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Protective Association Identified for Asthma Against Sepsis
Decreased risk for hospital mortality, septicemia, sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 23, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Infections, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Pathology, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Opioid Rx Too Often Given to Back Pain Patients With Depression
Researchers find these patients are also more likely to get higher doses of opioids (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - June 23, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Nursing, Orthopedics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Rheumatology, Surgery, Anesthesiology & Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

1991 - 2014 Saw Minimal Change in Health Spending Per State
Recession and recovery, implementation of health reform impacted health care coverage (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - June 23, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Source Type: news

Heart Healthy Lifestyle Tied to Lower Drug Costs Heart Healthy Lifestyle Tied to Lower Drug Costs
People with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease spend a lot less on medications when they take steps to lower their risk of complications by doing things like getting enough exercise, avoiding cigarettes and keeping their blood pressure in check, a U.S. study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Clonal Hematopoiesis Linked to Coronary Heart Disease
CHIP linked to coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction in humans; atherosclerosis in mice (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - June 22, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Pathology, Geriatrics, Journal, Source Type: news

10 New Drugs for Primary Care: Q2 2017
Slide Show: FDA drug approvals in the second quarter 2017 included these 10 for conditions seen in the primary care setting. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - June 22, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Susan Kweskin Tags: Pain Gastrointestinal Disorders Headache HIV AIDS Source Type: news

Early Loop Diuretic Tx Tied to Lower Mortality in Heart Failure
Early - treatment group had significantly lower in - hospital mortality even after adjustment (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 22, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Sharp Rise Among Women for Opioid - Related Hospitalizations
U.S. cases rose 75 percent for females versus 55 percent for males over a decade, researchers say (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - June 22, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Nursing, Orthopedics, Pathology, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Rheumatology, Anesthesiology & Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

HCV and Primary Care: A Special Report Recap
For PCPs now poised to play a bigger role in caring for patients with HCV, we highlight 10 forces that are reshaping the HCV landscape. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - June 21, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Leo Robert Tags: Hepatitis C Source Type: news

What Socialized Medicine Is and Isn't What Socialized Medicine Is and Isn't
When it comes to national healthcare,'open your eyes'to international models and'be not afraid to change,'advises Dr George Lundberg.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

How to Fix the'Ailing' VA Health System How to Fix the'Ailing' VA Health System
Dr Lundberg shares a letter written to then-Under Secretary Dr David Shulkin by the late Dr Richard Horowitz, describing his concerns about the Veterans Affairs system and suggestions for improvement.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

PSA Testing Frequency High in Control Arm of Screening Trial
Over 15 years of follow - up, considerable proportion of men undergo prostate - specific antigen testing (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - June 21, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Internal Medicine, Oncology, Pathology, Urology, Journal, Source Type: news

Weight - Loss Program Aids Black Breast Cancer Survivors
Community - based, interventionist - guided weight loss program efficacious for early - stage survivors (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - June 21, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Journal, Source Type: news

Family Hx, Mutation Position Key Variables in BRCA1/2 Cancer Risk
Study findings provide cancer risk patterns based on BRCA status using prospective data (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - June 21, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Pathology, Radiology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Education Can Promote Self - Management in CVD Conditions
Most effective interventions are tailored to individual patient needs, use multiple components (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 21, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Role of DOACs in the Management of Anticoagulation Role of DOACs in the Management of Anticoagulation
This article presents an overview of the pharmacokinetics of direct oral anticoagulants, and their role in stroke prevention in nonvalvular AF and in the prevention and treatment of VTE.Southern Medical Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

NSAID Use, Survival Link Varies With KRAS Status in CRC Patients
Use of NSAIDs tied to better survival for colorectal cancer survivors with KRAS wild - type tumors (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - June 20, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Pathology, Pharmacy, Journal, Source Type: news

Support for Financial Penalties Up With Emphasis on Patient Harms
Penalties supported by 41 % of physician recipients of clinical vignette describing harms to patient (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 20, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Infections, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, ENT, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Surgery, Urology, Journal, Source Type: news

Age a Factor in Patients Leaving Hospital Against Medical Advice
Race/ethnicity and poverty are more pronounced as risk factors for DAMA in elderly inpatients (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 20, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Nursing, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Yoga as good for low back pain as physiotherapy: study
Chronic lower back pain is equally likely to improve with yoga classes as with physical therapy, according to a new study published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Text Paging in Hospitals Is Flawed Approach, Study Finds Text Paging in Hospitals Is Flawed Approach, Study Finds
Text messages to pagers often lack structure, consistency, and clarity, but secure texting on smartphones has its own challenges, an editorial says.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Yoga Vs. Physical Therapy For Chronic Low Back Pain: Which Is More Effective?
A new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that yoga was as effective as physical therapy for alleviating pain, improving function, and reducing the use of pain medication. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 20, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD, Contributor Source Type: news

New report looks at integrating frailty research into care as we age
(American Geriatrics Society) Though it is one of the most frequently used health indicators as more and more of us age, frailty -- the medical term for increased vulnerability to declines in health or a loss of independence -- remains under-studied and under-utilized, so say researchers reporting on a prestigious conference hosted by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA), with support from the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) and The John A. Hartford Foundation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Yoga May Be Able to ‘ Reverse ’ Stress - Inducing DNA Reactions
Mind - body interventions lead to decrease in nuclear factor kappa B and cytokines, researchers say (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - June 20, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pathology, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

FDA Approves Delafloxacin (Baxdela) for Skin Infections FDA Approves Delafloxacin (Baxdela) for Skin Infections
The new antibiotic works against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including MRSA.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - June 19, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

