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  1. EMTs Can Safely Give Nasal Fentanyl. Out-of-hospital administration of intranasal fentanyl by ambulance workers was safe and effective at reducing pain.
  2. LABA-Only Asthma Rx Tied to More Hospital Stays. The risk of hospitalization was higher among asthmatics who re-filled only long-acting beta-agonist prescriptions instead of following one of two other medication routes, or even using no medication at all.

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  1. Supreme Court to Consider Birth Control Mandate. The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will hear a challenge to the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) mandate that employer health plans provide birth control at no cost to employees -- even if an employer objects to contraceptives.
  2. FDA Clamps Down on Gene-Testing Company. The gene-testing firm 23andMe has not received approval for its ...

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  1. Alzheimer's Gene Effects Show Up in Infancy. Infants and toddlers with the Alzheimer's disease-associated APOE4 genotype already showed distinctive patterns of brain structure relative to other young children.
  2. ADHD Prevalence Still Rising, CDC Says. Rates of parent-reported diagnoses of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continued their upward trend through 2011.
  3. FDA Opens Door to Wider Avandia Prescribing. The FDA has ...

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  1. Density of CAC Has Role in Heart Risk. The density of calcium in coronary artery plaque is inversely and significantly associated with heart disease and stroke risk independent of calcium volume and should be considered whenever calcium scanning is used to assess patient risk.
  2. Exercise Delays Need for New Hips in OA. A program of exercise therapy helped patients with hip ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Docs Unhappy With ACA Exchange Plans. Abysmal payments. Lack of information. Even questionable business practices.
  2. Mild Concussion Has Lasting Effect. Patients with mild concussions showed abnormal brain structural patterns that persisted long after clinical symptoms had resolved.
  3. Treating RA in Mom Doesn't Weaken Baby's Bones. Neither the use of prednisone nor the presence of active disease in pregnant women ...

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  1. New Method Gives Better Guess on LDL Cholesterol. A new way of estimating LDL cholesterol levels may be more accurate than the widely used Friedewald equation.
  2. Novel Anticoagulant Bests Warfarin in Afib. The novel oral factor Xa inhibitor edoxaban prevented stroke as well as warfarin but did so with lower risk in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.
  3. Mixed Data for Warfarin ...

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  1. Princeton Will Offer European Meningitis Vax. To combat an unusual and slow-moving meningitis outbreak, Princeton University says it is planning to offer an investigational vaccine to most students starting early in December.
  2. BMI Changes in Youth Predict Later Heart Risk. Cardiovascular disease risk in early adulthood differs according to the pattern of change in body mass index (BMI) during the transition ...

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  1. AHA, ACC Stand Firm in Support of Risk Calculator. The dust-up over the new cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines -- already named "Calculator-gate" -- prompted the American Health Association and American College of Cardiology to stage a public defense at a hastily assembled press briefing here.
  2. Enlarged Heart Cited in Pregnancy Deaths. Undiagnosed cardiomyopathy appears to be a leading cause of pregnancy-related ...

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  1. New Obesity Drugs Do Work. Over the course of a year, the newer anti-obesity drugs available in the U.S. helped patients drop between 3% and 9% of their body weight, in conjunction with diet and exercise.
  2. Will Low Online Enrollments Hobble the ACA? Hope that the health law's online insurance marketplaces will work well enough to enroll millions this fall had ...

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  1. Obama Offers Fix for Cancelled Policies. Six weeks into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rollout, the president took a major step back from "Obamacare" with an administrative fix that may allow Americans who received health insurance cancellation notices to have their policies reinstated for 2014.
  2. 'Food Addiction' May Be at Root of Some Obesity. Although it's not technically an addictive disorder ...

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