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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.
  3. Insulin ...

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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.
  3. Lung Cancer: CT Screening Ready, Patients Not ...

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  1. HealthCare.gov Works for 'Vast Majority,' White House Says. The Obama administration met its self-imposed deadline to have most of the issues with the HealthCare.gov web portal through which consumers can sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act working ironed out by Nov. 30, officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said.
  2. Death Risk Lower With ...

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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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From MedPage Today:

  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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