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Nearly 1 in 4 Antibiotic Rx Still Inappropriate in US Almost one quarter of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions are inappropriate, according to an analysis of data from 19.2 million patients. <br /> <i>Medscape Medical News</i
FDA Moves to Fast-Track OTC Naloxone for Opioid Overdose The agency announced 'unprecedented' steps to jump-start development of over-the-counter (OTC) naloxone to help reduce opioid overdose deaths. <br /> <i>News Alerts</i
Students Urge Step 1 Fixes, Physician Leaders Reply With Insult The response seems to indicate a generational divide in the medical community. <br /> <i>Medscape Medical News</i
CDC: Rural-Urban Gap Persists in PCP Opioid Prescribing Opioid prescribing is down overall since 2016, but the latest CDC numbers show that rural areas have much higher prescribing rates. Targeting interventions to those communities
Cerebral Small Vessel Disease Tied to Significant MCI Risk Investigators followed more than 300 hypertensive patients over several years to observe what proportion of the group developed changes in cognitive function. <br /> <i>Medscape
Lung Cancer Screening: One Size Does Not Fit All In an era highly focused on healthcare costs, can the expense of lung cancer screening be justified? <br /> <i>Medscape Family Medicine</i
Planned Parenthood&#39;s Leana Wen: Ready for a Good Fight The newly appointed president of Planned Parenthood girds up for yet another showdown with the Trump Administration. <br /> <i>Medscape Ob/Gyn</i
Drinking Tea: Are the Health Benefits Real? Are the health claims about tea backed by evidence, or is tea-drinking no more than another fact-free wellness fad? <br /> <i>Medscape</i
FDA Advisers Urge Approval of Romosozumab for Osteoporosis The risk for cardiac events, though not well defined, should not hold up marketing, said the FDA panel members. <br /> <i>Medscape Medical News</i
FDA Clears First Generic Version of Seizure Drug Sabril Generic vigabatrin is indicated as add-on therapy for the treatment of complex partial seizures in patients aged 10 and older who are refractory to several other treatments. <br
Repeat Procedure Risk Increased With Essure Contraceptive The Essure birth control device is linked to a greater risk of repeat tubal resection or ligation in a 7-year study, but researchers stress the risk is low for the vast majority of
Cholesterol, Diabetes, BP Meds May Help Serious Mental Illness Drug-repurposing research suggests a role for statins, calcium channel blockers, and metformin in treating schizophrenia and other serious mental illness. <br /> <i>Medscape
ACP Ethics Guidance Now Addresses Health Technology New sections include use of EHRs, electronic communication, telemedicine, and genetic tests. Two ethics experts say the guidelines are valuable but gaps remain. <br /> <i>Medscape
Certain Dental Flosses Raise Body Levels of Toxic Chemicals Flossing teeth with Oral-B Glide and similar brands could inadvertently increase exposure to PFAS chemicals, a number of which have been linked to cancer and thyroid disease, a US
What Do You Think of Medicare&#39;s 2019 Physician Fee Schedule? The rule includes provisions for virtual care reimbursement and modifies proposed changes to E/M coding. <br /> <i>Medscape Reader Polls</i
Drug Companies Greet 2019 With U.S. Price Hikes Drugmakers kicked off 2019 with price increases in the United States on more than 250 prescription drugs, including the world's top-selling medicine, Humira, although the pace of
One-Time Cannabis Use May Alter Teen Brains Using marijuana even once or twice can significantly alter the grey matter volume in regions of teens' brains that are rich in cannabinoid receptors, new research suggests. <br
Misdiagnosis Tied to Death From Rabies Infection An American patient bitten by a puppy while on a lengthy yoga tour in India became symptomatic 6 weeks later, after returning home; misdiagnoses delayed appropriate treatment. <br
Facebook&#39;s AI Suicide Prevention Program: Likes and Dislikes One year after the launch of an artificial intelligence (AI) program that scans accounts for signs of suicidal intent in its users, experts weigh in with their likes and dislikes
Shutdown Limits FDA Efforts to Protect Food Safety The shutdown has idled about 800,000 workers at roughly a quarter of U.S. government agencies and left some of the FDA's inspectors working without pay. <br /> <i>WebMD Health