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May 2009 Briefing - Family Practice

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Family Practice for May 2009. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Window for Stroke Treatment Opened to 4.5 Hours

FRIDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- The clot-busting drug recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA) can be given to eligible stroke victims as long as 4.5 hours after onset of symptoms, according to a new scientific advisory published online May 28 in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, but the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) still urge further analyses.

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Watching Advanced Dementia Video Affects Care Decisions

FRIDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Showing elderly people a video depicting advanced dementia after they hear a verbal description, affects the choices they make about end-of-life care, according to a study published online May 28 in BMJ.

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Stimulant Gum Can Cause Caffeine Overdose

FRIDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Excessive consumption of stimulant chewing gum resulted in the hospitalization of a 13-year-old boy due to caffeine overdose, highlighting the hidden risk to children of such easily available products, according to a case report published in the May 30 issue of The Lancet.

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Vascular Disease Prevention Benefits of Aspirin Uncertain

FRIDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- The benefits of using aspirin in the primary prevention of vascular disease are uncertain because it reduces the risk of heart attack but increases the risk of internal bleeding, according to a study published in the May 30 issue of The Lancet.

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Beta Blocker Use Promotes Survival in Heart Disease

FRIDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term use of beta blockers in patients with coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction reduces the risk of death, according to a study in the June 1 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology.

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Music May Lessen Pain for Premature Babies

FRIDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Playing music in neonatal units may help premature babies to feed better and reduce their pain, according to a review published online on May 28 in the Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal & Neonatal Edition.

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Childhood Exposure to Violent Parents Raises Depression Risk

FRIDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who were exposed to parental violence during childhood are more likely to have mental health problems and become violent spouses and parents themselves, according to a study published online on May 28 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

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Physician, Patient Traits Affect Back Pain Imaging in Elderly

FRIDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Quality metrics that focus on overuse as well as underuse of services may be helpful in improving the quality of diagnostic services for elderly patients presenting with acute low back pain (LBP), according to a study in the May 25 Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Medical School Faculty, Students Conflict Over Priorities

FRIDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Medical school faculty and new physicians who have completed internship training hold differing views about the procedures that are essential to learn during internship, according to a study published in the April issue of Medical Teacher.

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Retail Clinics Not Accessible to Underserved Populations

FRIDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- So-called retail clinics tend to be located in economically advantaged areas and are not readily accessible to the populations that most need them, according to a study in the May 25 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Cervical Testing Rates Too Low in Women With Bowel Disease

THURSDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) -- who may be at higher risk of cervical abnormalities due to immunosuppressant use -- may have suboptimal screening rates for cervical dysplasia and cancer, according to research published in the May issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Signaling Pathway Mediates Steroid-Induced Diabetes

THURSDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Steroid-induced pancreatic β-cell dysfunction and diabetes mellitus are mediated through a cellular signaling pathway that, when blocked, can restore β-cell function, according to a study published online May 14 in Endocrinology.

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Childhood Type 1 Diabetes Set to Double in Europe by 2020

THURSDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood type 1 diabetes cases are on the rise in Europe, and are set to double among the under-fives by 2020 compared to 2005, according to a study published online on May 28 in The Lancet.

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Stockings Do Not Appear to Cut Thrombosis Risk After Stroke

THURSDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Thigh-length graduated compression stockings do not reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis in patients with acute stroke, according to a study published online on May 27 in The Lancet.

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Decision Makers Can't Delay Until H1N1's Scale Is Clear

THURSDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Officials must decide what actions to take before the severity and scale of the H1N1 virus are certain, and geography plays an important role in the incidence of the virus, according to perspectives published online May 27 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Perimenopause Temporarily Affects Cognitive Performance

THURSDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Perimenopause may be associated with some declines in cognitive performance which return to premenopausal levels after menopause, and hormone therapy has differential effects on cognitive performance depending on the time of initiation, according to a study in the May 26 issue of Neurology.

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Depressed Teens See Barriers to Getting Mental Health Care

THURSDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Adolescents with depression are prone to perceive multiple barriers to getting mental health care, and consequently often do not get any kind of regular treatment, according to a study in the June issue of Medical Care.

