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March 2020 Briefing - Pathology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Pathology for March 2020. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Methylation Analysis of cfDNA IDs >50 Cancer Types

TUESDAY, March 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Methylation analysis of circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) sequencing can detect malignancy across stages with high specificity, according to a study published online March 30 in the Annals of Oncology.

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Preventionists Report Widespread Shortages of Protective Equipment

TUESDAY, March 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of U.S. health care facilities surveyed are out of or almost out of respirators to use while caring for patients with COVID-19, according to the results of a national survey of infection prevention experts released March 27 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

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Doctors, Hospitals, Pharmacies Warned Not to Stockpile Meds

TUESDAY, March 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a joint statement released by the American Medical Association, American Pharmacists Association, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the professional groups "strongly oppose" physicians, pharmacies, and hospitals prophylactically prescribing medications or purchasing excessive amounts or stockpiles of potential treatments for COVID-19.

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U.S. Army Opens Field Hospital in New York City

MONDAY, March 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The first U.S. Army field hospital for civilian patients opened in New York City Monday and could be the first of many across the nation as it struggles with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Patients Viral Positive for Days After COVID-19 Resolution

MONDAY, March 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Some patients who have recovered from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continue to be viral positive up to eight days after resolution of symptoms, according to a study published online March 23 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Concomitant Myocardial Injury With COVID-19 Infection Linked to Fatal Outcome

MONDAY, March 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Myocardial injury is associated with fatal outcome in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to research published online March 27 in JAMA Cardiology.

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President Extends Social Distancing to April 30 as COVID-19 Cases Surge

MONDAY, March 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As U.S. coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise, President Donald Trump on Sunday extended strict social distancing guidelines for the country to April 30.

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Pregnancy-Related Factors Linked to Risk for Psychosis in Child

FRIDAY, March 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Prenatal and perinatal factors may influence a child's risk for developing psychosis, according to a review and meta-analysis published online March 24 in The Lancet Psychiatry.

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Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of March 23 to 27, 2020. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal studies and other trusted sources that is most likely to affect clinical practice.

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PPE Negative for SARS-CoV-2 After Patient Contact

FRIDAY, March 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Samples collected from personal protective equipment (PPE) from health care workers (HCWs) caring for patients positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) were negative for SARS-CoV-2, according to research published online March 26 in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

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Three Neonates Born to Mothers With COVID-19 ID'd as Positive

FRIDAY, March 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Three of 33 neonates born to mothers with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan tested positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) , according to a research letter published online March 26 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Restricting Activities in Wuhan Until April Could Slow COVID-19 Peak

THURSDAY, March 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Restriction on activities in Wuhan would help to delay the COVID-19 epidemic peak if maintained until April, according to a study published online March 25 in The Lancet Public Health.

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Workers at Risk for COVID-19 Exposure Can Access Online Training

THURSDAY, March 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The National Institutes of Health has launched a new website with educational resources for hospital employees, emergency first responders, and other workers at risk for exposure to COVID-19.

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Acute Kidney Injury Seems to Promote Renal Cell Carcinoma

THURSDAY, March 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Acute kidney injury (AKI) seems to promote the development of papillary renal cell carcinoma (pRCC) from single progenitors, according to a study published in the March 25 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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National Health Spending Expected to Increase Through 2028

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- National health expenditures are projected to increase at an average annual rate of 5.4 percent for 2019 to 2028, representing almost 20 percent of U.S. gross domestic product by 2028, according to a study published online March 24 in Health Affairs.

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Shortages Seen for Drugs That Show Promise Against COVID-19

TUESDAY, March 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Strong demand for medications that show promise as treatments for COVID-19 have led to shortages of those drugs in the United States.

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IDSA Issues Recommendations for COVID-19 Testing

TUESDAY, March 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a statement published online March 19 by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), recommendations are presented for public health and health care professionals to prioritize coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing.

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Recommendations Issued for Pediatric Abuse-Related Head Trauma

TUESDAY, March 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In an American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement, published online March 23 in Pediatrics, recommendations are presented for pediatricians to manage abusive head trauma (AHT) in infants and children.

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Sleep-Disordered Breathing Tied to Brain Changes

TUESDAY, March 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is associated with changes in the brain, including amyloid deposition in brain regions typically involved in Alzheimer disease, according to a study published online March 23 in JAMA Neurology.

