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Some brains appear to compensate for build-up of destructive beta-amyloid plaque, research suggests ... more
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Including women over 70 in a national breast cancer screening program does not lead to a large decline in advanced cases, and may lead to certain consequences, a Dutch study has concluded. ... more
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The CDC is looking for a few good nurses and doctors -- but especially nurses -- to help fight the Ebola epidemic. ... more
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UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of only two places in the world that offers a new, innovative and highly successful approach to breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. ... more
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Combining a standard chemotherapy drug with a second drug that stops cells from dividing improves both the survival and response rates for those with advanced cervical cancer, a new study by UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer researchers finds. ... more
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Drug-eluting balloons might help operators avoid repeat "wallpapering " of vessels with recurring restenosis. Pitted against a second-generation DES in RIBS IV, however, the strategy fell short. Heartwire ... more
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The nontraumatic fracture risk in a cohort of menopausal women decreased 25% with each 10 ng/mL increase in mean serum vitamin D [25(OH)D]. Heartwire ... more
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New data from the AMBITION trial suggest that combining ambrisentan with tadalafil cuts clinical failure in pulmonary hypertension by 50% compared with either drug alone. Medscape Medical News ... more
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The next generation version of Gilead Sciences Inc's $84,000 hepatitis C drug, already under fire for its record-breaking costs, is going to be even more expensive. Reuters Health Information ... more
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The HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, which legalizes research into transplants from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients, is less than a year old, but already new data question its usefulness. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Environmental or occupational exposure may be contributing to the burden of pulmonary fibrosis - even though asbestos is currently not recognized as a cause - a new study shows. Medscape Medical News ... more
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An immunotherapy vaccine product that targeted mucin, tecemotide (Merck Serono), has been dropped from further clinical development. Medscape Medical News ... more
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For patients requiring triple therapy in the ISAR-TRIPLE study, the data suggest that stopping clopidogrel after six weeks won't reduce the bleeding risk, but it won't up the risk of ischemic events either. Heartwire ... more
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Men with a certain pattern of baldness appear to have a higher risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer. Medscape Medical News ... more
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I don €™t remember how many patients I saw at the health fair before George came to me; none of them were as memorable. George was a tall, stooped man with a serious expression. His skin was weathered but he couldn €™t be called elderly by any means. I guessed that his age hovered somewhere around forty. He looked serious and spoke quietly. He had no interest in being rude, but no real interest in responding to my questions, either. He hadn €™t come to the health and homelessness fair for chitch ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Sep 15, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

On the face of it, the phone call was relatively innocent.  A family member was confused about the test I scheduled.  Apparently the lab refused to draw the blood.  When I inquired why, I was informed that the patient hadn #8217;t been fasting.  I calmly explained to the daughter that fasting was not necessary.  Recent studies had shown little effect on lipid panel results and I was using the glycosylated hemoglobin to asses diabetes.  The daughter, however, said the lab technician was ste ... more
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Alert reader Jeff M sends along this timely reminder of the upheaval the ObamaTax has had on those most vulnerable:"Two of Pattie Curran €™s three sons have rare bone marrow failure syndrome combined with a secondary mitochondrial disease ... this Piedmont-Triad family €śhas witnessed their family €™s insurance coverage slip away as premiums, deductibles, and medication co-pays have drastically increased"And that's just for things that are covered. It actually gets worse.Much, much worse:"Patti ... more
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Higher use of cheaper types of cholesterol-lowering drugs led to a lower risk of heart problems ... more
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Detailed history, examination can reveal teens' risk for sudden death, experts say ... more
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Study suggests heart-healthy exercise may keep blood vessels more flexible ... more
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Testosterone might be the link between the two, but more research needed to prove a connection ... more
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Important networks that control behavior are slower to link up, scans show ... more
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Researchers suggest limiting embryo transfers during infertility treatments ... more
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Background: Recent studies have found that periostin (PN), as a kind of secreted glycoprotein, is closely related to the metastatic potential and prognosis of many kinds of tumors. This study aimed to examine the expression of PN in patients with osteosarcoma and explore the relationship of PN expression with clinicopathologic factors and prognosis. Methods: PN was detected by histopathological and immunohistochemical methods in 62 cases of osteosarcoma and 62 of osteochondroma. Detailed patholo ... more