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Gastric Bypass Surgery Linked to Kidney Stones

THURSDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Obese patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery may have a significantly increased risk of kidney stone disease and the need to undergo kidney stone surgery, according to a study published in the June issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Computerized Prescription Order Errors a Risk for Patients

THURSDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Computerized provider order entry systems are prone to input errors that may put patients at risk, according to a study published in the May 25 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Focus on Meaningful Work Protects Doctors From Burnout

THURSDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- Academic faculty physicians who focus on what they find most meaningful are less likely to experience burnout, according to a study published in the May 25 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Cancer Deaths Reported Down Between 1990 and 2005

THURSDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- A 19.2 percent drop in cancer deaths in men and an 11.4 percent drop in women avoided about 650,000 cancer deaths between 1990 and 2005, according to the American Cancer Society's annual report of cancer statistics in CA, A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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Ablation Eradicates Disease in Barrett's Esophagus

WEDNESDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- Radiofrequency ablation is effective in completely eradicating intestinal metaplasia and dysplasia in patients with Barrett's esophagus, according to a study in the May 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Gene Mutation Identified in Various Myeloid Cancers

WEDNESDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- The TET2 gene is mutated in about 15 percent of patients with various myeloid cancers, and the mutations appear to precede mutations in a gene previously associated with these diseases, according to a study in the May 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Thermal Printer Chemical Can Provoke Asthma Symptoms

WEDNESDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- A job printing lottery tickets with a thermal printer in a tiny kiosk paid off in acute asthma symptoms for a 62-year-old woman, according to a case report in the May 28 New England Journal of Medicine.

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Better Rat Model of Epilepsy in Women Developed

WEDNESDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- A better animal model of epilepsy in women has been developed where the animals retain reproductive function, which may allow better study of epilepsy where seizures occur during specific stages of the menstrual cycle, according to a study published online May 14 in Endocrinology.

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Statins Improve Long-Term Outcomes After First Stroke

WEDNESDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- First-ever acute ischemic stroke patients who are prescribed statins after hospital discharge may have a significantly lower long-term risk of recurrent stroke or death, according to a study published in the May 26 issue of Neurology.

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Gene Finding May Influence Kidney Transplant Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney transplant recipients who have T allelic variants in exons 21 or 26 of the ABCB1 gene may have a greater likelihood of several adverse events related to cyclosporine A, according to research published online May 21 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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U.K. Initiative Has Unclear Effects on Diabetes Care

WEDNESDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- Since the late 1990s, the management of diabetes has improved in the United Kingdom, but it may not be a direct result of the quality and outcomes framework introduced in 2004, according to a study published online May 27 in BMJ.

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Tamoxifen Recommended to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- Tamoxifen and raloxifene can reduce the risk of breast cancer in high-risk women, according to updated guidelines published online May 26 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. In a related study in the same issue, weekly treatment of metastatic breast cancer with an albumin-bound form of paclitaxel improves survival compared with docetaxel.

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Colorectal Cancer Outcomes Improve at Two Cancer Centers

WEDNESDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- Outcomes for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer have markedly improved at two leading cancer centers since 1997 because of increased use of liver resection and the introduction of new cancer drugs, according to a study published online May 26 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Lower-Insurance Mortality Unaffected by Comorbidities

WEDNESDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- Comorbidity levels do not explain why patients with colorectal cancer who have private insurance have lower death rates than patients who are uninsured or have government insurance, according to a study published online May 26 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. In a related study in the same issue, hospital factors such as quality can help explain some of the higher mortality in black patients with breast or colon cancer.

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Abused Teenage Girls at Risk for Internet Victimization

WEDNESDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- Teenage girls who have suffered childhood abuse or present themselves provocatively online are at greater risk for sexual solicitation and victimization, according to a study in the June 6 issue of Pediatrics.

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Repeat Caesareans Linked to Neonatal Respiratory Problems

WEDNESDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- Infants born via elective repeat Caesarean delivery may face a higher risk of certain adverse outcomes, and the rate of delivery hospitalizations involving hypertensive disorders has risen significantly in recent years, according to two studies published in the June issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Obese and Diabetic Youth Have Carotid Abnormalities

WEDNESDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- Young people who are obese or who have type 2 diabetes mellitus have abnormalities in the carotid artery that should serve as an alert to increased risk of stroke and myocardial infarction in adulthood, according to a study published online on May 26 in Circulation.

