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Yup, I’m one of those. Believers and zealous missionaries re: meditation. I practice twice almost daily now. Ten minutes every morning, sometimes more in the afternoon/evening. Because when I don’t meditate, I feel it. It’s crummy. I’m irritable, jangly. Not so kind. It’s not good for anyone — my friends, my family, or my patients
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Nursing home residents could largely benefit from the second COVID-19 vaccine booster, according to a new study published this week.  The study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Friday indicated that the second mRNA COVID-19 booster shots were effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths among nursing home residents. 
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Shortening the duration of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) and continuing with a P2Y12 inhibitor alone after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) was associated with a similar rate of ischemic events but with less bleeding than prolonged DAPT after 3 years of follow-up in the SMART-CHOICE trial. “The current results of extended follow-up from the SMART-CHOICE trial
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Men who have sex with men have an increased prevalence of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, according to a new report. In particular, those with high-risk sexual activity, such as engaging in unprotected sex or having multiple sexual partners, were more likely to have IBD diagnoses than men who
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I worked a lot the last 2 weeks. Things aren’t improving. I tried transferring some sick patients yesterday from a smaller hospital to large facilities with more beds and more specialty resources. Pretty much every hospital in our region was on “closure” or “diversion,” which meant that emergency medical services (EMS) was being told to
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Before COVID-19 vaccines were widely available, one of the most common and serious manifestations of SARS-CoV-2 infection was pneumonia. Therefore, it is logical to ask whether the COVID-19 pandemic has played a role in the increase in Spain in the number of cases of pneumococcal disease caused by antibiotic-resistant strains. The instinctual response is that
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Unvaccinated people were 14 times more likely to get infected with the monkeypox virus compared with those who had one dose of the monkeypox vaccine, according to data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These findings, compiled from monkeypox case data in 32 states from July 31– September 3,
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Bedside counseling aimed at boosting the emotional connection between moms and their newborns was associated with better neurodevelopmental outcomes among preterm babies, according to a trial from Finland. Infants (average age 30 weeks’ gestation) whose mothers participated in the Family Nurture Intervention (FNI) experienced frequency-specific network effects in the brain, mainly observed in the alpha
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Use of tighter glycemic targets for women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) reduced the risk for a serious health outcome for the infant, according to a trial conducted in New Zealand. These serious health outcomes included death, birth trauma, and shoulder dystocia. Infants’ length of stay in the neonatal intensive care unit also was shorter. But
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Prompt diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is essential to reduce mortality, and improving education of primary care providers can help, suggests a new white paper. The nonspecific nature of the symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) especially in early stages, and the relative rarity of IPF compared with other conditions that have similar symptoms, may
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Welcome to the latest edition of Investigative Roundup, highlighting some of the best investigative reporting on healthcare each week. Hospital Fired All Employees All employees of two community hospitals in Missouri were fired in early September, according to Kaiser Health News. In March, owner Noble Health suspended all services and later furloughed 181 employees from
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