Top stories in health and medicine, August 14, 2014

Top stories in health and medicine, August 14, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Beyond Asbestos: Autoimmunity, Pollution, and Particles. Recently, I wrote an article about some interesting research being done by Jean Pfau, PhD, of Idaho State University suggesting that workers who had been exposed to asbestos at the now-shuttered Zonolite mine in Montana were developing an as-yet undescribed autoimmune condition characterized by severe pain and restricted breathing.
  2. High-Dose Aspirin After MI Still Common. Many patients with myocardial infarction (MI) were discharged from U.S. hospitals on high-dose aspirin, even if they were at high risk for bleeding.
  3. WHO Ethics Panel Affirms Use of Experimental Ebola Drugs. A World Health Organization (WHO) ethics panel has given a unanimous green light to use experimental medications in the West Africa Ebola outbreak.
  4. Keeping MOC Status Quo Not an Option. Endocrinologists are poised to take action if current maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements are not changed, according to a new video message from R. Mack Harrell, MD, president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE).

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