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Vitamin D Blog: A Bedroom Boost

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:30pm
(MedPage Today) -- Just when it seems the benefits-of-vitamin-D literature has topped out, Italian researchers have found yet another area where the vitamin/hormone may help out: the bedroom.

Vitamin D Blog: A Bedroom Boost

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:30pm
(MedPage Today) -- Just when it seems the benefits-of-vitamin-D literature has topped out, Italian researchers have found yet another area where the vitamin/hormone may help out: the bedroom.

Spread of genes implicated in post-traumatic stress disorder

news@nature - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:21pm

Identification of possible genetic markers supports trauma treatment with steroid hormone.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15699

A radiation oncologist's story: high tech meets high touch

eScholarship@UMMS - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:20pm

Personal reflection on the interplay between radiation oncology, which has long been on the leading edge of technological advances in treatment planning and delivery systems, and the personal side of medicine, often known as high touch.

Safety on Table as FDA Panel Mulls COPD Drug

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:00pm
(MedPage Today) -- Safety will be the main issue when an FDA advisory panel considers the mist version of a drug aimed at chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Safety on Table as FDA Panel Mulls COPD Drug

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:00pm
(MedPage Today) -- Safety will be the main issue when an FDA advisory panel considers the mist version of a drug aimed at chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Laser identifies explosives from afar

news@nature - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:21pm

Scattered light reveals composition of dangerous powders from up to a kilometre away.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15701

AACE: Keeping MOC Status Quo Not an Option

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:00pm
(MedPage Today) -- Endocrinologists are poised to take action if current maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements are not changed, according to a new video message from R. Mack Harrell, MD, president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

AACE: Keeping MOC Status Quo Not an Option

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:00pm
(MedPage Today) -- Endocrinologists are poised to take action if current maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements are not changed, according to a new video message from R. Mack Harrell, MD, president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Wait, What? Medium Was Accurate, Says Peer-Reviewed Study

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:22pm
(MedPage Today) -- Sometimes, blog posts write themselves. Others are written by dead doctors with the help of a medium.

Wait, What? Medium Was Accurate, Says Peer-Reviewed Study

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:22pm
(MedPage Today) -- Sometimes, blog posts write themselves. Others are written by dead doctors with the help of a medium.

Make the Diagnosis: Aching Foot

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:19pm
(MedPage Today) -- Case Study: A seventy-four-year-old woman presented with right midfoot and hindfoot pain. Clinical and radiographic evaluation showed midfoot arthritis and chronic tendinopathy of the Achilles tendon. Medical history included severe wound complication following cholecystectomy twenty years prior. Preoperative blood test results were normal. Two days after complex right midfoot fusion and Achilles tendon reconstruction, the foot was moderately painful with severe swelling. Blood tests showed leukocytosis and an increased CRP level. Infection was considered, and six days after surgery, a debridement was performed. Antibiotic therapy was started after the biopsy, but the lesion spread rapidly. Repeat debridements were performed, but the ulcerations became deeper, and the skin borders became necrotic, as shown here. The implants were removed and the Achilles tendon was resected. The biopsies of the lesion showed an unspecific leukocyte infiltration. All bacteriologic cultures were negative, and immunology and hematology tests were normal. The patient received a latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap transfer. Ulcerated lesions occurred at the donor site, and a graft infection occurred.

Make the Diagnosis: Aching Foot

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:19pm
(MedPage Today) -- Case Study: A seventy-four-year-old woman presented with right midfoot and hindfoot pain. Clinical and radiographic evaluation showed midfoot arthritis and chronic tendinopathy of the Achilles tendon. Medical history included severe wound complication following cholecystectomy twenty years prior. Preoperative blood test results were normal. Two days after complex right midfoot fusion and Achilles tendon reconstruction, the foot was moderately painful with severe swelling. Blood tests showed leukocytosis and an increased CRP level. Infection was considered, and six days after surgery, a debridement was performed. Antibiotic therapy was started after the biopsy, but the lesion spread rapidly. Repeat debridements were performed, but the ulcerations became deeper, and the skin borders became necrotic, as shown here. The implants were removed and the Achilles tendon was resected. The biopsies of the lesion showed an unspecific leukocyte infiltration. All bacteriologic cultures were negative, and immunology and hematology tests were normal. The patient received a latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap transfer. Ulcerated lesions occurred at the donor site, and a graft infection occurred.

Oil pipeline impact may be underestimated

news@nature - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:21am

Keystone XL's greenhouse-gas emissions could be four times larger than US government predicts.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15692

Beyond Asbestos: Autoimmunity, Pollution, and Particles (CME/CE)

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:09am
(MedPage Today) -- It's not just asbestos that might be triggering autoimmunity, as we recently reported. Some researchers propose that pollution and engineered nanoparticles also may be implicated.

Beyond Asbestos: Autoimmunity, Pollution, and Particles (CME/CE)

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:09am
(MedPage Today) -- It's not just asbestos that might be triggering autoimmunity, as we recently reported. Some researchers propose that pollution and engineered nanoparticles also may be implicated.

High-Dose Aspirin After MI Still Common (CME/CE)

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:30am
(MedPage Today) -- Many patients with myocardial infarction (MI) were discharged from U.S. hospitals on high-dose aspirin, even if they were at high risk for bleeding, researchers reported.

High-Dose Aspirin After MI Still Common (CME/CE)

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:30am
(MedPage Today) -- Many patients with myocardial infarction (MI) were discharged from U.S. hospitals on high-dose aspirin, even if they were at high risk for bleeding, researchers reported.

Ebola declared a public-health emergency

news@nature - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:21am

World Health Organization announcement could shift focus to basic public health.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15689

Morning Break: Ebola Drug Tapped Out

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 9:45am
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