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COVID-19 Daily: 1.4% Case Fatality Rate, Clinician Pay Cuts
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
These are the coronavirus stories you need to know about today. Medscape Medical News
Firings, Furloughs, and Pay Cuts in Advance of COVID-19 Surge
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Hospitals throughout the country are preparing for an influx of patients with the novel coronavirus. But their finances may not be able to take the hit, prompting a rash of furloughs and pay cuts. Medscape Medical News
Mindfulness Interventions Linked to Cognitive Benefit
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Results from a large meta-analysis shows mindfulness-based interventions improve attention, memory, and processing speed. Medscape Medical News
New Option for Dry, Itchy Skin in End-Stage Kidney Disease
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Pruritis is common for hemodialysis patients with end-stage kidney disease, but an opioid receptor modulator could provide some relief, a new phase 3 study shows. Medscape Medical News
Alirocumab Effective in Homozygous FH
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
PCSK9 inhibitor alirocumab lowered LDL cholesterol by 35% over placebo in ODYSSEY HoFH, the largest ever randomized lipid-lowering trial in homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. Medscape Medical News
Case Fatality Rate for COVID-19 Near 1.4%, Increases With Age
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The case fatality rate among persons aged 80 years or older is close to 8%, authors of new study estimate. Medscape Medical News
Kidney Disease Belt Mimics Stroke Belt, With Higher Organ Needs
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
In the first description of an 'end-stage renal disease belt', authors note an increased burden on the kidney donor system. Medscape Medical News
Vein of Marshall Ethanol Infusion: A New Tool for AF Ablation
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Adding an ethanol infusion to the vein of Marshall during catheter ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation increases the chances of maintaining normal rhythm, a new study has shown. Medscape Medical News
Treatment for Opioid Withdrawal 'Urgently Needed'
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Opioid users who experience frequent withdrawal symptoms after short periods of nonuse are at high risk for overdose and syringe sharing. Buprenorphine can potentially prevent these risks. Medscape Medical News
New Lipid-lowering Drug Class Slashes LDL in HoFH Patients
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Evinacumab, the first of a new class of agents, showed significant LDL lowering in patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. Medscape Medical News
Blood Test Accurately Detects 50+ Cancer Types
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
A new blood test that analyses methylation of circulating cell-free DNA can detect more than 50 types of cancer, as well as where the cancer originated. Medscape Medical News
Top 10 Must-Dos in ICU in COVID-19 Include Prone Ventilation
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
With new European Society of Intensive Care Medicine guidelines on caring for critically ill COVID-19 patients covering more than 50 recommendations, Medscape asked one author for his essential top 10. Medscape Medical News
Top 10 Tips for Diabetes Telehealth Prophetic in Face of COVID-19
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
A new article sets the stage for routine virtual diabetes visits, offering 10 top tips that will undoubtedly be of use for transforming care during the COVID-19 pandemic, and likely for long afterwards. Medscape Medical News
Call for Social Media to 'Rewrite' Neurosurgery's Gender Imbalance
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The power and scope of social media could foster change that encourages more female physicians to enter and stay in neurosurgery, a new Lancet Neurology editorial suggests. Medscape Medical News
More Than a Dozen COVID-19 Cases at Psychiatric Hospital
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
A patient at Western State Hospital in Seattle died from complications of COVID-19 last week. The facility has been the target of state and federal investigations for safety violations in recent years. Associated Press
Abortion Access Shifting in Some States Amid COVID-19
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
In addition to challenges the coronavirus pandemic already poses to women seeking healthcare, several states have included surgical abortions as restricted procedures in executive orders related to COVID-19. Medscape Medical News
Maintaining Cancer Care in the Face of COVID-19
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Four clinicians describe the changes they are making in maintaining cancer care as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, acknowledging that the 'situation changes every day.' Medscape Medical News
Endocrine Society Annual Meeting to Proceed Online in June
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The meeting is now scheduled for June 8-22, 2020; the content will include a mix of on-demand and live sessions with clinical and basic science content. Medscape Medical News
Three-Drug Combo 'Highly Effective' in Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
A new combination of old drugs has shown 'unexpectedly' higher response rates in patients with relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia. Medscape Medical News
US Lifts Visa Halt to Boost COVID-19 Physician Workforce
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The move will help international medical graduates get ready to start their US residencies and potentially help battle COVID-19. But some complications still exist, an expert says. Medscape Medical News