Increased education increases likelihood of longer lifespans

Among older adults in India and other low- and middle-income countries, a higher education status is a consistent independent predictor against death. This finding comes from a study of 12,373 people aged 65 years and older living in India, China, and 6 Latin American low- to middle-income countries. The participants… 

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Forceps-assisted delivery associated with fewer neurologic complications

Forceps-assisted vaginal deliveries appear to be associated with fewer total neurologic complications, including seizure, than either vacuum-assisted or Cesarean deliveries, a recent study found. However, forceps-assisted delivery, compared with the other delivery methods, was associated with a higher incidence of brachial plexus injury and facial nerve palsy. “Vacuum-assisted deliveries are… 

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Cervical cancer guidelines analysis focuses on balancing prevention and cost concerns

Over the years, a number of authoritative sources have issued various guidelines regarding cervical cancer screening. Even though all of the guidelines are based on the evidence, they vary in their ultimate recommendations and can be difficult to coordinate and apply to practice. A recent Perspective article in the New… 

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Early assessment by CT/CT angiography helps predict recurrent stroke after TIA and minor stroke

CT/CT angiography can be a helpful diagnostic tool in predicting which patients who have experienced transient ischemic attack (TIA) and minor stroke are at highest risk of recurrent stroke, especially within the first 48 hours, according to a recent study by Canadian investigators. Key Point: CT/CTA is a practical solution… 

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Practical advice on preventing maternal death due to postpartum hemorrhage

Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal death in India. The majority of these cases are preventable, but due to a lack of resources in many settings, maternal death rates in India remain higher than in other developing countries. The national maternal mortality rate in India is 254 per… 

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Cesarean delivery does not improve outcomes in births of small-for-gestational age neonates

Cesarean delivery does not improve outcomes compared with vaginal delivery for premature fetuses that are small for their gestational age, said researchers in a study presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine. A review of births in the United States in New York… 

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New neurological complications emerging in dengue fever

A retrospective study conducted over 2 years in a tertiary center in Northern India has taken a closer look at neurological complications that are occurring with increasing frequency in dengue infection. “Initially, dengue was not considered neurotropic. However, enough evidence has accumulated to call it a neurotropic or neuroinvasive virus.”… 

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