Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Boston Bombing a Lesson in Prep for Hospitals. The Boston Marathon bombing serves as yet another tragic reminder that American healthcare must be prepared to deal with terrorist attacks that result in the injuries typical of the wide-ranging damage caused by explosive devices. 2. FDA Updates OxyContin Label, Blocks Generics. The FDA has issued new labeling ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Fee Data May Deter Docs from Ordering Labs. Displaying the cost of a test to providers at the time of ordering led to a modest decrease in the number of orders for laboratory studies placed over a 6-month period. 2. Abdominal CT Scan May Double as Bone Study. Abdominal CT scans done for other indications could ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Docs May See Pay Delay Under ACA Exchanges. Physicians could face dramatic financial challenges for treating patients who receive health coverage through the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) exchanges starting next year. 2. Docs' Charting Falls Short of ICD-10 Demands. Nearly 65% of clinical documentation doesn't contain enough information for coders to use for billing under the ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Functional MRI Can Be Used to Assess Pain. Data from several studies have shown that it's possible to assess and differentiate pain through an fMRI scan. 2. Big Spread Seen in Lung Cancer False Positives. Nationwide, one patient in 10 operated on for suspected lung cancer had benign disease, but the false positive rates varied widely ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Diabetes 'Cure' After Weight Loss Surgery Lasts Long Term. Bariatric surgery may keep type 2 diabetes at bay for good. 2. Car Emissions Tied to Rare Pediatric Cancers. Children born to mothers who lived within a mile of heavy traffic while pregnant were at higher risk of developing any of three childhood cancers. 3.
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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Teach Health Info to Teens? Use Electronic Media. Electronic media may be an effective health intervention for teens, but better-quality studies are needed to confirm this association. 2. Annual Pap Tests a Hard Habit for Docs to Break. Most physicians wanted female patients to undergo cervical cancer screening more frequently than recommended under published guidelines. 3.
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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Breast Cancer Mortality Gap Still Baffling. The mystery of why black women have higher risk of breast cancer mortality than whites remains just that -- a mystery. 2. Immune Therapy Offers Hope in Ovarian Cancer. A novel two-step immunotherapy process appears to be effective in nearly three-fourths of women with advanced ovarian cancer. 3. HER2 ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Stroke May Trigger Chronic Pain. Roughly one in every 10 patients who suffer an ischemic stroke will develop a new chronic pain syndrome, which might increase the risk of cognitive and functional decline. 2. More Support for 'Less Salt, More Potassium'. The idea that reducing salt intake -- and increasing potassium intake -- can lower blood ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Study: 'Low-T' Linked to RA Risk. Lower testosterone levels predicted an increased risk of a subtype of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in men. 2. Dementia Tab Set to Top $200 Billion. Costs associated with dementia amounted to between $159 billion and $215 billion in the U.S. in 2010, and are expected to increase nearly 80% per adult ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Glucocorticoids Boost Risk of Blood Clots. Glucocorticoid use significantly increased the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) among current, new, and continuing users of the anti-inflammatory agents. 2. Mortality Worse at Critical Access Hospitals. Adjusted death rates among Medicare patients in so-called critical access hospitals, located in rural areas, rose from 2002 to 2010 whereas mortality in ...

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