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March 7, 2018

CDC Study: Self-Reported Hypertension Medication Use Shows Slight Decline
Despite goals to increase diagnosis and treatment, self-reported hypertension medication use dropped slightly in recent years. Find out which groups of patients had the lowest prevalence of treating high blood pressure.

Race Appears to Affect Success of Direct-Acting Antivirals
in HCV

Is race/ethnic background a factor in how well groundbreaking new hepatitis C drugs work? A study of veterans suggests that could be the case. Find out how much lower the cure rate was for African-American patients compared with white patients.

Hydroxychloroquine No Better Than Placebo for Hand Osteoarthritis
Hydroxychloroquine often is used off-label to treat hand osteoarthritis when clinicians run out of other alternatives. A new study suggests, however, that despite the hype, that drug works no better than placebo. Here are more details.

Calcium Supplements Linked to Higher Risk of Colon Polyps
Many supplement users consider the products risk-free, but that is not always the case, according to a new study. Why did researchers warn that calcium supplements—whether taken with or without vitamin D—could increase the risk of polyps in the colon?

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