medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. What Is the Real Cost of a New Knee? Assuming current eligibility criteria for total knee arthroplasty (TKA), the per patient lifetime cost attributable to symptomatic knee OA is $12,400, which represents about 10% of total direct medical costs in patients with OA.
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Even I am not immune to influenza. In Northeastern Ohio, there have been more hospitalizations and school closings this year from influenza. And, let me tell you, as a family physician who also sees patients in the hospital and the office, we have seen a lot more respiratory illnesses versus last year. No, I'm not one of those Dr. Oz hypocrites who skip the influenza vaccine. We already know the 
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CHEST_sig_horiz_PMS-TMThere’s been a lot in the press lately about the flu shot not being effective this year. This provides an excellent opportunity to educate about what the flu vaccine is and why it is important. First, a review of basic biology and immunology. Antigens are proteins on the surface of organisms that trigger an immune response. Recognition of these antigens is how your body ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today: Long-Term Danger for Kids' Tackle Football? Cognitive impairments in retired professional football players with behavioral or mental complaints were more pronounced in those who had played tackle football prior to age 12. Skipping Doses to Save $$$. Nearly 8% of adults in the U.S. did not take their medications ...

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ZDoggMD channels his inner Bruno Mars so we can all get vaccinated.

Measles in Disneyland should be a wake-up call for the anti-vaccine movement.  Will it? Magicians Penn and Teller do their part and show us why anti-vaccination is nonsense. (Warning: explicit language.)

The life cycle of a medical advance usually goes something like this: from discovery at the research bench and replication of findings to translational research and clinical trials, to implementation. The bottleneck can be at any one of these stages, and often it is in the discovery one; we just haven’t yet found the thing that works. But other times, we have -- the intervention works, we have shown and confirmed ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. A Case of C. Diff: Did a N.J. School Overreact? Administrators at a New Jersey middle school said they faced a major health scare that required them to shut down for nearly a week and hire biohazard specialists to disinfect the school. The culprit? A case of Clostridium difficile.

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NPR recently reported, “Measles makes an unwelcome visit to Disneyland.” Nine people who visited Disneyland theme parks in California over winter break had caught measles, almost all of them unvaccinated children. The next day, ABC reported that the number of cases has grown to 19. Of these, only two had been fully vaccinated. Some of the cases were too young to receive vaccines, others apparently chose not to get ...

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Influenza has arrived refusing to be ignored or be the ugly step-virus to Ebola any longer. This influenza season is officially an epidemic. The Washington Post's Wonkblog reported earlier this month that December 2014 was “one of the worst flu months in years.”  In fact, they found that it was “the worst December since the polling organization started tracking flu season in 2008.” As of January 3rd, the CDC reported widespread ...

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