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Too few women oncology investigators; is a rigid HPV vaccination schedule needed?
Aug 14, 2019 • 8 min
Story by Bruce Jancin, reporting from the annual meeting of the European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Delayed administration of the second dose of an HPV vaccine had no negative impact on the magnitude of the immune response. Other top…
SPECIAL: ASCO Journal Club with Blood & Cancer host David Henry, MD
Jun 23, 2019 • 39 min
A discussion on the data from the 2019 annual ASCO meeting in Chicago.
Do cannabis laws cut opioid deaths? Plus, residents swamped by debt, job offers
Jun 21, 2019 • 8 min
Medicine news for doctors and healthcare professionals
Treat insomnia like a disorder; what’s causing new psychiatric symptoms?
Jun 19, 2019 • 7 min
Medicine news for doctors and healthcare professionals
Some cognitive changes ‘normal’ with aging; obesity declined among lower-income children
Jun 18, 2019 • 6 min
Medicine news for doctors and healthcare professionals
Chronic opioids and ankylosing spondylitis; 2/3 of gyn-oncs experienced sexual harassment
Jun 12, 2019 • 8 min
Medicine new for doctors and health care professionals
Does aspirin prevent anything? And how to pick the right diabetes drug
Jun 10, 2019 • 8 min
Medicine news for doctors and health care professionals
Coffee, tea, and soda increase GERD risk
May 27, 2019 • 7 min
Medicine news for doctors and all healthcare professionals
Government pleas for measles vaccination
May 1, 2019 • 7 min
Clinical medicine new for healthcare professionals
ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2019
Apr 15, 2019 • 12 min
Highlights from ACP 2019 for healthcare professionals.
AAD 2019 meeting wrap-up
Mar 9, 2019 • 11 min
Clinical medicine news
HIV prevention progress slows
Mar 1, 2019 • 7 min
Clinical medicine news for March 1, 2019
FDA weighs esketamine for depression
Feb 15, 2019 • 5 min
Contact us: podcasts@mdedge.com FDA panels back intransal esketamine for refractory depression. http://bit.ly/2TOKrfp ONC aims to help doctors, patients with information sharing in proposed rule. http://bit.ly/2X3SVkP Survey: Health care costs, unlikely…
Time to switch to automated BP readings?
Feb 6, 2019 • 6 min
Automated office BP readings best routine measures Positive FIT test should prompt colonoscopy Mild aerobic exercise speeds sports concussion recovery Phase 3 studies of antiamyloid Alzheimer’s drug crenezumab stopped
Special Report: SABCS
Jan 12, 2019 • 12 min
Contact us: podcasts@mdedge.com In this special edition of the MDedge Daily News, Nick Andrews and Terry Rudd report the latest news from the 2019 annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Stories include: using low-dose tamoxifen, the latest findings…
Ask if kids’ parents are military
Jan 9, 2019 • 7 min
Contact us: podcasts@mdedge.com The Postcall Podcast is available here: http://bit.ly/2QxXAHh Today’s stories: Ask about family military service, says new AAP guidance. http://bit.ly/2LYC91k Knee pathologies, including multiple meniscal tears, predict…
US life expectancy down
Nov 30, 2018 • 6 min
Life expectancy Less-distressed patients are driving an increase in outpatient services. http://bit.ly/2QvSoYe ASH releases new VTE guidelines. http://bit.ly/2TVCy8n Commentary: NIH director expresses concern over CRISPR-cas9 baby claim.…
TENS cuts fibromyalgia pain
Nov 1, 2018 • 8 min
The MDedge Psychcast is new with Dr. John Rozel and a conversation on gun violence. ( TENS cuts fibromyalgia pain in large, randomized controlled trial. Brisk walking may decrease total knee replacement risk in osteoarthritis. Smoking neglected in…
A change in ‘incident to’ billing
Oct 16, 2018 • 8 min
1) MedPAC eyes ‘incident to’ billing. (http://bit.ly/2AbQBP3) 2) Stepdown to oral ciprofloxacin looks safe in gram-negative bloodstream infections. (http://bit.ly/2CKC0wx) 3) Nasal cannula device may be an option for severe COPD. (http://bit.ly/2IX5aZR)…
Benzodiazepines double risk of suicide for COPD patients
Oct 15, 2018 • 8 min
Postcall Podcast: (http://bit.ly/2CfnY52) Suicide risk doubles in COPD patients who are taking benzodiazepines. (http://bit.ly/2yGVIVt) Feds say ACA’s silver plan premiums will drop in 2019. (http://bit.ly/2ygRQLt) Bias in the clinical setting can impact…
DOACs cut mortality
Oct 12, 2018 • 8 min
