Top stories in health and medicine, August 6, 2014

Top stories in health and medicine, August 6, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Advocacy Groups Take Obesity Naysayers to Task. Two obesity advocacy groups took to the pages of the Archives of Internal Medicine this week to castigate a report that questioned the legitimacy of obesity as a disease and cast an unfavorable light on new weight-loss drugs.
  2. Shoulder Pain: PT Works Well and Costs Less Than Shots. Patients with shoulder pain receiving corticosteroid injections (CSI) versus manual physical therapy (MPT) had the same amount of symptom improvement, but the corticosteroid group used more healthcare resources.
  3. OSA Exam Best for ‘Unexplained Daytime Sleepiness’. Sleep studies to look for obstructive sleep apnea should be reserved for those with unexplained daytime sleepiness, but home testing is fine for many patients.
  4. Pill-a-Month Hinders Malaria in Kids. A monthly pill appears to protect infants against malaria in regions where the mosquito-borne disease is transmitted year round.

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