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Immunotherapy combination may benefit patients with non-small cell lung cancer resistant to single immunotherapy

Immunotherapy combination may benefit patients with non-small cell lung cancer resistant to single immunotherapy

Lung CA seen on CXR. Credit: James Heilman, MD/Wikipedia A combination of two drugs that open the floodgates to an immune system attack on cancer curtailed tumor growth in some patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that was resistant to a single immunotherapy agent, results from a recent clinical trial show. The addition of …

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Review explores patients' and physicians' experiences with remote consultations in primary care

Review explores patients’ and physicians’ experiences with remote consultations in primary care

According to the Royal College of General Practitioners, at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ways in which patients accessed their GP reversed from around 70% face-to-face and 30% by phone, video or online pre-pandemic to around 30% face-to-face and 70% remote. The Surrey researchers reviewed 24 papers from PubMed and PsychInfo for studies …

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Study: Clinical outcomes among patients infected with Omicron (B.1.1.529) SARS-CoV-2 variant in southern California. Image Credit: anushkaniroshan/Shutterstock

Study shows Omicron less severe than Delta among COVID-19 hospitalized patients

New research posted to the medRxiv* preprint server suggests the Omicron variant produces less severe COVID-19 symptoms than earlier severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants. There was a 74% reduced risk of ICU admission, a 91% reduced risk of death, and no patients with Omicron infections needed mechanical ventilation. In addition, patients infected …

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Mathematical model may help improve treatments and clinical trials of patients with COVID-19 and other illnesses

Mathematical model may help improve treatments and clinical trials of patients with COVID-19 and other illnesses

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Investigators who recently developed a mathematical model that indicated why treatment responses vary widely among individuals with COVID-19 have now used the model to identify biological markers related to these different responses. The team, which was led by scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the University of Cyprus, notes that …

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Young Alzheimer’s patients dealt a blow by Medicare’s refusal to cover drug

PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer’s disease. Credit: public domain Jay Reinstein and Michele Hall wouldn’t seem to most people like they would be in danger of suffering from a disease typically associated with aging. Reinstein is just 60 years old, and Hall is 54. Both of them have young adult children. Yet …

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Majority of COVID patients in German ICUs not vaccinated

Majority of COVID patients in German ICUs not vaccinated

A nurse examines a patient in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at the SRH Waldklinikum in Gera, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Currently, 13 people suffering from Covid-19 are receiving intensive care here. Credit: Bodo Schackow/dpa via AP Most COVID-19 patients in intensive care in German hospitals aren’t vaccinated, data published on Thursday indicates. The …

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WHO recommends two new drugs to treat patients with COVID-19

WHO recommends two new drugs to treat patients with COVID-19

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The drug baricitinib (a type of drug known as a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor, also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis) is strongly recommended for patients with severe or critical COVID-19 in combination with corticosteroids, says a WHO Guideline Development Group of international experts in The BMJ today. Their strong recommendation is …

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Fastest DNA sequencing technique helps undiagnosed patients find answers in mere hours

Fastest DNA sequencing technique helps undiagnosed patients find answers in mere hours

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A new ultra-rapid genome sequencing approach developed by Stanford Medicine scientists and their collaborators was used to diagnose rare genetic diseases in an average of eight hours—a feat that’s nearly unheard of in standard clinical care. “A few weeks is what most clinicians call ‘rapid’ when it comes to sequencing a …

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5-SENSE score can predict if patients with epilepsy will benefit from a more invasive workup

5-SENSE score can predict if patients with epilepsy will benefit from a more invasive workup

A pre-surgical workup can help determine whether patients with focal epilepsy are good candidates for surgical resection but also predict the outcome of an additional invasive exploration, according to a study published in JAMA Neurology. Using MRI, EEG and clinical characteristics, the “5-SENSE” score can predict if patients with epilepsy will benefit from a more …

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Reduced hospitalization risk, shorter stays for Omicron patients: US study

Reduced hospitalization risk, shorter stays for Omicron patients: US study

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A preliminary US study of nearly 70,000 COVID positive people showed a substantially reduced risk of hospitalization and death from Omicron even after controlling for growing population immunity levels. People infected with Omicron were half as likely to be hospitalized, about 75 percent less likely to need intensive care, and around …

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