From MedPage Today:

  1. Docs Unprepared for Payment Reform. A pair of recent reports call into question the ability of physician practices to embrace health reform efforts.
  2. Even a Few Drinks Tied to Poor Birth Outcomes. Women who consumed low levels of alcohol before conception and during pregnancy were more likely to have adverse birth outcomes such as low birth centile, low birth weight, and ...

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  1. Calcium, Vitamin D Benefit Older Women. Postmenopausal women had significant improvement in their lipid profile with long-term calcium and vitamin D supplementation, data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) showed.
  2. Telemonitoring Cuts ICU Time, Boosts Outcomes. Remote monitoring in the intensive care unit was associated with lower mortality and shorter stays.
  3. Smart Phones and Not So Smart Parenting. Using ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Preop PET Cuts Lung Cancer Surgery. Routine preoperative PET imaging led to a significant reduction in unnecessary surgery for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
  2. A Cure for Chlamydia Arthritis? Increased understanding of the biology and survival tactics of Chlamydia trachomatis is suggesting that the post-infectious chronic arthritis experienced by many patients may actually be curable.
  3. Efavirenz Tops Lopinavir in ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Should Doc Groups Help Set Quality Measures? Physician groups are proud of a provision in recent legislation that repeals Medicare's doctor payment formula which allows specialty societies to help set quality measures.
  2. Teens Likely to Get Opioid Rx for Headaches. Nearly half of teens who visit a doctor complaining of headache pain walk away with a prescription for a narcotic painkiller.

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Scleroderma Survival Tied to Lung Problems. Survival among patients with scleroderma was strongly influenced by the development of major pulmonary involvement.
  2. HIV Tx Tied to Low Infection From Sex. Serodiscordant couples who engage in unprotected sexual intercourse have a very small risk of transmitting HIV if the infected partner is well treated with suppressive antiretroviral therapy.
  3. Xolair Makes Milk ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. All-Oral HCV Regimen Works in 9 Out of 10. An all-oral, 12-week regimen appears to successfully treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in about 90% of patients.
  2. CDC's Frieden to Docs: Dial Back Antibiotic Rx. Doctors in some hospitals are prescribing three times more antibiotics than physicians treating similar patients in other institutions.
  3. Anger Is Fast Trigger for Heart ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. 3 Key Strategies for ACO Success. More than 400 accountable care organizations (ACOs) exist across the country, and physician groups have overtaken hospitals as the largest backers of ACOs.
  2. Esophagitis May Come When Allergy Goes. After a child outgrows a food allergy, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) can emerge independently from the same trigger.
  3. Patch May Be Safer Peanut Allergy Therapy. ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. 5 Ways Doctors Can Use Data Analytics. Reimbursements are increasingly linked to quality and value metrics, but providers often don't have the best tools to handle that transition.
  2. Killing Pain: Script by Script. Primary care doctors wrote about 53 million benzodiazepine prescriptions in 2013, roughly four times the number written by psychiatrists, a group that penned 13 million benzo scripts.

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From MedPage Today:

  1. A Targeted Treatment for Scleroderma? A monoclonal antibody that binds to the type 1 interferon-alpha receptor showed an acceptable safety profile in a phase I trial for systemic sclerosis, but efficacy was less clear.
  2. CMS: More 'Meaningful Use' Exemptions Coming. Some healthcare providers struggling to meet the second stage of the incentive program for electronic health records (EHRs) may receive a ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Bariatric Surgery Beneficial in Type 1 Diabetes. Overweight patients with type 1 diabetes may make good candidates for bariatric surgery, but unlike with type 2 disease, the procedure doesn't offer a chance of remission.
  2. Young Adults Undertreated for High BP. Primary care physicians may be dropping the ball on getting young adults with hypertension the medication they need to control their ...

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