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2023

More Than 7 Million Americans Have Gotten the New COVID Shots

More Than 7 Million Americans Have Gotten the New COVID ShotsFRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Following a rocky rollout, more than 7 million Americans have now gotten the newly updated COVID vaccines.Unfortunately, that’s still lagging behind the number who sought booster shots last fall. For the the first updated boosters, 18 million people had received their shots by the same time last year, according to data from the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.This year's shots were updated to target circulating variants.About 91% of Americans ages 12 and up can now get the vaccines within five miles of home, as 14 million doses have been shipped to pharmacies and other vaccine sites. However, some people have reported trouble finding doses or getting insurance coverage for their shots, CNN reported, and distribution delays...

Doctor's Group Pulls Paper on 'Excited Delirium,' Often...

13 October 2023
Doctor`s Group Pulls Paper on `Excited Delirium,` Often Cited in Cases Involving Excessive Force by PoliceFRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A paper that has been used in court cases to justify excessive police force was withdrawn Thursday by the American College of Emergency Physicians, a prominent doctor’s group.The paper, published in 2009, was on a condition referred to as “excited delirium.” “This [withdrawal] means if someone dies while being restrained in custody ... people can’t point to excited delirium as the reason and can’t point to ACEP’s endorsement of the concept to bolster their case,” Dr. Brooks Walsh, a Connecticut emergency doctor who pushed the organization to strengthen its stance, told the Associated Press. Walsh said the 2009 paper reinforced stereotypes. It said symptoms of the condition included unusual strength, pain tolerance and bizarre...

Abnormal Result on a Cancer Screen? Your Family Doctor...

13 October 2023
Abnormal Result on a Cancer Screen? Your Family Doctor Could Be Key to Follow-UpFRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Extra efforts by primary care doctors to reach out to patients who need follow-up after an abnormal cancer test result leads to better results in getting that care, a new clinical trial shows.The trial involved nearly 12,000 patients who were receiving care at 44 primary care practices. They had overdue abnormal breast, cervical, colon or lung cancer screening results.To study this, the practices and their patients were randomly assigned among four different groups.One group received the usual care. A second got an automated reminder in their electronic health records (EHRs). A third received the reminder and outreach in the form of a patient letter followed by a phone call. The fourth group got everything that the second and third groups...

Latest AI Has 100% Success Rate in Spotting Melanomas

13 October 2023
Latest AI Has 100% Success Rate in Spotting MelanomasFRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The ability to detect skin cancer using artificial intelligence (AI) software has rapidly improved.New research presented Wednesday at a medical conference in Berlin shows that this AI technology now has a 100% detection rate for melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.In this study, researchers assessed more than 22,000 patients with suspected skin cancers over 2-1/2 years. Besides detecting all 59 cases of melanoma, the new software was 99.5% accurate in detecting all skin cancers, missing 1 of 190. It was 92.5% effective at identifying pre-cancerous lesions."This study has demonstrated how AI is rapidly improving and learning, with the high accuracy directly attributable to improvements in AI training techniques and the quality of...

When Lung Cancer Strikes the Young, Women Face Higher Risks Than Men

13 October 2023
When Lung Cancer Strikes the Young, Women Face Higher Risks Than MenFRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- New research uncovers troubling trends for lung cancer in young and middle-aged women. Cancer incidence in young women is higher than it is in men, a continuing trend, and now that extends to women over age 50, reversing historical patterns. “These findings are very concerning,” said study lead author Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, senior vice president of surveillance and health equity science at the American Cancer Society.“We don’t know why lung cancer incidence rates among younger and middle-aged individuals are now higher in women than men, reversing the historical pattern,” Jemal noted in a cancer society news release. “Cigarette smoking prevalence, the major risk factor for lung cancer in the United States, is not higher in younger women...
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