Top stories in health and medicine, September 16, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. GLP-1 Plus Insulin Betters Glycemic Control. The combination of GLP-1 agonists and basal insulin beat other type 2 diabetes treatments at lowering HbA1c and improving glycemic control.
  2. Obamacare Does Little to Cut Kids' Uninsured Rate. The uninsured rate for kids under age 18 hasn't budged under the health law, ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, September 12, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Price Tag on Old Insulin Skyrockets. Retired nurse Mary Smith was having trouble controlling her type 2 diabetes on her regular insulin regimen, so her doctor decided to put her on something stronger.
  2. Bedside Ultrasound: Sorting Shadows. In medicine, we frequently propagate half-truths and unsubstantiated certainties. Thus, truth is ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, September 11, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Azithromycin Linked to Belly Blockage in Infants. Infants who received azithromycin (Zithromax) in the early days of life were at an increased risk for developing infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (IHPS).
  2. Singulair Doesn't Ease Wheeze in Most Kids. Intermittent montelukast (Singulair) didn't alleviate wheezing in children, except possibly for those ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, September 10, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Bone Drugs Work; Effects and Risks Vary. Treatments for osteoporosis vary widely in terms of risk-benefit profile.
  2. Red Carpet Paves Way to Research $$$. Viewers of Stand Up To Cancer's (SU2C) fourth 1-hour live prime-time commercial-free program -- telecast over more than 30 broadcast and cable networks Friday night ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, September 9, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Hand OA Linked with Diabetes. Diabetes was strongly associated with hand pain and joint tenderness in patients with erosive hand osteoarthritis (OA).
  2. Culture Shock: The Ebola Dilemma. An august group of experts spent 2 days discussing how the various experimental substances should be used, given that none -- repeat, ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, September 8, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Dialysis Drug OK'd for Marketing. A new phosphate binder has been cleared to treat hyperphosphatemia in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients on dialysis.
  2. Medicare ACOs See Benefits Despite Issues. Participants in Medicare's accountable care organization (ACO) programs have had their share of frustrations, but their enthusiasm for the ACO ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, September 5, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Potent Statin Offers No Help After Cardiac Surgery. The powerful lipid-lowering drug rosuvastatin (Crestor) -- also purported to be an effective anti-inflammatory agent -- was powerless to prevent postoperative cardiac surgery complications such as atrial fibrillation.
  2. Questioning Medicine: The Pain Management Fiasco. I spent my intern year at a ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, September 4, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Battle Over Abortion Clinic Restrictions Heats Up. The nation's fight over abortion continues unabated, but the battleground has shifted -- instead of seeking to limit who can obtain abortions, the latest legal attacks on abortion now focus on who can perform them.
  2. CDC Head: Ebola Likely to Worsen. The ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, September 3, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Low Carb Beats Low Fat for Weight Loss, CV Risk. For weight loss and for reducing cardiovascular risk, cutting down on carbs was a more effective strategy than limiting fat intake in a randomized trial.
  2. States To Help Pay Obamacare Tax on Insurers. When Congress passed the Affordable Care ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, September 2, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Reflections on Effect of Stand Up To Cancer. The week before Stand Up To Cancer's (SU2C) fourth-biennial live 1-hour commercial-free prime time roadblock telecast on Sept. 5, Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, shared his views about the efficacy of this mass media approach to educating the public about cancer and ...

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