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Omega-3 fatty acid supplements do not lower risk of major cardiovascular outcomes

Various clinical guidelines and government bodies recommend supplementation with omega-3 fatty acid supplements for cardiovascular-related indications ranging from triglyceride lowering to cardiovascular risk modification to preventive treatment following myocardial infarction. However, despite popular belief and practice, a recently published systematic review and meta-analysis found that supplementation with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty… 

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Study underscores need for stroke symptom screening in patients with diabetes

A recent population-based study found that it may be a good idea to routinely screen patients with diabetes for stroke symptoms. That’s because the analysis found that nearly 1 in 4 people with diabetes reported stroke symptoms—and the presence of these symptoms with no physician diagnosis of stroke have been… 

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How to set fees for your medical services that are ‘just right’

One of the great mysteries of medicine for patients is why doctors charge what they do. Some are amazed at the fact that bright young doctors are willing to work long hours for patients whom they do not know, for an income that is not bad, but that is much… 

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Vitamin D3 supplementation falls short in preventing upper respiratory tract infections

Vitamin D plays an important role in immune response, and it has been documented that vitamin D deficiency is common in the Indian population. However, a recent randomized, controlled study does not support vitamin D3 supplementation to prevent upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) in healthy adults who have normal or… 

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Cardiovascular risk factors vary within Indian ethnic subgroups

Great ethnic disparity in cardiovascular risk factors was identified between 2 Indian ethnic subgroups, a recent study found. More research is needed to identify conventional risk factors for this and other complex diseases.  “There are huge differences even within India, as it is a heterogeneous country.” -V. Mohan, MD, FRCP,… 

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3 therapies every doctor should prescribe

Not every doctor’s approach to medicine is a fit for every patient. This is just as well, as patients have different mind sets as well. In the best of both worlds, each patient will find the doctor who meshes best with his or her style. “Humor is one of the… 

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Type 2 diabetes screening in at-risk patients may not decrease mortality risk

Population-based screening for type 2 diabetes in at-risk patients did not decrease the risk of diabetes-related mortality within 10 years, a recently published study found. Additionally, neither cardiovascular nor all-cause mortality risk was reduced. Key Point: Population-based diabetes screening did not decrease diabetes-related or all-cause mortality within 10 years in… 

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