About half of raised risk from tobacco tied to interaction with too much sodium, study finds ... more
Source: WebMD Health Sep 15, 2014, 12:16 pm (info)

California To Broaden Autism Coverage For Kids Through Medicaid ... more
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More than 11 million prescriptions may be unnecessary, researchers say ... more
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Active commuters less stressed, better able to concentrate than those who drive, research shows ... more
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Narcotic painkillers, addiction medications and sedatives top the list ... more
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Walking or cycling to work is better for people's mental health than driving to work, according to new research by health economists. A report reveals that people who stopped driving and started walking or cycling to work benefited from improved wellbeing. In particular, active commuters felt better able to concentrate and were less under strain than if they traveled by car. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 15, 2014, 12:15 pm (info)

Schizophrenia isn €™t a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms, research shows. The finding could be a first step toward improved diagnosis and treatment for the debilitating psychiatric illness. ... more
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Health policies that favour using ranibizumab for treating eye disease in older people over safety concerns for a cheaper alternative should take account of new research. Investigators reviewed the results of studies that compared the safety of two drugs used for treating age-related macular degeneration, ranibizumab and bevacizumab. Contrary to what was argued by some experts, the review has found that the cheaper drug, bevacizumab, does not appear to increase deaths or serious side-effects com ... more
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New research shows that patients with fibromyalgia have hypersensitivity to non-painful events based on images of the patients €™ brains, which show reduced activation in primary sensory regions and increased activation in sensory integration areas. Findings suggest that brain abnormalities in response to non-painful sensory stimulation may cause the increased unpleasantness that patients experience in response to daily visual, auditory and tactile stimulation. ... more
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Schizophrenia is generally considered to be a disorder of brain development and it shares many risk factors, both genetic and environmental, with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and intellectual disability. The normal path for brain development is determined by the combined effects of a complex network of genes and a wide range of environmental factors. However, longitudinal brain imaging studies in both healthy and patient populations are required in order to map the disturban ... more
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Amid conflicting reports about the need for vitamin E and how much is enough, a new analysis published today suggests that adequate levels of this essential micronutrient are especially critical for the very young, the elderly, and women who are or may become pregnant. ... more
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People taking antipsychotic medications for serious mental illnesses lost significant amounts of weight and improved their glucose levels by participating in a lifestyle-change program, according... ... more

