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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.
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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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  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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  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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  1. Tort Reform Alternatives Face Hurdles. Many barriers exist to implementing approaches to medical liability that could serve as alternatives to federal tort reform, a series of studies funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found.
  2. Recommendation of Doc Key to HPV Vaccine Use. Recommendations from physicians might be one of the best ways to increase use of the ...

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  1. Stop Smoking, Cut Cataract Risk. The cataract risk associated with smoking slowly fell after ceasing tobacco use, although not to the level of a never-smoker.
  2. Surgery Tied To Better OS in Huge Liver Tumors. Surgical resection of huge hepatocellular carcinomas was linked with better survival outcomes versus transarterial chemoembolization (TACE).
  3. Possible Diabetes Tx Target Uncovered. Researchers have discovered a ...

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  1. Bystander CPR Better When More People Help. Cardiac arrest victims were more likely to receive good-quality bystander-initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if multiple people assisted.
  2. New Guidelines Reflect Gout Evidence. A multinational group of experts has developed a set of 10 recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of gout, derived from the "3e" initiative -- evidence, expertise, exchange -- and based on ...

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  1. Medicaid Growth Burdens EDs. A sudden influx of patients insured through Medicaid was associated with a 40% increase in emergency department visits.
  2. Even With ACA, Many May Be 'Underinsured'. People with chronic conditions will be better protected from crippling medical bills starting in January as the health law's coverage requirements and spending limits take effect
  3. Mechanical CPR Outcomes Similar ...

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