Top stories in health and medicine, April 27, 2015

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Delaying HCV Tx Reduces Likelihood of Eradication. Delaying treatment of hepatitis C virus infection markedly increased the risk of not being able to clear the virus in these patients.
  2. Paying Residents to Keep Stroke Patients Safe. A team of resident watchdogs and a simple checklist helps one hospital system improve safety for stroke patients.
  3. Point/Counterpoint: What’s Next for Homeopathy. The FDA held a 2-day hearing this week to gather opinion on homeopathy and the degree to which the agency should regulate it. This came after the FDA had warned consumers away from over-the-counter homeopathic remedies for asthma.
  4. Check Out Asymptomatic TMJ in Arthritic Kids. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a reliable method to detect temporomandibular joint (TMJ) involvement in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), even in the absence of symptoms.

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