Physicians need more tools to help distinguish between viral and bacterial illnesses. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Lack of routine childhood screenings and vaccinations may have a long-term effect on health. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Children with unresolved amblyopia during early childhood may have difficulty with visual-auditory speech integration and subsequent alterations in speech perception. Medscape Medical News ... more
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A 1-step test of 57 synovial tissue proteins may predict which patients with psoriatic arthritis would benefit from adalimumab or abatacept. Medscape Medical News ... more
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A case-control study has shown moderate protection against laboratory-confirmed pertussis in infants whose parents received Tdap boosters. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Expectations about antidepressant efficacy largely dictate response to treatment in depression, as outcomes between active treatment and placebo are modest at best. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Postmenopausal women had higher levels of estrogen fragments if they also had diverse bacteria. Medscape Medical News ... more
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In patients with advanced disease who respond to chemotherapy, thoracic radiation improves outcomes, according to a new phase 3 study. Medscape Medical News ... more
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It's probably a reflection of a long-recognized problem, say researchers; patients in clinical practice just aren't a lot like those in clinical trials. Heartwire ... more
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Trying to protect children from source of anxiety may make things worse, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Anxiety, Child Mental Health, Parenting ... more
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Two or more servings weekly might prevent or delay chronic health problem for women, research suggests Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Dietary Fats, Hearing Disorders and Deafness, Women's Health ... more
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Austrian researchers find short-term sunshine increases risk, longer-term lowers it Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Suicide ... more
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Findings could point to new drugs for the brain disorder, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Schizophrenia, Stem Cells ... more
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About half of raised risk from tobacco tied to interaction with too much sodium, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Dietary Sodium, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Smoking ... more
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Brain scans show gray matter damage associated with advanced form of disease Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Multiple Sclerosis ... more
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Patients with type 2 disease were less likely to gain weight, suffer dangerous drops in blood sugar levels Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Blood Sugar, Diabetes Medicines, Diabetes Type 2 ... more
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Schools must be well prepared to deal with life-threatening reactions, researchers caution Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Asthma, Food Allergy, School Health ... more
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They aren't the same as medical decision makers in advanced directives, study notes Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Emergency Medical Services, Talking With Your Doctor ... more
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Findings could help explain association between dirty air, risk for heart disease, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Air Pollution, Heart Diseases, Hormones ... more
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Lack of shuteye could affect disease progression, researchers caution Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Multiple Sclerosis, Sleep Disorders ... more
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Almost half persistently tested positive for livestock-linked germs, small study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Farm Health and Safety, Occupational Health, Staphylococcal Infections ... more
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Activity is centered in the hippocampus, but in a way that's distinct from simply remembering Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Memory ... more
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Too much, too little slumber linked to raised number of sick days, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Insomnia, Occupational Health, Sleep Disorders ... more
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Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Antibiotics, Bacterial Infections, Children's Health, Viral Infections ... more
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There are minor operations and procedures, but there are no minor anesthetics.  This could turn out to be the one lesson learned from the ongoing investigation into the death of comedian Joan Rivers. Ms. Rivers €™ funeral was held on September 7.  Like so many of her fans, I appreciated her quick wit as she entertained us for decades, poking fun at herself and skewering the fashion choices of the rich and famous.  She earned her success with hard work and keen intelligence #8212; she was, a ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Sep 15, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Recently, the Los Angeles Times reported on California pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears €™ role as a favorite among vaccine-fearing parents. What he tells them is absolute nonsense that he has freely admitted he made up in a Reddit interview. Now he €™s let a little more honesty shine through. He told the reporter: €śI do think the disease danger is low enough where I think you can safely raise an unvaccinated child in today €™s society, €ť he said. €śIt may not be good for the public health. ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Sep 15, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Everyone involved in health care, and particularly hospital care, has witnessed a sea change over the last decade. Things that were never even thought about, let alone formally taught to frontline doctors and nurses, have now come to the forefront. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Sep 15, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Obamacare 2.0 is about to be unveiled (after the fall election, of course) and already skeptics are Don't count on it going well.playing "what if?". The automatic renewal process for those who don't pick a plan by December 15, 2014 may be disappointing. If you bought an Obamacare plan any time in 2014 that plan will automatically expire on 12/31/14. If you don't pick a new plan your carrier will pick one for you.Assuming that carrier is returning for 2015. If you think your current plan will be ... more
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Narcotic painkillers, addiction medications and sedatives top the list ... more
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Active commuters less stressed, better able to concentrate than those who drive, research shows ... more
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More than 11 million prescriptions may be unnecessary, researchers say ... more
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1 in 3 Retired NFL Players Will Suffer Neurological Problems, Records Show Missouri Lawmakers Enact 72-Hour Wait Period for Abortions Hospitals Overprescri ... more
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Wash hands often ... more
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Relax, and sit up straight ... more
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Health officials urge good hygiene to limit exposure to Enterovirus D68 ... more
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Some brains appear to compensate for build-up of destructive beta-amyloid plaque, research suggests ... more
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23 new variants associated with increased risk of the disease, study shows ... more
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People taking antipsychotic medications for serious mental illnesses lost significant amounts of weight and improved their glucose levels by participating in a lifestyle-change program, according... ... more
Source: Diabetes News From Medical News Today Sep 15, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians' brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout. View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins Posted at Clinical Cases and I ... more
Source: Clinical Cases and Images - Blog Sep 15, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Researchers from the UK find that swapping driving for walking or cycling is accompanied by a boost to psychological well-being, on top of the well-known health benefits. ... more

Experiencing diverse communities by hearing different languages at the park, on a bus or in the grocery store may make babies more open-minded in their social learning, a new study finds. ... more

