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Month: April 2012

New Guidelines for Pediatric ADHD

Contributing author: Mark L. Wolraich, MD. In 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released its first clinical recommendations for the diagnosis and evaluation of ADHD in children and followed that a year later with...

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Renal Cell Carcinoma Drug Gains Approval

The FDA has approved axitinib (Inlyta, Pfizer) for the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The drug is given twice daily and indicated for patients who have not responded to other RCC cancer medications. Source:...

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The Effects of Weight on Disc Degeneration

Chinese research indicates that there appears to be a significant association between the presence, extent, and global severity of disc degeneration and BMI. In adults with disc degeneration, BMI was significantly higher than in...

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A Once-Weekly Diabetes Medication

Exenatide extended-release for injectable suspension (Bydureon, Amylin) has been approved by the FDA as a once-weekly treatment for type 2 diabetes. The glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist is indicated as an adjunct to diet...

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Post-Acute Care for Medicare Beneficiaries

The quality of care coordination is important to the United States healthcare system as hospital readmission rates are being further scrutinized. When hospital readmission rates are high, it is often the result of poorly...

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Can EHRs Improve Diabetes Care?

Implementation of a commercially available electronic health record (EHR) appears to improve diabetes care and outcomes, according to results of an American investigation. Patients who were exposed to EHRs were significantly...

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Information Technology as Communication

Much of health information technology (IT) focuses on patient documentation, compliance, and coding. While this is clearly a valuable service, there is still much more that can be garnered from health IT. Medicine needs to take...

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