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December 7, 2012
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  • Weight influences reaction to hypertension drugs, study says
    An analysis of data from an international trial, which compared the efficacy of a diuretic-benazepril regimen with a benazepril-amlodipine combo, showed that thin and obese people respond differently to blood pressure drugs. Researchers found that normal-weight patients who took diuretics had a 68% higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death than obese patients who took the same drugs. Patients treated with the benazepril-amlodipine combination did well regardless of their weight. The study appeared online in The Lancet. HealthDay News (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study links benzodiazepines to risk of pneumonia
    A U.K. study in the journal Thorax found patients using benzodiazepines are at higher risk of developing pneumonia and dying from it. Data showed diazepam, lorazepam and temazepam were linked to an increased risk of pneumonia, but chlordiazepoxide was not. HealthDay News (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Men face higher risk of cancer diagnosis, death than women
    Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with cancer, and they were more likely to die of the disease in each of the past 10 years, according to a study published in The Journal of Urology. Comparing men and women with the same form of cancer, researchers found that men faced a 12% higher risk of dying. Reuters (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Practice Management 
 
  • NYC primary care doctors to get help for patients with PTSD
    The New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will give up to 8,000 primary care physicians in New York City the Human Interactive Game Engine, a role-playing activity to help identify and treat patients with traumatic illnesses following Hurricane Sandy. The game is based on social cognition and neuroscience research and includes multiple scenarios. MedCityNews.com (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • MedPAC restates its support for abolishing SGR
    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has restated its support of repealing Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and re-balancing physician payments so primary care doctors are equal to specialists. Commissioners suggested replacing the SGR with 10 years of statutory payment updates. A final vote on the recommendations to Congress will be held in January. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA expresses confidence in reviews of generic drugs
    The FDA's approval process for generic drugs, including approvals based on extrapolated data, is safe and reliable, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Director Dr. Janet Woodcock and other FDA officials wrote in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. The agency withdrew approval for 300-mg bupropion after finding it did not perform similarly to the brand-name version of the same dose. The drug was approved based on extrapolation of bioequivalence data from the 150-mg dose. Medscape (free registration) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Study supports shorter clinical rotations in hospitals
    Two-week and four-week clinical rotations led to similar rates of patient revisits after hospital discharge, but the shorter rotations could reduce stress and burnout for attending physicians who teach students, Chicago researchers reported in JAMA. Dr. Brian Lucas said education leaders find short rotations are disruptive and "truncate student-teacher relationships" but if they lower stress for attending physicians it could improve relationships with patients and care quality. Medscape (free registration) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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