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High treatment compliance, low persistence among osteoporosis patients

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Compliance with osteoporosis treatment is high among patients who are already taking medication, but persistence is low among patients starting treatment for the first time, study findings indicate.
Furthermore, the majority of non-persistent patients do not restart or switch to other treatment regimens once they have stopped the initial treatment, report J Coen Netelenbos [...]

High intake of sugar sweetened drinks increases risk for Type 2 diabetes

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Results from a systematic review and meta-analysis show that individuals who drink 1-2 sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) per day have a significantly greater risk for developing Type 2 diabetes or the metabolic syndrome than those who consume less than one per month.
Regular consumption of SSBs such as soft and fruit drinks, iced tea, [...]

Inhaled corticosteroids modestly increase risk for Type 2 diabetes

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Patients with respiratory disease treated with inhaled corticosteroids have a modestly increased risk for Type 2 diabetes or progression of existing diabetes, say researchers.
The team notes that the patients with the highest risk were those taking higher corticosteroid doses, such as those prescribed for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Writing in [...]

Discovery could enhance tamoxifen’s effectiveness

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Source: MedWire News
UK researchers have identified a potential therapeutic target to enhance the sensitivity of estrogen receptor α (ERα)-positive breast cancers to endocrine therapy with drugs such as tamoxifen.
Targeting the protein RET (REarranged during Transfection) could also resensitize tamoxifen-resistant tumors to treatment with tamoxifen, report Clare Isacke (Institute of Cancer Research, London) and colleagues in [...]

Improved asthma control linked to increased cardiovascular fitness

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Improvements in asthma control are associated with significant increases in daily physical activity and cardiovascular fitness in children, researchers have found.
Writing in the journal Allergy, Signe Vahlkvist (University of Southern Denmark, Kolding) and colleagues explain that “although several cross-sectional studies have assessed daily physical activity in children with asthma, the impact of the level [...]

Simple laboratory tests identify secondary osteoporosis in men

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Most men referred for osteoporosis screening have multiple risk factors for secondary osteoporosis that can be easily identified by simple laboratory screening, US researchers report.
More than 95% of the men evaluated in the study by Robert Adler (Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond) and colleagues had more than one risk factor for osteoporosis, and half [...]

Female gynecologists happy to prescribe extended OC use

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
A study involving female gynecologists practicing in Germany and Austria shows that they are happy to prescribe extended oral contraception (OC) for negative, cycle-related effects including headaches and dysmenorrhea.
Furthermore, the gynecologists’ personal experiences with extended OC use did not influence the likelihood of them recommending the regimen to their patients.
“Many women taking a [...]

BMD improves with greater osteoporosis treatment compliance

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Patients who do not initiate or comply with osteoporosis therapy in the first year after diagnosis have smaller improvements in bone mineral density (BMD) than patients who comply with therapy, US research shows.
“There are many effective osteoporosis medications with a variety of dosing intervals and delivery options, but even when diagnosed, osteoporosis is often undertreated,” [...]

Erectile dysfunction common in patients with psoriasis

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Erectile dysfunction (ED) appears to be common in patients with psoriasis and may be partly due to incipient atherosclerosis, pilot study finding suggest.
The research team, led by Jon Goulding, from University Hospital in Coventry, UK, recommends the assessment of sexual function in dermatology outpatients as it may signal cardiovascular disease.
“The time interval between [...]

Rising metabolic syndrome prevalence is serious US public health concern

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
The number of US adults with the metabolic syndrome is increasing, a study shows, raising concerns about the associated risk for a concomitant increase in Type 2 diabetes.
The study, which was carried out by Gary Liguori and Arupendra Mozumdar, from North Dakota State University in Fargo, USA, analyzed changes in the prevalence of [...]

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