From MedPage Today:

  1. Medicare Will Cover Rehab for CHF Patients. Medicare will cover cardiac rehabilitation services for patients with stable yet chronic heart failure.
  2. Long-Acting GLP-1: The Key to Adherence? The thinking behind long-acting GLP-1 agonists has been that fewer injections should translate to better outcomes -- particularly, better glycemic control -- because diabetic patients should be more compliant if they have to inject ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. California Weighs Coverage for Illegal Immigrants. In a push to cover immigrants excluded from the nation's health reform law, a California state senator has proposed legislation that would offer health insurance for all Californians, including those living here illegally.
  2. Treating HCV -- Is the Price Right? New drugs on the horizon hold out the promise of being able to cure up ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Stroke Speeds Long-Term Brain Deficits. Stroke not only acutely attacks the mind, but also hastens its decline.
  2. Stroke: Initiative Cuts Time to tPA. An effort to shorten the time between when patients with acute ischemic stroke arrive at the hospital and when they receive intravenous thrombolytic therapy -- the door-to-needle time -- proved successful.
  3. More Women Choose Single Embryo ...

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From MedPage Today:

  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.
  3. Tamoxifen Found in Bodybuilding ...

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From MedPage Today:

  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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From MedPage Today:

  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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From MedPage Today:

  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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From MedPage Today:

  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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From MedPage Today:

  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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From MedPage Today:

  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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