Top stories in health and medicine, January 19, 2015

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. New Guidelines: Treat Obesity First. Treat weight problems first, then deal with comorbidities like dyslipidemia, hypertension, and impaired glucose tolerance.
  2. Lower Maintenance Abatacept Dose Maintains RA Remissions. Patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and poor prognosis who achieve remission on standard-dose abatacept at 2 years may be able to maintain reduced disease activity while halving their dose of abatacept.
  3. ACA Readmissions Program Lacks Early Results. Obama administration officials have warned that ambitious experiments run by the health law’s $10 billion innovation lab wouldn’t always be successful. Now there is evidence their caution was well placed.
  4. CMS Head Tavenner Resigns. Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is stepping down.

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