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The national rate of methamphetamine overdose deaths shot up significantly between 2011 and 2018, particularly among non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Native communities, new research shows. Rates rose for both men and women but more so among men, the study found. The spike in these deaths underscores the need for culturally tailored prevention and treatment strategies, the study authors said. "While much attention is focused on the opioid crisis, a methamphetamine crisis has been quietly,----- Read and view more
Published on: 2021-01-20
Source: Medscape
Dr Jerome Adams In one of his first moves as president, Joe Biden asked US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, to resign. Adams was due to complete his term as surgeon general in September, four years after he was sworn in. Outgoing President Donald Trump nominated Adams, who was Indiana's health commissioner, to oversee the US Public Health Service and its 6000 uniformed personnel and to serve as the nation's top doctor. Trump----- Read and view more
Published on: 2021-01-20
Source: Medscape
Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The BRACE-CORONA trial ― the first randomized trial to address the question of whether patients with COVID-19 should continue to take angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) or angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs) ― has now been published. The study, which was conducted in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who were taking ACEIs or ARBs before hospitalization, showed no significant difference in the mean number of days----- Read and view more
Published on: 2021-01-20
Source: Medscape
Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has dropped its recommendation against the inexpensive antiparasitic drug ivermectin for treatment of COVID-19, and the agency now advises it can't recommend for or against its use, leaving the decision to physicians and their patients. "Results from adequately powered, well-designed, and well-conducted clinical trials are needed to provide more specific, evidence-based guidance on the role----- Read and view more
Published on: 2021-01-20
Source: Medscape
Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The Biden administration on Wednesday signaled plans for an immediate focus on attempts to stop the spread of COVID-19, including closer coordination with other nations. Before the inauguration, the Biden transition team released a fact sheet detailing the new president's plans for his first day in office. The team said President Joe Biden plans to sign a combination of executive orders,----- Read and view more
Published on: 2021-01-20
Source: Medscape
Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. In the midst of a pandemic, the biggest changes healthcare leaders reported in their medical practices last year revolved around staffing, cost and revenue, practice transformation, information technology, and operations, according to a December 2020 report from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). The report was assembled from the results of weekly Stat polls by MGMA, which consists of 15,000 group----- Read and view more
Published on: 2021-01-20
Source: Medscape
The list of pharmacologic options for patients with heart failure (HF) has lengthened again with US Food and Drug Administration approval of vericiguat as an addition to other standard HF meds in an especially high-risk HF population, those with an ejection fraction 45% or less and a history of HF hospitalization or an outpatient need for IV diuretics. Merck, which codeveloped the drug with Bayer, announced the widely anticipated approval today. Merck plans to sell----- Read and view more
Published on: 2021-01-20
Source: Medscape
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is revisiting donations by its political action committee (PAC) to lawmakers after the deadly riot at the United States Capitol. "We are saddened and distressed by the egregious events that transpired last week at the Capitol during the vote to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential Election and we strongly condemn the violence that has undermined one of our most sacred principles, the peaceful transfer of power," the----- Read and view more
Published on: 2021-01-20
Source: Medscape
Mead is a village in Saunders County, Nebraska, with a population of just 580 people.1 Their website focuses on what they do best: small town living. “If you’re ready to escape the city, come join us in Mead, Nebraska,” their official site reads.2 This close-knit farming community is also home to AltEn,3 an ethanol plant that is producing toxic byproducts that are poisoning the community. “It’s definitely within sniffing distance. I come out here to----- Read and view more
Published on: 2021-01-20
Source: Mercola
While vitamins C and D have garnered much attention in the fight against COVID-19, B vitamins can also play an important role, according to two recent papers — niacin (B3) in particular. The first, "Be Well: A Potential Role for Vitamin B in COVID-19,"1,2,3,4 was published in the February 2021 issue of the journal Maturitas. The paper is the result of a joint collaboration between researchers at the University of Oxford, United Arab Emirates University----- Read and view more
Published on: 2021-01-20
Source: Mercola
Informed consent to medical treatment is a right that ensures patients receive information about the recommended treatment so they can make a well-informed decision about their medical care.1 Medical practitioners are both ethically and legally obligated to ensure their patients have an opportunity for informed consent, which means disclosing both the risks and benefits of potential medical treatments. In the case of the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s not possible to provide a full list of potential----- Read and view more
Published on: 2021-01-19
Source: Mercola
Will the COVID-19 vaccine become mandatory? That’s a question many are asking these days and, by the looks of it, the answer may well be yes — although as I’ll explain later, I suspect the harms of the vaccine will become so apparent that it’ll kill such efforts before they become widespread. In a January 1, 2021, Newsweek interview,1 Dr. Anthony Fauci said he was “sure” some institutions and businesses will require employees to be----- Read and view more
Published on: 2021-01-19
Source: Mercola
In recent weeks and months, there's been an upshot of studies1 demonstrating the benefits of vitamin D against COVID-19. The evidence is so compelling, more than 100 doctors, scientists and leading authorities have signed an open letter2 calling for increased use of vitamin D in the fight against COVID-19. "Research shows low vitamin D levels almost certainly promote COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. Given its safety, we call for immediate widespread increased vitamin D intakes,"----- Read and view more
Published on: 2021-01-18
Source: Mercola
1 According to recent research, the reason why some COVID-19 patients develop life-threatening organ failure is because they: Are deficient in calcium Consume excessive amounts of unsaturated fats such as omega-6 linoleic acid A compelling report in the journal Gastroenterology offers a novel explanation as to why some COVID-19 patients develop life-threatening organ failure, namely their high unsaturated fat intake. Unsaturated fat intake is associated with increased mortality from COVID-19, while saturated fat intake----- Read and view more
Published on: 2021-01-18
Source: Mercola
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is a member of the Asteraceae family and an herbaceous perennial native to Southern Europe and Asia. The plant enjoys full sun and grows to a height of nearly 5 feet. It blooms between July and August with deep purple to pink flowers.1 Throughout history, people have used the fruit and seeds of the milk thistle plant as a treatment for liver disorders. The plant goes by several other names, including----- Read and view more
Published on: 2021-01-18
Source: Mercola

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