Postcall Podcast: https://apple.co/2IeKD2y 1) GARFIELD-AF registry: DOACs cut mortality 19% http://bit.ly/2CFwmfe 2) Obesity paradox extends to PE patients http://bit.ly/2yvOILf 3) Adjuvanted flu vaccine reduces hospitalizations in oldest old…
Patient-centered guidelines for type 2 diabetes
Oct 11, 2018 • 6 min
1) Guidelines outlines patient-centered approach to type 2 diabetes. (http://bit.ly/2Przga9) 2) With more mindfulness, menopausal symptoms wane. (http://bit.ly/2ybN2Hk) 3) Employer health insurance: Deductibles rising faster than wages.…
Bisphosphonate holiday reduces risk of atypical femur fracture
Oct 10, 2018 • 7 min
A holiday from bisphosphonates may help reduce atypical femur fracture risk. Stories. Also today, most dermatologic drugs are safe for breastfeeding mothers, impressive HbA1c and weight control from a new novel drug, and short-term NSAIDs appear safe for…
Outpatients antibiotics and disease codes
Oct 9, 2018 • 7 min
Half of outpatient antibiotics are prescribed with no infectious disease code: Jeffery Linder, MD, MPH. Also today, how to vaccinate patients who are on biologics, opiate use is tied to hepatitis C risk in youth, and for patients with rosacea, a single…
9-valent HPV vaccine approved for 27-45 age group
Oct 8, 2018 • 8 min
FDA expands approval of 9-valent HPV vaccine to include men and women aged 27 - 45. http://bit.ly/2zYfcHj Allergen of the year may be closer than you think. http://bit.ly/2y6FllH Encourage influenza vaccination in pregnant women. http://bit.ly/2NtitBC…
Sexual assault, harassment linked to depression
Oct 4, 2018 • 7 min
Sexual assault and harassment and the impact they have on women’s health. Also today, experts recommend anti-TNFs to for severe psoriasis in pregnancy, the FDA approves first-of-its-kind lung disease treatment, and do you know what the rive ontological…
PCV13 for older adults
Oct 4, 2018 • 8 min
PCV13 shows moderate overall effectiveness for preventing invasive pneumococcal disease caused by PCV13 vaccine serotypes in adults 65 years and older (http://bit.ly/2QtUXGW). Also today, ED visits that are related to psychiatric complaints are up 20…
Neurological disease and aging
Oct 3, 2018 • 7 min
Around one-half of women and one-third of men will eventually develop dementia, stroke, or parkinsonism during their lifetime. Also today, trivalent adjuvant influenza vaccine aIIV3 is safe in elderly adults, pill burden affects the ability to reach…
Aspirin for the elderly: what to do
Oct 2, 2018 • 8 min
Using aspirin across the board is not justified based on results of the ASPREE trial as well as on the equivocal results from other recent primary prevention trial. Also today, swings in four metabolic measures predicted death in healthy people,…
Get on top of home BP monitoring
Oct 1, 2018 • 7 min
Hayden Bosworth, PhD has advice on how to get on top of home BP monitoring and how it can be clinically relevant. Also today, opioid use in osteoarthritis may mean more activity-limiting pain, sulfasalazine is pinpointed as the reason for high…
Experts advocate for flu vaccination
Sep 28, 2018 • 6 min
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases advocates for vaccination for influenza (http://bit.ly/2N8ZRXE). Also today, the U.S. House and Senate agree on a broad opioid legislation (http://bit.ly/2OQ9lsh), a computerized tool could ease…
America’s gabapentin problem
Sep 27, 2018 • 7 min
A-fib guidelines may fall short on oral anticoagulation
ADHD: The big picture
Sep 26, 2018 • 7 min
A pediatric psychiatric consult for adolescent and adult ADHD by Sarah E. Guth, MD. Also today, prosthesis-patient mismatch post TAVR ups the risk of death by 19%, residents help to curb the overuse of IV antibiotics in children, and both age and other…
Ketamine for pain syndromes
Sep 25, 2018 • 6 min
Ketamine may be helpful in central sensitization pain syndromes. Also today, trifarotene cream for acne meats all endpoints in twin phase 3 trials, the pros and cons of geriatric bypass surgery for patients with type 2 diabetes, and it looks like obesity…
A hidden bonus for rivaroxaban?
Sep 24, 2018 • 6 min
Bleeding from rivaroxaban may help diagnose some GI and GU cancers. Also today, a review by the FDA supports the safety of nuplazid, arthritis is prevalent in older adults with any degree of depression, and growth in overdose deaths is exponential.
