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Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of Jan. 11 to 15,...

Life Expectancy Reduced Considerably Due to COVID-19

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on life expectancy in the United States, especially among Black and Latino...

Primary Care-Recorded Mental Illness Decreased During COVID-19

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 -- In April 2020, there were reductions in primary care-recorded mental illness and self-harm in the United Kingdom, according to a study...

Women Forgoing Reconstruction After Mastectomy Pleased

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 -- Most patients undergoing mastectomy alone, known as "going flat," are satisfied with their surgical outcome, according to a study...

Previous COVID-19 Infection May Confer Immunity for at Least Five Months

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 -- Immunity against the new coronavirus can last for at least five months in most people who have been infected, British researchers...

Breast, Cervical, CRC Screening Below Healthy People 2020 Targets

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 -- Receipt of screening tests for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers was below national Heathy People 2020 targets in 2018,...

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Linked to Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 -- Low cardiovascular fitness in late adolescence is associated with an increased risk for incident psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis...

Bupropion-Naltrexone Bests Placebo in Methamphetamine Use Disorder

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 -- For adults with methamphetamine use disorder, response is higher with receipt of extended-release injectable naltrexone plus oral...

Referrals for Acute Heart Failure Dropped During COVID-19

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 -- In the eight weeks following the first reported U.K. death due to COVID-19, there was a decrease in referral of patients with acute...

Memory Preserved in Rare Aphasia Tied to Alzheimer Disease

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 -- Individuals with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) associated with Alzheimer disease (AD) have longitudinally preserved episodic...

Repeat Postvasectomy Semen Analyses Down Under New Guidelines

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 -- After publication of the 2012 guidelines defining vasectomy success as either azoospermia or rare nonmotile sperm, men undergoing...

Smokers More Likely to Report Symptoms Suggestive of COVID-19

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 -- Current smokers are more likely to report symptoms suggesting a diagnosis of COVID-19, according to a study published online Jan. 6 in...

One-Third of U.S. Adults Likely to Refuse a COVID-19 Vaccine

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 -- Roughly one-third of Americans say they will decline a COVID-19 vaccine, according to research published online Jan. 4 in Social...

Higher Dietary Fiber Lowers Premenopausal Depression Risk

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 -- Dietary fiber intake is inversely associated with depression in premenopausal women, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in...

Stopping RAS Inhibitors May Worsen Outcomes in CKD

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 -- The decision to stop renin-angiotensin system (RAS) inhibitor therapy in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) should...

Stem Cell Infusions Investigated for Treatment of COVID-19 ARDS

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 -- Researchers are exploring the potential immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects of umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cell...

Mental Health Disorders Common Among ICU Staff During COVID-19

THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2021 -- Probable mental health disorders are common among intensive care unit (ICU) staff working in English hospitals during June and July...

U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Nears 1 Million Doses Per Day

THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2021 -- One month after the United States began what has become a troubled rollout of a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the effort...

WHO Experts Finally Arrive in Wuhan for COVID-19 Investigation

THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2021 -- After a long wait for approval from the Chinese government, a World Health Organization team of experts arrived in the city of Wuhan...

Exercise Key to Lowering Risk for Gestational Diabetes

THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2021 -- Exercise during the first trimester of pregnancy reduces the risks for abnormal glucose screening and gestational diabetes mellitus...

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