More information needed to determine the effectiveness of different types of decision aids for advanced care planning

Main Point: Decision aids are underutilized for advanced care planning and their effectiveness is not well documented. Published in: Annals

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Safety lapses at government labs raise serious bioterror concerns

Main Points: Recent safety lapses at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institute of Health (NIH) facilities illustrate

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Early menopausal hormone therapy shows no effect on atherosclerosis progression

Main Point: Early initiation of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) improves some markers of cardiovascular disease (CVD) but does not affect

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Nurses may effectively manage outpatient care of chronic diseases

Main Point: Nurse-led protocols are effective for managing outpatient care of chronic illnesses. Published in: Annals of Internal Medicine Study

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Pill appearance affects how patients take their medications

Main Point: Heart patients significantly more likely to stop taking medication after pill changes appearance. When it comes to taking

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Having strong social ties protects men from suicide death

Main Point: Social integration, such as being married, attending religious services, and having a large network of friends protects men

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Young adults offer suggestions to improve Healthcare.gov

Main Point: Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania interviewed a focus group of young

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Task Force recommends against screening for carotid artery stenosis in general adult population

Main Point: The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends against screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis in the general

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American College of Physicians recommends against routine pelvic exam, finds harms outweigh any demonstrated benefit

Main Point: ACP’s new guideline suggests a major change in clinical practice. Published in: Annals of Internal Medicine Study Further:

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Initial treatment with efavirenz-containing antiretroviral regimen doubles risk for suicidal behaviors

Main Point: Initial treatment for HIV infection with an efavirenz-containing antiretroviral regimen doubles a patient’s risk for suicidal thoughts, attempts,

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