Top stories in health and medicine, December 19, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. High-Dose Flu Vaccine Better for Frail Elderly. For frail older people living in long-term care, a high-dose inactivated influenza vaccine is a better option than the standard drug.
  2. Look into SGLT2 Fracture Risk, Researchers Urge. Look deeper into the potential relationship between SGLT2 inhibitors and bone fractures.

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Top stories in health and medicine, December 17, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Gene Test Has Promise for Nailing DCIS Recurrence Risk. A multigene panel predicted recurrence risk in ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), according to a population-based study.
  2. Docs, Guns, and Smokes. One day in clinic, 2 years ago, a patient handed Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, a request for a concealed ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, December 12, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Tools Help Consumers Find Healthcare Bargains. Patients who used an Internet price-transparency tool to shop for laboratory tests and imaging services cut their spending by 14% on lab tests and 13% on imaging, according to a recent study.
  2. Progesterone for TBI Flops in Big Trials. Progesterone treatment failed to ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, December 11, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Renal Denervation: Not Dead Yet? A new analysis of the study that derailed the promise of catheter-based renal denervation may breathe new life into the procedure.
  2. 3 Ways to Select ICU Kids for Seizure Monitoring. Not all children with severe brain injuries need to be monitored for subclinical seizures, ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, December 10, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Baseline Joint Symmetry Predicts RA Treatment Success. In early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) the most important single predictor of achieving an absolute or a relative patient-perceived pain improvement (PPSI) after 6 months of treatment is baseline symmetrical arthritis.
  2. How Good Is Healthcare for Kids? Depends on Your ZIP Code. Instead ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 38-year-old man is evaluated for a mass in his right neck that he first noticed 2 weeks ago while shaving. The patient also reports experiencing a pressure sensation when swallowing solid foods for the past year and daily diarrhea for the past 2 months. His personal medical history is unremarkable. His ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, December 5, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Duplication Error May Make Giants. A duplication in a short stretch of the X chromosome may be responsible for a specific type of gigantism seen in children.
  2. Lab Work Moves More Quickly to Clinical Setting. A second investigational drug in the isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) inhibitor class has demonstrated activity ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, December 4, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Men on ADT Skipping Out on Bisphosphonates. Few men in Canada receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer have simultaneous bisphosphonate treatment to prevent fractures.
  2. What Every ED Should Have. The emergency department (ED) is one of the highest risk areas of any institution. Both the fast-paced environment ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, December 3, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. SIPS: The New Kid on the Bariatric Block. Duodenal switch is an effective procedure for weight loss, but it currently accounts for less than 5% of all bariatric surgeries due to concerns about technical difficulty, nutritional deficiency, and frequent bowel movements.
  2. Mild Stenosis Linked to Death in Diabetes. Even ...

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Two patient result letters: Which one did this physician send? Middle-aged lady, twenty pounds overweight.

Doing everything I can, doctor. Everything imaginable. Diet: I eat practically nothing. Exercise: all the time! Weight Watchers doesn’t work. Jenny Craig, South Beach, the Zone; I’ve tried it all. Nothing works. Have to lose weight. Have to lose weight.
Yada, yada, yada. Oh look: A few years back I diagnosed you as hypothyroid and gave you some Synthroid. ...

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