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Murder and assault rates rose nationwide in the first half of 2020, although other violent and property crime rates are on the decline, according to the FBI’s most recent Preliminary Uniform Crime Report (UCR). Legal experts, meanwhile, warn about an increase in hate crimes, which were already spiking in 2019, the FBI said in a
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Two prehospital prediction scales were better than others at identifying stroke patients who might be candidates for mechanical thrombectomy in the Netherlands, though results might vary in other countries and regions. The most accurate large vessel occlusion (LVO) prediction scales were the Los Angeles Motor Scale (LAMS) and Rapid Arterial Occlusion Evaluation (RACE) tool, with
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dr. Scott Atlas has resigned as special adviser to President Donald Trump, a White House official said on Monday, after a controversial four months during which he clashed repeatedly with other members of the coronavirus task force. Voters’ unhappiness with Trump’s response to the global pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands
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The same week that a yet-to-be peer-reviewed paper found that people infected with Covid-19 may have immunity that last years or longer, the CDC released another study that said that may not be the case.  The CDC study, published in the Nov. 27 issue of the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), found that,
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President-elect Joe Biden will wear an orthopedic walking boot for several weeks after getting hairline fractures in his right foot while playing with his dog on Saturday, The Hill reported, citing Biden transition team members. Biden was playing with Major, one of his two German shepherds, when he slipped and fell. His primary care doctor,
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Whether we buy it at a drugstore or at a salon, hair dye can make a big difference in how we feel about our appearance—but how safe is it?  There are ongoing questions about whether or not hair dye increases cancer risks, with at least two studies linking permanent hair dye with increased likelihood of
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The following is an excerpt from a new book, Patients at Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare, by Rebekah Bernard, MD. What is the difference between the practice of medicine and the practice of advanced nursing? Advocates say that nurse practitioners are capable of autonomously diagnosing and treating acute
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An eye exam may be all that is needed to diagnose Parkinson’s disease, new research shows. Using an advanced machine-learning algorithm and fundus eye images, which depict the small blood vessels and more at the back of the eye, investigators are able to classify patients with Parkinson’s disease compared against a control group. “We discovered
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Older adults should be recommended for hospital-based lifestyle interventions to reduce weight, say UK investigators after finding there was no difference in weight loss between older and younger individuals in their program for those with morbid obesity. Thomas M. Barber, PhD, and colleagues looked back at nearly 250 randomly selected adults who attended their obesity
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I stared at the black, ulcerated foot before me and two thoughts ran through my mind: undocumented immigrant and minimal healthcare access. “Why did you not come to the clinic earlier? You have diabetes, it’s dangerous to let this kind of wound fester.” Diabetes doesn’t play nice with foot wounds, and those that go untreated
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. For Christina Nester, the pandemic lull in Massachusetts lasted about three months through summer into early fall. In late June, St. Vincent Hospital had resumed elective surgeries, and the unit the 48-year-old nurse works on switched back from taking care of
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If an apple a day can keep the doctor away — well, imagine what a kiwi can do. Kiwifruit do not get the attention they deserve. These sweet, furry little fruits are a nutrient-dense fruit with many health benefits.  One raw green kiwifruit has about 61 calories, 15 grams total carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber
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Financial payments from the pharmaceutical industry to US physicians were associated with increased prescribing of the paying manufacturer’s drug, concludes a review of 36 recent studies. It also found evidence of “a temporal association and dose-response [that] suggest a causal relationship.” The review was published November 24 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “The large
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With most Americans in favor of legalized marijuana — and a growing number of states making the drug legal — how long before recreational pot becomes available across the US? Making marijuana legal has been a grassroots effort. Support has come from the ground up, and the laws have generally changed, not in the state
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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost everyone, whether directly, through the loss of loved ones, or the impact on job security. Business has slowed down in many sectors and has been put to a standstill. It became clear that things we thought were imperative to our lives and functionality as human beings were “non-essential,” and
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When an 86-year-old male patient presented to Nishi Chandrasekaran, MBBS, at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, he initially complained of impaired memory and concentration as well as some olfactory and gait problems “Initially that was it. So we talked about these issues together and I suggested a few treatments, but
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Getting caught without a pad or a tampon outside the home is par for the course for lots of women. Ducking into a pharmacy or other store to get what’s needed is also run of the mill for them. But for women without financial resources, access to sanitary products isn’t always possible. At Target, for
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Three specific symptoms may help clinicians identify patients with borderline personality disorders (BPD) at highest risk for suicide. Results of a large longitudinal study show patients with BPD are at considerably higher risk of suicide attempts compared to patients with other personality disorders including schizotypal, avoidant, and obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). Furthermore, among DSM-5
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One reason glioblastoma — an aggressive brain cancer that affects more than 13,000 new people a year in the US — is so deadly is that no tests are available to guide treatment or predict its outcome. However, researchers at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) have developed a new laboratory test that can “accurately pinpoint, capture
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Everyone from children to older adults can benefit from some exercise and a limit on sedentary behavior, according to updated guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO). Adults should have 150-300 minutes of moderate exercise, 750-150 minutes of vigorous exercise, or some combination of the two per week, whenever possible. These recommended ranges marked a
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted accelerated approval for a new drug for certain patients with neuroblastoma based on response rate results in small open-label trials. The drug is naxitamab (Danyelza, Y-mAbs Therapeutics), a humanized monoclonal antibody that targets GD2 3F8, a disialoganglioside highly expressed on neuroblastomas. The product was originally developed at the
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With three drug companies on the verge of a breakthrough vaccine against Covid-19, vaccinations could begin by the end of December, said Anthony Fauci, MD, yesterday in a live interview with the Washington Post. And while the first shots will go to high-risk and priority populations, Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy
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Ladies, some advice on online dating: the old real estate adage of location, location, location, applies.  “If you’re a woman, you probably want to start on Match.com because it is a little bit like Target,” said Andrea McGinty, matchmaker and owner of 33,000Dates.com. “It has everything, from a high end, upscale group of professionals to everything imaginable.”
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