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heartwire News

  • IM 2018 Wearables Can Enhance Practice, But Questions Remain Physicians are embracing wearables, and are now reimbursed for time spent analyzing data, but the lack of research on the devices and legal issues are still issues.
  • Drug Test Spurs Frank Talk Between Hypertension Patients and Doctors Roughly half of patients don’t take their high blood pressure medicine as they should, even though heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. Now, a drug test can flag whether a patient is taking the prescribed medication and is meant to spark a more truthful conversation between patient and doctor.
  • Ambulatory 24-Hour BP Monitoring Best Predicts Mortality The largest study ever conducted of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring shows 24-hour measures predict mortality much better than do office measurements and should now be routine, researchers say.
  • Mild TBI May Elevate Parkinson's Disease Risk Veterans diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury have a 56% increased risk for Parkinson's disease, a large retrospective cohort study shows.

Perspective

  • tPA in Stroke: 'The Facts Are Clear' Thrombolytic treatment for stroke remains controversial among specialties. Here, a neurologist argues for its use.
  • Depression in Young Women: Often There, Often Overlooked   Dr. Arefa Cassoobhoy highlights a gap in treating depression in young women.
  • The Case Against Thrombolytic Therapy in Stroke A New York Times article siding with neurologists in their debate with emergency medicine over the benefits of tPA in ischemic stroke prompted Dr Mandrola to take a closer look at the data.
  • The Lean Antibiotic Mantra Antibiotics -- while focusing on the right drug, the right dose, and the right duration, most important is to make the right diagnosis. Sometimes you may not even need the antibiotic.