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Web and Computer Programs Effective in Smoking Cessation

WEDNESDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- Web-based and computer-based smoking cessation programs can be effective in getting people to quit smoking, according to a meta-analysis of clinical trials of those interventions reported in the May 25 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Three-Step Program Helps Manage Depression and Pain

TUESDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- In patients with depression and chronic pain, an optimized three-step intervention may lead to significant improvements in both conditions, according to a study published in the May 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Acid Suppressors Linked to Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia

TUESDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- Among inpatients, treatment with acid-suppressive medication -- particularly proton-pump inhibitors -- may significantly increase the risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia, according to a study published in the May 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Hypertension Observed in Professional Football Players

TUESDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to other healthy, young adult men, professional football players are less likely to have impaired fasting glucose but more likely to have hypertension, according to a study published in the May 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Balance Dysfunction Common in American Adults

TUESDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- Disrupted balance as a result of vestibular dysfunction is common among American adults and is a significant contributor to the incidence of falls, according to a study published in the May 25 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Childhood Attention Problems May Affect Academic Results

TUESDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- Children who have difficulty paying attention at the age of 6 are more likely to have lower attainment scores for math and reading at age 17, according to a study published in the June issue of Pediatrics.

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Adjuvant Treatment for Breast Cancer Low in Poor Women

TUESDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- Only 64 percent of poor insured women with breast cancer fill prescriptions for adjuvant hormonal treatment, even though this is known to reduce cancer mortality, according to a study published online May 18 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Morphine Metabolite May Increase Pain Sensitivity

TUESDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- Injections of the morphine metabolite morphine-6β-glucuronide (M6G) -- a potent analgesic in humans -- may also cause hyperalgesia, according to research published in the June issue of Anesthesiology.

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Triglyceride Level Associated with Diabetic Neuropathy

TUESDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- The progression of diabetic neuropathy is associated with elevated triglycerides in the blood and with decreased conduction of the peroneal motor nerve, according to a study published online May 1 in Diabetes.

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Bevacizumab May Increase Risk of Gastrointestinal Perforation

TUESDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- The use of bevacizumab in cancer treatment increases the risk of gastrointestinal perforation in comparison with other medications, according to a medical literature review published online May 25 in The Lancet Oncology.

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Parents Confused About Use of Cold Medication in Infants

TUESDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- Most parents and caregivers of infants under 2 years old would give over-the-counter (OTC) cold medications to their children despite a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) caution to use the products only with children 2 or older, according to a study in the June issue of Pediatrics.

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Caffeine and Computers Add To Teens' Daytime Sleepiness

TUESDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of late-night use of multiple forms of technology and consumption of caffeinated drinks makes many teens unable to stay awake or alert during the day, according to a study published in the June issue of Pediatrics.

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Patients Have Strong Ideas About Electronic Records

TUESDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- Patients expect increased use of electronic personal health records to transform the way they interact with the health care system, and their opinions could help strengthen the design of new patient record technologies, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Age at Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer Decreased Since 1980s

TUESDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- The age at which prostate cancer is diagnosed has declined in recent decades, according to research published online May 22 in Cancer.

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Gestational Diabetes Provides a Chance to Educate Patients

TUESDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- Because women with gestational diabetes are at increased risk of subsequently developing type 2 diabetes, increasing awareness among both physicians and patients about the risk can be used as an opportunity to promote behavior that may delay or prevent the disease, according to a study published in the May 23 issue of The Lancet.

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Multivitamins Linked to Longer Telomere Length

MONDAY, May 25 (HealthDay News) -- Women who take multivitamins may have longer leukocyte telomere length, suggesting that multivitamin usage may help slow the aging process, according to a study first published in the June 1 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Vitamin D Linked to Cognitive Function in Men

MONDAY, May 25 (HealthDay News) -- The level of vitamin D in the blood is associated with cognitive function in middle-aged and older men, according to a study published online May 21 in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

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Music Reduces Confusion After Hip or Knee Surgery

MONDAY, May 25 (HealthDay News) -- In older adults who undergo hip or knee surgery, postoperative music therapy may reduce acute confusion, according to a study published in the May issue of Applied Nursing Research.

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Daily Glucose Self-Monitoring May Reduce Macrosomia Risk

MONDAY, May 25 (HealthDay News) -- Daily glucose self-monitoring in women with diet-treated gestational diabetes may be associated with a lower risk of delivering an oversized infant than routine weekly monitoring, according to research published in the June issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Study May Explain Fewer Cancers in Down Syndrome

FRIDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- Increased expression of at least one gene on the extra copy of chromosome 21 in patients with Down syndrome reduces angiogenesis and may explain why these patients have a lower incidence of cancer and other diseases, according to a study published online May 20 in Nature.

