Monthly Archives: November 2012

Cardiovascular risk factors vary within Indian ethnic subgroups

Great ethnic disparity in cardiovascular risk factors was identified between 2 Indian ethnic subgroups, a recent study found. More research is needed to identify conventional risk factors for this and other complex diseases.  “There are huge differences even within India, as it is a heterogeneous country.” -V. Mohan, MD, FRCP,… 

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3 therapies every doctor should prescribe

Not every doctor’s approach to medicine is a fit for every patient. This is just as well, as patients have different mind sets as well. In the best of both worlds, each patient will find the doctor who meshes best with his or her style. “Humor is one of the… 

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Type 2 diabetes screening in at-risk patients may not decrease mortality risk

Population-based screening for type 2 diabetes in at-risk patients did not decrease the risk of diabetes-related mortality within 10 years, a recently published study found. Additionally, neither cardiovascular nor all-cause mortality risk was reduced. Key Point: Population-based diabetes screening did not decrease diabetes-related or all-cause mortality within 10 years in… 

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The benefits of referring patients to other patients

When doctors are stumped by challenging clinical cases, they often refer patients to specialists to assist with the diagnosis and management of the patients’ conditions. “Doctors can learn a lot from expert patients.” -Aniruddha Malpani, MD, medical director of Malpani Infertility Clinic in Mumbai, India While specialists can be very… 

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Mortality rates associated with influenza A H1N1 pandemic greater than previously estimated

A greater number of worldwide deaths were associated with the 2009 influenza A H1N1 virus pandemic than previously estimated, according to a recently published modeling study.
Pandemics associated with influenza tend to cause a higher number of deaths due to variable causes as compared with (more)

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Blanket prescribing of beta-blockers to all patients with CAD or at risk of CAD does not reduce cardiovascular risk

Beta-blocker therapy is not associated with a lower risk of death, nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI), and nonfatal stroke in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) risk factors, known CAD without MI, or prior MI, according to a recent observational study. “…Trends are changing, and the evidence is compelling to use… 

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Risk of postnatal fever with misoprostol linked to dosage, administration route

The prostaglandin E1 analog misoprostol is widely used to prevent postpartum hemorrhage, which is the leading cause of maternal death in India. Misoprostol is especially practical in low-resource settings because of its efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and ease of administration (sublingual, oral, vaginal, or rectal). It’s also not heat labile, which makes… 

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