medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Congressman to AMA: Offer SGR Solutions Not Complaints. The American Medical Association (AMA) is doing a disservice by not weighing in on how to pay for repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement under Medicare.
  2. Lethal Injection: A Cruel, Painful, Terrifying Execution. Physicians should abstain from ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Eating Fish While Pregnant -- Worth a New Look? In babies of women who consumed a lot of fish while pregnant, the benefits of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the fish outweighed the potential adverse effects of mercury exposure.
  2. With RA Remission, Try Cutting TNF Dose. A substantial proportion ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. NSAIDs Linked to Leaks After GI Surgery. Postoperative nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use was associated with anastomotic leak after nonelective colorectal surgery.
  2. More Nurses May Mean Fewer Deaths in ICU. A high nurse to patient ratio in intensive care units was independently associated with a lower risk of in-hospital ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. A Case of C. Diff: Did a N.J. School Overreact? Administrators at a New Jersey middle school said they faced a major health scare that required them to shut down for nearly a week and hire biohazard specialists to disinfect the school. The culprit? A case of Clostridium difficile.

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Salt May Not Be a Demon After All. Increased sodium intake was not associated with higher risk of mortality over the course of 10 years in Medicare patients.
  2. How Pizza Impacts Kids' Health. Pizza serves up the building blocks of obesity, and kids are always ready for another slice.

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. New Guidelines: Treat Obesity First. Treat weight problems first, then deal with comorbidities like dyslipidemia, hypertension, and impaired glucose tolerance.
  2. Lower Maintenance Abatacept Dose Maintains RA Remissions. Patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and poor prognosis who achieve remission on standard-dose abatacept at 2 years may be able to ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Current Flu Vaccine Half as Effective as Previous Years. People receiving this year's seasonal influenza vaccine are 23% less likely to seek medical treatment for flu-type symptoms relative to unvaccinated individuals, according to an interim CDC estimate based on reports submitted so far for the current season.
  2. New Board ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. CDC: Most Nosocomial Infections Fall. Rates of most major types of healthcare-associated infections have declined markedly in recent years.
  2. RA Patients More Likely to Abandon Remicade. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients were more likely to discontinue infliximab (Remicade) than adalimumab (Humira) and etanercept (Enbrel) in the first year of biologic ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Carotid Stenting Linked to High Real-World Mortality. Carotid stenting was associated with much higher than expected 2-year mortality in the Medicare population.
  2. 'Generic' Colchicine to Hit Market. A so-called authorized generic version of the colchicine formulation sold as Colcrys for acute gout flares and for treating familial Mediterranean fever ...

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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.

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