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Actor/comedian Dax Shepard has always been open about his past struggles with addiction and how he has been sober for the past 16 years. However, it was still surprising when, on the September 25th episode of his podcast Armchair Expert, Shepard revealed that he relapsed and has again been taking opioids. About 6 months ago,
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“Ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for sex.”  You’ve probably heard this line as a medical disclaimer on TV or the butt of a joke. But there really is a strong connection between heart health and sex. Recent research shows that the question isn’t just whether your heart is strong enough for
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A psychiatric diagnosis for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 is linked to a significantly increased risk for death, new research shows. Investigators found that patients who were hospitalized with COVID-19 and who had been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder had a 1.5-fold
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While too much alcohol can lead to addiction and other problems, decades of research have connected low and moderate drinking to health benefits, from heart fitness to better cognition. Let’s revisit some of the most common positive effects attributed to alcohol over the years and check whether they’re still supported by hard data. Cognitive health
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Samson Pavilion in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 28. The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden took place here Tuesday, September 29. President Donald J. Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden took the stage in Cleveland on Tuesday night in the first of three debates, talking
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The number of uninsured adults in the U.S. crept up to 14.5% in 2019, from 13.3% in 2018, according to data from the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). Put into context, the share of adults 18-64 who were uninsured last year was still much lower than the 20.4% of adults who reported being uninsured
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It shouldn’t need saying, but dentists are warning people not to operate on their own teeth, after a video of someone filing her teeth went viral. A 19-year-old woman from Florida decided to use a nail file to even out her front teeth – and thousands of viewers watched. If this had been a one-off
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Most men who undergo radical prostatectomy can skip adjuvant radiotherapy and can be followed with observation alone. They can undergo early salvage radiotherapy if the disease shows sign of progressing, say experts reporting results from three similar clinical trials. This approach would allow most men to avoid radiotherapy and its side effects altogether, the investigators
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With body aches, headaches, chills and nausea, coming down with the flu can make you lose all appetite for food. This is especially worrisome for moms and dads, who wonder how to get their sick kids to eat even the tiniest bite of chicken noodle soup. First, know that this is not uncommon. “Expect a
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Primary care is not bouncing back to its pre-pandemic status, according to a new survey published by the Primary Care Collaborative (PCC) and Larry A. Green Center.  Since mid-March these organizations have issued short weekly and biweekly surveys to US primary care physicians in an attempt to find the pulse of the county’s first line
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It can be difficult to balance the needs to work as efficiently as possible while also addressing the healthcare requirements of the patients we see every day. Managing a busy radiology department requires finesse and an astute ability to balance resources, including personnel and the equipment they rely on to accomplish their radiology tasks. For
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Alcohol use during pregnancy causes problems with the baby’s brain as it develops, according to a recent study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry. The study looked at almost 10,000 children between the ages of 9 and 10, with a follow-up done 1 year later. Children whose mothers drank even small amounts of alcohol
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A few minutes after noon on a September day in 2018, Jacarvi Jackson and Darcell Williams were crossing Euclid Avenue, a main road through Cleveland’s medical area. Both of them worked for a vendor that supplies food to patients at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Still in their work uniforms after finishing their eight-hour shifts at
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Pomegranate Consulting, LLC, started selling an at-home “COVID Test Package” in Spring 2020. According to its advertising, “COVID-19 Home Testing . . . Whether you are currently ill and wondering, or you were ill but recovered, or suspect you have been exposed to someone who is sick, this FDA-registered test can put your mind at
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Rates of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) continue to rise in the United States, but unevenly so given how the incidence has become highest in the Hispanic population, which is reflected in increased rates in the southern and western states, Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, said in a virtual presentation at the
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Welcome to this week’s edition of Healthcare Career Insights. This weekly roundup highlights healthcare career-related articles culled from across the Web to help you learn what’s next. Lisa Grabl is president of the locum tenens division of CompHealth, the nation’s largest locum tenens physician staffing company and a leader in permanent and temporary allied healthcare
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The hero of this story spent most of the interview lying on the ground. In fact, he didn’t say a word. Toby is a working dog at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center (WDC), run out of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia. “A dog’s sense of smell is excellent,” said
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Patients with higher intraoperative blood loss and those treated at lower-volume surgical centers had a greater risk of high-grade complications after undergoing cytoreductive nephrectomy (CN) for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC), according to an analysis of registry data. Higher intraoperative blood loss was also associated with low-grade postoperative complications. Intraoperative complications were more likely in patients
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In response to the “Benadryl Challenge,” yet another dare circulating on social media, the Food and Drug Administration issued a statement about the dangers of taking higher than recommended doses of the over-the-counter medication. “We are aware of news reports of teenagers ending up in emergency rooms or dying after participating in the “Benadryl Challenge”
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Anthony Fauci, MD, says talk about a second wave of the coronavirus is premature because the United States is still dealing with the first one. The idea of a second wave is based on the 1918 flu pandemic, when many cases
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If black licorice is on your Halloween shopping list, this consumer Federal Drug Administration update warns that a little is better than a lot. In fact, too much can be fatal. Black licorice, made from licorice root, contains a substance called glycyrrhizin. Too much glycyrrhizin can cause the body’s potassium levels to drop. This drop
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which recently trumpeted the success of accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), is endangering the ability of ACOs to succeed next year by proposing new regulations on how quality is assessed and how quality data is reported, say the National Association of
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Couples Coach joins the Department of Veterans Affairs’ ever-growing stable of fantastic point-of-care and prescribable apps including CPT Coach, CBTi Coach, and PTSD Coach. Although the app contains expert opinion and evidence for couples with a PTSD member, the app is really designed to be used for any relationship with or without a mental health
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Food is an important part of life, far beyond the nutrition it provides. We use food as ways to show sympathy when someone dies, to celebrate life and everything in between. Parents urge their children to eat – and adult children may worry that their aging parents aren’t eating well enough. And that can be
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President Donald Trump, outlining his “America First Health Plan” on Thursday, announced that his administration will allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada. The final plan clears the way for Florida and other states to implement a program bringing medications across the border, despite the strong objections of drugmakers and the Canadian government. But
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