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By Robert T. Grant, MD, MSc, FACS
Although there are 2 types of abdominal wall reconstruction procedures, both use the same approach to repair the damage from a hernia.
The key issues for future physicians are discussed in an article published by the American Medical Association.
There is evidence of short-term efficacy (moderate for pain and small for function) of opioids for treatment of chronic low back pain (CLBP) compared with placebo; however, the effectiveness and safety of long-term opioid therapy for treatment of CLBP remains unproven, according to a review published in the April 1 issue of Spine.
Physicians who use Windows XP in their practices may be affected by Microsoft's recent discontinuation of support for the program, according to an article published April 8 in Medical Economics.
Many Americans are paying less for prescription drugs, but some are having to deal with sharp rises in the cost of specialty medicines for rare or serious diseases, according to a new report.
Herbal Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F is effective for the treatment of active rheumatoid arthritis in disease-modifying antirheumatic drug-naive patients, according to a study published online April 14 in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
By Jackie Syrop, Managing Editor
A recent study published in BMJ Open suggests that taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications raises the risk of atrial fibrillation.
The updated valvular heart disease guidelines issued by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology now incorporate transcatheter aortic valve implantation, which is now recommended for patients who are not candidates for surgery and would be expected to survive longer than 1 year after intervention.
With the resignation of US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday, the Affordable Care Act will get a fresh face. But turning around public perception of the controversial health care reform law in a politically charged mid-term election year poses an enormous challenge for the department's next leader, policy experts said.
By Jacquelyn Gray
For psoriatic arthritis patients, foot pain and inflammation are tied to foot structure, according to research published in the April 2014 issue of Rheumatology.
Physician's Money Digest
Reverse mortgages have been advertised more and more during the recent run-up in home prices, but not every senior is a good candidate for one.
For most Americans, summer is vacation time; however, little else can ruin a trip like getting sick. Often, this is as small as a runny nose and a cough, but sometimes the illnesses travelers pick up can be far more serious.
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