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Could a Too-Clean Society Trigger a Rise in Food Allergies?

A paper published by Yale University scientists proposes the rising number of adults and children who experience food allergies may be the result of an exaggerated activation of the body’s system that protects you against eating toxic foods.1 They write that as many as 8% of children in the U.S. have a potentially deadly response …

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Neighborhood Police Complaints Tied to Black Preterm Birth Rates

The more complaints of excessive force by police reported by neighborhood residents, the more likely it is that Black pregnant people living in that neighborhood will deliver preterm, according to findings from a new study presented January 28 at the virtual Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) 2021 Annual Pregnancy Meeting. “We know there are significant racial …

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Teenagers Get in the Queue for COVID Vaccines

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. While 34 million adults in the United States have received a COVID-19 vaccine, children and teenagers are waiting at the back of the line, mostly ineligible for the authorized vaccines. That secondary status is rapidly changing though, as experts expect vaccinations …

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States Shift COVID Vaccine From Long-Term Care to General Public

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Some states have started taking COVID-19 vaccine from allocations meant for long-term care facilities and offering it to the general public in order to more quickly vaccinate more residents, according to state health officials. The federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long Term …

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COVID Cases Dropping in US, but Variants Threaten Progress

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. COVID-19 cases are continuing to fall in the United States, according to the New York Times tracker, though the number of deaths from the disease again neared 4000 on Wednesday. The United States has averaged 141,146 cases a day in the …

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Bundle Adherence Helps Improve Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes

Interim results from a 40-hospital pediatric sepsis quality improvement study support lengthening the initial window for giving fluids and antibiotics. They also suggest better outcomes when providers adhere to optimal care bundles. Dr Raina Paul Raina Paul, MD, an emergency department physician at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, told Medscape Medical News that …

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Brazil Must Now Contend With Two SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Just over 20 days after Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases announced the detection of a new SARS-CoV-2 variant — isolated from samples from four travelers from Amazonas, Brazil — the P.1 variant has already been detected in multiple other countries besides Brazil and Japan, from …

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Cognitive Effects Transient for Alzheimer’s Drug Atabecestat

Adverse cognitive and psychiatric effects seen associated with the investigational Alzheimer’s drug atabecestat were reversed within 6 months of treatment cessation, according to follow-up results from a truncated clinical trial. A blinded, placebo-controlled, manufacturer-sponsored trial that had randomized 557 patients with preclinical Alzheimer’s disease to 25 mg daily oral atabecestat, 5 mg atabecestat, or placebo, was …

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Oral Contraceptives Reduces Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer Risk

Oral contraceptive use is associated with a decreased risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer 3 decades after discontinuation, according to an analysis of data from more than 250,000 women. At the same time, oral contraceptive use is associated with a short-term increased risk of breast cancer after discontinuation, although the lifetime risk of breast cancer …

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