From MedPage Today: Diabetes Pathogenesis Takes Center Stage. The research focus in diabetes may be shifting from developing new treatments to better understanding the pathogenesis of the disease. The Yelp Phenomenon. Patients can complain about their medical experiences on Yelp, snap photos of doctor #8217;s offices for their Instagram account, and even post pictures of a doctor conducting an exam to Facebook, all #8220;invasions #8221; of privacy that would be actionable if it were a doctor ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Sep 15, 2014, 6:14 am (info)

A new generation of new superfoods that tackle heart disease and diabetes could be developed following research into a protein that helps keep cells in our bodies healthy. ... more
Source: Diabetes News From Medical News Today Sep 15, 2014, 6:14 am (info)

People with diabetes who appear otherwise healthy may have a six-fold higher risk of developing heart failure regardless of their cholesterol levels, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public... ... more
Source: Diabetes News From Medical News Today Sep 15, 2014, 6:14 am (info)

New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that age (or age at diagnosis) and duration of diabetes disease are linked to the risk... ... more
Source: Diabetes News From Medical News Today Sep 15, 2014, 6:14 am (info)

A joint work by EPFL, ETH Zurich and the CHUV has identified a pathological process that takes place in both mice and humans towards one of the most common diseases that people face in the... ... more
Source: Diabetes News From Medical News Today Sep 15, 2014, 6:14 am (info)

Inflammation may be the reason high blood sugar levels damage blood vessels, raising the possibility that anti-inflammatory medications might someday be used to lower the risk of blood vessel... ... more
Source: Diabetes News From Medical News Today Sep 15, 2014, 6:14 am (info)

Chest radiation therapy, in combination with standard treatment, may reduce recurrence and prolong survival in patients with small cell lung cancer, according to a phase 3 trial. ... more

Scientists are developing an 'electronic skin' that could detect and image small lumps that are currently undetectable by clinicians. ... more

An interim analysis at one year suggests the everolimus-eluting stent with a bioabsorbable scaffold is safe and effective compared with Xience. Experts say that bigger studies are needed to get a real handle on its safety. Heartwire ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Sep 15, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

Sharp decreases in calcium absorption were observed even when gastric bypass patients maintained adequate vitamin D levels, with the level of decline correlating with the percentage of weight loss. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Part of a series. Employers have seen their health care costs rise dramatically over the years. To compensate, they have expected employees to pay an increasing portion of the health care insurance premium, expected employees to pay significant co-pays with each physician visit and have purchased policies that restrict individuals to a narrow network of doctors and hospitals. Largely these have not worked. They have offset some of the expenditures but it has not done much to slow the inexorable ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Sep 15, 2014, 12:14 am (info)

1 in 3 Retired NFL Players Will Suffer Neurological Problems, Records Show Missouri Lawmakers Enact 72-Hour Wait Period for Abortions Hospitals Overprescri ... more
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The decision to pause all commercial and investigational use of the transcatheter valve comes after recent cases of reduced valve leaflet mobility were spotted on CT scans in the US IDE study. News Alerts ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Sep 14, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Two-year outcomes among extreme-risk patients treated with TAVR continued to show better survival and fewer strokes than historical controls. Costs of CoreValve in high-risk patients were also "acceptable. " Heartwire ... more
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Interventionalists at TCT 2014 packed a room to listen to two experts debate the merits of renal denervation for resistant hypertension. Much was said, but at the end of the day their agreement was that there is still a lot to learn. Heartwire ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Sep 14, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 32-year-old man is evaluated for a 3-day history of productive cough, sore throat, coryza, rhinorrhea, nasal congestion, generalized myalgia, and fatigue. His sputum is slightly yellow. His two children (ages 3 years and 1 year) had similar symptoms 1 week ago. He is a nonsmoker and has no history of asthma. On physical examination, temperature is 37.5 °C (99.4 °F), blood pressure ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Sep 14, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

The Canadian health care system is often held up as an example to model or to avoid at all costs in the debates on health care in America, and elsewhere.  Yet there are a startling number of misconceptions #8212; on both sides of the partisan divide #8212; about how the Canadian health system actually works, often from experts who should know better.  Here are the facts. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media g ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Sep 14, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

