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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From MedPage Today:

  1. EEG Can Tell One Type of ADHD From Another. Brain wave patterns from an electroencephalogram (EEG) were able to differentiate between two subtypes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  2. Docs Need Tools, Training to Help Manage Obesity. Primary care physicians and doctors in training should be equipped with a veritable bag of tricks they have handy to treat obese patients.

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Size a Key Factor in ACO Formation. Accountable care organizations (ACOs) tend to form around larger integrated hospital systems and larger primary care physician groups, and in areas with a higher prevalence of hospital risk-sharing.
  2. Malaria Vaccine Candidate Has Protective Effect. A candidate vaccine against malaria had significant efficacy in a randomized controlled phase III trial in Africa.
  3. Bisphosphonates ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Sexual Violence Common Among Adolescents. Nearly one in 10 of the 14- to 21-year-olds surveyed reported perpetrating sexual violence in their lifetime.
  2. Hand Hygiene Programs: How Much Is Enough? Hand-washing promotion that includes feedback, education, and reminders may be most useful, but data are limited on the best way to keep healthcare workers' hands clean.
  3. Bugs Still Get Through ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Biomarkers Predict Second MS Attack. In patients who experienced a first attack of multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, risk of a second attack was associated with a variety of baseline factors.
  2. Flu Shot Cuts Risk of Pneumonia. Flu vaccination sharply reduced the risk of community-acquired pneumonia, one of the most serious complications of influenza.
  3. Daytime Snoozing May Tell Risk of ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. 'Meaningful Use' Still on Target During Shutdown. The government shutdown may be slowing or halting a number of health-related activities, but federal incentives for electronic health records aren't one of them.
  2. Inappropriate Antibiotic Use Still High. Despite years of persuasion and publicity, antibiotics are still drastically overprescribed for two common complaints -- sore throat and bronchitis.
  3. Fecal Transplant, Now ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. 'ICU Psychosis' Affects Brain After Discharge. "Profound" cognitive problems often persist after a stay in the ICU, leaving patients with the equivalent of a blow to the head or early Alzheimer's disease.
  2. Docs Urged to Start Prepping Now for ICD-10. Come the first week of October next year, the number of codes to document, say, an angioplasty will go from one ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. ACA Exchanges Open With Heavy Traffic, Site Crashes. The long-awaited health insurance marketplaces of the Affordable Care Act opened Tuesday, but consumers reported widespread problems accessing the enrollment websites.
  2. Opioid Use Up After Bariatric Surgery. Chronic opioid use increased rather than decreased after bariatric surgery.
  3. Bystander CPR Tied to Better Survival. A number of national initiatives in Denmark were ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Early-Term Delivery Comes With More Risk. Within the range of gestation considered at-term, an earlier delivery held risks for the baby.
  2. Patient-Centered Practices Can Save Docs $$$. Want to convince your boss to hire a care manager for your medical practice? Then follow fictitious sports agent Jerry Maguire's advice: show them the money, says one family medicine executive.
  3. Vaccine ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Stress Test Agents Equal for Predicting CAD Risk. Stress tests done with the newer vasodilator regadenoson (Lexiscan) have the same predictive power for coronary artery disease as conventional adenosine (Adenoscan).
  2. Opioid Tx Improves RLS Symptoms. Treatment with long-acting oxycodone and naloxone in fixed combination was effective at reducing restless legs syndrome (RLS) symptom severity among patients not effectively managed on other ...

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