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Information on COVID-19 Provided for Gastroenterologists

TUESDAY, March 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a special article published online March 17 in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, key information is presented about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the field of gastroenterology.

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No Evidence Found for SARS-CoV-2 Vertical Transmission to Fetus

TUESDAY, March 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There is currently no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 undergoes intrauterine or transplacental transmission from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)-infected pregnant women to fetuses, according to a study published online March 17 in the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.

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Article Addresses Management of Cancer Care During COVID-19

MONDAY, March 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Management of cancer care during the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is addressed in a special feature article published online March 20 in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

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More Americans Recognizing Importance of COVID-19 Safety Measures

MONDAY, March 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' understanding of safety measures to protect themselves from COVID-19 is increasing, according to an ongoing survey conducted by researchers at the Center for Economic and Social Research at the University of Southern California (USC) Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.

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Guidance Issued for Prenatal Care in Setting of COVID-19

MONDAY, March 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In new guidelines specific to maternal-fetal medicine practitioners, published online March 19 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology MFM, recommendations are presented for prenatal care in the setting of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

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National Guard Activated in Three States as U.S. COVID-19 Cases Rise

MONDAY, March 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As the number of known U.S. coronavirus cases soared past 33,000 and the death count eclipsed 400 on Sunday, President Donald Trump approved disaster declarations for regions hit hardest by the pandemic and activated the National Guard in three states.

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Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of March 16 to 20, 2020. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal studies and other trusted sources that is most likely to affect clinical practice.

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Californians Ordered to Stay Home Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

FRIDAY, March 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. State Department warned Americans to avoid international travel and residents of the country's most populous state, California, were ordered to stay at home indefinitely, as national COVID-19 cases climbed past 13,000.

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Incidence of Tuberculosis High in Children Exposed to the Disease

FRIDAY, March 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of developing tuberculosis is high among exposed infants and young children, according to a review published in the March 21 issue of The Lancet.

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Incidence of Subclinical CT Changes High in COVID-19 Cases

FRIDAY, March 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of subclinical computed tomography (CT) changes in coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) cases is high, with milder severity seen on CT for asymptomatic versus symptomatic cases, according to a study published online March 17 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.

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Serial Interval of COVID-19 Estimated at 3.96 Days

FRIDAY, March 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The serial interval of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), defined as the time between a primary case and secondary case developing symptoms, is 3.96 days, according to a study published online March 19 in Emerging Infectious Diseases, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Guidelines Provided for Ophthalmologists in COVID-19 Setting

MONDAY, March 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Updated information about severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2019 (SARS-CoV-2) has been provided for ophthalmologists by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, in conjunction with the publication in Ophthalmology of a study relating to the risk of SARS-CoV-2 in tears.

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Digestive Symptoms Reported for About Half of COVID-19 Patients

THURSDAY, March 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) frequently have digestive symptoms, and those with digestive symptoms have a worse clinical outcome, according to a study published online March 17 in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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U.S. Colleges Preparing Empty Dorms to House Coronavirus Patients

THURSDAY, March 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Some U.S. colleges are converting empty dorms into temporary housing for COVID-19 patients.

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Supply Shortages Hinder COVID-19 Testing in the United States

THURSDAY, March 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Shortages of face masks for health care workers, swabs, and other supplies are hampering efforts to increase COVID-19 testing in the United States.

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Trump Signs Massive COVID-19 Relief Package Into Law

THURSDAY, March 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- President Donald Trump signed an $850 billion coronavirus relief package into law late Wednesday. The package will provide sick leave, unemployment benefits, and free COVID-19 testing.

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Transmission of COVID-19 Among Crew on Cruise Ship Investigated

THURSDAY, March 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Transmission of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) on a cruise ship indicates the need for quarantine for close contacts of confirmed cases, according to research published in the March 17 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Chinese Researchers Say Flu Drug Effective Against COVID-19

WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The flu drug favipiravir is "clearly effective" in treating patients with the novel coronavirus, Chinese researchers say.

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U.S. May Not Have Enough Ventilators for COVID-19 Patients

WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There may not be enough ventilators in the United States to cope with the number of novel coronavirus patients who will require them due to pneumonia and other serious respiratory problems, experts say.

