Arsenic may contaminate rice and drinking water, exposing pregnant women and their fetuses to health risks

Your patients may unknowingly develop arsenic exposure due to contaminated water and rice. A recent article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes how arsenic toxicity was identified in contaminated food and water, and how it can potentially lead to toxicity in at-risk patients. Fetal arsenic… 

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Statin use in postmenopausal women increases risk of type 2 diabetes, but benefits may still outweigh risks

A recent study has found that that the use of statins in postmenopausal women is associated with an increased risk of diabetes mellitus (DM). However, further studies are warranted, and some experts say that the benefits still outweigh the risks. The study set out to evaluate whether statin use in… 

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Aspirin worth a look for preventing cervical cancer in HIV-infected women

Aspirin and other drugs that inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) should be evaluated for their potential to prevent cervical cancer in women infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), say researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City, United States. They found that HIV influences the production… 

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Simply measuring inter-arm systolic blood pressures (SBPs) can help you assess a patient’s risk of vascular disease or death

Most doctors know that identifying and treating patients with vascular disease can be difficult. A recent meta-analysis found that measuring inter-arm blood pressures can help you determine which patients are at greater risk for vascular disease or death. Patients with a large inter-arm SBP difference need a vascular assessment, because… 

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Non-sedating antihistamines recommended to treat urticaria

Most doctors know how complex the management of urticaria— particularly chronic urticaria—can be. New clinical guidelines will help you identify and treat your patients with this condition. Specifically, the Consensus Statement, published recently in the Indian Journal for Dermatology, provides helpful information on pharmacotherapeutic management of urticaria. “This Consensus Statement… 

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Why every doctor in India needs a Web site

Just like you need a telephone line to practice medicine, a Web site has become an integral part of modern medical practice today. Doctors need patients—and in order to get patients, you need to go to where they are. Today, many patients are online—and their numbers are increasing every day…. 

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