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Top 10 health stories of 2008

Blood sugar goals, stem cells, CT scans, health reform–these are some of the issues to make the list of most important stories of the year, as chosen by the Harvard Health Letter.

Limit colorectal screening in the elderly?

Limit colorectal screening in the elderly?

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is calling for an end to colorectal cancer (CRC) screening for persons older than 85 years and is recommending against routine screening for those aged 76-85 years.

Short-term acute pain treatment combo

Product: Ibudone 5/200 Company: ProEthic Pharmacologic class: Narcotic analgesic (opioid + nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug [NSAID]) Active ingredients: Hydrocodone bitartrate 5 mg, ibuprofen 200 mg; tabs. Continue Reading Also: Ibudone 10/200 Active ingredients: Hydrocodone bitartrate 10 mg, ibuprofen 200 mg; tabs. Indication: Short-term (generally less than 10 days) management of acute pain. Pharmacology: Ibudone combines the…

HIPAA Rules For Patient Charts

I belong to a group of three internists who have separate outpatient clinics attached to the hospital in the same building. When I am on call for a colleague, can I take a patient’s chart from…

Stroke Prophylaxis For Women on HRT

Based on the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), shouldn’t women on HRT be taking aspirin (if tolerated) to reduce their risk of heart attack or ischemic stroke?—ROBERT E. GARNER, MD, JD, Chesterland, Ohio The estrogen-only arm of the WHI actually showed protection against heart attacks and no increase in stroke among women aged 50-59 who took…

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