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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My family’s world changed instantly upon receiving Annie’s diagnosis of apraxia and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) a day before her second birthday. Hearing three words, "she has autism," we suddenly faced a lifetime of uncertainty. I knew that I had to embrace my role as a mother of a child with autism, and as an autism champion -- and more critically, find a physician that I could form a trusted ...

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  1. Benzos Equal for Kids With Status Epilepticus. A randomized trial showed diazepam to be as safe and effective as lorazepam in treating children with status epilepticus (SE) -- a result likely to surprise many in the field.
  2. Hypoglycemia at Night Tied to Arrhythmias. Nocturnal hypoglycemia was a major risk factor for cardiac arrhythmias in type 2 diabetes patients who were already ...

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  1. Striking a Nerve: Bungling the Cannabis Story. Correlation does not equal causation, and a single exam cannot show a trend over time. Basic stuff, right?
  2. 'Choosing Wisely' Lists Don't List Big Moneymakers. When America's joint surgeons were challenged to come up with a list of unnecessary procedures in their field, their selections shared one thing: none significantly impacted their incomes.

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The guy was a curmudgeon. That’s all you could say about him. His blood pressure and diabetes were dreadful, and he insisted there wasn’t anything he could do about it. The meds were too expensive; the diet was far too limiting; he had no pleasures in life other than food. He lived alone, hated his job, saw few people, had no friends -- so he told me at every visit. His visits ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. USPSTF Praised for Preeclampsia Guidance. When it comes to whether or not to treat women at high risk for preeclampsia with low-dose aspirin therapy, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines are spot on.
  2. Early Signs of Stroke Missed in Many Cases. Many strokes may be missed in emergency departments (EDs) in the days before the problems become obvious.

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Diet Rich in Beans, Lentils, Peas Lowers LDL. People who consumed a serving a day of dietary "pulses" -- such as beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas -- significantly reduced their low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
  2. Dad's Extra Pounds Tied to Kid's Risk for Autism Disorders. Paternal obesity was strongly associated with increased risk for several autism spectrum disorders in children.

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