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41 Percent of U.S. Adults at Risk for Serious Illness With COVID-19

WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Forty-one percent of adults ages 18 years and older in the United States have an elevated risk for developing serious illness if infected with the new coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), according to a brief issued by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).

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COVID-19 Epidemic in Iran Likely to Be Substantial

WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Based on countries with identified cases of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) originating in Iran, the COVID-19 epidemic in Iran is likely to be of a substantial size, according to a research letter published online March 16 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Per-Capita Medical Radiation Exposure Down in United States

TUESDAY, March 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- From 2006 to 2016, there was a decrease in per-capita exposure to medical radiation in the United States, according to a study published online March 17 in Radiology.

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Medicare Expands Telemedicine Coverage During COVID-19 Pandemic

TUESDAY, March 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare is expanding coverage for telemedicine nationwide so that millions of American seniors can get health care at home and avoid the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday.

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Children Susceptible to COVID-19 but Less Severely Affected

TUESDAY, March 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Children of all ages seem to be susceptible to novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) infection, and most cases are asymptomatic, mild, or moderate, according to a study published online March 16 in Pediatrics.

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Common Features on Chest CT May Aid Diagnosis of COVID-19

TUESDAY, March 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Chest computed tomography (CT) has a low rate of misdiagnosis of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a study published online March 4 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

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New Coronavirus Guidelines Discourage Gatherings of More Than 10

TUESDAY, March 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The Trump Administration on Monday ramped up its coronavirus "social distancing" advisory to now discourage gatherings of more than 10 people.

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Climate Similar in Cities With Biggest Outbreaks of COVID-19

TUESDAY, March 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Cities that have experienced significant outbreaks of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) have similar winter climates, according to a study published online March 9 on the open-data site SSRN.

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Causal Link Suggested for IGF-1 Concentrations, Breast Cancer

TUESDAY, March 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There seems to be a causal association between circulating insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) concentrations and breast cancer, according to a study published online March 10 in the Annals of Oncology.

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Race, Insurance Status Linked to Lower Cancer Survival

MONDAY, March 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Nonwhite, uninsured patients with clinically favorable human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) have higher mortality than their white peers, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

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N.Y. and Colorado Ask Former Health Care Workers to Return to Workforce

MONDAY, March 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Former health care workers in New York State and Colorado are being asked to return to the workforce to help health systems under pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Amid Increased COVID-19 Fears, U.S. Extends Ban on Foreign Travel

MONDAY, March 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In the latest on the coronavirus crisis, the Trump administration on Saturday expanded a 30-day ban on travel from Europe to include residents from the United Kingdom and Ireland, beginning late Monday.

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Psoriasis Linked to Increased Risk for Developing Cancer

FRIDAY, March 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with psoriasis may have a slightly increased risk for cancer, according to a review published online Feb. 19 in JAMA Dermatology.

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President Trump Declares Coronavirus a National Emergency

FRIDAY, March 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- President Donald Trump on Friday took a step many political and health care experts have long been urging him to do, declaring the U.S. coronavirus crisis a national emergency.

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Thousands in U.S. May Already Be Infected With SARS-CoV-2

FRIDAY, March 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Based on modeling, between 1,043 and 9,484 individuals in the United States are estimated to have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 as of March 1, 2020, according to a not yet peer-reviewed study, which has been published online at medRxiv.org.

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CD8+ T Cell Composition Tied to Risk for Kidney Transplant Failure

FRIDAY, March 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The composition of CD8+ T cells one year after kidney transplantation is associated with the risk for subsequent transplant failure, according to a study published online March 12 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Evidence Points to GI Infection by SARS-CoV-2

FRIDAY, March 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There is evidence for gastrointestinal infection of SARS-CoV-2, according to a study published online March 3 in Gastroenterology.

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Recommendations Updated for Postcolonoscopy Management

FRIDAY, March 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In two guideline updates from the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, published in the March issue of Gastroenterology, recommendations are presented for postcolonoscopy management and endoscopic removal of colorectal lesions.

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Details Provided for U.S. Person-to-Person Transmission of SARS-CoV-2

THURSDAY, March 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States has been recorded between two people with prolonged, unprotected exposure while the patient was symptomatic, according to a study published online March 13 in The Lancet.

