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  1. Indoor Tanning Still Common in Girls, Women. Indoor tanning among adolescent girls and young women rises through the teen years, peaking at about 18 through 21, and then declines with age.
  2. 1 Autistic Child in Family Hikes Risk for More. Younger siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) had a greater risk of being affected with an ASD themselves.

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  1. Data Promising for Next-Gen Inhaled Insulin. Two late-stage trials in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes have shown benefits for the latest incarnation of rapid-acting inhaled insulin (Afrezza) over insulin and oral diabetes drugs.
  2. Byetta May Help in Type 1 Diabetes, Too. The GLP-1 agonist exenatide (Byetta), used in type 2 diabetes, may have metabolic effects on patients with ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Oncology Clinics Caught in Financial Vise. Community oncology clinics continue to feel the squeeze of a changing reimbursement structure that has forced 288 clinics to close in the past 6 years. 2. More Docs Seek Traditional MBA Degrees. When nervous dental patients make their first visit to Dr. Sree Koka, chair of dental specialties at the Mayo ...

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In 2009 I wrote a post titled “Quality or Conformity," where I pointed out that many of the quality measures in primary care have more to do with whether doctors follow guidelines than if they deliver care that helps patients live long and well. There is a tendency to focus quality efforts on measuring what is easy to measure, rather than what matters the most. That phenomenon is called ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Supreme Court Nixes State Suits Against Generics. Makers of generic drugs cannot be sued under state law for side effects of their products, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, angering patients' rights advocates. 2. Parental Focus on Weight Loss May Harm Teens. Parents who engaged their children in discussion about healthy eating habits offered them a protective effect ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Risk Model May Catch Type 1 Diabetes Early. A threshold based on risk prediction data from a large epidemiological study of type 1 diabetes may help better predict which patients will develop the disease. 2. Drug Combo Beats Step-Up Tx in New T2D. Starting newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients on triple combination therapy rather than progressing step-wise ...

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Approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market a new drug is a critical waypoint along the path to profits for pharmaceutical manufacturers. Unfortunately, recent case studies have illustrated that FDA approval does not necessarily provide assurances of effectiveness and safety. In last month's Georgetown University Health Policy seminar, we discussed two examples, anemia drugs and the diabetes drug rosiglitazone (Avandia), which were ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Organ Donors Will Sign Up on Facebook. Despite years of media and public service campaigns appealing for organ donations, donor rates remained static while demand increased -- until Facebook. 2. MRI May Spot Meningitis from Tainted Steroids. A screening MRI may provide early warning of spinal or paraspinal meningitis in patients who received contaminated steroid injections. 3.
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Like many other Millenials who grew up in the age of Lara Croft and Brangelina, I greeted Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she had undergone a preventative mastectomy and reconstruction last month with sadness for her loss and admiration for her heroic decision and very public disclosure. I hope her story will lead other women to undergo screening and potentially save lives, but real improvement in women’s health outcomes requires ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. BPA Level Tied to Higher Weight in Girls. In girls ages 9 to 12, a higher urine concentration of the plastic component bisphenol-A (BPA) was more likely to put them in the 90th percentile on weight charts. 2. Brain Imaging May Guide Depression Tx. Responses to psychotherapy versus antidepressant drugs differed according to levels of glucose ...

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