Monthly Archives: July 2012

Sleep disparities a growing concern in residents of slum housing

mdCurrent Conference Report: SLEEP 2012, 26th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society There is a sleep disparity in society. People in extremely low-income populations (slum dwellers) in developing countries have a sleep inequity. This… 

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Effective patient communication: How to ensure that your patients are really hearing what you are telling them

Effective patient communication is essential to effective patient care. Patients who fully understand their diagnoses and treatment plans are engaged in their own care, which could lead to better clinical outcomes. Key Point: Clearly communicating with patients is a cornerstone of successful patient care. You can help patients understand what… 

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Prevention beats cure: What to do about online doctor rating Web sites

The World Wide Web has become the primary source of medical information for your patients. It’s available 24/7 and provides access to lots of information on healthcare topics—some of which is very high quality. Key Point: Doctor rating sites are becoming more popular. It’s important to encourage open communication with… 

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Bacterial bloodstream infections: early diagnosis and treatment are essential

While most patients who are hospitalized with fevers have viral infections, some have bacterial bloodstream infections that should be treated with the appropriate antibiotic agents. In India, as in other developing countries, access to laboratory analysis can be limited, and few studies have examined the incidence of community-acquired bacterial bloodstream… 

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Early basal insulin in patients with type 2 diabetes achieves glycemic control better than sitagliptin, but with greater risk of hypoglycemia

mdCurrent Conference Report: 72nd Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association Adding basal insulin (insulin glargine) as a second-line treatment after metformin is superior to adding sitagliptin in achieving glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to study data presented at the 72nd Annual (2012) Scientific Sessions… 

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Fever and tachypnea strong indicators of pneumonia in children with lower respiratory tract infections

India leads the world in childhood pneumonia incidence, with 43 million new cases per year, as estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO). Pneumonia can be difficult to diagnose, especially in patients with lower respiratory complaints in settings where chest x-ray (CXR) testing is not available. Knowing the signs and… 

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A low-fat diet may help curb metabolic syndrome risk in women

Metabolic syndrome is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. The diagnosis is made based on the presence of 3 or more of the following clinical signs: waist circumference of 88 cm or more; serum triglycerides of 1.7 mmol/L or more; blood pressure of 130/85 mmHg or… 

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