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  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.
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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  1. B-Cell Targeting Has Benefit in Severe Lupus. Although an inhibitor of B-cell activating factor failed to meet the primary endpoint in a phase II trial for lupus, beneficial effects were seen in patients with severe disease at baseline.
  2. Birth Weight, Breastfeeding Flag CVD Risk. Low birth weight (2.8 kg or smaller) and being breastfed for less than 3 months may increase ...

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  1. Benzos Equal for Kids With Status Epilepticus. A randomized trial showed diazepam to be as safe and effective as lorazepam in treating children with status epilepticus (SE) -- a result likely to surprise many in the field.
  2. Hypoglycemia at Night Tied to Arrhythmias. Nocturnal hypoglycemia was a major risk factor for cardiac arrhythmias in type 2 diabetes patients who were already ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Muscle Pain in the ED. Patients presenting to the emergency department with widespread muscle pain may have very low levels of vitamin D.
  2. Care of Cancer Survivors Often Falls Short. Most cancer patients enter survivorship with little direction from oncologists or primary care providers.
  3. MERS Cases Still Climbing. The number of cases of Middle East coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has topped ...

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