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Beta blockers and cardiac resynchronization show greatest survival benefit for patients with heart failure

Data on the comparative merits of drugs recommended to manage heart failure (HF) are limited. A recent case-control study compared HF patients who died within 24 months of diagnosis with those who survived to 24 months after a HF diagnosis. The researchers compared the 2 groups to see which therapies… 

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CT colon screening without bowel prep IDs adenomas 10 mm and larger

Computed tomographic colonography (CTC) without bowel preparation correctly identified more than 90% of adenomas ≥10 mm in a recent multicenter study. Key Point: Laxative-free colonography is accurate at detecting adenomas 10 mm and larger but is less reliable for detecting smaller lesions. Most polyps that affect survival are 10 mm… 

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Bisphosphonates linked to atypical femoral fracture

While reducing the risk of classic fracture, treatment with bisphosphonates may increase the risk of atypical fractures of the femur, with a longer duration of treatment linked to this increasing risk, according to a new study. “We have demonstrated that the association between bisphosphonate treatment and the occurrence of atypical… 

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Is chronic kidney disease a coronary heart disease risk equivalent?

Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have an increased risk of myocardial infarction (MI) and a higher MI mortality rate as compared with patients diagnosed with diabetes or who have had a prior MI event, according to a recently published study. “Chronic kidney disease in India is a public health… 

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Polyphenol resveratrol may boost effect of oral hypoglycemic agents in Indian patients

A daily resveratrol supplement used for 3 months improved glycemic control in a small study of Indian patients with type 2 diabetes who were already taking oral hypoglycemic agents, found researchers from the JSS College of Pharmacy in Tamilnadu, India. Key Point: Oral supplementation of resveratrol improves glycemic control and… 

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Study finds exercise may reduce depression in heart failure patients

Cardiovascular disease has emerged as the number one killer in both urban and rural areas of India. The Indian population is particularly susceptible to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors; however, there are few large studies that have examined CVD risk factors in the Indian population. Depression is associated with an… 

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Widespread use of statins for primary prevention could reduce risk of vascular events

Even patients with a 5-year risk for major vascular events <10% may benefit from primary prevention using statin therapy, according to the results of a large meta-analysis. This study may hold particular significance for patients in India, where genetic susceptibility results in a higher rate of vascular events, and where… 

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