A Call to Make Four Telehealth Provisions Permanent

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Lawmakers, physicians, and advocates alike have hailed a relaxation of telehealth rules under the COVID-19 emergency declaration, and they’d like things to stay this way. Dr Peter Yellowlees Regulators previously restricted telemedicine use “by insisting that you could only see patients […]

COVID-19 Outcomes Tied to Hospital- Not Just Race

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Findings from a national registry reinforce the role racial health disparities play in COVID-19 outcomes but also highlight the contribution hospitals make to the variation in poor outcomes.webmd.ads2.defineAd({id:’ads-pos-1122′,pos: 1122});Researchers studied 7868 patients hospitalized across 88 sites from January 1 to July […]

Chili Pepper Consumption Linked to Better Midlife Survival

In a meta-analysis of four geographically diverse observational studies, a higher intake of any type of chili pepper was associated with a lower rate of death from cardiovascular disease, cancer, or all causes, during a 7- to 19-year follow-up in mainly middle-aged adults.Results showed a 26%, 23%, and 25% relative reduction of death from cardiovascular […]

Common Newborn Hearing Test Promising for Early Detection of Autism

Oren Miron A commonly used newborn hearing test shows promise in the early detection of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), new research shows.  webmd.ads2.defineAd({id:’ads-pos-1122′,pos: 1122});Results from one of the largest studies of its kind show the auditory brainstem response (ABR) test, which is carried out on most newborns, represents “a huge untapped potential” to detect autism, lead author […]

Amyloid in the Retina Correlates With Alzheimers Brain Changes

The eyes may offer a window into the brain when it comes to build-up of amyloid, a key hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).Elevated amyloid deposits in the proximal mid-periphery (PMP) of the superotemporal retinal region in patients with mild cognitive decline were previously correlated with decreased hippocampal volume.webmd.ads2.defineAd({id:’ads-pos-1122′,pos: 1122});Additional research suggests retinal beta amyloid (Aβ) […]

Cardiac Arrest in COVID-19 Pandemic: Survival is Possible

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. In the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, rates of sustained return of spontaneous circulation after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest were lower throughout the country compared with a year earlier, in one study.webmd.ads2.defineAd({id:’ads-pos-1122′,pos: 1122});A second study of that […]

AMA Takes On Vaccine Misinformation- Physician Vaccines- and Racism

The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates this week adopted a policy to educate physicians on how to speak with patients about COVID-19 vaccination to counteract widespread misinformation about the vaccine development process.Other highlights of the AMA’s recent special meeting include a new policy on the ethics of physicians getting immunized against COVID-19 and […]

Childhood Lead Exposure Exacts a Heavy Toll on the Adult Brain

Higher exposure to lead in childhood is associated with altered brain structure in midlife, new research shows.Investigators found that elevated blood lead levels when persons were aged 11 years were associated with smaller cortical surface area, smaller hippocampal gray matter volume, and lower global fractional anisotropy at age 45.webmd.ads2.defineAd({id:’ads-pos-1122′,pos: 1122});Furthermore, for middle-aged individuals who were […]

Boston Scientific Bails on Lotus Edge Aortic Valve System

Boston Scientific said it is voluntarily recalling all unused inventory of the Lotus Edge transcatheter aortic valve replacement system effective immediately.In making the announcement today, Boston Scientific chair and chief executive officer Mike Mahoney said the company has been increasingly challenged by the intricacies of the delivery system required to allow physicians to fully reposition […]

Can a COVID-19 Vaccine Stop the Spread Good Question.

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Scientists involved in oversight of the Operation Warp Speed COVID-19 vaccine trials are tempering excitement about efficacy, noting that the studies haven’t shown yet whether the products can prevent transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.webmd.ads2.defineAd({id:’ads-pos-1122′,pos: 1122});”We don’t know if people can become […]