Hepatitis C is one of the most common chronic infectious illnesses in the U.S. today and affects nearly 3.2 million Americans. Complications of hepatitis C infection include liver cancer as well as cirrhosis.  Many patients with chronic hepatitis ultimately develop liver failure and will die without liver transplantation.  In the last year,  a new drug class has entered the market and can produce cure rates in excess of 90 percent. These ...

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  1. Overactive Bladder May Set Seniors Up for a Fall. A diagnosis of overactive bladder (OAB) significantly increased the risk of falls among a Medicare population.
  2. IBS: Peppermint Oil May Be a Treatment Option. A slow-release peppermint oil (IBgard) appeared to significantly reduce severe abdominal symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Costly Hep C Tx Could Still Save Big Money. Treating genotype 1 (GT1) chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients with ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (Harvoni) would result in an annual societal productivity gain of approximately $2.7 billion in the U.S.
  2. Workout May Ease Pain in Women With Fibromyalgia. A strong association exists between ...

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I recently was invited to participate in a research study, looking at the economic impact of a new drug for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection. The new drug, called fidaxomicin, has been available for a few years and has proven efficacy in thousands of patients but is generally very expensive. The study will follow patients after their hospitalization and delve into analyzing the monetary costs associated with the medicine, ...

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shutterstock_100776622 Everyone likes to be recognized for a special achievement or accomplishment. Every career has special awards and commendations for everything. While there’s no reward that matches cold hard cash, many of these honorable mentions have no tangible value whatsoever. Pull into a fast food parking lot and you may see a parking space designated with a sign proclaiming, employee of the ...

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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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There she lay: a 59-year old woman who had become increasingly disoriented and confused. Not only did she have an infection in her bloodstream, years of alcohol abuse had taken its toll on her liver, leaving her skin yellowed. “Welcome to the ICU,” I thought. In contrast to my previous clinical experience, I found this patient encounter unsettling. No conversation. No personality. No interaction. She was nothing more than a body in a bed punctured ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Delaying HCV Tx Reduces Likelihood of Eradication. Delaying treatment of hepatitis C virus infection markedly increased the risk of not being able to clear the virus in these patients.
  2. Paying Residents to Keep Stroke Patients Safe. A team of resident watchdogs and a simple checklist helps one hospital system ...

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"Safety first" is a mantra of today's hovering parents.  It's the default explanation that a parent invokes when an edict has been issued that cannot be challenged or reversed. "Mommy, can I please have a water pistol?" "I'm sorry, honey.  You know how Daddy and I feel about guns.  This is a safety issue.  Now go and practice your violin and afterwards help yourself to some kale chips." The safety concept has crept ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Guidelines Loosen BP Targets in Heart Disease. Treatment should target under 140/90 mmHg for most hypertensive patients with known heart disease, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC), and the American Society of Hypertension (ASH).
  2. Constipation Emergencies on the Rise. ...

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