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  1. Lowering Uric Acid Reduces Kidney Risk. Patients who were able to stay on uric acid lowering therapy significantly reduced their risk of progressing toward chronic kidney disease compared with people who were untreated.
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  1. New Helmets No Help in Tackling Concussion. Risk and severity of sports-related concussions in high school football players was not affected by make, model, or age of the helmets they use.
  2. Once-Daily LABA Works in COPD. The novel once-daily inhaled bronchodilator olodaterol (proposed trade name Striverdi Respimat) improved lung function and exercise capacity in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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  1. Tight Control for Psoriatic Arthritis Works. Treatment for psoriatic arthritis is beginning to catch up to the successes previously seen with rheumatoid arthritis.
  2. Heart Screen for Athletes Doable but Costly. A comprehensive cardiac workup for young athletes proved feasible but cost too much to be practical.
  3. Healthy Heart Handles Breast Cancer RT Better. Breast cancer radiotherapy doses have decreased ...

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  1. Brain Deaths Down, Ditto Organ Donations? Neurologic death became progressively less likely among individuals suffering brain injuries in western Canada from 2002 to 2012, with potentially worrisome implications for organ transplantation.
  2. Snakebites May Not Need Aggressive Tx. Neurologic death became progressively less likely among individuals suffering brain injuries in western Canada from 2002 to 2012, with potentially worrisome implications for organ ...

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  1. Obesity Linked to C. Diff Risk. Obesity might be a risk factor for community-acquired Clostridium difficile infection (CDI).
  2. Self-Referral for Radiation Tx Skyrockets. Efforts to close the self-referral loophole for certain in-office services gained ammunition this week as more research showed a dramatic increase in prostate cancer radiation therapy for providers who self-refer.
  3. Red Meat Tied to Cancer Risk in Some People. ...

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  1. FDA Plans to Restrict Vicodin Rx. The FDA wants to tighten the reins on hydrocodone combination drugs such as Vicodin, recommending that they be classified as Schedule II narcotics like OxyContin and fentanyl.
  2. Enrollment in MD, DO Schools Hits New Highs. Medical school applications and enrollment reached record highs this year as organized medicine's cries for more funding for residency slots ...

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  1. Blood Sugar Tied to Cognitive Function. Variations in glycated hemoglobin levels within the normal range were modestly correlated with performance on certain cognitive tests and with differences in hippocampal structure.
  2. Sleep Problems, Poor Angioplasty Outcomes Linked. Disturbed sleep is common in heart patients following coronary angioplasty and is an independent risk factor for poor cardiac outcomes.
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  1. Calcium Score Beats Lipids for Telling CVD Risk. Measurement of coronary artery calcium stratified patient risk for cardiovascular disease regardless of dyslipidemia burden or definition.
  2. NEJM Calls for Release of Trial Data. The international push to get drug companies to share patient-level data from their clinical trials got another shot in the arm Monday with the publishing of two papers in ...

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  1. Managed Care Seen as Future of Medicaid. Roughly 85% of Medicaid enrollees will be in managed care organizations by 2020, a health consultant and former state Medicaid director predicted here.
  2. Docs at Risk as More Non-Docs Do Laser Hair Removal? The number of lawsuits involving laser skin surgery is low overall, but with an increased use of nonphysician operators -- a ...

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  1. HIV Dual Therapy Matches Standard Triple Cocktail.A two-drug regimen (lopinavir/ritonavir plus lamivudine) for HIV did as well in controlling the virus as a standard triple-drug cocktail.
  2. Cognitive Therapy Eases Unfounded Health Fears. Patients who worried excessively about their health showed reduced anxiety after cognitive behavioral therapy compared with simple reassurance in a randomized trial.
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