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Poorly controlled diabetes linked to reduced lung function

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Poor glycemic control is associated with reduced lung function in patients with Type 2 diabetes, study results suggest.
Increased levels of inflammation among patients with poor glycemic control may play a part in the association, says the team.
“Both Type 2 diabetes and chronic lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), have been [...]

Combined chemotherapy regimens effective for metastatic breast cancer

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Epirubicin plus cyclophosphamide (EC) and epirubicin plus docetaxel (ED) are highly effective combinations for first-line chemotherapy of metastatic breast cancer (MBC), research shows.
Treatment goals for metastatic breast cancer are to prolong survival, prolong disease control, and provide better palliation for patients, remark Peter Schmid (Imperial College London, UK) and colleagues.
In this randomized phase [...]

Family history impacts onset and presentation of schizophrenia

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Schizophrenia patients with a family history of psychosis tend to have an earlier age of onset and more severe negative symptoms than their peers with no such history, show results from a meta-analysis.
However, “the most compelling” finding of the study was the interaction between family history and gender which provides an “insight into [...]

Citalopram effective in managing hot flashes

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Good efficacy and minimal toxicity make citalopram a candidate for managing hot flashes associated with tamoxifen use, according to US researchers.
“Many of the effective selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors evaluated for hot flashes, namely paroxetine and fluoxetine, are potent inhibitors of CYP2D6 and cannot be used to manage tamoxifen-associated hot flashes,” explain Debra Barton (Mayo Clinic, [...]

Type 2 diabetes reduces life expectancy

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Both all-cause and cardiovascular mortality are substantially increased in people with Type 2 diabetes compared with nondiabetics, UK researchers have shown.
They also demonstrate that duration of diabetes is an independent predictor for mortality risk and that younger women with the disease are at disproportionately increased risk for cardiovascular mortality.
Josie Evans (University of Stirling) [...]

Omega-3 fatty acids could potentially aid high-risk cardiovascular patients

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Consuming omega-3 fatty acids may result in a modest reduction in mortality and coronary restenosis following angioplasty in high-risk cardiovascular patients, say researchers after a meta-analysis of trials.
Although omega-3 fatty acids were not associated with a statistically significant reduction in all-cause mortality or restenosis, the team states that “the probability of a modest [...]

Starting HIV Therapy Earlier May Help Reduce Mortality Risk, Thwart TB Infection.

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Bloomberg News (7/14, Aquino) reports, “The World Health Organization recommends patients start antiretroviral therapy when their CD4+ count drops to 350,” as a “higher CD4+ count means greater infection-fighting ability because the immune system hasn’t yet been depressed by the virus.” A new paper appearing in the New England Journal of [...]

Rising BMI responsible for large proportion Type 2 diabetes increase in men

Friday, July 16th, 2010

The increase in men’s average body mass index (BMI) accounts for a large proportion of the rise in Type 2 diabetes among men in the UK over the past few decades, say researchers.
However, around three quarters of new cases of Type 2 diabetes that occurred during this time cannot be explained by increasing BMI, suggesting [...]

Statin users may be less likely to experience prostate cancer recurrence

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Prostate cancer patients treated with radical prostatectomy (RP) may be less likely to experience disease recurrence after surgery if they use certain cholesterol-lowering drugs, report US researchers.
The study results show that men who took statins had a 30% reduced risk for biochemical recurrence after surgery compared with those who did not.
Stephen Freedland from [...]

Foods that Get in Prescription Drugs’ Way

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Source: CBS News
Can what you’re eating affect your medications? We often hear about how grapefruits and certain medications don’t mix — but there may be many more foods that could interfere with how drugs work in your body.
Dr. Jennifer Ashton explained foods and drugs can make medications less effective or cause unintended side effects. [...]

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