Top stories in health and medicine, March 24, 2015

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Retooling the Health Hazard Survey. “Oral sex? Anal sex? Fetishes?” These are questions on the patient intake form at AlphaBetterCare, an LGBT-friendly primary care practice owned and operated by Howard Grossman, MD.
  2. Orthopedists’ Financial Conflicts Can Hurt Patients, Surgeon Says. Financial conflicts of interest often drive physicians to perform worthless surgeries, but the field of orthopedics “is one of the worst offenders,” says an Indiana orthopedist who has launched a “moral persuasion” campaign to convince his colleagues to stop.
  3. Questioning Medicine: Killing the Speculum. The recently released guidelines from the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology on cervical cancer screening seem to echo what those who have read the literature already know. The statement causing the fuss is: “Primary high-risk HPV screening can be considered as an alternative to current U.S. cytology-based cervical cancer screening.”
  4. IL-17 Inhibitor Clears Psoriasis More Often. Twice as many patients with plaque psoriasis had complete clearance of lesions treated with an investigational interleukin-17 inhibitor as compared with ustekinumab (Stelara)

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