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22 people hospitalized with vaping-linked breathing problems. Doctors don't know why. – AOL

22 people hospitalized with vaping-linked breathing problems. Doctors don't know why. – AOL

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Almost two dozen people in the Midwest have been hospitalized with severe breathing difficulties linked to vaping, and doctors aren't sure why.It's unclear exactly what the patients — many of whom are young adults — had been inhaling or what type of devices they were using. Nor do doctors know where they had purchased the devices or e-liquids.Some patients said they'd used e-cigarette devices to inhale both nicotine and THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana."We know there are certain characteristics in common with these cases, but we have not been able to get to the bottom of exactly what aspect of the vaping habit or product or solvent or oil is causing the injury," said Dr. Emily Chapman, chief medical officer for Children's Minnesota, a pediatric health system headquartered in
Screen All Adult Patients for Drug Abuse, National Panel Urges – The New York Times

Screen All Adult Patients for Drug Abuse, National Panel Urges – The New York Times

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A national panel of health experts recommended on Tuesday that doctors screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, including improper use of prescription medications. But the group, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, stopped short of endorsing such screening for teenagers, a position that puts them at odds with major adolescent health groups.The panel, which is appointed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services but operates independently, said that its proposed guidelines are intended to combat alarmingly high rates of substance abuse in the United States. It cited a 2017 federal survey that found 1 in 10 Americans ages 18 and older said they were using illicit drugs or not using medications in ways that doctors intended.The panel’s call for increased scr
Ebola Drugs Did So Well Researchers Stopped the Tests – Newser

Ebola Drugs Did So Well Researchers Stopped the Tests – Newser

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(Newser) – Two of four experimental Ebola drugs being tested in Congo seem to be saving lives, international health authorities announced Monday. The preliminary findings prompted an early halt to a major study on the drugs and a decision to prioritize their use in the African country, where a yearlong outbreak has killed more than 1,800 people. The early results mark "some very good news," said Dr. Anthony Fauci of the US National Institutes of Health, which helped fund the study. With these drugs, "we may be able to improve the survival of people with Ebo
22 people have been hospitalized with vaping-linked breathing problems. Doctors don't know why. – NBC News

22 people have been hospitalized with vaping-linked breathing problems. Doctors don't know why. – NBC News

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Almost two dozen people in the Midwest have been hospitalized with severe breathing difficulties linked to vaping, and doctors aren't sure why.It's unclear exactly what the patients — many of whom are young adults — had been inhaling or what type of devices they were using. Nor do doctors know where they had purchased the devices or e-liquids.Some patients said they'd used e-cigarette devices to inhale both nicotine and THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana."We know there are certain characteristics in common with these cases, but we have not been able to get to the bottom of exactly what aspect of the vaping habit or product or solvent or oil is causing the injury," said Dr. Emily Chapman, chief medical officer for Children's Minnesota, a pediatric health system headquartered in
Man swallows dentures: Man's dentures found lodged inside his throat 8 days after having surgery – CBS News

Man swallows dentures: Man's dentures found lodged inside his throat 8 days after having surgery – CBS News

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A 72-year-old man's partial dentures got lodged in his throat during surgery and was left there for eight days, the British Medical Journal reported. According to a new case report published Monday, he went to the emergency room after he was having a hard time swallowing and coughing up blood. Doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia and sent him home with antibiotics and steroids. It took another trip to the hospital to uncover the underlying problem. The man had his dentures, made up of a metal roof and three false teeth, stuck on top of his throat, the study said.The man believed his dentures were lost while he was in the hospital for a minor surgery for a harmless lump more than a week earlier, according to the British study. After the dentures were removed, he remained in the hospit...
For first time, US panel recommends screening adults for illicit drug use – STAT

For first time, US panel recommends screening adults for illicit drug use – STAT

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As new ways to identify and treat people who use opioids and other drugs emerge, an independent panel of experts is recommending that health care providers screen their adult patients for illicit drug use. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has determined, for the first time, that there is enough evidence to state with “moderate certainty” that screening adults for illicit substance use is overall beneficial. “We have a pretty high prevalence of adults using illicit drugs and we’re seeing harms every day from that,” said task force member Dr. Carol Mangione, the chief of general internal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “This is a big change that we’re really excited about. Effective treatment is where we will finally begin to move the needle on the epidemic.”
Missing dentures found stuck in throat 8 days after surgery – WFMZ Allentown

Missing dentures found stuck in throat 8 days after surgery – WFMZ Allentown

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Associated Press Associated Press Here's why it's best to remove false teeth before surgery: You just might swallow them.A medical journal is reporting the case of a 72-year-old British man whose partial dentures apparently got stuck in his throat during surgery and weren't discovered for eight days.The man went to the emergency room because he was having a hard time swallowing and was coughing up blood. Doctors ordered a chest X-ray, diagnosed him with pneumonia and sent him home with antibiotics and steroids. It took another hospital visit before another X-ray revealed the problem: His dentures - a metal roof plate and three false teeth - lodged at the top of this throat.The man thought his dentures were lost while he was in the hospital for min...
Two Ebola drugs boost survival rates, according to early trial data – Ars Technica

Two Ebola drugs boost survival rates, according to early trial data – Ars Technica

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Enlarge / BUTEMBO, CONGO - JULY 27: A healthcare member inoculates a man for Ebola suspicion to take precautions against the disease in Butembo, Democratic Republic of the Congo.Getty | Anadolu Agency For the first time, preliminary clinical-trial results suggest that two experimental Ebola drugs can lower the death toll of the deadly virus, health officials announced Monday. Two other experimental drugs used in the trial were less effective and will be abandoned. The data comes from the PALM trial, which is short for the Swahili phrase Pamoja Tulinde Maisha, meaning Together Save Lives. The trial began in late 2018 amid the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is still ongoing and is now the second-largest outbreak on record. Ebola responders in ...
A man's false teeth got stuck in his throat during a surgery. It was eight days before anyone noticed. – CNN

A man's false teeth got stuck in his throat during a surgery. It was eight days before anyone noticed. – CNN

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The man was having surgery to remove a harmless lump in his abdominal wall, but the operating team neglected to take out his dentures before the operation.He returned to the hospital six days later complaining of blood in his mouth and difficulties breathing and swallowing, which had prevented him from eating solid food.Ultimately, more surgery was needed to resolve the problem, which was revealed in a case report published by the British Medical Journal on Monday. Lead author Harriet Cunniffe, from James Paget Hospital in eastern England, is calling for surgeons to ensure dentures are removed from patients before an operation.During the patient's first return to the emergency room, doctors were unable to diagnose the problem and the unnamed man was sent home with a prescription for mouth...
Ebola drugs show ‘90% survival rate’ in breakthrough trial – BBC News

Ebola drugs show ‘90% survival rate’ in breakthrough trial – BBC News

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Ebola may soon be a "preventable and treatable" disease after a trial of two drugs showed significantly improved survival rates, scientists have said.Four drugs were trialled on patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there is a major outbreak of the virus. Two of those, named REGN-EB3 and mAb114, were more effective in treating the disease, the study found.The drugs will now be used to treat Ebola patients in DR Congo, according to health officials.The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which co-sponsored the trial, said the results are "very good news" for the fight against Ebola. The drugs work by attacking the Ebola virus with antibodies, neutralising its impact on human cells.They ...