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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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From MedPage Today:

  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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  1. Auto Racer in Artificial Coma After Ski Mishap. Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher has been placed in an artificial coma on Monday after sustaining serious head injuries while skiing in the French Alps.
  2. Many Docs Skip 'The Talk' With Preteens. When it comes to broaching the topic of sexual activity with adolescent patients, "the biggest barrier for me is ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Antibiotic Use in Animals Under Fire. Every day, Americans use some 51 tons of antibiotics. But only about a fifth of that is to treat human illness.
  2. Testosterone Level Affects Flu Shot Response. Men with high testosterone and a certain gene cluster may not experience an antibody response after a flu shot, researchers suggested -- a finding that could affect men ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. 'Out of Network': More Money but Some Problems. Whether they plan to or not, a growing number of physicians no longer have contracts with some of the nation's largest health insurance carriers. Either they choose to be "out of network," dropping contracts with all insurers or with those that pay too little, or they're dropped by the insurers when the carriers narrow their ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. OTC Thyroid 'Boosters' May Harm. Patients who take over-the-counter supplements that promise to enhance thyroid function may get more than they bargained for.
  2. 10 Questions: Sanjay Gupta, MD. What is the best way to avoid burnout? Slow down and listen to your patients, says Sanjay Gupta, MD. That's his answer to just one of the 10 Questions the MedPage Today staff ...

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