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Internal Medicine World Report

Cardiology
Racial, Ethnic Disparities Continue in Medicare Advantage Plans
By Jackie Syrop
A nationwide study of elderly enrollees in Medicare Advantage health plans concluded that disparities in control of blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose had not improved nationally for blacks in these plans despite the disparities being eliminated in the US west in 2011.
Endocrinology
Growth Hormone Therapy Effective at Increasing Anemics’ Height During Childhood
By Jacquelyn Gray
For children with Diamond-Blackfan Anemia (DBA) — an inherited condition defined by low red blood cell counts and limited progenitor cells in the bone marrow — growth hormone (GH) therapy was found to increase the short stature of patients — a symptom not widely analyzed.
Rheumatology
More Milk, Delayed Osteoarthritis?
By Adam Hochron
The benefits of drinking milk have been established in a number of previous studies, but one group recently looked at whether there were specific benefits in helping to delay knee osteoarthritis in women.
Pain Management
Many Options for Diabetics’ Pain
By Gale Scott
Diabetics often experience peripheral neuropathy. In an estimated 30% to 50% of patients, this condition results in pain. The most common painful neuropathy is distal symmetric sensorimotor polyneuropathy.
Neurology
Older COX-2 Inhibitors Increase Mortality Risk in Ischemic Stroke
By Jeannette Wick
A new Danish database analysis in the November 2014 issue of Neurology, indicated increased mortality after ischemic stroke in patients taking older non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that inhibit COX-2 (e.g. diclofenac, etodolac).
Traumatic Brain Injury: Still Looking for Effective Early Intervention
By Jeannette Wick
A larger study published ahead of print in the New England Journal of Medicine indicated that progesterone’s role in treating TBI was questionable.