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Sleep-related disorders in India: an emerging issue affecting one-fifth of the population

Sleep-related disorders (SRDs) are widely prevalent in India and an emerging health issue. They not only affect quality of life, but also cause or contribute to health problems—cardiovascular diseases, psychological disturbances, accidents, and decreased individual performance. A recent study sought to estimate the prevalence of SRDs in Southern India and… 

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Flexible sigmoidoscopy a reliable diagnostic tool for colorectal cancer screening

Screening using flexible sigmoidoscopy significantly reduced the incidence of colorectal cancer and mortality, according to a recently published large prospective randomized study. Overall, colorectal cancer mortality was reduced by 26% in patients assigned to sigmoidoscopy (2.9 vs 3.9 deaths per 10,000 person-years) in the study. A 50% reduction in death… 

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Simple call center intervention can improve diabetes-specific outcomes

mdCurrent Conference Report: 72nd Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association A multifactorial intervention approach that included call center support focused on disease management improved several diabetes-specific outcomes in a pilot study conducted at Apollo Hospitals in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, India. Key Point: An intervention that includes telephone-based counseling… 

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New-generation anticoagulant agents pose risks in treatment of acute coronary syndromes

The potential ischemic benefits of novel oral antiplatelet therapy following an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) may be offset by a significant increase in major bleeding events, according to a meta-analysis recently published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. “We are already exposing these patients to several drugs that can produce… 

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Menopausal hormone replacement therapy reduces fractures but increases risks for other conditions

A great deal of controversy surrounds the use of menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for the prevention of chronic conditions. “There are robust data now coming in that there is a window of opportunity in the early menopausal years when HRT may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. It would… 

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Early intensive therapy in type 2 diabetes may preserve beta cell function

mdCurrent Conference Report: 72nd annual scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association Intensive therapy initiated in newly diagnosed patients with type 2 diabetes preserved beta-cell function over the course of a 3.5-year study. The study’s lead investigator, Ildiko Lingvay, MD, recommended that “we try to achieve glycemic normalization as quickly… 

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Study finds high risk of recurrence in Indian patients with transient ischemic attack and minor ischemic stroke

A recent study in India tracked the short-term risk of additional events in patients who experienced transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) and minor ischemic strokes (MISs). TIAs and MISs, cerebrovascular events that are not acute, are associated with a risk of recurrence or deterioration. “This is the first Indian data on… 

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