his role as head of the division of pediatric behavioral health at National Jewish Health, Bruce Bender, PhD, helps kids and adults navigate the adverse effects of severe AD on their quality of life. Medscape Medical News

'3/4/2021 8:42:37 AM'

WHO Advises Against Hydroxychloroquine to Prevent COVID-19

The recommendations are based on evidence from six randomised controlled trials involving over 6,000 participants with and without known exposure to a person with COVID-19 infection. Medscape Medical News

'3/4/2021 8:28:31 AM'

Insurance Regulator to Issue Warning on Virus-Test Billing

"The new guidance from the federal government makes it really clear that those federal tests are to be covered without a charge to the patient." Associated Press

'3/4/2021 8:16:14 AM'

Earlier Antibiotic Initiation for Sepsis Did Not Lead to Overuse

Accelerating time to initiation of antibiotics for patients with sepsis means that patients are treated earlier, but it could result in more patients receiving antibiotics, including those without infection. Medscape Medical News

'3/4/2021 8:00:53 AM'

Accidentally Trashed, Thawed, or Expired: Reports of Covid Vaccine Spoilage

As the speed of COVID vaccinations picks up, so do the reports of doses going to waste. Health officials are trying to rein in waste without slowing down vaccinations. Kaiser Health News

'3/4/2021 7:57:47 AM'

JAMA Podcast on Racism in Medicine Faces Backlash

A 16-minute podcast from JAMA that attempts to discuss structural racism in the US healthcare system has stirred conversation on social media about the handling and promotion of the episode. WebMD Health News

'3/4/2021 7:38:28 AM'

Study Clarifies Who Gets Post–COVID-19 Interstitial Lung Disease

A study of post–COVID-19 patients in the UK who developed severe lung inflammation after they left the hospital may provide greater clarity on which patients are most likely to have persistent lung dysfunction. Medscape Medical News

'3/4/2021 7:32:03 AM'

Pembrolizumab SCLC Indication Withdrawn in US

The small cell lung cancer (SCLC) indication had been granted an accelerated approval, but a subsequent confirmatory study showed no survival benefit. Medscape Medical News