Top stories in health and medicine, July 24, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Weight Watchers Tops in Efficacy Vs. Cost. Among the most popular diet programs and drugs, Weight Watchers trims the most bulge for the buck, according to a new cost-effectiveness analysis.
  2. Probiotics: Moderate Impact on BP? Probiotics cut blood pressure by roughly 4 mm Hg systolic and 2 mm Hg ...

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

  1. Salt Consumption Tied to Heart Risk in T2D. Higher salt intake was associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with type 2 diabetes.
  2. Three-Drug Cocktail Has Promise in TB. An experimental, three-drug tuberculosis (TB) treatment regimen demonstrated bactericidal activity in patients with drug-sensitive or multidrug-resistant disease.

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 65-year-old woman is evaluated for a prodrome of pain on tip of the nose followed by a painful eruption involving the right periorbital tissue. On physical examination, all vital signs are normal. There are grouped vesicles on an erythematous base on the tip of the nose and about the right eye. Which of ...

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

  1. FDA: Testosterone Carries VTE Risk. Testosterone products can cause venous thromboembolism (VTE) even in patients without polycythemia, the FDA warned amidst ongoing cardiovascular risk assessment.
  2. Safety Foul-Up Exposes CDC Staff to Anthrax. A breakdown in safety procedures has exposed 84 CDC staffers in Atlanta to live anthrax.

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 18, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Is There an Rx for High Drug Prices? In the U.S., rising prescription drug prices are the law -- at least that's the way it looks to Leonard Saltz, MD, chief of gastrointestinal oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
  2. Targets Tightened for Kids' Type ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 9, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Surgeons Not Very Involved in ACOs, Survey Says. Accountable Care Organizations have given little attention to surgery in the early years of the Medicare program, choosing to focus instead on managing chronic conditions and reducing hospital readmissions.
  2. Early Allergen Exposure Cuts Wheeze Risk. A new study confirmed that when ...

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Improving health care: Are physicians knights or pawns? How do we motivate physicians and other health professionals to work at their best? How do we create systems of high performance? Is it by a series of top-down highly specific mandates or by setting up general guidelines and providing tools? I believe it comes down to one’s vision of physicians. Are physicians knights to be empowered in their service of patients ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. SNRI Equal to Hormones for Hot Flush Tx. A low dose of the antidepressant venlafaxine (Effexor) appeared roughly as good as hormonal therapy to ease hot flushes in menopause.
  2. USPSTF Urges HBV Screening for High-Risk People. People at high risk for hepatitis B (HBV) should be screened for the virus, according to a new recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. VA Top Doc Calls It Quits. Robert Petzel, the man in charge of healthcare for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), resigned Friday in the wake of a growing scandal over the care provided to veterans at various VA healthcare facilities.
  2. Steroid Use in RA More Common. More patients with rheumatoid arthritis today are initiating treatment with glucocorticoids (GCs) early 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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