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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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Branded Diabetes Drugs Cost Medicare a Bundle. Medicare could have saved more than a billion dollars in one year alone if the program's spending on brand-name diabetes drugs matched that of the Veterans Administration. 2. Low Blood Sugar, Dementia Set Vicious Cycle in Diabetes. In older patients with diabetes, cognitive impairment increases the risk of hypoglycemia, ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Low Vitamin D Linked to Hepatitis B. Vitamin D deficiency might be a key player in hepatitis B (HBV) replication. 2. Wrinkles Emerge in SGR Repeal Debate. As Congress inches toward a change in the way physicians are paid under Medicare, an early-stage Republican proposal drew criticism this week for not going far enough. 3.
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As a medical student nearly two decades ago, I remember how excited I was to begin my rotations on the wards. After two intense years in the classroom, I felt that I had a good fund of knowledge that I could finally apply in a clinical setting. Still, very soon after beginning my ward rotations, I noticed that while I was able to adequately manage my patients’ symptoms, I could ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Off-Label Chemo Common for Mets. Off-label prescribing of chemotherapy agents is common in the metastatic setting and a substantial proportion of it goes beyond National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)-accepted practice. 2. FDA Panel Starts to Tackle Avandia Safety. A controversial study of the cardiovascular safety of one-time diabetes blockbuster rosiglitazone (Avandia) has proven difficult for FDA ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Sleep Disorders when Kids Have Night Terrors. Sleep disordered breathing, periodic limb movement, and mood disturbances are common comorbidities in pediatric patients with parasomnias. 2. Veggies Are Key to Long Life. People who followed a vegetarian diet had a lower risk for death from any cause, and men in particular also saw benefits for cardiovascular mortality. 3. ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Uniform Quality Measures Sought for an SGR Repeal. Doctors need quality measures from a single source and more avenues to qualify for value-based payments under a post-Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) reimbursement system. 2. Triptans Go-To Migraine Drugs Even in Pregnancy. Monday's FDA announcement that pregnant women should not take valproate sodium and related drugs to prevent ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Docs Need to Speak Up on Gun Control. Physicians need to do a better job at promoting the data that supports stronger gun-control laws. 2. Most Adults Ignore Fitness Recommendations. Just over 20% of U.S. adults get as much aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise as recommended in government guidelines. 3. Chaotic Home Impacts HbA1c in ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Diabetes 'Cure' After Weight Loss Surgery Lasts Long Term. Bariatric surgery may keep type 2 diabetes at bay for good. 2. Car Emissions Tied to Rare Pediatric Cancers. Children born to mothers who lived within a mile of heavy traffic while pregnant were at higher risk of developing any of three childhood cancers. 3.
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