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Clinical Challenge: BRCA-Mutant Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Clinical Challenge: BRCA-Mutant Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

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The majority of breast cancers are "sporadic," developing in patients with no associated hereditary mutations. On the other hand, hereditary cancer susceptibility gene mutations, the most common being BRCA1, occur in about 5-10% of patients with breast cancer. Of those women found to have the BRCA1 mutation who develop breast cancer, the vast majority --…
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Using Personal Protective Equipment – PPE in Construction Sites

Using Personal Protective Equipment – PPE in Construction Sites

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Construction-based professions are equally rewarding as they are dangerous. Hazards around these particular environments can do severe damage to the...
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Metro Health’s telehealth and RPM program is helping patients avoid hospital stays

Metro Health’s telehealth and RPM program is helping patients avoid hospital stays

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Metro Health/University of Michigan Health is an osteopathic teaching hospital serving more than 250,000 patients per year throughout western Michigan. THE PROBLEM Metro Health had been exploring telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) vendors for almost two years before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. The team believed that telehealth and RPM would be the…
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Telemedicine saves the day for Avera Health in the COVID-19 era

Telemedicine saves the day for Avera Health in the COVID-19 era

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Avera Health, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been at the forefront of virtual care since the mid-1990s. But with the arrival of COVID-19, the organization was challenged with revisiting its telehealth strategy to reduce virus spread while still providing essential care services to its rural communities. Avera undertook a multifaceted approach to safer…
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Foals, fowl, and fun

Foals, fowl, and fun

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Photography by National Park Service For over a decade, one of my family’s favorite vacation spots has been Ocean City, Maryland. With white-sand beaches, a famous boardwalk, and decadent Thrasher’s french fries among its many attractions, this resort town has always been a welcome summer destination. Then, a few years ago, our usual trek took…
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Another CAR-T Impresses in Follicular Lymphoma

Another CAR-T Impresses in Follicular Lymphoma

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Two-thirds of adults with difficult-to-treat follicular lymphoma achieved complete responses following treatment with tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah), a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, in a single-arm phase II study. In the ELARA trial of close to 100 patients with heavily pretreated disease, the overall response rate (ORR) with the autologous anti-CD19 product, called tisa-cel for short,…
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Crypto exchanges record $1.14 billion liquidations in one day

Crypto exchanges record $1.14 billion liquidations in one day

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According to Data from Bybt, a cryptocurrency futures trading and information platform, the total amount of future contract liquidation on centralized exchanges hit a record $1.14 billion in the past 24 hours with 104,014 traders liquidated from their short positions on cryptocurrencies. This has been the most liquidation since May 19.Shorting a crypto asset in…
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More Insight on Which Kids Are Most at Risk for Severe COVID-19

More Insight on Which Kids Are Most at Risk for Severe COVID-19

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Certain underlying medical conditions, as well as complex chronic illnesses exacerbated the risk for severe COVID-19 in children, researchers found in a cross-sectional study. The strongest risk factors for COVID-19 hospitalization included type I diabetes (adjusted risk ratio 4.60, 95% CI 3.91-5.42) and obesity (aRR 3.07, 95% CI 2.66-3.54), reported Lyudmyla Kompaniyets, PhD, and colleagues…
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What the future holds for HHS-OIG health IT enforcement

What the future holds for HHS-OIG health IT enforcement

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The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services aims to protect the integrity of federal healthcare programs, in addition to the health of beneficiaries.   "In other words," said HHS-OIG's Andrew VanLandingham in a recent interview with Healthcare IT News, "our job isn't to run the programs, but to…
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NHS Digital’s new terminology server to enable healthcare IT systems to ‘speak the same language’

NHS Digital’s new terminology server to enable healthcare IT systems to ‘speak the same language’

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NHS Digital's Terminology Server, a solution that enables healthcare IT systems to 'speak the same language' and demonstrate the value of collaboration when exchanging data, is now live across the system. NHS Digital is the first organisation to go live with a solution from the national framework, which was created to make the adoption of…
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Genocide Is a Public Health Crisis

Genocide Is a Public Health Crisis

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Editors' Note: This op-ed has been removed from MedPage Today. Following reader complaints of potential inaccuracies, this contribution underwent further review, and we concluded it did not meet our standards for publication and veered too far into sensitive political issues for our platform. Last Updated June 15, 2021
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The Essential Beach Vacation Checklist

The Essential Beach Vacation Checklist

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A trip to the beach is one of the quintessential family vacations. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, it is a popular vacation choice that creates long-lasting memories for friends and family. However, before you head to your seaside retreat, it is important to pack everything you need to enjoy the trip. If you’re headed…
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European Union vaccine passports issued in 17 countries

European Union vaccine passports issued in 17 countries

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European Union Digital COVID certificates (EUDCC) have now been issued to citizens in 17 countries. The vaccine passport (formally known as the EU Digital Green Certificate) provides digital proof whether a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from the virus.  Member states are obliged to start issuing the…
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Biden admin could consider military action in ransomware response

Biden admin could consider military action in ransomware response

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In an interview on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said the Biden administration is evaluating all of its options when it comes to ransomware attacks enabled by foreign nation-states.   "We won't stand for a nation supporting or turning a blind eye to a criminal enterprise," Raimondo said.…
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Combination Shows Promise in Post-Osimertinib Lung Cancer

Combination Shows Promise in Post-Osimertinib Lung Cancer

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More than a third of lung cancers that progressed on osimertinib (Tagrisso) responded to combined targeting of EGFR, a subgroup analysis of an early clinical trial showed. Results in 45 patients showed one complete response and 12 partial responses to the bispecific antibody amivantamab (Rybrevant) targeting EGFR and MET and the third-generation EGFR tyrosine kinase…
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Chemoimmunotherapy Tied to Better Outcomes in Advanced NSCLC

Chemoimmunotherapy Tied to Better Outcomes in Advanced NSCLC

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Patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and PD-L1 scores 1%-49% who received chemoimmunotherapy regimens seemed to do better than patients treated with immunotherapy alone, according to an exploratory pooled analysis. Median overall survival (OS) among patients treated with FDA-approved immunotherapy agents was 14.5 months versus a median OS of 21.4 months for patients…
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What you should consider before investing in an ICO (Initial Coin Offering)

What you should consider before investing in an ICO (Initial Coin Offering)

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Nairametrics Ugo Obi-chukwu "Ugodre" is a chartered accountant with over 16 years experience in financial management, corporate finance and financial analysis. He is also a retail investor and a personal finance advocate with over a decade experience investing in the Nigerian stock market.Ugo is the founder/Publisher of Nairametrics and blogs regularly on the website.
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Antibody-Drug Conjugate Active in Resistant Lung Cancer

Antibody-Drug Conjugate Active in Resistant Lung Cancer

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An antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) targeting the HER3 growth factor receptor had significant clinical activity in EGFR inhibitor-resistant non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a preliminary clinical trial showed. Patritumab deruxtecan (HER3-DXd) led to objective responses in 22 of 57 patients and stable disease in 19 others. Results were almost identical in a subgroup of patients previously…
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An Overview of Common Real Estate Contingencies

An Overview of Common Real Estate Contingencies

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When a real estate agent or broker puts together the purchase agreement for your home, they will talk with you about a variety of supporting and supplemental documents. These may include a letter from your lender, the payment of an Earnest Money Deposit (EMD), and, in most cases, one or more contingencies that will accompany…
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Perioperative Chemo Enough in Esophageal Cancer?

Perioperative Chemo Enough in Esophageal Cancer?

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Perioperative chemotherapy in locally advanced esophageal or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) adenocarcinoma was not "unacceptably" inferior to neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy, an interim analysis of the randomized Neo-AEGIS trial suggested. At 3 years, the overall survival rate for patients receiving perioperative chemotherapy was nearly identical to those treated with the multimodal CROSS regimen, at 57% vs 56%, respectively…
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Could telehealth worsen inequity? ‘Not under my watch,’ says HHS Sec. Becerra

Could telehealth worsen inequity? ‘Not under my watch,’ says HHS Sec. Becerra

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In recent public appearances, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough both indicated their support for telemedicine in the long term.   Even as states have moved to enact their own laws aimed at telehealth expansion, questions have persisted about a federal response.    Becerra emphasizes…
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Isolated Sky Lakes Medical Center gets big wins with new infrastructure

Isolated Sky Lakes Medical Center gets big wins with new infrastructure

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As the only hospital in a 10,000-square-mile area, Sky Lakes Medical Center provides a complete range of medical services for the residents of four rural counties, including cancer treatment, joint and spinal care, diagnostic imaging, and an assortment of primary and specialty physician clinics. Located in Klamath Falls, Oregon, Sky Lakes Medical Center is a…
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Covid-19: Nigeria records 238 new cases, 2 deaths as spike in infections continue

Covid-19: Nigeria records 238 new cases, 2 deaths as spike in infections continue

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Nigeria has recorded a new spike in Covid-19 infections as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has registered additional 238 cases and 2 deaths on Wednesday in the country.This disclosure is contained in a report made by NCDC on Thursday morning and can be seen on its website.It said the country’s Covid-19 cases continued…
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Combination Therapy Achieves High Response in Ph+ ALL

Combination Therapy Achieves High Response in Ph+ ALL

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A combination of ponatinib (Iclusig) and blinatumomab (Blincyto) achieved high rates of complete molecular remission and durable responses in patients with Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL), according to results of a phase II study. Newly diagnosed Ph+ ALL patients treated with the combination had complete response and complete molecular response rates of 100%…
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Roundup: NHS staff face redundancy under ICS reforms, GE Healthcare and Wayra partnership and more briefs

Roundup: NHS staff face redundancy under ICS reforms, GE Healthcare and Wayra partnership and more briefs

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NHS ENGLAND STAFF FACE REDUNDANCY UNDER ICS REFORMS Following plans to reform integrated care systems across the NHS, NHSE has stated that its employment commitment to protect jobs for most commissioning staff will not apply to senior NHSE/I staff in clinical commissioning groups. The recently published new employment guidance has stated that there will be…
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Australia to launch healthcare provider directory

Australia to launch healthcare provider directory

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The Australian Digital Health Agency, a statutory body responsible for implementing various digital health initiatives, has announced that it will launch an online platform where healthcare providers in the country can place and update information about their services and practitioners. WHAT IT DOES According to a press release, Provider Connect Australia maintains the accuracy of…
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Personalized Algorithm Helps Guide Rituximab Retreatment

Personalized Algorithm Helps Guide Rituximab Retreatment

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A personalized algorithm was developed by researchers in England to recommend retreatment with rituximab (Rituxan) among patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis, with the intention of preventing relapses while lowering the risks of infection. In a multivariable analysis of 60 rituximab-treated patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis followed over a decade, predictors of a longer time…
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Even Post-COVID Care Centers Are Returning to Normal

Even Post-COVID Care Centers Are Returning to Normal

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Early in the pandemic, many hospitals, especially in the hard-hit Northeast, created dedicated and ongoing care for COVID-19 patients with lingering symptoms. Now, as vaccination rates increase and new infections decline, some facilities are looking to wind down their post-COVID care centers. When they're no longer needed, that would signal success. And it's important for…
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Eight Things to Consider for When Choosing a Lot to Build On

Eight Things to Consider for When Choosing a Lot to Build On

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There’s a lot to like about building your own home. You’re able to customize it to your personal preferences, you’ll pay lower utility bills thanks to the latest energy-efficient systems and materials, and you’ll likely face less maintenance issues than if you moved into an older home. However, before deciding how many bathrooms your home…
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After the Pandemic: Removing Structural Barriers to Ob/Gyn Care

After the Pandemic: Removing Structural Barriers to Ob/Gyn Care

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For MedPage Today's "After the Pandemic" series, we asked our editorial board members to discuss what significant and lasting effects the COVID-19 pandemic will have on medicine and the delivery of healthcare. Here, we interview Loralei Thornburg, MD, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. Check out…
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Electoral Reform: Why lawmakers voted against electronic transfer of results – Gbajabiamila

Electoral Reform: Why lawmakers voted against electronic transfer of results – Gbajabiamila

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has revealed that lawmakers voted against the electronic transfer of results to prevent the electoral disenfranchisement of their constituents.The Speaker disclosed this on Tuesday during an interview with Channels TV, citing that INEC and the NCC should work together towards a plan to make electronic transfer…
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Eye clinic cyberattack may have exposed info from 500K patients

Eye clinic cyberattack may have exposed info from 500K patients

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A cybersecurity incident at an Iowa group eye clinic could have exposed the personal information of nearly 500,000 current and former patients.   According to a press release this week, back in February Wolfe Eye Clinic was the target of a deliberate cyberattack.   Because of the complexity and scale of the incident, said the company,…
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Hospital for Special Surgery accelerates speed to care for vulnerable patients

Hospital for Special Surgery accelerates speed to care for vulnerable patients

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At New York City's Hospital for Special Surgery, the process for reporting critical lab results was a prime candidate for modernization. THE PROBLEM A typical workflow involved a message from a lab tech to a provider requesting a return call, a subsequent phone conversation where the tech asked the provider to check the EHR for a…
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Former CDC Director Fires Back at Agency’s Critics

Former CDC Director Fires Back at Agency’s Critics

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Former CDC director William "Bill" Foege, MD, MPH, blasted an unnamed Republican lawmaker and an unnamed Trump administration official for casting doubt on the agency during remarks given at a virtual celebration of the 70-year anniversary of the agency's Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) on Friday. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) previously tore into the agency at…
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FDA OKs Injectable Semaglutide for Chronic Weight Management

FDA OKs Injectable Semaglutide for Chronic Weight Management

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The FDA approved Novo Nordisk's injectable semaglutide (Wegovy) for adults with obesity or overweight, the agency announced Friday. The GLP-1 receptor was approved for chronic weight management in adults with obesity (BMI of 30 or greater) or for adults with overweight (BMI 27 or greater) with at least one weight-related condition, such as high blood…
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The Intangible Benefits of Homeownership

The Intangible Benefits of Homeownership

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June is National Homeownership Month, which seems particularly apt this year. With home prices rising to unprecedented levels and multiple offers becoming commonplace in residential transactions, it seems that everyone is focusing on the financial benefits that owning a home offers. However, homeownership is about more than dollars and cents. There are a host of…
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Eden Internal Medicine reaps big rewards with RPM for diabetes and hypertension

Eden Internal Medicine reaps big rewards with RPM for diabetes and hypertension

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Eden Internal Medicine in Eden, North Carolina, believed it could up its game on treating diabetes and hypertension patients. THE PROBLEM For diabetes patients, first there was diabetes control and monitoring in between visits. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes with elevated A1c did not have any close monitoring between visits to bring the sugars down. For example,…
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How Kelsey-Seybold Clinic recovered from a ransomware attack

How Kelsey-Seybold Clinic recovered from a ransomware attack

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This past year, ransomware attacks cost healthcare organizations more than $20 billion, according to a study from Comparitech. Even more critical, however, is the risk to patient care and continuity. Data backup remains essential. Today, however, rapid restore is equally important to defend and recover from ransomware and other malicious attacks. Martin Littmann, senior director,…
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Early Alzheimer’s Trajectories May Vary Widely

Early Alzheimer’s Trajectories May Vary Widely

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Early Alzheimer's disease progressed with high variability and this may influence whether treatment effects truly are detected in clinical trials, a simulation study suggested. Individual trajectories on commonly used cognitive measures -- the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), the Clinical Dementia Rating Sum of Boxes (CDR-SB), and the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale Cognitive (ADAS-cog) -- differed…
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Eid-el-Kabir: Buhari says FG is committed to fighting food insecurity

Eid-el-Kabir: Buhari says FG is committed to fighting food insecurity

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President Muhammadu Buhari in his Eid-el-Kabir message has assured Nigerians that his administration is working on improving food security and increasing local production of about 20 other commodities.This was disclosed by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, according to the News Agency…
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Medtronic’s LVAD Pulled From Market Due to Neurological, Mortality Risks

Medtronic’s LVAD Pulled From Market Due to Neurological, Mortality Risks

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The HeartWare system is now off the table for left ventricular assist device (LVAD) candidates with advanced heart failure, the FDA announced. Medtronic is halting the global distribution and sale of the HeartWare system following observational evidence associating the LVAD with increased neurological adverse events and mortality compared with similar mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices.…
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Covid – 19 and the use of Personal Protective Equipment – PPE

Covid – 19 and the use of Personal Protective Equipment – PPE

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Make the Diagnosis: When the Pantry is Empty

Make the Diagnosis: When the Pantry is Empty

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Presentation A 50-year-old woman went to urgent care because she hadn’t been feeling well for several weeks. A widespread rash of hyperkeratotic follicular papules or, as she said, “rough skin,” had developed. She was also experiencing ocular pain, significant night blindness, and chronic diarrhea. She lamented that being on disability, she hadn’t been able to…
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AI deployments accelerating across an array of complex use cases

AI deployments accelerating across an array of complex use cases

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Coming through the pandemic, healthcare organizations are ramping up their use of digital technology as they redefine healthcare delivery. The rapid adoption of telehealth in crisis demonstrates their ability to go further. There have been accelerated shifts toward other emerging healthcare models, along with the investments and technologies they require. One quickly growing technology in…
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70-practice Central Ohio Primary Care tells a digital imaging success story

70-practice Central Ohio Primary Care tells a digital imaging success story

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Central Ohio Primary Care is an independent, physician-owned, primary care group with more than 70 practices and more than 400 physicians serving more than 400,000 patients. It also has three imaging centers around Columbus, and 10% of its physician practices provide in-office imaging capabilities. THE PROBLEM COPC needed more advanced radiology communication capabilities to run…
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Even Exposure to Passive Smoking Increases Risk of RA

Even Exposure to Passive Smoking Increases Risk of RA

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Passive smoking among women during childhood and/or adulthood was associated with an increased risk for the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a French prospective study. This risk is particularly notable among patients who are positive for anti-citrullinated protein antibodies and those who carry the HLA-DRB1 shared epitope alleles, said Yann Nguyen, MD, of…
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Senate President explains why senate voted for conditional E-transmission of results

Senate President explains why senate voted for conditional E-transmission of results

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has given reasons to justify the senate’s decision on the electronic transmission of electoral results.His reaction follows the vote by the senate that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may consider the electronic transmission of results, provided the national coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure by the National…
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Op-Ed: The Day My Patient Called Me the N-Word

Op-Ed: The Day My Patient Called Me the N-Word

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Two years into my surgical training, and 5 days after the murder of George Floyd, someone called attention to my Blackness in a way I had never experienced. One of my patients was an older white lady who appeared to be between 70 and 80 years old. I saw her for a routine postoperative visit…
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The Essential Camping Checklist

The Essential Camping Checklist

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There’s nothing like a camping trip to escape from everyday life. Setting up a tent in the wilderness creates an outdoor oasis to enjoy the fresh air, open spaces, and serenity of nature. However, a successful camping trip requires preparation. You need to pack all the essential items whether you’re renting a rustic cabin, backpacking…
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Tofacitinib May Cut Colectomy Risk in Hospitalized, Severe UC

Tofacitinib May Cut Colectomy Risk in Hospitalized, Severe UC

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For biologic-experienced patients hospitalized with acute severe ulcerative colitis, off-label, high-intensity doses of tofacitinib (Xeljanz) given with intravenous corticosteroids may have reduced their chances of undergoing a colectomy, a small retrospective study found. Within 90 days, 15% of patients receiving tofacitinib at standard or more frequent dosing and 20% of patients in the control group…
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Op-Ed: An Airborne Pathogen Standard Can Protect Us

Op-Ed: An Airborne Pathogen Standard Can Protect Us

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Healthcare providers have been at the forefront of many changes to our healthcare systems and society during the pandemic, as they treat COVID-19 patients and face a constant threat of exposure. Personal protective equipment (PPE) has become the norm, and it has undoubtedly kept healthcare workers safer. Now, as the pandemic may be nearing its…
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Digital health tools can help with COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Digital health tools can help with COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

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As the pace of COVID-19 vaccination has slowed, the priorities of decision-makers have begun to turn from managing a deluge of interest toward reaching out to those who may be reluctant to get inoculated.   There is a range of reasons for such hesitancy, including distrust of a medical system that has historically failed vulnerable…
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Texas passes law authorizing teledentistry

Texas passes law authorizing teledentistry

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law this week that formally authorized dentistry via telemedicine in the state.   As reported by the Tyler Morning Telegraph, the law follows a back-and-forth between the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, which issued guidelines this past year effectively eliminating all forms of teledentistry, and the…
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Binance ends tokenized stock product

Binance ends tokenized stock product

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Major cryptocurrency exchange, Binance stated today that it is putting an end to its stock token product. This comes a day after Italian regulators joined a string of financial watchdogs to crack down on the platform.Binance stated on its website, “Effective immediately, stock tokens are unavailable for purchase on Binance.com, and Binance.com will no longer…
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Minimalism vs. Maximalism:  Which Style Is Right for You?

Minimalism vs. Maximalism: Which Style Is Right for You?

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Photography by Getty Images, Burst, Thomas Yang, Vincent Rivaud, Christopher Stark, Julie Aagaard, and emre can. Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, one of the most renowned modernist architects, was born in nineteenth-century Germany and moved to the United States in 1937. He later became director of the College of Architecture at Chicago’s Armour Institute (now…
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Another Chance to Get Our Patients’ Medication Lists Right

Another Chance to Get Our Patients’ Medication Lists Right

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Fairly recently, our electronic health record (EHR) added yet another feature, a system of checks and balances that happen in the form of a "soft stop" at the time of closing the office encounter. Essentially, this is a reminder to the provider that a patient has marked certain medications on their list for discontinuation or…
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UK government announce £36M AI research boost for NHS

UK government announce £36M AI research boost for NHS

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A share of £36 million to test 'state-of-the-art' AI technology has been invested in projects that aim to help the NHS transform the quality of care and the speed of diagnoses for conditions such as lung cancer. At the CogX Festival last week, UK Health and Social Care secretary Matt Hancock announced the winners of…
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Confused about information blocking? Turn to the experts

Confused about information blocking? Turn to the experts

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Although the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT's info-blocking rules have now been in effect for months, many healthcare organizations are still reporting confusion about how to come into compliance.   In fact, some say they don't know what info-blocking actually entails – or how to avoid it. "Information blocking is a practice…
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Heart Risk With Gender-Affirming Tx; Burden of Thyroid Eye Disease; T1D Care Gaps

Heart Risk With Gender-Affirming Tx; Burden of Thyroid Eye Disease; T1D Care Gaps

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The best regimen for oral osilodrostat (Isturisa) dosing, COVID-19 risk in diabetes, and high frequency spinal stimulation for diabetic neuropathy pain were just some of the research advancements in endocrinology presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE) virtual meeting. Below are a few more AACE research highlights. Heart Risk With Gender-Affirming Hormones In…
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8 Ways to Unplug from Technology on Vacation

8 Ways to Unplug from Technology on Vacation

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Getting some much-needed rest and relaxation while on vacation is the perfect way to recharge and head back to work feeling refreshed. Unfortunately, it’s hard to fully disconnect from everyday life as technology updates us instantly on everything happening at our job and school, and in our personal lives. However, you can make it a…
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Ozanimod Wins FDA Approval in Ulcerative Colitis

Ozanimod Wins FDA Approval in Ulcerative Colitis

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Ozanimod (Zeposia) was approved by the FDA to treat ulcerative colitis in adults, Bristol Myers Squibb said on Thursday. The once-daily oral medication is the first sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) receptor modulator approved for the disease and is indicated for moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis, a form of chronic inflammatory bowel disease. S1P receptor modulators…
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How 6 finalists will emerge from FirstBank’s sponsored The Voice Nigeria Season 3 second live show

How 6 finalists will emerge from FirstBank’s sponsored The Voice Nigeria Season 3 second live show

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By Israel BolajiSix finalists are expected to emerge through the viewers’ votes following the second live show of the FirstBank Sponsored The Voice Nigeria Season 3.UN1TY Limited and Livespot360, producers of the global talents reality series, explained how to vote on the voice Nigeria season 3, sponsored by FirstBank, Baba Ijebu and Airtel.To keep their favourite vocalists…
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Op-Ed: Is Physician Behavior Contributing to CDC Skepticism?

Op-Ed: Is Physician Behavior Contributing to CDC Skepticism?