Slam most of us into a brick wall and it is game over. The Warrior does not recognize the word "enough." Thank you God for the Warriors in our midst. Thank you Brian Kolfage for continually (and despite the many brick walls) taking on the fight of good vs evil. Open Letter to President Obama on 9/11: You, Sir, Have Failed as Commander in Chief Sept. 11, 2001 is a day that unfortunately many Americans remember very vividly. It's a day that thousands of American's lost their lives to the ha ... more
Source: Hyscience Sep 14, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

BHO - "Across the border in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I again call on Congress, again, to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters," Obama said. "We must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria's crisis once and for all." Charles Krauthammer - The problem with Obama's ISIS Strategy. "The speech's only ... more
Source: Hyscience Sep 14, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

I read an article recently that implied the practice of hospitals acquiring physician groups encouraged €śclinical integration and multidisciplinary team-based health care. €ť I guess that would depend on your definition of clinical integration. The American Hospital Association has a particularly cogent one, which is: €ś[A practice] needed to facilitate the coordination of patient care across conditions, providers, settings, and time in order to achieve care that is safe, timely, effective, e ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Sep 14, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

When I hear the term #8220;charity hospital, #8221; my thoughts turn to the grand bastions of 20th century public hospitals #8212; Bellevue Hospital in New York City, Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and San Francisco General Hospital. These hospitals were generally affiliated with medical schools and relied on government appropriations, rather than fees, to provide care for the poor. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A so ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Sep 14, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Too much, too little slumber linked to raised number of sick days, researchers say ... more
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Using a zebrafish model of a human genetic disease called neurofibromatosis, researchers have found that the learning and memory components of the disorder are distinct features that will likely need different treatment approaches. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 14, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

A case of synchronous carcinoma of the accessory mammary gland and primary breast lymphoma with subsequent rectal carcinoma has not been reported previously. We present a very rare case of primary non-Hodgkin lymphoma of the left breast diagnosed simultaneously with invasive lobular carcinoma of the left axillary accessory mammary gland and rectal adenocarcinoma. An 82-year-old Japanese woman presented with two palpable masses on the left chest wall. She was given a diagnosis of suspected breast ... more

A phase 3 trial has shown that ZS-9, an experimental drug for hyperkalemia, is safe and effective, including in patients on RAASi therapy. Heartwire ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Sep 14, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

A panel of experts say there is still a lot to learn about the pros and cons of vascular closure devices, especially in interventional procedures. The devices, they add, are nowhere near as good or cheap as an interventional fellow with good hands. Heartwire ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Sep 14, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

It's one of the most hotly debated questions among interventionalists and surgeons: how will transcatheter valves stack up against SAVR in patients at lower risk for surgery? Heartwire ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Sep 14, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

The recombinant human parathyroid hormone product Natpara has been recommended for approval for the treatment of hypoparathyroidism by a US Food and Drug Administration advisory committee. Medscape Medical News ... more
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New research has identified how a patient's age, age at diagnosis, and duration of disease are linked to the risk for developing microvascular and macrovascular complications in type 2 diabetes. Medscape Medical News ... more
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This 15-year follow-up study showed postmenopausal women who were unable to stand on one leg for 10 seconds at baseline were much more likely to experience a hip fracture. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Most of the inoperable aortic-valve-disease patients from this pivotal trial died within a few years of the study's launch. But data on the limited survivors offer some insights that experts say will influence their practice. Heartwire ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

The CLEAN-TAVI study is a proof-of-concept trial showing that TAVI does appear to result in embolization of debris to the brain and that using an embolic filter can reduce the downstream embolization risk. Heartwire ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

There is a saying in the world of education, €śYou have to care to teach. €ť Why is it then in health care, a profession of and about caring, we do such a poor job of teaching our patients?  Is it because we are too busy or too rushed when we are sending our patient €™s out the door of our hospitals, clinics or offices? After all, we have treated the patient and provided the €śfix. €ť Is it because we do not take courses in how to teach patients effectively? Or, is it simply because we have n ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Sep 13, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

