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Archive for March, 2015

A Different View on the Value of Statins

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March 25, 2015

Do you like to take pills? I don’t. I bet most family physicians would say they have some patients who should be better at taking pills and some who love taking pills too much. For people who don’t like taking pills, what would a trade-off look like? If you were given...
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Treating Hypertension is Nearly Useless

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March 8, 2015

A study was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine about the cost-effectiveness of treating hypertension based on the most recent JNC 8 guidelines. This study particularly caught my eye, because previous cost-effectiveness analyses found that screening and treating for hypertension did not save money. The upfront costs of...
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Heart Association Scare Tactics Revealed

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March 1, 2015

patients The American Heart Association (AHA) recently proposed new guidelines for all doctors to screen and treat for high cholesterol. For doctors and patients to follow this would result in a large increase in the number of Americans taking statins. One of the things I like about the new proposal is that...
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