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A beautiful woman, all mocha skin and glittering eye shadow, turned to me in Whole Foods and whispered: "I like your style." I was alternately baffled and proud: Take that, lifetime of scrubs! Mama's still got it. Then I looked down at myself and saw I was wearing jeans with PAW Patrol stickers on them.…
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‘If You Arrived From Another Planet’: What We Heard This Week

‘If You Arrived From Another Planet’: What We Heard This Week

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"If you arrived from another planet and saw two airports a mile apart, one for Black people and another for whites, you'd think this is some kind of weird apartheid.... We don't do that for airports, but somehow that's where we've ended up with hospitals." -- Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute, discussing…
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Walmart signals plans to offer telehealth in 16 more states

Walmart signals plans to offer telehealth in 16 more states

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The medical group for Walmart Health has filed paperwork to do business in more than a dozen more states – and a spokesperson told Insider that the moves are not related to physical clinics.   Instead, the preparation regards the retail giant's pending acquisition of telehealth vendor MeMD earlier this year.   "We've expressed our…
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Knock, knock, knockin’ on the digital front door

Knock, knock, knockin’ on the digital front door

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Patient portals have become a more important patient engagement tool than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, not only serving as the digital front door for healthcare provider organizations but also as the primary way for communicating with physicians and nurses and even receiving care through telehealth. Many patients have grown accustomed to this digital healthcare,…
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Lung Cancer Therapy OK’d for Once ‘Undruggable’ Target

Lung Cancer Therapy OK’d for Once ‘Undruggable’ Target

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The FDA granted accelerated approval to sotorasib (Lumakras) on Friday as a second-line agent for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) harboring KRAS G12C mutations. Sotorasib becomes the first approved agent targeting any KRAS mutation. In NSCLC, KRAS G12C mutations account for approximately 13% of all mutations. "KRAS mutations have long been considered resistant to drug…
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Network security vendor COO accused of medical center cyberattack

Network security vendor COO accused of medical center cyberattack

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On June 10, the Department of Justice announced that the chief operating officer of an Atlanta-area network security company had been arrested on charges relating to a 2018 cyberattack on a Georgia health system. Vikas Singla, whose LinkedIn lists him as working for the cloud-based threat detection platform Securolytics, was accused of targeting Gwinnett Medical…
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More outreach on info blocking compliance high on ONC’s to-do list

More outreach on info blocking compliance high on ONC’s to-do list

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Although the state of the pandemic has been looking better in the United States recently, National Coordinator for Health IT Micky Tripathi says we're not out of the woods yet. But technology can help ensure a more seamless response moving forward, he said.   One job for inter-agency task forces, he noted, will be considering:…
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First Drug Approved for Acute and Preventive Migraine Treatment

First Drug Approved for Acute and Preventive Migraine Treatment

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Rimegepant (Nurtec ODT) became the first migraine drug for both acute and preventive treatment approved by the FDA, manufacturer Biohaven announced on Thursday. The oral calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor antagonist, previously approved to treat acute migraine, earned a new indication for migraine prevention in adults with less than 15 headache days per month, the…
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It costs N600,000 to truck containers from Lagos to Kano, N1.6 million to truck same from Apapa to Ikeja

It costs N600,000 to truck containers from Lagos to Kano, N1.6 million to truck same from Apapa to Ikeja

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The cost of transporting a container from Apapa port to Ikeja, Lagos, has increased from N300,000 as of 2018 to N1.6 million or more in 2021. This represents an increase of 500% at the minimum. On the other hand, the cost of trucking the same container from Ikeja to Kano has only hovered around N600,000…
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Simple Tool Predicts Individual Alzheimer’s Risk

Simple Tool Predicts Individual Alzheimer’s Risk

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A simple blood test, coupled with brief memory tests, showed who will develop Alzheimer's disease in the future with a high degree of accuracy. Combining plasma phosphorylated tau (p-tau), APOE genotype, and scores from 10-minute executive function and memory tests predicted Alzheimer's disease onset within 2 to 6 years among people with memory complaints with…
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Patients With Underactive Thyroid Report Pervasive Brain Fog

Patients With Underactive Thyroid Report Pervasive Brain Fog

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Nearly half all patients with hypothyroidism reported experiencing "brain fog," even before receiving a diagnosis, a researcher reported. In an online survey of over 5,000 people with hypothyroidism, 905 (17.1%) said they experienced new-onset brain fog symptoms in the weeks or months following their initial diagnosis, according to Matthew Ettleson, MD, of the University of…
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Can retail play a role in connecting Americans with care?

Can retail play a role in connecting Americans with care?

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As several huge retail chains have made high-profile forays into virtual care over the past year, many stakeholders have wondered what effect these moves may have on health services.  At the American Telemedicine Association conference and expo this week, retail leaders sought to assure audiences that such maneuvers can serve to enable care in an…
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At Houston Methodist, conversational AI improves the call center – and boosts vaccine distribution

At Houston Methodist, conversational AI improves the call center – and boosts vaccine distribution

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Prior to the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine being available, Houston Methodist knew it was going to have significant challenges in managing a perceived tsunami of phone calls from patients and the general public. THE PROBLEM With predictions of increased volume reaching 300-400%, Houston Methodist leadership needed a solution that would manage the flood of…
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At-Home Hospitals? Happy Patients = Happy Bank Account

At-Home Hospitals? Happy Patients = Happy Bank Account

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Welcome to this week's edition of Healthcare Career Insights. This weekly roundup highlights healthcare career-related articles culled from across the web to help you learn what's next. The future of hospital care may be found in your home -- Is "hospital-at-home" here to stay? (Advisory Board) Happy patients equal happy financials -- Connecting positive patient…
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Training your Employees on Personal Protective Equipment – PPE Best Practices

Training your Employees on Personal Protective Equipment – PPE Best Practices

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Nigeria to become oil bunkering hub in Africa – DPR

Nigeria to become oil bunkering hub in Africa – DPR

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has said that Nigeria has moved to become the Marine Petroleum Products Retail Operations (MAPPRO) hub in Africa as it has improved the MAPPRO popularly referred to as “Bunkering”.The initiative by the Federal Government follows the importance of the petroleum and maritime sectors to the Nigerian economy and the…
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High Frequency Spinal Stimulation Succeeds in Diabetic Neuropathy

High Frequency Spinal Stimulation Succeeds in Diabetic Neuropathy

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An implantable spinal cord stimulation device was effective at relieving diabetic neuropathy pain, a researcher reported. In the randomized SENZA-PDN trial of over 200 adults with diabetes, those who were treated with high frequency (10 kHz) spinal cord stimulation plus conventional medical management saw a 76.3% reduction in pain over 6 months (7.6 cm at…
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‘A long way still to go’, says Waikato DHB

‘A long way still to go’, says Waikato DHB

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Though Waikato DHB has restored some of its foundational services in the past week, Chief Executive Dr Kevin Snee said in a statement yesterday that there remains "a great deal of work to be done across the DHB which will take time". The restored services include diagnostics from laboratory and radiology services, recording and tracking…
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Telemental Healthcare Access Act would repeal in-person service requirements

Telemental Healthcare Access Act would repeal in-person service requirements

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A bipartisan group of senators this week introduced the Telemental Healthcare Access Act of 2021, geared toward reducing hurdles to providing virtual behavioral health services.   The bill, introduced by Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Tina Smith, D-Minn., Ben Cardin, D-Md., and John Thune, R-S.D., would remove the statutory requirement that Medicare beneficiaries be seen in…
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Investment Property Strategies for Buyers and Sellers

Investment Property Strategies for Buyers and Sellers

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Whenever there’s a lot of movement in the real estate market, there are buyers looking to get in and sellers looking to maximize their profits. The current active real estate landscape is no exception. Whether you’ve been thinking about the purchase of an investment property or want to maximize the value of an existing investment,…
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An Expert’s Perspective on ‘Precision Population Health’

An Expert’s Perspective on ‘Precision Population Health’

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It is a well-established fact that multiple factors (e.g., family history/genetics, clinical care, socioeconomics, lifestyle) contribute to the prevalence and outcomes of cardiovascular disease. Today, accruing evidence suggests that a strong relationship also exists between economic indicators (e.g., wealth, prosperity, employment) and cardiovascular disease outcomes. Large-scale population studies indicate that improvements in local economic prosperity…
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Op-Ed: Can We Stop Shooting the Mentally Ill?

Op-Ed: Can We Stop Shooting the Mentally Ill?

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Historically, it was common for people with mental illness to be incarcerated. Many would agree that we are repeating history, with one major difference: people with mental illnesses were not shot by the police like they are today. In this way, people with mental illness, particularly those with severe mental illnesses, may be experiencing circumstances…
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AfDB Group approves $6 million grant to kick off Desert-to-Power West Africa energy program

AfDB Group approves $6 million grant to kick off Desert-to-Power West Africa energy program

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved a $6 million grant to launch the initial phase of the Desert to Power West Africa Regional Energy Program.Desert to Power is an initiative led by the Bank to transform the Sahel by harnessing the region’s abundant solar potential. The Sahel is the ecoclimatic and biogeographic realm…
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Kangaroo Care for Infants; ‘Bubble Boy’ Disease Tx: It’s TTHealthWatch!

Kangaroo Care for Infants; ‘Bubble Boy’ Disease Tx: It’s TTHealthWatch!

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TTHealthWatch is a weekly podcast from Texas Tech. In it, Elizabeth Tracey, director of electronic media for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Rick Lange, MD, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, look at the top medical stories of the week. A transcript of the podcast is below the summary. This…
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Try This Japanese-Scandinavian Design Style in Your Home

Try This Japanese-Scandinavian Design Style in Your Home

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Japan and Scandinavia are at opposite ends of the vast Eurasian continental area, so you might not expect them to have many commonalities. However, they share a deep love for their homes and regard them as important places. While their design styles differ at their core, these countries’ design aesthetics are the perfect combination of…
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How telehealth overcomes barriers to cleft palate care and speech therapy

How telehealth overcomes barriers to cleft palate care and speech therapy

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Telemedicine can have long-term health equity benefits, including allowing providers to reach more patients in remote regions without travel requirements and see an increased number of patients in need who have historically avoided care due to stigma. To discuss virtual care and health equity, Healthcare IT News interviewed Dr. Cate Crowley, professor of practice, Teachers…
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ONC releases draft of address standardization specification

ONC releases draft of address standardization specification

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The U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has partnered with standards development organizations and other experts to release the Project [email protected] Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for public comment. The draft specification is aimed at standardizing patient addresses across healthcare to improve patient matching, which in turn supports safety, privacy and…
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Two-Agent Osteoporosis Treatment Boosts BMD

Two-Agent Osteoporosis Treatment Boosts BMD

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Two sequential osteoporotic medications were better than one at bolstering bone mineral density (BMD), new data showed. In a post-hoc analysis of the ACTIVExtend study, postmenopausal women with osteoporosis who received 18 months of abaloparatide (Tymlos) treatment followed by 24 months of alendronate (Binosto, Fosamax) treatment saw significant increases in total hip areal BMD compared…
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COVID-19 in Diabetes: What Mediates Risk?

COVID-19 in Diabetes: What Mediates Risk?

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Certain clinical factors were predictive of severe COVID-19 in people with diabetes, a researcher reported. In a retrospective study of nearly 2,000 patients with diabetes hospitalized with COVID-19, those with out-of-range blood glucose levels were more likely to have severe infection requiring admission to the intensive care unit (ICU), leading to death or fitting the…
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UPMC shows how to overhaul, unify and personalize multiple healthcare websites

UPMC shows how to overhaul, unify and personalize multiple healthcare websites

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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is a healthcare provider and insurer that employs more than 90,000 employees and is the largest non-governmental employer in the state of Pennsylvania. UPMC encompasses 40 hospitals in Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland, as well as hospitals in Ireland and Italy. UPMC is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools…
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To fulfill AI’s potential, healthcare orgs must enact safeguards

To fulfill AI’s potential, healthcare orgs must enact safeguards

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Artificial intelligence and machine learning have the power to spur enormous change in the healthcare industry.  At the same time, experts caution that it could pose a threat to the privacy of patient data – as well as possibly reproducing bias and inequity. "We know the application of artificial intelligence has tremendous potential as a…
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Reps approve bill for Host communities to get 5% from GENCOs’ revenue

Reps approve bill for Host communities to get 5% from GENCOs’ revenue

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The House of Representatives has approved for final reading, a law compelling Power Generating Companies in the country to set aside 5% of the revenue they generate from selling electricity for communities hosting electricity installations.The bill titled “An Act to Amend the Electric Power Sector Reforms Act, to Provide for the Reservation of 5 Percent…
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Biden’s FY 2022 Budget Proposal Includes Lots of Healthcare Spending

Biden’s FY 2022 Budget Proposal Includes Lots of Healthcare Spending

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WASHINGTON -- President Biden released a proposed $6 trillion budget Friday for fiscal year 2022, promising to "reinvest in education, research, public health, and other foundations of our country's strength." The proposal contained a variety of healthcare-related initiatives, including:$97.5 billion to improve access to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare, including increases in funding for…
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Federal COVID Fraud Charges Include Doc’s Testing Scheme

Federal COVID Fraud Charges Include Doc’s Testing Scheme

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A physician and 13 other defendants exploited the pandemic and participated in healthcare fraud schemes that resulted in more than $143 million in false billings, according to criminal charges filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Alexander Baldonado, MD, of New York City, was charged with six counts of healthcare fraud, according to a statement…
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Cancer Patients Develop ‘Adequate’ Immune Response to COVID Vax

Cancer Patients Develop ‘Adequate’ Immune Response to COVID Vax

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The vast majority of patients undergoing active systemic therapy for cancer exhibited an adequate immune response to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, according to a prospective cohort study. A total of 90% of patients with solid tumors undergoing active intravenous cancer treatment were seropositive for SARS-CoV-2 antispike IgG antibodies after a second dose of the vaccine…
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Research university in Bombay launches new centre for digital health

Research university in Bombay launches new centre for digital health

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The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay announced end of last week that it has set up the Koita Centre for Digital Health, with the support of a "generous contribution" from non-profit organisation Koita Foundation. WHAT IT DOES With the intent to "drive academic programmes, research, and industry collaboration in digital health", KCDH’s academic and research focus…
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UK government considers vaccine passports for use at large events

UK government considers vaccine passports for use at large events

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A Whitehall source has said that vaccine passports could be used at large events, such as sports matches and concerts. No formal decision has yet been made and a review of the use of vaccine certificates in England is expected to confirm on Monday that they will not be compulsory. This follows MPs previously warning…
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Make Your Interior Lighter and Brighter for Summer

Make Your Interior Lighter and Brighter for Summer

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Here are some easy ways to let the light into your home this summer (that don’t involve knocking down walls or cracking open paint cans). Centerpieces Fill a vase or glass bowl with summer fruits like lemons or limes, bright candy, or maybe some seashells for a beachy theme. You can also bring the outside…
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Ethics Consult: Report Mothers’ Prenatal Drug Use?

Ethics Consult: Report Mothers’ Prenatal Drug Use?

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Welcome to Ethics Consult -- an opportunity to discuss, debate (respectfully), and learn together. We select an ethical dilemma from a true patient care case. You vote on your decision in the case and, next week, we'll reveal how you all made the call. Bioethicist Jacob M. Appel, MD, JD, will also weigh in with…
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DPR shuts down 103 filling stations, 13 gas plants in Lagos

DPR shuts down 103 filling stations, 13 gas plants in Lagos

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) said that it has sealed 103 illegal filling stations and 13 gas plants in Lagos.The filling stations and gas plants located both on the mainland and island axis in Lagos were shut down for operating without a valid license and for non-compliance with DPR guidelines and international safety standards…
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Cracking the Racial Disparity Nut

Cracking the Racial Disparity Nut

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This year's Digestive Disease Week (DDW) annual meeting included disparities in gastrointestinal care access and outcomes for Black and other racial/ethnic minority patients as one of its main themes. Multiple lectures and panel discussions as well as at least two dozen research abstracts focused on the issue, with many speakers acknowledging that it had been…
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Telehealth has enabled wider access during COVID-19 – but not for everyone

Telehealth has enabled wider access during COVID-19 – but not for everyone

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The rise in telehealth use during the COVID-19 pandemic has showcased two contrasting narratives about access to virtual care. Even as telehealth made it easier for some patients to get the care they need, especially those who struggle to reach in-person services, it also exacerbated the digital divide for others. "COVID accelerated our commitment," said Alexis McGill…
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Rx tech helps Cone Health get more accurate meds histories in its Epic EHR

Rx tech helps Cone Health get more accurate meds histories in its Epic EHR

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At Cone Health, based in Greensboro, North Carolina, upon admission, at transitions of care within the hospital and at discharge, clinical staff were making numerous phone calls to local pharmacies to reconcile patient medication histories, due to missing information from their previous medication history sources. THE PROBLEM After they gathered the information, they had to…
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Everything You Need to Know About Builder Warranties

Everything You Need to Know About Builder Warranties

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Want to customize this content for your business? Learn More Categories General Editorial Follow us on social media today! There is an expectation of a certain level of quality when moving into a newly constructed home. You’re moving into a home with no previous owners, which prevents some of the issues an older home may…
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FDA Restricts Ocaliva Use in Primary Biliary Cholangitis

FDA Restricts Ocaliva Use in Primary Biliary Cholangitis

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FDA on Wednesday restricted the use of obeticholic acid (Ocaliva) in primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) due to the risk of serious liver injury in patients with advanced cirrhosis. Serious side effects, such as liver failure or the urgent need for a liver transplant, were reported after use of obeticholic acid in PBC patients with advanced…
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Communique issued by 17 Nigerian Southern Governors in Lagos

Communique issued by 17 Nigerian Southern Governors in Lagos

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COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE MEETING OF THE GOVERNORS OF SOUTHERN NIGERIA AT THE LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT HOUSE, IKEJA, LAGOS STATE, ON MONDAY, 5TH JULY, 2021 NIGERIA.The Southern Governors Forum at the end of the meeting held on Monday, 5th July, 2021 reviewed the situation in the Country and focused on the current…
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HCQ Doc Hits Critic With Lawsuit; Vaccine Billionaires; The ‘Stanford Terribles’

HCQ Doc Hits Critic With Lawsuit; Vaccine Billionaires; The ‘Stanford Terribles’

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Welcome to the latest edition of Investigative Roundup, highlighting some of the best investigative reporting on healthcare each week. HCQ Doc Sues Critic Didier Raoult, MD, PhD, the French physician who championed hydroxychloroquine early in the pandemic, has filed a lawsuit against Dutch researcher Elisabeth Bik, PhD, over a critique she posted of his early…
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The Ins and Outs of Real Estate Commission

The Ins and Outs of Real Estate Commission

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A real estate agent is a vital part of your home-selling process. From listing your home up until closing, an agent is there at every step along the way to help you be successful in selling your home. And in return, the agent will receive a commission on the sale. If you are getting ready…
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Roundup: European Commission proposes digital identity, Orange and AXA acquire stake in DabaDoc and more briefs

Roundup: European Commission proposes digital identity, Orange and AXA acquire stake in DabaDoc and more briefs

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ALCOVE AWARDED SUFFOLK CARE TECHNOLOGY CONTRACT UK-based technology company Alcove, change management consultancy, Rethink Partners and monitoring service, CIC have been awarded the contract to deliver Suffolk County Council's care technology service over the next three years. The new Cassius service, which focuses on technology that promotes independence and monitoring assessment for patients, was awarded following…
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Providence CISO offers tips for a ‘pandemic-ready’ cyber strategy

Providence CISO offers tips for a ‘pandemic-ready’ cyber strategy

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Seattle-based Providence was forced to learn quickly in the spring of 2020, with Washington state one of the early U.S. hotspots as SARS-CoV-2 spread. The health system quickly stood up an array of new clinical innovations to deal with the public health emergency, and pivoted its consumer-facing tools to help manage its response to COVID-19.…
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Will Pandemic Sleep Troubles Lead to Wave of Chronic Insomnia?

Will Pandemic Sleep Troubles Lead to Wave of Chronic Insomnia?

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Dubbed "COVID-somnia" or "coronasomnia," more than half of Americans have experienced increases in sleep disturbances since the start of the pandemic. In this Facebook Live, Michael Grandner, PhD, MTR, director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona, and director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic at Banner-University Medical Center Tucson,…
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How to Store your Personal Protective Equipment – PPE

How to Store your Personal Protective Equipment – PPE

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Is Herd Immunity With COVID-19 Realistic?

Is Herd Immunity With COVID-19 Realistic?

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Listen and subscribe on Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google, so you don't miss the next episode. And if you like what you hear, a five-star rating goes a long way in helping us "Track the Vax"! Almost half of all Americans have now received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and roughly 40% are fully…
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Make the Most of Your Summer Produce

Make the Most of Your Summer Produce

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Every season delivers distinct flavors, and summer flavors are best described through seasonal produce. An abundance of juicy, nutritious fruits and vegetables makes for a delicious and healthy few months. However, these staple foods can be difficult to cook and preserve correctly, leaving you frustrated as you throw them away before getting a chance to…
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How Lab-Leak Theory Became Credible; ‘Scarlet Letter’ Kids; Can You Ask About Vax?

How Lab-Leak Theory Became Credible; ‘Scarlet Letter’ Kids; Can You Ask About Vax?

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Note that some links may require registration or subscription. How did the Wuhan lab-leak theory suddenly gain credence? (Washington Post) Former President Trump weighed in on the origins of SARS-CoV-2: "Now everybody is agreeing that I was right." (The Hill) As of Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. EDT, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the U.S. was…
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Konga Health signs landmark MoU with Nigerian private medical association

Konga Health signs landmark MoU with Nigerian private medical association

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Konga Health, an ambitious, technology-driven healthcare solutions company, has signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Association of Nigerian Private Medical Practitioners (ANPMP) to boost access to quality healthcare services in Nigeria, including the delivery of genuine drugs and medical supplies.The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) took place on Tuesday, June…
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Most Familial Hypercholesterolemia Slips Past Genetic Tests

Most Familial Hypercholesterolemia Slips Past Genetic Tests

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The majority of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) cases would go undetected if people relied on array-based genetic tests alone, according to one study. For example, the 23andMe test -- offering a limited screen for just 24 known FH variants -- would have missed over 60% of individuals with the autosomal dominant disorder, reported Amy Sturm, of…
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Data dashboards aid Australian Department of Health in COVID-19 related decision making

Data dashboards aid Australian Department of Health in COVID-19 related decision making

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In a statement yesterday, SaaS provider Qlik shared how the Australian Department of Health was able to make public health decisions through data. WHY IT MATTERS When the pandemic outbreak first happened in early 2020, the DOH needed a solution that could support the National Incident Room to provide "curated data on a daily basis…
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Philips partners with leading UAE telecoms company to fast-track data-driven healthcare

Philips partners with leading UAE telecoms company to fast-track data-driven healthcare

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Royal Philips is helping the United Arab Emirates (UAE) fast-track its transformation of data-driven healthcare via a new partnership with one of the country’s leading telecommunications companies. The healthtech multinational has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Du to “collaboratively accelerate the critical, data-driven transformation of healthcare in the UAE in support of the…
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Op-Ed: Protect the Patents

Op-Ed: Protect the Patents

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Facing significant pressure from the World Trade Organization and select countries including India and many in Africa, the U.S. recently announced its support for a proposal to waive patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines. This waiver would compel companies to give up COVID-19 intellectual property rights and make vaccine recipes available to international governments. The rationale…
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Amazon attracting multiple companies to telehealth service

Amazon attracting multiple companies to telehealth service

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Amazon Care has signed several companies to its telehealth service, an executive said during a Wall Street Journal event on Wednesday, as the consumer giant continues with plans to roll out the service to all 50 states by this summer. Speaking at the WSJ Tech Health event, Amazon VP Babak Parviz said that "we’ve had quite a…
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When it comes to data modernization, ‘tech is only one part of the puzzle’

When it comes to data modernization, ‘tech is only one part of the puzzle’

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According to Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's acting deputy director for public health science and surveillance, the COVID-19 crisis exposed the gaps in disease monitoring "in very real ways."   Early in the pandemic, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which included $500 million in allocations…
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Op-Ed: Love Can Conquer Trauma

Op-Ed: Love Can Conquer Trauma

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I was 7 years old and sitting on the edge of my bed listening to my parents scream in their all too frequent arguments. I was crying. I heard an ashtray crash against the door. The yelling intensified. I was afraid. The argument seemed like it lasted forever. I wanted to it stop. I needed…
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Nigeria’s GDP projected to grow 4.2% by 2022 – Finance Minister

Nigeria’s GDP projected to grow 4.2% by 2022 – Finance Minister

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The Federal Government has forecasted that the Nigerian economy will grow by as much as 4.2% in 2022.This was disclosed by Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, at the Public Consultation on the Draft 2022 to 2024 Medium Term Fiscal Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTFF/FSP).The Minister added that Nigeria’s 2021…
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Op-Ed: The Jury Is Out on COVID Boosters

Op-Ed: The Jury Is Out on COVID Boosters

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As we continue to roll out COVID-19 vaccination here in the U.S. and, far too slowly, around the world, our next potential challenge is already looming on the horizon: the potential need for booster vaccinations. As we gather and weigh evidence on the necessity of boosters, we must not lose sight of the COVID-19 vaccine…
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GI Disruption Lasts for Months in Many COVID Survivors

GI Disruption Lasts for Months in Many COVID Survivors

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Italians who had COVID-19 during the early waves last year were at substantial risk of showing continued gastrointestinal symptoms long after recovering from the infection -- especially those who experienced diarrhea during the acute phase, a researcher reported. Some 18% of COVID-19 survivors in the Lombardy region who responded to a survey said they were…
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Physicians Job-Hunting on Social Media; Get the Career You Want

Physicians Job-Hunting on Social Media; Get the Career You Want

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Welcome to this week's edition of Healthcare Career Insights. This weekly roundup highlights healthcare career-related articles culled from across the web to help you learn what's next.Social media is helping physicians find jobs -- Physicians turn to social media for professional advancement, survey finds (Becker's Hospital Review)From estate planning to malpractice, key things to remember…
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Australia launches COVID-19 vaccination reporting tool for aged care providers

Australia launches COVID-19 vaccination reporting tool for aged care providers

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Australia's Department of Health has recently introduced a reporting tool on the My Aged Care portal where aged care service providers can report the COVID-19 vaccination status of their workforce. Through the portal, approved providers can record de-identified data on the total number of workers at each aged care service; the number of workers who…
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Mount Sinai eases translation in 200 languages through its Epic telehealth platform

Mount Sinai eases translation in 200 languages through its Epic telehealth platform

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When telehealth visits increased exponentially during the pandemic, patients at Mount Sinai Health System with limited English proficiency, or LEP, were at a great disadvantage to receive equal access to services because of the language barrier. THE PROBLEM Telehealth platforms were not originally set up with LEP patients in mind. And Mount Sinai's patient population…
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DEAL: Payhippo raises $1 million pre-seed round to fund more SMEs in Africa

DEAL: Payhippo raises $1 million pre-seed round to fund more SMEs in Africa

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Payhippo, an artificial intelligence-driven lending platform that provides loans to small businesses has raised $1 million in a pre-seed round.Investors in this round include Ventures Platform, Future Africa, Launch Africa, and Sherpa Ventures with participation from international investors like Hustle Fund and Mercy Corps Ventures.Founded in 2020 by Zach Bijesse, Chioma Okocha, and Uche Nnadi,…
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‘We Stared at the Data for a Long Time Partly in Disbelief’: What We Heard This Week

‘We Stared at the Data for a Long Time Partly in Disbelief’: What We Heard This Week

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"We stared at the data for a long time partly in disbelief." -- Douglas Mann, MD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, on how sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto) didn't appear to help patients with advanced heart failure when compared with an angiotensin receptor blocker alone. "I think asking people to just sort of go…
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Three Saudi Arabian hospitals achieve EMRAM Stage 7

Three Saudi Arabian hospitals achieve EMRAM Stage 7

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Three Saudi Arabian hospitals in the Mouwasat group have achieved the highest level of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model (EMRAM). The hospitals in Qatif, Damman and Riyadh were validated at Stage 7 of the eight-stage model EMRAM model, which scores hospitals from 0-7 relative to their inpatient electronic medical records (EMR) capabilities.…
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NHS England: ‘We are using data as a lifeblood to try and triangulate information and actually improve services’

NHS England: ‘We are using data as a lifeblood to try and triangulate information and actually improve services’

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High-quality data has been integral in tackling COVID-19 and delivering digitally driven, citizen-centred integrated care. At the beginning of the year, NHSX developed a national imaging database to identify patterns and variations of COVID-19 in UK patients. In Israel, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he had secured a deal with Pfizer which enabled all citizens of…
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Ozanimod Hits Ulcerative Colitis Early

Ozanimod Hits Ulcerative Colitis Early

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Just 1 week of full-dose ozanimod (Zeposia) was enough to bring symptom relief and biomarker improvement in patients with ulcerative colitis, a new analysis of placebo-controlled trial data indicated. Differences in rectal bleeding and stool frequency were already evident between patients assigned to the oral drug versus placebo in week 2 of the so-called TRUE…
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What Nurses Group Blasted ‘Dangerous’ Mask Guidance?

