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December 1, 2009

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Online CE: Pharmacotherapeutic management of osteoporosis and osteopenia

Osteoporosis is a potentially debilitating disease with significant personal, financial, and social ramifications. Consistent patient education for maintaining and building bone strength and early identification of bone loss is key for preventing fractures and their sequelae. The new WHO FRAX algorithm provides a valuable resource for determining when it may be cost effective to initiate pharmacotherapy in patients with T-scores in the osteopenic range. The wide array of effective medications, with varied dosing routes and schedules, provide many options when working with a patient to select a medication regimen with a positive treatment outcome.

Earn 2.9 Contact Hours and 2.0 Pharmacology credits. More

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Task force opposes routine mammograms for women before age 50
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has upgraded mammography guidelines and is now recommending women in their 40s not be offered routine mammograms. They also recommend women age 50-74 be screened every 2 years, instead of yearly. The American Cancer Society, along with other groups, do not agree with the task forces’ new guidelines. More
One in four teenage girls have STDs

A report published in the December issue of Pediatrics found that 24.1% of girls in their study had a sexually transmitted disease (STD), with many infected soon after their first sexual encounter. More

FDA reviews safety of diet drug Meridia
The FDA has released an early communication based on preliminary data that certain patients who take Meridia, a diet drug approved for overweight and obese patients, may have a higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious cardiovascular conditions. More


For chest pain in the ED, CT angiography may be best
Compared to standard ED triage, computed tomography (CT) angiography is quicker, more accurate, and much less expensive for screening patients with chest pain who have low-to-moderate enzyme and ECG scores, according to a new study. More
Belgian man trapped in coma for 23 years was conscious throughout
Rom Houben, a Belgian man whom doctors believed to have been in a coma for 23 years, was reportedly conscious the whole time. Doctors repeatedly diagnosed Houben using the internationally accepted Glasgow Coma Scale to assess his eye, verbal, and motor responses, but each time he was incorrectly graded as being in a vegetative state. More
Vaccines system remains antiquated
As Americans line up to get inoculated against H1N1, the slow progress toward developing better ways to make a vaccine has become glaringly obvious. New production techniques are likely years away from being implemented. More

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