Top stories in health and medicine, January 13, 2015

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Managing Diabetes in Elderly: How Safe? Many older people with diabetes who have compromised health have been kept on intensive treatment regimens, which increases the risk of hypoglycemia.
  2. Supreme Court Battle Brewing Over Medicaid Fees. Rita Gorenflo’s 7-year-old son Nathaniel was in severe pain from a sinus infection.
  3. Patients Clueless About Treatment Risks; Docs Little Help. Patients are dangerously clueless about the true value of many common medical interventions, and physicians aren’t doing enough to correct their misunderstandings.
  4. Depo-Provera May Hike HIV Risk in Women. Increased rates of HIV infection were seen among women using depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (Depo-Provera or DMPA), whereas other methods of contraception including oral contraceptive pills or norethisterone enanthate (Net-En, an injectable progestin steroid) did not.

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