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Testing, prescribing increase after change to TSH reference range

A minor planned decrease in the upper limit of the reference range for thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) resulted in an increase in levothyroxine prescriptions and more TSH measurements, according to a study published in the May 4 issue of CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association. Christopher Symonds, M.D., from the University of Calgary in […]

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Combining mouse and human data uncovers new gene regulating cholesterol

Precision medicine has the potential to tailor treatments to a patient’s unique genetic sequence. But achieving this precision—or developing new drugs—requires knowing which genes are involved in disease. “Unfortunately, we don’t really have a good understanding of how these genetic differences can derive differences in traits, whether that’s cholesterol or obesity,” says Brian Parks, a […]

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Guidelines issued for managing eosinophilic esophagitis

Recommendations are presented for the management of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) in clinical practice guidelines published in the May issue of Gastroenterology. Ikuo Hirano, M.D., from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and colleagues developed recommendations for clinical management of EoE for pediatric and adult allergists and gastroenterologists; the recommendations are applicable to short-term […]

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PCSK9 inhibitor with statin does not cause loss in memory, mental skills in high-risk patients

Heart disease patients taking evolocumab in addition to a statin to achieve extremely low levels of cholesterol do not show increased incidence of neurocognitive impairments, including memory loss or reduction in executive functions (mental skills), while at the same time have a decrease in recurrent cardiovascular events such as stroke and heart attack, according to […]

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Long-term risks of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy impact more women

Twice as many women who experienced a hypertensive disorder during any of their pregnancies were at increased risk of developing heart or kidney diseases earlier in life based on incidence per woman versus per pregnancy, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. This is one of the […]

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US to rein in flood of virus blood tests after lax oversight

U.S. regulators Monday pulled back a decision that allowed scores of coronavirus blood tests to hit the market without first providing proof that they worked. The Food and Drug Administration said it took the action because some sellers have made false claims about the tests and their accuracy. Companies will now have to show their […]

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Similar brain glitch found in slips of signing, speaking

When we speak, we give little thought to how the words form in our brain before we say them. It’s similar for deaf people using sign language. Speaking and signing come naturally, except when we stumble over words, or swap one word for another when we speak or sign too quickly, are tired or preoccupied. […]