Monthly Archives: August 2012

India lags behind other countries in measles reduction

Worldwide, the incidence of measles has fallen dramatically, from 4.6 cases per 1,000 people in 2000, to 1.6 cases per 1,000 in 2010, according to a newly issued report. Improvements in measles outcomes have not been keeping pace in India, however. “…The practicing pediatrician should scan through the vaccination card… 

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Statin benefits in primary prevention outweigh risk of diabetes

The benefit of preventing vascular events outweighs the increased risk of new-onset diabetes in patients without cardiovascular disease but with an elevated level of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), researchers have found. India is the country with the greatest number of diabetes patients in the world, according to the International Diabetes… 

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Maximize your time at medical conferences to create take-home value

Attending a clinical seminar or medical society meeting is a commitment of time and money, and it’s important to get the most out of each one.  “Whatever new ideas or management points I learn, I note them down systematically somewhere—diary, laptop—as these are my take-home points and I might not… 

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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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Timing of antibiotics reduces surgical site infections in Cesarean deliveries

Giving prophylactic antibiotics within 1 hour prior to Cesarean incision instead of after umbilical cord clamping led to a 48% reduction in surgical site infections in a 96-month retrospective cohort study. “This study validates current practice in India where all operating surgeons, whether it is a small nursing home in… 

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Honey effective in symptomatic treatment of nocturnal cough in children with upper respiratory tract infections

A randomized placebo-controlled, double-blind trial found that the effects of a single nocturnal dose of honey was more effective than placebo for treating nocturnal cough and difficulty sleeping associated with childhood upper respiratory tract infections (URIs). “Honey has been used as a traditional remedy for generations in India for a… 

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Significant number of global cancer cases attributed to infectious diseases

Approximately 2 million of a total of 12.7 million new cancer cases worldwide are directly attributable to infectious disease, a recently published study found. Multiple infectious diseases, such as Helicobacter pylori, human papillomavirus (HPV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), human herpes T-cell lymphotropic virus… 

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