Yoga Noninferior to Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Yoga could be as effective as physical therapy for treating low back pain, a noninferiority trial in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests.Some 300 mostly … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - June 19, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Novel Biomarkers Identified for Prostate Cancer in Non - Blacks
PCA3 and T2ERG add utility for predicting prostate cancer when combined with PCPT risk calculator (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - June 19, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Internal Medicine, Oncology, Pathology, Urology, Journal, Source Type: news

Obesity in Primary Care: Referrals and Surgery
Following are answers to the questions primary care physicians most often ask. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - June 19, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Barto Burguera, MD, PhD Rona Penso, MD Tags: Special Report Obesity Source Type: news

Obesity in Primary Care: Treatment
As with any other chronic disease, obtaining a detailed medical history is very important. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - June 19, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Barto Burguera, MD, PhD Rona Penso, MD Tags: Special Report Obesity Source Type: news

Financial incentives improve viral suppression among people living with HIV
(FHI360) The HPTN 065 study, conducted by the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), showed that financial incentives can motivate some people living with HIV (PLWH) to take their HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART) medication regularly and maintain viral load suppression. This finding could have implications for improving health outcomes and decreasing the risk of transmitting the virus to others. Study findings were published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Opioid Addicts Find It Hard to Avoid Fentanyl
Potent synthetic opioid now responsible for more than half of overdose deaths, researchers say (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - June 17, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology & Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

Health Insurers Recruiting Former Pharma Reps to Cut Costs
Former pharma reps are educating doctors about costs of meds, encouraging use of generics (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - June 17, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Pulmonolog Source Type: news

Modified Colorectal CA Screening Score Improves Risk Prediction
Addition of BMI to Asia Pacific Colorectal Screening score improves risk prediction of neoplasia (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - June 16, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Pathology, Journal, Source Type: news

Risk Factors Explain Most Heart Failure Risk in Incident A - Fib
Four modifiable factors account for most of the population attributable risk of heart failure in women (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 16, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

20 Percent of Hospital Patients Have Side Effects From Abx Rx
One - fifth of those who had antibiotic - related side effects didn't require the drugs in the first place (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 16, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Nursing, Oncology, Pathology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

BP Targets Should Be Lower: The Final Word? BP Targets Should Be Lower: The Final Word?
Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy highlights one of the week's important news stories for primary care.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Treatment Strategies to Limit Hypoglycemia
Studies summarized in this slide show focus on fine-tuning insulin-containing regimens to enhance glucose control and avoid variability. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - June 16, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Kenneth J. Bender, PharmD, MA Tags: Conferences/ADA 2017 Diabetes Diabetes Type 2 Source Type: news

Sedentary Lifestyle May Up Risk of Renal, Bladder Cancers
73 percent increased risk for bladder cancer, 77 percent increased risk for renal (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - June 16, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Nursing, Oncology, Pathology, Urology, Journal, Source Type: news

AMA Endeavors to Increase Transparency of Rx Pricing
At annual meeting, the physicians'group adopted new policies on drug pricing to protect patients (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - June 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Pediatrics, Pha Source Type: news

Rates of S. aureus Antibiotic Resistance Down in United States
Rates of susceptibility to certain antibiotics have increased over time (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 15, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Dermatology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Infections, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pathology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Conference News, Source Type: news

Cutaneous Malignancies Can Mimic Seborrheic Keratosis
Overall, 3.1 % of cases identified as SK, irritated SK were histologically diagnosed as malignancies (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - June 15, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Dermatology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Pathology, Journal, Source Type: news

Strategies Implemented to Cut Opioid ODs, Deaths in Maryland
Strategies include training in screening, interventions, and referrals to treatment (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - June 15, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Rheumatology, Surgery, Anesthesiology & Pain, Institutional, Source Type: news

ADA 2017: Hypoglycemia and the Role of Glycemic Variability
Glycemic variability fuels hypoglycemia but in one study from ADA 2017 is found to actually help predict hypoglycemic events. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - June 15, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Kenneth J. Bender, PharmD, MA Tags: Conferences/ADA 2017 Diabetes Diabetes Type 2 Source Type: news

Climate Change Health Hazards Quiz
Test your knowledge of the products of climate change and the health effects they may have. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - June 15, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Leo Robert Tags: Quiz Diabetes Skin Diseases Sleep Disorders Source Type: news

Limited Change With Hospital Value - Based Purchasing Program
HVBP not linked to improvements in measures of clinical process or patient experience (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 15, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Nursing, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Antiplatelet Bleeding Risk Higher Than Expected for Older Patients
Research suggests proton - pump inhibitors should be co - prescribed in patients age 75 + years (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 15, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

ABIM Validates Certification Exam's Relevance to Practice ABIM Validates Certification Exam's Relevance to Practice
Overall concordance of exam questions was 69%, with 58% concordant for conditions seen in office visits and 42% for those seen during hospital stays. But a 31% gap points to need for improvement.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

The Vaccine Mix and Match Game
An 8-year-old needs his second dose of Fluzone; all you have on hand is trivalent Fluviran. Is it OK to mix? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - June 14, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Terry Brenneman, MD Tags: Vaccines Source Type: news

Vaccine Mixology: Are All Diluents Made Equal?
True or False: some vaccines that require mixing have vaccine in the diluent and the lyophilized powder. Answer and more questions in our short quiz. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - June 14, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Terry Brenneman, MD Tags: Vaccines Source Type: news