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  1. Gout: Obesity's Stealth Disease. Once known as "the disease of kings," gout today clearly is a disease of commoners as well, and although it's on the rise.
  2. Can Statins Delay Death in Diastolic HF? Statins may have a role in reducing mortality in patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).
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  1. Low Melatonin May Up Risk of Prostate Cancer. Higher urinary melatonin levels had a significant inverse association with risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
  2. H7N9 Cases Spike in China. After a slow fall season, China has seen a recent wave of H7N9 avian influenza cases, according to the World Health Organization.
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  1. Statins Linked to Less Delirium in the ICU. Delirium risk was lower for critically ill patients kept on their preexisting statin therapy.
  2. Few Docs Ready for Stage 2 'Meaningful Use'. Roughly one physician in eight has an electronic health record (EHR) system capable of supporting most requirements for Stage 2 of the "meaningful use" program.
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  1. Will Docs Write Rx for Apps? Doctors can now write scripts for the first prescription-only app -- but the question remains whether they'll pick up a prescription pad to write for mobile technology.
  2. What an Emergency Department Report Card Tells Us. The press release promised that a new report would answer the question: "Are your state's emergency rooms making the grade?"

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  1. Two More Levels to Check for Diabetes Risk? Fructosamine and glycated albumin levels could help predict risk of diabetes and microvascular complications, particularly when glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels aren't reliable.
  2. ICU Infections Persist Even With Disposable ECG Wires. Single-use electrocardiogram leads didn't help prevent intensive care unit (ICU) infections compared with standard reusable ones.
  3. Hospitalization Often Avoidable in GI ...

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  1. Few Complications With Bedside Tracheotomy. Bedside percutaneous tracheotomy can be done in critically ill patients with a low risk of morbidity in the community hospital setting.
  2. Nutrition and ICU: Early Marker for Survival. Survivors of intensive care unit (ICU) critical illnesses who show signs of malnutrition at admission -- especially protein-calorie specific malnutrition -- are at significantly higher risk of readmission ...

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  1. HHS Makes It Official: 2.2 Million ACA Enrollees. Federal health officials reaffirmed Monday what had previously been reported, which is that nearly 2.2 million people have signed up for private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  2. JNC 8 Dissenters Don't Want to Ease BP Thresholds. Not all of the panel members appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC ...

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  1. Maryland's Bold Hospital Spending Plan Gets Feds' Blessing. Maryland officials have reached what analysts say is an unprecedented deal to limit medical spending and abandon decades of expensively paying hospitals for each extra procedure they perform.
  2. A Brain-Dead Mother, a Million-Dollar Baby. The case of a pregnant woman in Texas kept on life support against her family's wishes has captured the ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Congress Grapples With Primary Care Pay. Some Democratic lawmakers have expressed interest in extending the pay increases for primary care physicians in Medicare and Medicaid that are temporarily in effect under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  2. Stem Cells as Tx for TB? Bone marrow stem cells were safe to give during treatment for multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant (MDR, XDR) tuberculosis (TB), ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Talk to Patients About Alcohol Use, CDC Urges. Roughly 84% of U.S. adults have never discussed alcohol use with a healthcare professional.
  2. Cancer Stats Show Progress, Hint at Challenges. A steady decline in cancer mortality has added up to a 20% reduction over the past 2 decades, the American Cancer Society reported in its annual review of cancer statistics.

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