Top stories in health and medicine, May 19, 2015

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Costly Hep C Tx Could Still Save Big Money. Treating genotype 1 (GT1) chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients with ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (Harvoni) would result in an annual societal productivity gain of approximately $2.7 billion in the U.S.
  2. Workout May Ease Pain in Women With Fibromyalgia. A strong association exists between higher physical fitness and lower levels of pain, less psychological overreaction (catastrophizing) to pain, and higher chronic-pain self-efficacy in women with fibromyalgia (FM).
  3. Robotic Prostatectomy: Volume, Complications, Disincentives. As robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) migrated into the community setting, institutional volume decreased leading to a twofold difference in complication rates between low- and high-volume centers.
  4. Paramedics Steer Non-Emergency Patients Away From ERs. Paramedic Ryan Ramsdell pulled up to a single-story house not far from Reno’s towering hotels and casinos in a nondescript Ford Explorer.

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