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  1. Orlistat Helps Trim Waistlines. Treatment of overweight and obese individuals with orlistat (Xenical, Alli) was associated with decreased waist circumference to a greater extent than either placebo or standard care.
  2. Less Radiation Works in Early Breast Cancer. Hypofractionated radiotherapy after surgery for early breast cancer is at least as effective and safe as the historical standard regimen.
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  1. Surgery Tops Muscle Training for Incontinence. Women with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) reported better subjective improvement and had higher cure rates at 1 year when treated initially with surgery instead of pelvic floor-muscle training.
  2. Academics Argue: 3 Years or 4 Years to Educate Doctors? If medical school were reduced from 4 to 3 years, it wouldn't necessarily mean that doctors were ...

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  1. Bullying Linked to Physical Complaints. Victims of schoolyard bullying faced an approximately doubled risk of physical health problems compared with nonbullied children followed for up to 11 years.
  2. Dementia Rate in Parkinson's Shifts With Age. Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) occurred infrequently in patients with parkinsonism, but the rate increased steeply with age.
  3. Biomarker Aids Lung Cancer Diagnosis. Blood ...

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  1. Marker Predicts Good Results With Stem Cells. Pediatric stem-cell recipients had significantly better survival and a reduced risk of disease progression when matched with donors who had a specific natural killer (NK)-cell protein.
  2. Kids' Food Allergies Cost Big Bucks. Children's food allergies cost an estimated $24.8 billion each year in the U.S., most of which hit families as indirect losses in ...

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  1. Risk for Breast Cancer Low with Testosterone Tx. Women with symptoms of hormone deficiency had a substantially lower than expected incidence of breast cancer when treated with testosterone implants with or without an aromatase inhibitor (AI).
  2. HSV Vaccine Linked to Lower Viral Shedding. A therapeutic vaccine for herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2) virus reduced viral shedding and had an acceptable safety ...

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  1. Hospitalists No Panacea for HF. Greater use of hospitalists for managing patients with heart failure did not improve outcomes through 30 days.
  2. Third-Hand Smoke Impacts Kids' Breathing. Third-hand smoke -- residue that remains on the skin, clothes, and furniture of smokers, even if they do their smoking out of the house -- still impacts children's breathing.
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  1. Botox OK'd for Smoothing Crow's Feet. The botulinum toxin drug Botox Cosmetic can be marketed for temporarily reducing moderate to severe lateral canthal lines -- better known as crow's feet -- in adults.
  2. Lawmakers Can Help Diabetes Guideline Uptake. Healthcare professionals and policymakers can make better use of the law to promote effective interventions for diabetes control and prevention.

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  1. Pay for Performance Pays Off. Patients treated by physicians who received cash payments for adhering to treatment guidelines were more likely to show improvements in cardiovascular risk factors.
  2. Conflicting Data on Spiriva Safety. Real-world data indicating excess mortality with the mist version of tiotropium (Spiriva) was countered by further details from the TIOSPIR trial indicating no difference versus the dry powder version, which ...

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  1. FDA Panel Backs CT Colonography. An FDA advisory panel generally backed greater use of CT colonography in screening asymptomatic patients for colon cancer but did question certain aspects of the test.
  2. CDC Claims a Win for Anti-Smoking Ads. A 3-month advertising blitz sponsored by the CDC featuring "true stories told by former smokers" led some 220,000 current smokers to quit and ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. E-Cigarette Might Help Smokers Quit. A nicotine-dispensing electronic cigarette helped smokers quit at least as much as nicotine patches did.
  2. Can Gut Bugs Make You Fat? Or Skinny? Transplanting intestinal bacteria from lean or obese humans can turn mice fat or thin, and diet may transform that phenotype.
  3. Fat Plus SNP Fights Metabolic Syndrome. Patients with metabolic syndrome who ...

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