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Dietary interventions may help in the overall management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but caution is required when interpreting the available data on this, according to Peter Gibson, MD, of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. “This is a very exciting area because there has been a profusion of recent publications on diet and IBD,” he
The first shipments of Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine will “start rolling” on Sunday, with initial shipments moving into the distribution chain by Monday, said a federal official who has helped coordinate the preparation for an expected rapid introduction of this product. But federal officials already are planning ahead in case of hitches with production and distribution,
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for Covid-19 was finally granted Emergency Use Authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration late Friday night for people aged 16 and older. The decision comes following a safety review, months of testing, and intense pressure from the Trump administration, which reportedly told the head of the FDA, Stephen Hahn, MD,
Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in people 16 years of age and older.  The much-anticipated emergency use authorization (EUA) of this vaccine — the first such approval in the United States — was greeted
The FDA publicized a voluntary recall this week of two types of medication that ended up in the same bottles. The pharmaceutical company AvKARE issued the recall after the pills, one currently used for erectile dysfunction and the other, an antidepressant, had been used off label for the same problem, got packaged together by accident.  AvKARE Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall
The humble potato chip requires a fairly simple recipe — potatoes, oil and salt. The flavored potato chips? Less humble and at times, more complicated. Last month the FDA issued a warning letter to Frito-Lay, makers of Lays, Doritos, Fritos, Cheetos, Tostitos and Sun Chips after inspecting a manufacturing plant in California. The FDA’s action
About 42% of American adults had obesity in 2017-2018, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data showed. Among adults ages 20 and older, 42.4% were identified as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, while 9.2% had severe obesity, defined as a BMI of 40 or higher, reported Cheryl Fryar, MSPH,
Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Federal advisers will vote today on whether Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective enough to merit an emergency use authorization (EUA). The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put Pfizer’s application before its  Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory
Low plasma transthyretin, also known as prealbumin, is associated with incident heart failure in the general population, new research suggests. In two prospective, population-based studies done in the Danish general population, individuals with very low concentration of plasma transthyretin (at the 5th percentile or lower) had a 1.4-fold to 1.6-fold increased risk of incident heart
A new study has found that a low-fat vegan diet could contribute to better overall health. The study followed just under 250 people for four months. Over the four months, people in the vegan group lost weight, upped their insulin resistance, and lost fat.  The study was conducted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). The PCRM
Giving steroids to patients with relapsed/refractory high-grade B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (B-NHL) following chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy may place them at substantially increased risk of infection, suggests a real-world analysis of UK patient data. The analysis also indicated that patients who have undergone multiple prior lines of chemotherapy are also at particular risk after
Sniffles? Sore throat? Chills? Could it be Covid-19? “The reality is, any symptom at all seems to be possible with Covid,” said Kathryn Boling, MD, a family medicine specialist with Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, MD.  Dr. Boling has had patients who thought they had allergies, the common cold, or strep throat – and test positive for Covid-19. “I’m
A chemotherapy-free investigational combination reduced the risk of disease progression or death versus chemoimmunotherapy with chlorambucil plus obinutuzumab (Gazyva) for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a phase III trial showed. Among over 400 patients in UNITY-CLL, which involved both treatment-naive and relapsed/refractory disease, median progression-free survival (PFS) reached 31.9 months with umbralisib plus ublituximab
Can smoking CBD affect someone’s driving? Study authors who published in JAMA asked that question. Their 22 study participants smoked and all did inhale: cannabis with CBD, cannabis with CBD and THC, cannabis with THC alone, and placebo. Each participant then completed eight driving tests. The authors measured the drug’s effects by how much the
An experimental drug reversed age-related declines in memory and mental flexibility in mice, according to a study from the University of California-San Francisco. The study was peer reviewed and published in the open-access journal eLife. It says the drug, called ISRIB, restored cognitive abilities in older mice and rejuvenated brain and immune cells. “ISRIB’s extremely rapid
The U.S. drug supply chain works well in the middle, but the beginning and end leave much room for improvement, according to Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD, of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. “When a manufacturer imports a drug into the U.S. and sells it to wholesalers and then it goes to group purchasing organizations
A study conducted by the University of North Carolina and City University New York found that the majority of those who developed anxiety during the pandemic were facing financial problems. Nearly half, 45 %, of participants reported loss of income due to the pandemic and 17% reported losing their job. The study, which has not
Depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts may not be recognized in pediatric epilepsy patients and may occur more frequently than previously thought, a single-center study suggested. In a group of children and adolescent epilepsy patients ages 10 and older, 41.2% reflected symptoms of depression, 33.3% showed signs of anxiety, and 10.9% said they had suicidal thoughts,