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Aspirin: FDA Says 'No'
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Wednesday, May 07, 2014 12:00 AM

The FDA recently issued a message to consumers stating that the evidence does not support the "general" use of aspirin for the primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

"In fact, there are serious risks associated with the use of aspirin, including increased risk of bleeding in the stomach and brain, in situations where the benefit of aspirin for primary prevention has not been established," the agency said, adding that the benefits of aspirin outweigh the risks in the setting of secondary prevention.

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CDC Reports on Disability, Chronic Disease
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014 06:24 PM

People with a disability were more likely to report at least one chronic illness and were less likely to participate in recommended physical activities, researchers reported.  Inactive adults with a disability were 50% more likely to report one or more chronic diseases, such as coronary heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.

Among U.S. adults, ages 18-64, 11.6% reported having a disability -- hearing, vision, cognition, or mobility -- and those adults were far more likely to report inactivity compared with adults who did not have a disability (47.1% versus 26.1%), although 44% said their healthcare provider had recommended they take part in physical activity.

There are several resources health professionals can use to assist patients in reaching their activity goals, specifically, there are five steps doctors and other health professionals can take:

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ER MDs Still Rx Opioids for Migraine
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014 05:47 PM

In 1998, emergency department doctors gave more than half patients suffering migraine headaches opioids to relieve pain – 12 years later, they hadn't changed, researchers reported.  In 1998, about 51% of patients presenting with migraine at the emergency department were treated with parenteral opioids; in 2010, opioids were prescribed for 53% of the patients. 

"There are times when opioids are required to treat migraineurs, but it is nowhere near 50%, more likely about 5% of these patients," the report notes.  By giving them opioids you are inviting these patients back for more."

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Big Surprises in Code Denials
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014 05:10 PM

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data from the month of March in 2014, shows which CPT codes are among the top five procedures unexpectedly denied for reimbursement.   The data for March also show which codes, which providers, and the top reasons for denial:

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Who Pays for Healthcare Might Surprise You
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014 04:32 PM

Eight million people have signed up for private, often subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama said this month. Millions more obtained new coverage through the Medicaid program for the poor.

Here's a corrective to common misconceptions about who pays for healthcare.

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