Could Neutrophil Counts Predict Cardiovascular Outcomes?

MILAN — Increases in neutrophil counts appear to be causally associated with incident coronary artery disease (CAD) and myocardial infarction (MI), suggests a novel analysis that combined observational and genetic data. The study initially confirmed the association between increased neutrophil counts and coronary artery disease, ischemic cerebrovascular disease, ischemic stroke, and vascular dementia in an observational study of more than […]

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Alopecia drug regrows full head of hair in 40% of patients

Striking photos show effects of alopecia drug that regrows full head of hair in 40% of patients — giving hope to thousands with bald condition suffered by Jada Pinkett-Smith Concert Pharmaceuticals’ drug CTP-543 helped regrow alopecia patients’ hair Autoimmune disease causes hair to fall out and can leave people entirely bald Pill helped regrow hair to nearly 80% scalp coverage in […]

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Medical Associations Confront Canada’s Healthcare Crisis

The Canadian healthcare system has reached a breaking point and requires immediate and long-term changes to prevent a total collapse, according to new recommendations from three of the country’s top medical associations. The Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Nurses Association, and College of Family Physicians of Canada developed an action plan to rebuild the healthcare workforce, reduce burnout, and retain healthcare […]

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Gut microbiota linked to immunocompromised people's variable response to SARS-CoV-2 vaccination

In a recent study posted to the Research Square* preprint server, researchers assessed whether disturbances in the gut microbiota weaken the serological response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients. Study: The gut microbiota and metabolome is associated with diminished COVID-19 vaccine-induced antibody responses in immunosuppressed inflammatory bowel disease patients. Image Credit: Kateryna Kon / […]

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Post-discharge support decreases readmissions for patients with depression; implementation barriers must be resolved

New research published in the Annals of Family Medicine examined whether an enhanced 12-week post-discharge telehealth program would lead to reduced hospital readmission among patients who were hospitalized for a medical illness and tested positive for moderate to severe depressive symptoms while being cared for as in-patients. Among patients hospitalized for acute conditions, comorbid depressive symptoms jeopardize a safe transition […]

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Anesthesiologist Is Punished for Standard of Care Lapses

In a final order issued late last month, the Florida Board of Medicine not only fined but imposed other obligations on a physician accused of medical malpractice in the death of a patient who underwent complex heart surgery, according to a story in the Miami Herald. The order followed an administrative complaint filed last year by the state Department of Health […]

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Births Jump for First Time Since 2014

More than 3 million live births occurred in the United States in 2021, the largest increase in the nation’s birth rate since 2014, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Provisional data showed a 1% uptick in births, to 3.66 million, after 6 years of dropping by approximately 2% per year. The gains were concentrated among […]

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