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Meth Use May Be Growing More Common in Pregnancy

FRIDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- In recent years, methamphetamine use has become much more common in pregnant women admitted into substance abuse treatment facilities, according to research published in the June issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Telemedicine Benefits Children With Type 1 Diabetes

FRIDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- In children with type 1 diabetes, a school-based telemedicine program may lead to better outcomes, according to a study published online May 22 in the Journal of Pediatrics.

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Drug-Resistant Pneumonia Emerging in Healthy People

FRIDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- Community-acquired meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an emerging cause of pneumonia in otherwise healthy individuals, according to a case report and review in the June issue of The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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Turmeric Component Reduces Weight Gain in Obesity Model

FRIDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- A component of the spice turmeric blocks the growth and development of fat cells and reduces weight gain in a mouse model of obesity, according to a study in the May issue of the Journal of Nutrition.

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Special Interest in Back Pain May Cause Treatment to Suffer

FRIDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- Australian physicians with an interest in low back pain (LBP) or related fields harbor beliefs that are at odds with current evidence-based practice, according to a study in the May 15 issue of Spine.

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Comfrey Root Ointment Found to Reduce Lower Back Pain

FRIDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- An ointment made from comfrey root extract dramatically reduced lower back pain compared to placebo, according to a study published in the May 21 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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Breast Tumors Linked to Depression and Anxiety

THURSDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- The mere presence of breast tumors in rats is associated with depression and anxiety, according to a study published online May 18 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Democrats Set Ambitious Goal for Health Care Reform

THURSDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Congressional Democrats face formidable challenges in their efforts to pass health care reform legislation by July 31, but physicians can take the lead to ensure changes are enacted, according to two perspectives published online May 20 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Teledermatology Could Cut Down on Patient Referrals

THURSDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Teledermatologic consultations might reduce patient referrals from a general practitioner to a dermatologist, according to research published in the May Archives of Dermatology.

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Hybrid Revascularization Procedures Seem Feasible

THURSDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- A hybrid approach to treating carotid and coronary artery disease with back-to-back procedures may be a feasible therapeutic strategy, according to research published in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions.

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Statins May Cut Liver Cancer and Cholecystectomy Risks

THURSDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Statin use is associated with reduced risk for cholecystectomy and for liver cancer, according to two studies published in the May issue of Gastroenterology.

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Pregnancy Linked to Poorer Thyroid, Parathyroid Outcomes

THURSDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who undergo thyroid or parathyroid surgery are more likely to have worse clinical outcomes than non-pregnant women in terms of complications and length of stay, according to research published in the May issue of the Archives of Surgery.

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Westernization May Affect Asian Americans' Sun Habits

THURSDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Among Asian Americans, greater adoption of Western culture may be associated with practices that promote sun exposure, according to research published in the May Archives of Dermatology.

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ARBs Found Ineffective for Renal Function in Diabetes

THURSDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Two angiotensin receptor blockers are ineffective in reducing renal dysfunction in patients at high risk of vascular disease such as diabetics, according to two studies published online May 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Sticking to Work Hours Limits Very Costly

WEDNESDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- Adherence to the 2003 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) limits on work hours, and other measures aimed at reducing fatigue among residents, would be costly with no proven benefits, according to an article published in the May 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Dipyridamole Can Cut Risk of Hemodialysis Stenosis

WEDNESDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of aspirin and dipyridamole can yield a modest reduction in the risk of arterovenous graft stenosis in patients undergoing hemodialysis, and can increase the duration of patency in new grafts, according to a study published in the May 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Early Angiography Benefits High-Risk Coronary Patients

WEDNESDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- For high-risk patients with acute coronary syndrome, coronary angiography within hours after presentation can reduce the chance of subsequent death, heart attack and stroke, according to a study in the May 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Recession Taking a Bite Out of Americans' Health Care

WEDNESDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- Family physicians are seeing evidence of the recession's impact on access to health care for Americans, and are offering more charity care, lower fees and free screenings to a growing number of needy patients, according to a survey published on May 19 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Antihypertensive Drugs Also Benefit Non-Hypertensives

WEDNESDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- In everyone at risk for heart attack or stroke -- including those with normal blood pressure -- antihypertensive treatment significantly reduces the risk of coronary heart disease events and stroke, according to a study published online May 19 in BMJ.

