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

  1. Painful Hands, Hurting Hearts? Symptomatic osteoarthritis (OA) of the hands was associated with an elevated risk for coronary heart disease events, analysis of data from the Framingham Heart Study showed.
  2. Can Social Media Aid Public Health? Here's an angle Mark Zuckerberg has probably not yet mined: restaurant reviews and ...

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

  1. ED Throughput: A Fixable Problem. As I travel the freeways of the various cities I visit, I often come across billboards announcing waiting times at the local ED, or billboards promising no wait at all. Sometimes they just advertise "faster" care, whatever that means.
  2. Mumps Checks NHL Players. It ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, December 11, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Renal Denervation: Not Dead Yet? A new analysis of the study that derailed the promise of catheter-based renal denervation may breathe new life into the procedure.
  2. 3 Ways to Select ICU Kids for Seizure Monitoring. Not all children with severe brain injuries need to be monitored for subclinical seizures, ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, December 10, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Baseline Joint Symmetry Predicts RA Treatment Success. In early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) the most important single predictor of achieving an absolute or a relative patient-perceived pain improvement (PPSI) after 6 months of treatment is baseline symmetrical arthritis.
  2. How Good Is Healthcare for Kids? Depends on Your ZIP Code. Instead ...

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

  1. Ankylosing Spondylitis: More Than Just the Spine. Extra-articular disease manifestations that can have substantial impact on quality of life are common among patients with ankylosing spondylitis.
  2. Does Flu Vaccine Reduce Kids' ED Visits? The CDC recently announced it expects a more severe flu season this year, but a study ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, December 8, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Family Hx Still Independent Risk Factor for RA. The familial risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) cannot be explained fully by established genetic and environmental RA risk factors, so family history remains an independent risk factor for RA.
  2. Who Is Getting ACA Insurance -- And Who Isn't. A story on ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, December 2, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Medicare Tightens Non-Emergency Ambulance Use. Seniors living in three states will need prior approval from Medicare before they can get an ambulance to take them to cancer or dialysis treatments.
  2. NSAID Effective for RA Symptoms, Celebrex Easier on Stomach. Pelubiprofen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is related structurally ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, November 26, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. USPSTF: Routine Vitamin D Screening Unsupported. There is not enough evidence that vitamin D screening is beneficial in routine practice and therefore it can't be recommended, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
  2. SLE Patients See Good Outcomes in Blood Cancers. Risk of hematologic malignancy may be increased ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, November 24, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Does an IUD and Family History Boost RA Risk? Current use of an intrauterine device (IUD) was associated with an important biomarker of future rheumatoid arthritis risk among women with a family history of the disease.
  2. Pricey Generics Draw Senate Scrutiny. Robert Frankil, RPh, was dismayed when a customer ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, November 21, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Clinical Focus in MS: Novel Approaches to Progressive Disease. Although the drug development pipeline still contains numerous products intended for patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), the consensus among clinicians is that relapses can be effectively squelched in nearly all RRMS patients with the dozen or so currently approved therapies.

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