What Nurses Group Blasted ‘Dangerous’ Mask Guidance?

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Quizzes > Weekly News Quiz — You passed medical training, now see if you can pass our weekly quiz by MedPage Today Staff May 22, 2021 The 24-hour news cycle is just as important to medicine as it is to politics, finance, or sports. At MedPage Today, new information is posted daily, but keeping up…
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Find the Right Fence

Find the Right Fence

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Want to customize this content for your business? Learn More Categories General Editorial Follow us on social media today! Fences can do a lot for both the aesthetics and functionality of your yard, but how do you know what kind is right to install? With dozens of types to choose from, the decision isn’t easy—but…
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Access Bank crowned inaugural winners of Bank Wars

Access Bank crowned inaugural winners of Bank Wars

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Foremost lenders, Access Bank has claimed the inaugural edition of Bank Wars, a FIFA 21 Gaming competition for leading Nigerian banks.The bank also claimed the best goal award for the competition.Bank Wars is sponsored by foremost Original Equipment Manufacturer, Samsung.The final, played on Saturday, June 5, 2021, saw Access Bank humble Standard Chartered 10-4. The…
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Op-Ed: Diabetes Is Not an Equal Opportunity Killer

Op-Ed: Diabetes Is Not an Equal Opportunity Killer

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During the pandemic, Black Americans have died of COVID-19 at higher rates than other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. One of the many drivers of this inequity is a killer that has been disproportionately affecting the Black community for years: diabetes. In recent research, my team and I looked at diabetes mortality inequities…
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Is gamification the way forward for precision health?

Is gamification the way forward for precision health?

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Singapore claims to have achieved a level of public engagement which is “unheard of by most health apps” through the use of small incentives, such as earning points more usually found in electronic gaming. Over in Europe, however, it is a different story, with some countries having to overcome basic issues of trust before people…
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NextGen’s Otto telehealth system bests Zoom at Hilltop Regional

NextGen’s Otto telehealth system bests Zoom at Hilltop Regional

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Hilltop Regional Health Center in Tacoma, Washington, had two big issues going into the COVID-19 pandemic's virus spread and shutdowns. THE PROBLEM The first issue was that it did not have a formal telemedicine solution in place. Second, it did not have sufficient resources to run telemedicine for the entire organization once it procured the necessary…
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Vaccines in Health Workers; Aspirin to Prevent CVD: It’s TTHealthWatch!

Vaccines in Health Workers; Aspirin to Prevent CVD: It’s TTHealthWatch!

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TTHealthWatch is a weekly podcast from Texas Tech. In it, Elizabeth Tracey, director of electronic media for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Rick Lange, MD, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, look at the top medical stories of the week. A transcript of the podcast is below the summary. This…
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Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial Still Sees No Death Reduction

Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial Still Sees No Death Reduction

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Long-term follow-up of a huge randomized trial found that ovarian cancer screening with transvaginal ultrasound alone or in combination with CA125 blood testing did not reduce mortality from the disease compared with no screening, though use of CA125 detected cancers at an earlier stage. At a median follow-up of 16.3 years, incidence of ovarian or…
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The importance of engaging health plan members in virtual care

The importance of engaging health plan members in virtual care

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, New York City was one of the first places in the United States to feel its major effects.    Health systems all over the city were forced to pause non-essential care and spin up virtual options – sometimes in a matter of days.  MetroPlus Health Plan, which offers access to…
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Global experts exchange exclusive insights on developing digital maturity at #HIMSS21Europe

Global experts exchange exclusive insights on developing digital maturity at #HIMSS21Europe

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Leading digital healthcare experts swapped practical advice about pushing digital transformation forward at the evening keynote session 'Widening our Perspective on Digital Maturity'. The panel consisted of Anne Snowdon, Chief Scientific Research Officer, HIMSS, Canada, Amy Trainor, VP Clinical Systems, Ochsner Hospital Group, US, and Shez Partovi, Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer, Philips Communications, Netherlands and the…
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Osinbajo blames corruption, lack of transparency for poor contract negotiation in Nigeria

Osinbajo blames corruption, lack of transparency for poor contract negotiation in Nigeria

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has blamed the incessant cases of poor contract negotiations in Nigeria on corruption, lack of transparency and other factors that have bedevilled the society.The remark by Osinbajo is coming following disputes and huge losses incurred by the Federal Government in recent times due to such negotiations with other countries…
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Why do you need Personal Protective Equipment – PPE?

Why do you need Personal Protective Equipment – PPE?

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Ensuring employees know when they need to put on personal protective equipment is essential for their safety. With that being...
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Microbiome Therapies for Recurrent C. Diff Advance

Microbiome Therapies for Recurrent C. Diff Advance

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Two bacteria-based treatments for recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection showed positive results in late-stage randomized trials, bringing them a step closer to the clinic. The studies tested proprietary mixtures of bacterial agents that colonize the intestinal tract and prevent C. difficile from thriving, and were reported on at the Digestive Disease Week (DDW) virtual meeting. One,…
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The Pros and Cons of Living Near a School

The Pros and Cons of Living Near a School

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Schools are the center of many communities. Outside of the Monday through Friday school week, there will be sporting events, clubs, dances, local events, and graduations. Some people will embrace the liveliness. Others? Not so much. When you’re on the market for a new home, living near a primary or high school can be an…
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RET Fusion Inhibitor Active Beyond Lung, Thyroid Cancers

RET Fusion Inhibitor Active Beyond Lung, Thyroid Cancers

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The RET inhibitor selpercatinib (Retevmo) exhibited clinical activity in almost half of patients with non-lung/non-thyroid cancers associated with RET gene fusions, according to a subgroup analysis of a randomized trial. Objective responses occurred in 15 of 32 (47%) patients with RET fusion-positive tumors representing nine different types of cancer. Responses (two complete) occurred in colon,…
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House Bill Seeks to Cut Red Tape on Prior Authorizations in Medicare

House Bill Seeks to Cut Red Tape on Prior Authorizations in Medicare

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WASHINGTON -- Medicare Advantage insurers need to be more clear about their prior authorization policies, according to a group of House members. "When I was practicing I routinely dealt with burdens and processes like this," Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD (R-Ind.), who formerly worked as a thoracic surgeon, said at a press conference Thursday announcing the…
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Glen Tullman: In the future, telehealth will just be ‘health’

Glen Tullman: In the future, telehealth will just be ‘health’

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Even as healthcare innovation has advanced over the last few decades, knotty problems remain – especially with regard to alignment and user experience. "Healthcare is more confusing, more complex and more costly than ever before, despite all of our efforts," said Transcarent CEO Glen Tullman at the American Telemedicine Association's annual conference this week.  …
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Roundup: New telehealth app for COVID-19 patients in India, Japanese firms’ initiative for brain health and more briefs

Roundup: New telehealth app for COVID-19 patients in India, Japanese firms’ initiative for brain health and more briefs

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Indian telehealth app offers COVID-19 virtual consultations Indian digital health startup 5e Healthcare is now offering virtual consultations for COVID-19 patients through its mobile app. Its 5eCare app assists both asymptomatic and suspected COVID-19 patients in accessing remote care within 15 minutes of booking. Attending doctors are giving out digital prescriptions to their patients through…
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These Risk Factors Can Make Severe Pancreatitis Worse

These Risk Factors Can Make Severe Pancreatitis Worse

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For patients with necrotizing severe acute pancreatitis, several key clinical risk factors contributed to risk of developing infected pancreatic necrosis, a small study from Finland found. Independent risk factors included post-interventional pancreatitis (OR 13.5, 95% CI 2.4-76.5), widespread necrotic collections (OR 21.8, 95% CI 6.1-77.8), and having a greater extension of anatomical spread of necrotic…
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Maximize Your Outdoor Space

Maximize Your Outdoor Space

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Whether you have a patio, a deck, or just a small patch of grass in your backyard, summer is the perfect time to upgrade your outdoor space. Without going overboard (or breaking your budget), these tips will help you make the most of your backyard entertaining environment! Bring in some color Plain furniture can easily…
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Nigeria targets European, Trans-Saharan markets with $2.8 billion AKK gas project

Nigeria targets European, Trans-Saharan markets with $2.8 billion AKK gas project

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The Federal Government has disclosed that it is looking at covering the Trans-Saharan and European markets with the ongoing construction of the Ajaokuta, Kaduna, Kano Gas Pipeline, popularly known as AKK Gas Pipeline.The $2.8 billion project which is the biggest single gas project in Nigeria is expected to boost domestic gas consumption, power generation and…
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COVID-Somnia: Sleep in the Time of Corona

COVID-Somnia: Sleep in the Time of Corona

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Topic: Dubbed "COVID-somnia," over half of Americans have experienced increases in sleep disturbances since the start of the pandemic. What can we do to get more restful sleep? Guest: Michael Grandner, PhD, MTR, director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona, and director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic at…
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Pandemic allows CIOs to move with new speed, but cyber threats lie in wait

Pandemic allows CIOs to move with new speed, but cyber threats lie in wait

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When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the U.S. early last year, life slowed down, even ground to a halt in many circumstances. But for health IT, things sped up. When new technologies were needed to solve fast-moving healthcare challenges, hospitals and health systems could not afford to wait the time it normally took to stand up…
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DOJ will elevate ransomware probes to terrorism-level priority

DOJ will elevate ransomware probes to terrorism-level priority

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Amid an ongoing series of expensive and disruptive attacks on U.S. health systems, energy infrastructure and food suppliers, the U.S. Department of Justice says it will elevate its ransomware investigations to a priority level similar to that of terrorism.   As Reuters' Christopher Bing reported this week, the agency sent internal guidance to U.S. attorney's offices…
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Some Risk Models Predict GI Bleeds Better Than Others

Some Risk Models Predict GI Bleeds Better Than Others

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Two machine learning models, XGBoost and RegCox, showed similarly superior performance in helping clinicians identify high-risk patients for gastrointestinal bleeding, an observational study found. Examining patients prescribed antithrombotic drugs, both the regularized Cox proportional hazards regression (RegCox) and the extreme gradient boosting (XGBoost) models had the best performance in predicting gastrointestinal bleeding in the validation…
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Should You Buy a House Before or After Marriage?

Should You Buy a House Before or After Marriage?

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When you find that special someone, you dream of the future ahead. From having kids to retiring together, there are many life changes you will go through as a couple. One of the biggest moves you’ll make together is purchasing a home. Whether you’re married or in a committed relationship, owning a home is a…
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Op-Ed: Let the Olympic Games Be Canceled

Op-Ed: Let the Olympic Games Be Canceled

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Since the inception of the modern Olympic Games in 1896, the Summer Games have been canceled or postponed four times: in 1918, 1940, and 1944 due to world wars, and in 2020 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As an avid sports fan and a professor of global health with a background in pandemic preparedness,…
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U.S agrees to lift Iran oil sanctions

U.S agrees to lift Iran oil sanctions

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Iranian authorities stated today that the United States has agreed to remove all sanctions on the Arab nation’s oil and shipping, and remove several senior officials from the U.S blacklist.Mahmoud Vaezi, the Chief of Staff to outgoing President Hassan Rouhani, made this announcement, according to Reuters.“An agreement has been reached to remove all insurance, oil…
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Multiple Solutions Needed for Health Workforce Shortage, Senators Told

Multiple Solutions Needed for Health Workforce Shortage, Senators Told

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WASHINGTON -- The healthcare workforce shortage can be improved with some creative thinking, said James Herbert, PhD, at a Senate hearing Thursday. "We must fundamentally change the prevailing educational model," noted Herbert, president of the University of New England (UNE), at the hearing called by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions' Subcommittee…
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Synthetic data boosts accuracy and speed of brain tumor surgery CDS

Synthetic data boosts accuracy and speed of brain tumor surgery CDS

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Michigan Medicine was working toward a goal: to develop a decision support tool that would improve pathologists' ability to accurately diagnose brain tumors in the operating room, allowing them to both diagnose more quickly and more accurately. THE PROBLEM However, this is no small feat. Historically, tumor diagnosis is a challenging task because the images…
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Waikato DHB eyes digital services improvement by next week

Waikato DHB eyes digital services improvement by next week

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Waikato DHB reported today that "significant" progress has been made toward restoring its technical systems which went down following a recent cyberattack. "Our current plan would see our hospitals' digital capability improved by the end of next week. Although there will still be some way to go, this would be a big step on from…
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A Clinical Riddle: Post-COVID Inflammatory Syndrome in Adults

A Clinical Riddle: Post-COVID Inflammatory Syndrome in Adults

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Adults with multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-A) following COVID-19 illness had a wide variety of organ involvement, a retrospective single-center study found. In an analysis that included nearly 700 COVID-19 patients, the median number of involved organ systems among the 15 patients admitted for MIS-A was four, with the kidneys, hematologic, and gastrointestinal systems most commonly…
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Op-Ed: ‘Yes, I Am the Surgeon,’ She Said

Op-Ed: ‘Yes, I Am the Surgeon,’ She Said

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I spent many hours empowering and educating a patient and her husband, and operated on her twice in just 1 year. The first time after I finished my operation, I told her husband everything went well. The second time, despite having an identical conversation about her surgery, her husband asked me if her surgeon was…
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Privacy fears over NHS plans to share GP medical records with third parties

Privacy fears over NHS plans to share GP medical records with third parties

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Privacy fears have been raised over controversial plans to share NHS medical records from every GP patient in England with third parties. According to NHS Digital, the medical histories of more than 55 million patients will be made available on a database to "support the planning and commissioning of health and care services, the development…
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Moody’s warns of revenue risks as healthcare cyberattacks increase

Moody’s warns of revenue risks as healthcare cyberattacks increase

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A report this week from Moody's Investors Service found that cyber risk will likely remain high for the healthcare sector, leading to the potential for lost revenue, increased expenses and elevated scrutiny.   "The large amount of sensitive patient data held by the industry will make it a rich target for attacks, particularly in the…
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Nurses Union Blasts ‘Dangerous’ CDC Mask Guidance

Nurses Union Blasts ‘Dangerous’ CDC Mask Guidance

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Labor union leaders representing 170,000 nurses came out swinging against the Biden administration's "dangerous" new recommendations that fully vaccinated people no longer need masks and that other COVID-19 precautions can be relaxed. The new guidelines endanger public health and are not based on science, leaders of National Nurses United (NNU) said during a press conference…
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Next Up in Line for COVID Vaccines: Kids

Next Up in Line for COVID Vaccines: Kids

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Listen and subscribe on Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google, so you don't miss the next episode. And if you like what you hear, a five-star rating goes a long way in helping us "Track the Vax"! The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has now expanded to include young adolescents among those eligible to receive Pfizer's two-dose shot.…
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For Safety, One Biologic a Winner in Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis

For Safety, One Biologic a Winner in Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis

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Patients with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis who were being treated with ustekinumab (Stelara) had lower rates of serious hospitalized infections than patients receiving other biologics or small molecule therapies, a study utilizing data from two commercial claims databases found. After propensity score weighting, the incidence rate for infections requiring hospitalization was 0.87 per 100 person-years…
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Dubai introduces WhatsApp vaccine appointment bookings

Dubai introduces WhatsApp vaccine appointment bookings

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Dubai residents can now make use of an additional method to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment – the emirate’s health authority has just launched a new booking facility via its official WhatsApp line. The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) confirmed that the new service “utilises artificial intelligence [AI] to facilitate the booking of appointments,” and is…
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Blessing Health System’s school-based telehealth program is a hit

Blessing Health System’s school-based telehealth program is a hit

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As rural communities strive to maintain access to quality healthcare, providers increasingly are forced to think outside the box to make sure patients receive the care they need and deserve. The Bureau of Health Workforce Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) found that 62.93% of primary care health professional shortage areas were located in rural…
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“We are using agency banking to drive entrepreneurship, wealth creation” – Ecobank

“We are using agency banking to drive entrepreneurship, wealth creation” – Ecobank

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Ecobank Nigeria says its vision to use agency banking scheme to drive entrepreneurship, provide employment opportunities and supporting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) is yielding fruits, as over 32,000 Nigerians including former employees and retirees have adopted the scheme to sustain their everyday living. According to the bank apart from helping to drive its…
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Younger CRC Screening; AI and Lung Cancer Detection; COVID and Oncology Trials

Younger CRC Screening; AI and Lung Cancer Detection; COVID and Oncology Trials

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Increasing colorectal cancer cases in people under 50 prompted the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to recommend screening begin at age 45 for individuals at average risk. (JAMA) Researchers developed an algorithm using artificial intelligence that can predict whether CT-detected lung nodules will turn cancerous. (Radiological Society of North America, Radiology) Cancer centers are under…
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Finerenone May Delay AFib Onset in Patients With CKD and Diabetes

Finerenone May Delay AFib Onset in Patients With CKD and Diabetes

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Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and type 2 diabetes were about 30% less likely to develop atrial fibrillation (Afib) with finerenone treatment versus placebo, a researcher reported. In a prespecified exploratory analysis of the FIDELIO-DKD trial, new-onset Afib or atrial flutter (AF) was reported in 3.2% of patients taking the investigational anti-mineralocorticoid drug and…
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5 Simple Ways to Add Instant Curb Appeal

5 Simple Ways to Add Instant Curb Appeal

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Don’t lose potential buyers due to any flaws or unsightliness on the exterior of your home. Use the tips below to wow people at the curb and get them in the door! The best part is, you don’t have to spend a fortune or break your back to boost your home’s curb appeal. Apply a…
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The imaging AI field is exploding, but it carries unique challenges

The imaging AI field is exploding, but it carries unique challenges

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The use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyze medical imaging data has grown significantly in recent years – with 60 new products approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2020 alone.   But AI scaling, particularly in the medical field, can face unique challenges, said Elad Benjamin, general manager of Radiology…
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Cleveland Clinic fills new role: executive director of innovations

Cleveland Clinic fills new role: executive director of innovations

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Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday announced that it has tapped one of its leading biomedical thinkers to lead its innovation program. WHY IT MATTERS As the inaugural executive director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations, D. Geoffrey (Geoff) Vince will be tasked with aligning the health system's technology development strategies with emerging scientific and research priorities, officials said. Specifically,…
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Cognition and Smoking; Sleep Drugs and Women; Your Brain Under Anesthesia

Cognition and Smoking; Sleep Drugs and Women; Your Brain Under Anesthesia

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Smoking was linked with impaired verbal learning and memory performance in women more than men. (Scientific Reports) More cases of an unusual neurodegenerative syndrome that looks like Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, but isn't, have been reported in the province of New Brunswick. (Washington Post) Emergency department visits for bicycle-related traumatic brain injuries fell by 48.7% in kids…
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Renal Denervation Shows Worth in Resistant Hypertension

Renal Denervation Shows Worth in Resistant Hypertension

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Ultrasound renal denervation reduced blood pressure (BP) among people confirmed to have resistant hypertension in the RADIANCE-HTN TRIO trial. Denervation with the Paradise System led these patients to greater daytime ambulatory systolic BP reductions at 2 months than peers receiving a sham procedure (-8.0 mm Hg vs -3.0 mm Hg, P=0.022), according to Ajay Kirtane,…
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ASUU threatens to embark on another strike

ASUU threatens to embark on another strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to go on strike if the 13 months salaries of over 1,000 of its members across the country are not paid.This is coming barely 6 months after the lecturers union had suspended its 9-month industrial action due to a dispute with the Federal Government over the…
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Should You Fix Up Your House or Sell As-Is?

Should You Fix Up Your House or Sell As-Is?

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Want to customize this content for your business? Learn More Categories General Editorial Follow us on social media today! When you decide to sell your home, it’s beneficial to make a list of renovations and repairs that could help increase its value. This can include painting a dated room, putting new carpet down, or fixing…
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Entresto Risky for Advanced Heart Failure?

Entresto Risky for Advanced Heart Failure?

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Sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto) didn't appear to help patients with advanced heart failure in the LIFE trial when compared with an angiotensin receptor blocker alone. The combination agent failed to improve N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptides (NT-proBNP) as a marker of decongestion and reverse remodeling, with no difference in the area under the curve of levels over 24…
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Roundup: AWS to launch data centres in UAE, Ibex obtains CE Mark for AI-powered breast cancer detection and more briefs

Roundup: AWS to launch data centres in UAE, Ibex obtains CE Mark for AI-powered breast cancer detection and more briefs

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AWS TO OPEN DATA CENTERS IN UAE Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, plans to open an infrastructure region in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first half of 2022. The new AWS Middle East (UAE) Region will consist of three Availability Zones and will become AWS's second region in the Middle East with…
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HIMSSCast: Telehealth in the trenches

HIMSSCast: Telehealth in the trenches

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In this very special episode of HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock welcomes his mother Carol Hornbeck, a marriage and family therapist in Minneapolis, and her colleague Edwin Shurig, a mental health counselor in Indianapolis. Along with Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich, we discuss what it was like for small practices and independent therapists to…
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Can COVID-19 Genes Integrate Into Human DNA?

Can COVID-19 Genes Integrate Into Human DNA?

