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Are new hypertension guidelines realistic?

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Patients Will Be Asking: Why should I get a flu shot if it's only 10% effective?

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UK surgeon accused of "branding" livers

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"Die-in" protests guns in hospitals

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FDA tool helps with antibiotic prescribing

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Quality reporting efforts may be counterproductive

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FDA launches tool to optimize antimicrobial drug selection

Clinicians can now access antifungal, antibacterial susceptibility test criteria without waiting for manufacturer updates

Caplacizumab effective in TTP | ASH
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Caplacizumab effective in TTP | ASH

Drug showed significant improvement in time to normalization of platelet count.

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Atopic dermatitis: long-term data support off-label methotrexate/azathioprine

Evidence for 5-year effectiveness and safety.

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Many surgery patients go home with unnecessary opioids

This represents an area where physicians can improve opioid prescriptions.

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Breathing retraining via DVD for asthma

It’s as effective as face-to-face training, and both are better than usual care.

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Pancreatic cancer: no decreased risk with aspirin or NSAIDs

Data from over 141K individuals in 2 prospective cohorts shows no association.

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Trichomonas vaginalis most often detected during perimenopause

There may be increased susceptibility at later age.

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Common analgesic adjuvant can reduce opioid use

Though a meta-analysis suggests it may not reduce morphine use in shorter term

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Late-life depression outcomes linked to metabolic syndrome

Studies show mixed results in these patients.

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Parkinson's disease: specialized physiotherapy works in real-world setting

An observational cohort study of a care model used in the Netherlands.

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Type 2 diabetes: DPP-4 inhibitor label recommendations often not followed in CKD patients

Some dipeptidyl-peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors require dosage adjustments with declining renal function.

RBC transfusion in anemia outpatients improves walk test performance | ASH
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RBC transfusion in anemia outpatients improves walk test performance | ASH

On average, walk test distance and QoL scores were higher after transfusion.

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Psoriasis: apremilast long-term efficacy confirmed in LIBERATE

Phase 3b extension study uncovers no new safety signals.

Respiratory Infection Vitals for December 2017
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Respiratory Infection Vitals for December 2017

Lung ultrasound for CAP diagnosis in ED | Imaging alternative for pediatric pneumonia.