Top stories in health and medicine, September 10, 2013

From MedPage Today:

  1. FDA Panel Backs CT Colonography. An FDA advisory panel generally backed greater use of CT colonography in screening asymptomatic patients for colon cancer but did question certain aspects of the test.
  2. CDC Claims a Win for Anti-Smoking Ads. A 3-month advertising blitz sponsored by the CDC featuring “true stories told by former smokers” led some 220,000 current smokers to quit and about 1.4 million others to attempt cessation.
  3. Bariatric Surgery Not First Option for Obese Kids. More innovative interventions are needed for severely obese children and adolescents before they consider bariatric surgery, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association.
  4. Proposed VA Nursing Rule Riles Anesthesiologists. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) slammed a draft of a new Veterans Health Administration (VHA) nursing handbook that calls for advance practice nurse anesthetists within the system to attain independent status and function without the support, oversight, or supervision of a physician.

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