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Respected experts in genetics have caused a stir on both social media and in scientific circles by suggesting that SARS-CoV-2 can integrate pieces of its genetic code into the human genome. If true, the results could explain why some people test positive for SARS-CoV-2 RNA sometimes months after recovering from their initial infection, even though…
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Grilled Cedar-Plank Salmon

Grilled Cedar-Plank Salmon

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Follow us on social media today! Dinner | By Héloïse Brion | 0 Likes Is there anything more delicious than fresh, grilled seafood? The cedar plank bed infuses the salmon in this recipe, giving it an added depth of flavor and smokiness that’s irresistible. Serves 6–7 2 food-grade cedar planks for grilling 2 tablespoons extra-virgin…
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‘We Have All Longed for This Moment’: What We Heard This Week

‘We Have All Longed for This Moment’: What We Heard This Week

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"We have all longed for this moment." -- CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, on the agency's new recommendations that fully vaccinated individuals can drop face masks in nearly all settings. "If you break your leg and you have a cast on it, everybody comes running to you to sign your cast, but if you…
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New Zealand sets budget to introduce new health information platform

New Zealand sets budget to introduce new health information platform

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New Zealand's Ministry of Health recently unveiled its plan to invest up to NZ$400 million ($289.4 million) to implement health sector data and digital infrastructure over the next four years. That includes NZ$385 million ($279 million) to implement Hira, the new national health information platform. Another NZ$15 million ($10.8 million) was allocated for capital funding…
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Italy’s digital health strategy and future plans set to be showcased at #HIMSS21Europe

Italy’s digital health strategy and future plans set to be showcased at #HIMSS21Europe

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A 360-degree comparison with other European countries is set to take place, to understand what the state of digital healthcare is in and what the future may hold across the continent. At the virtual HIMSS21 & Health 2.0 European Health Conference, which will take place on 7-9 June this year, major representatives from the world…
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Categories of Personal Protective Equipment – PPE

Categories of Personal Protective Equipment – PPE

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There are numerous types of personal protective equipment available that are used to improve overall workplace safety for individuals. Some...
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Is inflation actually declining in Nigeria?

Is inflation actually declining in Nigeria?

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During the week, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released the Consumer Price Index Report (CPI Report) for May 2021. The NBS CPI number is a statistical estimate constructed using the prices of a sample of representative items whose prices are collected monthly and used to measure changes in the price level of a weighted…
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A Call for Nuance in Cardioprotection With Early Breast Cancer Therapy

A Call for Nuance in Cardioprotection With Early Breast Cancer Therapy

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For low-risk breast cancer patients getting potentially cardiotoxic treatment, candesartan's (Atacand) short-term protection of cardiac function faded longer term in the PRADA trial. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) declined a similar amount from baseline to 23 months post-randomization for patients given candesartan during adjuvant breast cancer treatment versus those who were not (1.7 vs 1.8…
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Here’s What to Expect During the Appraisal Process

Here’s What to Expect During the Appraisal Process

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While many home buyers and sellers are familiar with the home inspection that occurs at the beginning of the contract period, they may be less familiar with another inspection that can have an even greater impact on the home sale: the appraisal. The home appraisal looks at the property, both individually and within the context…
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Baby Aspirin on Par With Full Dose to Prevent Repeat Heart Events

Baby Aspirin on Par With Full Dose to Prevent Repeat Heart Events

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An 81-mg dose of daily aspirin isn't less effective than 325 mg for secondary cardiovascular prevention, according to the ADAPTABLE trial, although its legacy may be largely in being the first large pragmatic U.S.-based cardiology trial. Composite incidence of death from any cause and hospitalization for MI or stroke came out at a similar 7.28%…
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DOW drops amid gains in Apple and Microsoft

DOW drops amid gains in Apple and Microsoft

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As tech firms outperformed, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped and the Nasdaq gained. The top-performing blue chips were Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT).Even while other meme stocks like GameStop (GME) struggled to get traction, AMC Entertainment (AMC) soared. The bears were mauling the little caps.Following a two-day sell-off for the Dow in the wake…
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Need for virtual mental health services skyrockets during COVID-19 pandemic

Need for virtual mental health services skyrockets during COVID-19 pandemic

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The healthcare industry has been learning about virtual mental health services for quite some time. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, provided a crash course in this care delivery mode. Rob Havasy, Managing Director, Personal Connected Health Alliance, and Jamey Edwards, CEO, Cloudbreak Health, recently met with Jonah Comstock, Editor-in-Chief, HIMSS Media, to discuss how the industry…
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Physicians in favor of permanent telehealth expansion

Physicians in favor of permanent telehealth expansion

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A study published this month in JMIR Human Factors from Syracuse University researchers found that physicians are in favor of expanding telehealth permanently.   However, many docs also voiced concerns with limitations of current telehealth technology offerings, noting that market concentration could lead to weighted effects of select platforms' capabilities.    "As consumers, we want…
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Fastest-Growing Healthcare Jobs; Locum Tenens Horror Stories

Fastest-Growing Healthcare Jobs; Locum Tenens Horror Stories

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Welcome to this week's edition of Healthcare Career Insights. This weekly roundup highlights healthcare career-related articles culled from across the Web to help you learn what's next.Nurse practitioners and home health professionals are among the top growing healthcare jobs -- The 5 fastest-growing health care jobs, according to the New York Times (Advisory Board)Keep the…
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Create the Ultimate Hosting Space with An Outdoor Kitchen

Create the Ultimate Hosting Space with An Outdoor Kitchen

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Are you looking to become the host with the most? An outdoor kitchen can set your backyard apart and transform your outdoor space from a typical barbecue spot to the must-be place for parties. In addition to entertainment, an outdoor kitchen can increase both the value and living space of your home. And, not to…
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Strategy of DOAC After TAVR Disappoints in ATLANTIS

Strategy of DOAC After TAVR Disappoints in ATLANTIS

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A direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) was no better than existing antithrombotic treatments after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), according to ATLANTIS trial investigators. TAVR patients randomized to apixaban (Eliquis) instead of antiplatelet therapy or warfarin saw no reduction in the trial's primary endpoint, a composite of death, MI, stroke, systemic emboli, intracardiac or bioprosthesis thrombus,…
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Zocdoc says programming errors led to patient information exposure

Zocdoc says programming errors led to patient information exposure

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[Note: This piece has been updated to include comments from Zocdoc.] The medical scheduling site Zocdoc published a letter this week describing a programming error that allowed patient information to be exposed to providers in an unauthorized manner.   As Zocdoc explained, the bugs allowed practice staff members to access the vendor's system after their…
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Community Health adds $3.1M to annual revenue with patient engagement tech

Community Health adds $3.1M to annual revenue with patient engagement tech

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Community Health Network, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, faced three engagement problems – a lack of automation, a lack of personal or disease-specific communications and tremendous variation due to point solutions. THE PROBLEM Communicating with patients was completely driven by live telephone interactions. It was clear the health system needed a more automated solution for appointment…
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NSAIDs and Severe COVID; New Asthma Antibody: It’s TTHealthWatch!

NSAIDs and Severe COVID; New Asthma Antibody: It’s TTHealthWatch!

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TTHealthWatch is a weekly podcast from Texas Tech. In it, Elizabeth Tracey, director of electronic media for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Rick Lange, MD, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, look at the top medical stories of the week. A transcript of the podcast is below the summary. This…
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Review ID’s Racism During Care of Black Doctor Who Died of COVID

Review ID’s Racism During Care of Black Doctor Who Died of COVID

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An external review has concluded that racial bias as well as lack of empathy and compassion were present in the care of Black physician Susan Moore, MD, who died of COVID-19 at an Indiana University (IU) Health hospital in December 2020. "We owe it to our patients to always show up for them, to treat…
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MTN Nigeria clears air on service disruption, says it only affects few locations

MTN Nigeria clears air on service disruption, says it only affects few locations

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MTN Nigeria has cleared the air on the allegation that services to some locations in the country will be disrupted, as the telco giant described such as misleading media coverage.This was confirmed in a statement, which was signed by Karl Toriola, CEO of MTN Nigeria, on Wednesday and seen by Nairametrics.According to the statement, the…
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Does a History of MIS-C Preclude COVID Vaccination?

Does a History of MIS-C Preclude COVID Vaccination?

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People with a history of multi-inflammatory syndrome for children or adults (MIS-C or MIS-A) may choose to be vaccinated against COVID-19, CDC staff said in a call with clinicians on Friday. However, these patients should consider delaying vaccination for 90 days until after the date of their diagnosis. Other factors may include clinical recovery from…
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Waikato DHB making ‘good progress’ in bringing systems back online, says Chief Executive

Waikato DHB making ‘good progress’ in bringing systems back online, says Chief Executive

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The information services system at Waikato District Health Board, one of New Zealand's North Island DHBs, went dark last week after getting hit by a cyberattack.  WHY IT MATTERS On 18 May, Waikato DHB reported a "full outage" of its information services, affecting all clinical services across its five hospitals – Waikato, Thames, Tokoroa, Te…
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Using data to work effectively toward health equity

Using data to work effectively toward health equity

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The COVID-19 crisis has shed light on – and worsened – existing health inequities in the United States, particularly for Black and Latinx people.   Many health equity advocates have pointed to the important role data plays in addressing that inequity, noting that it is challenging to fix a problem about which we have no…
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Radiotracer Use Boosts Prostate Cancer Outcomes

Radiotracer Use Boosts Prostate Cancer Outcomes

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The inclusion of 18F- fluciclovine PET/CT to guide post-prostatectomy salvage radiotherapy improved outcomes, researchers reported. Results from the EMPIRE-1 trial showed that when the radiotracer was used to guide final radiotherapy treatment decisions, patients had an approximately 12% absolute improvement in event-free survival (EFS) at 3 years compared with patients who underwent therapy guided by…
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Airtel’s Broadband Coverage, Speed Ranked Best in Nigeria by umlaut

Airtel’s Broadband Coverage, Speed Ranked Best in Nigeria by umlaut

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Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has been declared the ‘Best in Test’ following a nationwide broadband assessment by umlaut, an international, full-service, cross-industry, end-to-end company that offers advisory and fulfilment services to clients globally.According to Hakan Ekmen, CEO of Telecommunications at umlaut, Airtel achieved the best-rated broadband coverage and user download speed among other…
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Probiotics Protect Overweight, Older Patients From Coughs and Wheeze

Probiotics Protect Overweight, Older Patients From Coughs and Wheeze

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Daily doses of certain probiotics appeared to keep upper respiratory tract symptoms somewhat at bay, especially in patients older than 45 and with a body mass index (BMI) in the obesity range, secondary results of a small trial indicated. Overall reports of such symptoms -- including cough, sore throat, headache, muscle ache, and wheeze --…
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Op-Ed: What Was CDC Thinking With Its New Mask Guidance?

Op-Ed: What Was CDC Thinking With Its New Mask Guidance?

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This opinion piece will be sharply critical of the new CDC guidance on masking for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, so I want to begin by saying the agency has been, and remains, the envy of the world. There's good reason why China, Korea, Europe, and Africa all named their public health…
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FBI warns of Conti ransomware attacks targeting U.S. healthcare networks

FBI warns of Conti ransomware attacks targeting U.S. healthcare networks

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation released a bulletin this past week that warned of Conti ransomware attacks targeting U.S. healthcare and first-responder networks.   Over the past year, the FBI has identified at least 16 of these kinds of incidents, the report said.   "Like most ransomware variants, Conti typically steals victims’ files and encrypts…
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Improving healthcare by better managing unstructured content

Improving healthcare by better managing unstructured content

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Improving the management of unstructured content is crucial when it comes to creating successful healthcare platforms. Clinicians can build better pictures of their patients when they use healthcare platforms which harness unstructured content, as well as structured content, to create a single source of clinical information. Analysts like Garner and IDC estimate that as much…
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8 Ways to Beautify Your Backyard for Less

8 Ways to Beautify Your Backyard for Less

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When it comes to tackling a home renovation, the backyard can be an afterthought. But more and more, homeowners are thinking about this prime living space a bit differently. In 2020, outdoor contracting professionals, like pool and spa installers, saw a large increase in work requests—and the new approach to yards doesn’t end there. The…
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After the Pandemic: Chronic Pain Care May Be Virtually Transformed

After the Pandemic: Chronic Pain Care May Be Virtually Transformed

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For MedPage Today's "After the Pandemic" series, we asked our editorial board members to discuss what significant and lasting effects the COVID-19 pandemic will have on medicine and the delivery of healthcare. Here, we interview Beth Darnall, PhD, associate professor in the department of anesthesiology, perioperative, and pain medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine…
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Twitter CEO, Dorsey, says Nigerians will lead in Bitcoin transactions despite crypto ban

Twitter CEO, Dorsey, says Nigerians will lead in Bitcoin transactions despite crypto ban

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Twitter’s Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Jack Dorsey, has said that he is extremely confident about the future of Bitcoin in Nigeria.He said that Nigeria will lead the charge for the largest cryptocurrency by market value, Bitcoin, despite the ban by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on financial institutions participating in its trade.The statement from Dorsey…
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UK launches implementation plan for genomic healthcare system

UK launches implementation plan for genomic healthcare system

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UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has today announced the launch of the Genome UK 2021-2022 implementation plan. Following the Genome UK policy paper published in September 2020, the plan outlines 27 priority actions for the next year that will help the UK to advance its ambition to become “the world’s most advanced genomic healthcare ecosystem”.…
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Doctors provide free telehealth services for COVID-19 patients in India

Doctors provide free telehealth services for COVID-19 patients in India

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Volunteer doctors from the US-based American Association of Physicians of Indian-Origin and Hindu faith-based group Sewa International have been offering teleconsultations and medical advice to COVID-19 patients in India via the eGlobalDoctors platform. WHAT THEY DO Over 100 volunteer physicians from both AAPI and Sewa International have joined its platform, according to eGlobalDoctors Chairman Dr…
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Better Coordination Needed for Mental Health Emergencies, House Panel Told

Better Coordination Needed for Mental Health Emergencies, House Panel Told

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WASHINGTON -- Better coordination between police departments and mental health providers is needed to help those having mental health crises, witnesses said at a House hearing Thursday. "Communities in Connecticut and across the country do their best to patch together various types or levels of mental health response with insufficient resources," said Charles Dike (pronounced…
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House Hearing on HHS Budget Looks at Grab Bag of Issues

House Hearing on HHS Budget Looks at Grab Bag of Issues

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WASHINGTON -- COVID-19 provider relief money, surprise billing, and medication-assisted treatment were among the topics highlighted at Wednesday's House hearing on the HHS budget request for fiscal year 2022. "The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on how health disparities, and the lack of national coordination and funding, can leave us vulnerable to crises," HHS Secretary…
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Kuwait’s Al Amiri Hospital partners with Aruba to optimise infrastructure

Kuwait’s Al Amiri Hospital partners with Aruba to optimise infrastructure

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A leading hospital in Kuwait City has partnered with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Aruba to fully optimise its network infrastructure, it has been announced. Al Amiri Hospital, which serves approximately 400,000 patients per year, has now reportedly established “99.9% network availability,” which has facilitated its continued “introduction of remote healthcare, staff mobility, and other digital healthcare…
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3 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Kids

3 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Kids

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To many, Cinco de Mayo may seem like an adult-only holiday. But, in reality, there’s more to celebrating this day than just tequila. In fact, there are various ways to include your children in the celebration. From DIY crafts to a kid-approved salsa recipe, here are three ways to throw a family-friendly fiesta and appreciate…
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Chemo-Free Regimen Shows Promise in High-Risk Early Breast Cancer

Chemo-Free Regimen Shows Promise in High-Risk Early Breast Cancer

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A chemotherapy-free neoadjuvant regimen led to similar breast cancer outcomes, while allowing a majority of patients with high-risk early-stage disease to avoid adjuvant cytotoxic therapy, according to updated results from a randomized trial. Progression-free survival (PFS) at 40 months was 87% for patients who received chemotherapy or the hormonal agent letrozole plus the CDK4/6 inhibitor…
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What is Personal Protective Equipment – PPE

What is Personal Protective Equipment – PPE

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Personal protective equipment, also known as protective equipment, PPE, safety gear, or protective gear, is any type of clothing or...
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Amylin Analogue Plus Semaglutide Get Early Win for Weight Loss

Amylin Analogue Plus Semaglutide Get Early Win for Weight Loss

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Adding an investigational long-acting amylin analogue to semaglutide was both safe and effective for weight management, according to a phase Ib randomized controlled trial. Of six different doses of once-weekly subcutaneous cagrilintide (AM833) tested, certain doses plus 2.4 mg of the GLP-1 receptor agonist semaglutide resulted in significantly greater weight loss compared with semaglutide alone,…
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Police fire teargas at Democracy Day protesters in Lagos, Abuja

Police fire teargas at Democracy Day protesters in Lagos, Abuja

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The Nigerian police on Saturday fired teargas to disperse protesters in the Gudu area of Abuja and Gani Fawehinmi Park Ojota area of Lagos as the country marked Democracy Day on June 12.The protesters had earlier blocked the Gudu Junction and converged at the park to protest the state of the nation.Similar protests were also…
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Our Favorite Mexican-Inspired Recipes

Our Favorite Mexican-Inspired Recipes

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Phase III Results Put Novel Asthma Biologic on Target for Approval

Phase III Results Put Novel Asthma Biologic on Target for Approval

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A first-in-class drug under development for severe asthma passed what its developers hope is the final test: achieving its primary endpoint in a phase III registration trial dubbed NAVIGATOR and now reported in a major journal. Tezepelumab, a monoclonal antibody targeting thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), cut the annualized rate of asthma exacerbations by more than…
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Scripps Health slowly coming back online, 3 weeks after attack

Scripps Health slowly coming back online, 3 weeks after attack

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Three weeks after a cyberattack led to a network outage at Scripps Health, employees say some systems are coming back online. According to reporting from ABC News, several Scripps Health workers said they'd regained access to "read-only" medical records from before May and payroll systems, along with some computers, emails and X-rays.   Its Epic-powered…
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How Australia’s aged care sector can improve digital health adoption at home

How Australia’s aged care sector can improve digital health adoption at home

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The Global Centre for Modern Ageing, a non-profit research group based in Australia, has published a report that shares the concerns and thoughts of the country's older population in implementing and integrating health technologies in their homes. Prepared in partnership with Google Chrome Enterprise, the report titled "Inspiring new models of care: Digital health in the…
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Is This the Most TikTok’d COVID Vaccine Side Effect?

Is This the Most TikTok’d COVID Vaccine Side Effect?

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It's perhaps the most "TikTok'd" side effect of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines: swelling around dermal fillers. These rare-but-real events were caught in the phase III trial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, and European regulators recently announced that they've seen similar reactions with Pfizer's shot, too -- enough to add it to product labeling. Dermatologists are taking…
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Covid-19: FG approves N83.56 billion to purchase 30 million J&J vaccines

Covid-19: FG approves N83.56 billion to purchase 30 million J&J vaccines

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Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, has disclosed that the FG approved the sum of N83.56 billion to purchase 30 million J&J vaccines during the N895 billion supplementary budget session.The Minister disclosed this to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.READ: Covid-19: CDC certifies Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94% effectiveWhat…
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Therapists Distracted by Social Media While Delivering Virtual Care

Therapists Distracted by Social Media While Delivering Virtual Care

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While therapists appear to prefer virtual sessions over in-person meetings, a significant proportion admit to being distracted while delivering care, according to a small survey. A third admitted to providing lower-quality care to clients during online sessions. Overall, 39% admitted to checking emails and social media while providing virtual care, and 16% reported substance use…
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RWE Alliance aims to boost policies and practices around real-world evidence

RWE Alliance aims to boost policies and practices around real-world evidence

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A new industry coalition launched on Thursday, with the purpose of innovating and expanding the use of real-world evidence to inform and support regulatory and policy decisions. WHY IT MATTERS The five founding members of the RWE Alliance are Aetion, Flatiron Health, IQVIA, Syapse and Tempus. They each have different areas of focus, but all traffic…
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Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS FT aims for HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6 by end of 2021

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS FT aims for HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6 by end of 2021

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Industry leaders convened yesterday in a webinar hosted by Allscripts Sunrise EPR to understand how stakeholders are driving the digital transformation to provide better care and promote healthier communities. Caroline Waine, electronic patient record deputy manager at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS FT, shared the trust's EMRAM journey, in the session 'Tipping the EMRAM scales - Liverpool…
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COVID Risks Raised in Rheumatoid Arthritis

COVID Risks Raised in Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were at increased risk for both COVID-19 and related hospitalization and death, a national VA study found. Compared with non-RA patients and after adjustment for demographics, comorbidities, healthcare utilization, and local incidence rates, patients with RA had a 25% higher risk of COVID-19 (HR 1.25, 95% CI 1.13-1.39, P
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Op-Ed: Insurers Bet Big on Bribing Patients

Op-Ed: Insurers Bet Big on Bribing Patients

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Last month, psoriasis patients covered by Cigna received a curious letter from the insurance giant's pharmacy management division. They could receive a $500 debit card from Cigna, with just one string attached: they would have to switch to a different medication, one preferred by the insurer. Shortly thereafter, the patients' treating physicians received a letter…
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Highlights of Apple’s WWDC event 2021

Highlights of Apple’s WWDC event 2021

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During the annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced that the company had made various updates on some of its devices. The reason behind these updates is to enable users to stay connected, find focus and use intelligence to explore the world. The keynote speaker, Craig Federighi, introduced iOS 15 which is the latest version of…
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MITRE proposes digital health strategy focused on equity, individual empowerment

MITRE proposes digital health strategy focused on equity, individual empowerment

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MITRE this month proposed a comprehensive draft national strategy for digital health focusing on scaling healthcare services and addressing disparities in access.   Its strategic goals, aimed at revolutionizing the health and wellbeing of the public, are intended to "level the playing field around access, technology and care for all people," as MITRE Chief Medical…
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Mobile patient communication and telehealth tool helps transform Indiana Hernia Center

Mobile patient communication and telehealth tool helps transform Indiana Hernia Center

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Dr. Paul Szotek of the Indiana Hernia Center in Carmel, Indiana, has some very strong feelings about what he calls the loss of the doctor-patient relationship. THE PROBLEM The corporate takeover of healthcare and the exodus of physicians from private practice into employed positions, combined with sub-par deployment of electronic health records and patient portals,…
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Nasal Vaccines for COVID-19?

Nasal Vaccines for COVID-19?

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Despite an arsenal of highly effective injectable vaccines, drugmakers are looking into products that will be easier to store, transport, and administer in the global crisis -- particularly, intranasal vaccines. Could these vaccines also hold an advantage when it comes to blocking transmission? While more data has suggested the vaccines authorized in the U.S. cut…
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Deaths From Obesity-Related Cancers on the Rise

Deaths From Obesity-Related Cancers on the Rise

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Overall mortality rates for cancer continue to decline in the U.S., but since 2011 that decline has slowed for obesity-associated cancers, likely due to the obesity epidemic, researchers reported. The mortality trends for obesity-associated cancers mirror those for heart disease, according to Christy Avery, PhD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and…
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Best Mother’s Day Surprises

Best Mother’s Day Surprises

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Want to customize this content for your business? Learn More Categories General Editorial Follow us on social media today! Every mom deserves the best, (not just on Mother’s Day), but it can be hard to come up with new ways to celebrate her special day from year to year. If you think Mom would enjoy…
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How Colorado’s largest HIE is matching patients with their records

How Colorado’s largest HIE is matching patients with their records

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Patient identity matching is a thorny issue: Stakeholders and decision-makers must hammer out a way to link patients to their health information while still taking security, privacy and equity into account.    In Colorado, the largest health information exchange, CORHIO, has teamed up with state agencies to provide identity management services and address that need.…
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RPM significantly improves health of Pure Cardiology patients

RPM significantly improves health of Pure Cardiology patients

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Pure Cardiology is a membership-based concierge practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. It cares for complex patients with a focus on preventing events and having patients engaged in their health management. Remote patient monitoring technology keeps the patient paying attention to their health and allows the cardiologists to carefully monitor their progress and make medical adjustments…
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Blood Thinners Continue at End of Life, Despite Risks

Blood Thinners Continue at End of Life, Despite Risks

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A third of elderly people with severe dementia and atrial fibrillation received an anticoagulant drug during the last 6 months of their life, an analysis of Medicare patients showed. Nursing home length of stay and not having Medicaid were more strongly associated with anticoagulant use compared with stroke risk (CHA2DS2-VASc score), reported Gregory Ouellet, MD,…
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Flexible Abrocitinib Dosing Effective in Atopic Dermatitis

Flexible Abrocitinib Dosing Effective in Atopic Dermatitis

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Abrocitinib, a once-daily oral Janus kinase 1 (JAK1) inhibitor, showed long-term efficacy at doses of 100 mg or 200 mg in patients with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, according to a recent study presented at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) virtual meeting. In this exclusive MedPage Today video, study author Andrew Blauvelt, MD, MBA, president of…
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We want to improve digital data penetration in developing countries | CEO at Towntalk Solutions

We want to improve digital data penetration in developing countries | CEO at Towntalk Solutions

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Nairametrics Nairametrics is Nigeria's top business news and financial analysis website. We focus on providing resources that help small businesses and retail investors make better investing decisions. Nairametrics is updated daily by a team of professionals. Post updated as "Nairametrics" are published by our Editorial Board.
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Obesity and COVID; Diabetic Foot Test for AFib?

Obesity and COVID; Diabetic Foot Test for AFib?

