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Labeling revision for Prometrium.(PRODUCTS)(Brief Article)

Labeling revision for Prometrium.(PRODUCTS)(Brief Article) Additional information is being added to Prometrium’s (progesterone) patient package insert to update safety information, based on postmarketing experience. Other label changes …

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MRSA precautions.(CLINICAL CAPSULES)(methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection)(Brief Article)

MRSA precautions.(CLINICAL CAPSULES)(methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection)(Brief Article) Worcester, Sharon Single-room or cohort isolation of hospitalized patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection does not appear to reduce transmissions, a study suggests. Admission and weekly screens were performed to determine the incidence of MRSA colonization during the prospective, 1-year study conducted in the intensive care units of […]

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Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes Mellitus William E. Golden Background With the increase in obesity in our society, diabetes–always a common issue in adult medical care–will only grow in prominence in our practices. The American Diabetes Association updated its standards for medical care of diabetics in 2006. Conclusions Type 1 diabetes results from [beta]-cell destruction, whereas type 2 diabetes […]

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Generic Xanax approved

Generic Xanax approved Barr Laboratories Inc. has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to manufacture and market a generic version of Pfizer Inc.’s Xanax XR (alprazolam extended release) tablets, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg, and 3 mg. The drug is indicated for treatment of panic disorder, with or without agoraphobia. For more […]

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Successful kidney transplant can triple life expectancy

Successful kidney transplant can triple life expectancy Doug Brunk Long-term survival for patients who undergo kidney transplantation is significantly better than for patients who are listed for transplantation but remain on dialysis, results from a 10-year study have shown. In fact, the projected life expectancy of a successful kidney transplant recipient is 17.19 years, while […]

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Valerian for insomnia

Valerian for insomnia Nancy Walsh * Products made from extracts of the root of Valeriana officinalis are widely used as sleep aids for insomnia. * Clinical studies have suggested efficacy, but long-term safety data are lacking. History of Use The ancient physicians Dioscorides and Galen both wrote of the medicinal properties of a common plant […]

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Metaanalysis of hemorrhoid removal

Metaanalysis of hemorrhoid removal Jeff Evans Conventional hemorrhoidectomy provides a more effective, long-term cure for hemorrhoids than stapled hemorrhoidopexy, but has greater postoperative pain and a longer rehabilitation, according to a metaanalysis of 15 randomized trials. Stapled hemorrhoidopexy, or procedure for prolapsing hemorrhoids (PPH), had a recurrence rate of 12% for third-degree and 50% for […]

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most men won’t discuss them unless you ask

Urinary tract problems: most men won’t discuss them unless you ask Betsy Bates ANAHEIM, CALIF. — Only about a third of men with moderate to severe lower urinary tract symptoms and evidence of an enlarged prostate intended to discuss these issues during a routine visit to their primary care physicians, according to a national, multisite […]

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Adiponectin draws increasing interest as novel CV risk factor

Adiponectin draws increasing interest as novel CV risk factor Bruce Jancin ORLANDO, FLA. — Now that C-reactive protein has entered the clinical mainstream as a cardiovascular risk assessment tool, adiponectin may be emerging as the next cardiovascular risk factor. A protein secreted by fat cells, adiponectin may play a central role in the interrelated epidemics […]

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Most veterans with PTSD have other disorders

Most veterans with PTSD have other disorders Doug Brunk SAN DIEGO — More than 90% of Vietnam War veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder have a coexisting psychiatric disorder, Chandresh Shah, M.D., reported during a poster session at the American Psychiatric Association’s Institute on Psychiatric Services. The finding underscores the need to consider psychiatric comorbidities when […]