Originally published in MedPage Today by Peggy Peck, MedPage Today Executive Editor "What we did for patients with acute MI was place them in a cool, dark place. Give them morphine for pain and lidocaine to prevent arrhythmias and hope for the best." The speaker is Steven Nissen, MD, director of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He is describing standard care 25 ...

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Originally published in Insidermedicine Healthy adults require only a single dose of H1N1 vaccine in order to be optimally protected, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine. id="play_continuous_flvs" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="385" height="239" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0">
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Originally posted in MedPage Today by Nancy Walsh, MedPage Today Contributing Writer Hormonal contraceptives have a variety of noncontraceptive uses, ranging from common problems such as dysmenorrhea to severe conditions such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder, according to a new practice bulletin from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). "Combined hormonal contraceptives can correct menstrual irregularities resulting from oligo-ovulation or anovulation and ...

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Originally published in MedPage Today by Katrina Woznicki, MedPage Today Contributing Writer Hospitalized patients were often clueless when asked about their medications, with almost all of them unable to name all their medications and many leaving out as many as a half-dozen drugs they have been prescribed, according to a small survey of patients in a Colorado hospital. Ninety-six percent of the ...

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A recent article from Newsweek discusses some of the long-term benefits of vaccines. But it's a section on the rich nation-poor nation dichotomy towards vaccine safety that's most fascinating. The authors observe that better educated nations are those with the most vigorous opposition to vaccines. The United States, for instance, has many who simply refuse to be given the H1N1 vaccine - a benefit that's not available to many ...

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Originally posted in MedPage Today by Todd Neale, MedPage Today Staff Writer Sanofi Pasteur has recalled about 800,000 pediatric doses of its vaccine against pandemic H1N1 influenza because of low potency, the CDC announced, but the agency is not calling for revaccinations. The recalled doses come from four lots of 0.25-mL prefilled syringes for pediatric use in both 10-packs (lot numbers UT023DA, ...

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Originally published in Insidermedicine The alarming risk of death associated with the use of prescribed narcotic drugs, particularly OxyContin, is highlighted in a study published in the latest issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. id="play_continuous_flvs" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="385" height="239" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0">
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Originally published in Insidermedicine Repeated use of the club drug MDMA, which is known on the street as "ecstasy" increases the risk of the breathing disorder known as sleep apnea, according to research published in journal Neurology. id="play_continuous_flvs" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="385" height="239" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0">
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Originally published in MedPage Today by Todd Neale, MedPage Today Staff Writer As one of the two MedPage Today writers on full-time H1N1 duty since the beginning of the outbreak in April, I feel like I know the issues well enough to help clear up misconceptions when they come up in conversation. medpage-today1The other day, just such a situation presented itself. An ...

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Pharma, evidence, and trust

by David Rind, MD A number of the other blogs that have noted the existence of this blog seem to have "Pharma" in their titles in one way or another, and the implication is not that the blogger likes much about Big Pharma. In the late 1990s, when I was spending much of my clinical time providing HIV care, I was a defender of Pharma on Usenet, at least as it related ...

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