An excerpt from Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician. After the blowup with Rajiv, I committed myself to changing my standoffish ways. Rajiv had been urging me for some time to meet socially with his physician friends in a relaxed atmosphere away from the hospital, and so there I was a few weeks later at a doctors €™ party in Manhasset, a tony suburb on the North Shore of Long Island. The host, a Sikh internist with a bright red turban, greeted me warmly when I arrived. €śRa ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Sep 13, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

A recent report from Rutgers University entitled #8220;Unhappy, Worried, and Pessimistic: Americans in the aftermath of the Great Recession #8221; found that 70% of respondents described the typical American worker as not secure in their jobs and 68% of workers are highly stressed. A quote from the study is, €śThe typical American worker lives in a precarious and doleful existence #8212; unhappy, poorly paid and fearful about losing his or her job, according to the opinions of fellow America ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Sep 13, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Almost half persistently tested positive for livestock-linked germs, small study finds ... more
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Lack of shuteye could affect disease progression, researchers caution ... more
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Findings could help explain association between dirty air, risk for heart disease, researchers say ... more
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Doctors at Nebraska hospital where Dr. Rick Sacra is being treated said he has eaten ice cream ... more
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Activity is centered in the hippocampus, but in a way that's distinct from simply remembering ... more
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Background: This study aimed at identifying risk factors of recurrence for completely resected pathologic T1aN0M0 lung adenocarcinomas. Methods: We reviewed the records of 177 T1aN0M0 invasive adenocarcinoma patients, and re-classified achieved surgical specimens according to the new International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, American Thoracic Society, and European Respiratory Society (IASLC/ATS/ERS) lung adenocarcinoma classification. Impact on recurrence-free survival (RFS) for ag ... more

The first high-resolution structure of an enzyme has been determined that, if partially inhibited, could represent a new way to treat most cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease). ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

An epidemic is afoot with a high concentration of Puerto Ricans at great risk of contracting HIV. A new study has focused on the availability of HIV prevention and treatment programs in areas where Puerto Ricans live, in order to provide recommendations to reduce HIV in the population. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

One in six cancer patients enroll in hospice only during their last three days of life, according to a new study. These findings reveal a profile of patients who may be most at risk of these late admissions. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Sexual assault has been a problem in the military for years, resulting in the Department of Defense in 2005 creating a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. Now experts say that although the U.S. military has made progress by conducting sexual assault training, the effectiveness of those efforts must be questioned. ... more
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Proactive monitoring and dose adjustment of infliximab, a medication commonly used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), could improve a patient €™s chances of having a long-term successful response to therapy, a pilot observational study concludes. ... more
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The genetic mutation BRAFV600E, frequently found in metastatic melanoma, not only secretes a protein that promotes the growth of melanoma tumor cells, but can also modify the network of normal cells around the tumor to support the disease €™s progression, researchers report. Targeting this mutation with Vemurafenib reduces this interaction, and suggests possible new treatment options for melanoma therapy, they say. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

A study comparing how blood stem cells and leukemia cells consume nutrients found that cancer cells are far less tolerant to shifts in their energy supply than their normal counterparts. The results suggest that there could be ways to target leukemia metabolism so that cancer cells die but other cell types are undisturbed. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

By using novel analysis tools, researchers were able to identify a gene involved in the development of type 2 diabetes in mice. Subsequently, further work revealed that this gene is also involved in human diabetes. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

A new class of compounds, given orally, protects brain cells from the damage caused by blast-induced traumatic brain injury and preserves normal brain functions, even when the compound is given 24 to 36 hours after the injury occurs. The researchers hope that this family of compounds might be developed into a new class of neuroprotective drugs for TBI and other currently untreatable forms of neurodegeneration, including Alzheimer's disease and ALS. ... more
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Adults who consume a high-protein diet may be at a lower risk for developing high blood pressure, concludes a study that found participants consuming the highest amount of protein -- an average of 100 g protein/day -- had a 40 percent lower risk of having high blood pressure compared to the lowest intake level. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

