• Incidence of lung cancer brain metastases has increased during COVID-19

    1 month ago - By Healio

    Patients with non-small cell lung cancer presented with brain metastases at higher rates during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with historical rates, according to prospective data presented at European Lung Cancer Virtual Congress 2021.
    Over a 5-month period in 2020, researchers reported an incidence of new brain metastases of 39% among patients with stage IV NSCLC, compared with historical rates of 25%.
    “Due to the delay in diagnostic procedures and later patient presentation, we hypothesized that patients were potentially being diagnosed later with more advanced disease,” Wanyuan
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  • Autoimmune disease, rituximab linked to higher risk for severe COVID-19 pneumonia

    1 month ago - By Healio

    Patients with inflammatory rheumatic disease, but especially those with autoimmune conditions, as well as those treated with rituximab, may be at greater risk for severe COVID-19 pneumonia than the general population, according to data.
    “Patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases are at higher risk of general infection due to the presence of comorbidities, the underlying disease activity and the use of targeted immune-modulating therapies,” Javier Bachiller-Corral, MD, of Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal, in Madrid, Spain, and colleagues wrote in The Journal of
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  • From The Confessional: Mixed Feelings About The COVID Vaccine

    1 month ago - By Scary Mommy

    They're finally here-the long awaited vaccines. What a fucking year it's been. But while it seems like we aged 10 years in just 13 months, we can take comfort in knowing that the end of this nightmare is in our sight. Healthcare workers and teachers in most areas have been vaccinated , as well as the elderly. Younger adults with health risks are up next, and some states and cities have even declared that all adults over age 16 are now eligible.
    We can seeeeee the light, folks. And it is pretty. Personally, I'm dreaming of going on a date with my husband, and finally letting my kids have...
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  • Risk stratification policy adequately assesses procedure postponement during COVID-19

    1 month ago - By Healio

    A triage policy developed during the first wave of COVID-19 seemed ‘adequate' regarding significant diagnosis and impact on patient management, based on the assessment of postponed procedures, according to a presentation at ESGE Days.
    “Based on the analysis of , the triage policy adopted during the first wave of the COVID outbreak appeared adequate in terms of proportion of and impact on patient management,” Sohaib Ouazzani, MD, from Erasme University Hospital, department of gastroenterology hepatic pancreatology and
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  • One Vaccine Is Good. How About Mixing Two?

    1 month ago - By NY Times

    Researchers are exploring the possible benefits of combining doses from two different Covid-19 vaccines.
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  • After a year of COVID-19 closures, Orange County gyms, senior centers to re-open next week

    1 month ago - By Orlando Sentinel

    With rising numbers of vaccinated residents and fewer new COVID-19 infections this month, Orange County will re-open its senior centers, gyms and other indoor facilities next week for the first time in over a year.“ The fact we are reopening many of the county's facilities is an indication that we are slowly returning to normal,” Mayor Jerry Demings said Monday. “I feel pretty confident this is the right thing to do and the right time...More people are voluntarily wearing their facial coverings and we continue to vaccinate people at a fairly brisk pace.” The mayor shuttered county-operated...
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  • Sick for the long haul: One third of COVID-19 patients have symptoms for eight months

    1 month ago - By Sydney Morning Herald

    One in three Australian COVID-19 patients still has symptoms eight months after being infected, and neither age nor a mild bout of the virus is protective, a world-first Australian study suggests.
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