From MedPage Today:

  1. Two HCV Drugs Stronger Than One. A combination of the two newest drugs approved for hepatitis C virus (HCV) suggests that a strength of one overcomes a weakness of the other.
  2. % of Type 2 Diabetes Left Undiagnosed Declines. A lower percentage of type 2 diabetes cases is going undiagnosed than was the case in the past couple of decades.

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  1. A Different Take on .health Domains. Top level domains (TLD) like .doctor, .med, and .health will certainly provide for a memorable way to promote one's practice website as compared with what exists today in domain name choices.
  2. EMA Also Reviews Testosterone. The European Medicines Agency has initiated a review of testosterone therapies, joining the FDA in investigating potential cardiovascular side effects.

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  1. ACA Enrollees Sicker Than Average? Offering a first glimpse of the healthcare needs of Americans who bought coverage through federal and state marketplaces, an analysis of the first 2 months of claims data shows the new enrollees are more likely to use expensive specialty drugs to treat conditions like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C than those with job-based insurance.
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  1. Diet Rich in Beans, Lentils, Peas Lowers LDL. People who consumed a serving a day of dietary "pulses" -- such as beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas -- significantly reduced their low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
  2. Dad's Extra Pounds Tied to Kid's Risk for Autism Disorders. Paternal obesity was strongly associated with increased risk for several autism spectrum disorders in children.

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The shocking ingredient in natural medicine So you think your medicine is natural. Ever wonder what’s inside? A product can be labeled “natural” if the main ingredient is from an animal, plant, or mineral. Arsenic, horse urine, and cow brain are natural. But are they natural for you? Here are four drugs whose origins may surprise you. Insulin was discovered in 1922. Until the 1980s, all insulin was “natural” ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. ACA Signups Hit 7 Million Mark. More than 7 million Americans -- the avowed goal for 2014 enrollment -- have signed up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges.
  2. Mixed Results in NSCLC, SCLC Trials. Two-thirds of patients with recurrent, mutated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) responded to an investigational agent that selectively targets mutant cells and spares ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Ketoacidosis High in Type 1 Diabetes. The incidence of potentially dangerous diabetic ketoacidosis remains high for young patients with type 1 diabetes, but has decreased significantly for those with type 2 disease.
  2. Gout Drug Tames the Heart. Colchicine may be as effective at reducing multiple recurrences of pericarditis as it is in treating acute episodes and first recurrences.
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  1. FDA Staff Doubts Colon Cancer Blood Test. FDA staff expressed serious reservations about using an investigational blood biomarker test as a colorectal cancer screen, citing poor specificity and unanswered questions about other purported advantages.
  2. Weight Gain Soon After Birth Tied to Diabetes Risk. New moms who add extra pounds to baby weight within a year of giving birth increase their risk ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 59-year-old woman is evaluated during a routine follow-up visit. She was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia. She feels well. Medications are metformin, atorvastatin, and aspirin. Physical examination findings and vital signs are normal. BMI is 27. Laboratory studies reveal a serum creatinine level of 0.9 mg/dL (79.6 µmol/L), an ...

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  1. Is Belphen the Next Blockbuster Diet Drug? Even though there are scant data, obesity researchers and patients have already put a name to a potential new weight-loss craze: Belphen, a combination of lorcaserin (Belviq) and phentermine.
  2. Does COPD Dull the Mind? Mild cognitive impairment was more likely in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), particularly the longer it went on.

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