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  1. Early Magnesium Tx No Help for Acute Stroke. Magnesium sulfate didn't work as a neuroprotective agent in acute stroke when administered in the ambulance, but treating these patients in the pre-hospital setting is possible.
  2. Talk Tx for Insomnia May Save $$. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for insomnia could save healthcare dollars as it eases symptoms.
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  1. Driving High on List for Stroke Survivors. Stroke survivors seldom seek formal evaluation of readiness to get back behind the wheel, even if they have significant limitations in other daily activities.
  2. Viral Infection May Dull Mind. Mental sharpness appeared dulled with a history of exposure to five common viruses, with a possible signal for faster cognitive decline as well.

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  1. ICD-10 Follies: Transition Could Cost Practices Big Bucks. Transitioning to the new ICD-10 coding system could cost some physician practices millions of dollars.
  2. Fix Narrow Networks, ACP Tells HHS. The federal government, states, and health insurance companies should take a harder stance on expanding unduly narrow provider networks, the American College of Physicians (ACP) wrote to the government Tuesday.

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  1. Mammography: Study Finds No Lives Saved. Annual mammography failed to reduce breast cancer mortality in women, ages 40 to 59, compared with physical examination or routine care, according to 25-year follow-up data from a Canadian screening program.
  2. Gestational Hypertension: Monitoring vs Delivery? Pregnant women with nonsevere hypertensive disorders between 34-37 weeks should be monitored closely rather than delivered immediately to avoid ...

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  1. Unwise to Use Your Head in Soccer? "Heading" the ball in soccer is associated with clear risks of brain injuries diagnosed clinically and through biomarkers, primarily because heading increases collisions with other players.
  2. Epidural Beats Remifentanil for Pain Relief. Remifentanil patient-controlled analgesia (RPCA), which has been reported to have equal pain relief to epidural analgesia (EA) in previous studies, did not ...

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  1. Blacks Lag on HIV Continuum of Care. Fewer than half of the 500,000 black Americans living with HIV have been given a prescription for antiretroviral medications, and only about a third have suppressed the virus.
  2. 12 Things to Know About the SGR Repeal Bill. Democratic and Republican leaders in both houses of Congress have finally agreed on a bill that would ...

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  1. SGR Deal Reached. Physicians will get a 0.5% pay increase each year for 5 years under a deal by a bipartisan team of House and Senate negotiators to repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician payment under Medicare.
  2. Mixed Results for Brachytherapy in Breast Cancer. Older breast cancer patients had an increased rate of subsequent mastectomy if they received ...

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  1. Anti-Oxidant for COPD Questioned. The anti-oxidant N-acetylcysteine may be popular in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) after cutting exacerbations in some trials, but don't expect to see it in clinical guidelines any time soon.
  2. Can RTs Go It Alone in COPD Teaching?. Should respiratory therapists be able to practice and bill independently for educating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients about ...

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  1. Primary Care Pay Bump Unlikely. The 10% pay raise select primary care services received under the Affordable Care Act likely won't be extended beyond 2015.
  2. New Guideline Lowers eGFR for Dialysis Start. New Canadian guidelines suggest that nephrologists can wait to start dialysis in some chronic kidney disease patients until their estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) drops below the 10 to ...

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  1. Vitamin D Researchers Say VITAL Still Vital. A recent meta-analysis concluded that further vitamin D trials would be futile, but a co-principal investigator of the ongoing 26,000-person VITAL trial strongly disputed that notion.
  2. The Other 80%: Wellthcare. When we talk about the costs and value of healthcare, are we actually ignoring most of what contributes? And how will that affect medical ...

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