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NIH panel advocates delaying treatment for low-grade prostate cancer

Men with localized, low-risk prostate cancer should be closely monitored until disease progression warrants treatment, concluded an independent panel of the National Institutes of Health.

Shorter treatment for latent TB effective, recommended by CDC

Latent tuberculosis infection can be effectively treated with just a few months of therapy, according to a new study and updated recommendations from the CDC. However, commonly used tests for the disease have a high rate of false positives, according to another study published last week.

MKSAP Quiz: 10-month history of increasingly frequent headache

This week's quiz asks readers to evaluate a 38-year-old woman who presents with a 10-month history of increasingly frequent headache.

Statins may be more cost-effective than stress testing to determine primary CHD prevention in some patients

Treating all intermediate-risk patients with high-potency generic statins to prevent coronary heart disease may be more cost-effective than basing treatment on noninvasive stress testing, a new study indicates.

Bisphosphonate use associated with extended implant survival in knee, hip replacements

Bisphosphonate use was associated with an almost twofold increase in implant survival time in patients undergoing lower limb arthroplasty, researchers found.

Readmissions frequent, one-quarter related to new problem

Rates and causes of hospital readmissions, and the infrequency of follow-up care, were quantified in a new research brief from the National Institute for Health Care Reform.

Bleeding risk of dabigatran under scrutiny

Serious bleeding events have been reported in patients taking dabigatran (Pradaxa), according to a new FDA MedWatch alert.

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Physician editor: Daisy Smith, MD, FACP