shutterstock_252181402 In 2008, at the age of 22, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and began my experience with the American health care system and how to care for myself in it. When I was in the process of diagnosing my illness, I went to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland to meet with an endocrinologist and have my ultrasound results interpreted. ...

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shutterstock_169002578 Much of medicine is no harder than Mom, a Band-Aid and a scrapped knee. Flu shots save lives, give flu shots. Bleeding causes anemia, give iron or, if severe, blood. There is a fracture, fix it. A boil hurts, lance it.  This is not rocket science. Perhaps medicine is so simple that it can be automated. Instead of a doctor at all, ...

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One of the words we don’t use anymore is cretin; it’s long been a derogatory slur rather than a precise description of something. But a century ago cretinism actually meant a specific thing: a person, generally a child, who was severely damaged by a lack of thyroid hormone during early development, particularly fetal development. Now we call the condition congenital hypothyroidism. A few cases still exist, which is why we ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Testosterone Shots: Riskier Than Gels or Patches? Short-acting testosterone injections are associated with greater risk of cardiovascular events, hospitalizations, and death compared with gels or patches, according to a large retrospective cohort study.
  2. Liberia Declared Free of Ebola. In what the World Health Organization called a "monumental achievement," Liberia ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Delayed Autism Diagnosis Common in Primary Care. Parents with autistic children were more likely to receive a passive, rather than a proactive response from a provider when raising concerns about their children's development compared with parents whose children exhibited signs of developmental delay.
  2. MOC Watch: ABMS President Rebuts Critics. ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. CSF Biomarker May Predict Early AD Progression. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of a certain brain protein may be a helpful predictor of progression to Alzheimer's disease.
  2. Diabetes More Likely in Children in Stressful Homes. Children who experienced psychologically stressful events faced a greater risk of developing type 1 diabetes ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Can Burning the Midnight Oil Lead to Diabetes? If you tend to be a night owl, add that to the list of risk factors for developing diabetes.
  2. Experts Weigh In on IgG4 Disease. The diagnosis of IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) requires biopsy confirmation and should not be based on the ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 44-year-old man is evaluated during a routine examination. He is concerned about his general health and risk of diabetes mellitus. He has no medical problems. Both parents and his sister have type 2 diabetes mellitus. On physical examination, temperature is normal, blood pressure is 130/79 mm Hg, pulse rate is 66/min, and ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Uncertainty and Litigation Fears Drive ED Docs to Overimage. Nearly all emergency medicine physicians responding to a survey said that at least some of the advanced imaging studies they ordered were medically unnecessary.
  2. USPSTF: Not Enough Evidence for Thyroid Screening. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) said there ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 54-year-old woman comes to the office for advice regarding maintaining bone health. She has no history of fracture. The patient recently had a lumpectomy and radiation therapy to treat breast cancer, is currently taking tamoxifen, and will begin taking an aromatase inhibitor in 2 months. She underwent menopause at age 52 ...

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