Top stories in health and medicine, November 19, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. IMPROVE-IT Results Turn Up Volume on Guideline Debate. The long-awaited results of the IMPROVE-IT study comparing Vytorin (ezetimibe/simvastatin) to simvastatin in high-risk patients revealed a small but significant benefit, and a large -- and possibly equally significant -- rift regarding the cardiovascular prevention guidelines.
  2. State Exchange Situations Vary at ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, November 18, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Weight Loss Relieves Symptoms in Knee OA. Obese patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) who maintain an initial weight loss report fewer symptoms compared with their baseline level of symptoms.
  2. Age and Sex May Distort Biomarkers in Early RA. Age and sex are independently associated with levels of erythrocyte sedimentation ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, November 17, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Ebola: Signs of Progress, CDC says. The response to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia is showing encouraging signs of progress, with downward trends in new cases especially in two regions of the country that had been hot spots.
  2. Millions Of Medicaid Kids Missing Regular Checkups. Millions of low-income children ...

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How will Paul Ryan change Medicare?The selection of Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as the running mate for presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney could have serious consequences for the Medicare program. Ryan, Budget Committee chair for the House of Representatives since Republicans gained control of the chamber 2 years ago, is best known for budget proposal, which includes a plan to overhaul Medicare and transform it ...

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Is Susan G. Komen wrong about mammograms? The world's largest breast cancer charity used misleading statistics and deceptive statements about mammography to promote breast cancer awareness and screening, authors of an opinion piece asserted. In promotional material for the 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Susan G. Komen for the Cure suggested large differences in breast cancer survival among women who undergo screening mammography and those who do not. ...

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Involuntary commitment for James Holmes: Is his psychiatrist to blame?The majority of killers involved in recent mass shootings had encounters with the mental healthcare system before they committed their acts of violence, with some even being legally compelled to seek help. Few seemed surprised when it came out over the weekend that James Holmes, 24, who allegedly killed 12 and wounded 58 others at a movie theater shooting in Aurora, ...

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A Supreme Court split decision will cause health confusionUtter confusion could result if the Supreme Court invalidates the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) individual mandate while upholding other parts of the law, a physician expert predicted ahead of Thursday's expected decision. And a split decision is, indeed, likely, said Randy Wexler MD, MPH, of Ohio State University in Columbus. That will create chaos, he said, which is something other ...

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