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  • Statins Increase Diabetes Risk by up to 50% in Older WomenA new analysis homing in on elderly women finds increased risk of diabetes in users of statins vs nonusers and suggests doctors pay heed to careful risk/benefit assessment in this patient population.
  • COPD Guideline Addresses Care of Ambulatory PatientsUnlike most existing COPD guidelines, which focus on hospitalized patients with severe exacerbations, the new document also addresses the needs of outpatients, the authors said.
  • Childhood Emotional Abuse Tied to Adult Opioid AddictionWhy do some people who are abused as children develop substance abuse problems in adulthood whereas others do not? A study suggests that emotional abuse, impulsivity, and PTSD may be missing links.
  • Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Strategy Improves BP ControlThe Kaiser Permanente intervention asks participants to 'shake' the salt habit; 'rattle' the intensity of blood pressure management, and use interventions easily "rolled" out in the community.

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  • The State Shouldn't Tell Doctors What to Say, Says Ethicist   Dr Art Caplan, bioethicist, discusses physicians' right to talk to their patients about certain topics, including gun safety and the abortion reversal pill, in view of various state legislation.

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