Top stories in health and medicine, May 18, 2015

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Remote Monitoring, a New Paradigm for Cardiac Implanted Devices? Patients who used the remote monitoring (RM) function of their cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) had less healthcare utilization and better survival than those without RM according to a pair of studies.
  2. Migraine, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Linked in Association Study. Migraine headache and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) may be associated, researchers reported, with individuals reporting one in a large federal survey having greater likelihood of also reporting the other.
  3. Antidepressant Use on the Rise Among Patients with Dementia. The use of sedative antidepressants such as tricyclics, mirtazapine, and trazodone rose significantly over 10 years among patients with dementia in long-term care in the Canadian province of Ontario.
  4. Are MRI-Safe Cardiac Devices Outpacing the FDA? Challenging the FDA to keep pace with the advance of so-called “MRI-safe” or “conditional” implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs), yet another manufacturer has presented study results showing these devices pose no risk to patients undergoing MRI.

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