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Obesity might be a bigger COVID-19 threat in men than women, with increased risks for severe pneumonia, intubation, and mortality seen among hospitalized patients. (European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases) Could vitamin D help postmenopausal women stave off postoperative pain after a total knee replacement? (Menopause) Bone Health Technologies announced it has finished…
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Wilson’s World

Wilson’s World

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Photography by Bryan Lemon Kentucky-based illustrator and graphic designer Matthew Taylor Wilson has made a career out of his love for all things quirky. Specializing in hand-drawn designs, Wilson and his approach to his craft will inspire you to let your inner child roam free. Were you interested in illustrating as a child? What led…
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New Zealand to upgrade IT systems for breast and cervical cancer screening programmes

New Zealand to upgrade IT systems for breast and cervical cancer screening programmes

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The government of New Zealand last week announced its plan to upgrade the technologies behind its screening programmes for breast and cervical cancers by 2023. WHY IT MATTERS New Zealand records approximately 3,200 people getting diagnosed with breast cancer each year, resulting in around 600 deaths. To address this, the government introduced BreastScreen Aotearoa (BSA) – its…
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One health system’s data archiving strategy for migrating to Epic

One health system’s data archiving strategy for migrating to Epic

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AltaMed, a 35-location health system in Southern California, recently moved from its NextGen electronic health record to an Epic EHR, which left patient records in multiple systems. THE PROBLEM The health system wanted to turn off NextGen so it could reduce the cost and complexity of having multiple systems up and running, but it needed…
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CDC: Virus Can Be Airborne; Fauci Mulls Less Indoor Masking; Pfizer Vax Heartache?

CDC: Virus Can Be Airborne; Fauci Mulls Less Indoor Masking; Pfizer Vax Heartache?

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Note that some links may require registration or subscription. Updated language on the CDC website now explicitly states airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is possible, meaning the virus can be inhaled even when individuals are more than 6 feet apart. (New York Times) NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD, predicted that indoor masking guidance may soon be…
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Twitter Ban: FG orders prosecution of offenders as Aisha Buhari deactivates account

Twitter Ban: FG orders prosecution of offenders as Aisha Buhari deactivates account

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Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has ordered the immediate prosecution of Nigerians still making use of the microblogging platform, Twitter, despite the ban of its operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government.This is as the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, announced the deactivation of her Twitter account in compliance…
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Op-Ed: Omega-3 Pills and Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Op-Ed: Omega-3 Pills and Atrial Fibrillation Risk

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While preparing my grand rounds presentation on omega-3 fatty acids and cardiovascular disease risk, I reviewed in detail three recent, large randomized trials, which showed no benefit of fish oil supplements on cardiovascular outcomes. These trials confirmed multiple other randomized studies over the last 20 years that have failed to show any benefit from over-the-counter…
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Ireland’s health service hit by “significant ransomware attack”

Ireland’s health service hit by “significant ransomware attack”

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Ireland’s health service IT system has been shut down as a precautionary measure, following a cyber attack today. The Health Service Executive (HSE) believes the attack is by international criminals attempting to extort money, although no demand has yet been received. HSE confirmed there had been “a significant ransomware attack on the HSE IT systems”…
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Roundup: NHS Digital launches improved collection of GP data, Dutch hospital expands use of Sectra and more briefs

Roundup: NHS Digital launches improved collection of GP data, Dutch hospital expands use of Sectra and more briefs

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DUTCH HOSPITAL EXPANDS ITS USE OF SECTRA'S SOLUTION Dutch hospital Alrijne Zorggroep has signed an enterprise imaging contract with international medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company, Sectra. The contract is an expansion of an existing agreement that aims to broaden the use of the imaging solutions currently used in radiology to include cardiology. Through the…
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How to Protect Field Workers from Fall

How to Protect Field Workers from Fall

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Put Your Post-COVID Savings to Work in Real Estate

Put Your Post-COVID Savings to Work in Real Estate

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented suffering and economic instability to many homes, it has also resulted in unprecedented levels of personal savings and a white-hot real estate market. As it turns out, an inability to go out to brunch or on vacation for more than a year makes a big difference in budgets…
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Ecstasy Could Ease Which Psych Condition?

Ecstasy Could Ease Which Psych Condition?

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Quizzes > Weekly News Quiz — You passed medical training, now see if you can pass our weekly quiz by MedPage Today Staff May 8, 2021 The 24-hour news cycle is just as important to medicine as it is to politics, finance, or sports. At MedPage Today, new information is posted daily, but keeping up…
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House Committee Spars Over High Maternal Mortality in Black Women

House Committee Spars Over High Maternal Mortality in Black Women

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WASHINGTON -- A House hearing on reducing maternal morbidity and mortality among Black mothers started off harmoniously, as would be expected, but later devolved into disagreement over root causes of the problem. "Our nation is facing a maternal health crisis," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, at…
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FEC approves N9.2 billion for life insurance premium of public workers

FEC approves N9.2 billion for life insurance premium of public workers

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the sum of N9.2 billion as premium to insurance companies managing group life insurance for federal civil servants.This was disclosed by Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, at a State House briefing with correspondents after the FEC meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.READ: Bad loans to real estate up…
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Kerfuffle Over NSAIDs in COVID Finally Resolved?

Kerfuffle Over NSAIDs in COVID Finally Resolved?

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There was no association between use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and increased disease severity or mortality among patients with COVID-19 requiring hospitalization, a U.K. cohort study found. After adjusting for confounders, in-hospital mortality for patients who were taking NSAIDs prior to admission was no different from those who were not (matched OR 0.95, 95%…
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FCC opens Emergency Broadband Benefit program, offering monthly Internet discount

FCC opens Emergency Broadband Benefit program, offering monthly Internet discount

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The Federal Communications Commission this week opened enrollment for its Emergency Broadband Benefit program, aimed at expanding connectivity to people in need via discounted Internet services.   Those eligible for the program include people who experienced a substantial loss of income in 2020, individuals who currently receive or qualify for Lifeline benefits through federal programs such…
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Digital health tools are not effective as standalone solutions, expert says

Digital health tools are not effective as standalone solutions, expert says

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While digital health is crucial in filling the gaps in healthcare access by connecting with patients beyond physical care facilities, it would not work on its own, says a consulting expert at healthcare access company Axios International. A panel discussion chaired by the company in early April, titled “Making healthcare access sustainable: Enhancing the patient…
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Cannabis Vaping Skyrockets in High School Students

Cannabis Vaping Skyrockets in High School Students

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Just as reports of severe lung illnesses related to vaping began to make headlines in 2019, rates of cannabis vaping among high school students were soaring, according to high-quality survey data. Results from the long-running Monitoring the Future study showed that 4.9% (95% CI 4.3%-5.5%) of high school students reported "frequent" vaping of cannabis products…
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Post-HCT Cyclophosphamide Boosts Transplant Success

Post-HCT Cyclophosphamide Boosts Transplant Success

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Increased access to allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) is feasible for patients who lack an HLA-matched donor with the use of post-transplant cyclophosphamide (PTCy), according to a prospective phase II study. Use of PTCy resulted in an overall survival rate of 76% at 1 year, as well as a low incidence of severe acute graft-versus-host-disease…
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Walmart’s MeMD versus Amazon Care: The race to invest in telehealth

Walmart’s MeMD versus Amazon Care: The race to invest in telehealth

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Photo: Geber86/Getty Images Walmart's announcement last week that it would acquire telehealth company MeMD to provide virtual care nationwide for primary, urgent and behavioral healthcare is a bigger deal than Amazon's March rollout of its virtual primary care services, according to consultant Paul Keckley of The Keckley Report. "I think it's a strategic play. I think…
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HIMSSCast: Security at smart hospitals

HIMSSCast: Security at smart hospitals

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Smart hospital rooms are on the horizon, with some medical centers already rolling them out. In addition to cost and logistics as limiting factors, health systems must consider cybersecurity and resilience when implementing smart room technology.  On today's episode HITN Senior Editor Kat Jercich speaks with Thanos Drougkas, a network and information security expert at…
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Ethics Consult: Unearth Doctor’s Dark Past? MD/JD Weighs In

Ethics Consult: Unearth Doctor’s Dark Past? MD/JD Weighs In

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Welcome to Ethics Consult -- an opportunity to discuss, debate (respectfully), and learn together. We select an ethical dilemma from a true, but anonymized, patient care case, and then we provide an expert's commentary. Last week, you voted on how a student should handle her mentor's dark past in unethical research. Confront her mentor: 53%…
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Bone Density Scans and Cardiovascular Disease: Two Birds, One Stone?

Bone Density Scans and Cardiovascular Disease: Two Birds, One Stone?

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Women's osteoporosis screening results could also aid in the evaluation of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk, according to a study by Korean researchers. Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) in more than 12,000 women revealed several independent predictors of ASCVD events -- ASCVD death, myocardial infarction (MI), and ischemic stroke -- over a median 9.2 years of…
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House Tussles Over Bill to Let Medicare Negotiate Drug Prices

House Tussles Over Bill to Let Medicare Negotiate Drug Prices

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Republican and Democratic lawmakers grappled with the issue of high drug costs at a subcommittee hearing of the House Committee on Education and Labor on Wednesday. President Biden gave a boost to Democrats by broadcasting his support for price negotiation in his first address to a joint session of congress in late April. "We all…
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Engagement vendor helps Sierra Pacific wrangle patients in for vaccines

Engagement vendor helps Sierra Pacific wrangle patients in for vaccines

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COVID-19 effectively eliminated a good portion of the business of Sierra Pacific Orthopedics in Fresno, California, both at the beginning of the pandemic and again when California eliminated elective procedures in November 2020. THE PROBLEM Keeping patients safe became a matter of survival for the practice, so it was engaged in COVID-19 mitigation efforts from…
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Arizona passes law to dramatically expand telehealth access

Arizona passes law to dramatically expand telehealth access

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey this past week signed a law aimed at expanding access to telehealth in the state. The omnibus law is aimed at making services provided to Arizonans through Ducey's executive orders permanent.  "Telehealth expands access to medical services for low-income families and those living in rural areas, protects vulnerable populations, and allows…
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APA 2021 Roundup: New Antipsychotic Class, Anxious America

APA 2021 Roundup: New Antipsychotic Class, Anxious America

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Some of the latest research advancements in the field of psychiatry presented at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) virtual meeting included MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD remission, an amphetamine patch for kids with ADHD, and a rapid-acting dissolving film to calm agitation in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Below are a few more research highlights. Fewer Adverse…
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Lagos to collaborate with Facebook, Google to build biggest tech hub

Lagos to collaborate with Facebook, Google to build biggest tech hub

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The Lagos State Government in collaboration with Facebook and Google has concluded plans to construct the biggest technology cluster in West Africa.This is part of the state government’s effort to largely increase the level of its intervention in the provision of technology infrastructure and expand the tech space to accommodate more startups.This disclosure was made…
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Lawmakers Lambast Organ Procurement Lobbyists

Lawmakers Lambast Organ Procurement Lobbyists

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Organ procurement organizations (OPOs) have been exploiting taxpayers for decades -- NHL and NFL season tickets, board meetings in California wine country, private jets chartered for organ delivery but hijacked for CEO jaunts -- all while failing to do what they're supposed to do: procure organs for needy patients. During a virtual hearing Tuesday, Rep.…
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Queen’s speech promises Government will ‘lay foundations’ for a more integrated health and care system

Queen’s speech promises Government will ‘lay foundations’ for a more integrated health and care system

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The Queen's Speech to officially reopen Parliament promised legislation to empower the NHS to innovate and embrace technology. In the speech to the House of Lords yesterday, she delivered the government’s plans for a pandemic recovery that would beat COVID-19 and back the NHS. “My ministers will bring forward legislation to empower the NHS to…
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Another COVID-19 Side Effect: ‘Zoom Dysmorphia’

Another COVID-19 Side Effect: ‘Zoom Dysmorphia’

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As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the U.S., millions of people turned to video conferencing for work and social interaction -- and many of them didn't like what they saw. Most people go through life with an outward-facing perspective. During professional, social, or personal interactions, they look at other people, not themselves. The transition to…
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Easy Ways to Save Money When Shopping Online

Easy Ways to Save Money When Shopping Online

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Want to customize this content for your business? Learn More Categories General Editorial Follow us on social media today! Shopping online saves you a trip to the store and gives you more time in your day, but sometimes shipping costs and prices have you spending more than you probably wanted to. Use these money saving…
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Op-Ed: Are the Immunosuppressed Responding to Two Doses?

Op-Ed: Are the Immunosuppressed Responding to Two Doses?

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Back in March, we published in JAMA and reported here in MedPage Today that only 17% of immunosuppressed transplant patients -- in stark contrast to 100% of immunocompetent people -- mounted detectable antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 after the first dose of mRNA vaccine. Our report was among the top five most read articles in JAMA, and…
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Binance Smart Chain’s Belt Finance loses $6.2 million in flash loan attack

Binance Smart Chain’s Belt Finance loses $6.2 million in flash loan attack

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The Binance Smart Chain (BSC) tokens have been under attack by hackers lately. The latest exploit comes in form of a flash loan attack on the Belt Finance platform.Belt Finance (BELT) allows users to retain the stability of their asset positions and get maximum yields with minimal risk, including automated vault compounding and yield optimization…
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Primary Care Needs an Overhaul, Report Says

Primary Care Needs an Overhaul, Report Says

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WASHINGTON -- Primary care needs an overhaul if it is going to work the way that it should in the U.S., according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. "High-quality primary care is the foundation of a high-functioning healthcare system and is critical for achieving healthcare's quadruple aim (enhancing patient…
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Here’s Everything You Need to Disclose When Selling Your Home

Here’s Everything You Need to Disclose When Selling Your Home

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There are many forms you’ll need to fill out when selling your home, and one of the most important is the disclosure statement. Most home buyers will have a home inspection done. However, the disclosure statement provides information beyond an inspector’s findings. No matter how long you’ve lived in your home, you have insight of…
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ED Docs Split Over Fentanyl Analogue Schedule 1 Extension

ED Docs Split Over Fentanyl Analogue Schedule 1 Extension

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Emergency physicians clashed over lawmakers' decision to extend the classification of all fentanyl-like drugs as Schedule 1 controlled substances. President Biden on Tuesday signed legislation to temporarily extend the Trump-era order until Oct. 22, 2021. (The order was slated to expire on May 6.) Proponents say the order helped law enforcement prosecute drug traffickers, but…
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Thousands of patient records exposed after ransomware attack on CaptureRx

Thousands of patient records exposed after ransomware attack on CaptureRx

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A ransomware attack on the healthcare administrative-service provider CaptureRx has exposed patient information from multiple provider systems. According to reporting from HIPAA Journal, tens of thousands of patients from at least five health systems had their data stolen in the incident.   "The investigation determined that, at the time of the incident, the relevant files…
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Vaccination credential projects gaining steam worldwide

Vaccination credential projects gaining steam worldwide

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During a webinar on Monday, healthcare leaders from the U.S. and Europe offered up-close looks at how they're developing and implementing approaches to vaccine credentials. The session, COVID-19 Vaccination Credentialing: Global Initiatives and Implications, was presented by the Global Consortium for eHealth Interoperability, an organization founded by HIMSS, HL7 International and IHE International. It focused on three…
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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Judge Carrie Ann Inaba’s Autoimmune Diseases

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Judge Carrie Ann Inaba’s Autoimmune Diseases

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Talk show host Carrie Ann Inaba is taking a leave of absence as one of the co-hosts of CBS's "The Talk." The 53-year-old, who is also one of the judges on "Dancing with the Stars," said she is stepping away to concentrate on her health. In a post on her website, Carrie Ann Conversations, Inaba…
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PIB: A backward-looking law in a rapidly evolving world

PIB: A backward-looking law in a rapidly evolving world

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Since the Obasanjo-led era more than two decades ago, there have been attempts to revamp Nigeria’s petroleum sector through the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). A 21-year old process, any child who was born at the time the preparatory work for the Bill was being done, would legally be an adult in any country in the…
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Designing for the Seven Seas

Designing for the Seven Seas

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Photography by Onne Van der Wal Colleen Waguespack isn’t the typical interior designer. Through a series of life-changing events, Waguespack’s career took a turn toward the altruistic—giving her new perspective and helping her create spaces with a people-focused mission. Her vision for the Emerge Center provides world-class resources and support for children diagnosed with autism,…
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Op-Ed: Treating Mental Illness Won’t Prevent Mass Shootings

Op-Ed: Treating Mental Illness Won’t Prevent Mass Shootings

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As the coronavirus pandemic begins to wane in the U.S., a number of public mass shootings have once again reminded us of the epidemic of gun violence in our country. The FedEx shooting in Indianapolis, the massage parlor shooting in Atlanta, and the Boulder supermarket shooting were only a few of the 160 mass shootings…
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Structural Racism Tied to Increased Psychosis Risk

Structural Racism Tied to Increased Psychosis Risk

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A pattern of racial disparities in the U.S. was linked with increased risk of psychosis, according to a literature review. Individual and collective trauma, enhanced stress resulting from generations of prenatal and perinatal complications, and the neurodevelopmental and neurobiological effects of discrimination were associated with disproportionate rates of psychotic disorders among people of color and…
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Amazon Web Services exec talks interoperability lessons from the past year

Amazon Web Services exec talks interoperability lessons from the past year

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The biggest barrier to physicians having the most complete medical history for their patients at every point of patient care is the lack of interoperability among information systems. This prevents electronic health records and data from other systems from following a patient. A manual, time-consuming process is required to bring this information together. However, this…
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Valley View invests in connected health and infrastructure for better telehealth

Valley View invests in connected health and infrastructure for better telehealth

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As a federally qualified health center, Valley View Health Center's patients have several basic barriers to healthcare, like transportation and limited English proficiency. The COVID-19 pandemic added the additional barrier of concerns about in-person clinic visits because of potential virus transmission. The pandemic created an opportunity to provide care through a virtual platform. But Valley…
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Business must be strategic in strengthening Nigerian digital economy – CWG

Business must be strategic in strengthening Nigerian digital economy – CWG

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Nigeria is experiencing the rise of the innovation economy and technological advances, as several companies have started implementing solutions that will keep their brands in the global village. To keep their heads above the waters, a Pan-African Information and Communications Technology company, CWG Plc, has tasked businesses and their managers to be strategic in strengthening…
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Arizona Governor Signs Bill Banning Abortions Due to Genetic Anomalies

Arizona Governor Signs Bill Banning Abortions Due to Genetic Anomalies

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An anti-abortion bill signed into law by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) last week may be a harbinger of things to come, say some experts on the issue. The Arizona bill, which passed by narrow majorities in both houses of the state legislature, outlaws abortion for genetic anomalies such as Down syndrome, unless the genetic…
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Jackson Hospital significantly improves finances with digital patient engagement

Jackson Hospital significantly improves finances with digital patient engagement

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Jackson Hospital, in a rural area of Montgomery, Alabama, is not immune to the significant shift taking place in healthcare finance. THE PROBLEM Lower insurance payments are transferring much of the financial responsibility to patients. At the same time, patients and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, through job loss or furlough, are being forced…
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Uber, Lyft to offer free rides to COVID-19 vaccination sites

Uber, Lyft to offer free rides to COVID-19 vaccination sites

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[This article has been updated to include information from a Lyft spokesperson.] The ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft will team up with the White House to make free rides to COVID-19 vaccination sites free through July 4.   According to White House senior advisor Andy Slavitt, beginning shortly, the companies will start to offer free rides…
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Thumbs Up for New Birth Control Pill Across Multiple Subgroups

Thumbs Up for New Birth Control Pill Across Multiple Subgroups

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A new combined hormonal contraceptive pill was found to be effective across a wide range of patients, according to data from a phase III trial. Estetrol/drospirenone (Nextstellis) had high contraceptive efficacy regardless of age group, body mass index (BMI), or prior contraceptive use, reported Mitchell Creinin, MD, of the University of California Davis in Sacramento.…
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Mifepristone-Misoprostol Combo Boosts Care for Late Trimester Pregnancy Loss

Mifepristone-Misoprostol Combo Boosts Care for Late Trimester Pregnancy Loss

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Administering mifepristone before misoprostol for late trimester pregnancy loss shortened induction-to-delivery time, according to results of a systematic review. The median time from induction to delivery was 10 hours after administration of both mifepristone and misoprostol, significantly lower than the 17 hours after administration of misoprostol alone, reported Kaitlyn Mayer, MD, of Virginia Commonwealth University…
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Vegetables You Can Buy Once and Regrow Forever!

Vegetables You Can Buy Once and Regrow Forever!

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Ever wonder how you could make your favorite vegetables last longer? You can, just by saving your vegetable leftovers and regrowing them in water. It’s a simple, cost-saving way to get the most of your veggies, keep your fridge replenished, and reduce your grocery bill! For many vegetables, you only need to place the scraps…
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BPE discloses plans to privatise Transmission Company of Nigeria

BPE discloses plans to privatise Transmission Company of Nigeria

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The Bureau of Public Enterprises disclosed plans to unbundle the Transmission Company of Nigeria.This was disclosed in a Bloomberg interview with BPE Boss, Alex Okoh, who said the plans would be shared with the National Council on Privatisation soon.What the report said“The Bureau of Public Enterprises is looking at various strategies to reform the Transmission…
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Novel NMDA Receptor Antagonist Wins for Major Depression

Novel NMDA Receptor Antagonist Wins for Major Depression

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An investigational N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-receptor antagonist was effective at treating major depressive disorder in the phase III GEMINI trial. The 1:1 randomized controlled study of 327 adults with major depression found that twice-daily, oral treatment with the dextromethorphan-bupropion tablet (AXS-05) resulted in a significant reduction in total Montgomery-Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) score versus placebo, reported…
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HMI Group collaborates with Siemens Healthineers for enhanced healthcare delivery

HMI Group collaborates with Siemens Healthineers for enhanced healthcare delivery

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HMI Group, a Southeast Asian private healthcare provider, has established a five-year partnership with German medical technology firm Siemens Healthineers. WHAT IT'S ABOUT The partnership will see HMI Group investing over SG$32 million (about $24 million) to launch new medical technologies and digitalisation platforms. It will also look at building Centres of Excellence (CoE) to…
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Health department breaches expose troves of personal info in Pennsylvania, Wyoming

Health department breaches expose troves of personal info in Pennsylvania, Wyoming

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A one-two punch of health department-related data breaches over the past month have exposed hundreds of thousands of patient records in Pennsylvania and Wyoming. In Wyoming, COVID-19, influenza and blood alcohol test results for more than 164,000 people – more than a quarter of the state's population – were accidentally uploaded to a public-facing website…
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Are Birth Center Deliveries as Safe as Hospitals?

Are Birth Center Deliveries as Safe as Hospitals?

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Birth centers were associated with a higher risk of adverse infant outcomes, including neonatal death, according to a retrospective cohort study. Neonatal death was more than four times more likely to occur in a freestanding birth center than in a hospital setting when delivered by a midwife (aOR 4.44, 95% CI 2.97-6.64), reported Amos Grünebaum,…
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The RV Adventure

The RV Adventure

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America is made for exploring. It’s been a truth for centuries, and we’re always reminded of it at this time of year. However, our ability to travel was greatly hampered in 2020 by COVID-19. Ever resourceful, many Americans turned to a time-tested friend to experience the great outdoors: the recreational vehicle. Providing convenience, luxury, and…
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Time to Screen for Older Patients’ Cannabis Use?

Time to Screen for Older Patients’ Cannabis Use?

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Cannabis use more than doubled over the past decade among Americans 50 and over, with nearly one in 10 now reporting usage over the past year, an analysis of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found. Of the 8.9% who reported using cannabis in the past year; roughly one in five (18.5%)…
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HIMSSCast: Edge Computing 101 – with Tao Zhang

HIMSSCast: Edge Computing 101 – with Tao Zhang

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While the last five years have seen computing move from local networks to the cloud, especially in healthcare, the trend of edge computing is seeing organizations move back to move forward: Moving key computing and intelligence back to the point of care while still retaining the benefits of cloud computing. This not only reduces latency,…
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Reported ransomware attack leads to weeks of Aprima EHR outages

Reported ransomware attack leads to weeks of Aprima EHR outages

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[This piece has been updated to include additional user experiences with the outage.] A reported ransomware attack on the CompuGroup Medical data center partner, MedNetwoRX, has impeded some customers' access to their Aprima electronic health record systems for more than two weeks.   According to emails forwarded to Healthcare IT News, the disruption began on April…
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NNPC, Shell, others sign 20-year agreement that would unlock $10 billion investment

NNPC, Shell, others sign 20-year agreement that would unlock $10 billion investment

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has signed a deal with some of the world’s biggest oil companies that could unlock over $10 billion investment in an offshore oilfield.The corporation and its Production Sharing Contract (PSC) partners namely Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (TEPNG), Esso Exploration. and…
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Steady, But Not Necessarily Positive, Parental Support Key for LGBT Community

Steady, But Not Necessarily Positive, Parental Support Key for LGBT Community

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Consistency was important when it came to parental support of gay and lesbian people, a researcher reported. In a survey of 175 gay and lesbian adults, those who reported consistent positive support from their parents had the lowest levels of depression and anxiety symptoms, according to Matthew Verdun, of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology…
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Topical JAK Inhibitor Shows Promise in Vitiligo

Topical JAK Inhibitor Shows Promise in Vitiligo

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Half of patients with vitiligo achieved 90% improvement in facial repigmentation and more than a fourth had 75% improvement in total body repigmentation after long-term treatment with topical ruxolitinib (Jakafi), a randomized controlled study showed. Measurable improvement occurred within 24 weeks and progressively increased during follow-up to 52 and 104 weeks. At the 104-week assessment,…
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A Physician’s Personal Opioid Story

A Physician’s Personal Opioid Story

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I once spoke at a leadership forum on opioid abuse. I was asked to speak about the role of hospital systems in addressing this important issue. As I thought about what I would say, I realized there was very little I could add. The crisis is epidemic, and hospitals are ill-prepared to do anything proactive.…
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IQVIA partners with Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA)

IQVIA partners with Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA)

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US-headquartered IQVIA is the latest health information technology and clinical research company to partner with the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), it has been announced. The multinational – described as “a leading global provider of advanced analytics, technology solutions, and clinical research services to the life sciences industry” – has signed a memorandum…
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WHO, Germany launch a global ‘pandemic and epidemic intelligence’ hub

WHO, Germany launch a global ‘pandemic and epidemic intelligence’ hub

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Germany are establishing a new global hub for pandemic and epidemic intelligence, data, surveillance and analytics innovation.  Based in Berlin and working with partners around the world, the hub is planned to lead innovations in data analytics across the largest network of global data to predict, prevent, detect prepare…
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How to Throw a Memorial Day Party on a Budget

How to Throw a Memorial Day Party on a Budget

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Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. The holiday, held on the last Monday of May, is the kickoff for days by the pool, road trips, and barbecues. In fact, many people’s first backyard gathering of the season will occur over Memorial Day weekend. Hosting a Memorial Day party for your friends and family…
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FG repackaging school feeding programme for better focus, more impact

FG repackaging school feeding programme for better focus, more impact

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The Federal Government has said that it is repackaging the country’s national school feeding programme for more impact in the educational sector.According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), this disclosure was made by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sony Echono, during an interview in Abuja on Monday, May…
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Are Some a Little Too Anxious for J&J’s COVID Shot?

