Top stories in health and medicine, August 4, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Healthy Behaviors May Help Stressed Cells Stay Young. Major life stressors appear to be associated with significant acceleration of cellular aging over a relatively short period of time, but engaging in healthy behaviors such as eating well, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep may mitigate that effect.
  2. Obesity in ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, July 30, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Do Decision Aids Help Patients Make Difficult Choices? Decision aids designed to help patients make general healthcare choices, such as selecting a treatment location, provide some help, but condition-specific aids may provide the most useful information for patients and families.
  2. Asbestos Revisited: A New Autoimmune Disease? In the small ...

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I almost died today. I was driving from one clinic to another, on a busy highway in the rain, when my car hit a standing body of water and hydroplaned. I lost control of the car, spun counterclockwise across three or more lanes, and slammed into the dividing median. I remember screaming “NO!” internally right before impact. I couldn’t believe what was happening as it happened.We should all be anonymous Samaritans
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Top stories in health and medicine, July 29, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Smoking Worsens Psoriatic Arthritis. Patients with psoriatic arthritis who smoke have worse patient-reported disease features at baseline and don't respond as well as nonsmokers to anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) treatment.
  2. Heart Defects Still Often Found Late. Prenatal diagnosis of critical heart defects has increased, but more than one in ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 64-year-old man is evaluated for a 2-year history of knee osteoarthritis. He has bilateral knee pain that worsens with walking. He has tried topical therapies, physical therapy, and acetaminophen, none of which has provided relief. The patient also has peripheral vascular disease, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension. Medications are hydrochlorothiazide, pravastatin, and a ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, July 3, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Proposal To Add 'Copper' Plans to Marketplace Raises Concerns. If you offer it, will they come? Insurers and some U.S. senators have proposed offering cheaper, skimpier "copper" plans on the health insurance marketplaces to encourage uninsured stragglers to buy.
  2. Childhood Malnutrition May Raise HTN Risk. Young adults who survived ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 23, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. FDA: Testosterone Carries VTE Risk. Testosterone products can cause venous thromboembolism (VTE) even in patients without polycythemia, the FDA warned amidst ongoing cardiovascular risk assessment.
  2. Safety Foul-Up Exposes CDC Staff to Anthrax. A breakdown in safety procedures has exposed 84 CDC staffers in Atlanta to live anthrax.

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 16, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. The Hobby Lobby Case: The Stakes for Birth Control. One of the most watched issues before the Supreme Court this term may turn on the question of religious freedom. But it will also likely determine how women will be able to access a key provision of the Affordable Care Act -- ...

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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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Recently, an international research team led by Xavier Rodó published a fascinating study in PNAS suggesting that Kawasaki disease is caused by an agent transported by wind from farms in Northeast China.  This agent, possibly a fungal toxin, is responsible for triggering an exuberant immune response in children, causing the typical manifestation of the disease: fevers, rash, conjunctivitis, “strawberry tongue,” enlarged lymph nodes, and swelling of the extremities.  Untreated, Kawasaki disease can cause aneurysms of the coronary arteries, ...

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