From MedPage Today:

  1. Primary Pain Points: 'Messing With the Computer'. "Messing with the computer takes the physician's head out of the exam," Jordan Grumet, MD, a primary care clinician in a small practice in Northbrook, Ill., told MedPage Today in response to the question "What frustrates you?"
  2. No Link Seen Between Vaccines and Lupus. Recent vaccination was not associated with an increased risk for the development ...

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It’s a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., leading to hundreds of thousands of preventable heart attacks, strokes and failed kidneys each year. About one-third of all American adults have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and it costs the nation about $50 billion annually to treat it and its complications. “It” is high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. It is a symptomless, silent killer. There are ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Medicaid Directors Question Need for $1,000 HCV Pill. The evidence base for one of the star hepatitis C drugs is poor and the guidelines for its use are flawed, according to a report prepared for the National Association of Medicaid Directors.
  2. YouTube Not Ideal for BP. Patients with hypertension might want to be careful about trusting health information from the Internet, ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Carbs May Lower Risk of Prostate Cancer. A diet rich in complex carbohydrates and fiber had a significant favorable association with prostate cancer risk.
  2. Obama Stands Pat for Now on VA, Shinseki. President Obama said in a news conference Wednesday that he is awaiting a preliminary report due next week on healthcare problems at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities before taking ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Imaging May Aid in Predicting MS Progression. A measurement obtained through MR spectroscopy appeared to predict disability progression in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.
  2. Invokana Monotherapy Promising for T2D Control. The SGLT2 inhibitor canagliflozin (Invokana) may be effective as monotherapy in type 2 diabetes patients who fail to control their disease with diet and exercise.
  3. Less Cardiac Screening May Suffice ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Time to Look Beyond BMI. Endocrinologists are redefining obesity and the way physicians manage it.
  2. BP Guidelines: No Simple Answers. Confusion about conflicting guidance on the management of high blood pressure continues, with some clinicians calling for a "guide to the guidelines."
  3. Antioxidant No Help in IPF. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) used on its own had no impact on outcomes in ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Possible Links Found Between Afib, Dementia. Heart rate and anticoagulation control may contribute to the relationship between atrial fibrillation and dementia.
  2. Excess Weight Weighs Heavily in Early RA Tx. Patients diagnosed with early rheumatoid arthritis who were overweight were less likely to achieve rapid disease control.
  3. FDA Slashes Starting Dose for Lunesta. Patients starting on the sleep drug eszopiclone ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. MERS Watch: WHO Calls for Calm. The Middle East coronavirus (MERS) is not yet a "public health emergency of international concern," the World Health Organization says.
  2. Shingle Risk High in Lupus, RA, COPD. Patients with autoimmune diseases and certain other chronic conditions are at increased risk for shingles.
  3. Asthma Risk Up With Early Antibiotic Use. Kids treated with antibiotics ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Medicare Pays Billions for 'Low-Value Care'. The Medicare system spent at least $1.9 billion in 2009 and probably much more on "low-value" procedures and tests, such as cancer screening in patients with end-stage renal disease in patients 75 and older.
  2. New Antibody Promising in Severe Colitis. Patients with moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis treated with the monoclonal antibody etrolizumab more often achieved clinical ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Botulinum Toxin for Postop Afib? Injecting botulinum toxin into the fat pads around the heart after bypass surgery might stave off postoperative atrial fibrillation.
  2. Leadless Pacing Shows Promise, But Hits Snags. Longer-term results from the first-in-man study of the Nanostim leadless pacemaker showed the device continued to work as expected, but a post-marketing study in Europe has been temporarily halted following ...

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