Top stories in health and medicine, August 7, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Return to Warfarin Okay After TBI? Restarting warfarin (Coumadin) after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) improved overall outcomes despite the bleeding risk.
  2. Dietitians Take Aim at Food Industry Sponsorships. Andy Bellatti has been troubled by some of the continuing education programs he's seen at the Academy of Nutrition and ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, August 6, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Advocacy Groups Take Obesity Naysayers to Task. Two obesity advocacy groups took to the pages of the Archives of Internal Medicine this week to castigate a report that questioned the legitimacy of obesity as a disease and cast an unfavorable light on new weight-loss drugs.
  2. Shoulder Pain: PT Works ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, August 5, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Ebola: Hunt On to Treat, Prevent the 'Merciless' Virus. In the summer and fall of 1976, two outbreaks of a previously unknown hemorrhagic fever took place in Sudan and Zaire. There was -- because of its very novelty -- no specific treatment and no vaccine.
  2. Four Things Mummies Tell ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, August 4, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Healthy Behaviors May Help Stressed Cells Stay Young. Major life stressors appear to be associated with significant acceleration of cellular aging over a relatively short period of time, but engaging in healthy behaviors such as eating well, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep may mitigate that effect.
  2. Obesity in ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, August 1, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. The 40-Minute Office Visit. The State stopped by to see us the other day. Wow, that sounds ominous.
  2. FDA to Expand Reach on Diagnostic Tests. The FDA plans to take over regulation of "home brew" diagnostic tests developed and used within individual clinical laboratories.
  3. Lytics for Stroke ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, July 31, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Florida 'Gun Gag' Angers Medical Societies. Medical societies condemned the federal court decision allowing Florida to forbid physicians from asking patients if they keep firearms at home, with severe penalties for violators.
  2. Compromise Reached on Vets' Healthcare. Congressional leaders appear to have reached a compromise on a bill to ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, July 30, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Do Decision Aids Help Patients Make Difficult Choices? Decision aids designed to help patients make general healthcare choices, such as selecting a treatment location, provide some help, but condition-specific aids may provide the most useful information for patients and families.
  2. Asbestos Revisited: A New Autoimmune Disease? In the small ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, July 28, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Time to End Lethal Injection? The third botched execution of a death row inmate in a year should serve as proof enough that lethal injection won't work as an execution modality.
  2. HIV Cure Still Years Away. The African journalist asked a simple, clear, and direct question: When, people want ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, July 25, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Vitamin D Megadoses Safe in Frail Elderly. Giving a very high dose of vitamin D -- 20,000 IU per week -- to older patients in nursing homes keeps them sufficient in the vitamin and appears to be safe.
  2. Medicare Tests Exceptions to 3-Day Rule. Medicare officials have allowed patients ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, July 24, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Weight Watchers Tops in Efficacy Vs. Cost. Among the most popular diet programs and drugs, Weight Watchers trims the most bulge for the buck, according to a new cost-effectiveness analysis.
  2. Probiotics: Moderate Impact on BP? Probiotics cut blood pressure by roughly 4 mm Hg systolic and 2 mm Hg ...

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