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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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  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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  1. MRI No Help for Breast Cancer Recurrence After DCIS. Perioperative MRI did not reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence after treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).
  2. Warnings on Packs Deter Kids From Smoking. The addition of graphic warnings on cigarette packs were more likely to discourage teens from smoking than when warnings were text-only, but did little to dissuade ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Most Women Wrong About Risk of Breast Cancer. Fewer than 10% of women accurately estimated their risk of breast cancer, as they were equally likely to overestimate or underestimate the risk.
  2. Benefits, Risks of Lung Cancer Screen Examined. Two new studies demonstrate both the promise of CT-based lung cancer screening and the obstacles to reducing the harms it may cause.

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  1. CV Deaths Down, but Still Too High, CDC Says. Preventable deaths from cardiovascular disease are on the decline but are still too high, particularly in younger adults and blacks.
  2. Hypertension Unrecognized Half the Time. Worldwide, more than half of all patients with hypertension are unaware they have the condition.
  3. Are Some Bodies 'Resistant' to Hikes in BMI? In England, ...

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  1. Steroid Shots Ease Carpal Tunnel. Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome reported fewer symptoms several months after receiving steroid injections, but most still opted for surgery within a year to relieve persistent pain.
  2. Ear Infections: Treat All Kids. All children younger than 2 with acute otitis media diagnosed according to current American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines should receive antibiotics.
  3. Glass ...

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  1. Colchicine Effective in Acute Pericarditis. The anti-inflammatory agent colchicine -- used mostly in the treatment of gout -- appears to be effective for treating acute pericarditis and in preventing recurrences of the condition.
  2. Pradaxa Flops in RE-ALIGN. Dabigatran (Pradaxa) increased thromboembolic events and bleeding in patients with mechanical heart valves compared with warfarin.
  3. Paying for SGR Fix Proving a ...

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  1. Fruit Takes a Bite Out of Diabetes Risk. Eating more fruit, particularly apples, grapes, and blueberries, meant lower type 2 diabetes risk.
  2. Congress Probing VA Bonuses to Doctors. A congressional committee is using a recent report questioning performance bonuses given to Department of Veterans Affairs physicians as reason to examine a range of pay-for-performance issues at the VA.
  3. Financial ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Psych Drugs Don't Raise Death Risk in Mental Illness. Suspicions that psychiatric medications increase the mortality risk associated with mental illness were not borne out in a review of clinical trial data.
  2. Nontraditional Symptoms ID Men's Depression. Traditional tools for diagnosing depression fail to include symptoms common in men, which may explain why they are diagnosed with the disorder half as ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. ACOs Can Save Medicare $$$, Study Finds. An accountable care organization (ACO) established by a private insurer reduced costs of care for Medicare enrollees.
  2. More Exercise, Metformin Alter Lipid Particles. Both metformin and changes in diet and exercise made significant changes to the size and types of lipid particles in patients with impaired glucose tolerance.
  3. Ultrasound May Cut Thyroid ...

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