Top stories in health and medicine, June 30, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. FDA Finally OKs Inhaled Insulin. After several denials, the FDA announced Friday that it had approved inhaled insulin (Afrezza) to be used for improving glycemic control in adult patients with diabetes.
  2. ADHD Meds Tied to Cardio Risk. Danish children taking stimulant drugs for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) had roughly ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 26, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Drug Discounts Have Pharma Crying Foul. In 1992, the federal government told drug manufacturers they had to give steep discounts to hospitals that treat a large percentage of poor patients.
  2. Quitting Snus After MI May Lower Death Risk. Stopping the use of smokeless tobacco after a myocardial infarction (MI) ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 25, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Obesity, T2D May Alter Gut Bacteria. The portfolio of gut bacteria in patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes may look different from that of healthy people.
  2. Ohio Amish Rethink Vaccines in Measles Outbreak. The Amish countryside in central Ohio looks like it has for a hundred years. There ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 24, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Mrs. Obama's Lunch Plan: Not So Fast. In the guest blog post, Steven Horvitz, DO, a primary care physician in Moorestown, N.J., responds to MedPage Today's coverage of the Michelle Obama-led White House roundtable criticizing Congressional efforts to reverse nutrition requirements in public schools.
  2. More Than 750 Hospitals Face ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 19, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Do Thiazides Trigger Metabolic Side Effects in Older Adults? Metabolic adverse events were relatively common among older, predominantly male veterans who started taking a thiazide diuretic for hypertension.
  2. Insurers Push Back Against Growing Cost of Cancer Tx. Some cancer patients and their insurers are seeing their bills for chemotherapy ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 18, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Is There an Rx for High Drug Prices? In the U.S., rising prescription drug prices are the law -- at least that's the way it looks to Leonard Saltz, MD, chief of gastrointestinal oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
  2. Targets Tightened for Kids' Type ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 17, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Victoza Lowers Glucose in Genetic Form of Diabetes. Liraglutide (Victoza) works roughly as well as standard sulfonylurea treatment for an inherited type of diabetes but with less hypoglycemia.
  2. Canola Oil Cuts Heart Risk in Diabetes. Adding canola oil to the diet improved glycemic control and reduced cardiovascular risk in ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 12, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Men: Want to Be Healthy for the Rest of Your Life? Marriage is good for a man's health. And it's actually having a marriage license that matters -- not just living with a partner, according to data from the 2011-2012 National Health Interview Survey.
  2. Diabetes: Out-of-Pocket Costs Soar in ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 9, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Surgeons Not Very Involved in ACOs, Survey Says. Accountable Care Organizations have given little attention to surgery in the early years of the Medicare program, choosing to focus instead on managing chronic conditions and reducing hospital readmissions.
  2. Early Allergen Exposure Cuts Wheeze Risk. A new study confirmed that when ...

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Whether you are a veteran of not, the recent report of waiting lists, and possibly preventable deaths of veterans, has implications for all citizens. There is no large health system which functions perfectly. But I would say that the efficiency of any given system is inversely related to its size. If this is true, then the VA health system is, and has always been, a bureaucratic and wasteful mess. Like ...

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