medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Newer Antiplatelet is Faster in Ad Hoc PCI. Ticagrelor (Brilinta) dropped platelet reactivity lower sooner when given on the table for patients going directly to revascularization after diagnostic angiography.
  2. Abandoned Painkiller Makes a Comeback. In 2006, in the midst of a growing opioid epidemic, the FDA approved the new ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Congress Wrestles With School Lunches. Federally funded programs to get kids to eat their vegetables at school -- not an easy task at home either -- got a hard look from a Senate panel at a hearing.
  2. Are E-Cigs a Gateway to Smoking? Lots of questions remain about the ...

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I recently read a discussion by three hypertension specialists, Drs. Jan Basile, Dominic Sica and David Kountz, on how to treat resistant hypertension. Resistant hypertension is blood pressure that remains above goal despite treatment with three drugs, from different classes, one of which must be a diuretic. 10 to 15 percent of patients with high blood pressure will have resistant hypertension. These are the people who always seem to have ...

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shutterstock_77642626 Earnest Tipp was very overdue for his blood pressure follow-up. Almost a year and a half overdue, as a matter of fact. The last few times I had refilled his medications, I had added “needs follow-up” to the signum on his scripts. The other day I finally saw him in my schedule. I thought about him all morning. A tall, muscular 90-year ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 38-year-old woman is evaluated during a follow-up visit. She has a history of well-controlled hypertension and type 1 diabetes mellitus. She is at 16 weeks' gestation with her first pregnancy. Prior to conception she was taking lisinopril, which was discontinued in anticipation of the pregnancy, and labetalol was initiated. Other medications ...

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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. Health IT: 'We Were Bound To Be Disappointed'. Robert Wachter, MD, works an hour north of Silicon Valley. Being surrounded by an "incredibly dynamic, vibrant IT ecosystem" contributed to a sense of disconnect for the associate chairman of medicine at the University of California San Francisco.
  2. Americans Miss WHO ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Nicotine Replacement in Pregnancy: How Risky? The absolute risk of major congenital anomalies was similar among infants born to smokers and those born to women on nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), but respiratory problems were worse in the latter group.
  2. AS Activity Tied to Future Risk for Heart Disease. Early ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Healthier Americans Mean a Stronger Economy. More health insurance results in more Americans who are in better health, which in turn makes the economy stronger.
  2. Dronedarone in Middle Age Linked to More Admissions. Treatment with dronedarone (Multaq) was associated with a higher risk for hospitalization than treatment with amiodarone ...

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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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