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  1. Auto Racer in Artificial Coma After Ski Mishap. Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher has been placed in an artificial coma on Monday after sustaining serious head injuries while skiing in the French Alps.
  2. Many Docs Skip 'The Talk' With Preteens. When it comes to broaching the topic of sexual activity with adolescent patients, "the biggest barrier for me is ...

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  1. Antibiotic Use in Animals Under Fire. Every day, Americans use some 51 tons of antibiotics. But only about a fifth of that is to treat human illness.
  2. Testosterone Level Affects Flu Shot Response. Men with high testosterone and a certain gene cluster may not experience an antibody response after a flu shot, researchers suggested -- a finding that could affect men ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. 'Out of Network': More Money but Some Problems. Whether they plan to or not, a growing number of physicians no longer have contracts with some of the nation's largest health insurance carriers. Either they choose to be "out of network," dropping contracts with all insurers or with those that pay too little, or they're dropped by the insurers when the carriers narrow their ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. OTC Thyroid 'Boosters' May Harm. Patients who take over-the-counter supplements that promise to enhance thyroid function may get more than they bargained for.
  2. 10 Questions: Sanjay Gupta, MD. What is the best way to avoid burnout? Slow down and listen to your patients, says Sanjay Gupta, MD. That's his answer to just one of the 10 Questions the MedPage Today staff ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. States Failing on Public Health Front. Most states scored 50% or lower on a report card assessing their ability to respond to infectious disease threats.
  2. Some ADHD Meds May Cause Priapism. Male patients taking drugs containing methylphenidate, such as Ritalin and others frequently prescribed for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, face a small but serious risk of painfully prolonged erection.
  3. Two ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Breast Cancer: Adding Avastin Boosts Toxicity. Beleaguered bevacizumab (Avastin) has failed another test in breast cancer.
  2. FDA Wants Proof of Anti-Bacterial Soap Claims. Manufacturers of nonprescription anti-bacterial hand soaps and body washes will soon be required to show their products are safe for long-term daily use and are more effective than plain soap in stopping the spread of infections.

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  1. Most Treated for C Diff Don't Have Infection. Fewer than one in six patients treated with powerful antibiotics for a Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff) infection actually had lab-confirmed infections despite high costs and negative outcomes of unnecessary treatments.
  2. Bisphosphonates Useful in Older Women With Breast Cancer. Use of bisphosphonates benefits postmenopausal women with breast cancer the most, a meta-analysis that scrutinized ...

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  1. Tx, Transplant Predict Multiple Myeloma Survival. Only about one multiple myeloma patient in 13 will live more than 10 years.
  2. Psychiatrists Top Cash-Only MD List. Nearly 45% of psychiatrists refuse private insurance or Medicare payments for services, and more than half do not take Medicaid -- vastly higher percentages than in other specialties.
  3. Mobile Apps Can Save Billions in ...

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  1. Mutation May Speed Dx, Tx of Insulinoma. A newly identified mutation occurs in 30% of insulinomas and may provide new diagnostic and therapeutic targets for the disorder.
  2. Glucose Control Better With Pharmacist Help. Diabetic patients who were counseled by pharmacists did better at managing their blood sugar over a 2-year period than patients in standard treatment.
  3. CPAP Tackles Resistant ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Medicare: Fines for Readmits Drop. During the first 8 months of this year, fewer than 18% of Medicare patients ended up back in the hospital within a month of discharge, the lowest rate in years.
  2. LDL No Longer Target of Kidney Disease Lipid Management. Specific low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol treatment targets were removed from guidelines on managing lipids in patients with ...

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