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Shifting strategies needed to curb noncommunicable diseases in India

An estimated 5.2 million deaths per year in India are caused by noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and the number is expected to grow in the coming decades. “Physicians have an important role to play—not only as caregivers but also as counselors, educators, and community leaders. They can convey the message that… 

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Thrombolysis may be beneficial later and in older patients suffering an acute stroke

About 1.44 to 1.64 million cases of new stroke occur each year in India, with stroke sufferers losing over 6 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) annually due to death and disability, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO). Thrombolysis with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) is used to… 

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Pacemaker study examines whether Indians age earlier than Westerners

mdCurrent Conference Report: Heart Rhythm 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions Indians presenting for permanent pacemaker (PP) placement are younger than those in the Western population, according to results of a study presented at the 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). Key Point: Indians present at a younger… 

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Prolonged sitting leads to early mortality

The more time spent sitting, regardless of the amount of physical activity, the higher one’s risk of premature death, researchers have found. Key Point: Even among physically active patients, prolonged sitting raises the risk of premature mortality. Patients should be encouraged to minimize as much as possible the amount of… 

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Regular aspirin use may reduce risk of cancer metastasis

Daily aspirin may prevent distant cancer metastasis, according to a recent analysis. Researchers from the United Kingdom examined 5 large, randomized trials (17,285 participants) of daily aspirin (≥75 mg daily) vs control for the prevention of vascular events to assess the effect of aspirin on the frequency of distant metastasis… 

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Drugs that raise HDL confer no extra clinical benefit when added to a statin

coronary artery disease

mdCurrent Conference Report: American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session & Expo Adding a therapy that boosts the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in a patient already taking a statin is unlikely to produce a substantial clinical benefit, according to the results of a meta-regression analysis. Key Point:… 

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New colorectal cancer screening guidance based on review of multiple guidelines

A comprehensive review of several medical groups’ guidelines for colorectal screening has resulted in a new guidance statement that includes a number of useful recommendations. Key Point: The ACP’s critical review of multiple guidelines offers guidance regarding colorectal cancer screening. In searching the National Guidelines Clearinghouse developed in the United… 

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