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Once-Daily Hydrocodone to Treat Chronic Lower Back Pain

Phoenix—Patients with chronic lower back pain who received extended-release, once-daily, single-entity hydrocodone tablets had significantly superior and clinically meaningful reductions in pain compared with a placebo group, according to a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

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Two Leading Electronic Health Record Providers to Partner with Apple’s Healthcare Service

Cerner Corp and Athenahealth Inc have announced they are working with Apple Inc to develop applications that leverage Apple's mobile health service HealthKit. Cerner and Athenahealth are 2 of the largest electronic health (EHR) record providers in the United States.

Cerner and Athenahealth representatives said they are building integrations with HealthKit and working with Apple. Previously, Apple announced a partnership with rival EHR company Epic Systems.

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Panelists Debate ACC/AHA Guidelines for Treating High Cholesterol

San Francisco—In November 2013, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) released new guidelines for treatment with lipids and recommended the use of statins for millions of more adults, including most patients with type 2 diabetes. This was the first update since the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) released its most recent Adult Treatment Panel guidelines in 2001, which were modified in 2004.