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The benefits of referring patients to other patients

When doctors are stumped by challenging clinical cases, they often refer patients to specialists to assist with the diagnosis and management of the patients’ conditions. “Doctors can learn a lot from expert patients.” -Aniruddha Malpani, MD, medical director of Malpani Infertility Clinic in Mumbai, India While specialists can be very… 

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Mortality rates associated with influenza A H1N1 pandemic greater than previously estimated

A greater number of worldwide deaths were associated with the 2009 influenza A H1N1 virus pandemic than previously estimated, according to a recently published modeling study.
Pandemics associated with influenza tend to cause a higher number of deaths due to variable causes as compared with (more)

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Blanket prescribing of beta-blockers to all patients with CAD or at risk of CAD does not reduce cardiovascular risk

Beta-blocker therapy is not associated with a lower risk of death, nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI), and nonfatal stroke in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) risk factors, known CAD without MI, or prior MI, according to a recent observational study. “…Trends are changing, and the evidence is compelling to use… 

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Risk of postnatal fever with misoprostol linked to dosage, administration route

The prostaglandin E1 analog misoprostol is widely used to prevent postpartum hemorrhage, which is the leading cause of maternal death in India. Misoprostol is especially practical in low-resource settings because of its efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and ease of administration (sublingual, oral, vaginal, or rectal). It’s also not heat labile, which makes… 

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Antenatal, postnatal nutritional intervention needed to decrease linear growth stunting in young Indian children

Stunting—a low height for age, also called linear growth retardation—is on the decline in India in certain age groups, but more attention still needs to be paid to it as an indicator of undernutrition in children younger than 5 years, according to an article published recently in Indian Pediatrics. Underweight… 

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Why information therapy is a powerful prescription for patients

My patients, Mr. and Mrs. Gupta, are sitting in the waiting lounge of my in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic, waiting for their appointment. The usual array of consumer magazines is in front of them. But could the time they are spending reading about the most recent Bollywood movie or holiday… 

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Antibiotics for treating acute ischemic stroke—a novel idea?

Minocycline 200 mg once daily taken at the time of first stroke symptoms may aid in improving clinical deficits following an acute ischemic stroke (AIS), but more robust and better controlled clinical studies are needed before the antibiotic can be recommended for this indication. “There is an urgent need to… 

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