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Eptinezumab in the treatment of migraine

Intravenous eptinezumab, a peptide antibody that targets calcitonin gene-related peptides, is able to reduce the duration of migraine symptoms. These are, in summary, the results of a recent study published in JAMA, in which the drug was administered to subjects with moderate or severe episodes. However, the authors specify that the feasibility of intravenous administration […]

Statin use seems not to be associated with cognitive decline

The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in 2012 about cases of apparent short-term cognitive impairment with statin use, while acknowledging that the cardiovascular benefits outweigh the risks. However, according to a new study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in recent days, the use of statin therapy in adults […]

Bacterial infections among COVID-19 patients are rare, but antibiotic use is high

Analysis of antimicrobial use among COVID-19 patients in the UK, published in The Lancet Microbe journal, highlights a need to include guidance on optimal usage of the medicines in patient care. The most comprehensive analysis of its kind to date confirms that bacterial co-infections among COVID-19 patients are rare, yet antimicrobial use was high during […]

No effects of hypothermia on survival and functional outcomes after cardiac arrest

  Reducing body temperature after cardiac arrest or after a stroke can reduce the cellular metabolism of tissues in the heart or brain, preserving them from damage caused by hypoxia.   This procedure has very distant origins, since ancient Egypt, but its use has spread more since the early 2000s, following the publication of different […]

Portofino

Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbor and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. It is a commune located in the Metropolitan City of Genoa on the Italian Riviera. The town is clustered around its small harbor and is known for the colorfully painted buildings that line […]

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are safe in patients with COVID-19

  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are common treatments for acute pain and rheumatological diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthrosis. Early in the pandemic, there was debate on whether the use of such drugs increased the severity of COVID-19, which led to urgent calls for investigations between these drugs and the infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus. A […]

Preterm delivery increases the risk of stroke

Mothers with preterm delivery appear to be more likely in their future to develop a stroke, both haemorrhagic and ischemic. The research, recently presented in the journal Circulation, showed that this increased risk for stroke was independent of other confounding factors and remained substantially elevated throughout life for at least 40 years. Stroke in women […]

COVID-19: Low risk of late complications in non-hospitalised patients

A new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal has found that the risk of delayed acute complications after non-hospitalised SARS-CoV-2 infection is low, but persistent symptoms in this group could lead to increased visits to general practitioners or outpatient clinics in the six months following infection. The study assessed only those complications that […]

Palermo

Palermo is a city in southern Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Metropolitan City of Palermo, the city’s surrounding metropolitan province. The city is noted for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy, playing an important role throughout much of its existence; it is over 2,700 years old. Palermo is in the northwest of the island of Sicily, by the Gulf of Palermo in […]