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Osteoporosis understanding poor among US men

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
US men have poor understanding about the importance of preventing and treating osteoporosis, reveal survey results published in theJournal of Clinical Densitometry.
“It is imperative that bone health promotion campaigns that have educated many women effectively now expand their focus to advance the bone health of men also,” emphasize Jean Gaines (The Erickson Foundation, [...]

Statins lower risk for VTE, while fibrates increase the risk

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Statins appear to lower the risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE), while the use of fibrates appears to increase the risk, research shows.
“Before clinical implications of our findings can be discussed, randomized, controlled trials evaluating the effect of statins in patients at high risk of VTE are warranted,” caution Alessandro Squizzato (University of Insubria, [...]

No link between treatment with vitamin A analogs and fracture

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Patients treated for acne or psoriasis with systemic or topical vitamin A analogs isotretinoin or acitretin are not at increased risk for fracture, report researchers
Previous research has suggested that high doses of vitamin A analogs may have a detrimental effect on bone mineral density (BMD) and bone turnover, but their impact on fracture risk has [...]

Non-coital contraception is favored by university students

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
US study results indicate that the majority of female university students use non-coital dependent methods of contraception and are more likely to be satisfied with the method, compared with their counterparts who use coital-dependent methods.
Jennifer Ersek and colleagues at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, investigated the association between contraceptive use, satisfaction [...]

Moderate-dose atorvastatin aids coronary regeneration after AMI

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Atorvastatin therapy in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is associated with a dose-dependent improvement in coronary flow reserve (CFR), study findings indicate.
The research, by a Korean team, showed that this effect was driven by mobilization of circulating angiogenic cells together with a suppression of inflammatory cytokines and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
The study, [...]

Improved home heating reduces school absences in asthmatic children

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Installing effective, non-polluting heating in the home reduces the number of missed school days in children with asthma, results from a New Zealand study show.
“Children with a chronic illness, such as asthma, are likely to have significantly more days off school than healthy children,” explain Philippa Howden-Chapman (University of Otago, Wellington) and team. “It is [...]

ED Drug May Help Boost The Effectiveness Of Treatments For Certain Brain Tumors.

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

HealthDay (5/12, Mozes) reported that “a drug already approved for the treatment of erectile dysfunction may actually help boost the effectiveness of treatments for brain tumors tied to both lung and breast cancer,” according to a study published online in the journal PLoS One. Working with mice, researchers “demonstrated that initial [...]

Statins protect against subclinical brain damage

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Treatment with simvastatin reduces the occurrence of subclinical cerebral infarcts in patients at risk for large-artery stroke, a post-hoc analysis of the ROCAS study suggests.
The ROCAS (Regression of Cerebral Artery Stenosis) study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study investigating the effect of daily simvastatin 20 mg on the progression of asymptomatic middle cerebral [...]

Asthma Life Impact Scale is reliable and valid

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Source: Med Wire News
The newly developed 22-item Asthma Life Impact Scale (ALIS) appears to be a reliable and valid tool for comprehensively assessing the holistic impact of asthma from the patient’s perspective, say researchers.
The new tool fills a gap left by many current patient-reported outcome questionnaires that focus on the symptoms of asthma and a [...]

Exact effect of triglycerides on coronary heart disease risk remains elusive

Monday, May 10th, 2010

People with raised triglyceride levels are at increased risk for coronary heart disease (CHD), but this may be mostly due to the impact of excess triglycerides on other lipids, shows research published in The Lancet.
“These findings encourage further study of interventions that target triglyceride-mediated pathways,” say Nadeem Sarwar (University of Cambridge, UK) and colleagues from the [...]

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