Adding metformin to insulin therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes does not impact long-term outcomes

The addition of metformin to insulin therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes does not significantly impact all-cause or cardiovascular mortality, although the combination reduced hemoglobin A1C values, weight gain, and insulin doses, a recent study found. Combining metformin to insulin also may increase the risk of hypoglycemia. According to… 

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Protection against Parkinson disease could be an added benefit of statins

An added benefit from statin use appears to be a slightly lower risk of Parkinson disease (PD), according to an analysis of 2 large prospective cohorts. Key Point: Statin use may offer moderate protection against the development of Parkinson disease, but further studies are needed to confirm this association. The… 

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Estrogen-only hormone therapy reduces invasive breast cancer risk after hysterectomy

Estrogen alone after a hysterectomy reduces the risk of invasive breast cancer, according to a follow-up analysis of postmenopausal women enrolled in the U.S. Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study. In the WHI study, women aged 50 to 79 years who had undergone hysterectomy were randomized to receive estrogen alone (0.625… 

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Long-term therapeutic aspirin could offer protection against cancer

Long-term aspirin use may offer protection against cancer, a recent study has found. In analyzing data from 6 trials of daily low-dose aspirin in the primary prevention of vascular events (35,535 participants) and 51 clinical trials (including 34 randomized trials) of daily aspirin vs controls for the prevention of vascular… 

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Using checklist helps to prevent heart failure readmissions

mdCurrent Conference Report: American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session & Expo Completing a simple 1-page checklist before discharging heart failure patients goes a long way toward reducing the number of hospital readmissions. The checklist, developed by Abhijeet Basoor, MD, a fellow in cardiovascular medicine at St. Joseph Mercy… 

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Rheumatoid arthritis patients who stop statin therapy have higher risk of death

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who discontinue their statin therapy increase their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and other causes, according to the findings of a population-based study. Patients with RA should therefore be advised of the importance of compliance to their statin therapy, the study authors advised. The… 

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Protein biomarker predicts development of heart failure

mdCurrent Conference Report: American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session & Expo A blood test for a unique carbohydrate-binding protein called galectin-3 is a reliable predictor of incident heart failure and also the response to heart failure treatment. In a study presented at the 61st annual scientific session of… 

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