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Physicians favor research from rich countries

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AMA seeks simpler e-prescribing

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AHA president suffers heart attack at AHA meeting

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Physicians behaving badly: what are grounds for termination?

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Patients Will Be Asking: Is my heart healthy enough to have sex?

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Patients Will Be Asking: Is kratom safe?

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Primary Care Oncology Vitals for November 2017
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Primary Care Oncology Vitals for November 2017

The highest-sensitivity FOBT | Bisphosphonates reduce bone mets risk in early breast cancer | Weight-related cancers on the rise.

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IBD and infliximab treatment failure

At 2 wk, low drug levels and anti-drug antibodies predict nonresponse.

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New guidelines on treating cancer pain from the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology

Several options are available.

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Do bisphosphonates reduce fracture risk?

New study says, yes.

Nearly one-third of patients with pre-surgical knee, hip, and spine OA taking opioids | ACR
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Nearly one-third of patients with pre-surgical knee, hip, and spine OA taking opioids | ACR

Opioid prescribing is under increasing scrutiny amid concerns about potential misuse.

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Nicotine withdrawal may affect postop pain in smokers

It is well known that smokers consume more postop analgesics while hospitalized.

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Sniffing out best opioid prescribing practices following rhinoplasty

How much is too much?

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Osteoporosis: head-to-head trial compares teriparatide injection with oral risedronate

Results of a head-to-head trial

Joint and Bone Disease Vitals for November 2017
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Joint and Bone Disease Vitals for November 2017

Opioid limits for ankle pain | New psoriatic arthritis drug | BMD loss and intracranial aneurysm linked.

N-3 and n-6 fatty acids improve patient-reported outcomes in SLE | ACR
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N-3 and n-6 fatty acids improve patient-reported outcomes in SLE | ACR

N-3 intake tied to better sleep quality, tendency towards decreased depressive symptoms, comorbid fibromyalgia.

Bisphosphonate holiday >2 y  increases risk for hip fracture | ACR
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Bisphosphonate holiday >2 y increases risk for hip fracture | ACR

Drug holidays after 3-5 y of continuous therapy are increasingly common in the US.

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How much corticosteroid is enough for adhesive capsulitis?

Study examines dose response.

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BMD: another reason for men to eat their fruits and veggies

Framingham Offspring study suggests fiber can stave off BMD loss in men.

No increased risk for serious infection in infants born to mothers receiving biologic for RA | ACR
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No increased risk for serious infection in infants born to mothers receiving biologic for RA | ACR

Data are reassuring for pregnant women who require treatment with a biologic.