From MedPage Today:

  1. MERS Watch: WHO Calls for Calm. The Middle East coronavirus (MERS) is not yet a "public health emergency of international concern," the World Health Organization says.
  2. Shingle Risk High in Lupus, RA, COPD. Patients with autoimmune diseases and certain other chronic conditions are at increased risk for shingles.
  3. Asthma Risk Up With Early Antibiotic Use. Kids treated with antibiotics ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Medicare Pays Billions for 'Low-Value Care'. The Medicare system spent at least $1.9 billion in 2009 and probably much more on "low-value" procedures and tests, such as cancer screening in patients with end-stage renal disease in patients 75 and older.
  2. New Antibody Promising in Severe Colitis. Patients with moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis treated with the monoclonal antibody etrolizumab more often achieved clinical ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Botulinum Toxin for Postop Afib? Injecting botulinum toxin into the fat pads around the heart after bypass surgery might stave off postoperative atrial fibrillation.
  2. Leadless Pacing Shows Promise, But Hits Snags. Longer-term results from the first-in-man study of the Nanostim leadless pacemaker showed the device continued to work as expected, but a post-marketing study in Europe has been temporarily halted following ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. No Benefit for Testing ICD at Implant. Even though testing at the time of implantation of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is safe, it doesn't add any benefits.
  2. Nephrologists Take Fistulas Into Their Own Hands. Every year, Rick Mishler creates about 250 fistulas in patients' arms, stitching artery to vein so they can have a chance at successful dialysis.
  3. Lack ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Low Vitamin D Worsens Lupus Risks in Kids. Children with lupus commonly are vitamin D deficient, which may contribute to their heightened inflammatory status and cardiovascular risk.
  2. When Hospitals Buy Practices, Insurers, Patients Pay the Piper. A new study gives ammunition to what health economists and health insurers have argued for years: When hospitals buy physician practices, the result is usually ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Nasogastric Tube May Be Obsolete for GI Bleeds. Placement of a nasogastric tube for determining treatment of patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding may be unnecessary since almost all these patients will eventually undergo an endoscopic procedure.
  2. ASCO Issues New Breast Cancer Tx Guidelines. The American Society of Clinical Oncology has released two new sets of clinical practice guidelines for the treatment ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Reaching Out to Smokers Boosts Quit Rates. Simply offering smoking cessation treatment proactively to all the smokers in a healthcare system meaningfully boosted the quit rate, a VA trial showed, while details emerged on provisions for coverage of such interventions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  2. Lung Cancer Screening Versus Smoking Cessation? When the Medicare advisory panel voted against covering lung ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. The 5 Big Surprises in Code Denials. An April 30th post on the Physicians Practice website, "5 Common Medical Practice Denials and Remedies: March 2014" has a nifty info-graphic which synthesizes Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data from the month of March in 2014.
  2. Treat Car Crash Pain Early On, Lest It Linger. Widespread pain that persists a year ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. No Link Between Pot Use and Stroke Risk. There was no evidence that marijuana use was associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke in adolescents and young adults.
  2. MERS Watch: First U.S. Case Reported. Health officials have confirmed the first U.S. case of the Middle East coronavirus.
  3. FDA Panel Nixes OTC Singulair. Montelukast (Singulair) should not be allowed ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. 'Healthy Obese' Have More Arterial Plaque. The notion that people can be "fat but fit" is being challenged by a study showing a high prevalence of subclinical coronary atherosclerosis -- as measured by CT coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores -- in obese subjects with no evidence of metabolic syndrome.
  2. Lung Docs Stunned by Coverage Decision. When low-dose CT screening for lung ...

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