Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 31

Embolization Shows Success In Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Padma Shri and Dr BC Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal Prostatic artery embolization relieved the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia in 2 studies presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology 37th Annual Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, California. The novel procedure, which has been tried in only 2 centers in the world, offers an alternative …

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Mar 31

Angioplasty for DVT

Angioplasty and stenting may alleviate symptoms of chronic deep vein thrombosis. In a single-center, retrospective study, 93% of patients reported significant improvement in symptoms over a mean follow-up of about two and a half years, Mark Garcia, MD, of Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Del., and colleagues reported during a press briefing at the …

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Mar 31

Early Use of IV Cocktail No Help for ACS

Among patients on their way to the hospital for a suspected acute coronary syndrome, infusion of glucose, insulin, and potassium by paramedics did not reduce progression to MI. Within 24 hours of symptom onset, 48.7% of those who received the infusion and 52.6% of those who received placebo progressed to MI (P=0.28), according to Harry …

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Mar 31

Improvements in Cholesterol Levels In Obese Children: A Review Of Studies

Research has shown that making diet and lifestyle changes can help reduce blood cholesterol levels. Most studies are conducted on adults, but a recent review looked at exercise interventions and their effect on blood cholesterol levels in obese children. Seven studies were analyzed and results showed that programs focusing on aerobic exercise resulted in a …

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Mar 31

If There Is A Death Due To Drug Reaction, What Will Be The Job Of An Expert In The Enquiry Committee?

Was there a clear cut indication for the drug?  Was the drug approved by the Drug Controller as well as the drug manufacturer? Was the indication for which the drug was given an approved indication and if not was the informed consent taken  Were the necessary emergency drugs / kit made available handy? Were the …

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Mar 30

ESC says industry funding “essential” for CME

Industry funding toward continuing medical education remains essential, according to a new white paper on the subject from the European Society of Cardiology published in the March 2012 issue of the European Heart Journal. The balance between producing high-quality unbiased medical education and paying for it with grants from pharmaceutical companies has always been a delicate one. The …

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Mar 30

Non-HDL-C Levels Linked to Risk for Cardiovascular Events

Padma Shri and Dr BC Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal Levels of non–HDLC among users of statins is linked to the risk for a major cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke, more strongly than are levels of LDLC and apolipoprotein B. The finding, from a meta-analysis of data from 8 trials …

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Mar 30

Moderate Drinking May Benefit Heart Attack Survivors.

According to research “funded by the US National Institutes of Health” and published in the European Heart Journal, “men who have two drinks a day after surviving a first heart attack have a lower risk of death from heart disease than non-drinkers.

Mar 30

Link Between Soda, Health Problems More Complex Than Thought.

According to recent studies, even though people who drink diet soda may have an increased risk for heart disease, hypertension or diabetes, a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition encompassing some 4,000 people indicates that overall dietary patterns, not just diet soda, may contribute to health problems.

Mar 30

Raisins May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Aside from being a tasty little addition to banana bread and oatmeal cookies, raisins could also have benefits for blood pressure, according to a small new study” presented at the American College of  Cardiology meeting. Snacking on raisins three times a day could mildly lower blood pressure, compared to other kinds of snacks.

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