Are Some a Little Too Anxious for J&J’s COVID Shot?

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Rates of syncope, or fainting, following administration of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine were significantly higher than rates following influenza vaccination, researchers found. Examining all reports of syncope following Johnson & Johnson vaccination submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), the anxiety-related event occurred at a rate of 8.2 episodes per 100,000 doses,…
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CMS Rules for Insurers Punt on Drug Copay Relief

CMS Rules for Insurers Punt on Drug Copay Relief

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WASHINGTON -- Those who want to change the way some insurers handle copay coupons were hoping for some help from the federal government, but they didn't get their wishes granted Friday. Friday was the day that the CMS published its Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022, which establishes rules of conduct for group…
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What’s the Science Behind CDC’s Outdoor Mask Guidance?

What’s the Science Behind CDC’s Outdoor Mask Guidance?

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When the CDC loosened mask guidance for outdoor activities this week, it did so based on high vaccine effectiveness and on evidence that transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is far less frequent in the open air. Vaccinated people can now safely gather, mask-less, with friends and family outside, and even unvaccinated individuals can take off their mask…
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ABiT Network welcomes new Board member as they launch their Dubai office

ABiT Network welcomes new Board member as they launch their Dubai office

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Africa’s leading blockchain company, ABiT Network welcomes a new executive board member as they position for intercontinental expansion.ABiT Network which is registered in the US, Nigeria, RWANDA, GHANA and UAE is expanding their team of business advisors and have Mr John Obidi, Nigeria’s foremost digital evangelist is now a part of the board.John who has…
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What you need to Know about QR Codes

What you need to Know about QR Codes

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India’s COVID-19 Variant: What We Know So Far

India’s COVID-19 Variant: What We Know So Far

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As COVID-19 cases overwhelm hospitals in India, a new coronavirus variant has emerged. Dubbed the "double mutant" variant and announced barely one month ago, already researchers are trying to figure out whether it could be causing the surge in cases -- and what that could mean for the rest of the world. "We need to…
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InterSystems, Cognetivity partner on early dementia detection

InterSystems, Cognetivity partner on early dementia detection

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The interoperability platform provider InterSystems announced this week that it will partner with Cognetivity Neurosciences to enable broader access to early dementia detection tools.   According to a press statement, the partnership grants Cognetivity access to InterSystems' IRIS for Health platform.   This, in turn, will allow interoperability between Cognetivity's Integrated Cognitive Assessment dementia-detection software…
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Healthcare organizations ask HHS to delay quality measure reporting for ACOs

Healthcare organizations ask HHS to delay quality measure reporting for ACOs

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(Photo by Jose Luis Pelaez/Getty Images) Citing rushed implementation, unanswered questions and potential negative consequences to patient care, 11 healthcare organizations are calling on the Biden administration to delay and make changes to mandated quality measure reporting for accountable care organizations. The healthcare organizations, including the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association, sent…
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3-Min Depression Tx OK’d; Phase II Success for Novel Schizophrenia Drug

3-Min Depression Tx OK’d; Phase II Success for Novel Schizophrenia Drug

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A new meta-analysis representing 11 countries found nearly 25% of psychiatric hospital admissions of children and adolescents were involuntary, with Black children seeing a nearly three-times higher odds of involuntary hospitalization than white children. (The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health) Despite using different PTSD checklist instruments, DSM-4 and DSM-5 criteria were largely agreeable in diagnosing…
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Pandemic Takes Heavy Toll on Youth Mental Health

Pandemic Takes Heavy Toll on Youth Mental Health

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Psychiatrist Tami Benton, MD, had a 5-year-old patient threaten to run into traffic to end her life. When Benton asked the girl what she thought would happen after she died, the girl replied, "'I will come back tomorrow, and I'll be a good girl, and my parents will be happy again.'" The child's parents lost…
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New app automates renewal of Australian healthcare professionals’ Ahpra registrations

New app automates renewal of Australian healthcare professionals’ Ahpra registrations

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Healthcare management platform PracticeHub by Avant has developed a new app that reminds healthcare practitioners about the renewal of their registrations with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra). WHAT IT DOES The Ahpra Alerts app, which works in the background of the PracticeHub system, synchronises with the regulatory agency’s database, enabling healthcare organisations to…
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Top 5 nightmares hiding in a healthcare organization’s unstructured data

Top 5 nightmares hiding in a healthcare organization’s unstructured data

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Unstructured data is information that does not have any predefined data models or schemata, so it can be difficult for an enterprise to locate and digest. Examples include physicians' notes in EHRs, emails, text files, photos, videos, call transcripts and recordings, and business chat apps.  Unstructured data can make up upward of 80% of data…
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FG approves 7 ministerial regulations on local content development

FG approves 7 ministerial regulations on local content development

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The Federal Government has approved and gazette 7 Nigerian Content Ministerial Regulations, making them subsidiary legislations that can be implemented by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).This was announced by the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Engr Simbi Wabote, in Lagos, at the colloquium organized by the board with the Nigerian Bar Association’s…
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Treatment Type a Non-Factor in Prostate Cancer Patients’ Anxiety

Treatment Type a Non-Factor in Prostate Cancer Patients’ Anxiety

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Incidence of anxiety among prostate cancer patients was similar, no matter what type of primary treatment they chose, a researcher said. No matter if prostate cancer patients underwent risk-based active surveillance/watchful waiting (AS/WW) or active treatment (AT) with radical prostatectomy or radiation therapy, median incidence of anxiety was comparable (16% in both groups), reported Rhea…
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9 Questions to Ask When Purchasing an Investment Property

9 Questions to Ask When Purchasing an Investment Property

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If you are looking for ways to diversify your investments, build additional streams of income, or put your home’s equity to work for the long-term, you may be considering a real estate investment. While you may think that this is a simple process of identifying a likely property and posting an ad for a renter,…
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Four Sentenced in Mental Health Center Scam

Four Sentenced in Mental Health Center Scam

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Four executives were sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to their roles in a $189 million healthcare fraud scheme, the Department of Justice announced. The four -- Bobby Rouse, Steven Houseworth, Jeffery Parsons, and David Edson -- were the final defendants involved in the scheme involving Houston-area Continuum Healthcare to be sentenced. A total of…
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How Molnupiravir Moved to the Head of the ‘COVID Pill’ Pack

How Molnupiravir Moved to the Head of the ‘COVID Pill’ Pack

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As coronavirus cases rage in India, Merck announced that it has entered into non-exclusive voluntary licensing agreements with five manufacturers of generic drugs in that country to speed and expand access to molnupiravir, an antiviral that is currently being studied in the phase II/III MOVe-OUT clinical trial of outpatients with COVID-19. "This isn't just India's…
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Majority of healthcare decision-makers prioritize virtual care delivery, says Philips report

Majority of healthcare decision-makers prioritize virtual care delivery, says Philips report

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The Philips Future Health Index 2021 report found that nearly two in three healthcare leaders are prioritizing investments in telehealth – but that priorities will shift to artificial intelligence in three years.   The report surveyed nearly 3,000 executive officers, financial officers, technology and information officers, operations officers, and other C-suite or senior executive healthcare…
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Healthcare hackers demanded an average ransom of $4.6M last year, says BakerHostetler

Healthcare hackers demanded an average ransom of $4.6M last year, says BakerHostetler

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The latest edition of the annual BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report found that ransomware in 2020 continued to be a threat – and that many cases resulted in lawsuits.   Healthcare was one of the industries most affected by tracked ransomware incidents, second only to education.  And for organizations covered by the report, the…
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Galvanized Metal Tub Window Box

Galvanized Metal Tub Window Box

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Large galvanized tubs have multiple functions around the house, from washing pets to storing knickknacks, there’s no reason to ignore that metal tub that’s been sitting in your garage for months. In fact, they even make the ideal DIY window box. Follow these simple steps to create a farmhouse window box that will surely transform…
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Yanmo Omoregbe is giving Nigerians access to local and global stocks through Bamboo

Yanmo Omoregbe is giving Nigerians access to local and global stocks through Bamboo

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Technological innovation has brought about the invention of different investment apps that have made wealth management accessible to anyone with a smartphone.It’s no secret that stock trading has become popular, especially among younger generations, as different people have created various avenues that have made investing easier by offering low-cost ways to kickstart investing.One of such…
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Rapid Improvement in Atopic Dermatitis With Topical JAK Inhibitor

Rapid Improvement in Atopic Dermatitis With Topical JAK Inhibitor

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A topical pan-Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor significantly improved atopic dermatitis (AD) after 8 weeks in a randomized, multidose, vehicle-controlled trial. Two-thirds of patients treated with the highest dose of delgocitinib cream had at least 75% improvement in the Eczema Area and Severity Index (EASI 75). From 40% to 56% of patients randomized to lower doses…
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Post-pandemic, majority of patients say they prefer in-person care, survey finds

Post-pandemic, majority of patients say they prefer in-person care, survey finds

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A survey conducted on behalf of Kyruus, a patient-experience software vendor, found that the majority of consumers say they still prefer in-person care for long-term needs. At the same time, nearly one-third of respondents are more likely to choose virtual visits now than before the pandemic – and nearly two-thirds say access to telehealth will be…
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CIO offers a primer on using AI and machine learning to secure IoT devices

CIO offers a primer on using AI and machine learning to secure IoT devices

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Skip Rollins is CIO at Freeman Health, the largest health system in southwest Missouri, with 5,000 employees, including more than 350 physicians on staff. Like healthcare CIOs across the nation, Rollins has been fighting off the sharp rise in Internet of things attacks plaguing the industry. IoT devices, including medical devices, are prime targets for…
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How to Stop Anti-Science

How to Stop Anti-Science

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A couple of weeks ago, I received a text from my aunt that included a link to a physician-created YouTube video about the COVID vaccine. This creator has built her fame and fortune as an anti-vaccination proponent. Knowing that her videos are rubbish, I ignored the text. A couple of days ago, though, I received…
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How to Sell an Inherited House

How to Sell an Inherited House

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The passing of a loved one is a somber time, and working through the departed’s last will and testament can be stressful. This is especially true if a home is part of the inheritance. If you do inherit a home, you’ll have a few options—move into the house, turn it into a rental, or sell…
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Op-Ed: Don’t Make Surgery Another COVID Casualty

Op-Ed: Don’t Make Surgery Another COVID Casualty

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With each wave of COVID-19 cases, hospitals have scrambled to add more beds while simultaneously cancelling surgeries. The latest example is Michigan, where hospitals postponed procedures because of the crush of COVID-19 patients filling beds and emergency rooms. Non-COVID-19 patients are at best inconvenienced by the postponements, and at worst imperiled. Hospitals now face a…
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The Nine Best Summer Home Renovation Projects

The Nine Best Summer Home Renovation Projects

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Summer is a time to enjoy fun in the sun. But the season isn’t all about barbecues and vacations—this is a great time to tackle some home improvement projects. Whether it’s an improvement to your house or yard, the warmest months of the year provide plenty of opportunity to improve the look, and better yet,…
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Access to ALS Drug Likely Too Late for Chief Advocate

Access to ALS Drug Likely Too Late for Chief Advocate

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Biogen will launch an expanded access program for its investigational amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) drug tofersen in July -- but that's likely too late for the patient whose quest to try the therapy has brought it into the spotlight. In a "community update" posted to its website, Biogen said it will offer compassionate use to…
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XRP rebounds strongly as investors appeal to SEC

XRP rebounds strongly as investors appeal to SEC

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XRP appears to be gaining momentum despite growing concerns about the inflationary reports coming from the world’s biggest economy.At the time of writing this report the seventh most valuable crypto asset by market value traded at $1.53 with a daily trading volume of $12.3 billion. XRP is up 8% for the day with a market…
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ECG Flags COVID Mortality; ICDs & Depression; Pre-Conception Test for Heart Disease?

ECG Flags COVID Mortality; ICDs & Depression; Pre-Conception Test for Heart Disease?

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Low QRS amplitude on ECG was an independent predictor of mortality in patients with COVID-19. (Journal of the American College of Cardiology) Stroke survivors trying to regain arm function in rehabilitation found incremental improvement with vagus nerve stimulation in the VNS-REHAB trial. (The Lancet) The American College of Physicians released a guideline on the use…
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Telehealth can increase nurse workloads, study shows

Telehealth can increase nurse workloads, study shows

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A study published in the Western Journal of Nursing Research found that patients using at-home monitoring systems for blood glucose and blood pressure levels received almost twice as many "nursing activities" as patients who received usual care.  In other words, relying on telehealth to manage Type 2 diabetes and hypertension could heighten nurse workloads.  At…
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What a year’s worth of telehealth data from athenahealth can teach us

What a year’s worth of telehealth data from athenahealth can teach us

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The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated a new era in medicine in which telehealth appointments are a core aspect of the patient-provider relationship and provide broader access to healthcare. So what has the healthcare industry learned about telehealth usage over the past year, and how can it use those learnings to deliver more accessible and high-quality…
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COVID Vaccines More Available, but Mostly Not in Doctors’ Offices

COVID Vaccines More Available, but Mostly Not in Doctors’ Offices

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Even as the supply of COVID-19 vaccines continues to increase, many doctors clamoring to distribute the vaccine directly to their patients are finding their requests go unheeded, experts say. "Leaving physician practices out makes no sense at all because patients trust physicians on vaccines more than they trust anybody else," said Bob Doherty, senior vice…
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Roundup: Sir Simon Stevens to step down as head of NHS, Leeds Hospital goes live with Agfa Enterprise Imaging and more briefs

Roundup: Sir Simon Stevens to step down as head of NHS, Leeds Hospital goes live with Agfa Enterprise Imaging and more briefs

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NHS BOSS SIR SIMON STEVENS TO STEP DOWN Sir Simon Stevens is to step down as the head of NHS England and become a peer, the UK government has announced. After seven years in the role, Sir Stevens will leave on 31 July having overseen the COVID-19 vaccination rollout to all adults. Sir Stevens has…
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Keep These Things in Mind When Buying Waterfront Property

Keep These Things in Mind When Buying Waterfront Property

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Whether it’s along a roaring coastline or nestled next to a lethargic lake, owning waterfront property is a luxury many homebuyers dream of. However, it isn’t as simple as finding a home and moving in. Homeownership requires responsibility, but those responsibilities grow when you move next to a body of water, no matter if it…
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Covid-19: FG says it has vaccinated about 1.8 million Nigerians

Covid-19: FG says it has vaccinated about 1.8 million Nigerians

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The Federal Government has said that a total of 1,794,552 Nigerians have received the first dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).The FG also announced that second dose vaccinations with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines have commenced.This disclosure was made by the National Primary Health Care…
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Miscarriage Care: Time’s Up for Telling Women, ‘Just Try Again’

Miscarriage Care: Time’s Up for Telling Women, ‘Just Try Again’

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Miscarriage care is inconsistent and complex, and a new system is necessary to ensure that affected women receive adequate physical and mental healthcare, according to a series of reports from England. A redefinition of miscarriage care is needed, and accurate testing, treatments for prevention, and management rooted in patient preferences are critical to provide comprehensive…
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Six Retirement Mistakes; Make a Good First Impression

Six Retirement Mistakes; Make a Good First Impression

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Welcome to this week's edition of Healthcare Career Insights. This weekly roundup highlights healthcare career-related articles culled from across the Web to help you learn what's next.Make the most of your retirement by avoiding these pitfalls -- Six biggest mistakes physicians make when planning for retirement (Medical Economics)Tips to make sure you are making the…
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How to Prevent Forklift Injury on Site

How to Prevent Forklift Injury on Site

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Reinventing the ‘Curbside Consult’

Reinventing the ‘Curbside Consult’

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I've started to wonder recently if the e-consult will replace the curbside consult, and think in fact that this might actually be a really good thing. For years, we've been buttonholing our colleagues and asking them for an opinion about a patient we are taking care of, without them formally getting involved. This has always…
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Columbia researchers develop kidney disease-spotting algorithm

Columbia researchers develop kidney disease-spotting algorithm

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Researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons have developed an algorithm that automatically scours electronic health records to alert physicians to early-stage chronic kidney disease.   The algorithm searches EHRs for results of blood and urine tests before performing calculations to indicate kidney function and damage and alerting clinicians. "Identifying kidney disease…
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BlueCity gets license to launch internet hospital for men’s health in China

BlueCity gets license to launch internet hospital for men’s health in China

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New York-listed BlueCity, the developer of Chinese LGBTQ+ dating app Blued, has obtained a license to launch an internet hospital in China focusing on men's healthcare. WHAT THEY DO He Health, the company's healthcare platform for men, started promoting men's health and HIV prevention awareness in 2019. Since then, it expanded its services to the…
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WhatsApp’s privacy policy user acceptance deadline is today

WhatsApp’s privacy policy user acceptance deadline is today

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WhatsApp’s deadline to accept its new privacy policy is today. Users that fail to accept this new privacy policy will slowly start losing functionality on their WhatsApp.When WhatsApp first announced this new privacy policy, the platform was met with a lot of backlashes as people moved to alternative messaging apps like Signal and Telegram. This…
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How Did Pregnant Women Fare After COVID Shot?

How Did Pregnant Women Fare After COVID Shot?

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Opinion > Weekly News Quiz — You passed medical training, now see if you can pass our weekly quiz by MedPage Today Staff April 24, 2021 The 24-hour news cycle is just as important to medicine as it is to politics, finance, or sports. At MedPage Today, new information is posted daily, but keeping up…
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CONNECT for Health Act reintroduced, would expand telehealth access

CONNECT for Health Act reintroduced, would expand telehealth access

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A bipartisan group comprising half of U.S. senators has reintroduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2021.   The act would expand coverage of Medicare telehealth services and make some COVID-19 telehealth flexibilities permanent, among other provisions.   "The last year has shown us that telehealth…
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Intermountain uses AI, synthetic data to improve chronic kidney disease care

Intermountain uses AI, synthetic data to improve chronic kidney disease care

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Late-stage chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease patients make up one of the most costly, complex and fragmented patient populations – and pose a significant challenge to the healthcare industry. THE PROBLEM Unfortunately, only a small percentage of patients that met the criteria for nephrologist referral are actually referred to a nephrologist early enough.…
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Oral Semaglutide to Be Tested for Obesity; First Natural Estrogen Birth Control Pill

Oral Semaglutide to Be Tested for Obesity; First Natural Estrogen Birth Control Pill

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Ready-to-use dasiglucagon (Zegalogue) -- an aqueous formula of a glucagon analogue -- reversed hypoglycemia for patients with type 1 diabetes in a median of 10 minutes, while plasma glucose recovery was achieved within 15 minutes for 99% of patients, according to phase III trial results. (Diabetes Care) Within the first few months of starting gender-affirming…
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Have You Cleaned These Dirty Areas Lately?

Have You Cleaned These Dirty Areas Lately?

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We all know a clean home can bring great peace of mind. But how do you know if your home is truly clean? Believe it or not, there are many nooks and crannies we regularly forget about. For a truly clean living space, it’s time to really think about where the dirt and grime is…
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Who Responds Best to Mental Health Emergencies?

Who Responds Best to Mental Health Emergencies?

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Mobile crisis teams and peer support services can help to serve those struggling with a mental health crisis and connect them to care, but can they replace police? As calls for defunding the police increase, the question has become even more timely and was front and center at a hearing on Thursday of the Subcommittee…
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Op-Ed: Time to Give Rude Patients a 1-Star Rating?

Op-Ed: Time to Give Rude Patients a 1-Star Rating?

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For years the trend has been a continued critique about physicians and their bedside manner, or lack thereof. It is an important topic as we have moved from a time of paternalistic care to a collaborative model where patients and doctors work together to improve wellness for each individual. This is a patient-centered model so…
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Senate Committee Splits on Nominee to Head CMS

Senate Committee Splits on Nominee to Head CMS

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate Finance Committee split along party lines in Thursday's vote on President Biden's nominee to head CMS, voting 14-14 to report the nomination to the full Senate without a recommendation for confirmation. Committee Republicans' votes against the nominee, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, largely did not have to do with her background or qualifications; several…
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New Zealand tests app detecting early signs of COVID-19 on border workers

New Zealand tests app detecting early signs of COVID-19 on border workers

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An app that can detect early signs of COVID-19 is currently being tried out on border workers in New Zealand. The country’s health ministry is organising the month-long trial of the ëlarm app, which is installed in wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers. WHAT IT DOES ëlarm, which is developed by Auckland-based Datamine,…
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Member states agree on technical specifications for EU-wide vaccine passport

Member states agree on technical specifications for EU-wide vaccine passport

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Plans for EU-wide "Digital Green Certificates” have moved a step forward, with member states agreeing on the main technical specifications for the plans. The certificates are intended to facilitate free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing proof that a person has either been vaccinated, received a negative test result or recovered from the virus.  Member…
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ACIP Green-Lights J&J Vax for All Adults

ACIP Green-Lights J&J Vax for All Adults

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The pause is lifted, and Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine is once again recommended for adults, according to the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). In a 10-4 vote, with one abstention, ACIP said in updated interim guidance that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is recommended under FDA emergency use authorization (EUA) for all…
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Sanford Health builds EHR templates in Epic to eliminate note bloat

Sanford Health builds EHR templates in Epic to eliminate note bloat

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Sanford Health is one of the largest health systems in the United States. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization includes 46 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and 10 countries. THE PROBLEM Providers at Sanford Health had for years been sharing feedback that a…
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Defending healthcare systems from the rise of targeted cyberattacks

Defending healthcare systems from the rise of targeted cyberattacks

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In recent years healthcare organisations have been constantly targeted by hackers and COVID-19 has made the situation worse. To help tackle the issue, the HIMSS Italian Community brought together local and global healthcare leaders to discuss 'Health safety management: the new challenges'. WHY IT MATTERS The pandemic has taught us that cybersecurity in the healthcare sector is a growing concern. In…
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An Iconic Way to Build

An Iconic Way to Build

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Founded in 2017, ICON is one example of what the future of home building looks like—all made possible by 3D-printing technology and ambitious dreams. Cofounder and CEO Jason Ballard discusses how such a home is printed and what truly keeps the ICON team motivated. Describe what the beginning of ICON looked like: The initial project…
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“Don’t deposit more than $5k monthly,” banks inform customers

“Don’t deposit more than $5k monthly,” banks inform customers

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Reports reaching Nairametrics indicate some commercial banks have started sending new transfer limits to their customers.Emails sent to some customers that were shared with Nairametrics reveal banks are informing customers that they can only deposit $5,000 in cash into their accounts monthly. They also advised the customers to transfer electronically instead of cash deposits. One…
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Existing Claudication Therapies Fall Short in Durability

Existing Claudication Therapies Fall Short in Durability

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Certain treatments were more effective than others for people with intermittent claudication, but medium-term benefits did not persist in the long run, according to a network meta-analysis. Treatments for peripheral artery disease (PAD) were associated with varying improvements in maximum walking distance (in meters) compared with controls across 46 randomized trials (N=4,256):Short-term improvement (
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Auricular Acupressure May Relieve Neuropathy in Breast Cancer

Auricular Acupressure May Relieve Neuropathy in Breast Cancer

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Auricular acupressure can reduce chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) symptoms following breast cancer treatment, South Korean researchers reported. Their randomized trial showed that the technique significantly improved patient-reported CIPN symptoms compared with the use of a sham treatment. Results from the study, led by Mijung Kim, PhD, of the College of Nursing of Chungnam National University…
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Pacific Northwest Spring Gardening Tips

Pacific Northwest Spring Gardening Tips

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Gardening in the Pacific Northwest has numerous advantages—fertile soil, copious amounts of rain, and mild seasons. Use these tips to ensure that the required spring preparation is completed and that your garden is in tip-top shape this season. Start by getting your garden ready for the upcoming months. Remove any leaves and debris that have…
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Complete Coronary Revascularization: One Definition to Unite Them All?

