shutterstock_50580199 As a sleep physician, I spend a lot of time educating patients about what sleep is and how it works. Sleep, as I often explain, is not simply the lack of being awake; any more than landing a plane is simply the lack of flying. It’s becoming increasingly understood that sleep is an actively generated state, created by a series of ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Helmet Bests Mask for Infant CPAP. Infants with bronchiolitis who were treated with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) helmet did not need to be intubated as often compared with those who used a CPAP facial mask.
  2. Negotiations Heat Up on Permanent SGR Fix. As a deadline looms, Congressional ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Kid's Asthma Not Linked to Maternal SSRIs in Pregnancy. Children whose depressed mothers took newer antidepressants while pregnant were not at increased risk of childhood asthma.
  2. Menopausal HT Not Tied to Greater Death Risk. Hormone therapy in postmenopausal women was not linked to a significant effect on all-cause mortality, ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Mom's, Kid's Fructose Intake Linked to Asthma. A child's risk of asthma increased significantly with maternal fructose intake during pregnancy.
  2. Mixed Outcomes in Pregnancy After Weight-Loss Surgery. Women with a history of bariatric surgery who later gave birth faced both benefits and risks including a lower risk for gestational ...

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The high cost of health care in the United States in part relates to how clinicians are paid. Performing expensive and often risky procedures simply pays better than engaging patients in a shared decision-making conversation. Shared decision-making (SDM) is a process where clinicians and patients educate each other about treatment options, risks and benefits, and preferences, and then they decide on the best approach together. Patient decision aids can assist ...

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Sleep apnea is a condition that afflicts millions of people.  There are two types of sleep apnea: central, and obstructive. Obstructive is by far the most common, and is usually what is referred to when people talk about sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when, during sleep, the airway passages in the throat close and block the movement of air. Common symptoms are snoring, gasping during sleep, sleepiness during the day, ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Medicare Lung Ca Screening Gets Down to Business. The final tweaks to Medicare plans to reimburse annual low-dose CT scans for lung cancer screening satisfied many as a good place to start, with an eye toward further refinements.
  2. New Criteria Would Double Fibromyalgia Cases. Applying the proposed 2010 modified ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 72-year-old man is evaluated for dyspnea at rest. He has end-stage COPD and is on a home hospice program. He has weight loss, reduced functional capacity, and muscle atrophy. His medications are ipratropium, salmeterol, fluticasone, albuterol as needed, and prednisone. He is uncomfortable, with chronic air hunger that has gradually increased ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Cut in Half. The number of people exposed to secondhand smoke dropped by half over the last decade, but one in four nonsmokers, or some 58 million people, are still exposed.
  2. Patients Mum on Work-Related Asthma. While 46% of employed adults had asthma that was ...

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Every fall I write about bronchiolitis because it is one of the most common respiratory ailments affecting infants and children under about two years of age. It is the most common reason infants end up in the hospital during the winter and early spring months. Every year we get severe cases in the PICU. Pediatricians have struggled for decades to figure out how to treat bronchiolitis but we don’t have ...

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