From MedPage Today:

  1. Early Magnesium Tx No Help for Acute Stroke. Magnesium sulfate didn't work as a neuroprotective agent in acute stroke when administered in the ambulance, but treating these patients in the pre-hospital setting is possible.
  2. Talk Tx for Insomnia May Save $$. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for insomnia could save healthcare dollars as it eases symptoms.
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New journals are appearing almost every day. Does anyone read them? Journals keep popping up because of the need for faculty to publish. Another reason could be that publishers, particularly those who charge authors fees for publishing, are in the business of making money. Authoring journal articles is not only enhancing to one's CV (the old "publish or perish" cliché), it is required by residency review committees as evidence of "scholarly ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Unwise to Use Your Head in Soccer? "Heading" the ball in soccer is associated with clear risks of brain injuries diagnosed clinically and through biomarkers, primarily because heading increases collisions with other players.
  2. Epidural Beats Remifentanil for Pain Relief. Remifentanil patient-controlled analgesia (RPCA), which has been reported to have equal pain relief to epidural analgesia (EA) in previous studies, did not ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Is There a Flaw in This Large Vitamin D Trial? A 57-year-old woman had her vitamin D level checked by her primary care physician based on her mix of risk factors, and the level was found to be low. Her doctor prescribed a high-dose vitamin D supplement of 50,000 IU administered once a week.
  2. ICUs Neglect UTI Prevention. Intensive care units ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Culture Shock: Web-Based Hep C Tx Guidelines. Practice guidelines are a fact of life in modern medicine. They provide clinicians with the best data and the latest consensus on what the data mean for the care of patients.
  2. Study Feeds Concerns About MI Risk With Testosterone Tx. Filling a prescription for testosterone therapy was associated with a greater risk of having ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Blame LABA Risks in Asthma on Gene Variants? Rare genetic variants may explain the equally uncommon but life-threatening adverse events seen with long-acting beta agonist (LABA) drugs in asthma.
  2. Psych Bed Shortage Threatens Public Safety. Last month, Austin Deeds, son of Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, left a Virginia hospital emergency room, went home, stabbed his father, and then killed himself.

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Everyone noticed him before we boarded the plane. He asked the airline representative at least three times to confirm that he had a seat. He looked like an adult, but the tone of his voice was that of a child. “Yes, you have a seat, Michael. It’s 7B.” Grey cargo pants covered his short legs. The sleeves of his striped polo shirt collected below his elbows, making his arms look even shorter ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Striking a Nerve: Bad Odor to This Fish Oil Study. A new analysis of fish oil and brain health "adds to the growing literature" connecting the two, its authors write -- but possibly less than any of the previous studies.
  2. HRT May Protect New Joints. Women who had total knee or hip replacements were significantly less likely to have implant failure ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Gout: Obesity's Stealth Disease. Once known as "the disease of kings," gout today clearly is a disease of commoners as well, and although it's on the rise.
  2. Can Statins Delay Death in Diastolic HF? Statins may have a role in reducing mortality in patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).
  3. MS: Slow Progression With Vitamin D? Patients ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Statins Linked to Less Delirium in the ICU. Delirium risk was lower for critically ill patients kept on their preexisting statin therapy.
  2. Few Docs Ready for Stage 2 'Meaningful Use'. Roughly one physician in eight has an electronic health record (EHR) system capable of supporting most requirements for Stage 2 of the "meaningful use" program.
  3. Cut Nicotine in Cigarettes, ...

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