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Serum Cholesterol, Meds Don't Explain Bipolar's High Suicide Risk
New research exonerates cholesterol and psychotropic medications as contributing factors in the increased suicide risk among bipolar patients. Lithium seems even to reduce the risk of suicide. More »
Some Drugs Increase Risk of New-Onset Diabetes
Diuretics and statins appear to increase the risk of new-onset diabetes among those with impaired glucose tolerance and other cardiovascular risk factors. More »
Best Guidance on Mitigating Opioid Risks Compiled
New in the non-rheumatology journals: An analysis of multiple chronic pain guidelines highlights some common ground for managing opioid therapy. Also, a comparison of two surgical approaches to treating lumbar spinal stenosis. More »
Biologics May Cut Heart Risk in RA
ACR2013: A prospective study of more than 200 patients showed that biologic therapy lowered their cardiovascular disease risk by almost 12% over two years. More »
If at First the Statin Fails . . . Try, Try Again!
Nearly three-quarters of patients who are initially "statin-intolerant" are able to re-start therapy on a graduated-dosing schedule and continue on an intermittent dosing regimen. More »
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Confirmed: Long-term Steroids Up Mortality Risk in Severe COPD
April 16, 2014

New recommendations focus on reducing the risks of corticosteroids in respiratory disease, both for COPD and asthma.

Large Study Confirms White Matter Abnormalities in Bipolar Disorder
April 14, 2014

A large international study finds distinct differences in white matter in the brains of patients with bipolar disorder, confirming many smaller but less conclusive studies.

Tools to Forecast Radiation Pneumonitis
April 10, 2014

A biomarker and five clinical factors help to predict which patients with nonsmall-cell lung cancer are at high risk for lung inflammation after radiotherapy.

Dual Diagnosis of Illegal Drug and Mood Disorders Needs Integrated Treatment
April 9, 2014

Surveys reveal that only half of US mental health centers offer treatment programs for people who have both illegal drug disorders and mental health problems.

Blood Pressure Differs in Acute Hemorrhagic Versus Ischemic Stroke
April 8, 2014

Blood pressure changes, and management, are different in hemorrhagic stroke. A new analysis suggests prognostic signals in blood pressure variability, and clues to management, in hemorrhagic stroke.



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