What you should know about celiac disease
Sep 21, 2018 • 8 min
Dr. Joseph Murray of the Mayo Clinic points out that you might know as much about celiac as you think (http://bit.ly/2preFr4). Also today, a novel agent shows unprecedented efficacy in psoriasis (http://bit.ly/2MLLE2I), IgA vasculitis may be more common…
Behavioral intervention in obese adults
Sep 20, 2018 • 6 min
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force advises clinicians to refer or offer intensive behavioral weight-loss interventions to obese adults (http://bit.ly/2DbYO9F). Also today, stop treating gout and start curing it (http://bit.ly/2QIhaBO) the FDA has a…
Troubling MRI changes and pediatric hypertension
Sep 19, 2018 • 7 min
Researchers found evidence of impaired white matter integrity on MRI in a handful of hypertensive children similar to what is found in adults with cognitive impairment from hypertension. Also today, predictors for worse outcomes in low–disease activity RA…
Alarming rate of diabetes medication discontinuations
Sep 18, 2018 • 6 min
Most patients with type 2 diabetes stop taking their medication within a year, and nearly one-third stop within the first 3 months (http://bit.ly/2QD0U4U). Also today, the FDA approves Ajovy for migraine prevention(http://bit.ly/2Nhbxwq), some teens are…
Urine drugs screens show improper medication use
Sep 17, 2018 • 6 min
Are the comments of medical societies falling on deaf ears?
Physician burnout singes patient safety
Sep 14, 2018 • 6 min
And stroke guidelines set a higher thrombectomy bar.
Sprain an ankle, get an opioid
Sep 13, 2018 • 7 min
And beware a nasty skin souvenir from travel abroad.
Can tai chi tame seniors’ fall risk?
Sep 12, 2018 • 6 min
And go easy on imaging in kids’ mild TBI.
Colonoscopy: Should 45 be the new 50?
Sep 11, 2018 • 9 min
And how to avoid telemedicine fraud.
New guidelines on prophylaxis for cancer-related immunosuppression
Sep 10, 2018 • 6 min
Fluoroquinolones are recommended for adults with cancer-related immunosuppression. Also today, statins are not preventative in the elderly unless they have diabetes, children born from ART have risk for arterial hypertension, and Supreme Court nominee…
Baloxavir, oseltamivir similar for influenza
Sep 7, 2018 • 7 min
Single-dose influenza drug baloxavirhas similar efficacy to oseltamivir, according to new data in the New England Journal of Medicine. Also today, the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and gout, community-based therapy for asthma in African…
Cardiovascular risk with diclofenac
Sep 6, 2018 • 8 min
Diclofenac has emerged as a clear culprit in higher risk for adverse cardiovascular events. Also today, the majority of e-cigarette users are under 35 years of age, a hospital dropped length of stay for neonatal abstinence syndrome, and physician groups…
Modest alcohol and NAFLD
Sep 5, 2018 • 7 min
Patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease who consumed modest quantities of alcohol had significantly less improvement in NASH. Also today, new AGA guidelines on opioid-induced constipation, a self-management intervention for epilepsy improves…
FDA approval for 2 HIV drugs
Sep 4, 2018 • 6 min
The FDA approves the once-daily oral drugs Delstrigo and Pifeltro for HIV-1 infection. Also today, emicizumab beats factor VIII prophylaxis by a wide margin, orodental issues are often associated with facial port-wine stains, and epilepsy often…
Rivaroxaban beats aspirin for VTE
Aug 31, 2018 • 8 min
Both low-dose and full-dose rivaroxaban had superior benefit-risk profiles for extended VTE compared with aspirin. Also today, bone biopsy diagnostics for osteomyelitis vary widely, variation in bacterial drug susceptibility are tied to the risk of TB…
Lung function decline linked to cardiovascular risk
Aug 30, 2018 • 7 min
Rapid declines in spirometric measures of lung function were associated with higher risks of cardiovascular disease today, risankizumab provides more effect in psoriasis that ustekinumamb, there is no link between screening and liver cancer mortality, and…
New MI definition for infarction vs injury
Aug 29, 2018 • 7 min
The worldwide cardiology community has a newly revised universal definition of myocardial infarction and it refines the way the cardiologist distinguish between infarction and injury. Also today, High-sensitivity cardiac troponin levels are linked to…
Rivaroxaban data abound at ESC 2018
Aug 28, 2018 • 9 min
New results from the ASCEND trial snow that neither aspirin nor fish oil provide any net clinical benefit for primary cardiovascular prevention in patients with diabetes. Also today, rivaroxaban is no help for heart failure outcomes, VTE risk is unchanged…
Lorcaserin shows cardiovascular safety
Aug 27, 2018 • 6 min
Lorcaserin is the first weight-loss drug proven to have cardiovascular safety. Also today, live attenuated flu vaccine gets the nod for upcoming flu season, PCSK9 inhibition helps patients with metabolic syndrome, and breastfeeding may reduce the risk of…
Is it time for PCPs to take over chronic HCV?
