Top stories in health and medicine, September 15, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Diabetes Pathogenesis Takes Center Stage. The research focus in diabetes may be shifting from developing new treatments to better understanding the pathogenesis of the disease.
  2. The Yelp Phenomenon. Patients can complain about their medical experiences on Yelp, snap photos of doctor's offices for their Instagram account, and even post ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, September 9, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Hand OA Linked with Diabetes. Diabetes was strongly associated with hand pain and joint tenderness in patients with erosive hand osteoarthritis (OA).
  2. Culture Shock: The Ebola Dilemma. An august group of experts spent 2 days discussing how the various experimental substances should be used, given that none -- repeat, ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, August 29, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Thyroid Problems May Up BP Risks in Pregnancy. Women with hyperthyroidism and even high-normal free T4 during early pregnancy had an elevated risk for developing hypertensive disorders.
  2. Study Questions Surveillance Colonoscopy. Removal of adenomatous polyps -- without follow-up surveillance colonoscopy -- led to a colorectal-cancer mortality similar to that ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, August 25, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Futile ICU Care for Some Delays Care for Others. Providing futile care to ICU patients delayed care for other patients awaiting transfer into the ICU, according to a 3-month study of ICU practices at two hospitals.
  2. Lupus and the Atomic Bomb? In the early 1950s, with the expanding arms ...

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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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