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Does Religion Belong in the ICU?
Close relatives or friends often serve as surrogate decision-makers for patients in intensive care units. Physicians are usually comfortable answering their medical questions. But what happens when spiritual or religious issues arise in the context of end-of-life decisions?
The glucose-lowering medication lixisenatide was found not to increase or decrease cardiovascular (CV) events compare with placebo in patients afflicted with type 2 diabetes and acute coronary syndrome.
There could be a new first-line treatment for hypertension in patients needing diuretic therapy, according to research presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress conference in London, UK.
In heart failure patients with diabetes and/or chronic kidney disease, a new, non-steroidal mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist called finerenone was no more effective than the currently approved MRA eplerenone in reducing the heart failure biomarker N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide. But it had other benefits.
New research on the link between diabetes and pancreatitis has shown a strong association between the severity of pancreatic dysfunction and subsequent risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Women seek medical care more frequently than men after treatment for asthma in the emergency department, according to findings published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Researchers in Scotland found that in a trial involving more tha n 7,000 patients, the rates of adverse cardiac and other negative outcomes were about the same whether these patients took NSAIDs or COX-2 inhibitors.

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