Medical Journals Reluctant to Take on Racism, Critics Say

An editor’s departure at JAMA is bringing calls for a sharper focus on racism and its consequences.

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Are the Tokyo Olympics Safe? Health Experts Urge a Rethinking

Public health specialists suggest the Games’ safety plans put athletes and others at risk, and the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, an Olympic partner, calls for cancellation.

#bach-thomas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #olympic-games-2020, #suga-yoshihide

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Pfizer Vaccine Is Highly Effective Against Variants, Studies Find

Two studies showed the vaccine to be more than 95 percent effective at protecting against severe disease or death from the variants first identified in South Africa and the U.K.

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Can the Covid Vaccine Protect Me Against Virus Variants?

Vaccines do a good job of protecting us from coronavirus, but fear and confusion about the rise of variants have muddled the message. Here are answers to common questions.

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Blood Clots Linked to AZ Vaccine Stem From Rare Antibody Reaction

New studies from Germany and Norway examined cases involving mostly younger people who developed serious and sometimes fatal blood disorders.

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A ‘Game Changer’ for Patients With Esophageal Cancer

A drug that unleashes the immune system offers a rare glimmer of hope for those with a cancer that resists most treatments.

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Delayed Skin Reactions Appear After Vaccine Shots

Doctors are reporting additional, minor symptoms that appear several days after people have received their shots.

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Semaglutide Brings Significant Weight Loss in Obese Patients

In a clinical trial, participants taking semaglutide lost 15 percent of their body weight, on average.

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Pulse Oximeters and Coronavirus: Devices Have Higher Error Rate in Black Patients

A study showed that the devices, which measure oxygen levels in the blood, were three times more likely to give misleading readings in people with dark skin.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #oxygen, #pulse-oximetry, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #tests-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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Hearing Aids Could Use Some Help

The vital medical devices could be inexpensive and available over the counter. But efforts have stalled under the F.D.A.

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Covid Patient Study Shows Some Benefit From an Arthritis Drug

Baricitinib had previously attracted some scrutiny from experts, who were unsure when it would most help their patients.

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Many Trial Volunteers Got Placebo Vaccines. Do They Now Deserve the Real Ones?

Some vaccine experts worry that “unblinding” the trials and giving all of the volunteers vaccines would tarnish the long-term results.

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Navy Research Confirms Need for Strict Coronavirus Testing Protocols

Two new studies clarify how Covid-19 spreads among young adults and expose the limits of quarantine measures.

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An Explanation for Some Covid-19 Deaths May Not Be Holding Up

Recent studies have created doubts about an agent in cytokine storms, and suggest that treatments for it may not help.

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Covid-19 and Beyond: How Trump Has Hurt America’s Health

Downplaying the dangers of the pandemic and politicizing public health measures was grossly negligent and cost untold lives.

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In a First, New England Journal of Medicine Joins Never-Trumpers

Editors at the world’s leading medical journal said the Trump administration “took a crisis and turned it into a tragedy.”

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A Man Died After Eating a Bag of Black Licorice Every Day

Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital said the unusual case highlighted the risk of consuming too much glycyrrhizic acid, which is found in black licorice.

#acids, #black-licorice, #candy, #deaths-fatalities, #heart, #new-england-journal-of-medicine

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New Treatment for Lou Gehrig’s Disease Shows Promise

A study of their therapy and clinical trials of other experimental treatments are offering glimmers of hope that paralysis from the disorder can be slowed.

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Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine Test in Monkeys Shows Promise

This coronavirus vaccine developed by government researchers and Moderna enabled the animals to quickly clear the infection from their lungs.

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Gut Microbes Might Keep Malnourished Children From Growing

Bacteria in the small intestine may drive inflammation that makes it harder for children to get the calories and nutrients they need.

#bacteria, #children-and-childhood, #diet-and-nutrition, #digestive-tract, #microbiology, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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First Coronavirus Vaccine Tested in Humans Shows Early Promise

The vaccine, developed by government scientists and Moderna, a biotech company, appeared safe and provoked an immune response in 45 people in a study.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immune-system, #moderna-inc, #national-institute-of-allergy-and-infectious-diseases, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Many Medical Decision Tools Disadvantage Black Patients

Doctors look to these digital calculators to make treatment decisions, but they can end up denying black patients access to certain specialists, drugs and transplants.

#black-people, #discrimination, #doctors, #jones-david-s-scholar, #kidneys, #medical-devices, #medicine-and-health, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #race-and-ethnicity, #research

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The Pandemic Claims New Victims: Prestigious Medical Journals

Two major study retractions in one month have left researchers wondering if the peer review process is broken.

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Two Huge Covid-19 Studies Are Retracted After Scientists Sound Alarms

The reports, published in two leading journals, were retracted after authors could not verify an enormous database of medical records.

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First-Time Gun Owners at Risk for Suicide, Major Study Confirms

Men were eight times as likely to kill themselves by gunshot than non-owners. Women were 35 times as likely.

#firearms, #gun-control, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Scientists Question Medical Data Used in Second Coronavirus Study

Medical records from a little-known company were used in two studies published in major journals. The New England Journal of Medicine has asked to see the data.

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Scientists Question Major Hydroxychloroquine Study

Experts demanded verification of data and methods used in a study of drugs to treat Covid-19. The study suggested the drugs might have increased deaths.

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Scientists Question Validity of Major Hydroxychloroquine Study

Experts are demanding verification of data and methods used in a study of malaria drugs used to treat Covid-19. The study suggested the drugs may have increased deaths.

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Remdesivir Coronavirus Trial: Federal Scientists Finally Publish Data

A clinical trial led to the authorization of the only drug shown to work in Covid-19 patients. But until now, few experts had seen the numbers.

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Is the Pandemic Sparking Suicide?

Psychiatrists are confronted with an urgent natural experiment, and the outcome is far from predictable.

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Coronavirus May Pose a New Risk to Younger Patients: Strokes

Doctors have reported a flurry of cases in Covid-19 patients — including a healthy 27-year-old emergency medical technician in Queens. After a month in the hospital, he is learning to walk again.

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Cats Can Transmit the Coronavirus to Each Other, but They Probably Won’t Get Sick From It

The six cats in a laboratory experiment cleared the virus from their bodies on their own. And there are no reports of humans contracting the virus from cats.

#cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-england-journal-of-medicine

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Blood Pressure Drugs Don’t Increase Coronavirus Risk, Studies Find

People taking widely used medicines did not face higher rates of infection or more severe illness, new research indicates.

#blood-pressure, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #new-york-university, #quarantines, #university-of-california, #your-feed-healthcare

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‘It’s Really a Gift’: Israeli Hospitals Let Relatives Say Goodbye Up Close

A hospital spokesman asked why family members were barred from coronavirus wards when journalists could visit in protective gear. His bosses had no good answer.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #israel, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #tel-aviv-israel

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How Does the Coronavirus Compare With the Flu?

As new cases appear on the West Coast, some — including the president — are comparing it to the seasonal flu. Here’s a close look at the differences.

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