Monthly Archives: October 2012

Antibiotics for treating acute ischemic stroke—a novel idea?

Minocycline 200 mg once daily taken at the time of first stroke symptoms may aid in improving clinical deficits following an acute ischemic stroke (AIS), but more robust and better controlled clinical studies are needed before the antibiotic can be recommended for this indication. “There is an urgent need to… 

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Certain infertility treatments may increase the risk of birth defects

A recently published study has linked assisted conception involving in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with an increased risk of birth defects. A large observational study using Australian databases of infertility treatments from January 1986 to December 2002 confirmed previous findings of an increased risk

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Risk of jaundice in late preterm infants requires post-discharge monitoring

Because untreated newborn jaundice can lead to kernicterus, which can cause brain damage and death, it’s important to monitor at-risk newborns until the danger has passed. Researchers at Fernandez Hospital in Hyderabad, India, studied the incidence and the course of hyperbilirubinemia in late preterm infants (34 weeks to 36 weeks,… 

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Personal health records make medicine more patient-centered

One of the easiest ways to make medicine more patient-centered is to routinely ensure that patients have access to the information in their own medical records, including their medical history, laboratory results, diagnoses, and treatment plans. Going a step further, patients also can be encouraged to add to the record—including… 

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Changing diet and better hygiene in India may be factors in the increase in Crohn’s disease

There is a worldwide increase in Crohn’s disease (CD), with an increasing number of cases in the developing world. India, undergoing rapid industrialization, is experiencing changes in diet and hygiene—and these changes are accompanied by an increase in CD. A recent hospital-based study tested the hypothesis that lifestyle and hygiene-related… 

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Prevalence of childhood obesity in India and other developing countries is increasing

As with adults, changing dietary practices and lifestyles are leading to increased childhood obesity globally, including in developing countries. In India, this trend recently has been documented at 22% for children aged 5 years to 19 years. Trends such as this one can indicate an increasing overall prevalence rate; from… 

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An update on the current and future management of rotavirus in India

More than 110 million children in India aged younger than 5 years have diarrhea, with an average of 3.2 episodes a year. It’s estimated that 7% to 8% of community-based episodes are due to rotavirus—a total of 25 million to 28 million episodes in young children a year, according to… 

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