Complete Coronary Revascularization: One Definition to Unite Them All?

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A new standard definition of complete coronary artery revascularization was proposed by researchers associated with the ISCHEMIA trial. Anatomic completeness of revascularization, according to this group, should be primarily based on the presence of residual coronary lesions with diameter stenosis ≥50% on quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) or visual estimation, as calculated by the residual SYNTAX…
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How to help C-suite leaders and clinicians trust artificial intelligence

How to help C-suite leaders and clinicians trust artificial intelligence

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Many health IT decision-makers and clinicians are cynical about the potential for artificial intelligence solutions to improve healthcare, particularly in the wake of high-profile setbacks and continued frustration at care recommendations that seem to come from a black box of technological machinations with little transparency or context. It seems to boil down to a matter of…
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Department of Defense expands Cerner EHR implementation to 10,000 more providers

Department of Defense expands Cerner EHR implementation to 10,000 more providers

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The Department of Defense's new electronic health record system, MHS Genesis, has been successfully delivered to 10,000 more clinicians and providers.    MHS Genesis was developed by the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health, comprising Cerner Corporation, Accenture, Leidos and Henry Schein One, along with about 30 supporting businesses.    According to a Leidos press statement,…
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President Buhari meets with heads of security agencies

President Buhari meets with heads of security agencies

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A report on the Nigerian budget by BugIT last week revealed that Nigeria’s 2021 budget had 316 duplicated capital projects totalling N39.5 billion, a 14% increase to the security sector allocation with no audit done in 5 years and many others.Other discrepancies discovered in the report include ZERO audit records of the N10.02 trillion received…
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Biden Pushes Tax Credit to Spur More COVID Shots

Biden Pushes Tax Credit to Spur More COVID Shots

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President Biden said the nation has administered 200 million COVID-19 vaccines in his first 100 days, and promoted a small businesses tax credit allowing paid leave for employees who get vaccinated. "Today we hit 200 million shots," he said at a Wednesday press conference. Under the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which Congress passed and…
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Cinnamon-Coconut Potato Bites

Cinnamon-Coconut Potato Bites

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Dessert is not the first thing that comes to mind when someone says potatoes, but the coconut and vanilla in this treat are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping the Irish theme alive at your next St. Patrick’s Day party. 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature ⅓ cup butter, room temperature…
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Veterans Who Survive COVID May Face the Fight of Their Lives

Veterans Who Survive COVID May Face the Fight of Their Lives

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Veterans who came down with COVID-19 who didn't require hospitalization still experienced a higher risk of death six months later, as well as increased use of certain medications, compared with veterans without the illness, researchers found. In a cohort of more than 74,000 veterans, COVID-19 survivors who were not hospitalized and survived at least the…
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First Data on COVID Vaccines in Pregnancy

First Data on COVID Vaccines in Pregnancy

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COVID-19 vaccines appeared safe in pregnant women, with side effects that were consistent with those in non-pregnant people, researchers found. In addition, though they were not directly comparable, incidence of reported adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes were similar to those reported prior to the pandemic, noted Tom Shimabukuro, MD, and colleagues from the CDC v-safe…
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Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

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Want to customize this content for your business? Learn More Categories General Editorial Follow us on social media today! It might seem like making homemade bread is an exhausting and time-consuming process, but, in actuality, it can be quite simple. Forgo the yeast in favor of baking soda in this traditional Irish soda bread, and…
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FG places high profile Nigerians under security watch for terrorism financing

FG places high profile Nigerians under security watch for terrorism financing

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The Federal Government, on Monday, is set to commence the probe of the suspended Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman, over alleged non-remittance of over N165 billion operating surplus to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) by the NPA management under her leadership.This is as some reports suggest that the administrative probe…
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New Option for Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

New Option for Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

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In patients with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a special formulation of the corticosteroid budesonide was superior to placebo in improving histologic, symptomatic, and endoscopic outcomes over 12 weeks, researchers reported. Over 12 weeks, more patients given the viscous, immediate-release topical steroid than placebo recipients achieved the primary endpoint of a stringent histologic response of ≤6 eosinophils/high…
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Black MS Patients See More Rapid B-Cell Repopulation

Black MS Patients See More Rapid B-Cell Repopulation

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African-American patients undergoing standard anti-CD20 treatment for multiple sclerosis or neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder appeared to experience more rapid repopulation of B cells than their white counterparts, a retrospective cross-sectional study suggested. In the 6 to 12 months after undergoing treatment with rituximab (Rituxan) or ocrelizumab (Ocrevus) to deplete B cells, Black patients were more…
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Telemedicine can lead to more profitable practices post-pandemic

Telemedicine can lead to more profitable practices post-pandemic

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When COVID-19 hit in early 2020, patient and provider needs shifted substantially – and consumer demand for telehealth options skyrocketed. This year, providers want to get back to running a profitable practice, and implementing a full virtual care strategy may very well be critical to achieving this goal. Mike Morgan is president of Updox, a…
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A Dose of Hope

A Dose of Hope

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During medical residency, one's goal is twofold: to provide compassionate and evidence-based care for patients and training and learning. But when a global pandemic emerges, we rise to serve, upholding our oath to care for the sick and our duty to our profession. The privilege of this role during an unprecedented time in history means…
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10 Self-Care Moves You Can Do at Your Desk

10 Self-Care Moves You Can Do at Your Desk

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Do these to work smarter and healthier, not longer and harder. By Jazmine PolkUpdated January 18, 2018 Self care is all about taking care of your mind and body, so you feel less stress and more joy. Considering the hectic pace of the work world, most of us could benefit from more self-care during the…
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10 Reasons You Feel Cold All the Time

10 Reasons You Feel Cold All the Time

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not enough sleep Credit: maaram/Getty Images Reasons your hands, feet, and body are always chilly even when the temperature is high. Always cold? Here's why Feeling chilly when you're outside in the cold is one thing. But if you're always shivering, or your hands and feet feel like blocks of ice while everyone else nearby says…
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New wireless tech brings stability, performance and security to Faith Regional

New wireless tech brings stability, performance and security to Faith Regional

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Faith Regional Health Services, based in Norfolk, Nebraska, needed to replace its legacy wireless network. THE PROBLEM The network was old, and a replacement was due. The healthcare organization did not really use that particular vendor anywhere else any longer. Basically, it was a wireless network that had reached end of life. The access points were…
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Cybersecurity roundup: U.S. agencies warn of Russian hacks, Australian hospitals struggle to get back online

Cybersecurity roundup: U.S. agencies warn of Russian hacks, Australian hospitals struggle to get back online

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A day doesn't go by without news breaking of another healthcare breach, ransomware attack or looming cybersecurity threat. Here's a compilation of some of the recent developments in the cybersecurity world.   In the past few days alone, U.S. federal agencies have warned of continuing dangers from Russian state hackers; hospitals in Queensland, Australia, have…
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Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Adrian’s Testicular Cancer

Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Adrian’s Testicular Cancer

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Like many athletes, swimmer Nathan Adrian was disappointed about the cancellation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last summer. He was hoping to make it onto his fourth U.S. Olympic swim team. However, for this five-time gold medalist, the COVID-19 pandemic delay may have worked in his favor. As a professional athlete, Adrian is hyper aware…
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CBN’s Emefiele vows to reject the continuous importation of maize in Nigeria

CBN’s Emefiele vows to reject the continuous importation of maize in Nigeria

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On the 3rd of May, 2021, The Federal Government announced a deal with Microsoft through the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy for the development of high-speed internet infrastructure across the six regions in the country.Microsoft disclosed in a statement saying: “Six regions in the country have been earmarked for the development of high-speed…
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Southern Spring Gardening Tips

Southern Spring Gardening Tips

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Between scorching temperatures and little rain, gardening in the South can be challenging. But with proper preparation during the spring months, your garden can in fact be both lush and colorful. In the beginning of April, be sure to move houseplants outdoors to a shady spot. It’s a great time to repot and fertilize them…
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Neoadjuvant Regimen Tops Standard for Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer

Neoadjuvant Regimen Tops Standard for Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer

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Adding neoadjuvant chemotherapy to preoperative chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for locally advanced rectal cancer led to better disease-free survival (DFS) and less toxicity as compared with a standard regimen of neoadjuvant CRT and adjuvant therapy, a randomized trial showed. DFS at 3 years improved from 69% with standard treatment to 76% with neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by chemoradiotherapy…
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ALS ‘Compassionate Use’ Again Hits National Media

ALS ‘Compassionate Use’ Again Hits National Media

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When Neil Shneider, MD, PhD, got results back that Lisa Stockman Mauriello's amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) was driven by a SOD1 mutation, enrollment in the VALOR study had just closed. The phase III trial is testing Biogen's investigational antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) aimed at knocking down levels of the mutant protein thought to play a major…
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AIDH targets workforce reform across network

AIDH targets workforce reform across network

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The Australasian Institute of Digital Health, Australia’s largest network of digital health professionals, has unveiled its four-year strategic plan focusing on workforce reform. AIDH said in a statement that "generational change" in healthcare can be made through an empowered health workforce today. WHY IT MATTERS AIDH aspires to maintain the progress made in digital health, especially telehealth…
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Women in Health IT: Gender Equity Is the Ultimate Goal

Women in Health IT: Gender Equity Is the Ultimate Goal

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Encouraging girls and young women to study for careers in health IT is ongoing. Experts say it will take years to reach gender parity. In this podcast, IMO CEO Ann Barnes talks about her philosophy on what’s needed now, the changes she’s made in her company and how the health IT industry can come together…
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Lagos places some unemployed graduates on N40,000 monthly salary

Lagos places some unemployed graduates on N40,000 monthly salary

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The Organised Labour appears set for a showdown with the Federal Government as they have condemned and rejected the government’s plan to cut down salaries of Nigerian workers.This follows the recent statement credited to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, in which she revealed the Federal Government’s plan to reduce…
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COVID Antibody Responses Reduced in Some MS Patients

COVID Antibody Responses Reduced in Some MS Patients

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Antibody responses after SARS-CoV-2 infection were reduced in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients on ocrelizumab (Ocrevus) compared with other MS patients, but T-cell responses were not, preliminary data from a New York study suggested. Antibody detection varied but T-cell levels were similar for patients with COVID-19 and MS regardless of the disease-modifying treatment they used, reported…
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On-demand virtual care may not lead to cost savings down the line

On-demand virtual care may not lead to cost savings down the line

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A study by University of Michigan researchers published in Health Affairs this month found that direct-to-consumer telemedicine visits for acute respiratory infections were linked to more downstream visits.   The researchers found that patients with initial direct-to-consumer telemedicine visits were more likely to obtain follow-up care within seven days than those who had sought in-person visits.…
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Taiwan’s advancement in digital health: From EMRAM Stage 6 to 7

Taiwan’s advancement in digital health: From EMRAM Stage 6 to 7

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The HIMSS Digital Maturity Series seeks to understand if healthcare organisations are aware of their capacity and capabilities to effectively tap into the power of digital health. During this session which took place in early April, healthcare experts from Taiwan shared their digital transformation stories and thoughts on how to advance towards a digital health…
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Novel ALS Drug Continues to Show Survival Benefit

Novel ALS Drug Continues to Show Survival Benefit

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The investigational combination of sodium phenylbutyrate and taurursodiol (AMX0035) offered significant functional and survival benefits in adults with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to an updated analysis of the CENTAUR trial. Median time to first hospitalization was not reached for the 89 patients taking sodium phenylbutyrate-taurursodiol, an oral combination of sodium phenylbutyrate and taurursodiol, as…
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What Buyers and Sellers Can Expect from the Spring 2021 Market

What Buyers and Sellers Can Expect from the Spring 2021 Market

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In 2020, just as the spring market was heating up, it was unceremoniously brought to a standstill by the shutdowns and precautions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, both buyers and sellers have seen a host of ups and downs that added up to one of the most active, and in some ways frustrating,…
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Medical Breakthrough From Space? Make This Year Profitable

Medical Breakthrough From Space? Make This Year Profitable

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Welcome to this week's edition of Healthcare Career Insights. This weekly roundup highlights healthcare career-related articles culled from across the Web to help you learn what's next.The next great medical breakthrough may be coming from space -- Startup adapts AI used in space to advance healthcare on earth (Forbes)Make 2021 your most profitable ever --…
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ChristianaCare, Highmark partner on tech-focused VBC venture

ChristianaCare, Highmark partner on tech-focused VBC venture

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On Wednesday, ChristianaCare and Highmark Health announced a new collaboration they say will boost patient outcomes and healthcare affordability by removing excess costs from care delivery. WHY IT MATTERS The goal of the joint venture company is to match the two organizations' respective expertise to develop a "new model of value-based care that is continuous…
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Q&A: A year down the road

Q&A: A year down the road

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By April 2020 all Swiss hospitals should join a "stammgemeinschaft", a regional community to offer a national EHR, the so-called EPR (electronic patient record) throughout Switzerland, according to the Federal Electronic Patient Dossier Act (EPDG). A year on, Healthcare IT News asks Stefan Hunziker (pictured below), CIO at the Lucerne Cantonal Hospital (LUKS), how the EPR has developed in…
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FG announces further extension of NIN-SIM linkage to June

FG announces further extension of NIN-SIM linkage to June

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Legislators in the House of Representatives are set to investigate alleged railway ticket racketeering after Nairametrics uncovered the menace in a special report in March.The House of Representatives resolved to do this after they allegedly found that ticket racketeering activities were being carried out by operators of the Abuja and Kaduna railway stations.Welcome to a…
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Little Benefit Seen From Federal Sepsis Tx Bundle

Little Benefit Seen From Federal Sepsis Tx Bundle

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Sepsis outcomes remained largely unchanged after the federal government began requiring hospitals to report adherence to a so-called SEP-1 treatment protocol for sepsis -- at least, that was the case for one large, urban health system, researchers said. At the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), risk-adjusted mortality, successful discharge, and ICU admission after SEP-1…
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What Happened to Suicides After the Pandemic Began?

What Happened to Suicides After the Pandemic Began?

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Opinion > Weekly News Quiz — You passed medical training, now see if you can pass our weekly quiz by MedPage Today Staff April 17, 2021 The 24-hour news cycle is just as important to medicine as it is to politics, finance, or sports. At MedPage Today, new information is posted daily, but keeping up…
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Global Stroke Care Takes a Hit During the Pandemic

Global Stroke Care Takes a Hit During the Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic was linked with a global decline in the volume of stroke hospitalizations, intravenous thrombolysis (IVT), and interfacility IVT transfers, a researcher reported. From March to June 2020, stroke admissions declined by 11.5% at 457 worldwide centers versus 4 months immediately before the pandemic, according to Thanh Nguyen, MD, of Boston University School…
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Round 2 of the COVID-19 telehealth program application portal will open April 29

Round 2 of the COVID-19 telehealth program application portal will open April 29

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(Photo by Kilito Chan/Getty Images)The Federal Communications Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau will begin accepting applications for Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program on Thursday, April 29 at 12 p.m. ET. The filing window will last seven days and close on Thursday, May 6 at 12 p.m. Round 2 of the program is a $249.95…
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Low-code EHR-PM enables massive growth for pain management chain

Low-code EHR-PM enables massive growth for pain management chain

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Airrosti is a San Antonio-based healthcare group focused on pain management, with more than 300 clinics in five states. Ten years ago, Airrosti owned only around a dozen clinics. Leadership was eager to build patient volume and expand the clinic network within Texas and beyond. THE PROBLEM The problem was that each location had a…
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Endo Society Blasts Ark. Transgender Law; New Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer Guidance

Endo Society Blasts Ark. Transgender Law; New Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer Guidance

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The Endocrine Society spoke out against Arkansas' new legislation that prohibits transgender and gender diverse adolescents from accessing gender-affirming medical care. "The treatment of transgender and gender diverse youth should be governed by the best available medical evidence, not politics," said Joshua Safer, MD, of Mount Sinai Health System in New York City and co-author…
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MTN post N385.3 billion in revenues in 3 months as Nigerians guzzle data

MTN post N385.3 billion in revenues in 3 months as Nigerians guzzle data

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Nigeria’s largest telecoms network, MTN posted revenue of N385.3 billion representing a 17% increase from the N329.1 billion reported in the same period in 2020.The double-digit growth is happening at a time when Nigerians have put the Covid-19 lockdown behind them and returned fully to work across the country. It is also happening on the…
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A Refresh for Your Finances

A Refresh for Your Finances

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When spring rolls around, your thoughts might turn to organizing your closets or giving your floors a good deep clean. But how much thought have you given to cleaning up your finances? If the answer is “not much,” you might want to reconsider. Spring is a great in-between time of year to take stock of…
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Four Drugs Upfront Yield ‘Unprecedented’ Response in Myeloma

Four Drugs Upfront Yield ‘Unprecedented’ Response in Myeloma

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Adding the anti-CD38 drug daratumumab (Darzalex) to a weekly three-drug regimen for patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma led to extremely high rates of minimal residual disease (MRD) negativity in a single-arm study. In the phase II trial, the rate of MRD negativity prior to transplant reached 71% (95% CI 54-83%) with 8 cycles of…
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Op-Ed: The Energy-Draining Life of a Physician

Op-Ed: The Energy-Draining Life of a Physician

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It is not a secret that being a physician can be exhausting and time-consuming, but do most nonphysicians really know what it's like to be one? The answer is a resounding no. Television glamorizes the role of the physician and hides the tedious everyday realities. Spouses and partners of physicians know too well the frustration…
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Midwest Spring Gardening Tips

Midwest Spring Gardening Tips

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Want to customize this content for your business? Learn More Categories General Editorial Follow us on social media today! There’s no question that the Midwest is known for its brutally cold weather. But after a seemingly never-ending winter, the spring gardening season is extremely welcome. Use these tips to help take advantage of the region’s…
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Influencer Poses in Underwear to Show Off Her Butt—and Prove Cellulite Is Normal and Beautiful

Influencer Poses in Underwear to Show Off Her Butt—and Prove Cellulite Is Normal and Beautiful

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"I wish I saw more bodies like mine when I was younger." By Christina OehlerUpdated February 04, 2020 Flawlessly airbrushed thighs and butts are so common in ads and commercials, it's no wonder many women view cellulite as something ugly and abnormal. But influencers like Danae Mercer are trying to change this thinking—and they're posted semi-nude…
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Doctor Saves Traveler’s Life by Sucking Urine from Man’s Bladder During Mid-Flight Emergency

Doctor Saves Traveler’s Life by Sucking Urine from Man’s Bladder During Mid-Flight Emergency

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A Chinese surgeon extracted 800 ml of urine from the blocked bladder of an elderly man during a mid-flight emergency. By Gabrielle ChungDecember 03, 2019 A Chinese doctor had to think on his feet when a passenger on his flight suffered a medical emergency. Zhang Hong, a surgeon from the First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University…
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Blood-Based Markers Tied to Brain Cell and Memory Loss

Blood-Based Markers Tied to Brain Cell and Memory Loss

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Two proteins in blood -- plasma neurofilament light chain (NfL) and total tau -- were associated with cognition and neuroimaging outcomes, strengthening their potential as blood-based biomarkers of neurodegeneration, a large longitudinal study showed. At baseline, NfL was more strongly associated with brain atrophy in multiple areas, white matter alterations, and changes in global cognition,…
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MAT Often Not an Option for Opioid Users in Justice System

MAT Often Not an Option for Opioid Users in Justice System

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Criminal justice populations were significantly less likely to receive medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) -- such as methadone and buprenorphine -- even with the increased access brought about by Medicaid expansion in certain states, a recent study found. When compared to individuals referred to treatment by all other sources, those referred to…
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Livongo founder says the time for ‘piloting’ is over

Livongo founder says the time for ‘piloting’ is over

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When telehealth platform Teladoc and chronic care management program Livongo merged last year, the $18.5 billion deal rattled the windows of the digital health industry.   At the time, Livongo founder and at the time executive chairman Glen Tullman said the goal was to provide a one-stop shop for healthcare without losing out on clinician empathy.…
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European data protection board to strengthen sharing of health data between EU and UK

European data protection board to strengthen sharing of health data between EU and UK

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In February 2021, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) published two opinions on the European Commission draft Implementing Decisions on the adequate protection of personal data in the United Kingdom. The EDPB has since announced that it has adopted its opinion on the draft adequacy decision issued by the European Commission. Although the EDPB opinion…
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U.K. Touts Delayed Second Dose Strategy as Lockdown Lifts

U.K. Touts Delayed Second Dose Strategy as Lockdown Lifts

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As the U.K. eased a months-long lockdown this week -- and eager crowds flocked to pubs and hair salons -- health officials there called their outlier approach to COVID-19 vaccination a success. Britain has continued to stretch out the interval between first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines for up to 12 weeks in order…
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Clinicians: Be on High Alert for Rare J&J COVID Vax Events

Clinicians: Be on High Alert for Rare J&J COVID Vax Events

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Clinicians should pay close attention to patients with suspected thrombotic events or thrombocytopenia following vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, including consulting a hematologist, CDC staff said on a call with clinicians on Thursday. A CDC health alert cautioned that clinicians should have a "high index of suspicion" for patients with these events.…
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David Cameron lobbied for NHS staff’s personal data

David Cameron lobbied for NHS staff’s personal data

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Former UK prime minister David Cameron lobbied the NHS for access to staff’s personal data, weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic. Cameron was acting on behalf of financial services firm Greensill Capital, which he had financial interest in. His work for the firm, which filed for administration in March 2021, has led to increased scrutiny of…
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HIMSS offers recommendations on the role of digital health in vaccine distribution

HIMSS offers recommendations on the role of digital health in vaccine distribution

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HIMSS and its community of digital health professionals have offered recommendations focused on two areas: immediate actions and longer-term plans on how to maximise the role of digital health in vaccine distribution and administration. The digital health experts behind the COVID-19 policy recommendations include those working in public health, primary and secondary healthcare delivery, health…
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Nigerian stock market profits N36 billion today

Nigerian stock market profits N36 billion today

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First Bank Nigeria Holdings (FBNH) closed with a loss of -6.6%, placing it at the third position in the NSE ASI for Thursday.After the appointment of the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) for First bank Nigeria, Mr Gbenga Shobo, the CBN responded by re-instating Dr. Adesola Adeduntan as the MD and sacking all directors…
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Smooth Sailing for HHS Secretary at Budget Hearing

Smooth Sailing for HHS Secretary at Budget Hearing

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WASHINGTON -- Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra got a largely warm reception during his testimony at a House committee on Thursday for the Biden administration's proposed $131.7-billion fiscal year 2022 discretionary HHS budget, although a few potential areas of disagreement also surfaced. "The administration is once again taking the lead by submitting…
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Op-Ed: These Hospital COVID Restrictions Are Dumb

Op-Ed: These Hospital COVID Restrictions Are Dumb

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Neither science nor sense can explain these idiotic and damaging rules, says ZDoggMD. Following is a rough transcript of his remarks (Note: errors are possible): Hey everyone, so recently a resident physician from a large academic center back East emailed me and mentioned, OK look, they're a second-year resident or something like that and I'm…
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COVID Stroke Rare in ICU

COVID Stroke Rare in ICU

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About 2% of COVID-19 patients experienced a stroke after they were admitted to intensive care, a year-long, multinational study showed. Of these ICU patients, hemorrhagic stroke was linked to higher mortality, but ischemic stroke was not, reported Jonathon Fanning, MBBS, PhD, of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, in an abstract released in advance…
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Macon Community Hospital slashes A/R days from 57 to 37 with Cerner RCM

Macon Community Hospital slashes A/R days from 57 to 37 with Cerner RCM

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Macon Community Hospital in Lafayette, Tennessee, is a small, rural hospital. With a legacy revenue cycle management system, its accounts receivable days had risen and its collection rate of revenue had dropped. The system performed the billing function, and while staff tried to work with the technology to make it work, the continued cash erosion…
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Nurses give EHR usability an ‘F’ in new study

Nurses give EHR usability an ‘F’ in new study

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A study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that more favorable electronic health record usability scores are associated with lower odds of burnout – and those usability scores have tanked.    Researchers found that among 1,285 nurses who responded to a November 2017 survey about usability and burnout the…
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Saudi Arabia to sell part of its stake in world’s biggest oil company

Saudi Arabia to sell part of its stake in world’s biggest oil company

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The World Bank stated that Nigeria alongside, Russia, Iraq, Iran, the United States, Algeria and Venezuela were the highest gas flaring nation in the world in the past ten years.The World Bank disclosed this in its gas flaring satellite data for 2020, through its World Bank Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR) on Wednesday in…
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Can Magic Mushrooms Measure Up to SSRIs for Depression Treatment?

