medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Statin Therapy Suppresses Coronary Plaques in HIV Patients. Treatment with potent statin medication appears to reduce plaque burden in coronary arteries of patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while untreated patients experienced expansion of plaques.
  2. Few Women Qualify for 3-Person IVF. Close to 800 women of childbearing age ...

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There has been an outbreak of measles, a vaccine preventable disease, along with an outbreak of people yelling at each other. There have been angry exchanges between people who would like all children vaccinated according to the recommended guidelines and people who support the rights of parents to choose which vaccines to give their children, if any, and when to give them. There has been much focus on the assertion, ...

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shutterstock_94087123 I awoke one Saturday morning to a terribly familiar feeling -- a tight, barky cough, fast breathing, severe shortness of breath and burning in my chest. Another severe asthma attack. I knew I was in trouble. Twenty-three years ago, when I was an internal medicine resident, I went to be evaluated for recurrent pneumonia. I wound up being diagnosed with cough variant ...

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Recently, as I juggled work, family and shoveling, I prepared a lecture on promoting equity in health delivery. My first slide is a picture of the Ebola virus, and as of this morning, my last slide is a map of the ongoing measles outbreak. That’s because this week, we’ve heard a clear public health message from both President Obama and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy: Vaccines are safe and effective. Why is this ...

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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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Cases of measles linked to an exposure at Disneyland continue to spread, not just in California, but in several other states and in Mexico. The numbers of cases are climbing -- and so are the number of exposed people who might get sick -- and expose more people before they realize they are sick. Measles is extremely contagious; if someone has it, they will infect 90 percent of the people ...

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A cartoon of an angry looking physician, a spotted boy, and some anxious parents in The New Yorker reads, “If you connect the measles, it spells out, ‘My parents are idiots’.”

A facetious article in GomerBlog announces, “Big Pharma Admits They’re Just Trying to Kill Everyone with Vaccines.”

Even television host Stephen Colbert gets in on the make-fun-of-anti-vaxxers act, recently declaring, ...

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Many parents around the U.S. are asking what to do about a possible measles exposure with a baby at home who is too young to be immunized. Should they stay home? Can they travel? Should they cancel that trip to Utah or to Vermont or even to Disney next month? Can they head out to the store without worry? Are they “safe"? I hate that I can’t completely say they are ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. U.S. Still Poorly Prepared to Treat Obesity. Health professionals are poorly prepared to treat obesity, and they have biases and unfounded assumptions about the disease.
  2. Fibromyalgia: Need to Nap Increases as Symptoms Worsen. Daytime napping is associated with greater symptom severity in patients with fibromyalgia, supporting the notion that ...

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We all know them. We see them on TV. We read about them in the paper. And, with the explosion of social media, you hear about it from people you know. If you have a Facebook account with a sizable enough network of friends, you’ve probably seen at least one negative comment about vaccines. On one end of the spectrum, there are the seemingly innocent people who claim that they ...

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