From MedPage Today:

  1. Calcium, Vitamin D Benefit Older Women. Postmenopausal women had significant improvement in their lipid profile with long-term calcium and vitamin D supplementation, data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) showed.
  2. Telemonitoring Cuts ICU Time, Boosts Outcomes. Remote monitoring in the intensive care unit was associated with lower mortality and shorter stays.
  3. Smart Phones and Not So Smart Parenting. Using ...

    Read more...

From MedPage Today:

  1. Preop PET Cuts Lung Cancer Surgery. Routine preoperative PET imaging led to a significant reduction in unnecessary surgery for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
  2. A Cure for Chlamydia Arthritis? Increased understanding of the biology and survival tactics of Chlamydia trachomatis is suggesting that the post-infectious chronic arthritis experienced by many patients may actually be curable.
  3. Efavirenz Tops Lopinavir in ...

    Read more...

From MedPage Today:

  1. Should Doc Groups Help Set Quality Measures? Physician groups are proud of a provision in recent legislation that repeals Medicare's doctor payment formula which allows specialty societies to help set quality measures.
  2. Teens Likely to Get Opioid Rx for Headaches. Nearly half of teens who visit a doctor complaining of headache pain walk away with a prescription for a narcotic painkiller.

  3. Read more...

From MedPage Today:

  1. Scleroderma Survival Tied to Lung Problems. Survival among patients with scleroderma was strongly influenced by the development of major pulmonary involvement.
  2. HIV Tx Tied to Low Infection From Sex. Serodiscordant couples who engage in unprotected sexual intercourse have a very small risk of transmitting HIV if the infected partner is well treated with suppressive antiretroviral therapy.
  3. Xolair Makes Milk ...

    Read more...

One aspect of the endless vaccine debate is the aspect of coercion some parents feel about requiring children to be vaccinated before they can go to school. The government mandates vaccination. But this isn’t really an absolute requirement. Although all 50 states ostensibly require vaccination, all but 2  (Mississippi and West Virginia) allow parents to opt out for religious reasons, and 19 states allow this for philosophical reasons. (See 
Read more...

From MedPage Today:

  1. All-Oral HCV Regimen Works in 9 Out of 10. An all-oral, 12-week regimen appears to successfully treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in about 90% of patients.
  2. CDC's Frieden to Docs: Dial Back Antibiotic Rx. Doctors in some hospitals are prescribing three times more antibiotics than physicians treating similar patients in other institutions.
  3. Anger Is Fast Trigger for Heart ...

    Read more...

From MedPage Today:

  1. A Targeted Treatment for Scleroderma? A monoclonal antibody that binds to the type 1 interferon-alpha receptor showed an acceptable safety profile in a phase I trial for systemic sclerosis, but efficacy was less clear.
  2. CMS: More 'Meaningful Use' Exemptions Coming. Some healthcare providers struggling to meet the second stage of the incentive program for electronic health records (EHRs) may receive a ...

    Read more...

Over the last decade, researchers, doctors and the life-sciences industry have made great strides in treating HIV. Medications once routinely delivered through complicated multidose cocktails are now, for some patients, available in a one-pill-a-day form. While adhering to even a once-daily regimen is still a challenge, significant progress on the treatment of HIV is undeniable. On the prevention front, however, there’s still work to be done. Despite a significant public-education campaign ...

Read more...

From MedPage Today:

  1. Driving High on List for Stroke Survivors. Stroke survivors seldom seek formal evaluation of readiness to get back behind the wheel, even if they have significant limitations in other daily activities.
  2. Viral Infection May Dull Mind. Mental sharpness appeared dulled with a history of exposure to five common viruses, with a possible signal for faster cognitive decline as well.

  3. Read more...

There is little doubt that over the next few years we will see a wave of increasingly sophisticated point-of-care tools to help clinicians determine the costs and relative value of their medical recommendations. I welcome that day, but I do not intend to idly sit by waiting for it. Not all solutions need to be based on high-level algorithms or slick, user-friendly apps made for iPhones. Last month I came across a ...

Read more...