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Enoki Mushrooms From Korea Linked to Deadly U.S. Listeria Outbreak

THURSDAY, March 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Enoki mushrooms from Korea are the likely cause of a deadly Listeria outbreak in the United States that has sickened 36 people in 17 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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Invasive Breast Cancer Detection Up With Abbreviated Breast MRI

THURSDAY, March 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Abbreviated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is associated with a significantly higher rate of invasive breast cancer detection compared with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) among women with dense breasts, according to a study published online Feb. 25 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Decreases Seen in Cancer Incidence, Death Rates

THURSDAY, March 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer incidence and death rates have decreased in recent years, according to two studies published online March 12 in Cancer.

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Risk Factors Linked to In-Hospital Death in COVID-19 Identified

THURSDAY, March 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Older age, higher Sequential Organ Failure Assessment score, and d-dimer are associated with increased odds of in-hospital death among patients with novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), according to a study published online March 11 in The Lancet.

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Trump Bans Travel From Most of Europe Amid COVID-19 Fears

THURSDAY, March 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Hoping to curtail the spread of COVID-19 to the United States, travel from most of Europe will be banned for 30 days, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday night.

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Second Case of HIV-1 Cure After Stem Cell Transplant Reported

THURSDAY, March 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A second case of HIV-1 cure following allogeneic hemopoietic stem cell transplantation has been reported at 30 months after analytical treatment interruption (ATI), according to a study published online March 10 in The Lancet HIV.

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WHO Declares Coronavirus a Pandemic

WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The World Health Organization on Wednesday officially declared the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe a pandemic.

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Number of COVID-19 Cases Tops 1,000 in the United States

WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Public officials across America raced to curb the spread of coronavirus on Tuesday as the number of U.S. cases topped 1,000, with at least 19 states now declaring states of emergency.

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Advanced Features Seen in Some Adults With Small Thyroid Tumors

WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 19 percent of adult patients with papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC) present with advanced features, according to a study published online March 6 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

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Atopic Comorbidity Up in Children With Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis

WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Children with food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) have higher rates of atopic comorbidity, according to a study published online in the March issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.

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Typical Chest CT Findings Help Screen for Coronavirus Infection

WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Typical imaging features can be useful in early screening for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to a study published online March 3 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

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Low-Dose Chest CT Does Not Seem to Alter Chromosomal DNA

TUESDAY, March 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Low-dose (LD) computed tomography (CT) chest examinations appear to have no biological effect on chromosomal DNA, according to a study published online March 10 in Radiology.

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Millions of Coronavirus Test Kits Available Soon, Vice President Says

TUESDAY, March 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of much-needed testing kits for COVID-19 are on the way to clinics and labs nationwide, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters during a White House briefing Monday evening.

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Median Incubation Period Estimated at 5.1 Days for COVID-19

TUESDAY, March 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The median incubation period for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is estimated to be 5.1 days, according to a study published online March 10 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Genetic Mutations ID'd in Breast Cancer After Menopause

TUESDAY, March 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a cohort of unselected postmenopausal women with breast cancer, 3.55 percent have pathogenic variants (PVs) in breast cancer-associated genes compared with 1.29 percent in cancer-free controls, according to a research letter published in the March 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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2018 Health Care Spending Up Due to Higher Prices

MONDAY, March 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Average employer-sponsored insurance spending rose to $5,892 per person in 2018, according to the Health Care Cost Institute annual Health Care Cost and Utilization Report.

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Fraudulent Coronavirus 'Meds' Targeted by FDA

MONDAY, March 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. officials are cracking down on companies selling fraudulent products that claim to prevent or treat the new coronavirus.

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Amid COVID-19 Outbreak, State Dept Cautions Against Travel by Cruise Ship

MONDAY, March 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As the number of U.S. COVID-19 cases climbed past 530 in at least 34 states and the death toll hit 22, the State Department issued an advisory Sunday that urged all Americans to avoid cruise travel.

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Adjuvanted FLU-v Vaccine Immunogenic in Healthy Adults

MONDAY, March 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Adjuvanted FLU-v, a broad-spectrum influenza vaccine, is immunogenic, according to a study published online March 10 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Stress-Related Disorders Linked to Neurodegenerative Disease

MONDAY, March 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Stress-related disorders are associated with an increased risk for neurodegenerative diseases, according to a study published online March 9 in JAMA Neurology.

