Monthly Archives: July 2012

How you can teach patients to ask good questions

As busy doctors, it’s easy to feel sometimes as if there isn’t a lot of extra time for questions. However, it’s important to encourage patients to ask questions, because the process allows them to understand exactly what their problem is and what their treatment options are, so they have realistic… 

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Diabetes on the rise in South Asia

The prevalence of diabetes—especially type 2 diabetes—continues to rise in the countries of South Asia. “The contributory factors are genetic and high susceptibility to the adverse effects of unhealthy lifestyle.” -Ambady Ramachandran, MD, PhD, DSc, FRCP, MNAMS, FICP, FRCP, diabetologist and chairman/managing director of A. Ramachandran’s Diabetes Hospitals, Chennai, India;… 

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Overcoming barriers to immunization in India requires community outreach

Recent surveys have found that nationally, only 61% of children aged 12 months to 23 months have received all 6 vaccines included in India’s Universal Immunization Program (UIP). Some surveys have reported even lower figures, especially in specific regions of the country. Key Point: Bringing immunization delivery points into the… 

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Before you buy (or lease): What Indian doctors need to know about opening a medical clinic

Key Point: When you are planning to open a new clinic, experts say that it’s important to assess where you’re at in your career and to make a decision about leasing, buying, or other options in the context of your overarching financial goals. Timing is everything, especially for doctors starting… 

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Elderly hypertensive patients with cardiovascular disease may benefit from combination antihypertensive therapy

Adding a second antihypertensive medication appears to be more beneficial than increasing the dose of a single antihypertensive in reducing all-cause mortality cardiovascular outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD). This was the main finding of a recent randomized trial that sought to determine the efficacy of high-dose angiotensin receptor… 

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Delamanid may be beneficial as an add-on therapy to the standard treatment regimen of multidrug resistant tuberculosis

The investigational antibiotic delamanid increased 2-month sputum-culture conversion in patients with multidrug-resistant pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). This was the main finding of a recent randomized, placebo-controlled trial that sought to determine the efficacy and safety of delamanid added to standard therapy vs standard therapy alone in this population. Key Point: Delamanid,… 

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Maintaining polio eradication in India: physicians play key role in countering parental misconceptions

When India was struck from the list of polio-endemic countries by the World Health Organization (WHO) in February 2012, the hard-won designation was one of India’s greatest public health accomplishments. Now, the focus has shifted from achieving eradication to maintaining it. “It was an important accomplishment for India to be… 

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