Top federal health officials told lawmakers Tuesday the U.S. needs a more unified national response and funding for public health funding if the country faces another pandemic. The U.S. is now reporting nearly 40,000 new coronavirus cases every day — almost double from about 22,800 in mid-May — driven largely by outbreaks in a number of states
Month: June 2020
With pinging mobiles and thumping music taking over every element of our day, silence is a rarity in the modern world. But, could switching off from these sounds help us improve our physical and emotional health? Can you hear that? It’s the sound of constant noise. We’re bombarded 24/7 by sounds of some sort –
A country’s response to a monumental crisis is reliant upon political leadership that presents a united front. This was not the case when COVID-19 first struck the United States. Democrats and Republicans failed to see eye to eye on appropriate mitigation strategies at that point in time. The public takes cues from elected Congressmen about behavioral changes they
Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Colchicine, an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat gout and rheumatic disease, may be a promising treatment for COVID-19, a randomized, open-label trial suggests. In the Greek Study in the Effects of Colchicine in COVID-19 Complications Prevention (GRECCO-19), investigators randomly assigned 105
Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Jun 30 2020 A Miami entrepreneur who led a rural hospital empire was charged in an indictment unsealed Monday in what federal prosecutors called a $1.4 billion fraudulent lab-billing scheme. In the indictment, prosecutors said Jorge A. Perez, 60, and nine others exploited federal regulations that allow some rural hospitals to
FDA Approves Phesgo (pertuzumab, trastuzumab, and hyaluronidase-zzxf) for HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Print this page South San Francisco, CA — June 29, 2020 — Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Phesgo, a fixed-dose combination (FDC) of Perjeta® (pertuzumab)
Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Jun 30 2020 Do children have to wait until age 8 to recognize – spontaneously and without instructions – the same emotion of happiness or anger depending on whether it is expressed by a voice or on a face? A team of scientists from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the
In patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), nearly 30% responded to treatment with the selective inhibitor of nuclear export selinexor (Xpovio), a single-arm phase IIb trial showed. In SADAL, 28% of the 127 patients with two to five lines of prior therapy responded to the twice-weekly 60-mg dose of the drug
And when he looked down, he couldn’t recognize himself. Once a 215-pound athlete with chiseled muscles and astounding strength, the 40-year-old looked like a completely different person. “I woke up and looked at my arms, my legs, and my muscles were gone,” he said. “I was kind of freaking out, like where are my legs?
Our group of college friends planned to attend alumni weekend in June. But cancer and COVID changed our plans. Through a series of messages, and phone calls, we heard the news: it is cancer. The cancer diagnosis and treatment planning all happened during COVID. We still wanted to celebrate our friendship, so we planned our
The FDA has approved a healthcare industry first: a system that allows for breast biopsies to be performed in the same room with the same equipment as a mammogram. Called the Pristina Serena Bright, the system uses contrast-enhanced mammography to pinpoint any suspicious areas. Then, if a patient has a lesion that looks problematic enough
Two British dads are hosting the UK’s first LGBTQ+ exclusive family planning event in a bid to normalise same-sex and trans-parenting The Modern Family Show, announced this month in honour of Pride, is dedicated solely to the LGBTQ+ community, focusing on exploring the physical and emotional possibilities and realities of becoming an LGBTQ+ parent. It
Gilead Sciences has announced the price of remdesivir as a coronavirus drug. The biotech company will distribute the product at $2,340 per patient, but advocates said the cost should be lower. The price tag is slightly lower than estimates by the U.S. Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). The drug pricing research group previously
Ten patients smiled and waved out on the computer monitor, as Jacob Mirsky, MD, greeted each one, asked them to introduce themselves, and inquired as to how each was doing with their stress reduction tactics. The attendees of the online session had been patients at in-person group visits at the Massachusetts General Hospital Revere HealthCare
If you are looking for a guilt-free substitution for your favorite ice cream, Enlightened is the brand for you. While some of its competitors’ products lack flavor and the creaminess that I know ice cream to be, Enlightened delivers amazing taste and rich, creamy consistency that will make you think you are eating the real
Anne Schuchat, director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), speaks during a U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg via Getty Images The coronavirus is spreading too rapidly and too broadly for the U.S. to
A father tells, for the first time, how he struggled to come to terms with his child’s non-binary sexuality, depression, and suicidal impulses – and how their journey to understanding showed him how to become a better parent “You two created this beautiful miracle with the help of God!” exclaimed a stranger, looking at our
Several recent studies have documented the rising cases of mental health problems during the current global health crisis, indicating that these psychological problems could be the next pandemic of sorts. After our physical health was put at risk, the economy suffered massive losses. Following that, a third wave of catastrophic occurrences seem to be next.
Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A new review outlines a three-stage classification of the impact of COVID-19 on the central nervous system and recommends hospitalized patients with the virus all undergo MRI to flag potential neurologic damage and inform postdischarge monitoring. In stage 1, viral damage
Print this page NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., June 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Allergan, an AbbVie Company (NYSE: ABBV), and Molecular Partners (SIX: MOLN), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a new class of custom-built protein therapeutics known as DARPin® therapeutics, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Complete Response Letter to the Biologics License
casimersen Treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Sarepta Therapeutics Completes Submission of New Drug Application Seeking Approval of Casimersen (SRP-4045) for Patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Amenable to Skipping Exon 45 Print this page CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRPT), the leader in precision genetic medicine for rare diseases, today
Print this page CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and TARRYTOWN, N.Y., June 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a 300 mg single-dose pre-filled pen for Dupixent® (dupilumab). The pre-filled pen is approved for all Dupixent indications in patients aged 12 years and older, which includes use in certain patients with atopic dermatitis, asthma and chronic rhinosinusitis with
Jun 29 2020 Long-term morbidity as well as a lower level of education and employment rate are common among adults who underwent congenital heart surgery during childhood, regardless of the severity of the defect. A congenital heart defect in childhood increases the risk of chronic diseases, such as arrhythmia and heart failure, in adulthood. The
In a three-part “Clinical Challenges” series, MedPage Today addressed several aspects of ovarian cancer: the use of so-called PARP inhibitors; repeat cytoreductive surgery following recurrence; and management of platinum-resistant disease. Test your knowledge on one aspect of each of these topics with this three-question quiz. Correct answers and explanations will appear after completing the quiz.
With government support, three coronavirus vaccines are expected to be studied in large-scale clinical trials in the next three months. “The best we’ve ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective,” said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “That would be wonderful if we get there.
Melissa Benitez, of New Orleans, is a tough woman. She lost her husband to cancer in 2007. She also fought breast cancer herself in 2011 and won. Now she’s fighting it again. But a strange turn of events has left her desperate to get her medication back so she can get back on track. Melissa
Although Jack Monroe has experienced tough times and severe trolling, she has found a way to turn extreme negativity into personal strength, while testing her professional abilities, and championing good food for bad days… While many people across the UK were busy celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics back in 2012, Jack Monroe
COVID-19 has already affected 10.1 million people worldwide. Health experts said numbers will continue to grow and the disease may even spread faster as many countries, including the U.S., have been slowly reopening and lifting lockdowns. There is currently no vaccine available to stop the coronavirus from infecting people. Treatments designed specifically for the disease
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