A new collaboration has been announced to advance research and drug development for neurodegenerative disorders caused by the aging and death of nerve cells. Death of nerve cells is the key mechanism in many devastating neurological diseases for which there are currently inadequate treatment options, experts say. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Solving societal challenges in food security, emerging diseases and biodiversity loss will require evolutionary thinking in order to be effective in the long run. Inattention to this will only lead to greater challenges such as short-lived medicines and agricultural treatments, problems that may ultimately hinder sustainable development, argues a new study. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

New research offers hope for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Researchers there have shown that a breathing-based meditation practice called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga can be an effective treatment for PTSD. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

A collaborative study has measured multimorbidity €” multiple diseases or medical conditions co-occurring in a single patient €” and has determined which combinations of medical conditions are more prevalent by age, sex, and race/ethnicity in a geographically-defined American Midwestern population. Investigators say that their findings are valuable in light of the aging population, the need to plan and prioritize health care interventions, and have broad implications for clinical research. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

In treating cancer, chemotherapy and radiotherapy are two of the best weapons in a doctor €™s arsenal. Reports have shown that ideally, both methods would be employed at the same time. But doing so produces levels of toxicity that often are deadly. To reduce the remote toxicity inherent to chemotherapy, the drugs can be administered into solid tumors by using liposomes, which are nanoscale vesicles made from fats and loaded with anti-cancer drugs, researchers report. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Changes in how medical diagnoses are coded under the latest international disease classification system €“ better known as the ICD-10 codes €“ may complicate the assessment of hospital safety, say researchers. ... more
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Older adults who experience a serious fall may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the days following the event, finds a study. Women, people who were unemployed or who had less education were more likely to report post-traumatic stress symptoms, as were those with injuries to the back or chest. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Meditation might be a path to migraine relief, according to a new study. "For the approximate 36 million Americans who suffer from migraines, there is big need for non-pharmaceutical treatment strategies, and doctors and patients should know that meditation is a safe intervention that could potentially decrease the impact of migraines," one author said. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Many factors could lead to poor nutrition in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, including motor difficulties with swallowing and chewing (dysphagia), cutting, and bringing food to the mouth. PD-related constipation and depression can also dampen a patient's appetite and change dietary habits. A new report says that some of these patients are therefore at risk of malnutrition. ... more
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Inflammation may be the reason high blood sugar levels damage blood vessels, researchers report. Anti-inflammatory medications might someday be used to reduce the risk of blood vessel disease in people with diabetes, they say. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Signals from the bacteria that harmlessly -- and often beneficially -- inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract boost the immune system's ability to kill a major respiratory pathogen, Klebsiella pneumoniae, according to a study conducted on mice. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

An unusual biochemical connection has been discovered by researchers, which has implications for diseases linked to mitochondria, which are the primary sources of energy production within our cells. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Among new dialysis patients, the most frequently cited concerns were that patients felt they were doing fine on dialysis and felt uncomfortable asking someone to donate a kidney. Older age was linked with having high health-related or psychosocial concerns, as was being a woman, being less educated, and having more comorbid illnesses, a study shows. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Antagonistic neuron populations in the mouse amygdala that control whether the animal engages in social behaviors or asocial repetitive self-grooming have been recently discovered by researchers. Dubbed a 'seesaw circuit,' this discovery may have implications for understanding neural circuit dysfunctions that underlie autism in humans. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

A study highlighting a protocol to convert stem cells into insulin-producing cells has been published by researchers. The new procedure could be an important step in the fight against type 1 diabetes. The protocol can turn stem cells into reliable, insulin-producing cells in about six weeks, far quicker than the four months it took using previous methods. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Combined treatment with a drug that mimics the action of a gut hormone and basal insulin is more effective at improving blood sugar control than other anti-diabetic treatments, with similar rates of hypoglycaemia (dangerously low blood sugar levels) and greater weight loss, a systematic review and meta-analysis shows. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Age -- or age at diagnosis -- and duration of diabetes disease are linked to the risk of death and marcovascular complications, whereas only diabetes duration is linked to the risk of microvascular complications, research shows. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Sickle cell disease had been considered a pediatric ailment since people with it generally didn €™t live to adulthood. Pediatricians report that 95% now live to their 20th birthday. Unfortunately, when our patients prepare to leave the pediatric system, a smooth transition to adult healthcare is lacking. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

