medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Brain Blood Flow May Tell of Concussion Recovery. Cerebral blood flow may be a useful biomarker for predicting outcomes following concussion.
  2. Does More Coffee Mean Less Arterial Plaque? Moderate coffee consumption was associated with a decreased risk of high coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores in asymptomatic people.

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shutterstock_178235516 I sometimes think doctors forget what it’s like to be patients. But I’ve been there, and I know how frustrating and scary it can be. I remember one night, I was lying in a hospital bed, resting peacefully. I heard a noise and opened my eyes to a room full of chaos. Nurses everywhere. A crash cart. Someone holding paddles. I tried to speak, but couldn’t. ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Studies Cement Value of HIV Prophylaxis. re-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with a single pill prevented HIV infection among more than 85% of two groups of men who have sex with men.
  2. NSAIDs: A Risky Addition to Post-MI Antithrombotics. Adding a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to antithrombotic therapy after a heart ...

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In anticipation of American Heart Month, an examination of the liability risks faced by cardiologists was recently undertaken by The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer. This analysis of 429 closed cardiology claims from 2007 to 2013 revealed that the most common patient allegations against cardiologists and other clinicians were diagnostic errors, followed closely by procedural or surgical mishaps. This data is of particular interest to cardiologists, ...

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american society of anesthesiologistsA guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Before undergoing surgery, you should carefully discuss your medications with your surgeon and physician anesthesiologist. You may fare better during the operation and the early recovery phase if you continue required medications, but you might need to avoid some medications that could interfere with your anesthesia. Three ...

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In the midst of seeing a patient, I got a call from another physician, my dad's new cardiologist. "Looks like he is going to need CABG (open heart surgery) since he has four major blockages." I was expecting this call, and this result, based on his history of diabetes and at least one month of chest pain. It was still shocking to hear. I walked back into the exam to continue the ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Predicting Death in Advanced Cancer. Late-occurring signs of declining neurocognitive function proved to be highly specific and highly likely markers of impending death in patients with advanced-stage cancer.
  2. JAK-3 Drug Effective in RA, but Safe? The oral selective JAK-3 inhibitor decernotinib was associated with significant improvements in symptom relief ...

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As much as I have given the "ologists" and other members of the dysfunctional U.S. health care system a hard time in previous posts, it’s only fair that I call out bad family medicine as well. I have a great example. I recently saw patient who is relatively new to the area who had seen another family physician in my community. He is 39-year-old male, and his only significant potential health ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Diabetes Patients on BP Meds at Lower Risk. Lowering blood pressure in patients with type 2 diabetes was associated with decreased mortality risk in a meta-analysis of 40 randomized trials.
  2. ACA: Beyond 'Repeal And Replace'. Repeal and replace" has been the rallying cry for Republicans since the Affordable Care ...

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We all accept that we can't vote until we are 18 and can't order alcohol -- at least legally -- until we are 21. We know that if we speed 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, we risk a traffic ticket or accident. We get used to these numbers and pretty much know the risks if we break them. However, the practice of medicine is becoming more and more ...

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