Medical trainees should enter workforce with plan for financial stability

Living simply and cheaply in the first years after medical training can set young rheumatologists on the course for financial stability later in life, according to a speaker at the CSRO Fellows Conference.“Money does not necessarily bring happiness,” James M. Dahle, MD, FACEP, a practicing emergency physician and veteran from Salt Lake City, Utah, said…

95.6% of COVID-19 vaccine recipients received second dose on time, CDC says

Among the millions of Americans who received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines during the first 2 months of the vaccination program, most received the second dose within the recommended time frame, according to the CDC.Reporting in MMWR, the researchers said the findings were “reassuring.”“However, the groups prioritized to receive vaccine during this…

Budesonide oral suspension effective against pediatric EoE

Twice-daily budesonide oral suspension, or BOS, improved outcomes in pediatric patients with eosinophilic esophagitis, according to research presented at this year’s virtual American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Meeting.“In terms of safety assessments, BOS 2 mg twice daily was, overall, well-tolerated in this pediatric cohort,” Sandeep K. Gupta, MD, of the section of…

Shortfalls observed in advance care planning for cirrhosis at transplant centers

Patients with decompensated cirrhosis had insufficient advanced care planning during their trajectory of illness until end of life, according to JAMA Internal Medicine.“Transplant center clinicians infrequently engaged patients in conversations about death and dying as well as about values, goals, and preferences regarding end-of-life care,” Arpan Arun Patel, MD, PhD, from the division of digestive…

Endoscopic bariatric treatments improve fibrosis in NAFLD

Patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease who underwent endoscopic bariatric and metabolic therapies saw improvements in liver fibrosis and other outcomes, according to study results.Christopher C. Thompson, MD, MSc, from the division of gastroenterology, hepatology and endoscopy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and colleagues wrote that even as relative new treatments, endoscopic bariatric and metabolic…

Men have 60% higher risk for death, worldwide study shows

Men aged 50 years or older had a 60% higher mortality risk than women aged 50 years or older, in part due to smoking and CVD rates, a worldwide study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed.“Many studies have examined the potential impact of social, behavioral and biological factors on sex differences in mortality,…