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Door-to-Balloon Delays Increase Risk of Death

WEDNESDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- In patients admitted with ST elevation myocardial infarction, any delay in primary percutaneous coronary intervention is associated with an increased risk of death, according to a study published online May 19 in BMJ.

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Device, Surgery Both Found Effective in Sleep Apnea

WEDNESDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- The mandibular advancement device (MAD) is effective in the treatment of most obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), while surgery should be reserved for patients in whom conservative treatments have failed, according to studies reported in the May issue of the Archives of Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery.

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Prognosis Remains Poor in Gallbladder Cancer

WEDNESDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- Median survival time for patients with gallbladder cancer has increased for more than four decades, but many patients still present with advanced disease and prognosis remains poor, according to a paper in the May Archives of Surgery.

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Personalized Support Helps Improve Diet and Fitness

WEDNESDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- An e-mail-based intervention with personalized content can help people eat more healthily and do more physical activity, according to a study published online May 19 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Findings Support Clopidogrel Guideline Recommendations

WEDNESDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- The use of clopidogrel in patients with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTE-ACS) is associated with suitable ischemic reduction and bleeding outcomes to support its use before cardiac catheterization, even if patients should need coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), according to research published in the May 26 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Cardiorespiratory Fitness Reduces Mortality Risk

TUESDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy adults with good rates of cardiorespiratory fitness have a lower risk of mortality from all causes, as well as from coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease, compared to their counterparts with inferior cardiorespiratory fitness, according to a study published in the May 20 issue of JAMA.

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Benefits Seen in Myocardial Bone Marrow Cell Injections

TUESDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- Injections of bone marrow cells into the myocardium of patients with chronic myocardial ischemia were associated with improved myocardial perfusion and left ventricular function, according to research published in the May 20 issue of JAMA.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Help Treat Insomnia

TUESDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help treat persistent insomnia, working best with medication in acute treatment but on its own over the long term, according to a study published in the May 20 issue of JAMA.

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Tamsulosin Linked to Problems After Cataract Surgery

TUESDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- The use of tamsulosin -- a common medication for benign prostatic hyperplasia -- is associated with a higher risk of serious adverse events following cataract surgery, according to research published in the May 20 issue of JAMA.

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Substance Abuse Seen in Schizophrenia, Violence Link

TUESDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- An association between schizophrenia and violent crime was chiefly seen in individuals with both schizophrenia and substance abuse, according to research published in the May 20 issue of JAMA.

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Low-Income Breast Cancer Patients Often Forgo Therapy

TUESDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- In low-income, insured women with breast cancer, the use of adjuvant hormonal therapy is low, according to a study published online May 18 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Syphilis Screening During Pregnancy Beneficial

TUESDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- Universal screening for syphilis during pregnancy is associated with reduced rates of congenital syphilis, supporting screening recommendations published in 2004, according to a review in the May 19 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Fast Weight Decline in Old Age May Increase Dementia Risk

TUESDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- Higher body mass index (BMI) late in life is associated with a lowered risk of developing dementia with further aging, according to a study reported in the May 19 issue of Neurology.

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Hyperkyphosis, Spinal Fracture Linked to Mortality Risk

TUESDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- Older women with hyperkyphosis and a history of vertebral fractures may have a higher risk of death, according to research published in the May 19 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Splinting Brings Long-Term Relief to Arthritis of the Thumb

TUESDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- Splinting the thumb for base-of-thumb osteoarthritis brings no significant short-term improvement but significantly reduces pain and improves hand function over the course of a year, according to a report published in the May 19 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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'Obesity Paradox' Makes Heart Disease Outlook Puzzling

TUESDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- Although obesity is associated with poor cardiovascular health, an "obesity paradox" shows that obese individuals with certain cardiovascular diseases or risk factors may have a better prognosis than people with a healthy weight, according to a review published in the May 26 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Swine Flu Has Higher Fatality Rate Than Seasonal Flu

MONDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- The fatality rate from H1N1 swine flu is slightly higher than the fatality rate from seasonal flu, according to United States' health officials, but they say most cases of swine flu are no worse than seasonal flu.

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