Study results make the case for quick titration of antihypertensive drugs to lower blood pressure

Patients who take their blood pressure (BP) medication as prescribed can reach maximum BP efficacy within a few weeks of starting therapy, according to a recent meta-analysis. Knowing this early can help you determine whether a new BP medication is working or not, so that you can try another agent… 

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Childhood obesity leads to adverse cardiovascular and metabolic consequences as adults

Childhood obesity, a growing problem in India, compromises future cardiovascular health, according to a Canadian researcher in population health, who authored a review on the link between childhood obesity and adverse health outcomes in the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. According to data published in the late 2000s, the… 

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Higher BMI, maternal age increase risk of gestational diabetes in South Asian women

A retrospective analysis has found that advanced maternal age and increased body mass index (BMI) each increase the risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM); notably, these effects are more pronounced in women of South Asian descent. This study is the first in the current literature to examine the interaction… 

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Recommendations focus on preventing cot death in infants

A safe sleep environment to prevent sleep-related deaths—including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which is often called cot death or crib death in India—is the focus of a recent policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The new statement is intended to reduce the risk of sleep-related suffocation,… 

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Colonoscopy reduces death rate from colorectal cancer; more adenomas discovered with colonoscopy than FIT

Two new studies confirm the value of colonoscopy in detecting advanced colorectal cancer and reducing mortality. Key Point: Colonoscopy is an effective screening test for detecting adenomas and reducing mortality from colorectal cancer. Fecal immunochemical testing is not an adequate substitute for colonoscopy. You should recommend screening colonoscopies to your… 

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Daily aspirin use ups the risk of wet aging macula disorder

Frequent aspirin use may promote wet aging macula disorder (AMD), which is also referred to as age-related macular degeneration, according to results from a population-based study in 7 European countries. The effect of aspirin use on AMD prevalence is controversial, as studies of the association between aspirin use and AMD… 

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Chlorthalidone treatment for systolic hypertension improves life expectancy

Treating systolic hypertension in older patients with the diuretic chlorthalidone leads to a long-term gain in life expectancy. A gain in life expectancy free from cardiovascular death of about 1 day gained for each month of treatment was found with 22 years of follow-up in the U.S.-based Systolic Hypertension in… 

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