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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Psoriasis guidelines provide updates on pharmacotherapy, guidance on special populations

New consensus guidelines for the management of plaque psoriasis include updates on pharmacotherapy options and the treatment of special populations such as children, pregnant women and their partners, nursing mothers, the elderly, and patients diagnosed with cancer, HIV, or hepatitis B or C. Key Point: Biologics and other immunosuppressive agents… 

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Proton-pump inhibitors may be linked to increased risk of C. difficile-associated diarrhea

Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be associated with an increased risk of Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea (CDAD). Doctors and patients are being warned that if a patient develops diarrhea that does not improve while receiving a PPI, then CDAD should be considered as a diagnosis and managed appropriately, according to an advisory… 

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Parent education key to improving pediatric vaccination rates in India

The greatest barrier to routine immunization of children in India is parents’ lack of awareness of the importance of vaccination, according to a recent study of pediatricians and primary health center (PHC) physicians. Key Point: Parents should be educated as to the importance of fully vaccinating their children. A focused… 

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