Monthly Archives: September 2012

Suspected neonatal sepsis requires judicious use of tests, antimicrobials

Early onset neonatal sepsis (EONS) can be difficult to diagnose while waiting for the results of laboratory cultures, because sometimes mild clinical signs such as transient tachypnea resolve. In addition, some types of diagnostic testing are only useful to determine whether treatment should be discontinued. Certain types of diagnostic testing… 

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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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What is information therapy?

As doctors, we educate and inform patients every day. Some people call this patient education or patient communication. I like to call it information therapy, which can be defined as a prescription of the right information, for the right patient, at the right time, to help make a better health… 

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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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Diabetes increases risk of premature mortality, including mortality from several specific types of cancer

Diabetes is associated with an increased risk of death, including death from several specific forms of cancers, according to an analysis from the Cancer Prevention Study-II.

India is the country with the greatest number of diabetes patients in the world, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

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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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