From MedPage Today:

  1. Time to Look Beyond BMI. Endocrinologists are redefining obesity and the way physicians manage it.
  2. BP Guidelines: No Simple Answers. Confusion about conflicting guidance on the management of high blood pressure continues, with some clinicians calling for a "guide to the guidelines."
  3. Antioxidant No Help in IPF. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) used on its own had no impact on outcomes in ...

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  1. VA Top Doc Calls It Quits. Robert Petzel, the man in charge of healthcare for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), resigned Friday in the wake of a growing scandal over the care provided to veterans at various VA healthcare facilities.
  2. Steroid Use in RA More Common. More patients with rheumatoid arthritis today are initiating treatment with glucocorticoids (GCs) early in ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Possible Links Found Between Afib, Dementia. Heart rate and anticoagulation control may contribute to the relationship between atrial fibrillation and dementia.
  2. Excess Weight Weighs Heavily in Early RA Tx. Patients diagnosed with early rheumatoid arthritis who were overweight were less likely to achieve rapid disease control.
  3. FDA Slashes Starting Dose for Lunesta. Patients starting on the sleep drug eszopiclone ...

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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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