Aug 24, 2018 • 9 min
New data leads one clinicians to conclude that it’s time for primary care physicians to take over care for patients with chronic hepatitis C virus. Also today a draft consensus statement on managing hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes, the prescription…
Screen for cervical cancer based on age, risk
Aug 23, 2018 • 7 min
Screen women for cervical cancer with basic cytology starting at 21 years old. Also today, alopecia areata is linked to mental health disorders, the feds take a baseline on EHR interoperability, and new Valsalva maneuver for supraventricular tachycardia…
5 digital HIPAA myths
Aug 22, 2018 • 8 min
Two experts give five myths about HIPAA in the digital age (Dr. RK) HIPAA talk) Also today, nighttime media use threatens sleep and may cause teen depression, breastfeeding starts slow before dropping off in the U.S., and a new, simple aid for DVT…
Sleepio app tied to reducing insomnia, depression
Aug 21, 2018 • 9 min
A new app is tied to a reduction in insomnia and depression in adults, Also today, migraines take a toll on intimate relationships, two different approaches lowered opioid use after cesarean deliveries, and the AHA warns that Chagas disease and its heart…
An epidemic of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Aug 20, 2018 • 7 min
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, is the 21st century epidemic in liver disease according to Dr. Zobair Younossi speaking at the annual meeting of the American College of Physicians in New Orleans. Also today, how smoking and drinking impact…
Cardiovascular risk management supported for type 2 diabetes
Aug 17, 2018 • 7 min
Two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine support managing cardiovascular risk in patients with type 2 diabetes. Also today, spontaneous intracranial hypotension is a triple misnomer, prolonged antimalarial therapy is linked to elevated…
Medicare Advantage pushback
Aug 16, 2018 • 7 min
Doctors are pushing back on a CMS policy change aimed at controlling spending on prescription drugs administered in the office. Also today, low-dose CT scan fails to improve small cell lung cancer survival, a French study warns a rise in…
Variation doesn’t mean quality when it comes to diet
Aug 15, 2018 • 7 min
A diverse diet is not necessarily a healthy one, according to a new advisory from the American Heart Association. Also today, treating sleep disorders in chronic opioid users, next-gen sputum PCR panel boosts CAP diagnostics, and there is no increased…
Mobile contraception app gets FDA approval
Aug 14, 2018 • 6 min
The FDA approves the Natural Cycles mobile app as a form of contraception. Also today, on-demand PrEP has similar efficacy as daily PrEP for HIV prevention, continuation and complication rates are similar for implants and IUDs, and the CMS pushes ACOs to…
Second-hand smoke sends teens to ED
Aug 13, 2018 • 7 min
Exposure to second-hand smoke, including living with a smoker, sends teens to the ED more than their counterparts. Also today, adults with ADHD are using stimulants and opioids concurrently, a rural health initiative helps raise vaccination rates, and the…
Inducing labor earlier reduced c-section rate
Aug 10, 2018 • 6 min
Inducing labor at 39 weeks receded the rate of c-section for first-time mothers who were at low-risk. Also today, religiosity of parents is tied to a reduced risk of suicide in their daughters, rising use of PrEP in the U.S. is linked with droping HIV…
Stigma for drug users with HCV
Aug 9, 2018 • 7 min
The Zika virus is still a huge problem for young families.
Concerns over CMS E/M payment proposal
Aug 8, 2018 • 7 min
The CMS says that the need to reduce time spend coding is driving its new proposal to flatten the 2019 payment for E&M visits that are coded levels 2-5. Also today, low disease activity in SLE compares favorably with clinical remission, medical…
FDA warns about azithromycin in some cancers
Aug 7, 2018 • 7 min
The FDA has issued a safety alert warning against long-term use of azithromycin to prevent bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome in patients with blood or lymph node cancers. Also today, four syndromes suggest life-threatening PVL-positive Staphylococcus…
Fibrosis progression linked to weight
Aug 6, 2018 • 8 min
Weight gain is linked to progression of fibrosis in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Also today, e-cigarette prices are down while sales are up, HPV positivity is associated with good outcomes for esophageal cancer, and PhRMA leads the way…
No meaningful decline in opioid use
Aug 3, 2018 • 6 min
Over the last decade, opioid use has not significantly declined, despite efforts to educate physicians about the risk of abuse. Also today, the Fitbit Flex is feasible and provides nuanced step-count data in patients with MS, even moderate alcohol use…
Changes to doctor payment for in-office drugs
Aug 2, 2018 • 8 min
Changes to how doctors are paid for drugs that are administered in-office could be on the way depending on the outcomes of two recent regulatory proposals from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Also today, who are high-need, high-cost…
Finally, New migraine drugs
Aug 1, 2018 • 8 min
The CMS will resume risk adjustment payments for 2017 despite litigation.
