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  1. Is There a Flaw in This Large Vitamin D Trial? A 57-year-old woman had her vitamin D level checked by her primary care physician based on her mix of risk factors, and the level was found to be low. Her doctor prescribed a high-dose vitamin D supplement of 50,000 IU administered once a week.
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  1. Adrenal Masses May Carry Heart Risk. Patients with adrenal incidentalomas may have worse cardiovascular outcomes if their tumors secrete even low levels of cortisol.
  2. TAVI Increases Use of Valve Surgery, Too. Despite concerns to the contrary, the introduction of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) into everyday practice has not decreased the number of patients undergoing surgical valve replacement.
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  1. Blame LABA Risks in Asthma on Gene Variants? Rare genetic variants may explain the equally uncommon but life-threatening adverse events seen with long-acting beta agonist (LABA) drugs in asthma.
  2. Psych Bed Shortage Threatens Public Safety. Last month, Austin Deeds, son of Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, left a Virginia hospital emergency room, went home, stabbed his father, and then killed himself.

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  1. PAs Switch Specialties With Ease. Physician assistants (PAs) who have practiced for more than 10 years tend to have switched specialties at least twice, making them more nimble than physicians in easing provider shortages.
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  1. SGR Repeal Cost Now Pegged at $121 Billion. The most recent congressional proposal to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula would cost $121.1 billion over 10 years if enacted.
  2. Preoperative RT May Up Survival in Mesothelioma. A preoperative accelerated high-dose radiation therapy protocol for advanced mesothelioma has led to a 3-year survival more than twice what would have been ...

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  1. Striking a Nerve: Bad Odor to This Fish Oil Study. A new analysis of fish oil and brain health "adds to the growing literature" connecting the two, its authors write -- but possibly less than any of the previous studies.
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  1. Big Changes to Heart Devices OK'd Without New Data. Many of the high-risk implantable cardiac devices in use today were approved through a supplement pathway that does not require new clinical data on the safety and effectiveness of changes made to the products since their original approval.
  2. 'Email Metastasis' Costs Hospitals Millions. If 30 seconds were spent per e-mail, the annual ...

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  1. Gout: Obesity's Stealth Disease. Once known as "the disease of kings," gout today clearly is a disease of commoners as well, and although it's on the rise.
  2. Can Statins Delay Death in Diastolic HF? Statins may have a role in reducing mortality in patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).
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  1. Low Melatonin May Up Risk of Prostate Cancer. Higher urinary melatonin levels had a significant inverse association with risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
  2. H7N9 Cases Spike in China. After a slow fall season, China has seen a recent wave of H7N9 avian influenza cases, according to the World Health Organization.
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