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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  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.
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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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From MedPage Today:

  1. Sulfonylureas May Raise Death Risk. When taken as first-line therapy, sulfonylureas may increase the risk of death in patients with type 2 diabetes.
  2. Parkinson's Makes for Distrust, Risk-Taking. Compared with healthy controls, patients with Parkinson's disease were markedly less trusting of strangers in a psychosocial experiment, even while showing greater willingness to take risks.
  3. Cholesterol Meds May Hold Glycemic ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. AAFP to Look at Allowing NPs, PAs to Join. The American Academy of Family Physicians wants to further study whether nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) should -- or would want to -- become non-voting members.
  2. Insulin Pump Fights Arterial Stiffness. Use of an insulin pump was associated with less arterial stiffness than multiple daily injections in patients with type ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. MI Risk Higher in Diabetes With Low T. Low testosterone levels predicted a greater risk of acute myocardial infarction (MI) in Swedish men with type 2 diabetes.
  2. Markers in Blood May Help Assess Alzheimer's Risk. Researchers appear to be homing in on clinically useful blood-based biomarkers indicating risk of Alzheimer's disease in mildly impaired or asymptomatic individuals.
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From MedPage Today:

  1. Sleep Apnea? Lose Weight, ACP Urges. The first line of defense against obstructive sleep apnea should be weight loss, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians.
  2. USPSTF Outlines Use of Breast Cancer Prevention Drugs. Breast cancer primary prevention drugs should be offered to higher-risk women at low risk of side effects, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force again ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Type 1 Diabetes Not Controlled in Teens. Glucose control remained inadequate in a cohort of teens with type 1 diabetes, and many of these young patients already had microvascular complications.
  2. White House Seeks to Ease Obamacare Fraud Fears. The White House unveiled several steps this week to protect consumers from fraud in the new online health insurance marketplaces, a move that ...

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