A simple point-of-care testing device for anemia could provide more rapid diagnosis of the common blood disorder and allow inexpensive at-home self-monitoring of persons with chronic forms of the disease. About a third of the population is at risk for anemia, which can cause neurocognitive deficits in children, organ failure and less serious effects such as chronic fatigue. Women, children, the elderly and those with chronic conditions such as kidney disease are more likely to suffer from anemia ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Researchers have completed research on adolescent sexual behavior. The goal was to analyze how this behavior is related to adolescents' perceptions of three types of sexual peer norms, including how sexually active their peers are, how much their peers would approve of being sexually active, or how much they feel pressured by their peers to have sex. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

While more than half of US smokers try to quit every year, less than 10 percent are able to remain smoke-free, and relapse commonly occurs within 48 hours of smoking cessation. In a first of its kind study on nicotine addiction, scientists measured a behavior that can be similarly quantified across species like humans and rats, the responses to rewards during nicotine withdrawal. Learning about withdrawal and difficulty of quitting can lead to more effective treatments to help smokers quit. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Over the past five years, several studies have focused on infertility treatment, partly because of the coincidental rise in both the diagnosis of autism and the use of assisted reproduction. A recent study examined a potential link, and concluded that there is none. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Different types of dendritic cells in human skin have assorted functions in the early and more advanced stages of psoriasis report researchers. The scientists suggest that new strategies to regulate the composition of dendritic cells in psoriatic skin lesions might represent an approach for the future treatment of the disease. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

A small protein named GILZ appears to protect against the bone loss that often accompanies arthritis and its treatment, researchers report. Arthritis as well as aging prompt the body to make more fat than bone, and the researchers have previously shown GILZ can restore a more youthful, healthy mix. It also tamps down inflammation, a major factor in arthritis, they say. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Brain inflammation can rapidly disrupt our ability to retrieve complex memories of similar but distinct experiences, according to scientists. The study specifically identifies how immune system signaling molecules, called cytokines, impair communication among neurons in the hippocampus, an area of the brain critical for discrimination memory. The findings offer insight into why cognitive deficits occurs in people undergoing chemotherapy and those with autoimmune or neurodegenerative diseases. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Cartilage plays an active role in the destruction and remodeling of joints seen in rheumatoid arthritis, rather than being an 'innocent bystander' as previously thought, researchers report. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Rising supplies of natural gas could benefit the environment by replacing coal as a fuel for electricity, but hydraulic fracturing poses dangers for people living near the wells, a new analysis finds. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Physicians envision a future in which genomic data from patients is heavily used to manage care, but experts have questioned the accuracy and reliability of these analyses. Now, a study by 150 researchers in 12 countries finds real strength and agreement across RNA genomic sequencing techniques and laboratories -- as well as ways to improve what little variability exists to set a new high standard. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

New research suggests that food commercials 'get under the skin' of teens by activating reward regions when they are viewing ads for milk shakes, or burgers, or colasChildren and adolescents see... ... more

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Related MedlinePlus Page: Children's Health ... more
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Source: American Heart Association Related MedlinePlus Page: High Blood Pressure ... more
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Source: American Heart Association Related MedlinePlus Pages: High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Sleep Apnea ... more
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Source: American Heart Association Related MedlinePlus Page: High Blood Pressure ... more
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Background: Several different strategies have been reported for the treatment of chondromyxoid fibromas, all with variable outcomes and high recurrence rates. Methods: We report on 22 consecutive cases of chondromyxoid fibromas treated by intralesional curettage, four of which had adjuvant cementation at our institution between 2003 and 2010. We assessed the functional outcome using the Musculoskeletal Tumour Society (MSTS) scoring system. Results: Nine males and 16 females with a mean age of 36 ... more

Background: The aquaporins (AQPs), water channel proteins, are known playing a major role in transcellular and transepithelial water movement; they also exhibit several properties related to tumor development. The aim of the present study is to elucidate whether the expression of AQP5 is a strong prognostic biomarker for prostate cancer, and the potential role in the progression of prostate cancer cells. Methods: AQP5 expression was measured in 60 prostate cancer tissues and cells (both PC-3 and ... more