Monthly Archives: December 2012

Dengue fever diagnosis, treatment, and prevention tips

Dengue fever has become endemic in many parts of India, with major outbreaks occurring approximately once or twice per decade. Reported case fatality rates for Southeast Asia are approximately 1%, but in India, Indonesia, and Myanmar, focal outbreaks away from urban areas have reported case-fatality rates of 3–5%. mdCurrent Pearl:… 

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White Rice Consumption Increases Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Physicians in India should be aware of an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in individuals who consume large amounts of white rice. They should be prepared to counsel patients on healthy dietary alternatives. “Recent studies from our group have shown that substituting white rice with brown rice or multigrain… 

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Why expert patients are the best patients

I work hard at maintaining my technical skills, so I can continue to offer my patients the best care possible. Just like my patients expect me to be an expert, I expect my patients to be experts as well. In fact, I suggest that they do their homework before coming… 

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Indian Pediatricians Should be Alert to Childhood CV Risk Factors

Key Point: The most important action Indian pediatricians can take in helping their patients avoid early CV risk factors is to promote a healthy lifestyle. This includes promoting and encouraging physical activity and stressing a nutritious diet to avoid childhood obesity. In an effort to curb the development of pediatric… 

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Chronic Respiratory Disorders Create Significant Health Care Burden

Key Point: See the questions below to ask your patients to better assess the risk factors contributing to CRD and help them with the preventative process to avoid the disease altogether. Chronic Respiratory Disorders (CRDs), including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and chronic bronchitis create a significant health care… 

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Check for PAD in patients with risk factors such as diabetes, smoking, CAD

The CADI Research Foundation reports that the incidence of peripheral artery disease (PAD) is considerably lower in Indians than in European populations.(http://www.cadiresearch.org/?page_id=284) Despite this disparity, however, it is important for Indian physicians to be aware of PAD and its risk factors. Dr. Azizul Haque is consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist at… 

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How to dismiss a patient—the right way

Despite our best efforts, not every doctor-patient relationship is a positive one. While we hope these situations will occur rarely, it’s important to know what your options are when there’s a patient in your practice whom you feel should be dismissed for his or her own good—and for the good… 

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