Valsartan cancer risk is low
Jul 31, 2018 • 7 min
People with HIV develop more frailty even with treatment
Free skin cancer screening highlights need
Jul 30, 2018 • 7 min
Alzheimer’s trial design could be a problem
Antibody cleared amyloid plaques, slowed cognitive decline
Jul 27, 2018 • 7 min
And claims that cannabis relieves noncancer pain go up in smoke.
Blood pressure meds cut cognitive impairment risk
Jul 26, 2018 • 7 min
And HIV infection may double patients’ stroke rate.
Is fish oil’s heart benefit a fish tale?
Jul 25, 2018 • 6 min
And how pregnancy and childbirth affect dementia risk.
Is fibromyalgia one disorder — or two?
Jul 24, 2018 • 7 min
And breast cancer patients want financial counseling.
Brain damage, slight benefit seen in epinephrine cardiac arrest
Jul 23, 2018 • 7 min
SGLT2 inhibitors, including dapagliflozin, appear to have a beneficial class effect.
Bundle pay plan didn’t save money
Jul 20, 2018 • 8 min
Nearly 25% of presurgery patients in Michigan were already using opioids.
Telemedicine payment expansion?
Jul 19, 2018 • 7 min
SGLT-2 inhibitor vs. DPP-4 inhibitor: SGLT-2 linked to lower mortality and lower cardiovascular risks.
Managing HIV with diabetes
Jul 18, 2018 • 7 min
Intranasal naloxone is promising for hypoglycemia-associated autonomic failure.
Too many antibiotics prescribed in urgent care
Jul 17, 2018 • 7 min
Gardasil 9 vaccination persists for three years when administered between 9 and 14.
Less documentation highlights new Medicare fee proposal
Jul 16, 2018 • 7 min
The diabetes diagnosis that patients love to relieve
New hypertension guidelines means millions more hypertensives
Jul 13, 2018 • 8 min
SLE flares, including joint and neurologic flares, are linked to temperature and pollution in Baltimore area.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the ACA
Jul 12, 2018 • 8 min
USPSTF says nontraditional CVD risk factors are not ready for primetime.
Sjogren’s syndrome recommendations are close
Jul 11, 2018 • 6 min
The CMS holds ACA risk adjustment payments following legal ruling.
Solriamfetol could improve sleep measures
Jul 10, 2018 • 6 min
Drug price transparency laws are gaining ground
Migraine trigger myths
Jul 9, 2018 • 7 min
ICD use curbed in hospitals named in federal lawsuit
HPV testing that detects cervical precancers earlier
Jul 6, 2018 • 8 min
Emerging CPAP options show sustained benefits
Promising low glucose alert system
Jul 5, 2018 • 7 min
Transgender men have a need for contraceptive counseling.
Updated anthrax vaccine recommendations
Jul 2, 2018 • 7 min
More Americans refused care due to cost
Medicare beneficiaries are dying differently
Jun 29, 2018 • 6 min
When confronted with contact dermatitis in toddlers, consider the potty seat
Addiction: Veterans with pain, opioid use disorder
Jun 28, 2018 • 5 min
Cigarette smoking is an epidemic among patients with hepatitis C virus
Opioids do more harm than good for musculoskeletal pain
Jun 27, 2018 • 6 min
Obesity didn’t happen overnight
FDA approves Epidiolex for Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome
Jun 26, 2018 • 7 min
Eversense CGM safe, accurate, durable for children
Skyrocketing insulin prices lead to adherence issues
Jun 25, 2018 • 6 min
Research provides more evidence of a link between autism spectrum disorder and diabetes
Herpesvirus infections may have a pathnogenic link to Alzheimer’s disease
Jun 22, 2018 • 6 min
Canakinumab cuts gout attacks by nearly half
Galectin-3: A post-MI prognostic biomarker for our times
Jun 20, 2018 • 6 min
Do free meals to physicians affect opioid prescribing?
Impact of varicella vaccination on herpes zoster is not what was expected
Jun 19, 2018 • 6 min
Maternal use of pot and tobacco may boost birth defect risk