Top stories in health and medicine, August 22, 2013

From MedPage Today:

  1. Role of HDL in Heart Disease Risk Iffy. Does good cholesterol still predict heart risk after bad cholesterol is controlled by statin therapy?
  2. Oral Health Has Role in HPV Infection. Poor oral health is an independent risk factor for oral infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), including the strains associated with cancer.
  3. Young Adults Unaware of ACA Exchanges. Only 27% of young adults said they were aware of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges that are launching Oct. 1.
  4. Obese Patients Get No Benefit from Appetite Hormone. Administration of the appetite-regulating hormone glucagon led to sensations of satiety among individuals who were lean or had type 1 diabetes, but this effect was blunted in those who were obese.

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