Top stories in health and medicine, September 19, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Ebola Response: Fighting the Last Outbreak? The dramatic U.S. commitment of 3,000 military personnel is arguably the biggest contribution yet to the fight against the West Africa Ebola outbreak.
  2. Microbleeds May Up Afib Mortality. The presence of cerebral microbleeds was associated with an increased risk of death from both ...

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

  1. I, Intern: New Questions, New Mistakes. It feels surreal to Emily Lu, MD, when she discharges patients from the emergency department at San Francisco General Hospital and tells them to see her in a month.
  2. U.S. Ebola Response: Troops, Training, Supplies. Calling the Ebola epidemic in West Africa a ...

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Widespread news coverage has heightened concerns by many parents about a severe-symptom viral infection causing respiratory illness in children, predominately in the Midwest. Over the last month there has been a dramatic up-spike in children hospitalized with severe cold symptoms and wheezing. The virus isn’t new, but its effect on children seems to be. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed tests on children both in Kansas City and ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, September 11, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Azithromycin Linked to Belly Blockage in Infants. Infants who received azithromycin (Zithromax) in the early days of life were at an increased risk for developing infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (IHPS).
  2. Singulair Doesn't Ease Wheeze in Most Kids. Intermittent montelukast (Singulair) didn't alleviate wheezing in children, except possibly for those ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, September 10, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Bone Drugs Work; Effects and Risks Vary. Treatments for osteoporosis vary widely in terms of risk-benefit profile.
  2. Red Carpet Paves Way to Research $$$. Viewers of Stand Up To Cancer's (SU2C) fourth 1-hour live prime-time commercial-free program -- telecast over more than 30 broadcast and cable networks Friday night ...

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"Dr. Sevilla, what do you think about the Ebola virus," a patient recently asked me. My patient and I talked about the recent news reports stating that over 1,500 people have died because of the virus. "There's a vaccine that's being developed," I told my patient. "Well, that's great. I'm definitely going to get it, if ..." "If?" I asked my patient. "Well, you know how these things go. If it's covered on my ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, September 4, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Battle Over Abortion Clinic Restrictions Heats Up. The nation's fight over abortion continues unabated, but the battleground has shifted -- instead of seeking to limit who can obtain abortions, the latest legal attacks on abortion now focus on who can perform them.
  2. CDC Head: Ebola Likely to Worsen. The ...

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If an ill patient, who unexpectedly has Ebola, landed in Memphis, it is likely that my partner or I would see him. We work as infectious disease doctors at the hospital closest to the airport. The Ebola patient would present with fever, nausea and vomiting, indistinguishable from a flu or a viral illness that hundreds of patients present with each day at our hospitals. But over a few days of the illness, ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, September 1, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. ZMapp Ebola Drug Effective in Macaques. A controversial cocktail of Ebola antibodies was safe and highly effective in saving the lives of rhesus macaques, even as the animals neared death from the virus.
  2. Depression in Cancer Common But Untreated. The vast majority of clinically depressed cancer patients receive no ...

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Having been born and raised in the United States, I have become accustomed to the reputation of the U.S. as being ahead of the curve in terms of advances in numerous fields including medicine, and the research that we produce in these fields strongly backs up this claim. I have been reminded of this over the past few days while following coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. American health ...

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