Monthly Archives: June 2012

Large proportion of antimalarial drugs fail chemical and packaging analysis

In Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, 35% of antimalarial drugs failed chemical analysis, highlighting the need to identify and prevent criminal production and distribution of antimalarial drugs, according to a recent analysis of published and unpublished studies. Malaria is an endemic infection in 106 countries, including India. Although infection rates… 

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Economic development, healthcare infrastructure influence hyperlipidemia risk in patients with cardiovascular disease

A recent cohort study published in Circulation found that indices of economic development and health-system performance in different countries were found to significantly impact the odds of elevated total cholesterol in patients with hyperlipidemia and a history of cardiovascular disease. Prevalence of coronary heart disease is on the rise in… 

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Type 2 diabetes increases risk for gastrointestinal cancers in postmenopausal women

Postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes demonstrated an increased risk for cancers of the liver, pancreas, colon, and rectum, according to an analysis of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study. It was estimated that 41 million people in India had type 2 diabetes in 2006, according to a 2010 report… 

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NSAID use may be associated with decreased risk of skin cancer

A meta-analysis has found that the use of NSAIDs—including ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen—was associated with a decreased risk of skin cancer. “This study is interesting, but a concern of long-term use of NSAIDs includes renal and gastric complications.” -Saumen Chaudhuri, MD, medical officer, State Public Health Services, South Dinajpur Hospital,… 

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Overtreatment of blood pressure in patients with diabetes mellitus sometimes as common as undertreatment

A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that utilization of a clinical action measure was useful in detecting over- and undertreatment of blood pressure (BP) in patients with diabetes mellitus, with similar rates in each clinical scenario. “The problem with blood pressure control to optimum levels… 

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Probiotic could help reduce acute infectious pediatric diarrhea

Lactobacillus reuteri, a “good” bacteria that lives in the gut and is recognized as a probiotic, helped to reduce acute infectious diarrhea in children, especially those with lower nutritional status, according to research published in the journal Pediatrics. The 6-month, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted in low-socioeconomic areas of Jakarta,… 

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Childhood CT scans tied to increased risk of leukemia and brain cancer

The use of CT scans is rising in India and throughout the rest of the world. Computed tomography (CT) scans can expose the body to relatively high doses of radiation, to which children are particularly sensitive. Exposure to 50 mGy and 60 mGy of radiation during childhood CT scans may

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