From MedPage Today:

  1. Blood Sugar Tied to Cognitive Function. Variations in glycated hemoglobin levels within the normal range were modestly correlated with performance on certain cognitive tests and with differences in hippocampal structure.
  2. Sleep Problems, Poor Angioplasty Outcomes Linked. Disturbed sleep is common in heart patients following coronary angioplasty and is an independent risk factor for poor cardiac outcomes.
  3. Stenting Carotid Arteries ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Calcium Score Beats Lipids for Telling CVD Risk. Measurement of coronary artery calcium stratified patient risk for cardiovascular disease regardless of dyslipidemia burden or definition.
  2. NEJM Calls for Release of Trial Data. The international push to get drug companies to share patient-level data from their clinical trials got another shot in the arm Monday with the publishing of two papers in ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Managed Care Seen as Future of Medicaid. Roughly 85% of Medicaid enrollees will be in managed care organizations by 2020, a health consultant and former state Medicaid director predicted here.
  2. Docs at Risk as More Non-Docs Do Laser Hair Removal? The number of lawsuits involving laser skin surgery is low overall, but with an increased use of nonphysician operators -- a ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. HIV Dual Therapy Matches Standard Triple Cocktail.A two-drug regimen (lopinavir/ritonavir plus lamivudine) for HIV did as well in controlling the virus as a standard triple-drug cocktail.
  2. Cognitive Therapy Eases Unfounded Health Fears. Patients who worried excessively about their health showed reduced anxiety after cognitive behavioral therapy compared with simple reassurance in a randomized trial.
  3. Formula as Good as Breastmilk ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Budget Deal Muddles SGR Fix. As the dust settled following yesterday's last-minute budget deal to avert a federal government's default, a frightening fact emerged for the nation's doctors.
  2. A Better Way to Rate Bariatric Surgery Quality? A composite measure that includes procedure complications, patient and surgeon volume, and other outcomes provided a more objective scale to rate sites that provide bariatric surgery.

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Post-Concussion Cognitive Deficit Lingers. College football players with concussions still showed mild cognitive impairment on the Concussion Resolution Index after commonly looked-for symptoms subsided.
  2. IBD Tied to Higher Risk for Heart Trouble. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) was associated with increased risks for stroke, myocardial infarction (MI), and ischemic heart disease, particularly in women.
  3. Medicare Eases Rule for Bariatric Surgery ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Management Code From CMS Found Wanting. Although Medicare's proposed complex care management billing code might seem like a help to patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), not all PCMH supporters like the idea.
  2. ICU Handoff Checklist Boosts Patient Safety. The use of a standardized template during the transfer of neuroscience ICU patients to hospital services resulted in better medication reconciliation, and less time ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Hospital CEO Pay Not Tied to Quality. The compensation of nonprofit hospital executives wasn't linked to processes of care, patient outcomes, or the charity care the facility provided.
  2. New Definition for MI After Revascularization. The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) has released a new definition for myocardial infarction (MI) following coronary revascularization aimed at identifying only those events likely ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Fluid Strategies for Hypovolemic Shock Equal. For fluid resuscitation in the intensive care unit (ICU), colloid solutions didn't definitively boost survival compared with crystalloids.
  2. Peanut Butter Alzheimer's Test Not Passing the Sniff Test. Could a scoop of peanut butter and a ruler become that elusive test?
  3. Pot a Common Remedy to Ease Back Pain. Use of marijuana to ease ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Health Prices Still Rising, but Very Slowly. Prices for physician and clinical services continued to climb, but did so at some of the lowest rates in a decade, according to a monthly report from a healthcare research and consulting firm.
  2. Hospital Care Falls Short for Some HF Patients. Hospitalized patients with a secondary diagnosis of heart failure received fewer life saving ...

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