Updated JNC 8 guidelines for antihypertensive drugs released

Image: PD  1. Unlike the JNC 7 guidelines, JNC 8 guidelines do not focus on the definition of hypertension and pre hypertension. Instead it aims...

Vaginal misoprostol improves ease of IUD insertion

Image: PD 1. Among nulligravidas, women receiving pre-procedure misoprostol experienced easier and less painful intrauterine device (IUD) insertion.  2. Women who received misoprostol before IUD insertion were...

Silent myocardial infarctions more common than previously assumed

Image: PD 1. The prevalence of silent myocardial infarction (MI) in patients referred for coronary artery disease (CAD) evaluation is higher than previously thought, approaching...

New ACC/AHA cholesterol guidelines emphasize the appropriate-level statin treatment

Image: PD 1. New clinical guidelines from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend statin use in certain patient...

Novel Mid-East coronavirus (MERS-CoV): First detailed report

Image: PD 1. Two cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in France were identified in this report. 2. Incubation time of the virus was...

Cognitive dysfunction is common in lacunar stroke patients

Image: CC/GGeek. Lacunar Infarct Key study points: Lacunar strokes are a common occurrence in patients with vascular risk factors and can lead to a wide range...

[Physician Comment] An argument against hospital admission for heart failure

Jan 16th- Patients with heart failure experience high readmission rates, but receive only a limited range of interventions as in-patients. Image: CC/J.Heilman Study author Dr. Sean Collins,...

[Physician Comment] Suture closure superior to staples after cesarean delivery

Image: PD  1. Suture closure following cesarean section offers significantly less morbidity than staple closure. 2. Although suture closure takes longer, it is economically and medically...

[Physician Comment] Pneumocystis linked to Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths

Image: PD 1.  84% of infants with unexplained death were colonized with Pneumocystis, versus 66% of infants whose deaths were explained. 2. Pneumocystis colonization was associated with...

Free drug samples may alter prescription habits of dermatologists

Image: PD 1. For treatment of acne vulgaris, 79% of nationwide prescriptions were written for brand-name generic and brand-name drugs, whereas a large academic medical...
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