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Month: September 2012

Health IT: Patients Ready, Docs Lagging

Patients are well ahead of providers in demanding online access to health information (IT) and communication tools, according to a new survey. Consumers are eager to use both the internet and mobile devices to connect with their...

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FDA Approves First Subcutaneous Heart Defibrillator

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a heart defibrillator that helps to restore regular heart rhythms with leads that can be implanted just under the skin (subcutaneously) instead of connected directly into the...

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FDA Approves Humira to Treat Ulcerative Colitis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Humira (adalimumab) to include treatment of moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis in adults. Humira is approved to control ulcerative colitis when...

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A New Guide for Revascularizing Patients With CAD

In the December 6, 2011 Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) published guidelines on the management of patients undergoing...

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Weekend Vs Weekday Admissions for AF

A review of more than 86,000 discharges with a primary diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF) sug­gests that patients admitted on weekends appear to be less likely to undergo a cardioversion procedure and more likely to die...

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Herbal Cannabis Use in Fibromyalgia

A study analyzing self-reports from patients with fibromyalgia who were referred to a ter­tiary care pain center indicate that 13% used cannabi­noids to manage their pain. Among these patients, 80% used marijuana, 24% used...

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Comparing Weight Loss Approaches

American research suggests that use of a standard behavioral weight loss intervention (SBWI) appears to result in greater weight loss than use of a stepped-care weight loss interven­tion (STEP) in overweight and obese adults....

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