Severe COVID-19-related outcomes found worse in men with RA

A retrospective study analyzing sex differences in patients with COVID-19 and rheumatoid arthritis found that men had more comorbidities at baseline and an increased risk of COVID-19-related outcomes compared to women. “Differences in genetics between sex and sex steroid hormones may play a role in the predisposition to COVID-19 infection and in modulating disease progression,” … Read more

Can you get flu and COVID-19 booster injections at the same time?

As flu season gets underway, some Marylanders are wondering if they should get the flu shot and the new COVID-19 booster shot at the same time.|| COVID-19 updates | Maryland’s Latest Figures | Get tested | Vaccine Information ||The Maryland Hospital Association encourages anyone eligible to get the COVID-19 booster shot as soon as possible. … Read more

Most dementia patients do not receive treatment after diagnosis: report

In a sweeping new report, Alzheimer’s and dementia experts are calling for better patient treatment and better education for healthcare professionals, showing that the majority of dementia patients receive little to no care after diagnosis. Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) stated in a press release for the annual World Alzheimer’s Report that up to 85 percent … Read more

COVID is still deadly, but the demographics of its victims are shifting

Editor’s Note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and advice in Medscape’s Information center about the coronavirus. While California is in a third year of pandemic, Covid-19 continues to pose a serious death threat. But the number of people who die — and the demographics of those who become victims — have changed significantly since the … Read more

Long COVID was an avoidable tragedy. Some of us saw it coming

September 15, 2022 – It should have been the start of a new understanding of a debilitating disease. In May 2017, I was patient No. 4 in a group of 20 who participated in an in-depth and intensive study at the National Institutes of Health to uncover the root causes of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, … Read more

It’s time to talk about back-to-school vaccinations

Most clinicians – especially pediatricians and public health officials – recognize that routine childhood vaccinations have significantly controlled many serious illnesses that were routine in the US until several decades ago. Measles may be the only exception to those advances; because it is so contagious, there have been no outbreaks in the US until 2019. … Read more

Influenza and COVID-19 collide in Australia

Editor’s Note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and advice in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. It’s an unusual 2022 flu season in the Southern Hemisphere. Early weekly spikes in lab-confirmed cases and flu-like illness exceed the 5-year average, according to the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care. At the same time, confirmed cases of COVID-19 … Read more