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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Navigating your financial future: Advice for doctors

When most people think of a successful careerist, including medical professionals, they think of someone who can afford a lavish lifestyle and its entrapments—a home in a gated high-rise community, a swanky car or two, and the best educational institutions for their children. If these successful careerists are queried on… 

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Study examines trends in global malaria mortality in India between 1980 and 2010; physicians can play an important public health role

In recent years, Dinghra et al estimated annual malaria deaths in India at 205,000, while  the World Health Organization’s (WHO) estimates were 15,000, triggering extreme debate. Reducing  malaria deaths to zero by 2015 is a goal of the UN Secretary-General. Numerous developments can now assist in reassessing more timely malaria… 

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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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