Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Gastric Band Not Best Choice for Christie? Gastric banding is the easiest bariatric procedure to fit into a patient's schedule -- which may be why it was N.J. governor Chris Christie's stomach-shrinking procedure of choice. 2. Inoculating Against Vaccine Fears? A new surveillance tool might help immunize communities against vaccine scares. 3. Wide Variation ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Robotics No Help in Cystectomy. A randomized trial comparing robotic with open cystectomy ended early after an interim analysis showed the minimally invasive approach did not reduce complications. 2. Medicare Reveals Hospital Charge Information. The Obama administration made public on Wednesday previously unpublished hospital charges for the 100 most common inpatient treatments in 2011, saying a ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Uniform Quality Measures Sought for an SGR Repeal. Doctors need quality measures from a single source and more avenues to qualify for value-based payments under a post-Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) reimbursement system. 2. Triptans Go-To Migraine Drugs Even in Pregnancy. Monday's FDA announcement that pregnant women should not take valproate sodium and related drugs to prevent ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. FDA Wants Cancer Warnings on Tanning Beds. Indoor tanning beds must must carry prominent warning labels indicating that children younger than 18 should not use them and that people who do use them need regular cancer screening. 2. Religion Powers End-of-Life Care. Terminal cancer patients with strong religious support were more likely to receive invasive treatments ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Docs Need to Speak Up on Gun Control. Physicians need to do a better job at promoting the data that supports stronger gun-control laws. 2. Most Adults Ignore Fitness Recommendations. Just over 20% of U.S. adults get as much aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise as recommended in government guidelines. 3. Chaotic Home Impacts HbA1c in ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Study Eases Some Azithromycin Fears. Danish patients taking azithromycin were at no greater risk of cardiovascular death, relative to those using penicillin, when pretreatment mortality risk was taken into account. 2. Study: Medicaid Expansion Won't Help All Aspects of Health. Expanding Medicaid coverage improves mental health but doesn't tackle some basic measures of physical health, like ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. PFO Stroke Risk May Be Overstated. Among healthy older adults who were followed for more than a decade, the presence of a patent foramen ovale (PFO) was not associated with ischemic stroke or subclinical cerebrovascular disease. 2. Breast Cancer Deadlier in Women with Implants. Breast cancer appears more deadly for women with cosmetic implants, perhaps because ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. SERMs Still Have Value for Breast Ca Prevention. Treatment with selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) led to long-term protection against breast cancer. 2. C. Diff Infection Eludes European Hospitals. Infection with Clostridium difficile – a dangerous and potentially deadly condition – appears to be substantially under-diagnosed in European hospitals. 3. Medicare Panel to Mull ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Fighting Obesity Long-Term Will Save Money. A longer-term budget window for projecting costs in obesity prevention efforts might save the government more money. 2. Medicare Offers Pay Boost to Hospitals. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule late Friday that would increase payments to the nation's 3,400 acute care hospitals by ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. 5 Ways Obama's Budget Would Change Medicare. President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 budget includes a variety of what he says are "manageable" changes for Medicare's 54 million beneficiaries as well as for the hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare providers that serve them. 2. Boston Bombing: Finding Evidence in the ER. In the aftermath of Monday's ...

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