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Study: Intravenous Immunoglobulin Hastens Recovery of Early Onset Guillain-Barre
If IVIG is commenced within 2 weeks from the onset of Guillain-Barre syndrome it can hasten recovery as much as plasma exchange, study indicates.
Study Finds No Benefit to Postnatal IVIG in Preventing Multiple Sclerosis Relapses
Researchers find no clear therapeutic benefit of intravenous immunoglobulin for the prevention of postnatal relapses of multiple sclerosis.
Study: 3-Month Interval Between Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Results in Higher Efficacy
The first vaccine dose alone offered strong protection against COVID-19, with efficacy that did not decline over the 3 months between doses.
Biden Says US Will Have Enough COVID-19 Vaccines for Every Adult By End of May
President Joseph Biden announced a partnership between Merck and Johnson & Johnson, in which 2 of Merck’s facilities will begin producing the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Researchers Recommend IV Immunoglobulin for Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
The availability of both intravenous and subcutaneous routes of immunoglobulin has made personalization of treatment more important than ever.
Study: Risk Factor for Blood Clots Occurs in More Than 10% of Transgender Men Using Testosterone
Investigators recommended avoiding risk factors such as smoking and switching to a transdermal administration route for testosterone.
FDA Allows More Flexible Storage, Transportation for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
The flexibility could allow for easier storage and increased accessibility of the vaccine.
Cancer Survivors Concerned About Treatment, Health Care Disruptions During COVID-19 Pandemic
Study findings illustrate the need for better communication between health care providers and patients experiencing concerns during the pandemic.
Study: Structured Exercise Program Benefited Men’s Artery Health, Not Testosterone Therapy
The investigators said testosterone therapy may have some benefits for older men, but they did not find any benefits in artery function, which is a determinant of future cardiovascular risk.
Report Outlines Three COVID-19 Surges, Tracks Current Steep Decline in Cases
The current surge peaked on January 11, 2021, but took just 5 days to decrease by 10%, compared to 22 days following the first peak in April 2020.
Genomic Profiling is Important to Address Racial Disparities in Prostate Cancer
Addressing genomic differences and socioeconomic disparities is essential in order to address the higher incidences and mortality rates for prostate cancer among African American men.
Surface Testing for SARS-CoV-2 in Hematology, Oncology Settings Finds Negligible Detection
Study findings suggest that enhanced cleaning and disinfecting policies are effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Research Finds Geographical Variation in Fracture-Associated Drug Use Among Long-Term Care Facility Residents
Investigators found an average difference of 12% in the range of fracture-associated drug prescribing when comparing hospital referral regions.
Health System Failing to Reach Populations Most in Need of HIV Prevention, Treatment Services
Geographic shifts in the HIV epidemic, racial disparities, and the complexities of the medical system all present obstacles to prevention and treatment services.
FDA Analysis Finds Johnson & Johnson Single Shot COVID-19 Vaccine Protects Against Severe Illness, May Reduce Transmission
The FDA could issue an emergency use authorization as soon as this weekend for the single-shot COVID-19 vaccine.
Heart Failure Drug May Treat Long-Term COVID-19 Symptom
Investigators found significant decreases in heart rate among patients with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome who received ivabradine for 1 month.
Study Links Drinking, Smoking, Drug Use With Premature Heart Disease in Youth
Recreational substance use was associated with 1.5 to 3 times higher odds of heart disease, with stronger associations among young women.
FDA Approves Libtayo as Monotherapy for Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
This is the third approval for Libtayo, following approvals as the first immunotherapy for patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma and as the first systemic treatment for advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.
Research Suggests Humidity Inside Face Masks May Lessen Severity of COVID-19
High levels of humidity promote mucocilliary clearance, which is a defense mechanism that removes mucus and potentially harmful particles from the lungs.
Pfizer, BioNTech Data Demonstrate COVID-19 Vaccine Stability at Standard Freeze Temperature
If approved as part of a proposed update to the Emergency Use Authorization, the findings could make Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine more widely available.
Study: COVID-19 Pandemic is Widening Gaps in Care
The investigators said rebuilding public health and other social structures will not only assist disadvantaged groups in times of need, but will also help society at large.
Report: States With Greatest Increase in COVID-19 Vaccinations Have Decreasing Hospitalizations
While other factors are causing hospitalizations to fall in the top 10 states, vaccinations could be a significant contributing factor.
Consider History of Vaccines When Advising Pregnant Women on COVID-19 Vaccination
Study suggests the major risks to pregnancy are from maternal respiratory illness due to COVID-19 and urged prevention measures as a key to ensure safety.
Study: Higher Blood Pressure Increases Risk of Heart Failure in Black Patients
Health care providers should monitor blood pressure starting in early adolescence, especially for individuals at high cardiovascular risk, such as Black populations.
Study: Americans Went Out More After Face Mask Mandates
Study suggests that when individuals are expected to wear a mask, people perceive a lower risk with leaving home and visiting public locations.
Study: Anti-Obesity Medication Twice as Effective as Most Weight Loss Drugs
One-third of study participants treated with semaglutide lost at least 20% (46 pounds) of their baseline weight, which is a common reduction for many patients who have had bariatric surgery in the 1 to 3 years following their procedure.
CO2 Laser Therapy Improves Sexual Function in Postmenopausal Women with Breast Cancer
Fractional CO2 laser therapy may offer a nonhormonal treatment to improve sexual function in survivors of breast cancer with genitourinary syndrome of menopause.
Large Study Finds Adults With Dementia Are Twice as Likely to Get COVID-19
The investigators also found significant racial disparities, with Black patients with dementia more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than white patients with dementia.
Data Show Fifth Consecutive Week of Decreasing National COVID-19 Positivity Rate
Positive COVID-19 cases in the United States totaled 731,000 this week, a sharp decline from the average of 1.3 million over the last 12 weeks.
COVID-19 Testing, Immunizations Offer New Opportunities to Gain and Retain Patients
Many patients have turned to pharmacies for immunizations and testing during the pandemic, creating great opportunities for pharmacies to grow their patient population.
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