Whether it was COVID vaccine myths, the latest in medical research, or TikTok controversies, 2021 was an unprecedented year for medical news. And MedPage Today was there providing healthcare professionals award-winning coverage.
We’ve gone back and selected some of the most interesting, impactful, and important stories that struck a chord with our readers over the past year.
Here they are, in no particular order:
— First dose also worse for those with previous COVID, but “small price to pay” for protection
Like scores of other physicians and healthcare workers, T.J. Maltese, DO, a neurologist in private practice on Long Island in New York, had no problem with his first dose of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine — but he was knocked out by the second. [Read more]
— Physician faces charges for entering restricted grounds, disorderly conduct
Simone Gold, MD, JD, founder of the notorious pro-hydroxychloroquine, anti-vaccine group America’s Frontline Doctors, was arrested Sunday for participating in storming the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, according to the Department of Justice. Following Gold’s confirmation that she entered the Capitol building during the riot on Jan. 6, DOJ officials arrested her in California on Sunday. Gold faces charges of entering a restricted building and for violent entry and disorderly conduct. [Read more]
— Baylor Scott & White Health says Peter McCullough, MD, used former title during media interviews
Baylor Scott & White Health sued former employee and cardiologist Peter McCullough, MD, last week, alleging that he illegitimately affiliated himself with its facilities when promoting controversial views about COVID-19. [Read more]
— Only thing hurt in her posts were “people’s feelings,” nurse said
Kelly Morris, a nurse at The Citadel Winston Salem nursing facility, was temporarily removed from her job after posting multiple viral TikTok videos that poked fun at resident abuse. [Read more]
— Coroner gives update
Brent Blue, MD, the coroner of Teton County, Wyoming, gave a press conference on Tuesday updating his office’s findings in the Gabrielle Petito death investigation. About a month ago, he announced the manner of death as a homicide and said that determination of the cause of death was pending additional investigation following the completion of the autopsy. In this week’s news conference, Blue reported that he had certified the cause of death as strangulation. [Read more]
— Epigenetic age acceleration linked with greater inflammation and fatigue
Patients who underwent radiotherapy for head and neck cancer experienced accelerated biological aging, which contributed to fatigue and inflammation, a prospective longitudinal study found. [Read more]
— The Oscar-nominated actor opens up about his private battle
Actor Stanley Tucci is known for his roles in films such as “The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Hunger Games,” “The Lovely Bones,” “Spotlight,” and “Julie and Julia.” But now he is becoming known for another role — cancer survivor. [Read more]
— Combination involving CD138-directed antibody-drug conjugate induced responses in over 70%
Indatuximab ravtansine (BT062) combined with immunomodulatory drugs showed antitumor activity in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, according to results from a phase I/IIa study. [Read more]
— Miami school cited it as the reason for rejecting vaccinated teachers
“It’s amazing, and sad, what people will believe,” Baldwin told MedPage Today.
Essentially, they believe that people who’ve had the vaccine can somehow shed the spike protein, which in turn can cause menstrual cycle irregularities, miscarriages, and sterility in other women just by being in close proximity. [Read more]
— Vitamin E, beta-carotene singled out as supplements to be avoided
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is again poised to take the position that the evidence is inconclusive for the use of most vitamin and mineral supplements to prevent heart disease and cancer in healthy adults with no nutritional deficiencies or special nutritional requirements. [Read more]