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  • Naomi Osaka Just Exposed the Most Taboo Health Issue in Sports

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    (MedPage Today) — Despite apparent advances throughout the last decade with many high-profile athletes speaking openly about their personal struggles with mental health, the topic remains a veritable “hot potato” that major sports organizations… Read more »

  • Physician Organizations Challenge PA Name Change

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    (MedPage Today) — Several physician organizations are objecting to a recent attempt by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to change the name of their profession from physician assistant to physician associate.
    Both the American Osteopathic Association… Read more »

  • Guns for Vaccinations; IU Health Joins the Mandate Club; NFL Ends 'Race-Norming'

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    School scholarships, custom hunting rifles and shotguns, and over $2 million in cash are being used to entice vaccine holdouts in West Virginia. (NPR)
    Indiana University… Read more »

  • Kangaroo Care for Infants; 'Bubble Boy' Disease Tx: It's TTHealthWatch!

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    (MedPage Today) — TTHealthWatch is a weekly podcast from Texas Tech. In it, Elizabeth Tracey, director of electronic media for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Rick Lange, MD, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso… Read more »

  • Big Ten Programs Suggest Good Sensitivity of Post-COVID Cardiac MRI

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    (MedPage Today) — Cardiac MRI boosted the detection of myocarditis among college athletes with recent SARS-CoV-2 infection, according to data from the Big Ten Conference.
    Myocarditis, whether clinical or subclinical, was observed in 2.3% of 1… Read more »

  • Op-Ed: Let the Olympic Games Be Canceled

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    (MedPage Today) — Since the inception of the modern Olympic Games in 1896, the Summer Games have been canceled or postponed four times: in 1918, 1940, and 1944 due to world wars, and in 2020 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As an avid… Read more »

  • Longer Parental Leave for Surgical Trainees?

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    (MedPage Today) — For decades, surgical residents who became parents during training often did so at a cost, but a culture shift may be in the works.
    A group of three surgical trainees has posted an open letter online asking the American Board… Read more »

  • Pacific Northwest's 4th Wave; Teens Party for Vax; Adding Nurses Saves Money

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    The Pacific Northwest continues to grapple with a fourth wave of cases that’s filled hospitals in metro Seattle and Portland. (NPR)
    As of Wednesday at 8:00 a.m… Read more »

  • Bone Density Scans and Cardiovascular Disease: Two Birds, One Stone?

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    (MedPage Today) — Women’s osteoporosis screening results could also aid in the evaluation of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk, according to a study by Korean researchers.
    Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) in more than… Read more »

  • Neurosurgeon Settles Kickback, Unnecessary Spine Surgery Charges

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    (MedPage Today) — South Dakota neurosurgeon Wilson Asfora, MD, and his two medical device distribution companies, agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle federal allegations around kickbacks and unnecessary procedures, the U.S. Department of Justice… Read more »

  • Report: Worst Hospitals for Unnecessary Procedures

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    (MedPage Today) — In what was called a first-of-its-kind list, the Lown Institute on Tuesday released the names of the worst 50 and best 50 hospitals ranked by how frequently their patients had any of 12 procedures largely regarded as unnecessary… Read more »

  • Existing Claudication Therapies Fall Short in Durability

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    (MedPage Today) — Certain treatments were more effective than others for people with intermittent claudication, but medium-term benefits did not persist in the long run, according to a network meta-analysis.
    Treatments for peripheral artery disease… Read more »

  • Op-Ed: Surgery Is Forever Changed by COVID

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    (MedPage Today) — A year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic altered our world in myriad ways. We sheltered, socially distanced, masked in public. Due to safety and capacity concerns, health systems and providers scaled back non-emergency care, including… Read more »

  • Op-Ed: Let's Prevent Post-Shutdown Sports Injuries in our Kids

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    (MedPage Today) — The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted American life in unprecedented ways. School closures, canceled sports leagues, and shelter-in-place orders dramatically changed how children were using their bodies. Pandemic precautions caused… Read more »

  • USPSTF: Routine Vitamin D Screening Still on Shaky Ground

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    (MedPage Today) — Evidence remained insufficient to support broad screening for vitamin D deficiency in adults, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) said.
    As it did in 2014, USPSTF determined that the lack of direct evidence precluded… Read more »

  • For Enthesitis in Psoriatic Arthritis, Target IL-23

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    (MedPage Today) — Treatment with guselkumab (Tremfya) was effective in resolving enthesitis among patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a post-hoc analysis of two phase III trials found.
    At week 24, 45% of patients receiving subcutaneous guselkumab… Read more »

  • New Alzheimer's Gene Variants; Cannabis and Surgery; LSD for Cluster Headache?

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    (MedPage Today) — Thirteen new rare gene variants in loci related to synaptic function and neuronal development were associated with Alzheimer’s disease. (Alzheimer’s and Dementia)
    In an unusual JAMA op-ed, three members of the FDA’s advisory… Read more »

  • Zombie Genes and the Brain; Concussion Spit Test; Your Brain on Puppies

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    (MedPage Today) — So-called “zombie genes” increased expression in fresh human brain tissue at least 24 hours after resection and caused glial cells to grow, highlighting dynamic changes that may occur postmortem. (Scientific Reports)
    Topline… Read more »

  • Diabetes Drug and Weight Loss; Aspirin and COVID: It's TTHealthWatch!

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    (MedPage Today) — TTHealthWatch is a weekly podcast from Texas Tech. In it, Elizabeth Tracey, director of electronic media for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Rick Lange, MD, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso… Read more »

  • FDA Panel Unhappy With Novel OA Pain Drug

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    (MedPage Today) — An FDA advisory panel voted overwhelmingly — 19-1 — that a proposed Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program would not ensure a favorable benefit-risk balance for tanezumab, a nerve growth factor inhibitor… Read more »

  • Banned Stimulants Again Found in Supplements

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    (MedPage Today) — Weight loss and sports supplements were found to contain cocktails of banned and unapproved stimulants, including one dangerous stimulant FDA ordered manufacturers to stop using years ago.
    That’s according to a study published… Read more »

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