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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.
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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.
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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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  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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  1. The 'C' Word Affects DCIS Treatment Choice. Women who heard the word "cancer" in describing ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) thought more aggressive treatment was better.
  2. CSF Proteins Flag Early Parkinson's. Decreased levels of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) proteins were associated with the presence of early Parkinson's disease and/or increased motor symptoms.
  3. Strong Evidence for ICDs in Prevention, AHRQ Finds. ...

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  1. Depression: Can a Coach Help? Adding old-fashioned technology -- the telephone -- to a Web-based intervention for depression improved adherence to the intervention, but there was no symptom benefit.
  2. Affording Care: A Medical Student's Story. The Affordable Care Act as approved by Congress required all insurance plans to to limit personal out-of-pocket expenses to $6,350 for individual plans and $12,700 for ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Antipsychotic No Help for Delirium in Critical Care. Critically ill patients' episodes of delirium and coma did not resolve any sooner when treated with intravenous (IV) haloperidol.
  2. Heart Ailment Tied to Severe Hypoglycemia. Cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN) was associated with a significantly greater risk of severe hypoglycemia in Korean patients with type 2 diabetes.
  3. Antipsychotics Raise Risk of Diabetes ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Role of HDL in Heart Disease Risk Iffy. Does good cholesterol still predict heart risk after bad cholesterol is controlled by statin therapy?
  2. Oral Health Has Role in HPV Infection. Poor oral health is an independent risk factor for oral infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), including the strains associated with cancer.
  3. Young Adults Unaware of ACA Exchanges. Only 27% ...

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