medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Delayed Autism Diagnosis Common in Primary Care. Parents with autistic children were more likely to receive a passive, rather than a proactive response from a provider when raising concerns about their children's development compared with parents whose children exhibited signs of developmental delay.
  2. MOC Watch: ABMS President Rebuts Critics. ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. CSF Biomarker May Predict Early AD Progression. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of a certain brain protein may be a helpful predictor of progression to Alzheimer's disease.
  2. Diabetes More Likely in Children in Stressful Homes. Children who experienced psychologically stressful events faced a greater risk of developing type 1 diabetes ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. FDA Advisory Committee Hesitates to Endorse Message of Safe Smokeless Tobacco. An FDA advisory panel were reluctant to recommend a gentler warning label for one brand of smokeless tobacco products at a committee hearing on Friday.
  2. The Skinny on Dementia and Being Skinny. Individuals with body mass index values ...

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shutterstock_11459362 The girl seizes. Her body torques and twists and jerks about like a snake trapped on an electric fence. She flops back and forth on the gurney before us, her pale forehead glistening with sweat, her brown hair wetted black from the effort of muscle contractions that threaten to tear apart her tiny frame. Trauma room two is silent save for the gluck-gluck-gluck of her ...

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The medical condition provocatively called exploding head syndrome, or EHS, brings back the disturbingly graphic images of the 1981 sci-fi horror flick Scanners where the main character blew up people’s heads with the power of telekinesis. Fortunately, as ominous as exploding head syndrome sounds, no skulls have actually exploded, and the condition is reassuringly non-life threatening. For the people who experience the symptoms of EHS, however, the ordeal can be ...

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Three years ago I received some of the best news of my life -- that I have dopa-responsive dystonia. (Yes, a neuromuscular disorder was welcome news.) Painful, life-interrupting muscle contractions had made the dystonia diagnosis likely several years before, despite poor response to standard treatments, and I was fighting through graduate school: trying to compensate for medication-induced memory problems, increasing need to work from bed, and a disappearing social life. ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Brain Blood Flow May Tell of Concussion Recovery. Cerebral blood flow may be a useful biomarker for predicting outcomes following concussion.
  2. Does More Coffee Mean Less Arterial Plaque? Moderate coffee consumption was associated with a decreased risk of high coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores in asymptomatic people.

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. More U.S. Women Rely on IUDs and Implants. The use of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC), such as intrauterine devices, among U.S. women has increased nearly five-fold in the last decade.
  2. Wise Buy? Drugs for Alzheimer's Dementia. On Sunday night when Julianne Moore collected an Oscar for her performance in ...

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The power of placebos has long been known. People who believe that they are taking an effective drug frequently feel better. In fact, prior to the discovery of penicillin, it is likely that the placebo effect accounted for much of the benefit of medical care. A study published in the journal Neurology makes an interesting connection between the magnitude of the placebo effect and the medication’s perceived price. The study enrolled 12 ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 58-year-old woman is seen for a follow-up evaluation of Parkinson disease, which she has had for 12 years. She was initially treated with ropinirole to which levodopa-carbidopa was added as the disease progressed. After 5 years of good control on medication, she began to experience involuntary generalized twisting and writhing movements ...

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