Top stories in health and medicine, May 12, 2015

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Newer Antiplatelet is Faster in Ad Hoc PCI. Ticagrelor (Brilinta) dropped platelet reactivity lower sooner when given on the table for patients going directly to revascularization after diagnostic angiography.
  2. Abandoned Painkiller Makes a Comeback. In 2006, in the midst of a growing opioid epidemic, the FDA approved the new narcotic painkiller Opana. It was a familiar drug.
  3. How One Hospital Brought Its C-Sections Down in a Hurry. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, one of the largest and most respected facilities in Orange County, needed to move quickly.
  4. WHO Seeks Sensitivity in Disease Naming. If you’re a scientist and have just identified a dangerous new disease in Peru originating from pigs then please don’t call it paralytic Peruvian pig pox.

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