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  1. Breast Cancer: Adding Avastin Boosts Toxicity. Beleaguered bevacizumab (Avastin) has failed another test in breast cancer.
  2. FDA Wants Proof of Anti-Bacterial Soap Claims. Manufacturers of nonprescription anti-bacterial hand soaps and body washes will soon be required to show their products are safe for long-term daily use and are more effective than plain soap in stopping the spread of infections.

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  1. Most Treated for C Diff Don't Have Infection. Fewer than one in six patients treated with powerful antibiotics for a Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff) infection actually had lab-confirmed infections despite high costs and negative outcomes of unnecessary treatments.
  2. Bisphosphonates Useful in Older Women With Breast Cancer. Use of bisphosphonates benefits postmenopausal women with breast cancer the most, a meta-analysis that scrutinized ...

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  1. Tx, Transplant Predict Multiple Myeloma Survival. Only about one multiple myeloma patient in 13 will live more than 10 years.
  2. Psychiatrists Top Cash-Only MD List. Nearly 45% of psychiatrists refuse private insurance or Medicare payments for services, and more than half do not take Medicaid -- vastly higher percentages than in other specialties.
  3. Mobile Apps Can Save Billions in ...

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  1. Mutation May Speed Dx, Tx of Insulinoma. A newly identified mutation occurs in 30% of insulinomas and may provide new diagnostic and therapeutic targets for the disorder.
  2. Glucose Control Better With Pharmacist Help. Diabetic patients who were counseled by pharmacists did better at managing their blood sugar over a 2-year period than patients in standard treatment.
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  1. Medicare: Fines for Readmits Drop. During the first 8 months of this year, fewer than 18% of Medicare patients ended up back in the hospital within a month of discharge, the lowest rate in years.
  2. LDL No Longer Target of Kidney Disease Lipid Management. Specific low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol treatment targets were removed from guidelines on managing lipids in patients with ...

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  1. Epilepsy Surgery May Ease Kids' Psych Burden. Certain types of epilepsy surgery led to significant improvements in children's mood and behavioral problems.
  2. CBO Cuts Cost of SGR Repeal Yet Again. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has again lowered the price tag for repealing Medicare's much-derided sustainable growth rate (SGR) physician payment formula, dropping it by nearly $23 billion.
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  1. Women's MI Risks: Not All That Different. Although some studies indicate that women may have a greater risk of a myocardial infarction or death because of atypical symptoms, a study using coronary computed tomography angiography indicates that bad outcomes are not determined by sex.
  2. Half-Matched Tx an Option for Older Patients. Older patients with advanced or poor-risk hematologic malignancies, including multiple ...

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  1. Fewer Mammograms Mean More Positive Nodes? The frequency of mammography may not have an impact on the size of tumors when they're discovered, but fewer screens may be associated with more lymph node positivity.
  2. Diabetes: More Than Type 1 and Type 2. Diabetes is a much more heterogeneous disease than the current system of classification implies.
  3. Diverticulosis Progression Rare. ...

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  1. Medicare P4P to Affect More Docs in 2014. Next year will bring a number of changes to one of Medicare's pay-for-performance programs, the physician value-based payment modifier (VPM) -- changes that will show up in physicians' paychecks a few years hence.
  2. Ecstasy Use Doubles Over 6 Years. The number of emergency department visits involving the drug ecstasy more than doubled from ...

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  1. ADHD: Brain Iron May Be Marker. Low Fe levels in the brain may signal the presence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  2. Pancreatic Risks No Greater With Victoza. The treatment of type 2 diabetes with liraglutide (Victoza) didn't lead to a greater rate of acute pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer compared with other anti-diabetic drugs.
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