Top stories in health and medicine, June 4, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Advice to Docs Might Not Come From a Fellow Human. Long Island dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla knows well how to treat acne, burns, and rashes. But when a patient came in with a potentially disfiguring case of bullous pemphigoid -- a rare skin condition that causes large, watery blisters -- she was ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 3, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. A 'Home Run' in Prostate Cancer Tx. Overall survival in metastatic prostate cancer improved by more than a year when patients received docetaxel at the start of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), according to trial results that oncologists here called "unprecedented."
  2. Early Palliation in Ca Patients Eases Caregiver Burden. Early ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Unique Solutions for MS Gait Problems. With impaired walking ability generally considered the number one functional problem for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, new approaches to assistive devices were described here, ranging from the mechanical to the furry.
  2. OK to Stop Statins in Terminal Illness. Stopping statins for terminal patients doesn't hasten death and may improve their quality of life.

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  1. Google Glass in Medicine: Not Quite Ready Yet. A long list of potential medical applications for Google Glass was counterbalanced by an equally long list of obstacles to widespread implementation.
  2. Safety Net Hospitals Already Benefit from ACA. At Seattle's largest safety net hospital, the proportion of uninsured patients fell from 12% last year to an unprecedented low of 2% this spring ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Primary Pain Points: 'Messing With the Computer'. "Messing with the computer takes the physician's head out of the exam," Jordan Grumet, MD, a primary care clinician in a small practice in Northbrook, Ill., told MedPage Today in response to the question "What frustrates you?"
  2. No Link Seen Between Vaccines and Lupus. Recent vaccination was not associated with an increased risk for the development ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. SNRI Equal to Hormones for Hot Flush Tx. A low dose of the antidepressant venlafaxine (Effexor) appeared roughly as good as hormonal therapy to ease hot flushes in menopause.
  2. USPSTF Urges HBV Screening for High-Risk People. People at high risk for hepatitis B (HBV) should be screened for the virus, according to a new recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Temporary Fee on Big Business Funds Obamacare. The world of healthcare, like any, is full of haves and have nots.
  2. Grassroots Group Aims to Renew Primary Care. "Change is HERE. The future of primary care has arrived." The motto of Primary Care Progress, a 4-year-old grassroots organization advocating for interprofessional teamwork and a brighter landscape for primary care in the U.S., ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Vaccines and Biologics: Questions Remain. Vaccinations for patients with autoimmune diseases -- specifically patients being treated with biologics -- bring with them a variety of issues, including disease-specific, medication-related, and vaccine-associated factors.
  2. Wider Look at Lung Cancer Genes Found Helpful. Testing for a range of genetic drivers of lung cancer broader than the current standard pointed to actionable treatment targets for ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Medicaid Directors Question Need for $1,000 HCV Pill. The evidence base for one of the star hepatitis C drugs is poor and the guidelines for its use are flawed, according to a report prepared for the National Association of Medicaid Directors.
  2. YouTube Not Ideal for BP. Patients with hypertension might want to be careful about trusting health information from the Internet, ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Carbs May Lower Risk of Prostate Cancer. A diet rich in complex carbohydrates and fiber had a significant favorable association with prostate cancer risk.
  2. Obama Stands Pat for Now on VA, Shinseki. President Obama said in a news conference Wednesday that he is awaiting a preliminary report due next week on healthcare problems at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities before taking ...

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