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Increased physical activity in Indian children may slow NCD development

What is known: Lack of physical activity in childhood can lead to disease in adulthood High blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, arthritis, cancers and insulin resistance are among the noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) seen in adults who were physically inactive as children Activity is defined as at least one hour a… 

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How technology can boost your efficiency

Sometimes as doctors, we are the cause of bottlenecks in our own medical offices. After all, we only have 24 hours in a day, and the number of patients we can see, examine, and talk to is going to be limited. “When used strategically, technology can help to amplify a… 

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Exercise provides strong protection against developing diabetes in older men

Men aged 60 to 79 years who start or maintain at least moderate physical activity are afforded strong protection against developing type 2 diabetes, a recently published population-based study found. Additionally, even light exercise reduces the risk of new-onset diabetes by approximately 50%, particularly in overweight and obese men. Key… 

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What you need to know about the new breed of ‘e-patients’—high-tech, informed, and engaged

I am now seeing a new type of patient—the e-patient. Many of these highly informed, high-tech patients come to my referral clinic from Pune and Bangalore—the Silicon Valley of India. “E-patients are often experts about their own conditions or illnesses—and they are happy to share their expertise with others.” -Aniruddha… 

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Re-emergence of chikungunya infection in parts of India causes public health threat

Chikungunya virus, which can cause severe morbidity, has re-emerged in certain geographic regions of India. The rates of infection are highest in South India, moderate in the Western region, and uncommon in North India. Keys to diagnosis: Fever for up to 7 days Rashes, joint pain and swelling, vomiting, and… 

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Patient-reported severe hypoglycemia increases mortality risk

For the first time ever, a newly published retrospective study has established a significant correlation between patient-reported severe hypoglycemia and increased mortality in patients with diabetes. Key Point: Patients with diabetes who self-report severe episodes of hypoglycemia have a higher risk of mortality. It’s important to question them about hypoglycemic… 

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An opinion on second opinions

When a patient says he or she wants to seek a second opinion from another physician, it’s natural to feel somewhat territorial or even offended. However, if you approach second opinions with the right mind set, they can be good for you and for your patients. They also can be… 

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