Johns Hopkins MedicineGERD Diet: Foods that Will Help with Acid Reflux (Heartburn)

Johns Hopkins assembled this list of not just foods that contribute to symptomatic chronic reflux, but also of foods that can reduce and prevent reflux. The former includes some obvious suspects such as pizza and potato chips, with high fiber foods, watery treats, and alkaline snacks making up the preventative, providing your patients with some […]

American Medical AssociationIntervention Reduces “Death Rattle” in End-of-Life Care

Publication: JAMADesign: Multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial performed in six hospices in the Netherlands of 162 patients with a life expectancy of three or more days. Administration of subcutaneous scopolamine butylbromide, 20 mg four times a day (n = 79) or placebo (n=78) in the 157 patients included in the primary analysis.Results: A death rattle occurred in […]

Wyanoke GroupThe Toll for Delta Variant is Severe in Children

The exact ways in which COVID-19 is impacting children, particularly those under age 12, is still being examined. Reported at the IDWeek conference, Arkansas health officials presented data demonstrating the severe impact that the fast-moving Delta variant of COVID-19 can have on children. Key findings: From January 2021, the Delta variant led to 42% more […]

American College of PhysiciansPutting ACP’s Guidance on Shorter Courses for Antibiotics to Practice

In practice, “standard” duration of antibiotic therapy is often based on archaic studies. Newer evidence shows that shorter durations are often a better choice and that antibiotic resistance is more likely to develop with longer durations of therapy. Here are the recommendations applied to four commonly treated infections.

American Medical AssociationSymptoms and Health Outcomes Among Survivors of COVID-19 Infection After One Year

Curious about the long-term impacts of COVID-19? A new study that involved 2,433 hospitalized patients found that the most common symptoms after one year were fatigue, sweating, chest tightness, anxiety, and myalgia. The study, conducted in Wuhan, China, one of the global epicenters of the pandemic, also found that patients with severe disease had more […]

The BMJCOVID-19 Vaccination: Evidence of Waning Immunity is Overstated

Evidence is mounting that much of the concern about waning immunity to COVID-19 is overstated and that vaccines provide high levels of protection against the respiratory disease and its variants over the long-term. Immunologically, plasmablast and B-cell response after mRNA vaccination is long-lived and memory B cells increase over at least six months. And in […]

Wyanoke GroupProfound Changes in Lipid-Lowering Therapy Coming with New Agents Targeting LP(a) and Triglycerides

Our understanding of lipid pathology is shifting from what might be called the “LDL hypothesis” to the “atherogenic lipoprotein hypothesis.” LDL is just a surrogate of the actual process of lipoprotein interaction with the arterial wall. This shift in understanding is driving a host of budding therapies with novel approaches to targeting key atherogenesis players […]

Wyanoke GroupConflicting Guidelines Highlight Controversies in Osteoporosis Management

When preparing to treat a patient for osteoporosis, it might be wise to compare leading guidelines because guidelines from two key organizations often don’t agree. The ACP and the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) have come up with guidelines that differ in terms of what therapies, how long to treat, how long between scans, and more. […]

American Academy of PediatricsDuration of Effective Antibody Levels After COVID-19

Antibodies against COVID-19 continue to perplex and confound physicians and research scientists. Although people who have gotten COVID-19 or been vaccinated against the respiratory disease develop a humoral immune response that protects them from reinfection, those antibodies decline over time, leaving people vulnerable to reinfection. Understanding why this happens is critically important to modeling how […]