Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 03

New Drug for ED

 A new PDE-5 inhibitor avanafil (Stendra) is now FDA approved. After treatment for 12 weeks, men randomized to the PDE-5 inhibitor had significantly greater improvement in the three principal endpoints of erectile dysfunction, vaginal penetration, and successful intercourse. Increased receptor selectivity and a shorter half-life are the key features distinguishing avanafil from other members of …

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May 03

Medical Societies See ‘Imminent Storm’ of Medicare Penalties

After earning hundreds of millions of dollars through Medicare incentive programs designed to improve the quality of care and hold down costs, the medical profession now worries about the flip side of bonuses — financial penalties from all angles. Thousands of physicians learned about the first of the penalties earlier this year when they received …

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May 03

Cut Sodium By 10% and Add 40% Tax To Salted Foods

A combined approach of reducing salt content by just 10% in processed foods and taxing foods with high salt content could reduce cardiovascular deaths in developing countries by as much as 3%, said Dr Thomas Gaziano at Harvard School of Medicine, Boston, MA in the World Congress of Cardiology 2012. A 3% reduction would translate to 500 000 …

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May 03

Routine ECG Does Not Help

In populations of older adults, prediction of coronary heart disease (CHD) events through traditional risk factors is less accurate than in middle-aged adults. It has been shown that electrocardiographic (ECG) abnormalities are common in older adults and might be of value for CHD prediction. However, performing routine ECG among asymptomatic adults is not supported by …

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May 03

Do Not Stop Aspirin

According to the current study by Gerstein and colleagues, more than 50 million adults in the United Statestake aspirin regularly for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. The cessation of aspirin can cause a platelet rebound phenomenon and prothrombotic state leading to major adverse cardiovascular events. Despite the risks of aspirin withdrawal, exacerbated during …

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May 02

Disclosure, Apology, and Offer, or DA&O as Against Blame, Finger-Pointing, and Secrecy

The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) wants to prove that clinicians and hospitals can keep medical malpractice out of the courtroom by owning up to their mistakes with apologies — and sometimes cash as well. MMS and 5 other state healthcare organizations announced the start of a pilot program to promote a process called Disclosure, Apology, …

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May 02

Testosterone In Heart Failure

In pooled results from four small, randomized, placebo-controlled trials, testosterone therapy was associated with 16% to 23% relative improvements in walking distance and peak oxygen consumption, according to Justin Ezekowitz, MBChB, of the University of Albertain Edmonton, and colleagues in Circulation: heart failure. Also, there were improvements in fasting levels of glucose and insulin and …

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May 02

Vascular Age High in AMI

Determining one’s vascular age via an ultrasound of the carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) can help. In an effort to test the robustness of CIMT-adjusted risk, Lori Neri, CRNP, CLS, and colleagues from The Heart Care Group in Allen town,Pa., assessed the carotids of 26 patients with a first-time ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and no …

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May 02

Lack Of Sleep Can Lead To Diabetes

In a 39-day experiment with healthy volunteers, shortened sleep time and varying bedtimes — meant to mimic shift work — led to impaired glucose regulation and metabolism, according to Orfeu Buxton, PhD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and colleagues in Science Translational Medicine.  

May 02

Macular Degeneration Tied To Stroke Risk

Patients with age-related macular degeneration appear to be at risk for both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, researchers found. (Source: Medpage Today)

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