Several Dartmouth Medical Students Accused of Cheating on Exams

Several students at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine in Hanover, New Hampshire, are being investigated on accusations of cheating on closed-book exams taken remotely, according to a report from a New Hampshire newspaper, the Valley News, on Wednesday. The report says the investigations started at earlier this year when a…

VCI member orgs plan verifiable COVID-19 vaccine credentials next month

The 300-plus members of the Vaccination Credential Initiative announced earlier this month that the verifiable, interoperable vaccination record technology they’ve been working on since January should be generally available in May. WHY IT MATTERS “Effective vaccination credentials – don’t call them vaccine passports – depend on an equitable and privacy-preserving…

Stress from work and social interactions put women at higher coronary heart disease risk

Psychosocial stress—typically resulting from difficulty coping with challenging environments—may work synergistically to put women at significantly higher risk of developing coronary heart disease, according to a study by researchers at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The study specifically…

Difelikefalin Safe, Effective for Kidney Disease-Associated Pruritus

Difelikefalin, an investigational intravenous (IV) drug for treating itch (pruritus) in patients with end-stage renal disease on hemodialysis, was safe and effective in two parallel pivotal trials in which 796 patients on dialysis received the drug. In one analysis of the two trials, thrice-weekly treatment with IV bolus infusions of…

Exercise recommendations for people with chronic pain

The announcement by medicines watchdog the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) that exercise should be recommended to people suffering from chronic pain, rather than prescribed painkillers, has been welcomed by rehabilitation science expert at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London Professor Mike Hurley. Professor Hurley,…

Study finds racial inequality within heart transplant process

A new study from the University of Missouri found that Black patients with advanced heart failure were more likely to receive a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, later in their disease progression compared to white patients, ultimately resulting in worse health outcomes. Adrianne Frech, an associate professor in the…