Top stories in health and medicine, June 13, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Michigan Ties Behavior Change to Medicaid. Delayed by state lawmakers, Michigan did not expand Medicaid until the day after the federal online insurance exchange closed March 31 -- a move advocates feared would undermine signups.
  2. Feds Don't Track Some Hospital Complications. An analysis released Thursday identified dozens of potentially ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 11, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Feds Want Pregnant Women to Eat More Fish. Pregnant women should eat at least 8 ounces of fish each week, which puts a floor -- not just a ceiling -- on the amount of seafood these women should consume, the FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in a draft ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 6, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. SSRIs May Worsen Hemorrhagic Strokes. The use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) before a stroke may worsen the event for some patients.
  2. Medicare to Cover Sex Change Surgery. A Medicare decision to pay for sex reassignment surgery offers a teachable moment, says one reproductive endocrinologist who specializes in ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Unique Solutions for MS Gait Problems. With impaired walking ability generally considered the number one functional problem for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, new approaches to assistive devices were described here, ranging from the mechanical to the furry.
  2. OK to Stop Statins in Terminal Illness. Stopping statins for terminal patients doesn't hasten death and may improve their quality of life.

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Primary Pain Points: 'Messing With the Computer'. "Messing with the computer takes the physician's head out of the exam," Jordan Grumet, MD, a primary care clinician in a small practice in Northbrook, Ill., told MedPage Today in response to the question "What frustrates you?"
  2. No Link Seen Between Vaccines and Lupus. Recent vaccination was not associated with an increased risk for the development ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. SNRI Equal to Hormones for Hot Flush Tx. A low dose of the antidepressant venlafaxine (Effexor) appeared roughly as good as hormonal therapy to ease hot flushes in menopause.
  2. USPSTF Urges HBV Screening for High-Risk People. People at high risk for hepatitis B (HBV) should be screened for the virus, according to a new recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task ...

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The clock read 9:30pm and in front of me was dozens of notes, PowerPoint slides, and practice exams to review before 8am. The all-too-familiar finals week all-nighter beckoned, and though I’ve had my fair share of experiences with studying until the sun rose, I decided to forgo the typical mug of coffee and take some over-the-counter caffeine pills instead. My friend proclaimed that they would help more than any energy ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Imaging May Aid in Predicting MS Progression. A measurement obtained through MR spectroscopy appeared to predict disability progression in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.
  2. Invokana Monotherapy Promising for T2D Control. The SGLT2 inhibitor canagliflozin (Invokana) may be effective as monotherapy in type 2 diabetes patients who fail to control their disease with diet and exercise.
  3. Less Cardiac Screening May Suffice ...

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Another backboarded body rolls in. I slip from my perch at the computer and greet the emergency medical technician. “Seizure. Lasted a few minutes, done by the time we got there. Fell and cut his face.  Vitals stable. Sugar fine. Oriented but postictal.  Didn’t take his meds.” Approximately my age, the backboarded man’s chin bears a ribbon of red laces. “Dammit,” he says. A glance at the cardiorespiratory monitor shows me suitable hemodynamics, ...

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Concussion expert Dr. A. Chainey Umphrey has assessed the damage youth sports can inflict. He has seen it ruin lives. It happens in one form or another every day: A high school senior leaps to head a soccer ball. She takes an elbow from an opposing player going for the same ball. Woozy, she shakes it off and stays in the game. Six months later, her blistering headaches have subsided but she still experiences ...

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