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Guidelines Detail Management of Liver Failure in ICU Patients

MONDAY, March 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In an executive summary of a new guideline from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, published in the March issue of Critical Care Medicine, a set of evidence-based recommendations are presented for the management of liver failure in critically ill patients.

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Hospital Infection Control Can Prevent COVID-19 Transmission

FRIDAY, March 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Appropriate hospital infection control measures can protect health care workers from novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), according to a study published online March 5 in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

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Genetic Testing Proposed for All Women ≤65 With Breast Cancer

FRIDAY, March 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Expansion of National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) hereditary cancer testing criteria to include all women diagnosed with breast cancer at ≤65 years would improve the sensitivity of detection of germline pathogenic variants, according to a study published online March 3 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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California Cruise Ship Passengers Await COVID-19 Test Results

FRIDAY, March 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Thousands of passengers stranded on a cruise ship linked to California's first COVID-19 death anxiously awaited test results Friday, as the total number of U.S. cases passed 220 and the death count climbed to 14.

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California Holds Cruise Ship Offshore for COVID-19 Testing

THURSDAY, March 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- California declared a state of emergency Wednesday as health officials kept a cruise ship linked to the state's first COVID-19 death from docking in San Francisco.

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Female Clinical Chairs Paid Significantly Less Than Men

THURSDAY, March 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There are significant sex differences in salaries of clinical department chairs in public medical schools in the United States, according to a research letter published online March 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Combined Biopsy Method Better for Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Combined biopsy, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-targeted and systematic biopsy, leads to more detection of prostate cancers among patients with MRI-visible lesions, according to a study published in the March 5 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Molecularly Matched Therapy Promising in Pancreatic Cancer

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Receipt of molecularly matched therapy is associated with improved outcomes in patients with pancreatic cancer, according to a study published online March 2 in The Lancet Oncology.

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Racial/Ethnic Insurance Coverage Disparity Down Since ACA

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Since the implementation of coverage expansions associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the disparities in insurance coverage related to race and ethnicity have decreased, according to a study published in the March issue of Health Affairs.

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Cough, Fever Most Common Initial Symptoms of COVID-19

TUESDAY, March 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) often have fever and cough on presentation, according to research published online Feb. 28 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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1996 to 2016 Saw Increases in U.S. Spending on Health Care

TUESDAY, March 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- From 1996 to 2016, there were considerable increases in U.S. spending on health care, according to a study published in the March 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Ambient Air Pollution Causes Decreased Life Expectancy

TUESDAY, March 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Ambient air pollution is a leading cause of excess mortality and loss of life expectancy (LLE), according to a study published online March 3 in Cardiovascular Research.

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Chest CT More Sensitive Than RT-PCR for Diagnosing COVID-19

TUESDAY, March 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Chest computed tomography (CT) has higher sensitivity for detecting 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) than reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests, according to a study published online Feb. 26 in Radiology.

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Emergency Measure Will Get More Respirators to U.S. Health Care Workers

TUESDAY, March 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- An emergency authorization will make more respirators available for U.S. health care workers during the coronavirus outbreak, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Three More COVID-19 Deaths Reported at Washington State Nursing Home

MONDAY, March 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Officials in Washington State said Monday that three more people have died from coronavirus at the same nursing home in the town of Kirkland, bringing the total number of fatalities at the center to four.

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CDC Broadens Testing Guidelines for Coronavirus

MONDAY, March 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health care workers have been sent new testing guidelines for novel coronavirus after the nation's first case of a patient with an unknown source of infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

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Active Lifestyle May Lower Risk for Parkinson Disease

MONDAY, March 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A physically active lifestyle is associated with a reduced risk for Parkinson disease (PD), according to a study recently published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease.

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Treatment for Hereditary Breast Cancer Not Always Guideline-Concordant

MONDAY, March 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Many women with early-stage breast cancer who test positive for an inherited genetic variant are receiving cancer treatment that does not follow current guidelines, according to a study published online Feb. 6 in JAMA Oncology.

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Now at 89

MONDAY, March 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Two dozen new U.S. cases of coronavirus were reported in multiple states across the country over the weekend, as Washington State officials raced to contain a possible outbreak in one of its cities.

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USPSTF Recommends Screening All Adults for Hepatitis C Virus

MONDAY, March 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for hepatitis C virus infection in all adults. This recommendation forms the basis of a final recommendation statement published online March 2 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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