Intervention Increased Adherence to Fecal Occult Blood Testing for Colorectal Cancer Screening

Main Point: A multipart intervention increased adherence rates of annual fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening

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Beta-Blockers Before Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery Not Associated With Better Outcomes

Main Point: Use of beta (β)-blockers in patients who have not had a recent heart attack but were undergoing nonemergency

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Statins Associated with Modestly Lower Physical Activity in Older Men

Main Point: Older men who were prescribed statins (the cholesterol-lowering medications associated with muscle pain, fatigue and weakness) engaged in

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More Activity: Less Risk of Gestational Diabetes Progressing to Type 2 Diabetes

Main Point: Increased physical activity among women who had gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) can lower the risk of progression to

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Study Measures Low-Value Care in Medicare, May Reflect Broad Overuse

Main Points: A substantial number of Medicare beneficiaries receive low-value medical services that provide little or no benefit to patients,

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Resveratrol in Red Wine, Chocolate, Grapes Not Associated With Improved Health

Main Point: The antioxidant resveratrol found in red wine, chocolate and grapes was not associated with longevity or the incidence

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Choosing a Screening Method for Cervical Cancer: Pap Alone or with HPV Test

Karen Smith-McCune, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of California, San Francisco, writes: “The updated guidelines leave physicians and other clinicians

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Study Looks at Predicting Fracture Risk After Women Stop Bisphosphonate Therapy

Main Point: Age and testing of hip bone mineral density (BDM) when postmenopausal women discontinue bisphosphonate therapy can help predict

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Can the New Cervical Cancer Screening, Management Guidelines Be Simplified?

Sarah Feldman, M.D., M.P.H., of Harvard Medical School, Boston, writes: “Women in the United States are cared for in private

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High Doses of Antidepressants Appear to Increase Risk of Self-Harm in Children, Young Adults

Main Points: Children and young adults who start antidepressant therapy at high doses, rather than the “modal” [average or typical]

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