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 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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A case that illustrates the good, the bad and the ugly of American medicine I had a recent conversation with an old friend about her elderly father that encapsulates a lot of what is both great and terribly wrong with health care in America today. Here are the basic facts: the man is in his mid-80s, retired from teaching school, and is active and vigorous, living in the community; he is cognitively intact. He has a ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, October 23, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Aortic Dissection Becoming Less Deadly. Aortic dissection survival has improved, particularly for patients getting surgical repair.
  2. Preparing for Ebola: Is New York City Ready? The hall was packed, the speakers were primed, and the message to thousands of healthcare workers gathered here today was simple: Ebola will not sneak ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, October 22, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Office Visits Linked to National HTN Control. While hypertension treatment rates have risen over the past decade, but control of hypertension may have plateaued, according to a national study that suggested regular office visits as a key factor.
  2. A Youthful Approach to Breast Cancer Prevention. Most of us are ...

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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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Every so often you have a patient in your practice that you sort of know, but really don’t. You’ve seen the name somewhere, but your mind draws a blank when asked about him. You may even have a vague idea of what he looks like, but if he were to bump into you on the street, you won’t even recognize him, despite the fact that you’ve been inside his heart ...

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A friend of mine, a diabetic who has been pretty passive about his medical care, suddenly learned the importance of patient engagement a few weeks ago when a matter affecting his pocketbook grabbed his attention. A bill arrived from Express Scripts, the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) for Emblem Health, a Medigap plan offered to former New York City employees. For years my friend had been taking the drug gemfibrozil that diabetics ...

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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 15, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Ebola: Are Community Hospitals Up to the Task? With the announcement that a nurse in Dallas contracted Ebola while caring for an infected patient in a community hospital, calls are increasing to treat the disease only in centers specializing in treatment of highly contagious and highly virulent diseases.
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