Can Magic Mushrooms Measure Up to SSRIs for Depression Treatment?

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Psilocybin -- "magic mushrooms" -- failed to improve symptoms of depression over a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) in a 59-patient phase II trial, though the study's leaders are not ready to give up on the hallucinogen. At 6 weeks, psilocybin did not have a significantly greater effect on symptoms of moderate-to-severe major depressive disorder…
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Optum now offering virtual care nationwide, execs say

Optum now offering virtual care nationwide, execs say

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UnitedHealth subsidiary Optum has launched a new virtual care product. OptumHealth's CEO says the software, Optum Virtual Care, is now live in all 50 states.   According to a transcript of an April 15 earnings call, executives from both UnitedHealth and Optum said the software aims to integrate physical care, telehealth, home care and behavioral…
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How one health system moved 85% of its services via telehealth

How one health system moved 85% of its services via telehealth

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Preferred Behavioral Health Group, based in Lakewood, New Jersey, is a multi-site outpatient behavioral health organization providing adult mental health services, youth and family services, and substance use services. Its mission is to deliver quality and compassionate behavioral health services to individuals and families through a trauma-informed care philosophy and approach. PBHG's vision is to…
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Hospitals Need to Stockpile More Medical Supplies, Senators Told

Hospitals Need to Stockpile More Medical Supplies, Senators Told

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WASHINGTON -- Hospitals need better incentives to beef up their stockpiles of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other needed supplies in case of an emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic, witnesses told a Senate panel on Wednesday. "What we've noticed is that they don't have supply on hand for much more than a few days,"…
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New Anti-PD1 Drugs Boost Survival in Treated Lung Cancer

New Anti-PD1 Drugs Boost Survival in Treated Lung Cancer

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Patients with previously treated advanced lung cancer lived about 6 months longer if they received a PD-1 inhibitor instead of chemotherapy, a large randomized study from China showed. Median overall survival (OS) was 17.2 months with tislelizumab and 11.9 months with docetaxel. In the prespecified subgroup with PD-L1 expression ≥25%, tislelizumab led to a median…
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IFC to provide $20 million debt finance to Nigerian off-grid power firm

IFC to provide $20 million debt finance to Nigerian off-grid power firm

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“What would you do if someone dumped nine Olympic swimming pools of oil into your community?”This is the question that is splayed across Amnesty International’s webpage on the Niger Delta oil spills. As it turns out, since 2011, Shell alone has reported 1,010 spills, with 110,535 barrels or 17.5 million litres dumped into water bodies…
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Targeted Drug Yields Durable Responses in Rare Blood Neoplasm

Targeted Drug Yields Durable Responses in Rare Blood Neoplasm

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Three-quarters of patients with the rare blood disorder advanced systemic mastocytosis responded to treatment with avapritinib (Ayvakit), an interim analysis of a phase II trial found. Among 32 patients treated with daily avapritinib in the PATHFINDER study, 19% had a complete remission (CR) with partial hematologic recovery, 31% had a partial response, and 25% saw…
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HIMSSCast: Kidney care innovation is open for business

HIMSSCast: Kidney care innovation is open for business

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Dr. John Sedor and Dr. Prabir Roy-Chaudhury join host Jonah Comstock and Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to discuss innovation in the kidney space, especially the fruits so far of the U.S. government's KidneyX innovation prizes. Like what you hear? Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Play! Talking points: What is KidneyX and…
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India upgrades disease surveillance platform

India upgrades disease surveillance platform

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India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare unveiled an upgraded version of its Integrated Health Information Platform last week; the system provides near-real time data to facilitate timely responses to disease outbreaks. The IHIP will enable the consolidation of data from public and private sector facilities which include hospitals, laboratories, and research centres under a single operating platform. The platform will also observe 33…
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Op-Ed: Please Don’t Yell at Me. I’m Trying to Help

Op-Ed: Please Don’t Yell at Me. I’m Trying to Help

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For many years, I have treated individuals with substance use disorders. I have found this work to be both gratifying and frustrating. Part of the frustration stems from interactions with governmental agencies and families. The families are, of course, fearful and frustrated. They are watching their loved ones "die" before their eyes and want someone…
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VA will halt EHR rollout at second site until after strategic review

VA will halt EHR rollout at second site until after strategic review

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will pause the rollout of its Cerner electronic health record until it reviews the program and shares the results with Congress.   Agency officials told the House Subcommittee on Technology Modernization at a Wednesday hearing that they would not go live with the EHR at a second site before a strategic…
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Another FGFR Inhibitor Active in Bile Duct Cancers

Another FGFR Inhibitor Active in Bile Duct Cancers

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More than 40% of patients with advanced cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) had objective responses that were durable in most cases following treatment with a multitargeted fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) inhibitor, a preliminary study showed. Treatment with the investigational agent futibatinib led to an overall response rate (ORR) of 41.7% in 103 patients and a median duration…
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Why it is not a good time to buy #dogecoin​ #EMM

Why it is not a good time to buy #dogecoin​ #EMM

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NairametricsNairametrics is Nigeria's top business news and financial analysis website. We focus on providing resources that help small businesses and retail investors make better investing decisions. Nairametrics is updated daily by a team of professionals. Post updated as "Nairametrics" are published by our Editorial Board.
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Op-Ed: Let’s Prevent Post-Shutdown Sports Injuries in our Kids

Op-Ed: Let’s Prevent Post-Shutdown Sports Injuries in our Kids

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted American life in unprecedented ways. School closures, canceled sports leagues, and shelter-in-place orders dramatically changed how children were using their bodies. Pandemic precautions caused children to lead more sedentary lifestyles, as they completed school work virtually and spent less time outdoors. Overall, COVID-19 restrictions and the lack of organized sports…
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Healing Ourselves is Absolutely Necessary –

Healing Ourselves is Absolutely Necessary –

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At the end of a year that has brutalized us all in ways we never saw coming, we could all use a little breather, little wellness. Recently, in talking with some colleagues at work, a couple of folks told me about these "mini vacations" they'd taken -- just a few days off to recharge and…
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At MemorialCare, digital health program enables turnaround for depression patients

At MemorialCare, digital health program enables turnaround for depression patients

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MemorialCare Health System, based in Fountain Valley, California, is always looking for ways to help its community by providing meaningful health-and-wellness services. THE PROBLEM With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent isolating effects of lockdowns and social distancing, MemorialCare began seeing an influx of mental health and substance use disorder patients within the…
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How COVID-19 opened a new chapter for population and public health

How COVID-19 opened a new chapter for population and public health

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(Photo by Morsa Images/Getty Images)COVID-19, against a background of growing awareness of health inequities, has expanded how we define population health. New laws, policies and funding have helped spur solutions. The Black Lives Matter movement, begun in 2013 to highlight the deaths of Black men and women by law enforcement, has swelled to include an…
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Novel Tx Helped Man With Recurrent Brain Tumor

Novel Tx Helped Man With Recurrent Brain Tumor

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A 36-year-old man presents to a medical research institute in Los Angeles with neurological symptoms. Clinicians taking the patient's history learn that 4 years previously, he was diagnosed with an astrocytoma identified as isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH)-mutant diffuse, with a lesion in the right frontoparietal lobe, which was surgically resected. After the tumor recurred in the…
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Pay-Per-View: House of Reps says its working on legislative bill

Pay-Per-View: House of Reps says its working on legislative bill

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It’s no longer news that President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, overruled the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and approved the restoration of permits on Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) 123, 124, 126 and 137 to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Addax Petroleum Exploration Limited.The NNPC had been in a Production Sharing Contract (PSC) with Addax…
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Heavy Periods Seen in Obesity; T1D Tied to Fracture Risk

Heavy Periods Seen in Obesity; T1D Tied to Fracture Risk

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Women with obesity may have a higher risk of heavier periods due to delayed endometrial repair. "Although it is difficult to make strong recommendations based on this study alone, a common-sense approach would be to offer weight-loss support to women with a high BMI experiencing heavy periods," suggested lead author Jacqueline Maybin, MBChB, PhD, of…
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Op-Ed: COVID Elimination or Eradication?

Op-Ed: COVID Elimination or Eradication?

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On Dec. 31, 2019, the World Health Organization's (WHO) office in China noted a report of cases of "viral pneumonia" on the website of the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission. Earlier that same month, there was another important milestone: at its headquarters in Geneva, the WHO celebrated the 40th anniversary of the confirmation of the eradication…
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Op-Ed: Prescribe More Telehealth for the Elderly

Op-Ed: Prescribe More Telehealth for the Elderly

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Accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has experienced an exponential increase in adoption over the past year. 20% of all medical visits in 2020 were conducted by telehealth; the number of patients reporting at least one telehealth visit grew by 57% and chronic illness patients' use jumped to 77%. Among both patient populations, 86% say…
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65% of hospitals in APAC are increasing spending on digitalisation, says report

65% of hospitals in APAC are increasing spending on digitalisation, says report

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A majority of hospitals in the Asia-Pacific region are planning to increase their spending on digitalisation in the next three years to minimise medical errors and raise patient satisfaction, a regional survey found. The survey conducted by L.E.K. Consulting with over 400 hospital executives identified trends that are defining APAC hospitals’ priorities and how they…
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Four acute providers in London health and care system now using Cerner EPR

Four acute providers in London health and care system now using Cerner EPR

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London North West Healthcare trust and the Hillingdon Hospitals FT have signed a ten year, £40 million deal to implement the Cerner EPR. This is in line with the North West London Integrated Care System's draft commissioning strategy which states that the four acutes are "working towards one acute group model". To facilitate greater interoperability,…
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Get Creative with Corned Beef

Get Creative with Corned Beef

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Corned beef is considered a staple on St. Patrick’s Day, but there is usually plenty to go around, and probably plenty to throw away. Save the leftovers and use them in these creative takes on classic appetizers—perfect for serving at your Ireland-inspired gathering. Corned Beef and Cabbage Quesadillas Mexican meets Irish with a St. Patrick’s…
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Lagos agricultural sector to generate $10 billion in the next 5 years

Lagos agricultural sector to generate $10 billion in the next 5 years

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The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has projected that the agricultural sector in the state could generate as much as $10 billion within the next 5 years.This is as the governor noted that Lagos could no longer afford to rely exclusively on other states for its food, adding that it was time to unlock…
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Practice-Changing Results in Metastatic Uveal Melanoma

Practice-Changing Results in Metastatic Uveal Melanoma

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A novel bispecific protein significantly improved overall survival (OS) in metastatic uveal melanoma as compared with investigator's choice of treatment, including checkpoint inhibitors, a randomized trial showed. Patients treated with tebentafusp had a median OS of 21.7 months versus 16.0 months for the control group. The benefit was consistent across all prespecified subgroups. Grade 3/4…
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Google has another go at patient health record software

Google has another go at patient health record software

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Google is reportedly making inroads toward creating a patient health record tool.   According to STAT's Erin Brodwin, the company is recruiting patients to weigh in on how they want to access their own medical record data – potentially to help shape user-facing software.    "Google is running a user feedback program to test features…
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Denmark launches COVID-19 passport ‘Coronapas’

Denmark launches COVID-19 passport ‘Coronapas’

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Denmark has become one of the first in Europe to launch a COVID-19 pass scheme to help non-essential businesses reopen. This follows news earlier this year that Denmark's acting finance minister Morten Bødskov together with Lars Sandahl Sørensen, the CEO of Danish Industry and Brian Mikkelsen, the CEO of the Danish Chamber of Commerce, confirmed that…
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What’s the Opioid Overdose Death Toll?

What’s the Opioid Overdose Death Toll?

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Opinion > Weekly News Quiz — You passed medical training, now see if you can pass our weekly quiz by MedPage Today Staff April 10, 2021 The 24-hour news cycle is just as important to medicine as it is to politics, finance, or sports. At MedPage Today, new information is posted daily, but keeping up…
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Gooey Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Gooey Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

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Psychotherapy Now the Most Common Telehealth Procedure

Psychotherapy Now the Most Common Telehealth Procedure

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One-hour psychotherapy sessions became the most common telehealth service nationwide this January, according to a recent data analysis. The data, collected monthly by FAIR Health -- a New York City-based nonprofit specializing in health insurance data collection -- showed that psychotherapy had been the second or third most common telehealth service throughout 2020, depending on…
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Paypal’s Venmo now permits cryptocurrency trading

Paypal’s Venmo now permits cryptocurrency trading

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Trespassers have allegedly invaded highbrow areas in Ikoyi, especially Banana Island, posing a looming danger to the serenity of the area.This was confirmed by a video shared on Twitter on Tuesday.Some of the trespassers are roadside food sellers, barbers, and hoodlums, some of whom were seen in clusters, smoking hemp and ominously watching the movements…
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Chronic Pain Patients Sometimes Take Risks With Opioid Meds

Chronic Pain Patients Sometimes Take Risks With Opioid Meds

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A proportion of chronic pain patients on prescribed opioids took chances with their medications over time, such as seeking early refills or giving pills to others -- but such behaviors were intermittent, not persistent, according to data from the Australian POINT study. In a group of about 1,500 people with chronic noncancer pain surveyed every…
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Add-On PI3K Inhibitor Wins in Relapsed, Indolent NHL

Add-On PI3K Inhibitor Wins in Relapsed, Indolent NHL

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Adding the PI3K inhibitor copanlisib (Aliqopa) to rituximab reduced the risk of disease progression or death for patients with relapsed indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), including those unfit for chemotherapy, a phase III trial called CHRONOS-3 showed. Among more than 450 patients receiving rituximab, the median progression-free survival (PFS) reached 21.5 months with copanlisib, as compared…
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Remote patient monitoring helps Baptist Health achieve zero readmissions with COVID-19 patients

Remote patient monitoring helps Baptist Health achieve zero readmissions with COVID-19 patients

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Even before COVID-19, Baptist Health, a health system based in Louisville, Kentucky, had a system-wide initiative to provide more patient-centric care, part of which included providing patient care on patients' terms. THE PROBLEM As a family medicine practitioner, Dr. Brett Oliver, chief medical information officer at Baptist Health, realized that patient health within the home…
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Is cyber insurance a good investment? What healthcare CISOs and CIOs should know

Is cyber insurance a good investment? What healthcare CISOs and CIOs should know

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Every healthcare executive knows by now that cybercriminals have been focusing their nefarious attacks on the healthcare industry for some time. When they successfully strike a provider organization, the results can be disastrous. This is why many healthcare organizations invest in cyber insurance. Think of cyber insurance like car insurance. When something bad happens, insurance is…
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AHRQ: Studies Fail to Show Long-Term Benefit for CPAP

AHRQ: Studies Fail to Show Long-Term Benefit for CPAP

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Sleep medicine specialists are worried about a draft technology assessment from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that casts doubt on the long-term clinical benefit for the gold standard treatment for sleep apnea. Reviewers found that studies of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) have consistently failed to show improvements in non-sleep-related outcomes linked…
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Intermountain acquires air transport company to expand telehealth capabilities

Intermountain acquires air transport company to expand telehealth capabilities

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Intermountain Healthcare announced this week that it would extend the reach of its virtual care program with the acquisition of Classic Air Medical, an air medical transport firm with more than two dozen helicopters and planes. WHY IT MATTERS The company, also based in Salt Lake City, operates 28 aircraft – 16 rotary-wing and 12…
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Microsoft to acquire Nuance for almost $20 billion

Microsoft to acquire Nuance for almost $20 billion

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Microsoft on Monday announced that it will acquire Nuance Communications, a deal aimed largely at advancing cloud and artificial intelligence offerings for its healthcare customers. WHY IT MATTERS Microsoft is buying Nuance for $56 per share – an all-cash transaction totaling $19.7 billion, inclusive of Nuance's net debt. The deal is expected to close later…
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Bank of England considers digital currency

Bank of England considers digital currency

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Yesterday, a sudden crash in the price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies reminded everyone of the nature of risk involved in investing in crypto assets.According to an earlier Nairametrics report, altcoins like Etherium, XRP, Dogecoin, Polkadot, and Litecoin all lost significant value and this loss may not have been unconnected with recent announcements from the…
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What Mount Sinai’s Trachea Transplant Success Means for Patients in Need

What Mount Sinai’s Trachea Transplant Success Means for Patients in Need

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A team of Mount Sinai surgeons in New York City earlier this year performed the world's first human tracheal transplant surgery, the health system announced this week. News of the procedure's success already has other patients taking note. To date, surgeons have been unable to transplant the trachea -- an organ essential for speaking, breathing,…
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More Melanoma, Less Prostate Cancer; Aggressive End-of-Life Care; J&J Has Friends

More Melanoma, Less Prostate Cancer; Aggressive End-of-Life Care; J&J Has Friends

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New projections for cancer trends over the next 2 decades suggest that the incidence of melanoma will continue to increase, and that there will be more deaths from pancreatic and liver cancers, fewer cases of prostate cancer, and fewer breast cancer deaths. (JAMA Network Open) Aggressive end-of-life care remains the norm for many women with…
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Op-Ed: Who Can Effectively Champion the Vax?

Op-Ed: Who Can Effectively Champion the Vax?

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Vaccine hesitancy -- the delay by people to get inoculated even when shots are widely available -- appears likely to be one more hurdle in ending the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC would typically lead a campaign to overcome such hesitancy, but shortcomings at the agency during 2020 have left it compromised as a public health…
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3 myths about translating AI models in a healthcare setting

3 myths about translating AI models in a healthcare setting

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Artificial intelligence has huge potential for many healthcare challenges – but there are still many hurdles that must be overcome.   At a keynote for the Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Health, Inference and Learning this past week, Dr. Alan Karthikesalingam, research lead at Google Health UK, described three myths commonly encountered in the path…
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Second COVID Shot: No Side Effects? No Problem

Second COVID Shot: No Side Effects? No Problem

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With so much chatter about hefty side effects -- headache, chills, fatigue, body aches -- after the second dose of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, the sizeable proportion of people who don't get sidelined by the shots have been wondering if they're still fully protected against the disease. The short answer from immunologists and…
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A typical football viewing centre experience in Nigeria

A typical football viewing centre experience in Nigeria

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It’s a hot Saturday afternoon in Lagos and as you drive down the narrow street lined with cars to attend the naming ceremony of your colleague’s newborn son, a horde of young men come rushing onto the street from a nondescript building at the corner.Your first reaction is to slow down and watch their next…
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Vaccine Hesitancy: Swaying the ‘Movable Middle’ to Acceptance

Vaccine Hesitancy: Swaying the ‘Movable Middle’ to Acceptance

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Primary care physicians (PCPs) can be key players in the movement to building confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine, according to panelists at a Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and GTMRx Institute webinar. Since last November, CVS Caremark has surveyed thousands of Americans about their intentions regarding the COVID vaccine, explained Sree Chaguturu, MD, CVS Caremark chief…
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The benefits and future of remote patient monitoring

The benefits and future of remote patient monitoring

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At the start of 2020, widespread adoption of remote patient monitoring was still in the distance. The technology was struggling to get off the ground despite it being available for years. Most of the hesitancy on RPM implementation seemed to be because of limited reimbursement opportunities as well as lack of incentives for providers offering…
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AI-powered precision drug dosing can boost outcomes and cost efficiency

AI-powered precision drug dosing can boost outcomes and cost efficiency

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Shivrat Chhabra is CEO of Dosis, a company that offers an artificial intelligence-powered personalized dosing platform used by dialysis providers to manage chronic drug regimens. Dosis developed the Strategic Anemia Advisor, an AI-based dosing platform for patients with chronic anemia. Chhabra provides the following statistics for provider organizations using his company's anemia advisor: In dialysis…
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Biden Administration Announces Steps to Reduce Gun Violence

Biden Administration Announces Steps to Reduce Gun Violence

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WASHINGTON -- Gun violence is out of control and action needs to be taken to reduce it, President Biden said Thursday. "Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it's an international embarrassment," said Biden. "And it has to stop." During a speech in the White House Rose Garden, the president announced a series…
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Dangote, BUA reconcile over sugar plant dispute after meeting with Ganduje, others

Dangote, BUA reconcile over sugar plant dispute after meeting with Ganduje, others

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has flagged off the construction of the 37-km Rail Mass Transit Red Line, which will traverse from Agbado to Marina, moving over 1 million commuters daily.This is as the state started the compensation of identified project-affected persons of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit Red Line project with the Governor…
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Op-Ed: We’re Kind to Our Patients, Why Not Each Other?

Op-Ed: We’re Kind to Our Patients, Why Not Each Other?

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Far too often in medicine, medical students feel as if they're blowing in the wind. Many struggle with finding their place and identity as budding physicians. On top of the stresses of learning thousands upon thousands of medical facts, they must also learn to navigate intense competition. There's even a term for when colleagues degrade…
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Cleveland Clinic researchers evaluate smartphone ECG in post a-fib ablation care

Cleveland Clinic researchers evaluate smartphone ECG in post a-fib ablation care

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Direct-to-consumer ECGs could have a role in care for patients post atrial fibrillation ablation, according to a recent study published in the Cardiovascular Digital Health Journal.   Cleveland Clinic researchers found that patients using AliveCor Kardia Mobile required fewer follow up EGCs or cardiac monitoring than their peers in the control group. In the study,…
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CIO must-dos: Reduce bureaucracy, boost patient experience and improve data governance

CIO must-dos: Reduce bureaucracy, boost patient experience and improve data governance

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The C-suite executives who have successfully made it through the grueling last 12 months have come out on the other side with plenty of lessons they have learned and are now applying to make their healthcare provider organizations better. Cut down on bureaucracy. Push healthcare faster. Jump a higher bar for patient experience. Follow the data to new…
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New ADHD Drug OK’d; Pimavanserin Rejected for Dementia Psychosis

New ADHD Drug OK’d; Pimavanserin Rejected for Dementia Psychosis

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The FDA approved the ADHD medication viloxazine extended-release capsules (Qelbree), a new selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, for patients ages 6 to 17, Supernus Pharmaceuticals announced. In other FDA news, Acadia Pharmaceuticals received a complete response letter from the agency, which declined to approve pimavanserin (Nuplazid) for hallucinations and delusions associated with dementia-related psychosis due to…
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Kate Beckinsale Hits Back at Trolls Who Say She’s Too Old to Post Bikini Pics

Kate Beckinsale Hits Back at Trolls Who Say She’s Too Old to Post Bikini Pics

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The 46-year-old actress serves up an epic comeback. By Claire GillespieDecember 04, 2019 How old is too old to share swimsuit pics online? Correct answer: It’s not even something that should be a matter of debate. However, according to a few of Kate Beckinsale’s Instagram followers, 46 is definitely on the wrong side of the…
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Actor Josh Brolin Reveals ‘Crazy’ Sunburn After Trying New Butt Sunning Trend

Actor Josh Brolin Reveals ‘Crazy’ Sunburn After Trying New Butt Sunning Trend

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"I’m icing and using aloe and burn creams because of the severity of the pain." By Leah GrothDecember 04, 2019 Remember just a few days ago when it was revealed to the world that people were actually exposing their buttholes to the sun? Now, it seems that celebrities are hopping on the butt–sunning bandwagon—and they're…
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COVID on the Brain: Neuropsych Diagnoses Common Within 6 Months of Infection

COVID on the Brain: Neuropsych Diagnoses Common Within 6 Months of Infection

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One-third of COVID-19 survivors received a neurologic or psychiatric diagnosis within 6 months of being infected with SARS-CoV-2, an analysis of 236,000 electronic health records showed. Incidence of any diagnosis of a neurologic or psychiatric disorder was 33.62% (95% CI 33.17%-34.07%), according to Paul Harrison, FRCPsych, of University of Oxford in England, and co-authors. About…
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Spurred by the pandemic, AI is driving decentralized clinical trials

Spurred by the pandemic, AI is driving decentralized clinical trials

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With clinical oncology trials put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers turned to troves of data to find patients across the country who would qualify for trials, even if they weren't physically there. Artificial intelligence enabled this process, and may have created a move toward decentralized trials that potentially could last long after the…
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Confusion remains about ONC information blocking rules, even after start date

Confusion remains about ONC information blocking rules, even after start date

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A poll taken this past month found that many healthcare industry stakeholders were still confused about federal information blocking rules – even though they were finalized more than a year ago and their new April 5 start date has been long publicized.   Now that the info blocking rules drafted by the Office of the…
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GUINNESS champions NSE ASI recovery

GUINNESS champions NSE ASI recovery

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The average cost of making a pot of jollof rice in Nigeria rose by 7.8% between March 2020 and March 2021. This is contained in the SBM Jollof index report for Q1 2021, published by SB Morgen.According to the report, the increase was caused by the prolonged border closure, increased energy tariffs, exchange rate volatility,…
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A Physician’s Search for Meaning

A Physician’s Search for Meaning

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"What do you want to be when you grow up?" This question always confounded me when people would ask me this as a child. What is this "growing up" you speak of? And why do I have to be something? I'm so content with my LEGOs, books, and video games. I was born in the…
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Harm Reduction, Expanded Tx Access Included in White House Drug Policy Priorities

Harm Reduction, Expanded Tx Access Included in White House Drug Policy Priorities

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