From MedPage Today:

  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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From MedPage Today:

  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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From MedPage Today:

  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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From MedPage Today:

  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.
  2. ICUs Neglect UTI Prevention. Intensive care units ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Culture Shock: Web-Based Hep C Tx Guidelines. Practice guidelines are a fact of life in modern medicine. They provide clinicians with the best data and the latest consensus on what the data mean for the care of patients.
  2. Study Feeds Concerns About MI Risk With Testosterone Tx. Filling a prescription for testosterone therapy was associated with a greater risk of having ...

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From MedPage Today:

  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.
  3. Obama ...

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From MedPage Today:

  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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From MedPage Today:

  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.
  2. Vitamin D Blog: Does It Mark Pre-eclampsia Risk? Vitamin D status during pregnancy may tell of a woman's risk of severe pre-eclampsia.
  3. Baseball Ban on ...

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From MedPage Today:

  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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From MedPage Today:

  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.
  2. HRT May Protect New Joints. Women who had total knee or hip replacements were significantly less likely to have implant failure ...

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