Top stories in health and medicine, October 31, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Minor Memory Problems Merit Attention. Patients who reported having lost a step mentally were at nearly triple the risk of being diagnosed with definite cognitive impairment later on, albeit with a lag of about 6 to 10 years.
  2. Munchausen by Proxy: A Case Study of Abuse. If you do ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, October 30, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Disease Activity Linked to Lipid Elevation in RA. Measures of disease activity at baseline and changes in those markers with tocilizumab (Actemra) treatment among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were independently associated with increased risk for major adverse cardiovascular events.
  2. Ebola: Vinson Thanks God and the Medics. Nurse Amber ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, October 29, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Add-on Tx Less Likely in T2D Patients on Metformin. Patients with type 2 diabetes who don't start out on metformin may be at higher risk for needing additional therapy.
  2. Lung Donation After Cardiac Death Shows Promise. Lung transplantation after cardiac death achieved key endpoints comparable to those attained with ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, October 28, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Genes Confirm LDL Causes Aortic Stenosis. High LDL cholesterol appears to cause aortic stenosis, even though lipid-lowering trials in established valve disease haven't worked.
  2. Genetic Tests Dominate Thyroid Meeting. The competition for top genetic test for indeterminate thyroid nodules continues at this year's American Thyroid Association meeting.

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 42-year-old man is evaluated for a 6-day history of severe burning and stabbing pain in both feet that is worse in the toes. The pain is more severe at night, is aggravated when the bed sheets touch his skin, and is partially relieved when he walks or massages his feet. The ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, October 21, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Study Links Enterovirus in Kids to T1D. Enterovirus infection may be tied to the development of type 1 diabetes.
  2. LVAD Patient Education Misses the Mark. Patient information on left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) is biased in favor of the device, and is suboptimal for helping people determine their pros ...

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Few will argue that the overall health of Americans has deteriorated in the past quarter century.  Diabetes or prediabetes afflicts nearly 120 million people. Roughly two of three Americans are either overweight or obese. Pharmaceutical companies focus on drug discovery as a solution.  Thousands of apps for smart phones are being developed to change our destructive behavior.  But, lacking in both of these is a true solution, one that draws ...

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Josh Green’s novel -- and recent film -- The Fault In Our Stars (TFIOS) is a new classic of young adult fiction, deservedly famous, and it’s easy to see why. The story is simultaneously deeply sad and really funny, mostly due to the narrator, Hazel. She is an intensely likable 16-year-old, who charms you even while she explains, stoically, that she is dying of thyroid cancer that has spread to ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, October 16, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Pfizer, FDA Square Off on Chantix Psych Risk. The maker of the popular stop-smoking drug varenicline (Chantix), Pfizer, says new data indicate the risk of suicidality and other serious psychiatric events is not as great as once thought, and has applied to the FDA to remove a boxed warning on those ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, October 14, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. ID System Reduces NICU Errors. Mistakes made when entering clinical orders in one hospital's electronic medical records system were reduced after implementation of a unique naming system to reduce confusion and miscommunication in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
  2. Clinicians Explore EV-D68, Paralysis Link. The mysterious cases of acute ...

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