Top stories in health and medicine, August 27, 2014

Top stories in health and medicine, August 27, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. ‘Sleep Drunkenness’ Common, But Rarely Unexplained. So-called confusional arousals — awakenings without coming fully aware — were reported in the past year by some 15% of respondents in a population-based survey, with nearly all such episodes associated with mental disorders or drugs known to affect sleep.
  2. The Siren Call of E-Cigarettes. Many of the e-cigarette recommendations made by the American Heart Association involve initiatives aimed at preventing youth access to the product.
  3. Controversy Aside, New Lipid Guidelines Prove Superior. The contentious American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology guidelines more accurately matched statin assignment to plaque burden compared with older guidance, researchers said, leading to a “modest” increase in the number of patients who were prescribed statins.
  4. Federal Officials Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services. When Yuri Maldonado’s 6-year-old son was diagnosed with autism 4 years ago, she learned that getting him the therapy he needed from California’s Medicaid plan for low-income children was going to be tough.

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