From MedPage Today:

  1. SGR Repeal Passes House; Patch Still Expected. A full repeal of Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula hit a snag Friday, but political insiders say another temporary stay from drastic cuts in Medicare reimbursement is likely on its way.
  2. Pap Test Down but Far From Out. To take license with Samuel Clemens' words, reports of the Pap test's ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. The Role of NPs and PAs. What role should NPs and PAs play in a 21st century medical model?
  2. Patches Fail Smoking Test in Pregnancy. Nicotine patches were no better at increasing smoking cessation during pregnancy than a placebo.
  3. Diabetes in Pregnancy a Risk Factor for CVD. A history of gestational diabetes may be a marker for early atherosclerosis, ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Docs Unprepared for Payment Reform. A pair of recent reports call into question the ability of physician practices to embrace health reform efforts.
  2. Even a Few Drinks Tied to Poor Birth Outcomes. Women who consumed low levels of alcohol before conception and during pregnancy were more likely to have adverse birth outcomes such as low birth centile, low birth weight, and ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Scleroderma Survival Tied to Lung Problems. Survival among patients with scleroderma was strongly influenced by the development of major pulmonary involvement.
  2. HIV Tx Tied to Low Infection From Sex. Serodiscordant couples who engage in unprotected sexual intercourse have a very small risk of transmitting HIV if the infected partner is well treated with suppressive antiretroviral therapy.
  3. Xolair Makes Milk ...

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In this post, I will do my best to try and address what is commonly said by doctors, dentists and lactation consultants who don't understand the correlation between tongue-tie and lip-tie and poor breastfeeding. I think that we must first disprove what they think they know. I think these myths are born out of a complete lack of education, and with time, hopefully we won't hear them as frequently. I've compiled a list ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. California Weighs Coverage for Illegal Immigrants. In a push to cover immigrants excluded from the nation's health reform law, a California state senator has proposed legislation that would offer health insurance for all Californians, including those living here illegally.
  2. Treating HCV -- Is the Price Right? New drugs on the horizon hold out the promise of being able to cure up ...

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Two big studies have been published in the last few weeks, both of which have confirmed previous data: home birth is not as safe as hospital birth. These studies show that having a baby at home increases the risk of your baby dying by about 4 times. That really is a big increased risk -- especially considering that most home births are supposedly low-risk pregnancies. Those babies should be less likely ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Stroke Speeds Long-Term Brain Deficits. Stroke not only acutely attacks the mind, but also hastens its decline.
  2. Stroke: Initiative Cuts Time to tPA. An effort to shorten the time between when patients with acute ischemic stroke arrive at the hospital and when they receive intravenous thrombolytic therapy -- the door-to-needle time -- proved successful.
  3. More Women Choose Single Embryo ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Mammography: Study Finds No Lives Saved. Annual mammography failed to reduce breast cancer mortality in women, ages 40 to 59, compared with physical examination or routine care, according to 25-year follow-up data from a Canadian screening program.
  2. Gestational Hypertension: Monitoring vs Delivery? Pregnant women with nonsevere hypertensive disorders between 34-37 weeks should be monitored closely rather than delivered immediately to avoid ...

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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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