From MedPage Today:

  1. Alzheimer's Gene Effects Show Up in Infancy. Infants and toddlers with the Alzheimer's disease-associated APOE4 genotype already showed distinctive patterns of brain structure relative to other young children.
  2. ADHD Prevalence Still Rising, CDC Says. Rates of parent-reported diagnoses of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continued their upward trend through 2011.
  3. FDA Opens Door to Wider Avandia Prescribing. The FDA has ...

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Diabetes is an emerging national crisis.  It is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke and the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 25.8 million people are affected with diabetes with a staggering 79 million more living at high risk for the disease, a stage known as pre-diabetes. Unfortunately, about a third ...

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Children who live with diabetes, like all children with chronic diseases, learn to grow up rather quickly.  In order to survive, they must learn how to manage a disease with which most adults struggle. In particular, not only must children completely change their diet, but they also have to deal with checking blood sugars daily, time and dose insulin shots, all while trying to fit into a world where they ...

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  1. Statins Get High Marks in New Cardiac Prevention Guidelines. The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) released four new guidelines dealing with the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by better assessing risk and by managing cholesterol, lifestyle, and weight.
  2. Mutation Linked to Resistance in Breast Cancer. A mutation on the estrogen receptor altered tamoxifen bindings and conferred ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Gabapentin Helps Alcoholics Stay on the Wagon. Patients reporting alcohol dependence were better able to stay sober when treated with oral gabapentin (Neurontin) in a placebo-controlled trial.
  2. Bariatric Surgery Boosts Sexual Health. Obese women who underwent bariatric surgery reported better sexual functioning and quality of life while also experiencing an increase in reproductive hormones.
  3. Diabetes Teams With NPs, PAs ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. New Helmets No Help in Tackling Concussion. Risk and severity of sports-related concussions in high school football players was not affected by make, model, or age of the helmets they use.
  2. Once-Daily LABA Works in COPD. The novel once-daily inhaled bronchodilator olodaterol (proposed trade name Striverdi Respimat) improved lung function and exercise capacity in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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  1. FDA Plans to Restrict Vicodin Rx. The FDA wants to tighten the reins on hydrocodone combination drugs such as Vicodin, recommending that they be classified as Schedule II narcotics like OxyContin and fentanyl.
  2. Enrollment in MD, DO Schools Hits New Highs. Medical school applications and enrollment reached record highs this year as organized medicine's cries for more funding for residency slots ...

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Recently, I was bemoaning the fact that while the first conference specifically addressing diabetes and depression was a good start, there really wasn’t a significant patient presence. Lots of experienced professionals in the field, but startling few people who had actually walked-the-walk with significant depression for years, decades even. While this format will surely offer a lot of information from the professionals viewpoint, it seems that it would be a bit ...

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The state of diabetes drugs has gotten to the point where it is good news that a drug does not produce worse outcomes than a placebo. I am not kidding. The New England Journal of Medicine published two trials, each testing whether a diabetes drug increased the risk of heart attacks and death from heart disease. The trials are a result of FDA guidance for companies to assess the cardiovascular safety of new ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Health Prices Still Rising, but Very Slowly. Prices for physician and clinical services continued to climb, but did so at some of the lowest rates in a decade, according to a monthly report from a healthcare research and consulting firm.
  2. Hospital Care Falls Short for Some HF Patients. Hospitalized patients with a secondary diagnosis of heart failure received fewer life saving ...

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