From MedPage Today:

  1. MERS Watch: WHO Calls for Calm. The Middle East coronavirus (MERS) is not yet a "public health emergency of international concern," the World Health Organization says.
  2. Shingle Risk High in Lupus, RA, COPD. Patients with autoimmune diseases and certain other chronic conditions are at increased risk for shingles.
  3. Asthma Risk Up With Early Antibiotic Use. Kids treated with antibiotics ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Botulinum Toxin for Postop Afib? Injecting botulinum toxin into the fat pads around the heart after bypass surgery might stave off postoperative atrial fibrillation.
  2. Leadless Pacing Shows Promise, But Hits Snags. Longer-term results from the first-in-man study of the Nanostim leadless pacemaker showed the device continued to work as expected, but a post-marketing study in Europe has been temporarily halted following ...

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The relatively low compensation of infectious disease specialists Now a median of $174,000 per year is hardly chump change, so I don’t expect much in the way of sympathy on these data. On the other hand, someone has to to be last, and note that our income hasn’t increased a bit since the last time I commented on this survey three years ago. So it’s worth taking a few moments listing ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Low Vitamin D Worsens Lupus Risks in Kids. Children with lupus commonly are vitamin D deficient, which may contribute to their heightened inflammatory status and cardiovascular risk.
  2. When Hospitals Buy Practices, Insurers, Patients Pay the Piper. A new study gives ammunition to what health economists and health insurers have argued for years: When hospitals buy physician practices, the result is usually ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Nasogastric Tube May Be Obsolete for GI Bleeds. Placement of a nasogastric tube for determining treatment of patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding may be unnecessary since almost all these patients will eventually undergo an endoscopic procedure.
  2. ASCO Issues New Breast Cancer Tx Guidelines. The American Society of Clinical Oncology has released two new sets of clinical practice guidelines for the treatment ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. No Link Between Pot Use and Stroke Risk. There was no evidence that marijuana use was associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke in adolescents and young adults.
  2. MERS Watch: First U.S. Case Reported. Health officials have confirmed the first U.S. case of the Middle East coronavirus.
  3. FDA Panel Nixes OTC Singulair. Montelukast (Singulair) should not be allowed ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Muscle Pain in the ED. Patients presenting to the emergency department with widespread muscle pain may have very low levels of vitamin D.
  2. Care of Cancer Survivors Often Falls Short. Most cancer patients enter survivorship with little direction from oncologists or primary care providers.
  3. MERS Cases Still Climbing. The number of cases of Middle East coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has topped ...

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Something is in the air right now. There’s a strange mix of vaccine-preventable illness sweeping the country (measles) and a strange bump in media coverage for celebrities and vocal opponents to tested and recommended vaccine schedules. Part of me thought we might be done with that but pageviews, clicks, and views all sell. My hope is the coincidence of coverage and outbreaks is just that, a coincidence. But as a mom, ...

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There are reports from across the country regarding severe influenza in young people. In addition to mechanical ventilation, many are requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Given the severity of illness and the presence of multiple organ dysfunction, relying on an oral antiviral for influenza therapy seems unwise. However, at this point, the only option for intravenous therapy is IV zanamivir, which is not approved by the FDA, but available on ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. E-Cig Poisoning on the Rise. Poisonings from electronic cigarettes and their nicotine liquid have increased dramatically.
  2. West Nile Monitoring Needs Upgrade. The system used to monitor West Nile and other arboviruses in the U.S. is in such disarray that gaps might compromise the ability to detect and respond to outbreaks.
  3. Lassa Fever Reported in U.S. A man is in ...

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